Dynamo tie Toronto with late strike
TORONTO -- Warren Creavalle scored on a header off a corner kick late in second-half stoppage to give the Houston Dynamo a 1-1 tie with Toronto FC on Saturday in cold, windy conditions.
Jeremy Hall opened the scoring for Toronto with a long shot in the 58th minute. Toronto (1-2-4), which settled for its fourth straight draw, also gave up the tying score in stoppage time last Saturday against Philadelphia.
"I'm going to put my neck on the line and say it won't happen again. Because it can't," Toronto defenseman Darren O'Dea said. "We've just been too good and deserve more. The fans, everyone deserves more."
"It's been a few late goals, but that's hurt the most, that one. From start to finish, we were by far the better team. ... I'm not going to say the other ones didn't hurt, but that's as bad as it gets really, because we were that good for the whole game. Not for spells, for the whole game."
Until the tying goal, the Dynamo (4-2-1) were back on their heels all game and barely got the ball out of their end throughout the second half.
"We worked on (set pieces) all week, working on corners and free kicks from certain areas, and no goals in practice," Hall said. "And then it was the last one. I don't know how (opponents) are getting so many extra minutes of injury time, but it's killing me. It's very frustrating."
The draw snapped Houston's two-game skid on the road.
It was in the mid-30s and the wind was so strong off Lake Ontario that the corner flags bent sideways.
Toronto had numerous scoring chances, including several near-misses from Robert Earnshaw, who banged a shot off the crossbar in the 6th minute, then hit the side netting, had a goal ruled offside, and dived for a bicycle kick that breezed just over the top of the goal.
Hogan Ephraim almost gave Toronto a two-goal lead in the 83rd minute when his long cross glanced off the post.
"The most annoying thing is every single free kick and corner that came to us, we defended very, very well," Earnshaw said. "So it makes it even more annoying that it's the last one that we don't defend. It's just frustrating."