Sporting KC grabs first half lead only to give two second half goals
SKC misses out on securing playoff berth
Posted: 10:07 PM, Oct 11, 2017
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<p>KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 20: Head coach Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City is congratulated after Sporting defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1 to win the 2017 U.S Open Cup Final at Children's Mercy Park on September 20, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)</p>
Houston Dynamo fought hard to keep their playoff hopes alive Wednesday night, taking down Sporting KC 2-1. The Dynamo made it one step closer to their first playoff berth in three years with the win.
After a slow start, midfielder Jimmy Meranda scored first to put SKC up at half, but the Dynamo were not ready to give up the match. In the 63rd minute Tomás Martínez volleyed in the equalizer after a laser cross from defender AJ DeLaGarza. SKC just needed a draw to punch their ticket for the playoffs, but a late second-half own goal by Erik Palmer-Brown proved to be too costly. The Dynamo held on to take the first of two matches in less than a week between the two Western Conference competitors.