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MLS Snapshot: Houston Dynamo 1-1 Seattle Sounders (video)

Raul Rodriguez,Giles Barnes

Houston Dynamo defender Raul Rodriguez (5) receives congratulations from Giles Barnes (10) after scoring in the second half against the Vancouver Whitecaps during an MLS soccer match Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)


The game in 100 words (or less): The Seattle Sounders are really, really hard to watch. Furthermore, they’re a really, really bad soccer team right now. With just three points to show for their first four games of the 2016 season, Sunday’s away date with the Houston Dynamo became a somewhat important game in the Western Conference playoff race, no matter how early in the year it may still be. In the end, a point from a 1-1 draw will serve a solid building block going forward, but the overall sentiment long before the final whistle is this: another week, another dreadful performance in the attacking half of the field; the switch to the 4-3-3 hasn’t clicked for a number of key figures; a play-making no. 10 is need nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 for Sigi Schmid’s side; Obafemi Martins isn’t walking through that door.

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Three moments that mattered

35' — Barnes scores amid a defensive breakdown — “Defensive breakdown” is the nicest way I can describe what the Sounders did on Giles Barnes’ opening goal while keeping it G-rated. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei called for an impromptu nap time for everyone inside his penalty area, apparently.

84' — Gomez makes an instant impact, near-equalizer — Herculez Gomez replaced the struggling Jordan Morris in the 79th minute and promptly caused a bit of chaos in the Dynamo’s penalty area. Close, oh so close.

90+4' — Marshall bags a last-gasp equalizer — When creating quality scoring chances becomes next to impossible, chaos in the box is often the best solution.

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Man of the match: Giles Barnes

Goalscorers: Barnes (35'), Marshall (90+4')

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