[MLS PLAYOFFS: Houston-New York] Supporters Shield winner New York came into BBVA Compass Stadium and took a two-goal lead after 32 minutes, but it couldn't hold on as Houston came back to earn a 2-2 tie on Omar Cummings' first goal for the Dynamo. The Red Bulls will return home Thursday for the second leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal series without stalwart defender Jamison Olave, who was red carded in the 65th minute.
The Red Bulls looked to be in
control as Tim Cahill and Eric Alexander scored in the first half. A slick move by Thierry Henry freed the Frenchman to send in a left-footed cross that Cahill headed home in the 22nd minute, and Alexander broke in and calming slotted a left-footed shot past keeper
But Ricardo Clark cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 51st minute when he latched on to an attempted
Red Bulls' clearance for his first playoff goal since 2005.
The complexion of the game changed 14 minutes later when Olave went sliding high into Cummings and referee Ricardo Salazar did not hesitate to show the Colombian a red card.
In the second minute of stoppage time, Brad
Davis whipped in a corner kick that Bobby Boswell headed on goal. Keeper Luis Robles made a diving stop but could
not hold the ball and Cummings, standing on the doorstep, put it away for the tying goal.
The Dynamo thought it had a penalty kick a minute later when center back Ibrahim Sekagya cut down Cummings -- again in the middle of things -- at the top of the area, but Salazar let play on.
Besides Olave's red card, Salazar
issued cautions to four Red Bull players -- including Henry.
Nov. 3 in Houston
Houston 2 New York 2. Clark 51, Cummings 92+; Cahill (Henry) 22, Alexander (Cahill, McCarty) 32.
Houston -- Hall, Sarkodie, Brunner (Weaver 85), Boswell, Ashe, Garcia, Creavalle (Driver 70), Clark, Davis, Barnes (Cummings 61), Bruin.
New York -- Robles, Holgersson, Olave, Sekagya, Carney, Alexander (Wright-Phillips 82), McCarty, Luyindula (Sam 73), Steele (Barklage 68), Cahill, Henry.
Yellow Cards: Houston -- Garcia 62; New York -- Steele 36, Henry 54, Carney 84, Barklage 84.
Red Card: New York -- Olave
Referee: Ricardo Salazar.