RBNY welcomes Houston to RBA for second leg

Updated: November 5, 2013

Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – The Eastern Conference semifinal series
between Red Bull New York and the Houston Dynamo will come to a thrilling
conclusion on Wednesday when the two sides meet at Red Bull Arena.

The opening leg of the series at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday ended in a 2-2
draw, a result that seemingly gives Houston much of the momentum.

The Red Bulls held a two-goal advantage thanks to first-half goals from Tim
Cahill and Eric Alexander. Ricardo Clark cut the deficit in half, but it was a
red card from Jamison Olave that granted the Dynamo a way back into the match
as Omar Cummings struck in stoppage time to level the score.

“The red card killed us,” said Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke. “Those goals
are our fault. It wasn’t something created out of spectacular stuff. It was
self-inflicted on us.

“The rule of thumb is on the road, if you get a tie and go home to your place
and it’s pretty much 0-0, it’s a good thing. But our guys are angry at the way
that we allowed them back in the game.”

Red Bulls midfielder Lloyd Sam echoed Petke’s sentiments, saying that New York
can lean on its impressive home record this term for confidence heading into
Wednesday’s crucial clash.

“If you come here and get a draw, it’s not the worst result,” Sam said after
the match in Houston. “We’re strong at home. (But) the result isn’t going to
take care of itself. We’re going to have to do what we do at home, as we’ve
been doing.”

But the Dynamo also have cause for optimism heading into Wednesday’s return
match. They dug themselves a hole by conceding two goals, but the manner in
which Houston evened the score embodies the club’s penchant for peaking come
playoff time.

“You can’t really win the series in the first leg, but I think you can
definitely lose it if you give up a ton of goals,” said defender Bobby
Boswell. “It was great for the guys to give ourselves a chance heading to New
York. We are going to fight to the last whistle. We have to go out and try to
hit them where it hurts, at home.”