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Lights go out as Dynamo and Rapids play to draw

Jun 22, 2008 - 4:57 AM
COMMERCE CITY, Colorado (Ticker) -- The stadium lights went out in Saturday's match between the Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids. As it turned out, there wasn't much to see as the teams played to a scoreless draw.

Colorado outshot Houston, 15-9, but neither team could not break through in a tilt that was delayed 18 minutes when the lights on the east side of the stadium malfunctioned in the 68th minute.

"The lights kind of took the momentum out of us," Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said. "I thought we were playing well at the time and kind of carrying the game. You could say it possibly hurt us. It's an unfortunate thing to happen."

Preston Burpo stopped two shots for Colorado (5-7-1), which entered the contest having lost five of the last eight meetings. The Rapids did manage to snap a two-game losing streak with the draw.

"I thought we had five or six very good chances," Colorado coach Fernando Clavijo said.

"We put ourselves in good situations. We defended well. We created chances but you're never going to win a game if you don't score. It's as simple as that. We got the first tie of the season. One point is better than no point at all. I'm disappointed because I thought we did enough tonight."

Houston appeared to take a 1-0 lead off a free kick in the 78th minute, but Brian Ching was called for a handball. Brad Davis' free kick from outside of the box in the middle-left went off the cross-bar on the left side and bounced back to Ching who had a wide open net due to Burpo falling down from the attempted save.

Ching scored but was called for a hand-ball when trying to handle the ball.

"I'll have to take a look at it again," Kinnear said. "The linesmen called it and the referee didn't see it. In life, I thought it looked like a hand ball. I thought the replay kind of was like, 'Uh-oh, maybe there was a bit of question mark here.' So, it's hard to say."

"I think the linesmen cheated," Ching said jokingly. "To tell you the truth, I hit it right here (pointing to his right shoulder), and if he's straight across how is he possibly going to see it's a hand ball? It hit me here, I finished it and he waves it off. He couldn't have been 100 percent sure. It didn't hit my hands."

Pat Onstad stopped one shot for Houston (4-4-6), which picked up its first win of the season against Colorado in the last meeting on May 10.

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