The Houston Dynamo's playoff hopes took a severe hit, but were not completely killed, Saturday night in Kansas City where Teal Bunbury's brace helped give Sporting Kansas City a 3-0 victory and first place in the Eastern Conference.
Bunbury's first goal came in the 9th minute and, although it would prove to be unnecessary for the win, Bunbury picked up his second goal in the 73rd minute. Sporting's third goal of the match came courtesy of C.J. Sapong in the 79th minute.
After a poor start, the Houston Dynamo started to find some form and began to control possession, but they were unable to score and the frustration only grew as the match continues. This frustration proved dangerous to the Dynamo when, in the 64th minute, Carlo Costly picked up a red card. Meanwhile, as the match wound done with no indication that the Dynamo were going to pull off a miracle, the frustration of Dynamo fans grew. This was the second straight loss by the Dynamo, who have yet to win a road match.
Despite Saturday's loss, the Dynamo sit in fourth place on the Eastern Conference table, with 35 points. On Wednesday, the Dynamo take on Columbus Crew, who are tied at the top of the Eastern Conference, at Crew Stadium (6:30 pm central), and then return home to host the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday the 17th (7:30 pm central). With DC United and RedBull New York close on Houston's heels, the Dynamo need to pick up maximum points in these two matches or risk falling out of playoff contention.