Former Bearcat Cummings Begins MLS Playoffs by Netting Leveller for Dynamo

Nov. 4, 2013

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Omar Cummings celebrates his game-tying goal for the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Eastern Conference Semifinals (Photo courtsey @HoustonDynamo).

While the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team is preparing for postseason play with the impending American Athletic Conference Tournament, Bearcats great Omar Cummings has made his mark in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference Semifinals.

In the first leg of the Houston Dynamo's paring with the New York Red Bulls, the Dynamo trailed 2-0 at the half before Ricardo Clark cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 51st minute. Things got even more interesting when Cummings, who entered the match in the 62nd minute, was tackled from behind by Jamison Olave and Olave was sent off, giving the Dyanamo a man advantage.

The match stayed 2-1 into stoppage time before Cummings evened the match. The Jamaican was in the right place at the right time, as he cleaned up a rebound when Red Bulls keeper Luis Robels saved a header by Bobby Boswell. Cummings goal evened things at 2-2 with the second leg set for Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

Darrell Lovell of MLSsoccer.com wrote about the goal and how Cummings has battled through a tough year since being traded to Houston last December:
After frustrating year, Cummings puts Houston Dynamo on his back with clutch playoff goal (HoustonDynamo.com - November 3, 2013).

Highlights from the match are below (jump to 7:30 to see Cummings' goal):

As for the Bearcats, they begin the 2013 American Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday, Nov. 8, when they face Rutgers in Louisville, Ky. The match is set for 2:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to face top-seeded Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 9.