Cummings Does it Again for Dynamo, Scoring to Send Houston on in MLS Playoffs

Nov. 7, 2013

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Omar Cummings (7) and the Houston Dynamo celebrate after scoring in the 104th minute to defeat the New York Red Bulls (Julio Cortez, AP).

Omar Cummings has done it again for the Houston Dynamo.

After equalizing the match late in game one of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Red Bulls, the former University of Cincinnati men's soccer great came off the bench in the second match and netted the game-winning goal in the 104th minute. The score gave the Dynamo a 4-3 aggregate line.

The Red Bulls thoroughly outplayed Houston, recording a 23-9 advantage in shots and a 9-3 advantage in shots on target, while New York controlled the ball for 53% of the match. Playing at home, the Red Bulls jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute, but Houston would not go quietly.

The Dynamo tied it back up in the 36th minute and despite the advantage in shots, the Red Bulls could not beat Dynamo keeper Tally Hall to retake the lead. Hall made eight saves in the victory, helping set the stage for Cummings.

The Jamaican came on in the 64th minute and patiently waited for his opportunity, which wouldn't come until extra time. The Dynamo struck when Kofi Sarkodie took a ball in the corner and played it across to Cam Weaver. Weaver headed it back across to Cummings who got just enough on the ball to send it over the endline just before Red Bulls keeper Luis Robels could stop it.

"When he pointed to the spot, I was happy," Cummings told HoustonDynamo.com's Andrew Wiebe after the mach. Read the rest of the story at:
By any means: How Dominic Kinnear and Omar Cummings led Houston Dynamo past New York (HoustonDynamo.com - November 7, 2013)

Cummings and the Dynamo will now face Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference Championship. The first leg is Saturday, Nov. 9, in Houston. The Dynamo are looking to advance to their third-straight MLS Cup.

Highlights of the match are below, courtesy of the Houston Dynamo (to see the gamewinner, jump to 7:30):