Overcoming an early red card is never easy, and doing so in the sweltering heat of Houston only makes the task that much more impossible.
D.C. United learned this harsh lesson on Sunday night after goalkeeper Bill Hamid was sent off in the 17th minute for a foul in the penalty area. The Houston Dynamo took full advantage of the sending off to dominate their Eastern Conference rivals on their way to a 4-0 victory at BBCA Compass Stadium.
Brad Davis converted the penalty drawn by Mac Kandji, who Hamid took down in the penalty area with a leg sweep. Will Bruin converted his 10th goal of the season later in the first half and Oscar Boniek Garcia continued the rout in the 67th minute with his first MLS goal. Brian Ching converted an 89th minute penalty to finish off D.C. United.
The victory moved Houston six points clear of New England for the fifth and final playoff spot in the East, while the loss kept D.C. United three points behind first-place Sporting Kansas City at the top of the East standings.
Here are the match highlights:
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