Dynamo draw not enough for DeRo

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

Dwayne De Rosario had some pointed words on a day when all Toronto FC could muster was a point.

The point De Rosario was stressing involved the need to capitalize on an opportunity by taking advantage of a visiting opponent that was playing short-handed.

Despite scoring TFC's lone goal against his former Houston Dynamo side in yesterday's 1-1 draw, the man known as DeRo was as disappointed as many of the 20,172 fans who couldn't buy a beer at BMO Field, the price of having one's privileges revoked in the wake of a past liquor infraction.

Perhaps the lacklustre game and TFC's uninspired style were the by-products of the team's rabid fan base not having access to any alcohol, at least not in-house.

Perhaps it was the result of playing on a surface that isn't conducive to creative soccer.

Whatever the reason, De Rosario wasn't buying any of it.

"A tie simply isn't good enough,'' the Scarborough native said, "especially when you're at home and up 1-0."

De Rosario opened the scoring in the game's 37th minute on one of soccer's oxymoronic terms that is simply known as the intelligent dummy, which was executed by Danny Dichio, who entered the game following a knee injury sustained by defender Adrian Serioux.

The goal was De Rosario's team-leading sixth of the season, which ties Dichio's team record for most in a season.

The Reds led the league-leading Dynamo 1-0 at intermission, but a lack of finish ultimately prevented TFC from extending its advantage.

The Dynamo was missing two of its leading scorers in Brian Ching and Stuart Holden, who are competing for the U.S. at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

But Houston has been the benchmark in MLS because of its system and insistence on playing a physical and aggressive style.

"They work hard and they pressure you,'' De Rosario said. "It's something we must have, especially at home.

"We have to find a way to get the fans going."

DeRo's goal stood up until the 74th minute when Bobby Boswell scored for Houston after TFC goalie Stefan Frei had stopped him on his first attempt to score.

"We just couldn't get it going,'' Jim Brennan said. "Houston is a hard-working team and we did get the one point against them, but ideally we wanted three."

"It was a poor game and these games happen,'' added TFC head coach Chris Cummins, whose team had won three of its previous four games. "I thought it was two average teams ... I couldn't wait for the whistle to end it.

"We tried to play. We huffed and we puffed, but it just didn't happen. Both teams lacked a bit of quality and we probably lacked more."

FRANK.ZICARELLI@SUNMEDIA.CA


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