Barnes scores on return
HOUSTON, Texas, (CMC):
Reggae Boyz forward Giles Barnes scored on return from injury but Houston Dynamos conceded deep in stoppage time at the end, as Seattle Sounders claimed a point in a 1-1 draw in the MLS here Sunday.
The 27-year-old Barnes, who has been sidelined for the last few weeks with hamstring problems, showed no effects from the lay off as he put the hosts ahead in the 35th minute at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston appeared set for full points with time winding down, but Chad Marshall netted in the fourth minute of injury time to break their hearts.
They lie eighth in the 10-team western conference with five points from as many outings.
Barnes said the loss was a difficult one to take, but there were positives to be taken from the defeat.
"It's bitter but I'm always proud of my team no matter what we do," said the Jamaican international, who was substituted in the 89th minute.
"We controlled the game for most of the parts, it's just that last little bit, that last per cent we need to get ready, need to get right, and once we do that, we'll be fine."
Restored to the starting line-up following a return to fitness, Barnes had the biggest impact for his side in the first half when he scored to give them a 1-0 lead at half-time.
Defender Janil Anibaba took a short, right-sided throw-in to midfielder Ricardo Clark, who produced a return pass for the 27-year-old to cross into the box.
Barnes then calmly collected the pass, turned and curled the ball over the napping Seattle defence and past goalkeeper Stefan Frei from about 10 yards out, to put Houston ahead.
After holding out for all of regular time in the second half, Houston conceded in the dying moments of the contest when St Vincent and the Grenadines international Oalex Anderson raced down the left and crossed into the box for Marshall to stab home from close range.