The Union fell to the Dynamo, 1-0, this past weekend at PPL Park. Midfielder Ricardo Clark scored in the 53rd minute to give Houston the victory.
A pivotal moment in the game came in the 30th minute on a disallowed goal for the Union. Keon Daniel lined up to hit a free kick from about 40 yards out. It sailed through the hands of Houston keeper Tally Hall for what looked to be the game's first goal. Instead, it was disallowed.
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"When the ball was played, the Union player [defender Amobi Okugo] was judged to be offsides, so therefore he was penalized for being offsides on that play," said referee Mark Kadlecik said. "The offsides player [Okugo] interfered with the keeper. It didn't matter if it was physical or not. If they're offsides, they are interfering with play."
Instead of Daniel's blast becoming fuel to stoke a three-point favor for the Union, it was Houston picking up the points. The Union (10-10-9) sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 39 points.
"This is a cruel game sometimes," said team manager John Hackworth. "It just feels like in a lot of ways, we can't catch a break. That's not the reason that we are sitting here where we are [in the standings], but sometimes you need the ball to bounce your way a little and certainly not have outside factors take goals away and affect your game."