The last time Houston came to Kansas City there were six yellows and a straight red. There is little doubt the two teams have very little love for each other. There is also little doubt that Dom Dwyer loves to antagonize Houston. Okay, Dom likes to irritate every opponent.
Dwyer's early goal and then his challenge on Houston keeper Tyler Deric that ended up earning them both yellows just fueled the simmering feud.
Houston asserted itself after Dwyer's goal and had the better of the play for much of the first half. Sporting Kansas City built momentum through the early part of the second half, creating several good chances but could not find the back of the net.
Sporting KC fell victim to Houston's strength once again in the 78th minute when the Dynamo earned a restart from outside the box but deep in Kansas City's end. Arch nemesis Brad Davis took the kick and Ricardo Clark outjumped Dwyer to head one past Tim Melia.
The rivalry earned another straight red when the referee issued a straight red to Nathan Sturgis for his contact with Roger Espinoza. Paulo Nagamura subbed in when Espinoza was unable to return.
Sporting Kansas City put the pressure on the with man advantage trying to retake the lead late and appeared to get a goal when Nemeth was call offside, legitimately so.
Another controversial moment came when a cross went over all the Sporting KC players and looked as if a Dynamo player knocked the ball down with his hand.
When the ref blew the final whistle, it was a fair result for two teams that both looked like they wanted the win as part of the rivalry.