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Kendall Watson :Ben Nelms APKendall Watson :Ben Nelms APVANCOUVER Whitecaps’ Kendall Watson scored the tying goal to save the team from defeat against Houston Dynamo at BC Place on Friday night.

Waston headed home the equalizer in the second half stoppage time for a 2-2 draw in a thrilling end to end contest after Mauro Manotas looked to have the winner for the visitors on 90 minute

Houston scored first in 35th minute. Alberth Elis settled a long pass from the Houston backline and picked out Tomas Martinez at the top of the area, who took one touch to his left and slotted an 18-yard shot past Brian Rowe.

Caps found an equalizer right before half-time when Waston beat his defender with a clever move and cut the ball back to Jose Aja, who hit a first-time volley from a tight angle past Joe Willis to make it 1-1 at the break.

Vancouver's Kei Kamara was shown a yellow card for kicking a Houston defender as he attempted to volley a looping ball out of the air and on goal.

Elis then had a chance for the Dynamo at the other end, getting free in the Vancouver area after some nice build-up play, but shooting right at Rowe, who easily dealt with the effort.

But just before full-time, a deflected Arturo Alvarez shot fell right to Manotas and he lashed home a lovely volley to beat Rowe right before Waston rose highest to redirect a headed Kamara cross into the net and save a big point for Carl Robinson's team.


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