Ricardo Clark headed home a late equalizer from a Brad Davis free kick as the Houston Dynamo survived a late red card to capture a 1-1 road draw with Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park on Saturday.

It was Clark’s fifth goal of the season to set a career-high. It was also Davis’ 100th career regular-season assist with the Dynamo.

The Dynamo (28 points, 22 games played) are four points behind the Portland Timbers (32 points, 22 games played) and Seattle Sounders (32 points, 23 games played) for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference.

The Dynamo return home at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 8 to host the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Western Conference rivals met 11 days after Sporting Kansas City defeated the Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup on July 21. Saturday’s match was the 19th in all competitions between the clubs since 2011.

Sporting KC seized an early lead in the sixth minute when Benny Feilhaber served a free kick from the right sideline and Dom Dwyer rose to head low and inside the post from eight yards for a 1-0 lead.

With the goal, Dwyer has now scored in six straight games against the Dynamo in all competitions. It was Feilhaber’s 11th assist of the season, second most in MLS.

The Dynamo trailed at halftime despite three good chances to equalize: First Will Bruin, alone on goal before his shot was smothered by goalkeeper Tim Melia. Then, Sheanon Williams delivered a pinpoint cross but Clark misfired from six yards. Finally, Bruin teed up Davis, and the Dynamo captain cracked a low shot from 25 yards that forced a strong save from Melia, who dove to his left to parry wide.

Houston’s breakthrough came from a set piece in the 78th minute. From nearly the same spot as Feilhaber’s free kick in the first half, Davis served a precise cross and Clark rose high above Dwyer for an athletic header into the bottom corner to tie the game.

Davis leads MLS with five assists from set pieces this season.

The Dynamo were reduced to 10 players when referee Jorge Gonzalez issued a red card to Nate Sturgis for a late sliding challenge against Roger Espinoza near the center circle. It was Sturgis’ first regular-season red card in his 10-year MLS career (140 games).

Houston defended well for the final 10 minutes to gain the road point.

Next game: Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes – Saturday, August 8, 8 p.m. CT, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas