Houston Dynamo defeated D.C. United in the most interesting match of the day in MLS. Dynamo managed to come back from behind and to stay in the race for the top of the Western Conference. It is a massive victory for Wilmer Cabrera’s guys who had a two-game winless skid prior to tonight’s game.
The first 45 minutes haven’t brought anything noticeable on the field of BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The teams were cautious and didn’t want to make some kind of a mistake which could put them in a difficult situation.
Conservative approaches resulted in just one shot on goal, and dull performance.
But as soon as the second half began, the guests struck. D.C. scored within a minute after the referee Vasquez signaled for the kick-off. Guests’ players stole the ball at the midfield, and the entire action ended with Wayne Rooney netting. The English striker followed Ulises Segura’s attack, and reached his low cross on the far post of Houston’s goal. He didn’t have any troubles of putting the ball into the empty net.
It was Rooney’s seventh goal of the season.
But hosts came back. And they did it with style. It was a quick one-two punch which knocked-out United in just two minutes.
At first, Memo Rodriguez showed his fantastic striking abilities, by scoring a nice goal. The 23-year old cut from the left wing into the middle avoided two defenders and sent a laser-precise shot into the right lower corner of Bill Hamid’s net.
Some 60 seconds later, an eruption of joy in the stands, as Tommy McNamara completely turned the result upside down. Adam Lundkvist sent a cross from the left, one of Dynamo’s players just scratched the ball in the goalkeeper area, and it fell right in front of McNamara who was at the far post.
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D.C. couldn’t recover from this one, and they only lost Paul Arriola five minutes before the end because of a red card. United heads back East, to meet with the Revolution on the road. The game is on next Saturday.
Meanwhile, Houston faces Minnesota United in Minneapolis on the same day.