The Dynamo are off to a fantastic start at home this season. While they have struggled against Texas rivals FC Dallas in the past, today the odds were in Houston’s favor at home.
Finally, this squad is really playing some good soccer. The Dynamo are off and running this season. In particular, their home performances have been awesome. However, their rivals up north have been harsh on Houston. Today the Texas Derby went on at BBVA Compass Stadium in the H.
So how did things go for the two teams this afternoon? Let’s take a look, shall we?
Dynamo 2, FC Dallas 1
Well well well. What a change in fortune for Dallas this time around. In fairness, this Dynamo team is much more balanced they were a year ago. I’d argue this year’s squad is dangerous and should not be slept on. Wilmer Cabrera has done an exceptional job so far this season. Eight games in and the Dynamo find themselves in third place out West. And the best part about it all, they’re winning all of the home games.
With a balance of good counter-attacking and some rock-solid defense, Houston looks legit this season. And one man has been back to his old scoring ways. If you guessed Mauro Manotas, then you have been reading these pieces and watching the games.
In fact, Manotas has really been on the last two games. Three goals in two games to be exact. But none of the this is possible without the midfield’s exceptional play. They are tough, they are smart, and boy do they know how to create. In particular, Alberth Elis has been a magician. Tomas Martinez has added a scoring threat and he is a capable defender. Finally, Memo Rodriguez has been on fire this season. The man has scored six goals this season and he knows how to create chances.
For example, today Rodriguez was the man that set up the assist for Manotas in the 58th minute. Prior to that, Manotas also converted a penalty shot in the 20th minute. For that penalty, he can thank that man Elis for drawing the foul in the box.
Dallas didn’t go down without a fight, however. In fact, in the 87th minute, Dominique Badji made things interesting with his shot from close range.
Unfortunately for Dallas, that was all the noise they could muster. With the loss that sets them in 5th place. The next time these two teams play each other won’t be until mid-August. Hopefully, the same intensity will be met when they meet in Frisco.
With that said, the Dynamo will travel to Seattle on May 11th. There they will be a part of another heavyweight match against a West power. And the Seattle Sounders don’t mess around. Also on the 11th, Dallas will host New York Red Bulls.
We’ll see how these two teams stand when they meet again. Until then, stay tuned to NGSC Sports for the latest on the Houston Dynamo all season long. With the way they are playing, this season should be really fun going forward.
Until next time, Orange Nation.
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