Well, the Houston Dynamo took care of business. In the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Dynamo defeated PDL side FC Tucson 2-0 Wednesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. The crowd was sparse, the team fielded was reserves, but nonetheless the men in orange got back to their winning ways at home.
Alex Dixon opened up the scoring in the 26th minute, after Mike Chabala crossed the ball into the box. Later on, Giles Barnes fired in a free kick to give Houston an insurance goal.
Tyler Deric was excellent in goal and kept the clean sheet on the night. FC Tucson played a pretty good game and certainly will do well in the PDL. The team was founded in 2010 and is in its early years of growth.
One highlight of the night was 18-year old striker Bryan Salazar making his Dynamo debut. Salazar, who signed a homegrown contract in February, played 60 minutes. The high school senior is scheduled to graduate high school next weekend and will begin training with the first team full time afterwards.
With the victory, the Dynamo will get another shot at FC Dallas in the next round. Dallas will host the fourth round matchup against Houston on June 12 in Frisco.
Houston Dynamo vs. FC Tucson
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, third round
May 29, 2013 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
Houston Dynamo: Tyler Deric; Brian Ownby, Bobby Boswell, Anthony Arena, Mike Chabala; Warren Creavalle, Luiz Camargo (Adam Moffat 83), Alex Dixon; Bryan Salazar (Andrew Driver 60), Brian Ching (Giles Barnes 72), Jason Johnson
Substitutes not used: Erich Marschedier, Kofi Sarkodie, Will Bruin, Eric Brunner
TOTAL SHOTS: 21 (Jason Johnson 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Jason Johnson 3); FOULS: 10 (Brian Ownby 4); OFFSIDES: 1 (Brian Ching 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Alex Dixon 5); SAVES: 1 (Tyler Deric 1)
FC Tucson: Dallas Jaye; Tim Harbison, Greg Carter, Travis Campbell, Edgar Reyna; Eli Galbraith-Knapp, Brandon Zimmerman, Connor Brandt (Conner Bevans 64), Ricardo Velazco, David Clemens (Stephen Posa 79); Saeed Robinson (Dakota Collins 64)
Subs not used: Michael D'Arrigo, Kevin Gould
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (David Clemens 2, Ricardo Velazco 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Travis Campbell 1); FOULS: 4 (Brandon Zimmerman 2); OFFSIDE: 1 (Saeed Robinson 1); CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 7 (Dallas Jaye 7)
FCT: Saeed Robinson (caution) 26
HOU: Warren Creavalle (caution) 71
FCT: Brandon Zimmerman (caution) 84