Going into Saturday’s game against Real Salt Lake the Houston Dynamo had never won at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake were undefeated at home in 2016 and the Dynamo had only won one game on the road in 2016. After Saturday’s game the Dynamo had a win at Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL had their first home loss and Houston had their second road win of the season.
Alex put Houston up 1-0 in the 36th minute of the game. Ricardo Clark was able to strip the ball from John Stertzer. Alex was able to jump on the ball and head towards goal, chipping the ball past Nick Rimando to score his third goal in as many games.
Mauro Manotas tried to extend the Dynamo’s lead in the 49th minute. Manotas was all alone as he ran as goal but his shot went off the left post.
After coming on late in the game to replace Manotas, Will Bruin would get around Olave to go 1-v-1 against Rimando. The goalkeeper would come out to stop the ball and Bruin’s run.
While refereeing in MLS is more often questionable than not, Silviu Petrescu out on a stunning display of having no clue what he was doing on the field as confusion reigned over a dropped ball for Houston. By games end he had managed to issue six yellow cards to Houston most of which were for time wasting.
RSL dominated possession for most of the night controlling the ball 66% of the game. The two teams combined for just four shots in the first half. The second half had considerably more action as RSL had 12 shots while Houston had 6. Houston’s three points on the night drop the Chicago Fire to the very bottom of the league while Houston continues to stay worst in the Western Conference.
Next Saturday, Houston host the Portland Timbers.
51' - Allen coming on for Stertzer— Real Salt Lake (@RealSaltLake) September 18, 2016
68' - Garcia coming on for Mulholland— Real Salt Lake (@RealSaltLake) September 18, 2016
79' - Holness coming on for Glad— Real Salt Lake (@RealSaltLake) September 18, 2016