Houston may struggle on the road but they can’t stop scoring when they are at home. At least that was the case on Wednesday night against Real Salt Lake where they got a 5-1 victory.
Houston got on the board just five minutes into the game thanks to an own goal from Real Salt Lake. Mauro Manotas crossed the ball to Alberth Elis but Justin Schmidt made a play on the ball, preventing Elis from getting the ball, knocking it into his own net.
Houston doubled their lead ten minutes later on a short corner. Alex took the corner and played it to Manotas who passed it back to him. Alex went around Plata at the top of the box and shot the ball past several defenders to score his first goal of the season. After getting as assist on the goal from Alex, Manotas would make it 3-0 just before halftime. Elis passed the ball into the box to Erick Torres who redirected it to Manotas. The forward got around his defender just enough to get the ball past him and past a diving Van Oekel.
Let’s not forget this magic moment happened in the first half:
"Catch Me If You Can" (2002) pic.twitter.com/3WYTRqJm4C— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) June 1, 2017
While Houston dominated the score line in the first half they were actually losing on most of the statistics. RSL completely dominated time of possession, holding on to the ball for 60% of the first half. They out shot Houston 9:6 and had six corners to Houston’s two.
Houston picked up where they left off as the second half got underway. After missing several scoring chances in the first half Cubo Torres finally got his first goal of the night in the 53rd minute. Elis crossed the ball to Torres who was right in front of goal. Torres tapped the ball in to score Dynamo goal number four on the night.
Joao Plata scored in the 63rd minute on a free kick. By the time his goal got around the wall and to the net there was no time for Tyler Deric to get to it. However, Houston would extend their lead again five minutes later. Boniek Garcia crossed a perfect ball into the box to have Leonardo find it for a header and a 5-1 lead.
While Dynamo fans hoped that the team would score their first ever six goals in a game they were left disappointed as the defender’s goal was the last of the night. Disappointment wasn’t too great since it was still a 5-1 victory that moved the team into first place in the Western Conference.
After the big win at home Houston are on the road on Sunday to take on the Seattle Sounders. God speed.
Here's tonight's Dynamo starting XI: Deric; DeLaGarza, Machado, Leonardo, Remick; Clark ©, Cabezas, Alex; Elis, Torres, Manotas #HOUvRSL pic.twitter.com/uLyGuCe1Xv— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) May 31, 2017
#RSL XI @ HOU ::— RSL matchday (@RSLmatchday) May 31, 2017
Beltran Schuler Maund Schmidt; Beckerman Sunny Rusnák;
Plata Movsisyan Savarino pic.twitter.com/YGawcVMDgm
62' SUB: Boniek García replaces Mauro Manotas, who had a hand in 3 of 4 goals tonight. https://t.co/smoqqaDSXV #HOUvRSL #VoteDynamo— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) June 1, 2017
66’ - Hernandez in for Rusnák, #RSL down 1-4 at HOU w/ trip to Dallas beckoning on Saturday— RSL matchday (@RSLmatchday) June 1, 2017
65' SUB: Memo Rodriguez replaces Alex. #HOUvRSL— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) June 1, 2017
71' SUB: Vicente Sánchez replaces Alberth Elis. 5-1 Dynamo. #HOUvRSL— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) June 1, 2017
73’ - Holness on for Beckerman, #RSL down 1-5 at HOU— RSL matchday (@RSLmatchday) June 1, 2017