The Houston Dynamo hit the road in search of their first win at BC Place while also looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches The men in orange have been outscored 11-3 while gaining only 1 point in six previous attempts in Vancouver and their woes continued with a 2-1 loss on Saturday night. Erick Torres, Ricardo Clark, and Vicente Sanchez were all left off the traveling squad in preparation for Wednesday’s Texas Derby. Yellow card accumulation meant that Alberth Elis would also not feature.
The first half began with both sides occupying the wings while spraying in crosses to no avail. The Vancouver Whitecaps dominated possession in the early going, but the Dynamo did well to limit any danger in front of goal. However, Houston found themselves behind early after Boniek García’s reckless challenge from behind gave the home team a penalty in the 16th minute. Fredy Montero stepped up and made no mistake to put the home side ahead.
Romell Quioto nearly drew the visitors level in the 28th when his free kick was parried away by David Ousted after a slight deflection off the wall. Yordy Reyna doubled Vancouver’s lead just three minutes later with a spectacular curling effort from outside the box.
Houston were able to produce only a couple of half chances before the referee’s whistle sent the teams into the dressing rooms for halftime.
The second half began with play becoming increasingly stretched and Quioto was able to pull one back for the Dynamo in the 51st minute off a lofted ball from Mauro Manotas. Following a period of twenty minutes in which neither side was able to produce a chance on goal, Boniek García made way for new signing Tomás Martínez, the Dynamo’s first substitution on the night.
The Dynamo put relentless pressure on Vancouver in the closing stages and Manotas nearly leveled things with a blistering effort from the top of the box. Numerous corners, free kicks, and crosses into the box were ultimately unsuccessful as Houston searched for an equalizer. In the end, their inefficiency in front of goal and defensive lapses insured yet another away defeat.
Both Cabezas and DeLaGarza were issued yellow cards in the game which puts them out for Houston’s next game due to yellow card accumulations.
The Dynamo hit the road again for the Texas Derby on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.