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Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United Final Score: Three points, two assists and one panther mask as Dynamo get win over Loons

Dynamo unleash secret weapon, Vicente Sanchez, to beat the Loons.

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

At last the Houston Dynamo are back to their winning ways. While the team had a number of chances against Minnesota United in the first half it wasn’t until the second half that they were able to really show what they could do - celebrate goals.

The Dynamo had a very active yet fruitless first half. Romell Quioto had a great chance in front of goal in the 22nd minute but he wasn’t able to keep the ball down. Alberth Elis crossed the ball to Quioto at the edge of the six yard box. Quioto slid to make the play but the ball went sailing over the bar. In the 34th minute the situation was reversed. Quioto found Elis on a long cross, but Elis’ header skimmed just over the bar.

Later, Tyler Deric grabbed a corner kick from Minnesota and played it out to Quioto down the field. Quioto’s shot was saved by Bobby Shuttleworth.

By the time the half time whistle blew the Dynamo had ten shots to the Loons two. Unfortunately for the Dynamo their shots were either off target or Shuttleworth came up to make the stop on them. The Loons had dominated possession (59.2%) in the first half which being behind on possession usually works out in the Dynamo’s favor.

In the 69th minute the Dynamo finally got on the scoreboard. Second half sub Vicente Sanchez crossed the ball in to the box and Elis was able to find the back of the net with his header. To celebrate Elis put on a Black Panther mask and received a yellow card for his celebration.

The Dynamo doubled their lead in the 85 minute off a corner kick. It was Sanchez served in a perfect corner kick. Quioto got a head the ball directing it into goal. To celebrate his goal, Quioto took off his jersey and held it up earning himself a yellow for the celebration.

In the first minute of stoppage time Sam Nicholson scored for Minnesota. Nicholson played a great shot from outside the box to the far post and just past the outstretched hand of Tyler Deric. Fortunately for the Dynamo that was to be the only goal scored by Minnesota and the Dynamo walked away with a 2-1 win.

On Thursday the Dynamo host their annual Charities Cup game at BBVA Compass Stadium which will be fielded by a Dynamo Legends squad taking on Crul Azul. The team doesn’t have another MLS game until October 11 when they host Sporting Kansas City in a midweek game that is a makeup for the game that was postponed due to Hurricane Harvey.