The Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders played on Monday night in a lopsided game that saw the home team win 4-1. The Dynamo were on the road to Seattle looking for their first win at CenturyLink Field and left still looking for that win.
Ronaldo Pena was listed as a starter for the game but before things got underway it was announced that he had suffered an injury and would not start the game. Arturo Alvarez started in place of Pena next to Mauro Manotas. The Dynamo were without Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto who were gone for international duty.
Cristian Roldan helped set up Will Bruin to give the home side an early lead. In the 18th minute Nouhou Tolo crossed the ball over to Roldan. Boniek Garcia was unable to stop Roldan from sending a low cross to Bruin. Dynamo defender Adolfo Machado was between Bruin and the goal but he was unable to close down Bruin who spun around after getting the ball before firing it past Machado and goalkeeper Joe Willis for the 1-0 lead.
Roldan would get once back of his own in the 34th minute. The goal started with a counter attack that the Dynamo were powerless to stop. Nicolas Lodeiro was the man to did most of the running on the play passing the ball to Roldan who’s shot went past Willis and into goal to make it 2-0.
It looked like Houston had finally broken through just before half time when Darwin Ceren put the ball into the net. Unfortunately the whistle blew before the ball found the net for an alleged handball (it hit his chest) from Mauro Manotas. Due to the sequence of events the play was not reviewable and Seattle maintained their 2-0 lead.
Houston fell victim to a dummy from Bruin as the ball from Kelvin Leerdam went past Bruin to Victor Rodriguez. The shot from Rodriguez deflected off of Machado and into the net to make it 3-0 in the 64th minute of the game. Nine minutes later Rodriguez would score again to put Houston down four goals. This time Rodriguez scored off a ball from second half sub Handwalla Bwana.
Mauro Manotas had several chances in front of goal even sending the ball off the post at one point. Houston finally got a goal in the 87th minute thanks to DaMarcus Beasley. His shot went past goal keeper Stefan Frei giving the defender his first goal of the season. The goal was the last of the game and the final whistle blew with a 4-1 scoreline.
The loss officially killed any chance the Dynamo had of getting into the playoffs. Houston are back in action on Friday night against LAFC.
72' First Sounders substitution: pic.twitter.com/FByHfGMSps— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) October 9, 2018
77' Leonardo and Adam Lundkvist have entered in place of Machado and Cabezas in the last few minutes. #SEAvHOU— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) October 9, 2018
78' Second Sounders substitution: pic.twitter.com/LAOVR18L21— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) October 9, 2018