After a big win last weekend the Houston Dynamo headed to Minnesota hoping to ride the goal scoring wave. While the team was able to jump out to an early lead they were unable to keep the Loons out of goal and ended up losing on the road.
Romell Quioto picked up right where he left off last weekend as once again his work down the left side of the field earn him an assist on the first goal of the game. In the 10th minute of the game Quioto played a perfectly slanted cross to Alberth Elis in front of goal. Both Elis and Mauro Manotas were sliding in front of goal to try and tap the ball in but it was Elis who would get to the ball to send it in and put the Dynamo up 0-1.
Minnesota had to deal with an early sub as Chris Ramirez left the game in the 30th minute with a hamstring injury. Ramirez had several chances at goal before his injury. The forward tried a chip at goal from distance, but Joe Willis was able to get up high enough to grab the ball before it found its way into the top corner of the net.
The Dynamo’s fortunes started to turn when Alejandro Fuenmayor was called for a handball in the 40th minute. Darwin Quintero was right in front of goal when he was able to head the ball towards goal, but unfortunately for the Dynamo Fuenmayor got a hand on the ball leading to a penalty call. Quintero took the penalty kick and while Willis guess the correct direction the ball was up over him as he dove to try and make a save. The PK leveled the game at 1-1.
Minutes later Quioto tried to regain the lead but his shot went off the woodwork. Overall it was a good first half for the orange with eight shots total. They held the Loons to four shots even though Minnesota had the edge in possession.
Manotas nearly gave the Dynamo the lead back in the 66th minute with an amazing header off of a cross from DaMarcus Beasley. Somehow Bobby Shuttleworth got down just in time to stop the ball from crossing the goal line. Instead it would be the Loons who scored a few minutes later. Isbon looked like he was crossing the ball into the box but it went off of Leonardo and into goal for a 2-1 lead for the Loons.
The Dynamo continued to try and push for an equalizer but they weren’t able to find one as the lost the game 2-1. They finished the game with 19 shots as 11 of those came in the second half as they looked for an equalizer. Minnesota only had two additional shots in the second half to bring their final total to six.
The Dynamo return home to face the LA Galaxy on May 5 for a sold out game at BBVA Compass Stadium.