Philippe Senderos picked up where he left off on Tuesday as he continued his corner kick scoring run against Minnesota United. Saturday, the Houston Dynamo got a much needed three points in their win over the Loons.
The Dynamo earned a corner kick in the 36th minute after a cross from DaMarcus Beasley found Mauro Manotas in front of goal and was deflected out by a Minnesota United defender. Alberth Elis headed down the ensuing corner kick taken by Romell Quioto sending the ball across the face of goal. Philippe Senderos took a shot that put the ball into the back of the net to give the Dynamo a 1-0 lead.
The Dynamo completely dominated possession in the first half something that often decreases their scoring chances. They ended the first half with nine shot on goal and the lone goal from Senderos. The Loons had four shots in the first half, but Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis was able to take care of any potentially shots that came his way.
It was Senderos again in the 51st minute to double the score for the Dynamo. Romell Quioto served up another corner kick that Senderos put home to extend the lead for the Dynamo. The goal was Senderos’ fourth goal of the season, all of which have come from corner kicks.
Alberth Elis scored in stoppage time to make it a 3-0 final score in the Dynamo’s favor. Elis made a short pass to Boniek Garcia who lost track of the ball as he tried to move forward. Isbon was able to get the ball but his pass went to Elis who sent the ball right down the middle past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
The crossbar worked hard in the Loons favor to keep the Dynamo from increasing the goal differential on the night. Second half substitute Adam Lundqvist made a great strike on the ball but it was a little high as it went off the cross bar early in the second half. Tomas Martinez also came close to scoring but his attempt hit the underside of the cross bar.
The Dynamo finished the game with 56.9% possession and 22 total shots. The Loons struggled all night to get much going and finished the game with five shots. Minnesota has lost seven straight road games.
Next up the Dynamo are on the road playing the Colorado Rapids on July 14.
SUB: Adam Lundkvist replaces DaMarcus Beasley at left back at halftime. #HOUvMIN— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) July 8, 2018