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Second half goals give Dynamo victory over Earthquakes

The Houston Dynamo defeated the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Houston Dynamo Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Alberth Elis’ world and we are just living in it. That was the takeaway from Saturday’s victory over the San Jose Earthquakes. Elis helped lead the team to a 2-1 victory over the Earthquakes.

The Dynamo dominated much of the first half but still allowed San Jose some quality chances in front of the net. The Quakes 15.4% more time with the ball than the Dynamo did. However, Houston got off 10 shots to the Quakes eight.

In the 34th minute Tomas Martinez was brought down in the box which was ruled a penalty kick for the Dynamo. While Anibal Godoy could have been shown a red card as he never made a play for the ball he was only shown a yellow for the offense. Mauro Manotas took the penalty kick but he sent the ball off the woodwork and rebounded to him. He put in the rebound but no other player touched the ball before him so it was ruled a no goal.

As the players walked back out for the second half the game was suspended for inclement weather. The delay lasted for an hour and thirteen minutes before the player resumed play for the second half.

Seven minutes into the second half the Dynamo finally found the break they were looking for. Alberth Elis went from one end of the field to the other passing the ball to Manotas in the box. Elis continued his run as Manotas passed the ball back to him and Elis had no trouble finding the net this time. Unfortunately, San Jose answered four minutes later after a questionable no call after Elis was taken down in the box. Jackson Yueill put a curling ball just out of Joe Willis’ reach to tie the game back up at 1-1.

The deadlock wouldn’t last for long as Tomas Martinez would find the net in the 60th minute. It was once again Elis who got the play started as he crossed the ball into the box to Manotas. However, Manotas wasn’t able to get a good touch on the ball and it fell to Martinez who was able to curl the ball right past the defense and into goal to recapture the lead for the Dynamo.

In the 87th minute, San Jose went down to ten men after Marcos Lopez made a dangerous play on Boniek Garcia. It was the third game this season that the Dynamo have played in when a player has been shown a red card. Despite the man advantage for the rest of the game the Dynamo weren’t able to increase their lead as they ended the game the 2-1 victors.

In the second half San Jose increased their time of possession ending the game with a 22.2% advantage over the Dynamo. The men in orange came out with the edge in shots getting off 18 in the game to San Jose’s 15. Six of Houston’s shots came from the feet of Elis.

Next up the Dynamo hit the road to play the LA Galaxy on Friday night.