Four games into the 2019 Major League Soccer campaign, the Houston Dynamo have a dynamic scoring duo no one expected. Well, no one except head coach Wilmer Cabrera and their Dynamo teammates.
Last season, Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas showed what he could do when given the opportunity. The Colombian international was nothing short of spectacular rewriting the franchise scoring records. In just his fourth season with the Dynamo, he already sits fourth on the all-time scoring list with 35 goals. Dynamo legend Brian Ching sits atop record books with 56 goals.
“It is good to have a top scorer around you. It is important for any club to have someone that you rely on to score goals. We rely on him right now to score goals,” said Wilmer Cabrera of Manotas.
The Dynamo striker has celebrated his new contract that extends through the 2021 season with four goals in five games across all competition.
Memo Rodriguez, a homegrown player, arrived in 2015 just like Manotas but his learning curve was hampered by other organizational decisions. Not until Cabrera took over the reins of the club did Rodriguez begin to see real opportunity.
Two weeks ago, Cabrera spoke of what the team needed from Memo going forward.
“Now what we need from Memo is to become that type of solid player and have 90 minutes each game. He needs to change, from a good player that comes off the bench and makes things happen for us, to one that uses the 90 minutes as a way to push the team forward.”
Memo’s first goal on last Saturday night was just what the coach expected. The young midfielder eluded his defender, attacked the goal anticipating what forward Alberth Elis would do and then he finished. His energy on the pitch has given the Dynamo an added dimension that they have not had with Darwin Ceren.
The magic continued on the road in Colorado as Memo scored his fourth goal of the season in the fourth minute of the game. Manotas assisted on the Dynamo’s final goal, in a franchise road tying 4-1 victory, as Alberth Elis tallied his second goal in as many games.