Sunday, May 08, 2016

Houston Dynamo downs Sporting Kansas City 2-0

Photo by Darla Tamuitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 8, 2016) The Houston Dynamo won their second game of the 2016 season with a 2-0 decision over Sporting Kansas City in front of 20,071 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday, May 7, 2016. With the win, Houston moves to 2-5-2 on the season with eight points. Kansas City drops to 4-5-2 and 24 points.

The Dynamo took the lead in the 30th minute when captain Giles Barnes took a flicker pass from Erick Torres and drilled it past Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia for the first goal of the game. Houston doubled their goal number in added time of the first half whenAndrew Wenger found an open lane to the net and scored his third goal of the season, allowing the Dynamo to take a 2-0 lead to the locker room at halftime.

The victory ended a six match winless streak for the Dynamo, with their last win coming on March 12 when they downed FC Dallas by the score of 5-0 in the second game of the season. In head-to-head meetings, Houston has defeated Kansas City nine times while losing to their MLS opponent five times. Ten matches have ended in ties. The win gives the Dynamo five victories at home over Kansas City as opposed to three losses. Five Dynamo home games versus KC have ended in ties.

The Dynamo will next face the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday, May 11 at Avaya Stadium with a 9:30 p.m. CDT start. They will return home on Saturday, May 14 for a 4 p.m. CDT match against Real Salt Lake.

At the same time the Dynamo were defeating Sporting Kansas City, their female counterpart, theHouston Dash, also came away with a 2-1 win against FC Kansas City in National Women’s Soccer League action. Denise O’Sullivan scored in the 69th minute and Chioma Ubogagu added the Dash's second goal in the 70th minute for the win.

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