Friday, May 12, 2017

Dynamo remain undefeated at home with 2-1 win over Vancouver

Photo by Jeremy Fletcher, Bigshots Snapshots
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2017 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 12, 2017) The Houston Dynamo jumped to the top of the Western Conference standings on Friday night (May 12) with a 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. The win kept Houston undefeated at home this year and improve their home record to 6-0-1. It also allowed them to surpass the team’s total wins at home from 2016. The Dynamo went 5-5-7 a year ago at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The duo of Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis (shown above right, No. 17) secured the first goal for Houston in the 15th minute. Quioto crossed to Elis for the header. The goal extended Elis’ home scoring streak to 15 games. Quioto recorded his second assist of the season, and second in as many games. Elis was quoted after the game:
“The truth is that I’m glad we won today. This is what we wanted, we worked all week for this and we hope to remain consistent throughout the year. I felt my leg tighten up, so to prevent any further injury I preferred to leave the game and now I have to wait for the test results.”
Photo by Jeremy Fletcher, Bigshots Snapshots
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Erick Torres (shown left, No. 9) doubled the Dynamo’s score when he converted a penalty kick in the 67th minute. His eight goals on the season are the second-most in his career, behind a 15-goal season in 2013. The score was his league-leading eighth goal of the season along with his third game-winning goal of the season. The goal was Torres’ fourth from a penalty kick this season, which is the most in a single season in Dynamo history. Brad Davis had three penalty kick goals in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Torres talked with the press, after the match, about the Dynamo’s home-game success in 2017.
“We have validated our home stature, the fan base has supported us and that made the opponent feel uncomfortable. Now we have to get points on the road, play with the same intensity, have personality, have the same attitude, character that we demonstrate. That way we will be able to get points on the road because we have a streak of away matches and we have to get points."
Brek Shae came off the bench and scored for the second consecutive week for Vancouver in the 85th minute to close out the scoring for the evening.

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