Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Houston Dynamo advances to Round of 16 in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

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Darla S Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 11, 2019) Playing with a squad that was depleted due to international assignments, the Houston Dynamo got an early lead and held on to down Austin Bold FC 3-2 in fourth round action of the Lamar HuntU.S. Open Cup at BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston now moves to the Round of 16 for the fifth straight year. The draw for the Round of 16 is set for Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. CDT, with matches scheduled for June 18 or 19.

The Dynamo jumped on the scoreboard in the first half with three goals. Midfielder Tomas Martinez (shown above) struck first, in the 14th minute, followed by forward Renaldo Pena in the 31st minute and midfielder Matias Vera in the 40th minute. Martinez was credited with the assist for the Pena goal, with Pena receiving the assist for Vera's goal. For the Bold, midfielder Xaiver Baez cut the Dynamo's lead to two, with a goal in the 48th minute. Ten minutes later, forward Promise Issac got Austin within one of Houston.

The Dynamo won their first-ever Open Cup this past September, bringing the century-old trophy to the Bayou City, in downing the Philadelphia Union 3-2.

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