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Houston Dynamo come back against D.C. United for 2-1 victory

Mar 16, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Dynamo midfielder Memo Rodriguez (8) during the game against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BBVA Compass Stadium. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Houston – The Houston Dynamo stunned D.C. United with a comeback victory Saturday night that ended with 2-1 final score at BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston is still undefeated at home.

It was “Superhero night” at the stadium, and Houston put on its cape in the final minutes to defend its territory. 

Down 1-0 in the 67th minute, Dynamo veteran midfielder Boniek Garcia took advantage of a D.C. United turnover and passed the ball to Memo Rodriguez, who pulled the Dynamo back into the game with an equalizing goal.

“After the goal, everybody was looking at each other and we were like, ‘Come on let’s get it going. We’re going to bounce back.’ And, you know, we fought back and thankfully we got the three points today,” Rodriguez said.

Just a minute later — Dynamo fans hadn’t yet stopped the celebration of Memo’s equalizer — the score became 2-1 in favor of the home squad. Once again, Garcia made a calculated pass, this time to defender Adam Lundkvist, who then crossed the ball to Tommy McNamara.

McNamara ran more than 30 yards to finish and give Houston a 2-1 lead. There was nothing United goalie Bill Hamid could do.

“I think it was quite important to have obtained the three points today. I think it was difficult against a great team that plays very well,” Garcia said.”I think the team reacted in the best way and I think that was good, positive, and thank God, in the end, we could get the three points.”

During the first half, 56 percent of the possession was in favor of the Dynamo. No goal came in the first 45 minutes of the match and both teams left for the locker rooms.

What got most of the attention in the first half happened in the first minutes of the game. There was some tension when Dynamo midfielder Alberth Elis knocked heads with D.C. United defense Steve Birnbaum. Elis tried to play, but was unable to continue and was substituted off in the 10th minute. Rodriguez replaced him. The latest news from the Dynamo is that Elis might have a concussion and will be monitored.

“We were organized. We were solid. We didn’t create too many chances In the first half. I think it was a little it tough, the situation, because it could be the first game we played without Alberth, so sometimes, you know, it’s difficult. We don’t know how to play (without him), but I think we were adapting also,” Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera said.

After the second half whistle sounded, the first goal was scored. In the 46th minute, United star forward Wayne Rooney received a pass from teammate Ulises Segura. The Dynamo defense wasn’t close enough to stop Rooney, who got to the far post and sent the ball to the back of the net.

“I think we all gave a fight, I think everyone saw that today,” Rodriguez said. “We didn’t put our heads down even though they score right after the kickoff.”

The Houston Dynamo will hit the road to face Minnesota United at Allianz Field next week.

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