Apr 21, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Toronto FC midfielder Ager Aketxe (8) controls the ball as Houston Dynamo midfielder Eric Alexander (6) defends during the first half at BBVA Compass Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s what we learned from the Houston Dynamo’s 5-1 rout of Toronto FC.
Romell Quioto is back
The Honduran international had a slow start to his second MLS season considering he came out of the gate last season scoring three goals in his first three games. He started 2018 on the bench as he worked his way back from an illness that kept him away from the pitch for three weeks in the preseason. On Saturday, with Quioto finally back in shape, he displayed the skills and athletic attributes that made the Dynamo sign him from Honduran side Olimpia last season.
The 26-year-old contributed a goal and two assists and tormented Toronto on the left wing all game long. It was the first game Quioto played the full 90. He gives Houston another player who can take on opponents and go at them, which opens the game for fellow forwards Alberth Elis and Mauro Manotas, who both benefited from a Quioto assist.
Finishing off chances
In the past three games, Houston had plenty of scoring opportunities but failed to complete them. It was especially heartbreaking for them in two road draws where an extra goal would have given the Orange three points. Saturday’s five goals will go a long way in giving Houston the confidence it needs to continue finishing off the scoring opportunities it creates as the season continues. Better yet, all three of Houston’s forwards scored in the game, a point Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera made sure to bring up in his postgame press conference. The Dynamo finished the game with 20 shots, 11 on target.
Winning at home
After back-to-back home losses, the Dynamo desperately needed a win and Cabrera made sure to bring that up in his postgame conference. For a team that lost only once at home all of last season, the two home losses so far this season are unusual for them.
“We talked about it before the game. It didn’t matter who we played against, we need to be better at home. We need to get results at home. It’s something that we were unbelievable at last year. And something that we need to continue,” said Dynamo keeper Joe Willis, who started Saturday’s game. “One of the reasons we were successful last year is because we were practically unbeatable at home. So that’s something that we’re trying to get back to.”