The Dynamo are currently on top of the Western Conference with 37 points.
By: Edson J. Ochoa | @EOchoa_8 & @CargaNaranjaRGV
The Dynamo returned to BBVA Compass Stadium tonight with a real opportunity to clinch the top position in the highly contested Western Conference of the MLS. However, they would have to do so without their leading assister Alex Lima, who was given a red card in last week’s tie against Real Salt Lake.
For this game, Profe Cabrera brought out the much anticipated triad of Elis-Cubo-Quioto, who had not played as starters together since before the Gold Cup. This offensive power gave the Dynamo a lot of scoring chances in the first minutes of the game. In the 10th minute, Quioto passes the ball to DaMarcus Beasley out in the left wing and sends a grounded cross to Cubo who falls inside the box. The ball lands near Elis, who sends the shot just a bit wide of the San Jose goal.
Then in the 20th minute, Cabezas intercepts a San Jose pass and quickly finds Cubo Torres to build the counter attack. He sends the ball to Quioto on the wing and sends a curled shot that is saved by Tarbell. The Dynamo finds their opening goal in the next play with a corner kick that finds the head of Alberth Elis and gives the Dynamo a 1-0 lead early in the game.
Later in the 18th minute, the Dynamo were close to doubling their lead as Imperialle cleared away a cross but the ball gets to Quito who heads the ball toward the open goal, but Tarbell manages to get to the ball before it crosses the line. San Jose did not have a clear scoring opportunity until stoppage time of the first half but was denied by Tyler Deric.
In the 46th minute, Cubo Torres, who had a 1v1 opportunity with Tarbell, gets tripped inside the box by Imperialle and Ricardo Salazar points toward the penalty spot. The referee shows him the red, but shockingly, reverts his decision and shows him a yellow after looking at the VAR. Cubo takes the penalty but is denied by Tardell. After the missed penalty, the Dynamo’s morale seemed to suffer as San Jose started to create more scoring chances, but in the 85th minute, Elis nutmegs a San Jose defender and sends a cross that finds Vicente Sanchez who taps it in for the second goal of the night.
Then in stoppage time, Tomas Martinez, who made his debut with the Dynamo, sends a through ball towards Vicente Sanchez. Tarbell managed to slide to the ball first, but the rebound favored Vicente Sanchez who took a shot before the ball went out of bounds and Manotas was there to tap it in for the final 3-0 score.
Tyler Deric. Was not needed much in this game but made many crucial saves when San Jose managed to break the defense.
The Defense. The back line was rarely found out of position and held San Jose pretty well to hold the shutout.
The Referee. Last time I checked, you can’t use VAR to turn over a red for a yellow.
Cubo Torres. Mr. Roboto hasn’t been himself since he left for the Gold Cup and with the missed penalty, I wouldn’t be surprised if Profe Cabrera decides to bench him for Manotas.
The Houston Dynamo return to BBVA Compass Stadium on August 26th against Sporting Kansas City.
Photo Credit: Nigel Brooks @DynamoPix