Houston Dynamo 4-New York Red Bulls (NYRB) 1 (BBVA Compass Stadium-Houston)
Hou: Remick-14, Torres-41,56,90+1 NY: Wright Phillips-13
Anybody who thought Cubo Torres would be leading the league in scoring after Week 5, please raise your hand. If you did, I am in awe. 6 goals in 4 games….when he had not previously scored since his arrival in the summer of 2015. Saturday night his goals came from a penalty, off a direct kick and from the run of play. He has scored in four consecutive league games, something no Dynamo player has ever done. Wilmer Cabrera is the early leader in the clubhouse for MLS Coach of the Year for this miracle revival.
Makeshift lineup-no problem:
The Dynamo started the game missing 5 starters. Rommel Quioto and David Cabezas who were listed as out before the game started. Leonardo who picked up a late training injury and two players returning from international duty…Alberth Elis and DaMarcus Beasley. Dylan Remick deputized for Beasley and scored the opening goal. Former NYRB Eric Alexander picked up for Cabezas like he has already done this season, Jalil Anibaba stepped in for Leonardo and Mauro Manotas and Andrew Wenger replaced the two early-season phenomenons that are Elis and Quioto. Manotas had a superb game. His Audi Index score was 1087, more than 400 points better than the next highest player on the field…Cubo Torres.
A Bit Lucky:
NYRB had serious issues with two of the goals scored by Torres. Captain Sasha Kljestan loudly voiced his displeasure over the penalty that was awarded the Dynamo when substitute defender Damian Perrinelle appeared to trip Manotas late in the first half. They also believed that Andrew Wenger was in an offside position and obstructed goalkeeper Luis Robles on Cubo’s second goal. A case could have been made about these goals, but an argument also could have been made for a Dynamo penalty early in the game when Robles ran over Torres while both were pursuing the ball just outside the six-yard box. All that said, the Dynamo were clearly the better team on the night.
Long-time Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark had to be substituted in the 59th minute for what appeared to be a leg injury.
Tulsa 1-Rio Grande Valley FC (RGVFC) 0 (ONEOK Field-Tulsa, Oklahoma)
180 minutes and RGVFC has not scored a goal. For a second straight game, the Toros had the better of play…58% of possession and they had 8 to 3 advantage in shots-on-goal. Once again a lapse in defensive concentration resulted in the only goal Tulsa needed on the night. Roughnecks forward Ian Svantesson created separation from Toros defender Robby Sagel and sent the ball to a wide open Joey Calistri. If Calistri hadn’t scored there was one other wide open Tulsa player who probably would have anyway. Steady rain in the second half did not make the RGVFC comeback attempt any easier. Roughnecks goalkeeper Bryan Byers, who ended the night with eight saves, was named Man of the Match. The Toros only lost consecutive games once last year.
Only one Dynamo player, midfielder Jose Escalante, was loaned to the Toros on Saturday night.
Rio Grande Valley FC is back in Oklahoma next weekend to play OKC Energy FC.
San Antonio FC (SAFC) 3-Los Angeles Galaxy II (Los Dos) 0 (Toyota Field-San Antonio)
SA: Rafa Castillo-12, Michael Reed 29, Billy Forbes 77 LA: None
Before a loud and boisterous sell-out crowd, SAFC opened its home season with a convincing 3-0 victory over LA Galaxy II. Billy Forbes proved again why SAFC fans have so eagerly welcomed him back in San Antonio, with a dominating performance. Forbes was dangerous all night and constantly running at the Los Dos defense. He created the first goal with a shot from near the end line that was parried directly back to him by the Galaxy II goalkeeper. He then passed the rebound to a crashing Rafa Castillo who calmly finished it off. Forbes then finished off the evening, after a long run down the far touch line, when he scored a deflected goal in the 77th minute. SAFC was fortunate on Michael Reed’s second goal as it deflected off a Galaxy II defender.
SAFC played lock-down defense again after scoring the early goal. Los Dos rarely threatened….only one shot on target all night. Galaxy II were unlucky when Jaime Villarreal, who was later sent off for dissent, hit the cross bar on a direct kick right before the first half.
SAFC are at home again this Friday night against Colorado Springs Switchbacks.
Game night pictures below: