Alex López has bided his time since coming to the Houston Dynamo.
The Young Designated Player has sat by as he worked his way into game shape and adapted to the club’s playing style. In a US Open Cup game against USL PDL club Laredo Heat on Wednesday night, he finally got his first reward.
In a game with two ejections, Alex López scored his first goal in a Dynamo uniform to secure a 1-0 win over the Laredo Heat and a place in the fifth round of the US Open Cup.
Lopez took advantage of a stranded Laredo goalkeeper in the 38th minute, chipping 20-year-old Jorge Luis Ortega that settled in the far side of the net for the lone goal of the game and unlocked a well-organized Heat defense.
The three-pronged mission: get a team out, get through and get healthy. The Dynamo host the Laredo Heat in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday looking to progress and then spend the World Cup break recuperating after a spell marked by an extraordinary number of absences.
Kofi Sarkodie and Will Bruin preview Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup match vs. the Laredo Heat. Tickets still available.
The Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash will host a doubleheader on June 11 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dash will host the Western New York Flash in NWSL action at 6:30 p.m. before the Dynamo face the Laredo Heat of the USL Premier Development League (PDL) at 9 p.m. in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Tickets start at $16 and are available here or by calling 713-276-GOAL.
It was déjà vu for the Houston Dynamo in Wednesday night’s 3-0 U.S. Open Cup loss to F.C. Dallas.
In a road game where they battled to have to control the run of play, it was set pieces that were the death of them as they exit North America’s longest running tournament at the hands of their in-state rivals.
FC Dallas defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-0 on Wednesday night behind a pair of Kenny Cooper goals to claim bragging rights in the Texas Derby and move on to the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Both teams had trouble generating any offensive chances for most of the first half with neither goalkeeper being tested until FC Dallas finally opened the scoring in the 38th minute and, as usual, midfield revelation Michel was the catalyst.
Most rivalries do not need additional fuel to stoke the fires, but the Texas Derby will get just that as the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas prepare to renew their rivalry in a knockout game in the fourth round of the US Open Cup Wednesday night (8 p.m. CT, watch on HoustonDynamo.com).