Thirty minutes into Tuesday's US Open Cup semifinal at Sporting Park, the Houston Dynamo were feeling good. They were controlling the tempo and creating chances against a Sporting Kansas City team that sputtered out of the gates.
Things changed when Luis Garrido was shown the door for a reckless challenge on Amadou Dia in the 30th minute, putting the Dynamo down a man and sentencing the visitors to 60 minutes of chasing and defending in what turned out to be a 3-1 loss.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Dom Dwyer atoned for one bad kick with an unstoppable one – and then tacked on an assist for good measure.
After having a penalty kick saved in the second half of Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the shorthanded Houston Dynamo, Dwyer delivered the go-ahead goal in the 86th minute and followed that up with an assist on Krisztian Nemeth's insurance goal to complete Sporting Kansas City's 3-1 comeback victory.
In a game with 36 shots and more than its fair share of veterans, it was the youngest player on the field who broke through for the only goal, but it did not come as a surprise.
He had to wait for it, but Mauro Manotas made the most of his first Houston Dynamo start.
The 19-year-old scored on a 43rd-minute header to help the Dynamo claim a 1-0 win Tuesday night over the Colorado Rapids in a round-of-16 match of the US Open Cup at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston Dynamo want consistency in their performances, starting with Open Cup match vs. Colorado Rapids
Owen Coyle wants the Dynamo to start showing their quality on a consistent basis as the team embarks on a two-match homestand that begins with Tuesday’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tie against the Colorado Rapids (7:30 p.m. CT; TICKETS).
The head coach has been pleased with much of what he’s seen this season but in recent matches the side has failed to put the pieces together for the whole 90 minutes and fell to 2-0 road defeats to the Portland Timbers and, last Friday, FC Dallas.
Leonel Miranda has waited for a breakout moment since joining the Houston Dynamo on loan in the offseason, and on Wednesday night in the US Open Cup, he finally got it.
The Houston Dynamo will host the Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 at BBVA Compass Stadium in the round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The 2015 U.S. Open Cup marks the 102nd edition of the oldest club competition in the United States. The single-elimination tournament features clubs across all levels of the U.S. Soccer pyramid. The Open Cup champion receives a place in the CONCACAF Champions League next year.
Being an MLS head coach is already an intensely demanding job, but Owen Coyle would love his players to make his task even tougher when the Dynamo host the Austin Aztex in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fourth round at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. CT; TICKETS).