Dynamo U-17s defeat Vitesse 2-0

L. Salazar, Arellano score goals in Houston win


Photo Credit: 
Jonathan Kaplan / HoustonDynamo.com

The Dynamo Academy U-17s continued their preparation for
Eurovoetbal 2011 with a 2-0 win over the U-17 squad of Eredivisie club
Vitesse, in Arnhem, Holland. Lorenzo Salazar and Alan Arellano scored the goals
for Houston.

Although the Dynamo had five shots on net in the first half,
they were unable to grab the early lead from Vitesse. Gabriel Moreno nearly put the Dynamo ahead in the 35th minute, when he stepped up
to a loose ball 30 yards away from net. Moreno one-timed the shot and caught
the goalkeeper off his line, but the ball hit off the crossbar.


In the second half, Bryan Celis and Miguel Zapata came off
the bench for Houston and provided a much-needed spark for the Houston
midfield. Less than a minute into the first half, Zapata made a run down the
right wing and crossed to Alan Arellano, but Arellano’s shot went just wide of
the net.

The Dynamo continued to spray the Vitesse net with shots,
eventually breaking through in the 49th minute. Salazar and Arellano
combined for a one-two in the penalty box, and Salazar beat a defender before
firing it past the Dutch goalkeeper.


Houston did not let up and doubled its lead in the 63rd minute when right back Christian Gonzalez found Arellano making a run down the
right wing. Arellano read the ball well, took a touch and blasted it past the
helpless goalkeeper.

Arellano had the opportunity for a brace minutes later,
after the Vitesse goalkeeper miskicked a ball outside his penalty box. Arellano
received the ball from 40 yards out and attempted to hit the empty net, but his
shot attempt dribbled wide of the post.

Vitesse’s best scoring opportunity of the match came in the
76th minute off a cross from the left midfielder. A Vitesse forward
rose up to head the ball on net, but Dynamo left back Alex Ochoa got in front
of the ball and helped his squad keep a clean sheet.

For the second straight match, goalkeepers Adam Masa and
Juan Navarrete split the match in goal. Masa made three saves in the first
half, but the Vitesse attacked slowed in the second half, leaving Navarrete with
little to do on the afternoon.

The Dynamo return to action tomorrow for a friendly against
FC Groningen/Cambuur. This will serve as the squad’s final tune-up before the
competition begins on Saturday. The match will also serve as a good indication
of where the Dynamo stack up in the tournament, as FC Groningen/Cambuur are in
Eurovoetbal 2011 and will face the Dynamo in group play on Sunday, June 12. 

Houston Dynamo 2, Vitesse 0
June 07, 2011 -- Arnhem, the Netherlands
Pre-tournament scrimmage

Scoring Summary:
HOU -- Lorenzo Salazar (Alan Arellano) 49
HOU -- Alan Arellano (Christian Gonzalez) 63

Houston Dynamo -- Adam Masa (Juan Navarrete 41), Christian Gonzalez, Bradley Bourgeois, Luis Mendoza (Alex Ochoa 41), Leo Ayala, Bryan Salazar (Alan Arellano 41), Christian Manisck (Bryan Celis 41), Christian Diaz (Raymundo Marquez 61), Gabriel Moreno (Miguel Zapata 41), Raffi Gregorian, Lorenzo Salazar (Isaiah Noreiga)

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial