Just like the main squad the night before, the Houston Dynamo Reserves moved into second place on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake at Robertson Stadium. Houston now sits second behind Chicago in the Central/Mountain Division of the MLS Reserve League.
Houston controlled much of the match, outshooting Salt Lake 13-5, but did not break through until a Jason Garey tally in the 69th minute, his third Reserve League goal of the year. Tyler Deric made two saves in goal for his fourth shutout, as all four Dynamo wins in Reserve League play have come by a 1-0 margin.
Real Salt Lake created the game's first scoring chance in the 13th minute when a well-placed through ball put Chris Agorsor in behind the Houston defense. Agorsor took a touch around Deric but could not control the ball before it crossed the endline.
Houston responded with several chances from Josue Soto and Calen Carr. RSL goalkeeper Kyle Reynish made a kick save on a Soto shot in the 17th minute, and he also foiled Carr on two different occasions, forcing him to chip high in the 22nd minute and saving a close-range shot in the 30th minute.
Deric made his first save in the match in the 33rd minute, diving to his left to punch away a long-range shot from Jean Alexandre. Minutes later, Soto fired a dangerous ball toward the back post, but a sliding Carr could not connect. In the 39th minute, Real Salt Lake created another chance when Collen Warner chipped a free kick into the box, and Paulo Junior angled a header on target, but Deric dove to make the stop.
After a slow start to the second half, Houston broke ahead in the 69th minute when a Kofi Sarkodie through ball found Adam Moffat running behind the Salt Lake back line. Alone with substitute goalkeeper Tim Melia, Moffat squared the ball for Garey to tap into an empty net.
The Dynamo Reserves return to action on Thursday, September 1, when they travel to face the Colorado Rapids.
Real Salt Lake (3-3-2) vs. Houston Dynamo (4-2-0)
August 21, 2011 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX
MLS Reserve League -- Central/Mountain Division
HOU -- Jason Garey 3 (Adam Moffat 1, Kofi Sarkodie 1) 69
Real Salt Lake -- Kyle Reynish (Tim Melia 68), Julio Alarcon, Rauwshan McKenzie, Leone Cruz (Ricardo Velasco 82), Blake Wagner, Jean Alexandre, Collen Warner (Andy Williams 65), Donny Toia, Nelio (Paulo da Silva 77), Paulo Araujo Jr. (Cody Arnoux 68), Chris Agorsor.
Substitutes Not Used: None.
Houston Dynamo -- Tyler Deric, Kofi Sarkodie, Eddie Robinson, Jermaine Taylor, Christian Gonzalez, Francisco Navas Cobo (Alan Arellano 68), Adam Moffat, Alex Dixon (Bradley Bourgeois 75), Josue Soto, Jasen Garey, Calen Carr.
Substitutes Not Used: Fernando Piña.
RSL -- Cody Arnoux (caution; Reckless Foul) 91+
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial