In front of 28,440 fans, the eighth-largest crowd to see a Houston Dynamo game at Robertson Stadium, the Dynamo scored two goals in the first 23 minutes and cruised past Mexican rival Monterrey 3-0 on Sunday night. After Houston built its 2-0 lead, two Monterrey players were ejected before halftime, leaving the Rayados with just nine players for the second half.
Houston improved to 8-4-3 all-time at home against Mexican clubs and 8-7-4 overall against Mexican opposition. The Dynamo are now 2-0 in the series against Monterrey, having beaten Rayados 2-1 in the 2009 Dynamo Charities Cup. Each match included four red cards, counting those issued to bench personnel.
Sunday night’s game finished with four ejections: straight red cards to Monterrey captain Luis Ernesto Pérez and leading scorer Humberto Suazo in the first half, an expulsion of Rayados coach Víctor Manuel Vucetich in the 67th minute, and a second yellow card to the Dynamo’s Adam Moffat in the 88th minute.
Houston led 2-0 even before the ejections, with Cam Weaver firing a low shot in the 12th minute that deflected off a Monterrey defender to give the Dynamo the lead. Brad Davis converted a 23rd-minute penalty kick, earned by midfielder Luiz Camargo, to double the lead. Davis then helped Houston put the game out of the reach in the second half, bending in a free kick for Jason Garey to volley home in the 70th minute.
Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric, making his third start of the season in all games, made four saves to earn his first shutout of the season and Houston’s first shutout since July 9.
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