The Houston Dynamo advanced to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 with a 4-0 win over San Antonio FC at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday night.
Mauro Manotas and Alex scored late in the first half for a 2-0 lead, then Raúl Rodríguez and Leonel Miranda piled on in the second half for the fourth round victory.
Manotas got the scoring started in the 39th minute, taking a long touch to his left across the box. A San Antonio FC defender whiffed on his attempt to intercept the ball, allowing Manotas to recover on the other side and cooly finished with his left foot to the near post.
The Dynamo doubled the lead just before the half on a set play. Boniek García played a corner kick short to DaMarcus Beasley, who whipped in a left-footed cross across the goal. David Rocha headed the ball along in the box, where Alex was waiting at the back post to knee it in.
Second half substitute Raúl Rodríguez made it 3-0 at the hour mark. After Beasley drew a foul on the left flank, Rocha sent in a driven free kick to the near post. Rodríguez leaned forward on his run and deflected the ball past the keeper and inside the far post.
Leonel Miranda put the match to bed six minutes later with an open goal finish. Cristian Maidana intercepted a pass in the offensive third and immediately found Alex at the edge of the box in between the San Antonio defenders. As the goalkeeper rushed off his line, Alex slotted a pass across the penalty area for Miranda, who one-timed it into the net.
The scoreline tied the largest win for the Dynamo in the U.S Open Cup, equaling a 4-0 win over the Charleston Battery in the 2009 quarterfinals. The Dynamo will learn their opponent for the Round of 16 on Thursday via a draw from U.S. Soccer.
Houston Dynamo vs. San Antonio FC
U.S. Open Cup – Fourth Round
June 15, 2016—BBVA Compass Stadium—Houston, Texas
HOU: Mauro Manotas 1 (unassisted) 39
HOU: Alex Lima 1 (David Rocha 1, DaMarcus Beasley 1) 45+
HOU: Raul Rodriguez 1 (David Rocha 2) 60
HOU: Leonel Miranda 1 (Alex Lima 1) 66
Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis; Sheanon Williams, David Horst (Raul Rodriguez 46), Agus, DaMarcus Beasley © (TJ Casner 71); Boniek García (Cristian Maidana 62), Alex Lima, David Rocha, Zach Steinberger, Leonel Miranda; Mauro Manotas
Unused Substitutes: Calle Brown, Will Bruin, Abdoulie Mansally, Collen Warner
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (three players tied with 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Cristian Maidana 2) FOULS: 5 (Alex Lima and Sheanon Williams tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Boniek Garcia 2) CORNER KICKS: 3 (three players tied with 1); SAVES: 2
San Antonio FC: Josh Ford; Milton Palacios (Biko Bradnock-Brennan 74), Stephen McCarthy, Sam McBride, Greg Cochrane; Michael Reed, Rafael Castillo, Carlos Alvarez, Danny Garcia (Victor Araujo 61); Shawn Chin (Jacques Francois 45), Jason Johnson
Unused Substitutes: Matt Cardone, Miguel Salazar, Sebastien Thuriere, Fejiro Okiomah
TOTAL SHOTS: 4 (Jason Johnson 3) SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Jason Johnson and Milton Palacios tied with 1) FOULS: 8 (Jacques Francois and Michael Reed tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (three players tied with 1) CORNER KICKS: 2 (Carlos Alvarez and Rafael Castillo tied with 1); SAVES: 3
Referee: Leszek Stalmach
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Weed, Diego Blas
Fourth Official: Kyle Phillips