The Houston Dynamo advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup by knocking off the defending champions, Sporting Kansas City, 3-1 on Wednesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium on the strength of a brace from 20-year-old Colombian forward Mauro Manotas.
Manotas found the back of the net in the 7th and the 84th minutes with his goals book-ending a result that sees the Dynamo, in last place in the Western Conference, moving on to host a quarterfinal matchup against FC Dallas on July 20.
Seven minutes in, the Dynamo’s Abdoulie Mansally delivered a cross to Manotas, who opened the scoring with a sliding finish. Sporting’s Kevin Ellis almost managed to equalize in first-half stoppage time, but his shot went just wide, and the home team held on for the 1-0 halftime lead.
Manotas stayed hungry in the second half, sending a shot off the post, then just past the goal. The Dynamo would still find a way to double their lead 10 minutes after the break as Andrew Wenger kept a corner kick from going out of play, serving up Alex for a header and a 2-0 scoreline.
Sporting Kansas City wouldn’t go down without a fight, however. Three minutes after entering the match as a sub, former Dynamo legend Brad Davis finished a Diego Rubio cross to halve the deficit for Sporting KC.
But Manotas ended any comeback hopes by the visitors with a strike six minutes from time, converting a Boniek García pass for the final 3-1 scoreline.
Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City
U.S. Open Cup – Round of 16
June 29, 2016—BBVA Compass Stadium—Houston, Texas
HOU: Mauro Manotas 2 (Abdoulie Mansally, Cristian Maidana 1) 7
HOU: Alex 1 (Andrew Wenger 1, David Rocha 2) 55
SKC: Brad Davis 1 (Diego Rubio) 61
HOU: Mauro Manotas 3 (Boniek Garcia 1) 84
Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis; Sheanon Williams, David Horst ©, Agus, Abdoulie Mansally (Jalil Anibaba 46); David Rocha, Alex Lima; Andrew Wenger (Boniek Garcia 77), Cristian Maidana (Collen Warner 67), Leonel Miranda; Mauro Manotas
Unused Substitutes: Tyler Deric, Will Bruin, Giles Barnes, Raul Rodriguez
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Mauro Manotas 6) SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Mauro Manotas 3) FOULS: 7 (Alex and David Horst tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Andrew Wenger 1) CORNER KICKS: 1 (David Rocha 1); SAVES: 3
Sporting Kansas City: Alex Kann; Jimmy Medranda, Matthew Besler, Lawrence Olum, Kevin Ellis; Roger Espinoza, Soni Mustivar (Brad Davis 58); Benny Feilhaber; Connor Hallisey, Diego Rubio (Dom Dwyer 72), Graham Zusi
Unused Substitutes: Jacob Peterson, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Seth Sinovic, Ikenna Opara, Tim Melia
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Graham Suzi 3) SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Graham Suzi 2) FOULS: 10 (Diego Rubio 4); OFFSIDES: 4 (Brad Davis 2) CORNER KICKS: 5 (Brad Davis 3); SAVES: 2
HOU: Jalil Anibaba (caution) 52
HOU: Joe Willis (caution) 86
SKC: Roger Espinoza (caution) 88
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Francisco Bermudez, Tony Obas
Fourth Official: Kyle Phillips