The Houston Dynamo created several solid scoring chances but were unable to convert, and fell just short in a 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night at Avaya Stadium. San Jose scored the lone goal in the 33 minute through midfielder Danny Hoesen.
Hoesen’s goal came off of an assist from defender Kofi Sarkodie. Sarkodie crossed the ball into the box to Hoesen, who spun around Dynamo defender Adolfo Machado for a shot resulting in the game’s only goal.
The Dynamo had the first dangerous scoring opportunity in the second minute when forward Erick Torres had a shot on goal, but San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell was well-positioned for the save. Houston threatened again in the 35th minute when midfielder Tomás Martínez was fouled by Sarkodie just outside of the penalty area, but forward Romell Quioto’s free kick went just over the crossbar. The Dynamo had two more opportunities in the first half, each going just wide of the goal.
Tyler Deric kept the Dynamo in it with a big save in the 76th minute stopping a parrying San Jose shot over the crossbar and deny the Quakes a second goal.
The Dynamo will continue the 2017 season, presented by 76, on Saturday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. CDT against New York City FC in Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT.
San Jose Earthquakes (11-12-6, 39 pts.) 1-0 Houston Dynamo (10-10-8, 38 pts.)
MLS Week 28
September 16, 2017 – Avaya Stadium- San Jose, California
SJ: Danny Hoesen 3 (Kofi Sarkodie 1)
San Jose Earthquakes: Andrew Tarbell; Kofi Sarkodie, Francois Affolter, Andres Imperiale, Shea Salinas; Danny Hoesen, Jackson Yueill, Florian Jungwirth, Vako (Tommy Thompson 65 ); Chris Wondolowski ©, Marco Ureña (Quincy Amarikwa 86)
Unused Substitutes: David Bingham, Victor Bernardez, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka, Nick Lima
Total shots: 15 (Valeri Qazaishvili, Marco Ureña 3); Shots on goal: 5 (five players tied, 1 each); Fouls: 12 (Andrés Imperiale 3); Offside: 1 (Chris Wondolowski 1); Corner kicks: 5 (Shea Salinas 3); Saves: 4 (Andrew Tarbell 4)
Houston Dynamo: Tyler Deric; A.J. DeLaGarza, Adolfo Machado, Leonardo , DaMarcus Beasley ©; Juan David Cabezas, Boniek Garcia, Tomás Martínez (Vicente Sánchez 70); Alberth Elis, Erick Torres, Romell Quioto (Mauro Manotas 78)
Unused Substitutes: Joe Willis, Eric Alexander Ricardo Clark, Dylan Remick, Jalil Anibaba
Total shots: 15 (four players tied, 3 each); Shots on goal: 4 (four players tied, 1 each); Fouls: 13 (Alberth Elis, Boniek García 3); Offside: 2 (Vicente Sánchez, Erick Torres 1); Corner kicks: 4 (Boniek García 3); Saves: 4 (Tyler Deric 4)
SJ: Kofi Sarkodie (caution; foul) 36
HOU: Tomás Martínez (caution; foul) 53
HOU: Alberth Elis (caution; foul) 81
SJ: Andrés Imperiale (caution; foul) 86
HOU: A.J. DeLaGarza (caution; foul) 90+1
Referee: Alan Kelly
AR1: Cameron Blanchard
AR2: Jonathan Johnson
4TH: Baboucarr Jallow
VAR: Christina Unkel