The Houston Dynamo earned a result away from home for the second consecutive road trip this season, and their fourth straight dating back to last season, with a 2-2 draw at San Jose Saturday night.
The Quakes hit first in the 26th minute when forward Danny Hoesen played a free kick from 25 yards out that bounced off the Dynamo defensive wall. Hoesen found the rebound and played the ball into the Dynamo box to forward Jackson Yueill, who played the ball back to midfielder Magnus Eriksson. The Swedish international fired a left-footed shot into the bottom left corner to put the hosts out to an early lead.
The Dynamo began applying pressure early in the second half, and it paid off just three minutes after intermission. In the 48th minute, forward Alberth Elis intercepted a pass 20 yards from goal and fired a shot that was blocked by Quakes midfielder Aníbal Godoy. The ball bounced loose inside the box and Dynamo midfielder Tomás Martínez gathered it and sent it off a defender and into the net to equalize the match.
The Dynamo put themselves ahead just after the hour mark when, in the 63rd minute, Martínez played a pass to Elis, who outran San Jose defender Nick Lima and played a low pass across the six-yard box for forward Mauro Manotas, who pushed the ball into the back of the net.
San Jose tied the game late on through midfielder Jahmir Hyka, who leveled the match with a right-footed shot in the 85th minute. The Quakes worked the ball to the right side of Houston’s penalty area where forward Quincy Amarikwa collected it and laid off to Hyka at the top of the penalty area where the Albanian got a deflection to put his chance just past the reach of Chris Seitz into the far side of the net.
The draw gives Houston two consecutive positive results away from home this season and four in a row away from BBVA Compass Stadium dating back to September 23, 2017.
The Dynamo will return to BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, April 21 when they host the reigning MLS Cup Champions, Toronto FC, at 2:00 p.m. CDT. Seats for that match are still available online at HoustonDynamo.com, by phone at 713-276-GOAL and at the BBVA Compass Stadium box office with prices starting at just $24.
San Jose Earthquakes (1-2-2; 5 pts.) 2-2 Houston Dynamo (1-2-2; 5 pts.)
MLS Regular Season Week 7
April 14, 2018 – Avaya Stadium – San Jose, California
SJ: Magnus Eriksson 2 (Jackson Yueill 1, Danny Hoesen 2) 26
HOU: Tomás Martínez 1 (unassisted) 48
HOU: Mauro Manotas 3 (Tomás Martínez 2, Alberth Elis 4) 63
SJ: Jahmir Hyka 1 (Quincy Amarikwa 1) 85
San Jose Earthquakes: Andrew Tarbell; Florian Jungwirth, Yerfferson Quintana, Francois Affolter, Nick Lima; Fatai Alashe (Chris Wondolowski 67), Aníbal Godoy ©, Magnus Eriksson, Vako (Jahmir Hyka 67); Jackson Yuill; Danny Hoesen (Quincy Amarikwa 79)
Unused subs: Shea Salinas, Christopher Wehan, Jimmy Ockford, Matt Bersano
Total shots: 9 (Danny Hoesen 4); Shots on goal: 3 (Magnus Eriksson, Danny Hoesen, Jahmir Hyka 1); Fouls: 11 (Anibal Godoy 4); Offside: 3 (Quincy Amarikwa, Danny Hoesen, Nick Lima 1); Corner kicks: 6 (Magnus Eriksson 4); Saves: 7 (Andrew Tarbell 7)
Houston Dynamo: Chris Seitz; Adolfo Machado, Alejandro Fuenmayor, Leonardo ©, Andrew Wenger; Eric Alexander, Tomás Martínez (Arturo Alvarez 90), Darwin Cerén; Alberth Elis (Mac Steeves 94), Mauro Manotas, Romell Quioto (Boniek García 77)
Unused subs: Charlie Ward, Eric Bird, Memo Rodriguez, Joe Willis
Total shots: 19 (Tomás Martínez 6); Shots on goal: 9 (Tomás Martínez 4); Fouls: 18 (Darwin Cerén 5); Offside: 1 (Mauro Manotas 1); Corner kicks: 4 (Tomás Martínez 2); Saves: 1 (Chris Seitz 1)
SJ: Francois Affolter (caution; dissent) 31
HOU: Tomás Martínez (caution; foul) 36
HOU: Alberth Elis (caution; foul) 66
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (caution; foul) 72
HOU: Adolfo Machado (caution; foul) 87
HOU: Darwin Cerén (caution; foul) 92
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Kampmeinert
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford
VAR: Tim Ford