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Postgame Notes: Houston Dynamo 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 2

THE RESULT:

  • Moved Houston's record to 3-3-3 on the season.
  • Improved Houston's all-time record against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to 4-7-3 in the regular season, 0-6-2 in Vancouver and 0-5-2 at BC Place.
  • Moved Houston's record against Western Conference clubs to 1-2-1 on the year.
  • Gave Houston a 1-0-1 record in May.

TEAM NOTES:

  • The Dynamo have taken the lead in each of the first four away matches this season. The last time Houston held the lead in four straight games away from home was in 2013 when they had the lead in four consecutive away games from May 5 at LA to June 1 at Columbus.
  • The Dynamo scored first, striking in the 35th minute through MF Tomás Martínez. It was the sixth time this season that the Dynamo scored the game’s first goal, and they are now 3-1-2 when scoring the first goal.
  • The Dynamo and the Whitecaps were tied 1-1 at halftime. It marked the fourth time this season that the Dynamo were level with their opponents at intermission, and the team is now 1-2-1 this season when tied at the break.
  • Houston was outshot by Vancouver 15-8. The Dynamo have only been outshot by their opponent in three of their nine games this year, and they have drawn all three of those contests.
  • The Dynamo had the better of possession in the game, holding the ball for 55.2 percent of the match. It was the fourth game this year in which the Dynamo had the ball more than their opponent. They are now 1-2-1 this year with more than 50 percent of possession.
  • The Dynamo used their ninth different starting lineup this season. Since the start of the 2017 season, head coach Wilmer Cabrera has now used 41 different starting lineups in 43 matches.

DYNAMO STARTING XI (4-3-3):

  • Joe Willis; Adolfo Machado, Alejandro Fuenmayor, Leonardo ©, Andrew Wenger; Eric Alexander, Darwin Cerén, Tomás Martínez; Romell Quioto, Mauro Manotas, Alberth Elis

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:

  • FW Mauro Manotas scored his 21st career goal, and his team-high fifth of the season, when he blasted a loose ball from outside the box in the 90th minute.
  • Manotas has scored in three of Houston’s four away matches this season.
  • Manotas made his 43rd career start and appeared in his 73rd career game.
  • MF Tomás Martínez scored his second goal of the season and the fourth of his career when he scored in the 35th minute, tying his MLS career single-season high for goals set a year ago.
  • Martínez led the team in passing accuracy as he completed 87.9 of his attempted passes.
  • Martínez made his 13th career start and played in his 17th MLS game tonight.
  • FW Alberth Elis set a new single-season career high for assists with his fifth of the year when he set up MF Tomás Martínez’s goal in the 35th minute.
  • Elis had one shot on goal, raising his league-leading total to 20 on the year.
  • Elis made his 35th career appearance and his 27th start tonight.
  • MF Eric Alexander started his 149th career game and made his 199th career appearance tonight.
  • MF Arturo Alvarez made his 244th career appearance when he came in for FW Alberth Elis in the 73rd minute.
  • MF Darwin Cerén made his eighth start for the Dynamo and his 75th career start in MLS regular-season play.
  • DF Alejandro Fuenmayor made his fifth MLS regular season start.
  • Fuenmayor started in his third consecutive game, which is the longest streak of his young career.
  • MF Boniek García was credited with his second assist of the season, and the 33rd of his career, when his diagonal pass freed FW Alberth Elis to set up the game’s opening goal from MF Tomás Martínez.
  • García tied for the team lead with 48 total passes.
  • García made his 147th career appearance when he came in for MF Darwin Cerén in the 14th minute.
  • DF Leonardo wore the captain’s armband for the second time with the Dynamo tonight.
  • Leonardo tied for the team lead with 48 total passes.
  • Leonardo made his 123rd career appearance and 115th start tonight.
  • DF Adolfo Machado started in his 41st career appearance tonight.
  • FW Romell Quioto made his fifth start of the season and the 19th of his career tonight.
  • DF Andrew Wenger made his 104th career MLS regular season start tonight and his ninth start of the season.
  • GK Joe Willis made his fourth start of the season and his 61st career MLS regular season starttoday.