HOU_052518_Beasley
Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

Postgame Notes: Houston Dynamo 3, New York City FC 1

THE WIN:

  • Improved Houston's record to 5-3-3 on the season.
  • Gave the Dynamo back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
  • Extended Houston's season-long unbeaten streak to four games.
  • Gave the Dynamo come-from-behind victories in two straight games for the first time in club history.
  • Improved Houston's home record to 4-2-0 on the year.
  • Was Houston's first win against New York City FC and improved the Dynamo's record against NYCFC to 1-1-2 all-time.
  • Improved Houston's record against Eastern Conference clubs to 4-1-1 on the year.
  • Improved Houston's record in May to 3-0-1.
  • Was Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera's 27th career victory in Major League Soccer.
  • Was Cabrera's 18th regular-season win on the Dynamo sidelines.

TEAM NOTES:

  • The Dynamo conceded the opening goal of the game when New York City FC FW David Villa scored in the sixth minute. It was the fourth time this year that the Dynamo gave up the game’s first goal, and they are now 1-2-1 when conceding first.
  • The Dynamo and New York City were tied 1-1 at halftime. It marked the fifth occasion this year in which Houston was tied with its opponent, and the team is now 2-2-1 in those games.
  • The Dynamo outshot New York City, 21-13. It marked the eighth time this year that Houston generated more shots than their opponent, and they improved to 5-3-0 in those games.
  • New York had possession of the ball for 55.1 percent of the match. It was the seventh time this year that Houston had less of the ball than their opponents, and the team improved to 4-1-2 in those games.
  • The Dynamo used their 11th different starting combination in 11 games this year. Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera has now used 43 different lineup combinations in 45 games with the club.

DYNAMO STARTING XI (4-3-3):

  • Joe Willis; Adolfo Machado, Alejandro Fuenmayor, Leonardo, DaMarcus Beasley ©; Eric Alexander, Tomás Martínez, Boniek García; Romell Quioto, Mauro Manotas, Alberth Elis

STARTING XI NOTES:

  • DF Alejandro Fuenmayor scored his second goal of the season when he headed in a free kick from FW Romell Quioto in the 21st minute.
  • With two goals eight appearances this season, Fuenmayor has already matched his career total in 72 games for Carabobo FC, his previous club in Venezuela.
  • Fuenmayor made his seventh MLS regular season start today and his fifth in a row.
  • MF Tomás Martínez scored his third goal of the season when he tapped in a left-footed shot from the penalty spot in the 69th minute.
  • Martínez registered his first career game-winning goal with his 69th-minute strike.
  • Martínez has now had a goal or an assist in three consecutive games, which is the longest such streak of his young career.
  • Martínez led the team with 72 touches and tied for the team lead with 54 passes on the night.
  • Martínez made his 15th career start and played in his 19th MLS game tonight.
  • FW Alberth Elis scored his team-high seventh goal of the season when he put in a rebound off his own shot in the 80th minute.
  • Elis’ goal was the 50th of his career for club and country. He has scored 25 for Olimpia, 18 for the Dynamo across all competitions, and seven for Honduras.
  • Elis has now recorded a goal or an assist in nine of Houston’s 11 games this season.
  • Elis has scored in back-to-back games for the third time this season and for the sixth time in his MLS career.
  • Elis fired a game-high six shots tonight. It was the fourth time in 11 games this year in which he had at least six shots, and his first since April 21 vs. Toronto FC.
  • Elis drew five fouls in the match, matching his own team-high for this season. He also won five fouls on May 5 vs. the LA Galaxy.
  • Elis made his 37th career appearance and his 29th start tonight.
  • FW Romell Quioto registered his fifth assist of the season, tying him with FW Alberth Elis for the team lead, when his free kick found DF Alejandro Fuenmayor for a goal in the 21st minute.
  • Quioto made his seventh start of the season and his 21st career MLS regular season start tonight.
  • MF Boniek García notched his fourth assist of the season, and his third in as many weeks, when he set up MF Tomás Martínez for Houston’s second goal in the 69th minute.
  • García made his fourth start and ninth appearance of the year today. For his career, it marked his 120th start and his 149th appearance.
  • GK Joe Willis made his sixth start of the season and his 63rd career MLS regular season start this evening.
  • Willis earned his 19th career win as a starter, his second in a row and his fourth of the season.
  • Willis has now won back-to-back games for the first time since May 6 and May 12, 2017.
  • MF Eric Alexander started his 151st career game and made his 201st career appearance tonight.
  • DF DaMarcus Beasley tied for the team lead with 54 passes and completed 53 of them for a completion rate of 98.1 percent.
  • Beasley made his 181st MLS regular season start today and his 93rd start for the Dynamo.
  • MF Juan David Cabezas made his first appearance since Opening Day, and the 29th of his career, when he came on for MF Eric Alexander in the 69th minute.
  • MF Luis Gil made his third consecutive appearance for the Dynamo and the 158th of his MLS career when he came on for FW Mauro Manotas in the 81st minute.
  • DF Leonardo made his 40th regular season appearance for the Dynamo and his 35th start for the club. He was a late addition to the Starting XI after DF Andrew Wenger reported tightness in his right hamstring during pregame warm-ups.
  • DF Adolfo Machado made his 43rd career start tonight.
  • Machado played in his last game with the Dynamo before heading out to join the Panama national team in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
  • FW Mauro Manotas made his 45th career start and appeared in his 75th career game.
  • MF Memo Rodriguez made his 13th career appearance, and his fourth of the year, when he came on for FW Romell Quioto in the 74th minute.
  • DF Andrew Wenger was a late scratch after he reported tightness in his right calf during pregame warm-ups. He was replaced by DF Leonardo.