A second half flurry propelled the Houston Dynamo to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at BBVA Compass Stadium this evening. Forward Mauro Manotas scored his 15th goal of the season, a new club record for goals scored in a single season, as Houston secured its eighth victory of the year at home.
In the 36th minute, Quakes midfielder Tommy Thompson drew a penalty after the referee called a foul on Dynamo defender Alejandro Fuenmayor. Forward Chris Wondolowski stepped to the penalty spot and finished to the bottom corner of the right post, just past the outstretched arms of Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis, who guessed correctly on the direction of the spot kick.
The Quakes doubled their lead just before heading into the locker room through an own goal by the Dynamo. In the 45th minute, Quakes midfielder Jackson Yueill sent a low cross toward Wondolowski in the middle of the box, but the ball deflected off of Fuenmayor’s foot and into the net as he battled with Wondolowski to be first to the cross.
Midfielder Tomás Martínez set up Houston’s first goal in the 56th minute when he played a through ball to Manotas at the edge of the box. The Colombian striker controlled the ball with his right foot and blasted a low shot past Quakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell to ignite the rally.
The Dynamo equalized just after the hour mark. In the 68th minute, forward Romell Quioto delivered a corner kick from the left side to the middle of the box. Tarbell deflected the ball, but Martínez found the rebound and fired a left-footed shot to the near post and into the net.
Quioto capped off the second-half rally with the game-winning goal in the 87th minute after Manotas evaded a challenge and dribbled into the final third. The forward fired in a hard centering pass that Tarbell dove to put a hand on and try to deflect, but the deflection fell right to Quioto and the Honduran international capitalized for his fifth goal of the season.
The Dynamo will be back in action on Monday, October 8 when they travel to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field at 9:30 p.m. CDT. Later that week, they will travel down the West Coast to California for their first-ever game at Los Angeles FC on Friday, October 12 at 9:00 p.m. CDT at Banc of California Stadium.
Houston Dynamo (9-13-8; 35 pts.) 3-2 San Jose Earthquakes (4-19-8; 20 pts)
MLS Regular Season Week 31
September 29, 2018 – BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 9 (penalty kick) 37
SJ: Alejandro Fuenmayor (own goal) 45
HOU: Mauro Manotas 15 (Tomás Martínez 9) 56
HOU: Tomás Martínez 6 (unassisted) 68
HOU: Romell Quioto 5 (Mauro Mantoas 1) 87
Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis; A.J. DeLaGarza, Kevin Garcia, Alejandro Fuenmayor (Adolfo Machado 46), Adam Lundkvist; Darwin Cerén, Tomás Martínez, Juan David Cabezas ©; Ronaldo Peña (Alberth Elis 63), Mauro Manotas, Memo Rodriguez (Romell Quioto 46)
Unused subs: Chris Seitz, Arturo Alvarez, Boniek García, Andrew Wenger
Total shots: 19 (Mauro Manotas 6); Shots on goal: 7 (Mauro Manotas 3); Fouls: 13 (Alejandro Fuenmayor 3); Offside: 0 (N/A); Corner kicks: 12 (Romell Quioto 7); Saves: 2 (Joe Willis 2)
San Jose Earthquakes: Andrew Tarbell; Nick Lima, Guram Kashia, Harlod Cummings, Shea Salinas; Luis Felipe Fernandes (Florian Jungwirth 76); Tommy Thompson (Jahmir Hyka 59), Vako, Jackson Yueill, Magnus Eriksson (Danny Hoesen 82); Chris Wondolowski ©
Unused subs: Dominic Oduro, James Marcinkowski, Eric Calvillo, Jimmy Ockford
Total shots: 8 (Nick Lima, Shea Salinas, Jackson Yueill, Magnus Eriksson, Tommy Thompson, Valeri Qazaishvili, Chris Wondolowski, Jahmir Hyka tied with 1); Shots on goal: 3 ( Magnus Eriksoon, Valeri Qazaishvili, Chris Wondolowski tied with 1); Fouls: 11 (Shea Salinas and Luis Felipe Fernandes tied with 2); Offside: 1 (Magnus Eriksson 1); Corner kicks: 3 (Jahmir Kyka 2); Saves: 4 (Andrew Tarbell 4)
SJ: Guram Kashia (caution; foul) 11
HOU: Tomás Martínez (caution; foul) 52
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Klinger
Assistant Referee 2: Brian Dunn
Fourth Official: Rubiel Vazquez
VAR: Guido Gonzales