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Postgame Notes: Houston Dynamo 4, Colorado Rapids 1

THE WIN:

  • Gave the Dynamo their best four-game start to a season in club history with 10 points. Houston has earned nine points through four games twice, in 2013 and 2017.
  • Improved Houston's record on the season to 3-0-1.
  • Gave the Dynamo three consecutive wins. It marked Houston's first three-game win streak in the same season since they won five in a row from July 15-Aug. 3, 2012. The club won its season finale in 2013 and the first two games in 2014 for a three-game streak over two seasons.
  • Improved Houston's record against the Colorado Rapids to 10-11-8 overall and 4-8-4 in Colorado.
  • Leveled head coach Wilmer Cabrera's record with the Dynamo at 26-26-20 in league play and improved him to 36-29-20 in all competitions with the club.

TEAM NOTES:

  • The Dynamo tied a franchise record by scoring four goals in an away match. The club has scored four in a road game on three previous occasions: at Chicago on July 12, 2007, at D.C. United on May 8, 2013, and at Chivas USA on May 3, 2014.
  • The Dynamo scored four goals for the seventh time in 72 games under head coach Wilmer Cabrera.
  • Houston took a 4-0 lead for the first time since May 31, 2017 vs. Real Salt Lake, a 5-1 win. The last time Houston led 4-0 on the road was on May 8, 2013 at D.C. United.
  • The Dynamo benefitted from two own goals by Colorado players. It was the first time in club history that an opponent scored two own goals in the same game.
  • The Dynamo scored first for the second consecutive game. Houston is now 2-0-0 this season when scoring first.
  • MF Memo Rodriguez’s goal in the fourth minute was the earliest goal scored by the Dynamo this season. It was the earliest goal in a road game since June 23, 2018 when Mauro Manotas scored in the second minute.
  • The Dynamo took a three-goal lead for the first time since Sept. 15, 2018 vs. Portland, and went up 3-0 for the first time since July 7, 2018 vs. Minnesota. The last time Houston held a 3-0 lead away from home was July 22, 2017 at D.C. United in what became a 3-1 win.
  • The Dynamo took a two-goal lead for the first time this season. It marked the first time Houston went up 2-0 on the road since June 23, 2018 at Sporting Kansas City.
  • The Dynamo attempted a season-low 393 passes in the game, completed a season-low 77 percent of those passes and had a season-low 46.6 percent possession, but scored a season-high four goals.
  • The Dynamo used their fourth different starting lineup. Houston has used a different lineup in each of the four games this season. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera has used 69th different lineup combo in 72 games on the Dynamo bench.

DYNAMO STARTING XI (4-3-3):

  • Joe Willis; Adam Lundkvist, Maynor Figueroa, Kiki Struna, A.J. DeLaGarza; Boniek García ©, Tomás Martínez, Matías Vera; Memo Rodriguez, Mauro Manotas, Alberth Elis

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:

  • FW Alberth Elis scored in his second consecutive game when he found the net in the 67th minute. It marked the eighth time in his career that he has scored in back-to-back games and the first time since Sept. 1 and 15, 2018.
  • Elis recorded an assist in his second consecutive game when he fed MF Memo Rodriguez for a goal in the fourth minute. It marked the second time in his career that Elis has recorded assists in consecutive games, and the first since July 3 and 7, 2018. Elis now has 17 career assists in league play for the Dynamo and three on the season.
  • Elis created Houston’s second goal, an own goal in the 15th minute, with a driving run down the right flank. His centering pass was deflected by Colorado GK Tim Howard and DF Axel Sjoberg tapped it into the net while trying to prevent FW Mauro Manotas from doing the same thing.
  • Elis forced a second Colorado own goal in the 34th minute when a centering pass was deflected into the net by DF Keegan Rosenberry.
  • Elis started for the 47th time in league play with the Dynamo and made his 60th career league appearance.
  • MF Memo Rodriguez extended his scoring streak to three consecutive games when he found the back of the net in the fourth minute. Rodriguez now has four goals on the season and seven in his career.
  • Rodriguez made his 12th career start and his third in a row tonight. It will be his 32nd career appearance in league play.
  • FW Mauro Manotas registered his first assist of the season and the eighth of his career when he set up FW Alberth Elis’ goal in the 67th minute.
  • Manotas made his 101st career appearance in league play for the Dynamo and make his 68th career start.
  • GK Joe Willis made his 87th career start in MLS regular-season play and his 65th with the Dynamo.
  • Willis earned his third consecutive win as a starter, which is the longest such streak in his career.
  • Willis earned his 21st win with the Dynamo in MLS regular-season play.
  • MF Darwin Cerén made his 101st career appearance in league play and 26th with the Dynamo when he came on for MF Tomás Martínez in the 79th minute.
  • DF A.J. DeLaGarza made his third start and appearance of the 2019 MLS season tonight. It was DeLaGarza’s 233rd career start in league play.
  • DeLaGarza made his sixth start in seven matches for the Dynamo this year; he played all 90 minutes in each of the team’s four Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League matches.
  • DF Maynor Figueroa returned to the Starting XI after missing the last league match vs. Vancouver on March 16. Figueroa made his 83rd appearance and 78th start in MLS regular-season play.
  • MF Boniek García made his fourth consecutive start in league play and his fifth straight start in all competitions.
  • García wore the captain’s armband for the fourth consecutive league match. He wore the armband three times last season.
  • FW Marlon Hairston made his 99th career appearance in league play and his fourth of the season when he came on as a halftime substitute for MF Memo Rodriguez.
  • DF Adam Lundkvist started his fourth consecutive league game at left back. It was his 16th start with the Dynamo.
  • MF Tommy McNamara extended his streak of playing in every Dynamo game this season when he came on for MF Boniek García in the 64th minute. It was McNamara’s 95th career appearance in league play.
  • MF Tomás Martínez made his fourth league start of the season and the 40th of his MLS career.
  • DF Kiki Struna made his third consecutive start in league play this evening.