Mauro Manotas came up with the sixth hat trick in team history Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in the Houston Dynamo’s 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.
The 21-year old Columbian entered the match with just one goal this season, became just the fifth player to score three goals in a game for the Dynamo, and the first since Will Bruin on April 29, 2011 against D.C. United.
The win is Houston’s second straight as it improves to 7-11-11 on the season and has earned seven points in its last three matches.
Manotas got the scoring started when he converted a penalty kick in the 34th minute, and the Dynamo kept the lead at halftime, only Portland came out after halftime, and after failing to score on two early chances, Diego Valeri knocked in his 13th goal of the season in the 51st minute to level the match, but soon after, Manotas took over.
He gave the Dynamo the lead again with a goal in the 73rd minute, and he put the match away when he found the back of the net in the 85th minute.
Boniek Garcia and Christian Maidana finished with assits for the Dynamo, who had 17 shots in the match, six by Alex who failed to score for the first time in three matches.
The loss dropped Portland to 11-12-8 on the season and they remain winless away from home.