New Look Dynamo Knock Off Defending Champs 2-1 In Season Opener

By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Dynamo opened the Wilmer Cabrera era with a bang like one out of the barrel of El Capitan. Houston scored two goals in the opening half and coasted to a 2-1 victory over the defending MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Cabrera’s first match as head coach was expected to produce a lot of speed and scoring opportunities from their front line and they didn’t disappoint.

“A win over the reigning [MLS Cup] Champion in the opener of the 2017 season is a positive,” Coach Cabrera said after the match. “We’re really happy, but it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be tough. We have to be measured about what we believe, but we continue to believe in what we’ve been doing and hopefully this will get better.”

Erick Torres scored the first goal of 2017 and his first as a member of the Dynamo in the 20th minute on a free kick. Torrer kicked it just inside the far post past Stefan Frei.

Torres had not scored a goal in 22 games played over the past two seasons for the Dynamo.

“It was very important for me to be able to score,” Torres said citing his individual scoring drought as a member of the Dynamo. “To be honest, I released a lot of the pressure I had for scoring, but those are soccer things. I always l take that pressure as a professional.”

The offensive pressure continued with Romell Quioto’s goal in the 42nd minute which would be the eventual game winner with a strike from outside the box that found it’s way just to the left of the right post in the top corner to give the Dynamo a 2-0 lead.

Seattle trailed 2-0 at halftime and made a strong effort to push the pace offensively in the second half. In the 58th minute a rebound off a Tyler Deric save found its way onto the foot of Clint Dempsey and he found the back of the net at the near post to pull the Sounders to within a goal.

The Dynamo will continue their season opening two-game home stand next Saturday when they host the Columbus Crew at BBVA Compass Stadium.

 Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio

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