Dynamo Offense Continues Strong Start; Beat Crew 3-1

By: Alex Del barrio, Sportsradio 610

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – For the second straight match the Houston Dynamo showed off their new look offense in a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium,

Fresh off earning MLS Goal of the Week honors, Dynamo forward Romell Quioto tallied his second goal of the season picking off a lazy pass by Crew keeper Zack Steffan and beat him through his legs in just the second minute of the match for the 1-0 lead.

“That’s what Coach (Wilmer Cabrera) has asked of us,” Quioto said. “It’s not just us three (forwards). It’s also the whole team. That when we have the ball, we can also drive plays and get ourselves in a good position.”

For the second straight match the Dynamo would get dominated on the overall possession time, but made the most of their offensive opportunities. The Crew possessed the ball 60% of the match with 14 shots, the Dynamo possessed the ball for less than 40% of the match with seven shots.

The Dynamo added to their lead in the 35th minute off a corner kick as midfielder Alex fed Alberth Ellis inside the six-yard box. Ellis pushed the ball past Steffan inside the right-post for a 2-nil lead which they carried into halftime.

The Dynamo added their third goal in the 65th minute. Alex tallied a second assist as he found Erick Torres just outside the box on the left-hand side. Torres then found room to launch a shot eerily similar to the goal that earned Quioto goal of the week honors as he curled a shot inside the far post for his second goal of the season. Torres has scored in back-to-back weeks after not scoring a single goal in his first two seasons with Houston.

Columbus scored a single goal in stoppage time as striker Ola Kamara snuck one past Tyler Deric on a cross from Justin Meram.

“We stopped doing our job,” Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera said of the goal scored in stoppage time. “Because if we had done our job, we may have scored another one. That’s why we continue attacking and instead of looking for defenders, we look for forwards to bring fresh legs and an attacking mentality. We did it, but it wasn’t as organized and we have to learn from that moment.”

The Dynamo now have six points and sit in first place in the MLS Western Conference. Houston travels to Portland for their first road match of the year next Saturday.

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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