HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Erick Torres pick up his first career hat trick leading the Houston Dynamo past the New York Red Bulls 4-1 Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo improved to 3-1-0 on the season and sit tied atop the Western Conference standings with nine points.
Houston scored four unanswered goals after the Red Bulls scored in the 13th minute on goal by Bradley Wright-Phillips.
The Dynamo responded a minute later with the equalizer from Dylan Remick, his first career goal.
“I blacked out for a second,” Remick said when asked about his emotions as he saw his goal hit the back of the net. “Surreal is the best word to describe it. It was good that we got it back early. We gave up a soft goal that was pretty much my fault. It was good to make amends for that and keep going.”
The Dynamo attack, which was missing Romell Quioto to injury and Alberth Elis on the attack in the starting 11 leaving the attack on the shoulders of Torres.
Cubo gave the Dynamo the lead with a penalty kick strike in the 41sr minute, beating New York keeper Luis Robles. The Dynamo led at the half for the fourth time in four matches this season.
The second half had been an achilles heel for the Dynamo including in their last match against the Portland Timbers. They kept the offense coming with a pair of Torres goals in the second half.
The first came in the 56th minute came on a deflected ball that ricocheted off of Robles to give the Dynamo a two-goal lead. Torres’ final goal came in the first minute of stoppage time on a free kick from just outside the box.
The Dynamo’s head coach is running out of positive things to say about his striker.
“Erick? Well he loves to score goals. And I like that,” Wilmer Cabrera said after the game.
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio