HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Johan Venegas scored in the 59th minute off a deflection to score the second of two unanswered goals for Minnesota United FC in a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo once again fell victim to a poor second half start which had been their Achilles heel in road matches with New England and Portland. The Dynamo started the half with a 2-0 lead and the Loons on their heels as they peppered the Minnesota goal with shots in the first half and injuries forced subs to their starting goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and midfielder Rasmus Schuller
“The first 10 minutes of the second half, I didn’t recognize the guys,” Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera said. “They weren’t sharp. Conceding a goal from set pieces, which, that can happen. But then, we lost further control of the ball. We couldn’t make three passes in a row. We lost our intensity. And, I’m going to blame myself.”
The Dynamo took the lead in the 14th minute with Mauro Manotas rifling in a Erick Torres cross for his first goal of 2017.
As the half came to a close the Dynamo scored their second goal in the 43rd minute as Boniek Garcia found the foot of fellow Honduran Alberth Elis off a free kick outside the box. On the goal Elis’ knee collided with the head of Loons keeper Shuttleworth forcing a sub to the back-up John Alvbage.
The second half surge for the Loons began quickly. Christian Ramirez, who missed on a pair of close scoring chance in the first half found the back of the net when Kevin Molino’s corner kick found him inside the box in the 47th minute cutting the Dynamo lead in half at 2-1.
Romell Quioto, who had missed the last two matches for Houston after injuring his shoulder with the Honduran national team, entered the match in the 77th minute for his first action since the Dynamo loss at Portland. Quioto provided an offense spark and nearly had the assist of the potential game winner o a Torres shot that just missed.
With the draw the Dynamo remain unbeaten at home at 3-0-1. The Dynamo return home next Saturday when they host the San Jose Earthquakes for 3:00 pm first kick
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