HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Starting in place of Erick Torres, Mauro Manota scored two goals, both in the second half, and assisted on a third as the Houston Dynamo scored three second half in a dominant 4-nil victory over Orlando City SC Saturday Night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo stay unbeaten at home with the victory with a home record of 5-0-1.
The Dynamo took advantage of an Orlando club that was playing their third match in eight days with a trip and loss in Toronto on Wednesday. Houston returned to the 4-3-3 alignment that was the catalyst for their early season offensive success and placed Romell Quioto in the starting line-up for the first time since March18th.
With a strong offensive surge early the Dynamo placed several shots on net but were unable to put one past Orlando keeper Joe Bendik. Manotas was given a penalty kick opportunity in the 12th minute, but his shot missed wide of the goal to the left.
Alberth Ellis tallied his fourth goal of the season with an incredible strike from the right hand side of the box after an impressive dribbling display that shook defender Donny Toia. His shot beat Bendik low to the near side to give the Dynamo a 1-nil lead in the 23rd minute.
In the second half Houston kept the pressure coming with their counter attack. Several long through balls throughout the half set up several scoring opportunities.
Manotas scored the first of his two goals in the 51st minute on a hard strike from the center of the box off a strong cross off a dribble by Alex. Manotas’ shot was initially stopped by Bednik, but the ball snuck through his arms and into the goal to give Houston the 2-nil lead.
Manotas scored again on the counter attack in the 65th minute as Quioto fed him inside the box and ping-ponged a shot in off the inside post to run the score up to 3-nil.
For good measure Quioto added a goal of his own in the 75th minute with a bent-in strike from the top of the box worthy of a goal of the week nomination.
The Dynamo haven’t allowed a goal at home in four consecutive halves as Joe Willis made four saves for his second consecutive clean sheet of the year.
The Dynamo return home on Friday when they host conference rival Vancouver with an 8pm 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