The Houston Dynamo have been one of Major League Soccer’s worst road teams this season, struggling to replicate their home form. Wilmer Cabrera’s side, however, used a trio of first-half goals to down host D.C. United, 3-1 at RFK Stadium on Saturday evening for their first road win of the season.
Andrew Wenger opened the scoring for the visitors after six minutes, heading home Alex’s cross to the top left corner. It was Wenger’s second league goal of the season.
The Dynamo extended their lead in quick succession as Mauro Manotas made it 2-0, finishing from close range. Two minutes later saw the Dynamo pushed their lead to 3-0, as Memo Rodriguez headed home Wenger’s cross to the bottom right corner.
Luciano Acosta had the hosts best effort of the first half for Ben Olsen’s side, but the hosts headed into the halftime break down by three.
Alex came close to adding to the already dominant Dynamo lead, but saw his 52nd-minute effort strike the left-post. Bobby Boswell’s 62nd-minute headed pulled a goal back for D.C. United, but it would be a mere consolation as the hosts fell 3-1 and saw their current losing run extend to five matches.
Travis Worra made three saves in the loss, while Tyler Deric made four saves in the victory. D.C. United (5-3-13) will look to end their recent struggles on July 29th as they travel to Minnesota United.
The Dynamo (9-5-7) now sit on 32 points this season, and return to BBVA Compass Stadium on the 29th for a Western Conference showdown against the Portland Timbers.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Andrew Wenger earned Man of the Match honors, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the Dynamo’s comfortable victory. The 26-year-old kicked off the scoring with a perfectly timed header, before finding Rodriguez for the visitors third goal on the evening.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The second and third goals for the Dynamo really killed any chance for D.C. United on Saturday night. Cabrera’s side could’ve sat on an early lead, but decided to add to it, which has been an issue on the road this season.
MATCH TO FORGET
D.C. United defender Chris Korb was careless in Saturday’s loss, losing possession 13 times. Korb failed to record a tackle or clearance and seemed to have trouble dealing with the Dynamo’s exquisite attacking front.