|Houston Dynamo players celebrating one of their goals on Friday night. USA Today Sports.|
The Houston Dynamo beat New York City Football Club, 3-1, on Friday night.
NYCFC drops to 7-3-3 on the season, with 24 points, tied for second
place in the Eastern Conference at the moment.
NYCFC took the lead just six minutes in when David Villa notched his 405th career goal after a cross from Maxi Moralez.
This was Villa's eighth goal of the season, putting him in a tie at the top of the early MLS Golden Boot running.
It didn't take long for Houston to tie it, as Alejandro Fuenmayor, on a feed from Romell Quioto, scored in the 21st minute.
It stayed that way into the second half, when Houston got the lead in the 69th minute on a goal from Tomas Martinez, and then got an insurance goal when Alberth Elis scored in the 80th minute to mae it 3-1.
Houston Dynamo Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera said of the game, “From the beginning we knew that we had a tough game in front of us with one of the best teams in MLS at the moment. We wanted to be at the level, we wanted to test ourselves against New York City FC and right away they capitalize on, not a mistake, I wouldn’t say a mistake, but they had one option and (FW) David Villa put it in right away. So that showed and that proved that we were right. They were a dangerous, tough team and a very good team, but I think little by little we took the game, we were more solid, we were settling into the game and now we had the possibilities to create chances; and to be honest with you, their goalkeeper was outstanding. He’s a very good goalkeeper, but we tied it in the first half and then in the second half we talked about continuing to be solid. We made some adjustments in terms of our shape and it was good because the pressure came in and we had the possibility to score two goals, but it could’ve been more for us, so it was good."
Dynamo forward Alberth Elis said of the win, “This is one of the best teams in the league and glory to God for leading us to victory tonight. The heat played a role too – that helped us, and we know it. They come from a much colder climate and we had to capitalize on that.”
Elis said of on what he thought when Villa scored in the sixth minute, “We knew this would be a tough game and that was multiplied when he scored so early. We had to turn things around and glory to God for helping us secure a draw in the first half. The heat played a role in the second half and we felt it too – but we are used to this, so we had to take advantage and we did.”
NYCFC midfielder Maxi Morález said of the game, “It obviously a tough game. It’s not easy to lose like this, especially after the great first half we had were we could have score a couple of more goals. Then, in the second half they were sharper than we were and that’s how they got to score on us. The second half was tough for us; we were always trying, but we were not sharp.”
|The teams holding a banner honoring the Santa Fe High School shooting victims.|