Forward Mauro Manotas’ late goal gave the Houston Dynamo a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.
With the match deadlocked in a 1-1 tie, Houston took the lead in the 86th minute when forward Romell Quioto corralled a deflection in the penalty box and found Manotas in front of the goal, where he tapped the ball past Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush for the match-winner.
The goal was Manotas’ 50th across all competitions in his Dynamo career.
As was the case with the bulk of the second half, for the first half-hour and some change of the first half, the pace of the match was somewhat slow with not much offense. But, that changed in a hurry when the teams exchanged a pair of rapid-fire goals.
Montreal broke onto the scoreboard first in the 34th minute when midfielder Michael Ariza lobbed a pass deep into the penalty area that midfielder Saphir Taider flicked into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
Less then two minutes later, the Dynamo answered back with the equalizer on a beauty of a goal from midfielder and Wharton native Memo Rodriguez. Midfielder Tomas Martinez won a ball and slid a short pass to Rodriguez, who rocketed the ball from a few yards outside of the box into the upper right corner of the goal to knot the score 1-1.
The defense of the Dynamo held Montreal to just one shot on target in the entire match.
The Dynamo (1-0-1 on the season) will be back at home when they return to MLS action with a 2 p.m. game Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps.