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Game Recap: Houston Dynamo 4, Colorado Rapids 1

John A. Babiak - @photog_johnb

After winning three home games and heading on the road for the first time this season, many of us wondered what the Houston Dynamo could actually do. The Rapids haven’t lost to the Dynamo at home since 2008, so this was a great opportunity for Colorado to pick up their first win of 2019.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.

The Dynamo went up 3-0 in the first half on three assists from Albert Elis and a goal by Houston’s Memo Rodríguez and two own goals from Colorado: one from Axel Sjoberg and one from Keegan Rosenberry.

The Rapids had a couple of opportunities from Diego Rubio, who had a shot bounce off both the crossbar and sidebar. That being said, at the end of the half, the ‘Pids had a single shot on goal.

The second half started with the same 11 for the Rapids, but Houston brought in Marlon Hairston for Rodriguez. The Rapids pushed up and created much more pressure in the final third from the beginning, getting three shots on target in the first 15 minutes to Houston’s zero.

In the 56th minute, Coach Hudson subbed in Kellyn Acosta for Dillon Serna at left back.

In the 67th minute, Mauro Manotas fed a great ball to the oncoming Elis, who ran into the box unmarked and put his team up 4-0.

The Rapids got on the board when Kei Kamara scored on a penalty shot in the 81st minute, and then Tommy Smith was shown a red card in the 89th minute, giving the ‘Pids three red cards in three home games. Tommy McNamara scored a 5th goal for Houston in the 4th minute of stoppage time, but it was called back.

In the end, the three-goal deficit was too much for the Burgundy Boys to overcome.