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U in Review — Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union

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Cory Burke scored his fifth goal of the season, to help the Philadelphia Union down a frustrated 10-man Houston Dynamo, 3-1, on Wednesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. 

Entering Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Philadelphia Union, a potential opponent in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, the Houston Dynamo had dropped just two matches at BBVA Compass Stadium in league play this season.

Even more noteworthy, the Union’s last victory against the Dynamo in Houston came back in 2011 when former Union captain and club legend Danny Califf tapped home a rebound to secure three points on the road for the second-year club.

On Wednesday, it was Jamaican international Cory Burke who played the hero for the Union, scoring the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute, in what was the forward’s last touch of the game before being substituted for Fabian Herbers.

Following the victory, the Union move to 8W, 10L, 3D on the year. Philly remains rooted in the seventh place in the Eastern Conference, with just a point separating the Union from the New England Revolution in sixth place, the final MLS Cup Playoff position.

If you’re a Union fan, the result was a hopeful one, proving the Dynamo are beatable at home and that the team is capable of winning in hostile environments away from Talen Energy Stadium.

Not to mention, head coach Jim Curtin‘s side showed great discipline throughout the night, pushing for a goal after going down early and maintaining its cool when the referee appeared to lose control of the game.

Houston jumped to an early lead courtesy of a goal from the Dynamo’s leading scorer this season, Mauro Manotas. Manotas bagged a career high 11th goal on the year, cooly slotting his shot past an outstretched Andre Blake in the 10th minute.

Manotas made Union defender Mark McKenzie bite, drawing the young defender in for a tackle before dishing out a successful give and go that set the Columbian forward up for a one-on-one with Blake for the ensuing goal.

However, the Dynamo’s lead didn’t last long. In total, Houston led Philadelphia, 1-0, for just 24 minutes, before Union captain Alejandro Bedoya scored his second goal of the season in the 34th minute.

It appeared, at first glance, that Bedoya was offside on the through ball from Borek Dockal, but the referee ruled otherwise. Dockal assisted on both Bedoya and Burke’s goal for the Czech international’s eighth and ninth assist on the season respectively.

Houston went down a man in the 59th minute when midfielder Tomás Martínez was shown a straight red card for “serious foul play.”

Looking at the replay, it looked as if Martínez went for the ball at first, but continued his stride, stepping on the ankle of Auston Trusty after the ball was cleared by the Union defender.

Houston noticeably lost its cool afterward, culminating in a conceded penalty at the end of stoppage time.

Dynamo defender Alejandro Fuenmayor brought down Herbers inside Houston’s penalty area in the sixth minute of stoppage time, prompting the referee to award a penalty to the Union.

Fabrice-Jean Picault stepped up to the spot and finished a thumping effort that sent Dynamo keeper Joe Willis diving the opposite way and secured a 3-1 away victory for Philadelphia.

Scoresheet

Houston Dynamo

Mauro Manotas (10′)

Philadelphia Union

Alejandro Bedoya (34′), Cory Burke (70′), Fabrice-Jean Picault (90′ + 6′) 

Bookings

Houston Dynamo 

Tomás Martínez (Red), Darwin Cerén (Yellow), Alejandro Fuenmayor (Yellow)

Philadelphia Union

Alejandro Bedoya (Yellow), Keegan Rosenberry (Yellow), Mark McKenzie (Yellow), C.J. Sapong (Yellow)   

Shots

Houston Dynamo 

15 Total; 5 On

Philadelphia Union 

12 Total; 5 On

Possession

Houston Dynamo

47.9%

Philadelphia Union

52.1%

Starting XI

Houston Dynamo (4-2-3-1)

Joe Willis; Adam Lundqvist, Alejandro Fuenmayor, Jared Watts (Andrew Wenger, 74′), Adolfo Machado; Óscar Boniek García, Darwin Cerén; Alberth Elis (Memo Rodríguez, 76′), Tomás Martínez (Red), Romell Quioto (Arturo Álvarez, 81′); Mauro Manotas

Philadelphia Union (4-2-3-1)

Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Mark McKenzie, Keegan Rosenberry; Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin; Fabrice-Jean Picault, Borek Dockal (Warren Creavalle, 88′), David Accam (C.J. Sapong, 57′); Cory Burke

PFD’s Player of the Game

Jason Hannigan

Borek Dockal returned to form tonight in Houston, setting up both the equalizer and the eventual match-winner for the Union. It was the Czech playmaker’s eighth and ninth assist on the year respectively.

Both of Dockal’s passes that led to the Union’s two goals were fine tuned and weighted excellently, summing up the majority of the Czech’s play throughout the night.

Borek Dockal. My pick for PFD’s Player of the Game.

Next Match

Philadelphia will travel to the Rose City on Saturday, August 4 to face the Portland Timbers at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. First kick is set for 11:00 P.M. ET and will be broadcasted on PHL17.

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