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Houston Dynamo FC scores twice to earn three points at Kansas City

Houston Dynamo won three points on the road tonight, beating rival Sporting Kansas City 2-1 at Children’s Mercy Park.

Captain Héctor Herrera scored his first goal of the season, while the striker Aliyou Ibrahim found the back of the net for a team-leading fourth time this season.

Houston scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute when defender Griffin Dorsey slipped a pass to Ibrahim, who slotted the ball into the far corner for his team-best fourth goal of the season. The play marked Dorsey’s first assist of the season.

Herrera, who started his second game of the season tonight, gave Houston the lead in the 31st minute, firing a shot from the edge of the box inside the far post of the net. It was the 34-year-old’s first goal of the season, after recording his first assist of the year last week at the US Open Cup.

Kansas City equalized in the 61st minute when a deflected pass fell to Dániel Sallói, who turned and hit the ball into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

Midfielder Adalberto “Coco” Carrasquilla had Houston’s first shot on goal in the eighth minute, but his low attempt from outside the box was handled by goalkeeper Tim Melia.

Defender Michael made a big block inside the box in the 15th minute when Alan Pulido won the ball in Houston’s half and drilled a shot from outside the box.

The 23-year-old Brazilian made another key intervention when he intercepted a ball in the box after an overhand pass fell to the feet of William Agada.

Goalie Steve Clark was called upon in the 37th minute, deflecting a powerful shot from Sallói. The veteran goalkeeper finished the evening with 5 saves.

A charging Carrasquilla fired a shot from the edge of the penalty area, forcing a quick reaction from Melia in the 38th minute. The Panamanian international finished the match with 2 shots on the evening.

Micael once again turned away a Kansas City scoring chance, sprinting to beat Agada on a long ball that would have seen him go through on goal.

Clark intervened again in the 43rd minute, after a midfield gift gave former Dynamo player Memo Rodriguez the opportunity to shoot on goal, but the 37-year-old made a diving save to secure the ball.

Dorsey entered the box in the 48th minute and had a shot, but his attempt just sailed over the bar.

In the 66th minute, Ibrahim played a one-two pass with the striker Amine Bassi, allowing him to run into the left edge of the box for a shot, but the tight angle made it difficult to beat Melia. A few minutes later, Herrera’s corner hits the defender’s head Erik Sviatchenko was saved on the line by a diving Melia.

Bassi had his second shot on goal in the 73rd minute after a quick pass from Dorsey at the edge of the area, but his attempt was caught by Melia.

Clark stepped up again in the 88th minute to make a crucial save on Agada’s attempt to keep Houston in the lead.

The Dynamo next travel to face local rival Austin FC on Wednesday, May 15, before hosting FC Dallas in the second leg of the Texas Derby on Saturday, May 18. Tickets for this match at Shell Energy Stadium are available HERE.