Houston redeems previous game with a shut out against San Jose
With the results of the previous game lingering in their minds, the Houston Dynamo looked determined against the San Jose Earthquakes at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday.
Houston sought redemption after last week’s home draw game against Minnesota United FC and a previous loss against New England.
“Last week, we had pretty good moments and we had really bad moments,” Houston head coach Wilmer Cabrera said. “We needed to be more consistent in our game; 90 minutes more consistent, more focused, more concentrated.”
He strategically changed from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 diamond formation which allowed the Dynamo to confidently lead the game.
“I wanted to help the back four to be more protected,” Cabrera said. “When Juan David [Cabezas], who is more of a normal defensive midfielder put himself right there, it helped the whole team and the two central backs to be more solid and to be more protected.”
During the first half, Erick “Cubo” Torres delivered a penalty shot on the ninth minute making this his seventh goal of the year and leading the MLS.
“I’m happy because I played well within the team and scored a goal,” Torres said. “Even happier because we got the three points and we had a good showing at home.”
On the 72nd minute, with an assist from Eric Alexander, Alberth Elis kicked a corner shot and celebrated the score with his famous prowl.
“It’s from a corner kick, I go to the far post and the ball lands there for me,” Elis said. “It hits me and goes in.”
During the highly televised match, Houston finished off the Quakes with a 2-0 win at the end of the second half during Kid’s Day at the stadium.
“Today was one of the most balanced games that we have had throughout the season, so that is something that I am really happy about,” Cabrera said.
Houston is ranked third in the Western Conference and are set to travel to BMO Field and face Toronto FC on Friday.