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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Memo Rodriguez (67')
  • Thomas McNamara (68')
  • Wayne Rooney (46')
  • Paul Arriola (85')

Dynamo get two quick goals to rally past D.C. United

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Rooney scores but D.C. United beaten in Houston (1:41)

Wayne Rooney's tap-in was canceled out by two goals in two minutes for Houston Dynamo who managed to hold on for a fine victory. (1:41)

Memo Rodriguez and Tommy McNamara each scored within a one-minute span to lead the Houston Dynamo to a 2-1 comeback victory over visiting D.C. United on Saturday.

After struggling for over an hour against a tough D.C. United defense, Houston finally broke through in the 67th minute on an individual effort from Rodriguez. The midfielder took the ball into the box, evaded two defenders and then fired inside the far post for his fifth goal of the season.

Only a minute later, McNamara put Houston (7-2-2, 23 points) ahead after converting a cross by Adam Lundkvist from the far side. It was McNamara's first goal since joining the Dynamo in the offseason.

The two goals brought a sudden end to a 266-minute scoreless streak for D.C. United (7-4-3, 24 points) and goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who had seven shutouts over the club's first 13 matches.

Neither team generated consistent pressure during a scoreless first half, but Wayne Rooney kicked off the second half with a goal in the 46th minute.

A Houston turnover just past midfield led to a quick series of passes from D.C. United, culminating in a Ulises Segura pass through the box to an open Rooney at the near post. The goal was Rooney's seventh of the season.

D.C. United's chances at their own comeback were dealt a blow after Paul Arriola was issued a red card in the 85th minute. Arriola will be suspended for D.C.'s next MLS match, May 25 at the New England Revolution.

Houston defender Aljaz Struna received a yellow card in stoppage time, and will now miss the Dynamo's next game (May 25 at Minnesota United FC) due to caution accumulation.

The Dynamo are unbeaten (6-0-2) at home this season.

Both Rodriguez and McNamara came off the bench for the Dynamo, with Rodriguez replacing Alberth Elis only 10 minutes into the game. Elis collided heads with Steven Birnbaum just seconds after the opening whistle, and after an attempt to continue, he was ultimately removed from the match.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atlanta United FC 27 +16 48
2 Philadelphia Union 27 +8 45
3 New York City FC 25 +14 44
4 New York Red Bulls 27 +6 41
5 DC United 28 0 39
6 New England Revolution 26 -7 35
7 Montreal Impact 27 -11 34
8 Orlando City SC 28 -1 34
9 Toronto FC 26 -2 34
10 Chicago Fire 28 +2 33
11 Columbus Crew SC 28 -13 27
12 FC Cincinnati 26 -35 18

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 26 +46 61
2 Seattle Sounders FC 27 +2 43
3 Minnesota United FC 27 +7 42
4 LA Galaxy 26 -3 41
5 Real Salt Lake 26 +4 40
6 San Jose Earthquakes 26 0 38
7 Portland Timbers 26 +2 37
8 FC Dallas 27 +3 37
9 Sporting Kansas City 27 -5 34
10 Houston Dynamo 26 -6 31
11 Colorado Rapids 26 -9 27
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 27 -18 27