Dynamo Advance To Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final

First Time In Franchise History

August 08, 2018 - 11:01 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – The Dynamo advance to the finals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in club history.

Houston and LAFC played to a 3-3 draw, and it took eight rounds of penalty kicks, but the Dynamo do just enough to advance to the final.   

LAFC scored the first goal of the night in the 6th minute when Diego Rossi had the final touch of the LAFC counter attack to give them a 1-0 lead.

Andrew Wenger would get a touch on an Adam Lundqvist corner kick to level the score in the 12th minute.   

Later, in the 25th minute, Mauro Manotas would finish an Alberth Elis pass to give the Dynamo their first lead of the match at 2-1.  The goal gave Manotas his 15th goal in all competitions in 2018, which is just one off of the club record held by Will Bruin.

The first goal of the second half came in the 75th minute when Memo Rodriguez gave the Dynamo a 3-1 lead, and looked like the goal that would move the Dynamo into the finals of thje Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

LAFC would cut the deficit in half just three minutes later when Diego Rossi scored his second goal of the night on an assist from Latif Blessing to bring LAFC closer at 3-2.

After what appeared to be a clean tackle, a foul was called setting up a free kick from a dangerous spot for LAFC. Off the set piece, Diego Rossi headed a loose ball that creeped into the back of the net to tie the match in added time to send the match into extra time.

Once in extra time the teams played 30 minutes of heavy legged soccer, and neither could come away with a goal, which sent the match to penalty kicks to decide who would advance.

The Dynamo would elect to go first and Darwin Ceren started off with a goal, Steven Beitashour then would score for LAFC. 

Rodriguez shot second for the Dynamo and slotted one just inside the post to convert, Aaron Kovar was second for LAFC, and got the ball past Joe Willis who guessed the right way. 

Elis went third for the Dynamo and went right down the middle for the score, LAFC countered with Andre Horta, who just barely tucked a shot underneath Willis who again guessed right. 

Boniek Garcia would go fourth for the Dynamo and had his shot saved by Tyler Miller, LAFC with a chance to take the lead sent Carlos Vela to the spot who delivered the go-ahead score. 

Tomas Martinez went fifth for the Dynamo needing a score to level penalties and was able to score, LAFC sent Laurent Ciman to shoot fifth with a chance to win, and Willis came up with the clutch save to preserve the match.

Luis Gil went sixth for the Dynamo and scored with ease, now Jordan Harvey had the pressure on his shoulders for LAFC and would tie it up. 

Going seventh for the Dynamo was Andrew Wenger and tucked in a beauty past Miller who guessed the right direction, Diego Rossi went seventh for LAFC needing to score and was able to convert. 

On to round eight where Philippe Senderos scored even though Miller got a hand on it but not enough, Latif Blessing would shoot next for LAFC and Willis made the save to allow the Dynamo to advance on PKs.

The Dynamo will host Philadelphia in the finals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on September 26.