Houston Dynamo 2, Montreal Impact 1 | 2019 MLS Match Recap
Memo Rodriguez also scored on a ferocious strike from distance before halftime for Houston, which rested several of their regular starters ahead of the second leg of their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal at Tigres UANL on Tuesday.
Coach Wilmer Cabrera brought on Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto after halftime, with Quioto providing the service for Manotas' first-time winner. That sealed Houston's maiden victory of the 2019 season after opening with a home draw against Real Salt Lake.
Saphir Taider scored for the second straight game to put Montreal in front early, but the Impact failed to register another shot on target. And after coming from a goal down in their season-opening victory at San Jose, coach Remi Garde's Impact suffered a reverse fate here.
- 34' - MTL - Saphir Taider | WATCH
- 36' - HOU - Memo Rodriguez | WATCH
- 86' - HOU - Mauro Manotas | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: After ending 2018 on a tear, Manotas' continued good form in 2019 suggests the Colombian just may be good for a run at the Golden Boot presented by Audi. He now has 13 goals in his last 14 matches in all competitions, and four so far in five in 2019. Oh yeah, and he's now reached a Dynamo milestone.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Taider's side-footed volley to open the scoring was an exceptional finish. But it felt like a distant memory only two minutes later when Rodriguez unleashed this rocket to level affairs.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Aside from Taider's strike, the Impact offered precious little in attack. Some of that owed to the MLS debut of Dynamo center back Aljaz Struna, who in his first 90 minutes of work appeared plenty capable of giving Houston the stability they need in their back four.
- HOU: Tuesday, March 12 at Tigres UANL, CCL quarterfinals, Leg 2 (11 pm ET | UDN, YahooSports.com)
- MTL: Saturday, March 16 at Orlando City SC (4 pm ET | TVAS, MLS LIVE on ESPN+)