The Houston Dynamo of 2022 played like they were infused with the ghosts of Dynamo past in a 2-0 win over Nashville SC. The win celebrated the 10th anniversary. of BBVA now PNC Stadium. This time it wasn't Brad or Bobby or Rico. Instead it was Memo and Coco and Quintero,
Ten years ago, the Houston Dynamo won 1-0 on a goal by a midfielder named Brad Davis in the 67th minute. A decade later Houston got the 1-0 on a goal by a midfielder named Coco (Carrasquilla).
Darwin Quintero's heel pass to a trailing Memo Rodriguez led to a point blank save by Nashville keeper and former Dynamo netminder Joe Willis. The save by Willis went directly to the foot of Carrasquilla who wasted little time burying it in the back of the net. The goal in the 16th minute would prove critical just 19 minutes later when defender Adam Lundkvist was sent to the showers with a red card.
Down a man, Houston played more like they were up a man pushing the tempo and pace of the game while withstanding any pressure Nashville mustered. That inspired play led to a goal line stand that defined the Houston effort. A Nashville corner landed on the pitch at the mouth of the goal, a flurry of feet and Ethan Barlow knocked it away and Zeca cleared it out.
“Amazing," said an impressed Dynamo head coach Paulo Nagamura. "It was a great team performance to play the way that they did with a man down for most of the game. It was a very gutsy performance—that’s what I said to the guys in the locker
room. It was a performance of warriors and very pleased. Very, very pleased with the performance of the team in general.”
The Dynamo's two goals doubled their all-time output against Nashville but more importantly moved them into sixth in the Western Conference table as they head towards a mid-week clash with the Seattle Sounders.
Although not a sellout like the first one on May 12, 2012, you would never know as the 18,000 faithful were loud and boisterous helping carry Houston to its fourth win of the season.