The Houston Dynamo are not known for their road dramatics but Sunday night all that changed in San Jose. Rookie Thor Uhlfarrson scored the game winner in the 76th minute to complete the Dynamo's first road win over the Earthquakes since 2016. The 2-1 victory moved Houston three points clear of San Jose in the Western Conference table.
The Houston Dynamo's 2-1 win came late both on and off the pitch. Houston trailed for the first time following a free kick by San Jose in the 53rd minute. Dynamo head coach Paulo Nagamura pushed all the right button following the goal. Past the ten o'clock mark back in Houston, fans watching back home in Houston were about to be treated to the first come from behind road win in nearly four years. Nagamura sent Sebas Ferreiria into the match in the 69th minute and two minutes later Sebas leveled the match. Uhlfarrson who started the match up top with Darwin Quintero and Fafa Picault put away the game winner in the 76th minute. Quintero secured the ball on the endline and his pass found the rookie from Iceland in front of the net. He finished off his fourth goal of the leaving him one shy of tying the franchise scoring record held by former Dynamo forward Will Bruin.
While Uhlfarrson supplied the Houston offensive heroics, defender Tim Parker supplied the biggest defensive play of the night. Sliding across the front of the net in the 75th minute, Parker's game saving clearance to rob Jeremy Ebobisse started the counter that secured the Houston win.
Midfielder Hector Herrera started his first match of the season and played the full 90. Houston is now 1-1-1since his arrival.
Houston's win improves the Dynamo record to 7-4-10 as they return home to face MUNFC at PNC Stadium on Saturday July 23rd. . Kick-off is slated for 7:30pm.