Houston professional soccer pulled off a rare trifecta for this past weekend. From the Dynamo Dos to the Houston Dash to the Houston Dynamo, all three put a W in the win column. They had come close before but never perfected it until Sunday.
Dynamo Dos - The Dos went to North Texas SC looking to put a lock on MLS Next Pro's version of the Texas Derby. It was nothing short of a wild west shoot out as each team netted three goals pushing the match to PK's. Houston Dynamo 2 defender Talen Maples rippled the net to secure the extra point. Isaiah LeFlore scored a brace and now has three goals in his first game plus with the Dos. Although, some will call this a draw, it's W when you get more points then the other team.
Houston Dash - Ebony Salmon left little doubt that she is indeed a goal scorer. The English native put away the visiting Chicago Red Stars with a hat track helping the Dash post a win in interim head coach Juan Carlos Amoros' NWSL and Dash debut. Salmon missed a fourth thanks to a stellar stop 1v1 by Chicago keeper Emily Boyd. Houston played with the services of five players gone for international duty and two more for COVID 19 protocols. It was indeed a performance of energy, attitude nd effort.
Houston Dynamo - The Houston Dynamo wrapped up the weekend with some dramatics of their own. On the road in San Jose, the visiting Orange scored a come from behind 2-1 win over the Earthquakes. With the score tied 1-1, defender Tim Park slid across the goal mouth to knock away Jeremy Embossise's attempt in the 75th minute. The ensuing counter led to the game winning goal a minute later by rookie Thor Uhlfarrson. The win snapped a winless streak in San Jose that dated back to 2016. It also marked the first time since 2014 that Houston has won three road games in a season.
The Dynamo and Dynamo Dos return home for games at PNC Stadium while the Dash will have to wait till August 12 for their next home date. The Dynamo entertain parent side MUNFC on Saturday July 23rd and the Dos take on MUNFC 2 at Houston Sports Park AVEVA Stadium on Sunday night July 24th. The Houston Dash return to action on July 31st in New Jersey against Gotham FC.