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10-Man Dynamo 2 Fall on the Road to Colorado Rapids 2

September 11, 2022 - MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro) - Houston Dynamo 2 News Release

DENVER - Playing down a man for more than two thirds of the match, Houston Dynamo 2 were held scoreless for the first time since June as they fell 1-0 to Colorado Rapids 2 at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium this evening. Dynamo Dos close the weekend tied on points with North Texas SC at 46 in the Western Conference.

Colorado took the lead in the 88th minute after Daouda Amadou capitalized on a turnover inside the box. Amadou played the ball to Philip Mayaka for the lone goal of the game. The Dynamo backline weathered 16 shots prior to conceding in the final minutes of the match. Dynamo 2 defenders blocked seven shots on the evening and goalkeeper Andrew Pannenberg finished with four saves against the Rapids.

The Dynamo 2 backline entered the match having conceded the fewest goals in the Western Conference, and that mark remains intact despite the loss in Colorado. Houston is currently tied with Columbus Crew 2 for the fewest goals conceded this season with 22.

Dynamo 2 were forced to play with 10 men for 68 minutes following the ejection of forward Kyle Edwards for a bad foul in the 22nd minute. Both sides ended the night with 10 players after Colorado's Ralph Priso-Mbongue received his second yellow card following a reckless foul in the 76th minute.

The Dynamo backline faced early pressure in the opening 15 minutes as they faced three shots from the hosts. The backline blocked the first two efforts and Darren Yapi's shot from inside the box in the 12th minute went wide of the near post.

Pannenberg was well positioned to deny Yepi again in the 18th minute and again two minutes later following a breakaway run from the Rapids forward.

Right back Mujeeb Murana won a corner kick in the 27th minute to spark Houston's first threat of the match. The corner kick found a Dynamo 2 player inside the box, but the header was off target. Left back Isaiah LeFlore had Houston's final shot of the game in the second minute of stoppage time, but his effort was off target.

Dynamo Dos will play their final regular-season home match on Sunday, Sept. 18 against North Texas SC. The winner of the match could host a match in the postseason pending the outcome of the final round of games in Week 27. Tacoma Defiance currently sit at the top of the Western Conference with 49 points and St. Louis CITY 2 are currently one point behind in second place.


Colorado Rapids 2 (7-10-6; 31 points) 1-0 Houston Dynamo 2 (13-5-5; 46 pts.)

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University of Denver Soccer Stadium - Denver, Colorado






Colorado Rapids 2




Houston Dynamo 2




COL: Philip Mayaka (Daouda Amadou) 88


Colorado Rapids 2: Abraham Rodriguez, Anthony Markanich, Daniel Garcia, Blake Malone, Sebastian Anderson (Steve Flores 33), Robinson Aguirre, Philip Mayaka, Ralph Priso-Mbongue, Maclovio Swett (Connor Miller 85), Darren Yapi (Daouda Amadou 46), Yosuke Hanya

Unused substitutes: Adam Beaudry, Jack Sullivan, Josh Hardin, Keith Chavarria

Total shots: 18 (Philip Mayaka and Maclovio Swett tied with 4); Shots on goal: 5 (Philip Mayaka and Darren Yapi tied with 2); Fouls: 21 (Anthony Markanich 5); Offside: 3; Corner kicks: 8; Saves: 0 (N/A)

Houston Dynamo 2: Andrew Pannenberg; Isaiah LeFlore, Sterling Penniston-John, Micael, Mujeeb Murana; Paulo Lima, Diego Gonzalez, Brooklyn Raines (Joyner Castillo 63); Jathan Juarez (Diego Rosas 63), Jacob Evans (Daniel Ríos 83), Kyle Edwards

Unused substitutes: Justin Stewart, Cesar Cordova, Papa N'Doye, Paolo Ríos

Total shots: 2 (Isaiah LeFlore and Jathan Juarez tied with 1); Shots on goal: 0 (N/A); Fouls: 14 (Isaiah LeFlore 3); Offside: 0; Corner kicks: 1; Saves: 4 (Andrew Pannenberg 4)


HOU: Kyle Edwards (ejection; violent conduct) 22

HOU: Isaiah LeFlore (caution; foul) 33

COL: Ralph Priso-Mbongue (caution; foul) 64

COL: Ralph Priso-Mbongue (caution; ejection; foul) 76

COL: Philip Mayaka (caution; foul) 79

HOU: Sterling Penniston-John (caution; foul) 90


Referee: Corbyn May

Assistant Referee: Karsten Gillwald

Assistant Referee: Joshua Mills

Fourth Official: Patricia McCracken

Weather: 79 degrees, clear skies

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