Dynamo Rally for 2-2 Draw with Minnesota United FC
HOUSTON - Playing in front of their home fans for the first time since Feb. 29, the Houston Dynamo rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to capture a 2-2 draw with Minnesota United FC tonight at BBVA Stadium.
The match marked the first professional sporting event in the city of Houston to be played with fans in attendance since early March. An announced crowd of 2,486 had plenty to cheer about in the second half as goals from forward Darwin Quintero and defender Maynor Figueroa brought the Dynamo back from 2-0 down after intermission.
Playing on his 33rd birthday, Quintero rebounded from a missed penalty in the first half to put in a Man of the Match performance with a brilliant second half, scoring a goal and creating another.
Minnesota opened the scoring in the 11th minute through forward Kevin Molino and doubled their lead in first-half stoppage when forward Robin Lod put back a rebound after goalkeeper Marko MariÃ¦ made a stellar diving save to deny Molino a moment earlier.
Quintero pulled a goal back in the 58th minute with a skillful volley that he lofted over Minnesota goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair and under the crossbar. Right back Zarek Valentin initiated the scoring play with a cross from the right flank searching for the head of Manotas. St. Clair raced off his line to punch the cross clear, but it fell to Quintero at the top of the penalty area, where he looped his volley home.
Houston leveled in the 69th minute with Quintero once again providing the spark. The Colombian curled a free kick from 20 yards that forced St. Clair to lay out in order to push it off the crossbar. Center back Maynor Figueroa was following the shot and reacted quickly to head the rebound home to make it 2-2. The goal was Figueroa's first for Houston since joining the club ahead of the 2019 season.
The Dynamo will be back in action Wednesday night when they travel to the Windy City to take on Chicago Fire FC at Soldier Field. That match will mark the Dynamo's first of the year against an Eastern Conference foe and the club's first visit to Soldier Field. The match is set for a 6:30 p.m. CDT kickoff and will be televised live throughout Houston on QuestTEXAS Ch. 55 in English and TelExitos Ch. 47.2 in Spanish.
Houston Dynamo (3-3-6; 16 pts.) 2-2 Minnesota United (5-4-3; 18 pts.)
MLS Regular Season - Match 12
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 - BBVA Stadium - Houston, Texas
Total attendance: 2,486
TEAM 1H 2H FT
Houston Dynamo 0 2 2
Minnesota United 2 0 2
MIN: Kevin Molino 6 (Jan Gregus 6) 11
MIN: Robin Lod 4 (unassisted) 45+1
HOU: Darwin Quintero 5 (unassisted) 58
HOU: Maynor Figueroa 1 (unassisted) 69
Houston Dynamo: Marko MariÃ¦; Adam Lundkvist, Maynor Figueroa, Kiki Struna, Zarek Valentin; MatÃas Vera (C); Darwin Cerén (Christian Ramirez 90), Memo Rodriguez (Nico Lemoine 80); Darwin Quintero, Mauro Manotas (Niko Hansen 77), Ari Lassiter (TomÃ¡s MartÃnez 90)
Unused substitutes: Cody Cropper; Jose Bizama, Victor Cabrera, Boniek GarcÃa, Sam Junqua
Total shots: 17 (Darwin Quintero 6); Shots on goal: 10 (Darwin Quintero 4); Fouls: 16 (Maynor Figueroa 4); Offside: 3 (Darwin Quintero 3); Corner kicks: 7 (Darwin Quintero 7); Saves: 4 (Marko MariÃ¦ 4)
Minnesota United: Dayne St. Clair; Chase Gasper, Bakaye Dibassy (José Aja 46), Michael Boxall (C), Romain Métanire; Hassani Dotson, Jan Gregus; Kevin Molino (Aaron Schoenfeld 86), Emanuel Reynoso (Jacori Hayes 90), Robin Lot; Mason Toye (Marlon Hairston 62)
Unused substitutes: Fred Emmings, ThomÃ¡s ChacÃ³n, Raheem Edwards, James Musa
Total shots: 16 (Kevin Molino 4); Shots on goal: 6 (Kevin Molino 3); Fouls: 15 (Michael Boxall, Emanuel Reynoso 3); Offside: 2 (Kevin Molino, Mason Toye 1); Corner kicks: 3 (Emanuel Reynoso 3); Saves: 8 (Dayne St. Clair 8)
MIN: Mason Toye (caution; foul) 40
HOU: MatÃas Vera (caution; foul) 44
HOU: Kiki Struna (caution; foul) 67
HOU: Memo Rodriguez (caution; foul) 77
MIN: Michael Boxall (caution; foul) 81
MIN: Jan Gregus (ejection; violent conduct) 89
Referee: Victor Rivas
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson
Assistant Referee: Gjovalin Bori
Fourth Official: Chris Ruska
VAR: Luis Guardia
Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy
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