In a match between two Texas clubs, the Houston Dynamo began their run in the 103rd edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with a 4-0 win over San Antonio FC.
The brand new USL club held its own for the first 45 minutes in its first ever match against an MLS opponent, playing very well against their new in-state rival. However, Houston opened up the scoring in the 39th minute after San Antonio defender Milton Palacios slipped at the top of the box, giving room for Houston’s Manotas space to slip the ball in past goalkeeper Josh Ford.
It looked as though the visitors would go into halftime only down one, but Alex gave the home team a 2-0 lead in first half stoppage time after a deflected cross landed neatly for him. DaMarcus Beasley was credited with the assisted, his first in the tournament since 2003. According to TheCup.us records, this marks the biggest gap — 13 years — in between Open Cup assists in the Modern Era
The second half was a different story. Houston dominated possession as San Antonio couldn’t get the ball out of their own half for the majority of the half. Two quick goals in the 60th and the 66th minutes by Raul Rodriguez and Leonel Miranda respectively, sealed the Cup victory for the MLS side.
Houston will await the Fifth Round draw tomorrow where they will find out their next opponent and what bracket they will be in as the pool of teams left continues to shrink.
Houston Dynamo vs. San Antonio FC
U.S. Open Cup – Fourth Round
June 15, 2016—BBVA Compass Stadium—Houston, Texas
HOU: Mauro Manotas 1 (unassisted) 39
HOU: Alex Lima 1 (David Rocha 1, DaMarcus Beasley 1) 45+
HOU: Raul Rodriguez 1 (David Rocha 2) 60
HOU: Leonel Miranda 1 (Alex Lima 1) 66
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (three players tied with 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Cristian Maidana 2) FOULS: 5 (Alex Lima and Sheanon Williams tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Boniek Garcia 2) CORNER KICKS: 3 (three players tied with 1); SAVES: 2
San Antonio FC: Josh Ford; Milton Palacios (Biko Bradnock-Brennan 74), Stephen McCarthy, Sam McBride, Greg Cochrane; Michael Reed, Rafael Castillo, Carlos Alvarez, Danny Garcia (Victor Araujo 61); Shawn Chin (Jacques Francois 45), Jason Johnson
Unused Substitutes: Matt Cardone, Miguel Salazar, Sebastien Thuriere, Fejiro Okiomah
TOTAL SHOTS: 4 (Jason Johnson 3) SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Jason Johnson and Milton Palacios tied with 1) FOULS: 8 (Jacques Francois and Michael Reed tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (three players tied with 1) CORNER KICKS: 2 (Carlos Alvarez and Rafael Castillo tied with 1); SAVES: 3
Referee: Leszek Stalmach
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Weed, Diego Blas
Fourth Official: Kyle Phillips
FULL MATCH REPLAY: SAN ANTONIO FC AT HOUSTON DYNAMO