Dynamo rally to slide past Earthquakes

ByField Level Media ESPN logo
Sunday, March 31, 2024

The San Jose Earthquakes started fast, but the Houston Dynamo finished strong and used two second-half scores on Saturday night to notch a 2-1 home victory.

Bruno Wilson scored a goal just one minute into the match. The marker, a header which came by way of a Cristian Espinoza corner boot and was Wilson's first of his MLS career, staked San Jose to a lead at the outset.

Sebastían Ferreira and Franco Escobar notched scores during a four-minute span in the second half for Houston (3-1-1, 10 points).

The initial goal came in the 81st minute and the decisive tally came in the 85th.

The Wilson marker was one of only two shots for the Earthquakes (1-5-0, 3 points) in the first half of the contest, as the Dynamo edged San Jose, 8-2, in that department during that duration.

Earthquakes goalkeeper Will Yarbrough made a pair of saves on tries by Houston's Ibrahim Aliyu in the 16th minute, keeping his team ahead. Yarbrough moved to 4-1-4 against the Dynamo with the loss.

Seven minutes after that, San Jose had an opportunity to double its advantage, but Dynamo goalkeeper Steve Clark kept a Preston Judd kick out of the net. Ferreira and Griffin Dorsey both missed the mark for Houston shortly thereafter, and then Aliyu had a shot blocked.

In the 34th minute, Judd was assessed a red card for an offense away from the ball, leaving the Earthquakes with 10 players for the remainder of the match.

Yarbrough pushed aside Erik Sviatchenko's shot in first-half stoppage time.

San Jose's Jackson Yueill was given a red card in the second-half stoppage time. The win was Houston's third in a row, containing a hot streak for the Dynamo after a loss and a draw to begin the calendar.

--Field Level Media