By Joshua Espinal
The Houston Dynamo gained their second win of the Desert Diamond Cup with a 3-1 victory over NYCFC, who finished the match with their manager and star player being ejected for the game.
In what was the final game of the day, New York City FC took on the Houston Dynamo in a cold, windy affair. Things didn’t take long to heat up though as Houston drew first blood just 90 seconds into the match. Off a bad giveaway in the midfield Cubo Torres managed to drive the ball into the top of the box where he found Romell Quioto, and Quioto slotted into the right corner just past the grasp of Johnson for the 1-0 Dynamo lead.
NYCFC was able to answer back in the 15th minute when Jack Harrison broke away after a Dynamo corner and dished a beautiful pass that found David Villa alone on the right side. Villa then made a run towards the net and placed a beautiful ball that found its way into the far corner for the equalizer.
Controversy arose in the 32nd minute when NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira was ejected from the technical area for arguing feverishly with the official about fouls and stepping away from the coaches’ box.
Then in the 40th minute, Villa and Houston’s AJ De La Garza got into a bit of a dust up in the Houston third of the pitch. It was there that Villa appeared to give De La Garza a bit of a tap in the face and earned him a yellow card by the official. However, the official consulted the video-assisted replay and after seeing the play again decided to give Villa a red for his actions.
The second half was all Houston as NYCFC was reduced to 10 men and Houston fully took advantage of being a man up as they took the lead early in the second half with a goal by Alex, and finished off the game with a late goal by Memo Rodriguez sealed the win for the Texan squad.
Houston head coach Wilmer Cabrera talked about the win after game saying, “We have a lot of things to improve, but it’s important to see that the players are getting the idea and understanding how we would like to approach every game for this tournament, for this preseason and for throughout the season.”
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