Mauro Manotas scored his 12th goal of the season, Christian Ramirez got his third against his first MLS team in two appearances, and the Houston Dynamo snapped a seven-match winless run with a 2-0 victory over Minnesota United on Wednesday night at BBVA Stadium.
Manotas also helped set up Ramirez’s chip over goalkeeper Vito Mannone, which proved the winner in a victory that was just Houston’s third in their last 18 league matches, and the first for interim head coach Davy Arnaud.
The Dynamo technically are still alive in the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoff race, but at nine points beneath the playoff line still with five matches left, it would take a near-miracle to reach the postseason.
Ethan Finlay had an apparent late consolation goal disallowed following a Video Review, after which referee Timothy Ford ruled an offside Angelo Rodriguez had obscured goalkeeper Joe Willis’ vision.
Either way, the Loons would’ve needed to secure a second goal to earn a point to move back up a spot into second in the Western Conference, ahead of Seattle on goal difference.
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- 37′ – HOU – Mauro Manotas | WATCH
- 44′ – HOU – Christian Ramirez | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: Ramirez has scored eight MLS goals in 29 appearances since the Loons traded him to LAFC in August of 2018. Cruely for coach Adrian Heath’s squad, three of those have come in the California native’s two appearances against the club he helped launch on the MLS level in 2017, following a prolific NASL stint in the Twin Cities.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: The 2019 season has been a tough one for Ramirez, but you know he had to feel some satisfaction when he raced onto Manotas’ throughball and expertly chipped Mannone.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Mauro Manotas: The Colombian continues to produce even while his team struggles, and by scoring one goal and supplying the service on another, he deserves this Dynamo victory as much as anyone. The set-up to Ramirez was his seventh of the season as he continues to better his previous MLS high of five.
- HOU: Saturday, Sept. 14 at Vancouver Whitecaps (10 pm ET | TSN, MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in the US)
- MIN: Sunday, Sept. 15 vs. Real Salt Lake (5:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in the US and DAZN in Canada)