FC Cincinnati snaps skid with win over Dynamo
Victor Ulloa scored his first goal of the season in the 61st minute as expansion FC Cincinnati snapped a six-match losing streak by holding on for a 3-2 victory at home over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
Kekuta Manneh scored his team-leading third goal and rookie Rashawn Dally netted his first MLS tally for Cincinnati (4-13-2, 14 points), which jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 61st minute en route to its first league win since a 2-1 victory against Montreal on May 11.
Goalkeeper Spencer Richey overcame a dangerous foul from Alberth Elis in the 83rd minute to finish with two saves for Cincinnati.
Romell Quioto converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute for the Dynamo (8-7-3, 27 points), who benefited from an own goal but still dropped their seventh straight road match and fourth of their last five overall.
Cincinnati opened the scoring in the 29th minute as Emmanuel Ledesma’s through ball connected with Manneh, who raced into the box before unleashing a shot that found the far corner. Manneh’s tally gave Cincinnati its first lead in an MLS match since a 5-1 loss at Orlando City SC on May 19.
Dally doubled the advantage nine minutes later after his right-footed shot from the center of the box beat Joe Willis (four saves).
Houston pressed to trim the deficit in the 57th minute, but Elis’ point-blank chance in the box was deflected out of harm’s way by Cincinnati’s Nick Hagglund.
Cincinnati seized a 3-0 lead just four minutes later as Ulloa unleashed a right-footed shot from outside the box that sailed between the legs of Willis.
Quito converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute to put Houston on the scoreboard. The opportunity was created after Cincinnati’s Justin Hoyte was whistled for foul in the penalty area.
The Dynamo trimmed the deficit two minutes later after Hagglund inadvertently headed a cross into his own net.
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