Today at BBVA Compass Stadium is the opener for the Houston Dynamo hosting Atlanta United FC. A lot of new surprises for the fans attending the games this year. A new colorful look for the stadium, colorful artwork surrounds the food stands, new vendors to give it variety and excitement for the fans. The game will begin with Mayor Sylvester Turner firing off El Capitan and Lisa Harris will sing the National Anthem.
The Dynamo ready to top their record from last year at home. Dynamo posted a 12-1-4 record in the regular season, best among MLS Western Conference teams. Dynamo are introducing new members to the team, Chris Seitz, Goalkeeper, Arturo Alvarez, midfielder, Darwin Ceren, midfielder. The Dynamo overhauled their roster in the offseason for the 2018.
The goalkeeper for Dynamo will be Chris Seitz in the first half, his debut as a Houston Dynamo. Dynamo starts off strong in the first half with scoring first by #11 Andrew Wenger and assist by #17 Alberth Elis. In the 15th minute of the game their was a substitution by the Dynamo due to an injury to #5 Juan Cabezas, #24 Ceren Darwin making his debut with the Houston Dynamo. Dynamo is determined to beat their home wins from last year. Dynamo didn’t wait long before striking again in the 23rd minute of the game with a header by #4 Philippe Senderos. In the 26th minute of the game #19 Mauro Manotas scored a goal to make it 3 points for the Dyanmo in the first half. The first half there was yellow cards given to Atlanta’s #5 Leandro Gonzalez Pirez and #16 Chris McCann. The stoppage time for the first half was 7 minutes. The next goal made was by #24 Ceren Darwin, who is making his first goal as a Houston Dynamo. There was another yellow card to Atlanta’s #24 Julian Gressel just before the half ended.
The second half Atlanta came out ready to put points on the board but were stopped by Dynamo’s defense. The Atlanta team was awarded a penalty after Dynamo’s goalkeeper, Chris Seitz, fouled Atlanta’s forward Josef Martinez in the penalty area, this came in the 48th minute. Atlanta’s midfielder Miguel Almiron was given the penalty spot, but the shot bounced off the left post, so no score for Atlanta. The Houston Dynamo’s defense allowed no points, Chris Seitz was also great for his first debut as a Dynamo. The Dynamo earned 3 points today (1-0-0). The attendance for today’s game was 20,377.
Santos Hernandez, Senior Writer