Red Bulls cruise past Dynamo
Thierry Henry scored the go-ahead goal in the 47th minute, and Jonathan Steele had a goal and an assist to help the New York Red Bulls rout the Houston Dynamo 4-1 on Sunday.
The Red Bulls (13-9-6) took advantage of a short-handed Houston lineup to score three second-half goals, becoming the third road team to win at BBVA Compass Stadium since it opened in 2012.
Eric Alexander, Jonathan Steele and Lloyd Sam also scored for New York, which became the first team in the series to win on the road. Since 2006, New York was just 0-4-3 at Houston.
Jason Johnson scored for Houston (10-10-7).
Two minutes into the second half, Houston defender Adam Moffat lost Henry, and Henry scored just inside the near post. Ricardo Clark replaced Moffat - who left with a left quad injury - in the 53rd minute.
Steele and Sam rounded out the scoring in the 59th and 89th minutes, beating Houston goalie Tally Hall. The Dynamo have allowed 12 goals in their last four games overall.
The teams traded goals in the first 18th minutes, with New York converting on its first scoring chance of the game and Houston tying it minutes later.
In the 14th minute, the Red Bulls ran past the Houston defense and Alexander ripped a shot high into the net after Jonathan Steele feathered a pass through the Dynamo.
Johnson tied it in the 18th minute after taking a pass from Alex Lopex. Johnson settled the ball and pushed his shot into the net with the outside of his left foot to make it 1-1.
New York goalie Luis Robles made the save of the match in the 28th minute to keep it tied. Houston's Kofi Sarkodie crossed to Will Bruin in the penalty area. Bruin tried to beat Robles low to the left, but Robles got his left arm extended and kept the ball out of the net.
Both teams played without their top players. New York's Tim Cahill is up with the Australian national team, and Houston's Brad Davis was called up to the U.S. squad on Saturday. The Dynamo also played without Boniek Garcia (Honduras) and Jermaine Taylor (Jamaica), who were on recall to their respective national teams.
After winning four of six in a stretch from June 30 to Aug. 3, the Red Bulls cooled off, losing two of three before rebounding with two straight wins.
Houston has struggled of late. After winning four of six in July and August, the Dynamo just completed a three-game road trip and have just one tie (0-1-3) on Sept. 1 at Chicago.