Orlando City stifled on road again, fall to Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo midfielder Alex (14) loses his footing on a play during the first half against the Orlando City SC at BBVA Compass Stadium.
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HOUSTON (AP) — Mauro Manotas had two goals and an assist in the second half and the Houston Dynamo beat MLS-leading Orlando City 4-0 on Saturday night.

Manotas took a cross from Alex in the 51st minute and blasted a shot through goalkeeper Joe Bendik’s arms. He picked up his third goal of the season in the 65th minute, capping a 2-on-1 counter attack with Romell Quioto with a shot that went in off the post.

Ten minutes later, Manotas had a long serve forward to Quioto, who curled a high shot from the top of the box into the corner for his fourth goal.

Houston (5-3-1) led 1-0 at halftime on Alberth Ellis’ fourth goal.

The Dynamo are 5-0-1 at home with 17 goals. Joe Willis made four saves for his second shutout.

Houston had allowed 13 goals but Orlando City (6-3-0), which had only allowed seven goals, suffered its second-straight loss, having dropped a 2-1 match in Toronto on Wednesday. Orlando City had just one off-target shot in the first half and finished with nine, four on target.