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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Alejandro Fuenmayor (21')
  • Tomás Martínez (69')
  • Alberth Elis (80')
  • David Villa (6')

Houston Dynamo downs New York City FC with Elis, Martinez goals

Houston Dynamo defender Alejandro Fuenmayor heads in a goal in his team's win against New York City FC. USA Today Images

HOUSTON -- Alberth Elis scored his seventh goal of the season to help the Houston Dynamo beat New York City FC 3-1 on Friday night.

Houston won for the third time in four games. NYC is winless in its last five road games with three losses.

Houston tied it at 1-1 in the 21st minute when Alejandro Fuenmayor headed home a free kick from just outside the penalty box. Tomas Martinez made it 2-1 in the 69th after NYC's defensive turnover. Oscar Boniek Garcia intercepted a bad pass and touched it to Martinez at the penalty spot for an easy finish into an empty net.

Elis scored on the counter-attack in the 80th. His header was saved but it came right back to him for a left-footed finish. He raced to the sideline to put on a Black Panther mask.

David Villa opened the scoring in the sixth minute with his eighth goal of the season for NYC. Maximiliano Moralez got past the defense for a through ball at the end line, chipped a cross and a defensive header fell to the feet of Villa for a volley shot.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 13 +11 24
2 DC United 14 +5 24
3 Montreal Impact 15 -6 21
4 Atlanta United FC 13 +3 20
5 New York Red Bulls 13 +3 18
6 New York City FC 11 +3 18
7 Toronto FC 12 +2 17
8 Columbus Crew SC 14 -7 16
9 Chicago Fire 13 +3 16
10 Orlando City SC 14 -2 15
11 New England Revolution 14 -17 12
12 FC Cincinnati 13 -12 11

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 15 +25 34
2 Seattle Sounders FC 13 +8 26
3 LA Galaxy 14 +2 25
4 Houston Dynamo 11 +8 23
5 Real Salt Lake 13 -1 19
6 Minnesota United FC 12 +2 18
7 FC Dallas 13 0 18
8 San Jose Earthquakes 12 -5 14
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 14 -4 14
10 Portland Timbers 11 -8 11
11 Sporting Kansas City 11 0 11
12 Colorado Rapids 12 -13 5