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Dynamo forward Tyler Pasher scored the fastest goal of the season for Houston in the third minute
BBVA Stadium returned to full capacity today with 20,021 fans in attendance for tonight’s match
Houston travel on Wednesday to face Seattle Sounders FC prior to international break
HOUSTON – More than 20,000 fans returned to BBVA Stadium this evening for a 1-1 draw between Houston Dynamo FC and FC Cincinnati. Today’s match was the first full-capacity game since Feb. 2020.
Dynamo DF Sam Junqua tallied his first assist of the season and sparked the opening goal of the game in the third minute when he found FW Tyler Pasher inside the box. The Canadian forward beat Kenneth Vermeer at the far post for his third goal of the season.
Cincinnati equalized two minutes later after Alvaro Barreal beat Marco Maric at the near post. Geoff Cameron found the forward in space for his second assist of the season.
Junqua forced a save in the 21st minute at the near post after dribbling past two Cincinnati defenders. The 24-year-old made his second consecutive start today after missing the majority of the season navigating the league concussion protocol. Junqua made his 2021 regular season debut in Houston’s 1-1 draw at LAFC on June 19.
Maric was called into action in the 44th minute as he denied Isaac Atanga at the near post. The Dynamo shot stopper finished with three saves.
The Dynamo travel to the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday to face the first-place Seattle Sounders FC prior to the international break for the Concacaf Gold Cup. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT and fans can watch the match live on QuestTEXAS ch. 55 in English or TelExitos 47.2 in Spanish.
Houston Dynamo FC (3-3-6; 15 pts.) 1-1 FC Cincinnati (3-5-2; 11 pts)
MLS Regular Season – Week 11
BBVA Stadium – Houston, Texas
HOU: Tyler Pasher 3 (Sam Junqua 1, Maxi Urruti 2) 3’
CIN: Alvaro Barreal 3 (Geoff Cameron 2) 5 ‘
Houston Dynamo FC: Marko Marić; Sam Junqua, Maynor Figueroa, Tim Parker (C), Zarek Valentin; Derrick Jones, Joe Corona, Memo Rodriguez; Tyler Pasher, Maxi Urruti, Fafa Picault
Unused substitutes: Michael Nelson, Alejandro Fuenmayor, Jose Bizama, Mateo Bajamich, Adam Lundkvist, Boniek Garcia, Darwin Quintero, Ian Hoffmann
Total shots: 21 (Maxi Urruti 5); Shots on goal: 4 ( Tyler Pasher, Joe Corona, Maynor Figueroa and Sam Junqua tied with 1); Fouls: 15 (Maynor Figueroa 3); Offside: 0; Corner kicks: 10; Saves: 3 (Marco Maric 3)
FC Cincinnati: Kenneth Vermeer; Edgar Castillo, Gustavo Vallecilla, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau; Haris Medunjanin, Yuya Kubo, Luciano Acosta ©; Brenner, Isaac Atanga, Alvaro Barreal
Unused substitutes: Przemyslaw Tyton, Tom Pettersson, Nick Hagglund, Kamohelo Mokotijo, Ben Mines, Franko Kovacevic, Avionne Flanagan, Quimi Ordonez, Valeb Stanko
Total shots: 11 (Brenner, Alvaro Barreal and Isaac Atanga tied with 3); Shots on goal: 4 (Brenner, Alvaro Barreal, Luciano Acosta and Isaac Atanga tied with 1); Fouls: 12 (Yuya Kubo 5); Offside: 1 (Haris Medunjanin 1); Corner kicks: 2; Saves: 3 (Kenneth Vermeer 3)
HOU: Maynor Figueroa (caution; foul) 48
CIN: Yuya Kubo (caution; foul) 55
HOU: Zarek Valentin (caution; foul) 70
HOU: Boniek Garcia (caution; foul) 81
Referee: Marcos Deoliverira
Assistant Referee: Jose Da Silva
Assistant Referee: Andrew Bigelow
Fourth Official: Elton Garcia
VAR: Victor Rivas
Weather: 84 degrees and thunderstorms