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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

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Houston 3-1 NYCFC: Dynamo on the rise - Via MLS (1:55)

The Houston Dynamo continued their ascent in the West, stretching their unbeaten run to four games with a 3-1 win over NYCFC. (1:55)

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.

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