The Houston Dynamo joined the cluster at the top of the Western Conference with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium.
Alberth Elis scored the first goal for Houston. The Dynamo have scored in 12 straight home matches, four shy of the franchise record. They've also scored on 12 set pieces, the most in MLS. Tyler Deric made three saves.
Houston (10-7-7, 37 points) got on the board first in the 21st minute. Boniek Garcia lofted a corner kick into the box, where Elis soared to redirect it with his head into the bottom left corner past Andrew Tarbell. The corner was set up on a beautiful save by Tarbell on a shot by Romell Quioto.
San Jose (9-10-5, 32 points) nearly tied the score in the 84th minute, as Vako (Valeri Kazaishvili) dribbled through the Houston defense in the box. But his right-footed shot went wide right by a few feet.
Houston then put the game out of reach in the 86th minute on a perfect feed from Elis to Vicente Sanchez, who redirected it past Tarbell. The final goal was scored by Mauro Manotas, who tapped in a ball rolling on the end line into the net in the final seconds of stoppage time.
The Dynamo remained one of four clubs unbeaten at home (9-0-3).
The top of the table in the Western Conference is quite crowded, with three clubs tied with 37 points and seven clubs within six points. The Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City are the other two clubs with 37 points. San Jose is in sixth place, five points out of first.
The Quakes were coming off a grueling midweek match. They played Sporting in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, and the match went 120 minutes before SKC won on penalty kicks.
Houston had a chance to extend its 1-0 halftime lead early in the second half when Andres Imperiale tripped Erick Torres in the box. But Tarbell, who gave up six goals in five penalty kicks Wednesday in Kansas City, stuffed Torres' PK attempt.
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