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Chicago Fire 2, Houston Dynamo 3 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Alberth Elis scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season in the second half to lift the Houston Dynamo to a 3-2 comeback victory over a depleted Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Sunday afternoon.

Romell Quioto also scored early for the Dynamo, who secured their first away win despite seeing their lead turn into a deficit later in the first half when Nemanja Nikolic scored and then assisted Diego Campos in a two-minute stretch. 

Elis equalized from the penalty spot 11 minutes after the break, converting a chance earned when Mauro Manotas beat Fire goalkeeper Richard Sanchez to the ball in the area.

Then Elis put the Dynamo in front for good when he finished off a counteratack created by fellow Honduran Boniek Garcia's service. That was enough to ensure victory against a Fire side that added Dax McCarty (hamstring) this week to their lengthy list of injured, unavailable players.

Goals

  • 4' - HOU - Romell Quioto Watch
  • 14' - CHI - Nemanja Nikolic Watch
  • 16' - CHI - Diego Campos Watch
  • 56' - HOU - Alberth Elis (PK) Watch
  • 74' - HOU - Alberth Elis Watch

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: At 2-4-1, the Fire now have the worst home record in the Eastern Conference in terms of points per match (1.00). Meanwhile, the Dynamo have been one of MLS's more respectable away sides in 2018, playing to a 1-1-3 mark after their well-publicized road struggles of last year.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Campos' first professional goal was worthy of winning any match, aesthetically speaking. Even if it ultimately gets lost in the shadow of Elis' heroics, chances are the second-round 2018 MLS SuperDraft pick won't soon forget it.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: After a relatively quiet first half, Elis livened in the second half. In addition to his brace, the 22-year-old also struck the right post with another attempt induced Sanchez into another late challenge beyond the penalty area after the Dynamo had regained the lead.

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