Houston Dynamo 4, Atlanta United 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
Alberth Elis set up two goals in an MVP-like performance, and four different Houston Dynamo players scored before halftime in a stunning 4-0 rout Saturday of an Atlanta United side many have tabbed as a top Eastern Conference contender.
Andrew Wenger, Philippe Senderos, Mauro Manotas and Darwin Ceren all scored in the opening 45 minutes at BBVA Compass Stadium, and Elis forced Brad Guzan into three saves before the half mercifully came to a close for the visitors. Any hopes of a miracle Atlanta comeback were put to bed when Miguel Almiron's penalty struck the woodwork early in the second half.
Darlington Nagbe went only 61 minutes in his Atlanta debut, and Five Stripes defender Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez departed in the 39th with an injury. Houston lost midfielder Juan David Cabezas to injury in the 15th minute.