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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Andrew Wenger (5')
  • Philippe Senderos (23')
  • Mauro Manotas (27')
  • Darwin Cerén (45'+5')

Houston Dynamo demolish Atlanta United with huge first half

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Houston 4-0 Atlanta: Dynamo dismantle Five Stripes - Via MLS (2:01)

Houston Dynamo ran rampant on Atlanta United on the first day of the MLS season, taking the wind out of the visitors' sails with four first-half goals. (2:01)

The Houston Dynamo began their MLS campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of Atlanta United on Saturday.

Andrew Wenger, Philippe Senderos, Mauro Manotas and Darwin Ceren all scored in the first half as Atlanta's sophomore season began with a slump.

The Dynamo had the lead within five minutes as Alberth Elis shrugged off a challenge on the wing and fed Wenger in the six-yard box.

And though Juan Cabezas came off with an injury 10 minutes later, the Dynamo added a second when Senderos headed home Boniek Garcia's corner in the 23rd minute.

The game was well in hand four minutes later, as Elis played a through ball into the box that was cut out but fell to Manotas to slot home for Houston's third.

Ceren, who had come on for Cabezas, wrapped up the impressive first half by lashing home after Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan spilled a lofted free kick.

Atlanta, who also lost defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez to injury, started better in the second half when Josef Martinez drew a penalty, but he sent his spot kick off the post to sum up a disappointing opener for the potential title contenders.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atlanta United FC 33 +29 69
2 New York Red Bulls 33 +28 68
3 New York City FC 33 +12 53
4 Philadelphia Union 33 +1 50
5 DC United 33 +10 50
6 Columbus Crew SC 33 -3 48
7 Montreal Impact 33 -5 46
8 New England Revolution 33 -7 38
9 Toronto FC 33 -8 33
10 Chicago Fire 33 -13 31
11 Orlando City SC 33 -30 28

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 33 +24 59
2 LAFC 33 +17 57
3 FC Dallas 33 +9 57
4 Seattle Sounders FC 33 +14 56
5 Portland Timbers 33 +7 54
6 Real Salt Lake 34 -3 49
7 LA Galaxy 33 +3 48
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 33 -14 44
9 Minnesota United FC 33 -21 36
10 Houston Dynamo 33 -1 35
11 Colorado Rapids 33 -28 28
12 San Jose Earthquakes 33 -21 21

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