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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Andrew Wenger (5')
  • Philippe Senderos (23')
  • Mauro Manotas (27')
  • Darwin CerĂ©n (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 New York Red Bulls 34 +29 71
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +26 69
3 New York City FC 34 +14 56
4 DC United 34 +10 51
5 Columbus Crew SC 34 -2 51
6 Philadelphia Union 34 -1 50
7 Montreal Impact 34 -6 46
8 New England Revolution 34 -6 41
9 Toronto FC 34 -5 36
10 Chicago Fire 34 -13 32
11 Orlando City SC 34 -31 28

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 34 +25 62
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +15 59
3 LAFC 34 +16 57
4 FC Dallas 34 +8 57
5 Portland Timbers 34 +6 54
6 Real Salt Lake 34 -3 49
7 LA Galaxy 34 +2 48
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -13 47
9 Houston Dynamo 34 0 38
10 Minnesota United FC 34 -22 36
11 Colorado Rapids 34 -27 31
12 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -22 21