HOUSTON — Just like the main squad the night before, the Houston Dynamo Reserves moved into second place on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the Real Salt Lake Reserves at Robertson Stadium. Houston (4-2-0, 12 pts.) now sits second behind the Chicago Fire in the Central/Mountain Division of the MLS Reserve League, while Real Salt Lake (2-4-0, 6 pts.) remains in fourth-place in the six-team division with four games remaining in the season.
Houston controlled much of the match, outshooting Salt Lake 13-5, but did not break through until a Jason Garey tally in the 69th minute, his third Reserve League goal of the year. Tyler Deric made two saves in goal for his fourth shutout, as all four Dynamo wins in Reserve League play have come by a 1-0 margin.
Real Salt Lake created the game's first quality scoring chance in the 13th minute, when a well-placed through ball put Chris Agorsor in behind the Houston defense. Agorsor took a touch around Deric but could not control the ball before it crossed the endline.
Houston responded with several chances from Josue Soto and Calen Carr. RSL goalkeeper Kyle Reynish made a kick save on a Soto shot in the 17th minute, and he also foiled Carr on two different occasions, forcing him to chip high in the 22nd minute and saving a close-range shot in the 30th minute.
Deric made his first save in the match in the 33rd minute, diving to his left to punch away a long-range shot from Jean Alexandre. Minutes later, Soto fired a dangerous ball toward the back post, but a sliding Carr could not connect. In the 39th minute, Real Salt Lake created another chance when Collen Warner chipped a free kick into the box, and Paulo Jr. angled a header on target, but Deric dove to make the stop.
After a slow start to the second half, Houston broke ahead in the 69th minute when a Kofi Sarkodie through ball found Adam Moffat running behind the Salt Lake back line. Alone with substitute goalkeeper Tim Melia, Moffat squared the ball for Garey to tap into an empty net for his third reserve goal of the season.
Late in the game, Dynamo Academy players Alan Arellano and Bradley Bourgeois made their Reserve League debuts and helped Houston hold on for the 1-0 win. Real Salt Lake also saw two members of its RSL-Arizona Academy take the field during the match, with Julio Alarcon earning the start at right back and Ricardo Velasco entering in the hopes of providing an attacking spark in the 82nd minute. In addition, the Utah side had a look at three non-rostered players during the contest - Leone Cruz, Nelio, and Paulo da Silva.
Real Salt Lake will head to the eastern boundary of the Central/Mountain Division for its next Reserve League contest on Tuesday, Sept. 6, when the Claret-and-Cobalt will attempt to make up some ground on the Chicago Fire Reserves. Kickoff at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., has not yet been announced.