Jesse Gonzalez stole the show for FC Dallas as the birthday boy recorded a series of jaw-dropping saves to keep Toronto off the scoresheet while NYCFC continued its road woes.
HOUSTON (AP) — Alberth Elis scored his seventh goal of the season to help the Houston Dynamo beat New York City FC 3-1 on Friday night.
Houston (5-3-3) won for the third time in four games. NYCFC (7-3-3) is winless in its last five road games—with three losses.
Houston tied it at 1 in the 21st minute when Alejandro Fuenmayor headed home a free kick from just outside the penalty box. Tomas Martinez made it 2-1 in the 69th after NYC's defensive turnover. Oscar Boniek Garcia intercepted a bad pass and touched it to Martinez at the penalty spot for an easy finish into an empty net.
Elis scored on a counter attack in the 80th. His header was saved but it came right back to him for a left-footed finish. He raced to the sideline to put on a Black Panther mask.
David Villa opened the scoring in the sixth minute with his eighth goal of the season for NYC. Maximiliano Moralez got past the defense for a through ball at the end line, chipped a cross and a defensive header fell to the feet of Villa for a volley shot.
Dallas 1, Toronto 0
TORONTO (AP) — Maxi Urruti scored in the 11th minute and Jesse Gonzalez made a series of big saves in FC Dallas' 1-0 victory over Toronto FC on Friday night.
Gonzalez got a hand to Jonathan Osorio's shot to preserve the victory as seven minutes of added time made for a wild finale. Referee Chris Penso issued three yellow cards to Dallas (5-1-5) for time-wasting, two in stoppage time.
Defending MLS champion Toronto (3-7-1) dominated long stretches, but couldn't beat Gonzalez.
LA 1, San Jose 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Romain Alessandrini scored in the 82nd minute and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 on Friday night in the California Clasico.
Los Angeles (5-6-1) avoided losing its fourth straight MLS home game for the first time since 2006. San Jose (2-7-2) has only won one road game since beating the Galaxy last August, going 1-6-2 since.
Alessandrini's go-ahead strike from distance was Los Angeles' first shot on goal.
San Jose forward Danny Hoesen hit the crossbar in the 89th minute.
Ola Kamara had his career-best four-game scoring streak snapped for Los Angeles. He was the sixth Galaxy player to score in four straight since 2010.
The Galaxy and Earthquakes have met 83 times in all competitions. In the regular season, Los Angeles has won 31 meetings, and San Jose 22, with 13 draws, since 1996.