TUKWILA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (7-3-5, 29 points) defeated Houston Dynamo 2 (6-7-2, 22 points) 1-0 Sunday evening at Starfire Stadium. Dylan Teves scored early in the first half as Tacoma kept the clean sheet to give the home side all three points.
Teves scored his first of the year Defiance in the 18th minute, receiving a ball off a deflection in the right corner of the area and slotting a shot past the outstretched arms of Houston’s Xavier Valdez.
The win marked the third straight for Tacoma, and second consecutive shutout. Defiance goalkeeper Andrew Thomas has only allowed one goal in Tacoma’s last three matches, highlighted by a four-save performance in tonight’s clean sheet.
With the result, Tacoma moves into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with Whitecaps FC 2, both with 29 points, with two games in hand.
Following tonight’s contest, Wade Webber’s side stays at home to take on North Texas SC on Sunday, July 9 at Starfire Stadium (8:00 p.m. PT / MLSNEXTPro.com).
Tacoma Defiance 1 – Houston Dynamo 2 0
Sunday, July 2, 2023
Venue: Starfire Sports Stadium
Referee: Joshua Encarnación
Assistants: Hunter Zachwieja, Conrado Garcia
Fourth official: Aidan Velasco
Weather: 75 degrees and sunny
TAC – Dylan Teves 18’
HOU – Paolo Ríos (caution) 9’
HOU – Talen Maples (caution) 22’
HOU – Brooklyn Raines (caution) 40’
TAC – Josh Atencio (caution) 57’
HOU – Juan Castilla (caution) 59’
TAC – Hal Udertiz (caution) 73’
TAC – Snyder Brunell (caution) 90’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Andrew Thomas; Stuart Hawkins, Fito Ovalle – captain, Hal Udertiz; Blake Bowen (Jack-Ryan Jeremiah 90’+2’), Josh Atencio (Chris Aquino 62’), Snyder Brunell (Georgi Minoungou 90’+2’), Travian Sousa; Braudílio Rodrigues, Paul Rothrock (Gio Miglietti 83’), Dylan Teves (Antonio Herrera 62’)
Substitutes not used: Wallis Lapsley, Jacob Castro, Elias Katsaros, Eythor Bjørgolfsson
Total shots: 9
Shots on goal: 3
Houston Dynamo 2 – Xavier Valdez; Mujeeb Murana, Tate Lampman, Talen Maples, Jathan Juarez; Diego Gonzalez, Juan Castilla, Brooklyn Raines; Paolo Ríos, Papa Ndoye, Jacob Evans (Charles Auguste 66’)
Substitutes not used: Yair González, Omar Grey, David Ndong Nguema, Andrew Pannenberg, Brian Alanis, Ezekiel Soto, Sebastian Rodriguez
Total shots: 14
Shots on goal: 4