Houston Dynamo win 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

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Mauro Manotas’ first half goals were enough to lead Houston Dynamo to their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.

The home Dynamo bested the visiting Philadelphia Union 3-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday, handing the Union a third USOC Final loss since 2014.

Philadelphia saw an own goal from Auston Trusty in the 65th minute.

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The ball was in each goal twice in the first four minutes, but only the latter counted on the score board.

Philadelphia’s Fafa Picault headed over Joe Willis, but was offside.

At the other end, Alberth Elis’ cutback pass from the touch line was missed by Philly’s Jack Elliott and Andre Blake, with Manotas stooped to nod the opener into the goal.

He’d score another in the 25th, dribbling down Main Street to drive a low left-footed shot past Blake, off the post, and into the goal.