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Torres scores MLS-leading 8th goal in Dynamo's 2-1 victory

Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis, right, competes with Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Sheanon Williams (25) for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match Friday, May 12, 2017, in Houston. (Tim Warner//Houston Chronicle via AP)

Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis, right, competes with Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Sheanon Williams (25) for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match Friday, May 12, 2017, in Houston. (Tim Warner//Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON — Erick Torres scored his MLS-leading eighth goal of the season on a penalty kick to help the Houston Dynamo beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in Major League Soccer on Friday night.

Houston (6-3-1) moved into first place in the Western Conference with its sixth victory at home. Vancouver (4-5-1) had its two-game road winning streak snapped.

"We actually had very clear-cut chances today but unfortunately we were unable to take them," said Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson. "We scored once late on, but we dug ourselves a little bit of a hole with a soft goal in the first half.

"I thought the second half the boys were outstanding.... we stepped up a level in the second half."

Alberth Elis opened the scoring in the 15th minute with his fifth goal. Fellow Honduran Romell Quioto chased down a loose ball at the edge of the area and chipped it across goal to find Elis' head at the far post.

Torres made it 2-0 in the 68th on the penalty kick after Mauro Manotas was knocked down in the penalty area. Torres entered in the 31st minute after Elis left with a leg injury.

Brek Shea headed in Christian Bolanos' free kick in the 85th for Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

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