Mattocks on target again to earn DC share of honours

Monday, March 19, 2018

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GERMANTOWN, United States (CMC) — Jamaican international Darren Mattocks scored his second goal in as many matches to help DC United grab a share of the honours in a 2-2 draw with Houston Dynamos, in the MLS here in Maryland on Saturday.

After finding themselves facing defeat 0-2 down at half-time in Maryland SoccerPlex, DC started their comeback through Mattocks who scored in the 50th minute before Luciano Acosta snatched the equaliser deep in injury time.

The draw was DC's second of the new season and kept them without a win in three outings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference on two points.

The game was without clear chances until Houston scored twice in as many minutes on the half-hour mark to stun DC United.

Alberth Elis opened the scoring in the 30th minute, capitalising on an errant headed back pass from Yamil Asad to lob the keeper.

A minute later, Mauro Manotas doubled the advantage courtesy of another defensive nightmare when he tapped in from close range after Elis intercepted an awful pass in midfield from Frederic Brillant.

The 27-year-old Mattocks pulled one back five minutes after the break, clinically finishing off a smooth move down the left.

A long ball out of the back found Joseph Mora on the flank, and he slipped a pass to Mattocks who released Asad further down the left.

The return pass from Asad found Mattocks in space inside the 18-yard box, and he eluded a late tackle from Leonardo to hook his shot past goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

Houston appeared to be holding on for the points until Acosta got on to the end of a loose ball in a goalmouth scramble and poked home from close range.

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