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Toye Story: Loons striker's late goal helps United rally past Houston in U.S. Open Cup

Minnesota United forward Mason Toye (23) celebrates his goal against the Houston Dynamo in the second half Tuesday, June 17, at BBVA Stadium in Houston. Thomas B. Shea / USA TODAY Sports

HOUSTON -- Minnesota United, trailing 2-0 at halftime, scored three unanswered goals in a 23-minute stretch of the second half and beat the defending champion Houston Dynamo 3-2 in a round-of-16 match of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, June 18, in Houston.

Mason Toye scored the game-winner in the 89th minute as the Loons dominated play in the second half. Darwin Quintero scored the other two goals, giving him four in two U.S. Open Cup matches this season.

Minnesota advances to the July 10 tournament quarterfinals and will face the winner of Wednesday’s FC Dallas vs. New Mexico United match.

Minnesota United finished with 21 shots, nine on target, to 12 and four for the Dynamo. The Loons had possession for 57 percent of the match.

Houston opened with goals by Ronaldo Pena in the ninth minute and Tomas Martinez in the 37th, the latter off a misplayed back pass by Loons midfielder Jan Gregus.

But Gregus got the Minnesota comeback started by passing to Quintero in the 66th minute. The Colombian forward flicked a ball forward to countryman Angelo Rodriguez, who crossed from the right side back to Quintero, who tapped the ball into the net.

In the 82nd minute, Loons center back Ike Opara centered a pass and found Miguel Ibarra, who passed to Quintero in the middle of the field. Quintero fired a low shot from 25 yards past Houston goalkeeper Michael Nelson.

Toye was open to tap in the game-winner after Ethan Finlay took a ball on the right wing, went between the legs of a Dynamo player and crossed to the second-year forward.

The U.S. Open Cup, in its 106th season, is an 84-team, single-elimination tournament among U.S. soccer clubs.