The Houston Dynamo had enjoyed control of the first half of their friendly in Tucson against the San Jose Earthquakes. But an inability to find the back of the net was punished in the second half as San Jose brought on young hometown trialist Alexandre Gonzalez Emerson and watched him score twice to top last year’s MLS Cup finalist 2-0.
“I would love to play in MLS in one day,” Emerson said in a May interview with Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad. “I don’t have a preference but I like the California teams – the Galaxy, Chivas USA, and San Jose. I haven’t been to the United States in about three years but it is where I’m from. Playing in MLS is an opportunity I would love to see happen in the future.”
He might give San Jose no choice but to sign him to a full deal despite his youth. Born in San Jose to an American mother and Mexican father, Emerson relocated south of the border seven years ago as a 13-year-old and was most recently with Necaxa in the Mexican second division last season. The young forward, now nearly 21, will have mere chances to keep impressing his new potential bosses.
Subbed into the game at halftime, Emerson scored in the 56th minute when he launched a shot off the bounce that dipped over Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric’s head for the eventual game winner. He also converted an 86th minute penalty after Jacob Hustedt was pulled down from behind as he made his way into the penalty box for the brace.
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