LA Galaxy @ Houston Dynamo
Saturday, May 26, 2012
BBVA Compass Stadium
Kick-off: 11:30 a.m
ACB Viewing Party: The Gameday Bar & Grille
The LA Galaxy visit Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium this Saturday when they face the Dynamo in a rematch of the 2011 MLS Cup. Results have not been going in favor of the defending champions, as they now stand in last place in the Western Conference. In just a few days LA lost games against rivals and conference opponents Chivas USA and San Jose, now stretching their winless streak to six games.
Despite the loss, there were some positive things that could be taken out of Wednesday’s game. The team put on a good first half performance, and definitely has things to build upon for the upcoming games. The Galaxy was finally able to score a goal from the run of play, scoring just three minutes into the game. Prior to that goal, LA had not scored in the opening twenty minutes in any game this season. Making his first start of the 2012 season, Hector Jimenez (who would later receive a red card) put the Galaxy ahead after assists from Juninho and Chad Barrett. Despite being down a man the Galaxy (Mike Magee) would get another goal, also from the run of play. The absences of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane didn’t seem to affect LA up to that point. The red card to Jimenez and a penalty kick given to San Jose would lead to SJ’s come-from-behind victory.
Saturday’s game will be the Galaxy’s last MLS game in a couple of weeks. However, after facing Houston LA will travel to North Carolina and face the RailHawks in the third round of the US Open Cup. After facing the RailHawks, LA will have a break until June 17th when they host Portland at the Home Depot Center.
The Dynamo have taken a draw out of their last two games, tying 0-0 against Portland at home and 2-2 against New England on the road. Led by Will Bruin, Brad Davis, and Brian Ching the Dynamo will look to stay undefeated in their new stadium, while the Galaxy will look for their second win on the road. David Beckham is one yellow card away from a one-game suspension.
11 points, 14 GF, 19 GA
3-7-2, 9th in Western Conference
Home Record: 2-4-1
Away Record: 1-3-1
13 points, 10 GF, 11 GA
3-3-4, 7th in Eastern Conference
Home Record: 1-0-1
Away Record: 2-3-3
THIS IS LA!