LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The Home Depot Center
Kick-off: 8:00 p.m
A rematch from the past two MLS Cup finals will take place this Sunday night when the Houston Dynamo visits the Home Depot Center to face the LA Galaxy. This will be the only meeting between the two clubs in the regular season. While the Galaxy is coming off a victory on the road, the Dynamo was able to rescue a point a home last week, stretching their unbeaten streak at home to 36 games in all competitions.
The Galaxy obtained their first win on the road this past Saturday against Real Salt Lake. With a line-up that featured various changes, the Galaxy was able to maintain a shutout and give several youngsters valuable playing time. Brian Rowe, Charlie Rugg, and Gyasi Zardes made their MLS debuts, with the first two having a heavy impact in the 2-0 victory. Zardes entered the game for an injured Jack McBean and showed flashes of brilliance, almost adding an assist to Hector Jimenez, another youngster who had a good game. Greg Cochrane stepped in for Todd Dunivant, once again having a good showing.
In the 6th minute Hector Jimenez was fouled by RSL’s Morales, setting up a set piece for the LA Galaxy. Juninho sent in the cross and found Mike Magee as the target. Magee headed the ball home to give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead, scoring his sixth goal of the season. With six goals, Mike Magee is tied with Jack McInerney as the leading goal scorers in MLS. Minutes later, Jack McBean laid a ball off to Hector Jimenez, who sent in a perfect cross to Charlie Rugg to extend the lead to 2-0. Brian Rowe’s six saves helped maintain a shutout, the Galaxy’s second in two games.
The Dynamo is currently unbeaten in their last four games, the last defeat coming against Portland nearly a month ago. With three goals, Giles Barnes leads the Dynamo attack. They will not be able to have the services of Brad Davis though, as the midfielder received a red card against the Rapids last weekend.
The Dynamo has not defeated the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center since 2007. Seven games have been played at the HDC since the Dynamo’s last victory, some of the most memorable being the 2009 Western Conference Final and the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cups.
After Sunday’s game the Galaxy will hit the road for three consecutive games, facing the Whitecaps, the Union and the Red Bulls before returning to the Home Depot Center to face the Sounders.
14 points, 12 GF, 4 GA
4-1-2, 2nd in Western Conference
Home Record: 3-0-1
Away Record: 1-1-1
(4/27) Real Salt Lake 0-2 LA Galaxy
(4/20) LA Galaxy 2-0 Sporting KC
(4/13) FC Dallas 1-0 LA Galaxy
(3/30) Toronto FC 2-2 LA Galaxy
(3/23) LA Galaxy 1-0 Colorado Rapids
14 points, 12 GF, 9 GA
4-2-2, 3rd in Eastern Conference
Home Record: 4-0-1
Away Record: 0-2-1
(4/28) Houston Dynamo 1-1 Colorado Rapids
(4/20) Toronto FC 1-1 Houston Dynamo
(4/14) Houston Dynamo 2-1 Chicago Fire
(4/6) Portland Timbers 2-0 Houston Dynamo
(3/30) Houston Dynamo 2-0 SJ Earthquakes
THIS IS LA!
-First 10,000 in attendance will receive a Landon Donovan bobblehead.
– LA Galaxy reserves play the LA Blues on Tuesday, May 7th at the HDC’s US Field #1. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m
– If you pre-ordered a scarf it is ready to be picked up on Sunday.
– Arrive early for Cinco de Mayo pregame festivities!