Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy
Saturday, May 17, 2014
BBVA Compass Stadium
Kick-off: 5:30 p.m
Another game, another late goal given up. This past Sunday the Galaxy was in Portland, and was literally a couple of minutes away from defeating the Timbers and returning to Southern California with three points. After a back and forth game, Robbie Keane put the Galaxy in front with his fifth goal of the season, a goal that seemed to be the game-winner in the 92nd minute. In the dying moments of the match, however, the Galaxy defense gave up another late goal and LA ended up returning home with only one point.
Giving up late goals has been a problem the Galaxy has been having for quite some time now. The team’s inability to close out games has cost them a good amount of points, but the part that worries the most is that the team can’t seem to focus and put on a complete performance throughout the whole game. On the road, the Galaxy’s struggles continue to become apparent. The Galaxy has not won a game away from StubHub Center in MLS play since their 4-1 victory over Philadelphia, over a year ago.
The Galaxy will be shorthanded when they face the Dynamo, as Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez have joined the U.S. National Team’s training camp after being named to the 30-man preliminary roster for the World Cup. Houston will also be missing one of their key players in Brad Davis.
It can be safe to say that the Dynamo’s season has had lots of ups and downs only eleven games in. All looked promising for Houston in their home opener, defeating New England 4-0, but since then they’ve had some road blocks. They’ve given up four goals or more in three different occasions, including last weekend at home against Real Salt Lake in their 2-5 defeat.
Galaxy players and staff have made it known they feel they were robbed last week in Portland in a no-call on a play that could have sealed the game for LA, but it’s time to leave that behind and focus on Houston. Ending their longest series of away games this season, the Galaxy would love nothing more than to close it out with a victory, their first away from home in over a year. Houston, however, will be no easy match for LA. The Dynamo will be looking to bounce back from that embarrassing defeat at home last week, and will look to capitalize on LA’s absences as well as weaknesses away from home.
THIS IS LA!
9 points, 8 GF, 6 GA
2-2-3, 8th in Western Conference
Home Record: 1-1-0
Away Record: 1-1-3
14 points, 15 GF, 19 GA
4-5-2, 3rd in Eastern Conference
Home Record: 3-2-1
Away Record: 1-3-1