by Ivan Yeo
One bad break cost the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.
One bad touch enabled the Houston Dynamo to find one great scoring chance in the second half of its match against the Galaxy, and Houston certainly made the most of the gift as Giles Barnes’ goal in the 61st minute was all the Dynamo needed to get the win at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.
The sequence began when Galaxy right back Dan Gargan attempted a throw in. Gargan threw the ball in to keeper Jaime Penedo who got a touch, but Mark Sherrod turned up in the right place at the right time for Houston. Penedo’s touch fell far enough out that Sherrod was able to beat him to the ball, take it to the end line and pull it back for Barnes, who then curled a shot in off the far post – a lead Houston held on to for the rest of the match.
In a setting that is becoming all too familiar this season, the Galaxy were the aggressors early in the game but again could not find the back of the net. LA got its first scoring chance seconds into the match, as striker Samuel Rosa took the ball away from Houston center back David Horst and broke for goal. Rosa charged into the penalty area, then cut past Houston’s Jermaine Taylor. Robbie Keane had also joined in on the rush but Samuel chose to take the shot himself, in the end just missing the far post.
LA continued to press Houston in the first half. Juninho’s slide tackle in the 31st minute dispossessed Barnes and Stefan Ishizaki led a rush on goal. Ishizaki then played the ball to Keane, who made his way into the penalty area, but defender Warren Creaville stepped in to diffuse the attack. Seven minutes later Gargan made a long throw-in to 6-5 striker Rob Friend, who then headed a ball to Keane. Keane then played in an overlapping AJ DeLaGarza. The left back arrived in the box, collected himself, and curled a shot past keeper Tally Hall – but Horst had charged back to cover for his keeper and nodded the ball safely over the crossbar. Houston had another great scoring chance themselves in the 58th minute as Omar Cummings crossed a ball that eventually made its way into the six-yard box to find Andrew Driver open inside the six, but his shot could only find the post.
The Galaxy will finally play a home match on May 21st after four straight games on the road, hosting FC Dallas.
LA Galaxy 0, Houston Dynamo 1
Saturday, May 17, 2014
MLS Regular Season
BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Texas
HOU – Giles Barnes 61’ (Mark Sherrod)
HOU – Jermaine Taylor (Yellow) 17’
LA – A.J. DeLaGarza (Yellow) 19’
LA – Kofi Opare (Yellow) 76’
Jaime Penedo; Dan Gargan, Kofi Opare, Tommy Meyer, AJ DeLaGarza; Stefan Ishizaki, Juninho, Robbie Keane(c), Baggio Husidic (Robbie Rogers 70’); Rob Friend (Gyasi Zardes 58’), Samuel (Raul Mendiola 66’)
Substitutes Not Used: Brian Rowe, Leonardo, Kenney Walker, Chandler Hoffman
Tally Hall, David Horst, Jermaine Taylor, Kofi Sarkodie, Corey Ashe, Óscar García (Omar Cummings 23’ [Brian Ownby 87’]), Andrew Driver, Warren Creavalle, Giles Barnes, Will Bruin, Mark Sherrod
Substitutes Not Used: A.J. Cochran, Tyler Deric, Jason Johnson, Alexander López
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson and Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
4th Official: Chris Penso