The LA Galaxy took an impressive result on the road on Friday, defeating the Houston Dynamo 4-1 at BBVA Stadium.
The Dynamo wasted no time in opening the scoring, as a short corner kick eventually resulted in a cross into the box by Alex, with defender David Horst waiting at the back post and heading it home in the very first minute of the game.
But that lead was short-lived, as just three minutes later Giovani Dos Santos capitalized on a defensive mix-up by the Dynamo and hit a breakaway shot past Joe Willis to make it 1-1. A misplayed clearance in the box in the 21st minute then led to the next goal, when Baggio Husidic buried a ball bouncing around in the 6-yard box.
Ten minutes later, LA's two Designated Players on the field teamed up for a terrific goal. Steven Gerrard, serving as captain for the night, played a ball diagonally across the field up to Dos Santos, who took the ball down inside the box and eluded a defender with a nifty move before finishing the shot emphatically for his second of the night.
Gyasi Zardes finished the scoring just a few minutes after the break, as his tap-in off Sebastian Lletget's low cross effectively put the game to bed for the Galaxy.
LA Galaxy 4, Houston Dynamo 1
Friday, April 15, 2016
2016 MLS Regular Season
BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Texas
HOU – David Horst (Assisted by Alex, Cristian Maidana) 1’
LA – Giovani dos Santos 4’
LA – Baggio Husidic 21’
LA – Giovani dos Santos (Assisted by Steven Gerrard) 31’
LA – Gyasi Zardes (Assisted by Sebastian Lletget, Giovani dos Santos) 49’
LA – Ashley Cole (caution) 56’
LA – Daniel Steres (caution) 89’
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; A.J. DeLaGarza, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme (Dave Romney 82’), Ashley Cole; Baggio Husidic, Steven Gerrard ©; Mike Magee (Emmanuel Boateng 67’), Giovani dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget; Gyasi Zardes.
Substitutions not used: Dan Kennedy, Rafael Garcia, Jeff Larentowicz, Ariel Lassiter, Alan Gordon.
SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; CORNERS: 4; OFFSIDES: 2; SAVES: 1
Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis; David Horst, Jalil Anibaba, Raul Rodriguez, DaMarcus Beasley; Cristian Maidana (Boniek Garcia 57’), Alex, Giles Barnes ©, Ricardo Clark, Andrew Wenger (Leonel Miranda 57’); Will Bruin (Erick Torres 57’).
Substitutions not used: Sheanon Williams, Tyler Deric, Agus, Mauro Manotas.
SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; CORNERS: 3; OFFSIDES: 2; SAVES: 2
Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee’s Assistants: Matthew Nelson and Logan Brown
4th Official: Nima Saghafi