Match Report: Late Romain Alessandrini goal earns LA Galaxy 2-2 draw with Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo were mere moments away from their first road win of 2017 on Saturday night, but it was not to be.

A contentious injury-time goal by Romain Alessandrini snatched a last-gasp 2-2 draw for the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center, saving the Californians from what would've been their fourth home loss of the season. Replays suggested that the Frenchman had strayed offside on the play, but after conferring, referee Hilario Grajeda and his officiating crew let the tally stand. 

It was rough justice on Houston, who opened the scoring via Mauro Manotas and feasted on their trademark quick transitions, directing five shots on target (13 overall).

After Ema Boateng equalized for LA, Alberth Elis lifted a delightful finish over Clement Diop in the 74th minute. But in the dying moments of a lengthy stoppage-time period, the impressive Alessandrini came up big for the Galaxy once again.

Goals

  • 22' – HOU – Mauro Manotas Watch
  • 35' – LA – Emmanuel Boateng Watch
  • 74' – HOU – Alberth Elis Watch
  • 90+4' – LA – Romain Alessandrini Watch

Next Up

  • LA: Wednesday, June 21 – at Colorado (9 pm ET | MLS LIVE)
  • HOU: Friday, June 23 – vs. Dallas (9 pm ET | UniMás, facebook.com in US, MLS LIVE in Canada)

LA Galaxy Postgame Notes
LA Galaxy 2, Houston Dynamo 2
Saturday, June 17, 2017
2017 MLS Regular Season
StubHub Center – Los Angeles, Calif.

Scoring Summary:

HOU – Mauro Manotas 22’

LA – Emmanuel Boateng 35’ (Assisted by Romain Alessandrini)

HOU – Alberth Elis 74’ (Assisted by Boniek Garcia)

LA – Romain Alessandrini 90’+4’ (Assisted by Bradford Jamieson IV, Jose Villarreal)

Misconduct Summary:

HOU – Alberth Elis 58’ (caution)

HOU – Leonardo 69’ (caution)

HOU – Mauro Manotas 73’ (caution)

HOU – AJ. DeLaGarza 90’+1’

LA – Nathan Smith 90’+7’

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Clement Diop; Ashley Cole, Dave Romney, Hugo Arellano, Nathan Smith; Emmanuel Boateng, Gyasi Zardes (Ariel Lassiter 67’), Romain Alessandrini, Rafael Garcia (Bradford Jamieson IV 83’), João Pedro; Jack McInerney (Jose Villarreal 61’)

Substitutions not used: Jack McBean, Jon Kempin, Jaime Villarreal

Head Coach: Curt Onalfo

TOTAL SHOTS: 7; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2

Houston Dynamo: Tyler Deric; DaMarcus Beasley (Dylan Remick 65’), A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Adolfo Machado; Juan Cabezas, Alex (Boniek Garcia 45’), Ricardo Clark ©, Romell Quioto (Alberth Ellis 45’), Mauro Manotas; Erick Torres

Substitutions not used: Travis Worra, Bobby Boswell, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Marcelo Sarvas.

Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera 

TOTAL SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 17; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 1

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Mike Rottersman
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Attendance: 25,667