Giovanni scores 2 to lead the LA Galaxy past Houston Dynamo 4-1

This game started out quickly as Houston made a nice play off a corner kick which eventually ends up on the head of David Horst who scores the first goal of the game in the 1st minute. The Dynamo lead was not long lived as in the 4th minute a deep ball gets caught up between 2 Dynamo defenders and bounces off to Giovanni Dos Santos who puts it past goalkeeper Joe Willis to make it 1-1.

Later in the 21st minute a steal in the midfield leads to a run down the left flank by Giovanni who puts a nice cross that the GK Joe Willis fails to properly clear and it ends free, in the box for Husidic to put it in easily. The Galaxy were on fire and had all cylinders running at this point. The defense really shutdown all the spaces and did not allow the forwards to gain any kind of possession. The midfielders for Houston couldn’t maintain control of the ball or establish forward momentum as well.

In the 31st minute Gerard sends a nice long pass from right to left, and Giovanni has a nice 1st touch to setup his right foot for a shot and goal from just inside the box. Could Giovanni be back? All signs were pointing at a possible hat-trick, but it was not to be. The final Galaxy goal came from Zardes in the 48th minute, by way of a nice cross from the right side by Lletget’s cross.

Dynamo Coach, Owen Coyle would insert 3 subs in the 57th minute to change things up, one of them being Cubo Torres. The Dynamo would shift the game a bit in their favor later in the game. They would generate some good chances. Cubo Torres and Miranda were key in holding some good possession up top as well as getting some chances at goal. Unfortunately for the home crowd, a Dynamo goal was not in the cards.

I was able to ask LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena what he thought of the 3 simultaneous subs made by the Dynamo and he said it was a good move and that they brought some energy to the game and nearly made it an exciting ending.

In the locker room, Cubo Torres, gave some insightful comments on his play in the game, the National Team and his future activity with the Dynamo. ESPN FC’s Nayib Moran asked some good questions on his relationship with the Dynamo Manager and the possibility of future playing time, as well as his thoughts on the Mexico call up with the U-23 and Olympic team. I asked him how close he felt to scoring his first goal with the team and how he felt his movement was during the game going up against a tough and big defense in the Belgian center back, Van Damm. Listen to his comments in Spanish:

It was an entertaining match. Giovanni is making his way back and it will be exciting to see if he can regain his form to gain a spot with the Mexican National Team. Also, Cubo Torres, getting some playing time, even in defeat, is a good start and preparation for his U-23/Olympic squad participation.

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Houston Dynamo capitalizes on poor FC Dallas Defense

Houston DynamoA quick trip to Houston to cover some MLS action, and was greeted with a first half full of early goals. Houston came out quickly with a nice cross to a wide open David Horst in the middle for an easy header for the opening goal. Mexican American, Jesse Rodriguez would not have a fun game as he gave up 4 first half goals.

The second goal would come off of a back pass to the goalie, but Jesse Gonzalez went one way and the pass went the other way, into the goal. FC Dallas was on the defensive for most of the first half. Two more goals would come as a result of defensive errors and leaving the Dynamo attackers unmarked in dangerous positions.

FC Dallas tried to come back with some offense later in the first half, with some runs by Colombian Fabian Castillo. The Dynamo defense held up however and stuffed all of FC Dallas’ attacks.

In the 2nd half, Mauro Diaz tried to get things going and created some good opportunities, but the Dynamo defense held on to get the shutout. FC Dallas made a good effort in the latter half but could not find goal. Instead Houston found the net one last time to make it 5-0. This time it was striker Will Bruin with the late goal off a nice generated play from the midfielders.

After the game Coach Owen Coyle praised his team’s dynamic offense. Damarcus Beasley also had good things to say about the Dynamo offense and the hustle of the midfielders. He did not think the Dallas defense was poor, rather that the Dynamo offense was too good. He referred to the hustle of the midfielders as tremendous and something that is rare to see these days.

A good start for the Dynamo. They will now be tested on the road, where in the past it has been a challenge for them.