Stoppage Time Goal Stops Houston Getting First Road win

Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy fighting for possession (Photo: Houston Dynamo)

Houston Dynamo has continued their poor form on the road as they gave away a winning position in the fifth minute of stoppage time to be forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy on Saturday night at StubHub Center.

It was a controversial coal in the 95th minute when Romain Alessandri put the ball in to the back of the net. The ball was crossed in from Bradford Jamieson but Alessandri appeared to be in an offside position when the cross came in, only for the assistant referee to keep the flag down.

Dynamo opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through Mauro Manotas putting away a rebound after a Clement Diop save. Erick Torres sent a ball in to the box for DaMarcus Beasley whose shot was well saved by Diop.

A strong counter from LA Galaxy saw them equalize in the 35th minute following a clearance from the LA defense. Romain Alessandri gathered possession and played a through ball for Emmanuel Boateg who used hi space to beat the Dynamo defense and round Tyler Deric in the Dynamo goal.

After a tight second half, Houston finally got their lead back as Boniek Garcia was able to pick up possession in midfield. He sent a diagonal ball for Alberth Ellis who headed the ball down and then chip Diop to put Houston 2-1 up.

It could have been 2-1 sooner than that as Garcia was able to set up a chance for Manotas just moments before the second goal. Manotas dribbled in to the box and sent the ball low for Elis, only for the Honduran to send his shot over the bar.

With five minutes to play LA Galaxy could have had their equalizer sooner if not for the crossbar and some great defending. A corner came to Ariel Lassiter who headed at goal, but his header only found the crossbar, before Adolfo Machado cleared.

In the end LA Galaxy did get that equalizer coming in stoppage time, breaking Houston hearts but the Dynamo showed signs of improvement.


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