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Galaxy end Dynamo 11-game unbeaten streak

Posted on 29 June 2009 by iyeo

It is assumed that in all sports that if a team loses, the head coach is usually the first in line to assume the blame for the loss.

Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear went a long ways toward reinforcing that theory on Sunday night, as one strike off a corner kick resulted in Houston’s first loss in almost three months, as the Galaxy dealt a Dynamo a 1-0 defeat at the Home Depot Center.

“The story of the game was the set piece and a lot of it had to with me and the way I coached it,” Kinnear said.

The loss ends an 11-match unbeaten streak for the Dynamo, though it still holds possession of first place in the Western Conference while the Galaxy snap a brief two-match losing streak, and with the MLS season officially at the halfway point, at least for the Dynamo and the Galaxy, enables Los Angeles to keep pace in the playoff chase.

“A tough game and a blue-collar game,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “There’s nothing wrong with getting a goal, defending and getting three points.”

The decisive strike came in the 24th minute. Following a corner kick, midfielder Mike Magee sent a low cross that somehow found its way past a crowd in the box and found its way to a wide open Todd Dunivant, who got enough of a touch to guide the ball into the net for his first goal of the season.

“I put a lot of blame on myself for the goal we gave up,” Kinnear said. “It was my decision to pull my guy off the two guys marking the corner kick and therefore, we got exposed.”

Hoston didn’t show much life offensively in the first half, as the Dynamo attempted just one shot. Things did improve in the second half for the Dynamo, though not by much. Houston though did have two great looks at goal off corner kicks in the closing minutes which could’ve stolen the win if not for the effort of Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts.

The first came in the 88th minute, when midfielder Stuart Holden sent in a corner kick that was headed by forward Brian Ching towards goal, but Ricketts caught the ball just short of the goal line. Then in the 90th minute, another Holden corner went to forward Cam Weaver, who let loose a point-blank shot, but an alert Ricketts deflected the shot away from goal, and Buddle later cleared the ball out of the box.

“I don’t think our box play and our wide play were as good as we wanted it to be,” Kinnear said.

The Dynamo (8-3-4) will look to rebound on July 4, as it travels to Kansas City to face the Wizards, while the Galaxy (3-3-9) will be spending its Independence Day looking for its first win in almost four years against the visiting New England Revolution.

Match Facts

Houston Dynamo (8-3-4) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (3-3-9)
June 28, 2009 — The Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:
LA — Todd Dunivant 1 (Mike Magee 4) 24

Lineups:
Houston Dynamo — Pat Onstad, Richard Mulrooney, Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Mike Chabala, Brian Mullan (Dominic Oduro 75), Brad Davis, Stuart Holden, Corey Ashe, Brian Ching, Kei Kamara (Cam Weaver 73),

Substitutes Not Used: Ade Akinbiyi, Tally Hall, John Michael Hayden, Julius James, Craig Waibel

Los Angeles Galaxy — Donovan Ricketts, A.J. DeLaGarza, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez (Tony Sanneh 62), Todd Dunivant, Jovan Kirovski, Mike Magee, Stefani Miglioranzi, Eddie Lewis (Chris Klein 84), Edson Buddle, Alan Gordon (Bryan Jordan 72),

Substitutes Not Used: Leonard Griffin, Kyle Patterson, Josh Saunders, Josh Tudela

Misconduct Summary:
HOU — Mike Chabala (caution; Tactical Foul) 54
HOU — Bobby Boswell (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 56
LA — Edson Buddle (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 56
HOU — Geoff Cameron (caution; Reckless Tackle) 81
LA — Mike Magee (caution; Reckless Tackle) 89

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell; David Bragg
4th official: Kevin Stott
time of game: 1:50
attendance: 17,938
weather: Clear -and- 68 degrees

2 Comments For This Post

  1. soccer goals Says:

    Great showing La Galaxy.

  2. soccer goals Says:

    Great showing La Galaxy.

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