Houston (CBS Houston) – The Dynamo head to Los Angeles for their second game in a row away from Houston, and seek a victory to snap their 18 game road winless streak.
With the solid play on the road as of late, the Dynamo have been unfortunate that the streak is still alive.
Entering Friday’s match against the LA Galaxy the Dynamo are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions, and in seven of the eight games that interim head coach Wade Barrett has managed.
While the Dynamo are still without a road win in 18 tries, the club has three draws in their last four road matches.
Giles Barnes, Will Bruin and Andrew Wenger lead the club with four goals each. Boniek Garcia is the leader in assists with five, which is also tied for 10th in the league.
Tyler Deric’s recent form is arguably as good as anyone in the MLS. Deric is tied for ninth in shutouts while playing half of the games of some of the goalkeepers with more shutouts.
With knee surgery on Thursday, DaMarcus Beasley will be out for a few weeks while he recovers. Beasley has started 17 of the 18 Dynamo matches so far this year.
Friday’s match will be the second meeting between the Dynamo and the Galaxy this season. On April 15 the Galaxy beat the Dynamo, 4-1 behind a pair of goals from Giovani dos Santos. That loss for the Dynamo was their only home loss this season.
The Galaxy enter with a 7-3-8, 29 points record which is good for fourth in the Western Conference, but just three points ahead of seventh place Portland.
It’s been an up and down season so far for the Galaxy. Most recently the Galaxy beat Seattle, 1-0 for their second win in a row and fourth straight without a loss. Prior to the two wins, the Galaxy had a stretch of seven games in a row without a win.
In nine home games this year the Galaxy are undefeated with five wins and four draws.
Giovani dos Santos leads the Galaxy with seven goals, which is tied for 10th in the league. dos Santos, and teammate Gyasi Zardes, each have five assists which is also tied for 10th in the league.
Robbie Keane spent a good chunk of the summer with the Republic of Ireland during their run in Euro 2016. Keane has played two matches in his return and has scored goals in both games.
Between the posts, Brian Row has been the primary starter, and has five shutouts in 17 games played.
The Galaxy will be shorthanded Friday as Robbie Rogers and Ashley Cole will be out with an injury, Ariel Lassiter is also doubtful. Nigel De Jong will miss Friday’s match as well, just as he did in the first meeting with the teams, because of a suspension handed down by the league.
Friday’s match begins at 10 p.m. with a 9:30 p.m. pregame show on 95.7 HD3 and the Radio.com app.