Houston (CBS Houston) – Steven Gerrard’s goal in the 66th minute lifts the LA Galaxy past the Dynamo, 1-0.
In the process the Dynamo get shutout for the second straight game and have scored one goal in the last three.
Early in the match the Dynamo were dealt some bad luck. Robbie Keane tried to chip a shot past David Horst and Joe Willis. Instead the ball caught Horst in the right wrist in the box. The LA Galaxy were awarded a penalty kick, but Keane missed the penalty kick wide right to keep the game scoreless.
Twice in the second half Giles Barnes made something out of nothing and had near misses that would have given the Dynamo the lead.
In the 41st minute, the Galaxy had a strong build up that saw Gyasi Zardes send a cross that Giovani dos Santos got a head on. The shot fell straight to Joe Willis, who was filling in for Tyler Deric. Deric strained his abdomen in training on Thursday.
The teams went into the locker room tied at zero in what was an even first half. The Dynamo finished the half with more shots and shots on goals, but the best chance of the first half was Keane’s penalty kick miss.
In the 66th minute, Keane was able to get a pass over the top, but Willis saved his right-footed shot. Gerrard was streaking down the pitch and beat everyone to the ball and sent in the shot off the rebound. Replays showed the Keane was offside on the initial shot.
Just before the 80th minute, Keane received a pass inside the box that he was able to get past Willis. It was ruled that Keane was offside, but replay showed that the offside call shouldn’t have been made.
In the closing moments the Dynamo would get forward a few times but couldn’t find the equalizing goal.
With the win the LA Galaxy improve to 7-3-8, 29 points, stay perfect at home, win their third in a row and increase their unbeaten streak to five games in a row.
The Dynamo fall to 4-8-6, 18 points on the season, and extend their road winless streak to 19 matches in a row.
Next week is a busy one for the Dynamo. They welcome FC Dallas into BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday night for the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and then return to MLS action on Saturday, home for Vancouver.