D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo meet for the second time this season when the Eastern Conference foes face off at RFK Stadium on Saturday evening. United are looking to put a halt to a five-game losing streak, returning to action after a 3-0 loss at Columbus two weekends ago. The Dynamo are coming off a famous victory, knocking off the LA Galaxy 1-0 in Carson last weekend in an MLS Cup rematch. The Dynamo defeated United 2-0 when the clubs met in Houston in the opening weekend of the season.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Garcia, Moffat, Davis (C), Driver; Bruin, Barnes.
Subs: Marscheider, Brunner, Chabala, Camargo, Dixon, Ching, Johnson.
D.C. United: Hamid; Korb, McDonald, Jakovic, Woolard; Porter, Kitchen, Augusto, Sanchez; De Rosario, Rafael.
Subs: Willis, Riley, Pajoy, Saragosa, White, Townsend, DeLeon.
One of the most talked about plays over the weekend was the decision by referee Allen Chapman to not issue a red card to Tally Hall when he took down Galaxy forward Jose Villareal in the 24th minute of Sunday's 1-0 Dynamo win.
Galaxy players and coaches were not shy about their displeasure. Head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the match: "I think in most cases that is a red card, but to not even give a card...if they give a yellow card you can understand that, maybe, but it is remarkable he didn't give a card on the play."
So why didn't Chapman issue a red card on the play? According to MLSsoccer.com senior editor Simon Borg, Chapman made the correct call because Villarreal's touch around Hall took him away from the goal and not toward it. Borg also pointed out that Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell had recovered and was in position to protect the net had Villarreal gotten around Hall, meaning that the Dynamo goalkeeper was not the last man on the play.
ESPN broadcaster Adrian Healy, who called the play-by-play for Sunday's match agreed with Borg and had this to say on Twitter (FYI DOGSO stands for Denial of a Goal Scoring Opportunity):
— Adrian Healey (@AdrianHealey) May 7, 2013
So what do you say Dynamo fans? Do you think the referee made the correct call on Sunday? Would you have given Hall a yellow card? Let us know in the comments section below!
Relive the Dynamo's big 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy in this edition of Dynamo Rewind. Tally Hall's penalty save and Andrew Driver's goal gave the men in orange their first win on the road in 2013.
Who was your man of the match? Let us know in the comments below!
The Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy will play Sunday night in a rematch of the previous two MLS Cup finals. The Dynamo are 6-6-4 all-time vs. the Galaxy with a 2-3-2 regular season record vs. LA at The Home Depot Center. The Dynamo won the regular season series last year, defeating the Galaxy 2-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 26, but the Galaxy got the last laugh, winning MLS Cup 3-1 in front of their home side on December 1.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell (C), Taylor, Ashe; Garcia, Moffat, Clark, Driver; Barnes, Bruin.
Subs: Marscheider, Chabala, Brunner, Camargo, Dixon, Johnson, Ching
Galaxy: Cudicini; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Cochrane; Donovan (C), Sarvas, Juninho, Magee; Villarreal, Rugg.
Subs: Rowe, Leonardo, Meyer, Garcia, Jimenez, Stephens, Zardes.
Following last week's tough 1-1 draw against Colorado to stretch their home unbeaten run to 36 games, the Dynamo hit the road to face their foil in the last two MLS Cup Finals: the LA Galaxy. In This Week, we take a look at some of the major talking points ahead of Sunday's match.
You can watch the Dynamo take on the Galaxy this Sunday at 10 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Have an opinion on today's MLS Cup final? Matt Pedersen and Glenn Davis are hosting a call-in show on KPRC 950 until 8 p.m. CT. To voice your opinion on the Dynamo's 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy or to talk about last season or the one ahead, call (713) 212-5950.
All stats are courtesy of Opta Sports
First Half Stats
|LA Galaxy||Houston Dynamo|
|4||Attempts on Goal||7|
|0||Shots on Target||3|
|4||Shots off Target||1|
|7||Open Play Crosses||11|
|0||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|51%||Duels Won %||48%|
|77%||Passing Accuracy %||81%|