MLS Regular Season
After the way the Houston Dynamo gifted three points to
the LA Galaxy on Saturday night, it’s hard to find many bright spots. Despite the poor result though, the side took heart in a
couple of developments.
First and foremost was the play of midfielder Lovel Palmer.
have Lovel here for a reason,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear. “I
thought one of the few positives [against the Galaxy] was his play.”
The Houston Dynamo suffered their first defeat of the
2010 season Saturday, falling 2-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy at
Robertson Stadium. Galaxy forward Edson Buddle scored both goals after
capitalizing on defensive errors in the first half, giving him five
goals in three games. The Dynamo are now one of four teams tied for
second in the Western Conference with four points.
Two defensive miscues and a Luis Landin red card were all that was
needed to bury the Houston Dynamo against the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday
night at Robertson Stadium. Edson Buddle had a brace on the night, and
the Galaxy left Houston with a 2-0 victory.
Watch the full match highlights.
Edson Buddle scored another brace and the Los Angeles Galaxy became only the second club in MLS history to start the season with three straight shutout victories after a 2-0 blanking of the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium.
Buddle leads all goal scorers in MLS with five strikes, matching his season total of 2009 after just three games. He has accounted for every goal scored by the Galaxy thus far.
This article appeared in the April 10, 2010 issue of the Houston Dynamo Gameday Magazine.
Los Angeles Galaxy (2-0-0) at Houston
Saturday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
leads regular-season series 4-3-4. LA Galaxy leads overall series 5-4-4. Houston is 2-2-2 against LA Galaxy at
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Last Thursday, Lovel Palmer — one of the Dynamo's newest signings — made
his debut in Houston's defeat of reigning league champions Real Salt
However, having spent a couple of weeks wrangling to
formalize the necessary paperwork, the midfielder was just happy to
finally be in town.
“It was nice making my debut and making it with a victory at home," Palmer said. "I’m elated.”
In the biggest disappointment of his young career, Dynamo
defender Mike Chabala had to sit out last year’s Western Conference
championship game against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Suspended after picking up
one yellow card in each leg of the conference semifinal, Chabala had to watch
from the stands as the Galaxy eliminated the Dynamo in a wild 2-0, overtime win
that included two light failures and a Houston goal waved off.
This article appeared in the April 1, 2010 issue of the Houston Dynamo Gameday Magazine.
Where others saw little,
Dominic Kinnear saw promise. It worked for Geoff Cameron, as the third-round
draft pick made the Dynamo roster and became a valuable contributor and Rookie
of the Year finalist in 2008.
Where others saw a role player, Dominic
Kinnear saw a starter. It worked out for Geoff Cameron, as he moved to center
back and became an MLS Best XI selection and Defender of the Year finalist in
Houston Dynamo forward
and captain Brian Ching will miss several weeks with a hamstring injury, the
team announced Friday.
Ching suffered a left
hamstring strain during the first half of Thursday night’s game against Real Salt
Lake at Robertson
Stadium. He was evaluated Friday morning by the Dynamo medical staff and will
undergo further tests next week to determine the extent of the injury. There is
no set timetable for his return.