Dynamo take blame for loss to L.A.

Defensive miscues and a red card unravel Houston

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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.

You
can’t spot a team two goals like that, and especially being down a man,
expect to come back,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “I
thought the defending for both goals was really poor and they took
advantage of them. Credit to them. They took advantage of our mistakes
and won the game.”

With the victory, the Galaxy continue to put
room between themselves and the rest of the Western Conference. For
now, Los Angeles is five points clear of the Dynamo after only three
games.

Following the match, each Dynamo player was pointing
fingers, not at their Dynamo teammates, but instead at themselves and
taking blame for their own parts in the defensive miscues. 

On the first Galaxy goal in the 27th
minute, Dynamo defenders Eddie Robinson and Mike Chabala failed to
communicate as to who was going to clear the ball. It was ultimately
deflected between the two of them and fell to Buddle, who drove to the
end line and beat Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad at the near post. 

“The
first one for me, from my standpoint, is just a terrible angle to get
beat from, and you should never get scored on from there,” Onstad said. 

“It’s a mistake by me and Chewy not
talking to each other,” Robinson said. “One other mistake, and it’s 2-0.
Other than that, Pat had to make one save, it’s frustrating.”

The
second goal might have been even more frustrating for the Dynamo
defense. Robinson went to clear the ball, but instead it was hit by
Buddle. Referee Baldomero Toledo did not whistle a foul, however, and the play
continued. Defender Bobby Boswell failed to clear the ball, and the
play resulted in the Galaxy's second goal.

“I think I have to
play that ball a little differently and make a better play on it than I
did, and we got punished for it," Boswell noted.

If there was a third critical error on the night, it came shortly before the second goal that in the 43rd
minute, when Luis Landin went into the corner to track down a ball and
earned a red card in the process. Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez
screened Landin off the ball, and Houston's designated player kicked at
Gonzalez from behind.

“They had already given me various
(elbows),” Landin said.  “I reacted in a bad manner. I shouldn’t have
reacted that way. Unfortunately I did it, and there are the
consequences.”

The 10-man Dynamo deserve credit for pressing
hard in the second half before ultimately running out of gas.
Midfielders Lovel Palmer, Corey Ashe, Danny Cruz, and Brian Mullan’s
move to forward provided the team a jumpstart in attack.

In the
end, it was too little, too late for Houston, as the red card and the
defensive miscues were too big a hole for the team to overcome. Robinson vowed to bring an end to the errors.

“Guys
make mistakes like that, myself included, and if you want to stay on
the team, you can’t do that,” Robinson said. “I’ll doubt we’ll have
many mistakes like that again this year because if you do, there are a
lot of good players sitting on the bench that want to play.”