Dynamo 0, LA Galaxy 1 -- postgame notes

Davis sets club appearance record but Houston now winless in five

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GAME NIGHT:
LA GALAXY 1, DYNAMO 0

The
Houston Dynamo fell to a 1-0 defeat to the first-place LA Galaxy on a
controversial first-half penalty kick Wednesday night at The Home Depot Center.
Landon Donovan scored the game’s only goal just before halftime when Houston
midfielder Lovel Palmer blocked an off-target shot but was whistled for a
handball despite Dynamo appeals that the ball hit his chest. Donovan converted
the penalty kick for his league-leading eighth goal of the year.

The
loss extends Houston’s winless streak to five games (0-3-2) and winless streak
against the Galaxy to six games (0-5-1). The Dynamo are next in action on
Saturday night, taking on in-state rival FC Dallas at Robertson Stadium at 7:30
p.m.

In
Wednesday’s second half, Houston controlled the majority of the game’s
possession but forced just one save out of LA goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. The
Dynamo’s best chance when substitute Mike Chabala snuck behind the defense and
beat Ricketts to a loose ball, but Ricketts blocked Chabala’s touch with his
legs to deny the opportunity.

Houston
midfielder Brad Davis set a new club record with his 137th career MLS regular
season appearance for the Dynamo, passing former Houston players Brian Mullan
and Pat Onstad. The appearance was also Davis’ 175th game for the Dynamo in all
competitions.

Defender
Corey Ashe left the match at halftime with a left leg injury and was replaced
by Mike Chabala, making his third MLS appearance of the season.

Dynamo
defender Andre Hainault extended his own club record for consecutive MLS
minutes by a field player to 2,835 by starting his 31st consecutive game and
playing 90 minutes.

For
Houston, defender Corey Ashe made the 110th appearance of his MLS career,
midfielder Geoff Cameron made his 105th appearance for Houston in all
competitions, and midfielder Colin Clark made his 75th career MLS start.

The
Dynamo played without forwards Calen Carr (concussion) and Brian Ching (plantar
fasciitis); and midfielder Danny Cruz (knee hyperextension).

Next Match: Saturday, May 28, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. FC
Dallas, Robertson Stadium