Match Preview: Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy

Dynamo, Galaxy set to square off in front of 22,000 at BBVA Compass Stadium

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Photo Credit: 
Anthony Vasser/Houston Dynamo

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy, presented by Statoil
Saturday, May 26, 1:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
All-time series: Galaxy lead 6-5-4

BROADCAST INFORMATION
KBME 790 - 1 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 1 p.m.
NBC Sports Network - 1:30 p.m. (Comcast: SD = 49 HD = 649; AT&T U-Verse:  SD= 640  HD=1640; DirecTV: 603; Dish Network: 151)

PREVIEW
It’s a rematch of MLS Cup 2011 when the Houston Dynamo play host to the LA Galaxy on Saturday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium on the NBC Sports Network. The Dynamo return home after stretching their unbeaten run to three games last weekend, coming back for a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution. The Galaxy are now winless in their last six contests, seeing the San Jose Earthquakes come storming back for a 3-2 victory at midweek in Carson.

REFEREE 
Silviu Petrescu. SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Adam Garner; 4th: Jasen Anno MLS Career: 46 games; FC/gm: 27.5; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 8; pens: 7

INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY THE METHODIST HOSPITAL SYSTEM (As of Tuesday, May 22)
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Kofi Sarkodie (R foot sprain); GK Erich Marscheider (R shoulder sprain); PROBABLE: FW Brian Ownby (L elbow dislocation) ... LA GALAXY – OUT: DF Andrew Boyens (L sports hernia surgery); DF Omar Gonzalez (L knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: DF A.J.DeLaGarza (R heel bruise); DF Leonardo (R knee surgery)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: HOU: Geoff Cameron (USA) ... LA: Landon Donovan (USA), Robbie Keane (Ireland) SUSPENDED: LA: Hector Jimenez (through May 26)
WARNINGS: SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: LA: David Beckham; SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: LA: Juninho, Landon Donovan

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (15 meetings): Dynamo 5 wins, 17 goals ... Galaxy 6 wins, 17 goals ... Ties 4
  • AT HOUSTON (8 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 9 goals ... Galaxy 3 wins, 7 goals ... Ties 2
  • LAST YEAR (MLS): 5/25: LA 1, HOU 0 (Donovan 45) 10/23: HOU 3, LA 1 (Moffat 27; Boswell 48; Costly 74 – McBean 88)
  • This is the only league meeting between the clubs this season.
  • It’s a rematch of MLS Cup 2011, when Landon Donovan’s goal gave the Galaxy a 1-0 victory at The Home Depot Center and the third league crown in club history.
  • Of the last seven MLS Cup Finals, the Galaxy or Dynamo have played in five – the Galaxy in 2005, 2009 and 2011, and the Dynamo in 2006, 2007 and 2011.
  • The Dynamo haven’t defeated LA at The Home Depot Center since 2007. The Galaxy have won five meetings in a row in Carson, including MLS Cup 2011 and the 2009 Western Conference Championship.
  • Houston’s league win last year in the regular season finale snapped a five-game winless run vs. LA.
  • Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear v LA: P23 W9 L9 D5 ... Bruce Arena vs. HOU: P8 W5 L3 D1