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Match Preview: Dynamo at LA Galaxy

The basics:

Houston Dynamo (5-6-1, 16 points; T-4th place in Western Conference) vs. LA Galaxy (9-0-2, 29 points; 1st place in Western Conference)
7 p.m. CT
The Home Depot Center, Carson CA

All-time record: LA Galaxy lead 6-4-4 (4-4-4 MLS regular season)

Game Guide - downloadable PDF

Broadcast Info:

Galavision (7 p.m.)
SportsTalk 790 (6:15 p.m. pregame)
La Ranchera 850 (6:30 p.m. pregame)

What’s at Stake?

Houston will try to snap a two-game losing streak and keep from falling further down the Western Conference table while the Galaxy hope to extend their season-high 465 shutout minutes.

Last Meeting:

Edson Buddle scored two first-half goals and Houston’s Luis Landin picked up a red card late in the first half as the Galaxy dominated Houston 2-0 at Robertson Stadium on April 10. The goals were No. 4 and 5 for Buddle.

Heroes & Villains:

Brian Ching vs. Omar Gonzalez: The first time these teams met this season, Ching was nursing a hamstring injury. Now, he’s nursing another form of pain: Ching was a surprise omission from the United States’ World Cup roster, and he’s taking out his frustrations on the rest of MLS. In two games since he was dropped from the roster, he has scored two goals. It will be up to Gonzalez to try and contain the Dynamo forward, as the 2009 Rookie of the Year has the height and mobility to neutralize him.

Tristan Bowen vs. Bobby Boswell: Is there a weak spot to Houston’s defense? The answer used to be no, but this season that weak spot has been Boswell. The former D.C. United standout had an atrocious performance against Philadelphia and was not much better against New York. In those games, Houston allowed a combined five goals, unheard of from the Dynamo's recent seasons. Bowen will give Boswell fits with his elusive speed and quick feet.

Stat That Makes You Go "Hmm…"

Ten different players have scored goals for the Galaxy, but only Edson Buddle has tallied more than one. Also, the Galaxy have scored first in nine of their games this season – the other two were scoreless draws.

He Said It

“Anytime you can get an early goal, you put the other team under pressure. It’s very important to our success.” – Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.