Houston Dynamo 1-4 LA Galaxy
It looked to be a dream start for Houston in this Friday night match. A corner in the first minute gave the Dynamo a great chance early on and an uncovered David Horst took the chance and knocked home the opening goal before a minute had expired.
The Dynamo defense then decided to melt after the first goal. In the fourth minute, some defensive miscommunication on the orange back line set Giovani dos Santos up with a one on one chance against the keeper, which is something he never fails to take advantage of. LA would continue to put pressure on a clearly frazzled Houston defence. They went in front in the 21st thanks to Baggio Husidic jumping onto a loose ball in the penalty area and smashing it into the open net. The Houston defense continued to be a hot mess at the half hour mark. Long passing in transition carved through the Dynamo back line like it was barely there leading to a second for Dos Santos in the 31st minute. It was only 3-1 at the break, but Galaxy were unlucky to have not scored several more.
The Galaxy didn't need to do much besides be safe and defend in the second half, but they couldn't resist scoring more on the counter attack. Gyasi Zardes finished off the latest Houston defensive nightmare on a transition attack in the 49th.
Houston was repeatedly sunk throughout the second half by a lack of communication and teamwork on the attack. Every chance they had was destroyed by their own incompetence going forward. Whether it was a pass towards an empty run, two players heading for the same ball, or a brilliant run that wasn't picked out, Houston continued to find ways to shoot themselves in the foot.
It was an ugly showing for Houston, but Galaxy do have to be given credit for a strong turnaround after the fracas against Portland on Sunday night. One team can screw up all they want, but they don't allow four goals if their opponents can't take the chances.