Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Donovan scores eighth goal as Galaxy outclasses Dynamo
by Ridge Mahoney, May 26th, 2011 1:54AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  houston dynamo, los angeles galaxy, mls


[MLS] The Galaxy tacked on another three points to its league-leading total by beating Houston, 1-0, at Home Depot Center Wednesday with a Landon Donovan penalty kick in first-half stoppage time.

Donovan a converted the kick awarded when Dynamo midfielder Lovel Palmer used his right arm to bat down a ball driven by Chris Birchall across the goalmouth. A few minutes earlier, Palmer had blocked a Chad Barrett shot with his shoulder, but this time the ball clearly struck his outstretched arm and referee Chris Penso immediately pointed to the spot.

Keeper Tally Hall guessed to his right and Donovan rolled the ball to the other side for a league-leading eighth goal of the season. Houston managed just one shot on goal, and none of the forwards used by Coach Dominic Kinnear – starters Sergio Koke and Will Bruin, or sub Cam Weaver – was credited with a shot. Holding midfielder Palmer led the Dynamo with three shots, a number matched by Galaxy counterpart Birchall.

The Dynamo won six corner kicks but was unable to generate a shot on frame. All of the corners were taken by midfielder Brad Davis, who struggled to create chances during the run of play before being replaced by Je-Vaughn Watson with 30 minutes remaining. In the final minutes, Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron got a rare look at goal but his first-time shot from distance skipped a yard wide of the post.

The victory ratcheted up the Galaxy’s league-best record to 7-2-5 heading into a game against New England (3-4-4) Saturday at Gillette Stadium that will mark Donovan’s last MLS appearance prior to the Gold Cup. Houston (3-4-5) lost its third game in the last six and returns home to play FC Dallas (6-3-3) Saturday.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. U-20s sweep group play with win over Tigres    
[DALLAS CUP] The U.S. under-20 national team beat Tigres of Mexico, 1-0, and moved into the ...
Red Bulls finally get off the schneid    
[MLS: Week 7] After seven games, the New York Red Bulls, the 2013 Supporters' Shield champions, ...
Dutch Lions ink Cruyff grandson    
[USL PRO TRANSACTIONS] The Dayton Dutch Lions have Matheus (Brazilian defender Matheus Diovany Pechim Dos Santos), ...
The 10 richest American soccer owners    
[MAKING A LIST] Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, announced as the owner ...
Howard's Everton suffers costly setback    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] The bid of Tim Howard's Everton to finish in the top four of the ...
Atlanta introduced as 22nd franchise    
[MLS EXPANSION] MLS introduced Atlanta as its latest expansion team, owned by Atlanta Falcons Arthur Blank, ...
Sonia becomes third Spaniard to join Flash    
[NWSL TRANSACTIONS] Sonia became the third Spaniard to join Western New York, joining Vicky Losada, Week ...
Fernandez stymies Energy with late penalty save    
[USL PRO: Week 5] Raul Fernandez saved Michael Thomas' penalty kick in the 90th minute to ...
What They're Saying    
"All I can say about my departure is we no longer agreed to the strategy. I ...
Perfectly placed volley into own goal    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] You may have noticed, we relish a good own goal. Today's ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives