Landin's first start goes badly

[MLS PLAYER SPOTLIGHT] Mexican forward Luis Angel Landin, the Houston Dynamo’s first Designated Player, finally got his first start of the season – but it didn’t go so well.

Landin, 24, arrived late in 2009, when he played just seven games, scored once, and was plagued by injuries.

He played only 11 minutes in Houston’s first game of 2010, a 1-1 tie with FC Dallas. The following week he drew a penalty kick in a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake after coming on in the 28th minute.

Last weekend, he finally got a start, against the Los Angeles Galaxy. But in the 44th minute, after Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez used his elbows to fend off Landin, the striker retaliated and saw red from referee Baldomero Toledo. Gonzalez, who had already been yellow-carded earlier in the game, escaped unpunished.

“I recognize my error,” Landin told MLS.com. “In the heat of the game I reacted badly, got ejected, and hurt my team.”

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