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LA Galaxy fall to Houston Dynamo 4-2

LA open up the MLS Cup playoffs in Minnesota

MLS: LA Galaxy at Houston Dynamo Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

On Decision Day, the LA Galaxy blew it.

Mid-day Sunday at a sweltering BBVA Compass Stadium, LA had their chances in attack and in defense and couldn’t execute, falling to the Houston Dynamo 4-2. The Galaxy will now begin the 2019 MLS Cup playoffs on the road vs. Minnesota United FC.

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Giancarlo Gonzalez replaced Daniel Steres at center back while Joe Corona returns to the starting XI alongside Jonathan dos Santos.

The first half was a see-saw affair; after Zlatan scored a stunner of a beauty in the 9th minute, squaring up at the corner of the 18-yard box and curling a finish over and around Tyler Deric, LA threatened to dominate the match, especially after Ibra’s close-range effort soon afterwards slammed off the post.

Unfortunately the Galaxy gave up a killer of a goal right before halftime and the teams were level. A beautiful team sequence ended with Cristian Pavon restored the lead for Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side only for lax marking to give Alberth Elis an easy finish at the far post. 2-2.

After Pavon and Lletget hit the woodmark and Zlatan missed a sitter, the Dynamo took over. Diego Polenta was arguably run over by Elis, but it didn’t matter as Christian Ramirez put away a sloppy finish to gift Houston the lead. LA collapsed in stoppage time, giving up a final tally as the match finished 4-2.