Fulltime: Houston 1, LA 1. The Galaxy have to settle for a draw on opening day. Here’s a more fleshed-out recap, thanks for following along today!
54th minute: Houston goal. Mauro Manotas takes a simple diagonal from Zarek Valentin, and coolly beats Bingham to tie up the game.
Halftime: LA lead 1-0. They look the better side so far, but could use another goal to help their prospects of a win here, so there’s no late collapse. But so far so good for the Galaxy.
13th minute: GOOOOOOL LA! Cristian Pavon dribbles upfield, cuts inside and unleashes a blast from the corner. Terrific start for the Galaxy!
The Galaxy play roughly who you would expect, with Jonathan dos Santos out Perry Kitchen gets the start and Nick DePuy starts in the back next to Giancarlo Gonzalez.
Houston have some new faces in Tab Ramos’ first game in charge, we’ll see how they look together.
It will obviously be our first look of these teams in competitive action, with Houston under the leadership of new head coach Tab Ramos for the first time, while Guillermo Barros Schelotto will look to win the season opener with LA for the second straight year.
Of course, this will be Chicharito’s MLS debut, with the Mexican superstar officially announced as the team’s captain for the season.
©hicharito.— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) February 28, 2020
On the injury front, only Jonathan dos Santos (groin) and Efrain Alvarez (ankle) are listed as questionable, but neither player is expected to feature. For the Dynamo, Alberth Elis is listed as out, as is Victor Cabrera, while newcomers Darwin Quintero and Zarek Valentin are both questionable, per the club.
Can the Galaxy start the season off with a road win over Houston? Will the Dynamo continue their run of being LA’s bogeyteam in 2020? How will Chicharito look on his debut? We’ll find out once the game gets underway.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday afternoon, the Galaxy are (+185) while Houston are (+128). The odds of a draw are (+265), so the bookmakers don’t really seem to know what to make of this one, which is logical considering it’s MLS and the start of the season.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between LA and Houston will be televised on Twitter.com (English) and Univision (Spanish) in the United States. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 12:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow shortly after. You can watch Univision on FuboTV.
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