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Houston Dynamo: LAFC has Launched to Supporters’ Shield

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Carlos Vela (LAFC) holding off Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo) | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | September 25, 2019

As the MLS season is coming to an end, the Houston Dynamo and LAFC clashed on Wednesday night. The two teams entered the match with different targets in mind. LAFC was looking to solidify its season by getting closer to a Supporters Shield. In contrast, Houston was fighting for pride to close the season in winning fashion after a horrible season.

Vela Scores Again

The first half seemed promising for the Houston team as it fought and created chances. Mauro Manotas immediately began the game in the 2nd minute with a strike that was blocked by the LAFC keeper. The game displayed high intensity from the start as both teams looked to create chances. With high tensions and a strong competitive display, the match was slowed down by many fouls.

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LAFC captain Carlos Vela evading Houston Dynamo defender Adam Lundkvist | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | September 25, 2019

To emphasize the chippy game, Houston defender Kiki Struna, committed a foul in the box. The referee did not hesitate to award a penalty to LAFC.  Carlos Vela, potential MVP candidate converted the penalty to put his team ahead with a low shot to the right of the keeper.  It was not long before the Houston Dynamo equalized the score. The Orange team earned a corner kick and after several pinball effects, the ball went in the back of the net as an own goal. Vela had one chance to put his club ahead off a free kick that came close off the crossbar. The first half ended with LAFC being the more dominant team yet the score did not seem to agree.

Houston, We Have a Problem

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Diego Rossi (LAFC) heading in the rebound for a goal against Houston Dynamo | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | September 25, 2019

The Dynamo showed signs of promising soccer as they attacked the L.A. club more to begin the second half. The match finally arrived to a point of back and forth to provide the fans a more exciting match. Vela, seeking to continue his historical mark in MLS, looked electrifying as he created chances for his team to scored the go ahead goal. After many attempts, the second goal of the night was scored by the Uruguay-born player, Diego Rossi. The LAFC reliable scorer, found a ball off the crossbar to head it in.

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Houston Dynamo defenders attempting to deny Eduard Atuesta (LAFC) | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | September 25, 2019

Meanwhile, Eduard Atuesta would put everyone on its feet as he scored a beautiful goal from distance. The midfielder struck the ball with class and precision to beat the keeper and put his team up 3-1.

Consequently, LAFC would win the match and secure the Supporter’s Shield for the first time in their young history. As for Houston, the Dynamo seem to continue its struggles to find a well-oiled machine on the field. After its hot promising start, the space city team will not make the playoffs.

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