The MLS season had come to its last hours. Decision Day was upon us with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy visiting the Houston Dynamo.
Normally, a day with Ibrahimovic in town would be the appealing things most fans would look forward to. On the last game of the Houston Dynamo season though, Damarcus Beasley was the primary focus. At the age of 37, the reliable left back would end his career with one last game on the final day of the MLS season.
The Forever Orange fans showed their appreciation towards Beasley by filling the stands to honor the former U.S. Men’s National Team player. The atmosphere was unlike any other games as the fans have been troubled by the lack of results by the Houston club. From the opening whistle, fans were cheering on their team and chanting in Beasley’s name every time he touched the ball.
The star in the Galaxy
The L.A. squad was the most dangerous from the start. With its speedy wingers pressuring the Dynamo on their side of the field, the defense looked in trouble. Uriel Antuna displayed the team’s high intensity when he stole a ball from a Houston defender near the box. The Mexican winger was able cross and earn its team a corner in the first two minutes.
As the Galaxy got more comfortable on the field, their midfielders were able to distribute the ball in their attacking third to create chances. It wouldn’t be too long before Zlatan would make his mark on the game. The Swedish star received a ball on the far left side of the corner of the box to bend a shot across the goal into the upper 90. It was a beautiful goal that had Zlatan’s skill all over it. The Dynamo equalized the game late in the first half with a goal scored by Christian Ramirez.
In the second half, the Dynamo were the more attacking team. Houston was looking to impress the fanbase who showed up in numbers. Alberth Elis and Mauro Manotas had a few chances to connect but were wide off goal. Nonetheless, Cristian Pavon would score to slow the pace of the Houston side on a beautiful set up play by Antuna.
The Dynamo fought back and a few minutes later would score to tie the game and complicate the L.A. squad’s playoff scenario. Elis received a ball on a cross to strike the ball in the back of the net. Elis would continue to leave his mark on the game as he assisted on another goal to set up his teammate, Christian Ramirez to put the Dynamo ahead 3-2. In the last minutes of the game, Elis dribbled down the right flank with a couple of nutmegs to earn his final assist of the night to Memo Rodriguez scoring.
The LA Galaxy lost the game but will have to turn the page and get ready for the MLS Playoffs. The Los Angeles club finished with the 5th seed and will have to travel to Allianz field and face Minnesota United in the first round. On the counter, Houston will finish the season playoff-less once again and will have to make adjustments with its roster and decide the future of their bench. Will they stick with interim coach Davy Arnaud or will they head in a different direction with a new incoming manager?