CARSON, CA (June 17, 2017) – The LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo played to an eventful and controversial draw on Saturday night. The final score was 2-2 thanks to a stoppage time goal from Romain Alessandrini. The goal appeared to be offsides.
Controversial Alessandrini Goal Rescues A Point For LA Galaxy Against Houston
Dynamo Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera was able to field a first team. His team came out in a 4-3-3 with Tyler Deric in goal. Adolf Machado started at center back. Alex and Ricardo Clark led the three man midfield. Romell Quioto, Erick ‘El Cubo’ Torres, and Mauro Manotas started up top.
Galaxy Manager Curt Onalfo started a make-shift lineup with injuries abound and Giovani dos Santos away on national team duty. Clement Diop was in goal. Dave Romney and Hugo Arellano started at center back. Rafael Garcia and Joao Pedro started in holding roles in a 4-2-3-1. Romain Alessandrini started in the No. 10 role with Jack McInerney up top.
Houston got out on the front foot. In the 22nd minute, a good build up led to a blast from DaMarcus Beasley. Diop was able to make the save but gave up a rebound. The ball fell to Manotas who tapped it in to take the lead.
The Galaxy tied it in the 35th minute on the counter. Dave Romney cleared the ball out of the box. Alessandrini got to and turned up field. He found a streaking Emmanuel Boateng. The winger flew by the Dynamo defense, rounded Deric, and scored with an open net.
The half ended at 1-1 with no yellow card.
The Dynamo retook the lead in the 74th minute. Substitue Boniek Garcia created a turnover in the midfield. He got the ball to Albert Elis. Elis rounded Arellano and chipped Diop to make it 2-1.
Los Angeles tied the game at the death, but not without controversy. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, the Galaxy moved the ball quickly into the box. Bradford Jamieson IV sent a cross towards goal. Alessandrini got to the back post and tapped it in. On replay, Alessandrini appeared to be offsides. Dynamo players surrounded the officials after the goal, but the goal stood.
The match ended 2-2. The Galaxy remain unbeaten in eight games (all competitions). They got a big point with several key players out of the lineup. Houston has every right to be upset with the result given the way Alessandrini’s goal was scored. They remain winless on the road in MLS play.