With just one winning road record in seven seasons, the Houston Dynamo
(5-2-2) did a deliberate about face on Sunday night in Los Angeles defeating the host Galaxy 1-0.
This season, the Dynamo have had a habit of letting games get away from them on the road. Sunday night all that changed as Tally Hall
made the right move at the right time to stop Landon Donovan
’s penalty kick and midfielder Andrew Driver came through again.
In the 25’ the battle for a ball had Hall pulling down Jose Villareal in the box giving L.A. an opportunity to go ahead. Donovan. L.A.’s designated penalty kicker, had Hall’s number the last two times out but not this time. This moment not only turned the game but possibly the road fortunes of the Dynamo around.
"I think that was the third penalty he’s taken on me and he’s gone left the two times before," Hall said. "He’s good enough to switch it back and forth but he’s a smart enough player to remember that’s been successful for him. I wish I could have had the other two but I’ll take this one tonight."
The save put some renewed energy in the Houston offense. As they have consistently done all season, the Dynamo continued to push and when you push opportunities open up. This time it was Giles Barnes
and Andrew Driver putting it together for the men in orange The duo have netted five of Houston’s 12 goals this season.
Defender Bobby Boswell
took a pass from Hall and sent the ball long towards Barnes, something the Dynamo have been doing regularly all season. Barnes took the ball near the endline, made a move, momentarily lost his man and sent a pass back across the box for a collision course with Driver’s left foot.
"I remember thinking I was a bit behind the ball. Then that’s when the ball went over the top and I’ve been waiting all game to get, the two big strikers behind their center halves and they did it all day and they did it brilliantly and from there it was just a gamble trying to catch up to the play and the ball fell to me and the rest is history."
Driver’s second goal of the season lifted Houston to its first road win of the season and into a logjam atop the Eastern Conference standings with Montreal, New York and Sporting KC.
The win gives the Dynamo much needed momentum going into Wednesday’s match against cellar dwelling DC United at RFK Stadium. The 6:00p.m. game can be seen on CSN2 or heard on 1560AM/850AM.
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