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Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy Preview: Dynamo looking to hand Galaxy first home loss of the season

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Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Dynamo are in LA for a Friday night match up against the LA Galaxy. When the two teams faced off earlier this season LA came away with a 4-1 win. This time the Dynamo are hoping to hand the Galaxy their first home loss of the season.

The Dynamo have struggled this season, sitting in last place in the West most of the season, but after drawing against Orlando City SC last weekend Houston finally managed to get into ninth place. Since taking over the team, Wade Barrett is 1-1-4 on the season. With Coyle's departure the team has seen a return to the old school Dominic Kinnear style of play. Barrett has renewed the teams focus on possession and defense which at times has creating issues scoring, but kept the team from racking up the losses.

The Galaxy have been a tough squad to score against this season only allowing 18 goals all season. They tout a +13 goal differential but they only sit in 4th place in the Western Conference. With a 7-3-8 record the Galaxy have struggle to take three points away from a game often having to settle for one. They have yet to lose a game this season when playing at home.

The Dynamo will be without DaMarcus Beasley who will be out 2-4 weeks after having work done on his knee. Beasley had been announced as the captain for the remainder of the season after the teams win against the Philadelphia Union.

Things kick off at StubHub Center on Friday at 10 pm CT