The Galaxy currently sit in third spot in the Western Conference standings with the Dynamo one spot behind them in fourth place. LA has played one more game than Houston so far as Houston has only played five games. Unlike LA, however, Houston has yet to take a loss this season. They have won all but one game, the season opening draw against Real Salt Lake.
Houston are coming off of a 2-1 victory over San Jose. While Houston played well in the game they easily could have had two or three more goals if they had been better able to take advantage of their chances in front of goal. Alberth Elis once again proved to be a critical player for the Dynamo as his dynamic attack set him up for multiple chances in front of goal, however, more than once he found himself without a partner to play the ball to in position. He scored the first goal of the game in the 52nd minute. The lead was short lived as a few minutes later San Jose scored to tie things up at 1-1. Houston’s Tomas Martinez put in a goal in the 60th minute to recapture the lead and the win for the Dynamo.
The LA Galaxy are likewise coming off of a three point victory. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in the first half to secure a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union for the Galaxy. His second goal came off of a penalty kick that was awarded after Zlatan encountered contact from Kai Wagner inside the box. He put the kick into the net with little trouble after the goal keeper dove the other direction. The two goals help put Zlatan at six total goals for the season as he sits second in the golden boot race.
It will be an offensive battle between two high scoring offenses with defenses that have given up six goals each this season.
Things kick off at Dignity Health Sports Park at 10 pm CT on Friday night.