Memo Rodriguez scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute, lifting the Houston Dynamo to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Rodriguez’s goal came just five minutes after the Galaxy tied the match with a goal from Ola Kamara that stunned the home side.
The Dynamo struck early on as Alejandro Fuenmayor converted a pass from Romell Quioto on a set piece into a goal in the second minute. The tally was initially waved off when the far linesman flagged Fuenmayor for being offside, but that call was reversed after video replay.
Giovani dos Santos tied the match in the 39th minute as he beat Fuenmayor to a rebound of a blistering right-footed shot by Los Angeles’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic and pushed the ball into the net. The play started when Kamara stole the ball from Houston’s Darwin Ceren near midfield and carried it deep into the Dynamo zone before passing to Ibrahimovic.
Quioto gave Houston the lead in the 47th minute, as his direct free kick from just outside the 6-yard box and to the right of LA goalkeeper David Bingham bounded off the right shin of defender Sebastian Lletget and into the far corner of the net.
Kamara provided the tying goal in the 85th minute, beating Houston defender Leonardo to a pass from dos Santos at the near post and to the right of Dynamo netminder Joe Willis. Ibrahimovic also got an assist on the equalizer for his spot-on pass to dos Santos.
That set the stage for Rodriguez, who sent in a rebound after a cross-field pass from Oscar Boniek Garcia was ripped off the crossbar.
Houston heads north of the border to Vancouver for a match against the Whitecaps on Friday while the Galaxy continue their tour of Texas when they travel to FC Dallas on May 12.
—Field Level Media