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Dynamo sink L.A. 1-0

Houston defender Corey Ashe stymies L.A. Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki during second half action.  Houston won 1-0.
Houston defender Corey Ashe stymies L.A. Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki during second half action. Houston won 1-0.
Lou Roesch

A raucous crowd of 22,233 watched as the Houston Dynamo climbed into a two way place tie for second place with Sporting KC in the Eastern Conference following a 1-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston (5-5-2) was led by a tougher then nails defense that turned away a Galaxy team that controlled 57 percent of the possessions throughout the match but could not find the back of the net against a Dynamo team that had played like a porous sieve just a week ago against Real Salt Lake.
“Who’s going to be the tougher team,” said Dynamo defender Corey Ashe. “We wanted to set the tone, let the other team know it’s going to be a tough one. We wanted to send a message. Obviously, we didn’t play particularly well against Salt Lake,” Ashe continued. “So we wanted to come out and kind of take it to them like Salt Lake did to us and we did.”
In a scoreless first half, the Galaxy had the most opportune chance at goal in the 39th minute of play. L.A. defender A.J. DeLaGarza picked up the ball all alone on the left side and let one go that slipped by Hall but there was Dynamo centerback David Horst on the line waiting to head it over the crossbar and out of danger. It was the play that Ashe felt turned the tide in favor of the Dynamo.
“Sometimes you need that spark,” recalled Ashe. “Sometimes you need something that’s going to get you going and that was the play.”
The Dynamo lost Oscar Boniek-Garcia in the 23rd minute to a minor hamstring injury. It was an injury that displayed how prepared the Dynamo players are for anything.
“Dom gets us ready to play,” said Horst about the injury. “One guy goes down another guy steps up that’s the way this team works.”
And that somebody was Jamaican international Omar Cummings. It was Cummings high energy, never give up on the ball attitude that forced a Galaxy turnover on the near sideline to start the sequence that set the Dynamo goal in motion. The subsequent throw in landed at the foot of rookie forward Mark Sherrod. Sherrod showing great patience and composure laid off a well-paced ball from the endline to mid-fielder Giles Barnes just outside the goal box and Barnes did the rest banging the ball in off the far post for the game winner in the 61st minute. The goal was Barnes’ second of the season and the assist gives Sherrod three points in his first two MLS starts.
Stepping in, stepping up and sending a message equaled a win that catapulted Houston to within three points of conference leading New England.
“Really happy. Great three points,’ said head coach Dominic Kinnear following the match. “Great bounce back from last week.”
Houston looks to carry the momentum on the road when they begin a three game road trip against D.C. United on Wednesday night May 17, 2014 at RFK Stadium. Game time is set for 6p.m. CDT.

Helplessly L.A. defenders and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo(red) watch as Houston's shot from Giles barnes land in the back of the net.
Lou Roesch