LA Galaxy 1, Houston Dynamo 1 | MLS Match Recap
CARSON, Calif. -- The Houston Dynamo answered Robbie Keane's early strike and produced a defensive gem Saturday night, grabbing a share of the points while extending their regular-season unbeaten streak against the LA Galaxy to five games.
Nathan Sturgis scored in his season debut, from an 11th-minute corner kick, after Keane gave LA (1-0-2) a third-minute lead following a run from midfield, and Tyler Deric made several big second-half saves as the Dynamo (1-1-1) held on for a 1-1 draw at StubHub Center.
The Galaxy extended their home unbeaten streak to 18 MLS regular-season games. They are 19-0-5 in their last 24 matches at StubHub Center.
Houston had won the previous four regular-season meetings, including one game at StubHub, since the Galaxy's home triumphs in the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup finals.
The Galaxy made just one change from last week's draw at Portland, with Jaime Penedo getting his first start this season in the nets.
Houston switched from the 4-4-2 they used in their first two matches to a 4-2-3-1, with Luis Garrido and Sturgis in the holding positions, Boniek Garcia moving from forward to the right flank, Clark moving farther forward in the midfield and Leonel Miranda moving to the bench.
LA went ahead at the start, with Keane netting his second goal this season after barely 2½ minutes. Jose Villarreal picked off a Houston pass inside Galaxy territory, fed Keane at the midfield stripe, and the Irishman took off on a 50-yard sprint to the Dynamo box, beating Sturgis just outside the area, then firing off Deric, with the ball bouncing into the net.
The Dynamo answered eight minutes later on a corner kick. The 6-foot-4 David Horst beat 6-5 Omar Gonzalez at the far post for Garcia's serve and nodded the ball across the goalmouth. Sturgis caught his mark, Robbie Rogers, ball-watching and raced in alone to easily finish.
Houston, despite far less possession, were the superior team the rest of the half, exhibiting greater energy while pressuring the ball all over the field and limiting LA to just three chances, with Villarreal and Baggio Husidic sending headers off-target and Deric beating Stefan Ishizaki to a long ball from Gonzalez.
Clark, who would depart just before halftime with a chest injury, nearly nodded the Dynamo ahead moments after Sturgis' goal, but his header from a Brad Davis corner kick just cleared the upper-right post. Clark fired at Penedo from the top of the box in the 21st minute, after Garcia stripped the ball from Rogers.
Houston lost Beasley to a left hamstring injury just 10 minutes into the second half.
The Galaxy dominated play after the break and created a half-dozen good chances but were unable to beat Deric.
The Dynamo keeper's toughest stop was a diving save of substitute Mika Vayrynen's 25-yard blast in the 71st minute, and he also tipped a Husidic header over his crossbar in the 49th, punched away a Gonzalez header in the 72nd, and snagged a Juninho free kick from the edge of the box in the 78th and a Keane try from the top of the box in the 80th.
Houston had just one shot in the second half, a Horst header from an 89th-minute corner that bounced to Penedo.
The Dynamo are home next Saturday against Colorado, and the Galaxy visit D.C. United.