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Houston Dynamo confident heading into LA Galaxy match

Mar 30, 2019; Commerce City, CO, USA; Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis (17) chases down a loose ball in the second half against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Houston — The Houston Dynamo are on a winning streak and looking to continue their triumphs Friday, their second road game of the season. The opponent is the LA Galaxy – one of the most revered teams in Major League Soccer and one that is riding four consecutive wins.

Kickoff is scheduled for 11 p.m. ET at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

In past seasons, Houston struggled with away games, and that ultimately contributed to the team missing out on the playoffs. The Dynamo’s first road trip this year ended with a dominant 4-1 result against the Colorado Rapids. 

Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera is aware the No. 3 Galaxy (5-1-0, 15 points) are favored as the home team fielding megastar  Zlatan Ibrahimović, but he believes the No. 4 Dynamo (4-0-1, 13 points) have what it takes to grab three points and leapfrog the Galaxy in the Western Conference standings.

“Very tough opponent they are at home,” Cabrera said. “They have one of the players who has been scoring a lot of goals every game, and that gets a lot of attraction from the media and a lot of respect from the referees, a lot of respect from the MLS and a lot of respect from the opponent. It’s going to be a tough challenge, but we are going to try and do our job.”

The Dynamo have made many changes — some big and some small — and there has a been a noticeable difference in the defensive tactics used this season.

“I think we have more effectively this year used all 11 players, getting behind the ball as a unit and really protecting ourselves,” Houston defender A.J. DeLaGarza said. “We are going to grow and continue getting better.”

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