HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Dynamo and Giles Barnes took advantage of a miscue and earned a 1-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday.
On the game-winning play, Penedo failed to control a Dan Gargan throw-in inside the 6-yard box. Rookie forward Mark Sherrod stole the ball and found Barnes, who finished with the inside of his right foot to the far post for Houston (5-5-2).
"It was a great finish, if Giles puts it somewhere else it could've been blocked so he hit the perfect spot," coach Dominic Kinnear said. "Sometimes is just taking advantage of mistakes and that's what we did tonight."
L.A. (2-3-3) nearly forced Houston into a miscue in the first half. Off another throw-in, L.A. forward Robbie Keane passed the ball to a wide-open A.J. DeLaGarza. The right back drove into the box and beat on-rushing goalkeeper Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.
In his spot, however, was center back David Horst, who got to the goal line and headed the chance over the goal and kept the game scoreless.
"If they score it changes everything and the save changes everything," Hall said. "It goes by me and I think it's going in and Horst is smashing it with his face over the bar. It's brilliant."
It was a night of missed chances for L.A. as midfielder Samuel Rosa came inches from giving the visitors the lead just 19 seconds into the game. Midfielder Juninho had three chances from distance, two in the first half and one in the second, that were all stopped by Hall.