Dynamo tops Galaxy, reaches MLS East semifinals
In Sunday's lone MLS contest
Monday, October 24, 2011
HOUSTON (AP) — Adam Moffat scored from 38 yards in the first half as the Houston Dynamo beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 on Sunday to secure a spot in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference semifinals.
Bobby Boswell and Carlo Costly scored second-half goals for the Dynamo, who strolled to victory against a Galaxy team that rested stars David Beckham and Landon Donovan before the playoffs.
Houston needed to win its season finale to avoid playing in a wild-card round. The Dynamo finished second in the East and will face the Philadelphia Union in the home-and-home conference semifinals beginning Oct. 30 in Philadelphia. Houston will host the Union on Nov. 3.
Assured of home-field advantage through the first two rounds by virtue of winning the Western Conference with the MLS' best record, the Galaxy rested starters including Beckham, Donovan and Irish forward Robbie Keane.
The Galaxy's first playoff opponent will be determined after the wild-card round.
Moffat scored in the 27th minute, recovering a loose ball in midfield and firing a stunner from distance to beat Ricketts for a 1-0 Dynamo lead.
Boswell doubled it in the 48th minute, getting a deflection by Moffat off Davis' free kick and firing a shot from 15 yards.
Second-half substitute Carlo Costly gave Houston a 3-0 lead with a powerful header off a cross by Brad Davis in the 74th minute for the Honduran's first MLS goal.
The Galaxy cut the deficit to 3-1 with one minute remaining when 16-year-old Jack McBean scored from the center of the box off an assist by Chad Barrett. It was McBean's first career goal in his MLS debut.