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LA Galaxy 3, Houston Dynamo 1 — MLS Cup Final

LA Galaxy (16-12-6, 4-2-0) vs. Houston Dynamo (14-9-11, 3-2-1)
2012 MLS Cup Final
December 1, 2012 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. – Attendance: 30,510 (sellout)

Goals by Period 1 2 Total
LA Galaxy 0 3 3
Houston Dynamo 1 0 1

Scoring Summary:

Houston: Calen Carr 1 (Adam Moffat) 44
LA: Omar Gonzalez 1 (Juninho 2, Sean Franklin 4) 60
LA: Landon Donovan 2 (penalty kick) 65
LA: Robbie Keane 6 (penalty kick) 94+

Game Notes: The Houston Dynamo fell to the LA Galaxy, 3-1, in the 2012 MLS Cup Final on Saturday afternoon at The Home Depot Center. Forward Calen Carr delivered Houston a 1-0 lead just before halftime, but three goals for the Galaxy in the final 30 minutes ensured a victory for the hosts.

The Dynamo fall in the MLS Cup Final for the second consecutive season after a 1-0 loss to the Galaxy in the 2011 Cup Final. LA is the repeat champion and wins its fourth MLS Cup, tying D.C. United for the most in league history.

After a wide-open, back-and-forth first half between the clubs, Carr provided the opening goal a minute before halftime. Adam Moffat lofted a ball in behind the Galaxy defense, where Carr beat his marker and carried the ball into the box before firing a shot from 12 yards into the net for the opening goal.

It was Carr’s second career playoff goal and first of this postseason. It was Moffat’s first career playoff assist.

Gonzalez secured LA’s equalizer in the 60th minute, moments after Carr left the game with a knee injury. Juninho lofted a cross toward the back edge of the six-yard box, and it was met by Gonzalez, who headed the cross past Tally Hall to even the score.

Five minutes later, the Galaxy were awarded a penalty for a Houston hand ball in its own penalty area. Landon Donovan converted the spot kick for a 2-1 Galaxy lead.

The Dynamo pressed for the equalizer, and came close on several occasions. In the 84th minute, Will Bruin had a chance from the top of the box, but his shot was saved by Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

Houston came closest in the 87th minute, as Ching fired a shot from 25 yards that appeared to have Saunders beaten, but slid a yard wide of the far post.

Two minutes later, Ricardo Clark had a strong header off a Houston corner kick, but it was handled by Saunders.

It was Corey Ashe and Ricardo Clark’s 13th career playoff game with the Dynamo. Both players tied Brian Mullan and Pat Onstad for fourth on the franchise list.

It was also Ashe’s 139th start in all competitions for the Dynamo to tie Wade Barrett for seventh on the franchise list.

Houston is now 12-7-4 all-time in the playoffs.

The Dynamo will begin preparations for the 2013 season with preseason camp, set to open in late January.

Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie (Brian Ching 77), Jermaine Taylor, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe; Boniek Garcia, Adam Moffat (Giles Barnes 71), Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis; Will Bruin, Calen Carr (Macoumba Kandji 59)

Substitutes not used: Tyler Deric, Andre Hainault, Cam Weaver, Luiz Camargo

TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Calen Carr 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Calen Carr 2, Ricardo Clark 2); FOULS: 13 (Brad Davis 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Ricardo Clark 1, Corey Ashe 1); CORNER KICKS: 9 (Brad Davis 8); SAVES: 1 (Tally Hall 1)

LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Tommy Meyer, Todd Dunivant; Christian Wilhelmsson (Edson Buddle 74), Juninho (Michael Stephens 76), David Beckham (Marcelo Sarvas 90), Mike Magee; Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane

Substitutes not used: Brian Perk, A.J. DeLaGarza, Bryan Gaul, Pat Noonan

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Landon Donovan 3, Robbie Keane 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Robbie Keane 2); FOULS: 17 (Christian Wilhelmsson 5); OFFSIDE: 3 (Landon Donovan 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (David Beckham 3); SAVES: 5 (Josh Saunders 5)

Misconduct Summary:

HOU: Bobby Boswell (caution) 64
LA: Landon Donovan (caution) 92
LA: Tally Hall (caution) 93

Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee’s Assistants: Daniel Belleau, Darren Clark
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda

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