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July 15, 2016
Galaxy edge Dynamo

Steven Gerrard scored the Galaxy game-winner against Houston Friday at the StubHub Center.
Steven Gerrard scored the Galaxy game-winner against Houston Friday at the StubHub Center.
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CARSON, Calif.--They didn't get many points for style, but the LA Galaxy did what they needed to do to eke out a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo Friday night at the StubHub Center.

Steven Gerrard did the scoring honors, and goalkeeper Brian Rowe made four saves as the Galaxy took over third place in the MLS West at 8-3-8 and 32 points. The cellar-dwelling Dynamo remain winless on the road and fall to 4-9-6 (18).

Although the Galaxy did not have much luck breaking through the packed Dynamo defense in the early going, they did have the best chance of the first half when Robbie Keane's 17-yard shot deflected off the hand of sliding defender David Horst. Referee Mark Geiger awarded a penalty kick, but the usually reliable Keane missed badly, sending the ball wide of the right post.

Rowe kept the match scoreless through the intermission with a pair of straightforward saves on long shots by Houston's Alex, in the fifth and 29th minutes.

The Galaxy finally caught a break in the 66th minute. Seconds after poking an awkward short-range shot over the goal, Keane steamed back into the box for a through ball from Baggio Husidic. 'Keeper Joe Willis charged 17 yards off his line and blocked Keane's attempt, but left a rebound that Steven Gerrard easily deposited into the empty net.

Keane appeared to double the Galaxy lead in the 76th minute, darting through the Dynamo defense for a pass from AJ de la Garza and slotting a seven-yard shot between Willis and the right post, but was ruled offside.
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