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Three Points: Houston Dynamo Host LA Galaxy for Damarcus Beasley Sendoff

October 5, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Houston Dynamo News Release

HOUSTON (Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019) - The Houston Dynamo close the regular season on Sunday when they host Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy for Fan Appreciation Day, presented by BBVA. The Dynamo will also celebrate the career of DaMarcus Beasley who will retire after Sunday's match.

Houston enters Sunday's match with back-to-back victories at BBVA Stadium and look to finish the regular season with a 10-3-4 record at home, which would be the fifth time in club history that the Dynamo finish with 10 or more victories at home.

The Dynamo look to even the series on Sunday after falling to the Galaxy 2-1 in the first meeting of the regular season on April 19. Alberth Elis equalized for Houston in the 53rd minute off a penalty kick, but a set piece goal from Diego Polenta gave the Galaxy three points.

The Galaxy visit BBVA Stadium after qualifying for the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs last Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Galaxy return to the postseason for the first time since 2016 and missed the postseason last year after the Dynamo overcame a two-goal deficit in Carson on Decision Day, presented by AT&T, to finish the season with a 3-2 victory.

WHO:

Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy

WHEN:

Sunday, Oct. 6 - 3:00 p.m. CDT

TV:

KUBE-TV - Glenn Davis, Bobby Boswell, Cindy Burbano

RADIO:

Univision Radio 1010 AM - Daniel Mejia & Lester Gretsch

Here are three key points ahead of tonight's game:

FAREWELL DMB - DaMarcus Beasley will retire from professional soccer on Sunday after a 20-year career that began in 1999 when the defender was allocated to the LA Galaxy. Beasley joined the Dynamo on July 23, 2014 after playing professionally in Scotland, Holland, Mexico and Germany. The U.S. Men's National Team veteran would go on to play 123 matches for the Dynamo and win the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Houston will look to sendoff Beasley with a victory after dropping back-to-back games on the road last week. Houston fell 3-1 to Los Angeles Football Club last Wednesday and 2-1 to Real Salt Lake in Utah on Sunday.

ARNAUD GOES FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE VICTORY AT BBVA -- Davy Arnaud will look for his third victory with the Dynamo on Sunday and lead the team to a 10-win season at home for the fifth time in club history. Arnaud led the Dynamo to a 2-0 victory over Minnesota United on Sept. 11 and 10 days later Houston defeated Orlando City 2-1, both in East Downtown. The former striker was named the interim head coach on Aug. 13 and snapped a five-game losing streak when the Dynamo came from behind to draw with the Colorado Rapids 2-2 on Aug. 17.

ZLATAN AND GALAXY AIM FOR SECOND SEED - The Galaxy need a victory to secure a postseason match at home for the first time since 2016. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spearheaded the Galaxy offense this season and he scored his 29th goal of the season last Sunday in a 4-3 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Dignity Health Sports Park. The upset left the Galaxy in fourth place and the Southern California side can finish as low as fifth place or as high as second on Sunday. The 37-year-old Swedish forward has scored six goals in the last four games which includes a hat trick in a 7-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Sept. 15. Ibrahimovic has linked well with Cristian Pavon who has scored two goals and tallied eight assists in 10 matches with the Galaxy. The Argentine forward joined the club on loan from Boca Juniors on Aug. 8.


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