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MLS Game Summary - Houston at Los Angeles



(Saturday, June 5, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Houston 1

Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Jovan Kirovski scored twice in the first half and the Los Angeles Galaxy crushed the Houston Dynamo 4-1 Saturday at The Home Depot Center to extend their season-long unbeaten streak to 12 games.

Tristan Bowen and Alex Cazumba added goals in the second half as L.A. (10-0-2) won for the 10th time in 12 games this year, even with Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan in South Africa with the U.S. for the World Cup.

Buddle, who leads MLS with nine goals, scored his first two goals for the U.S. in a 3-1 win over Australia in a friendly earlier Saturday.

Cam Weaver scored for Houston (5-7-1), which snapped L.A.'s five-match shutout streak. Weaver's goal was just the third the Galaxy have allowed all season.

L.A. got off to a dream start when Sean Franklin drove a cross from the right side to Kirovski at the far post. Kirovski jumped at the edge of the six-yard box and headed inside the left post for his second goal of the season.

Houston answered in the seventh minute when L.A. goalie Donovan Ricketts tried to clear a ball at the edge of the penalty area, but his attempt deflected off Houston's Weaver and rolled into an empty net as they collided.

Ricketts drove his spikes into the chest of Weaver on his follow-through kick. Both players and L.A. defender Franklin ended up on the ground after the play, and Weaver took a few minutes to get up and had noticeable marks on his chest.

The Galaxy responded to the deficit within 15 minutes, and Kirovski completed another great build-up with his second goal of the match in the 21st.

L.A. moved the ball from the left to the right side, into the middle, and then back down the right, where Franklin drove a low cross to a wide-open Kirovski. Kirovski slotted a first-time effort into bottom-left corner from 12 yards.

Tristan Bowen stole the ball from Eddie Robinson in midfield late in the half to create another good chance for L.A., but Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad came off his line to cut down the angle and spoiled Bowen's breakaway with a save.

Bowen made up for the miss early in the second half when a deflection rolled to him on the left side and he drove into the area and slotted inside the near post past Onstad in the 48th.

Cazumba added the fourth goal in the 56th minute, when Michael Stephens picked up his third assist of the match. Stephens, who played the ball to Franklin on the first two goals, passed to Cazumba, who drove into the area and slotted to the right side to beat Onstad.

Los Angeles has one more match, Wednesday at Real Salt Lake, before the World Cup break. Houston is off until June 26, when it hosts the Colorado Rapids.

06/05 22:08:12 ET