Houston Dynamo FC earned a crucial three points at home on Wednesday night, defeating Los Angeles Football Club by a score of 2-1 at PNC Stadium. The victory marked the first ever for the Dynamo against LAFC.
Following a bright start to the match, Houston opened the scoring in the 13th minute, with forward Sebas Ferreira converted a penalty kick. The goal was the Paraguayan's third in his last four games, and puts him within one goal of matching the Club record for goals by a first-year player. The mark was first set by Brian Ching and Dwayne De Rosario in 2006, with forwardFafa Picault matching it in 2021.
Despite an immediate response from LAFC to level the match, the Dynamo pressed forward in front of a raucous crowd. Both Man of the Match Steve Clark and MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week nominee Tim Parker were massive in keeping the match level, pulling off stunning save after stunning save to deny Los Angeles.
Then, the breakthrough came for the Dynamo. In the final movement of a twenty-pass possession sequence, right back Griffin Dorsey drove to the heart of the opposing defense and curled in a beautiful left-footed strike to fire Houston ahead in the 75th minute. The strike was Dorsey's first on the season and third of his professional career, all of which have come with the Houston Dynamo.
Despite a frenetic final fifteen minutes that saw the Dynamo go down to ten men, Houston held on for the deserved victory - delivering the raucous home support what they had been cheering for all evening.
The Dynamo close the week on the road against Seattle Sounders FC at Lumen Field on Sunday, Sept. 4. The match will air live in English on AT&T SportsNet Southwest and in Spanish on TeleXitos 47.2. Following that match, the Dynamo return home for a rivalry match against Sporting Kansas City on September 10th. Fans can tickets for that match here.