Both of the Wednesday night MLS games ended with wins. DC United won an Eastern Conference showdown on a rainy evening at RFK Stadium and the LA Galaxy got the better of FC Dallas at StubHub Center.
DC United 2 – Houston 0
DC United shutout the Houston Dynamo in front of 8,224 fans at RFK Stadium. Chris Rolfe opened the scoring in the 28th minute and setup Fabian Espindola’s goal in the 63rd. DC United led 14 to 6 on shots, putting 4 of those on goal to Houston’s 3. DC also led 8 to 7 on corner kicks.
“That’s actually his normal position, so it’s certainly not a genius move by the coach,” DC United coach Ben Olsen said about playing Rolfe in place of the suspended Eddie Johnson at forward. “That is where he has played and he knows what to do up there, obviously. But again him and Fabi worked pretty well together and Rolfe has a great ability to fill in the holes and play with guys with different attributes, whether its in Eddie whether its in Fabi, he really knows what the game needs and where to go, so he has been a big pick up.”
LA Galaxy 2 – FC Dallas
Robbie Keane opened the scoring in the 24th minute for the LA Galaxy with Gyasi Zardes assisting. Zardes scored a goal of his own in the 44th. Tesho Akindele pulled a goal back in the 65th minute. FC Dallas outshot the Galaxy 12 to 11, had more shots on goal with 5 to 4, and led on corners 5 to 2. The referee sent off Houston’s Brian Ownby in stoppage time.
“I don’t think we’ve been doing bad you know, it’s just been unlucky and sloppy at times and conceded goals,” LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane said. “But we certainly haven’t been bad. I had a fear that there was certain a win on the card tonight and it is important how we continue playing on the same manner that we did. Another big game on Sunday so…it is important that we get three points there as well.”