Houston Dynamo Vs LA Galaxy: 3 things we learned – Galaxy melt, again

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CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 29: Zlatan Ibrahimovic #9 of Los Angeles Galaxy during the Los Angeles Galaxy’s MLS match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at the StubHub Center on September 29, 2019 in Carson, California. Vancouver Whitecaps FC won the match 4-3 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)

The LA Galaxy inexplicably lost 4-2 to the Houston Dynamo on MLS Decision Day, despite taking an early lead. Here are three things we learned.

In perhaps the most frustrating and disappointing end to the 2019 MLS season, the Los Angeles Galaxy fell to yet another Western Conference team well below the playoff line to throw away home-field advantage in the first round.

The Houston Dynamo, the Galaxy’s hosts and spoilers, were superb, scoring four goals and attacking with verve and zip as they ripped apart a lacking backline, but Guillermo Barros Schelotto must be infuriated by his team’s inconsistency to close out the year.

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SANDY, UT – MARCH 12: General view of Rio Tinto Stadium before the Seattle Sounders play Real Salt Lake on March 12, 2016 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

3. No home-field advantage

The LA Galaxy had confirmed their place in the playoffs prior to Decision Day. The Houston Dynamo had confirmed their absence from the playoffs, Wilmer Cabrera fired earlier in the year for precisely that fact. But that did not mean there was nothing to play for here. The Galaxy could have secured the third seed and home-field advantage with a victory.

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But in typical Galaxy fashion of the past three years, they crumbled. Two-straight defeats to Vancouver and Houston saw them slip to fifth in the West. They will now travel to Allianz Field to face Minnesota United, who have lost just once at home all year long. In contrast, had they secured the third seed, they would be hosting the Portland Timbers, a team that has lost eight away matches on the season.

There is a huge difference between these two matches. The Galaxy cost themselves an easier route through the playoffs, and they only have themselves to blame.

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