Houston Dynamo FC fall to LAFC in the Western Conference Final | Houston Dynamo (2024)

LOS ANGELES (Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023) –Houston Dynamo FC’sresurgent season came to an end tonight after falling on the road 2-0 to LAFC in theAudi MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final.

Los Angeles opened scoring in the 45thminute after a corner delivery found the head of Giorgio Chiellini. GoalkeeperSteve Clarkmanaged to stop the Italian international’s first shot, but Ryan Hollingshead managed to put the rebound in the back of the net.

Los Angeles doubled its lead in the 80thminute after a low cross from LAFC defender Diego Palacios found the back of the net off the foot of defenderFranco Escobar.

Los Angeles captain Carlos Vela hit the cross bar in the opening minutes of the match following a turnover near midfield. The forward found space behind the Dynamo backline moments later, but he was ruled offside.

Dynamo captainHéctor Herreraplayed a ball into the box in the seventh minute that found forwardCorey Bairdfor Houston’s first shot on target. LAFC goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau dove to the bottom corner to prevent the opening goal of the match. Herrera finished with four chances created in the match.

Clark was called into action in the 12thminute, making an instinctive save after Vela ran into the left side of the box to keep the match scoreless. The veteran goalkeeper ended the night with six saves.

MidfielderAdalberto “Coco” Carrasquillatook his chances from distance in the 24thminute, but his powerful shot was unable to beat goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau.

An LAFC corner delivery found the head of Jesús Murillo in the 25thminute, but Clark was able to position himself in front of an awkward bounce to keep the ball out of the net.

In the 39thminute, forwardAmine Bassitried his chances from distance with a curling shot from outside the box, but Crépeau was able to track the ball and quell the danger.

Houston had the first chance of the second half, as defenderGriffin Dorseycrossed a ball from the left side of the penalty box to the head of defenderMicael, but the Brazilian could not get enough power behind the shot to challenge Crépeau.

Clark stepped up again in the 54thminute after Dénis Bouanga found himself with the ball near the left edge of the six-yard box and fired a tight angle shot at goal. Houston’s goalkeeper kept covered the angle and deflected the shot behind goal.

The veteran goalkeeper came to the rescue again in the 66thminute, making two back-to-back saves on shots from Vela and Bouanga.

Herrera took his chances from the top left corner of the penalty box in the 67thminute, but his attempt was met by the hands of Crépeau, who again corralled the danger.

The Dynamo were awarded a free kick in the 88thminute, and Herrera’s delivery eventually found the head of Escobar. The Argentinian’s attempt had to be headed away of the line by the LAFC defense.

Houston earned 51 points with a 14-11-9 (WLD) record over the course of a resurgent season, the most points since the Dynamo last made in the playoffs in 2017 (50 points). In addition to this Western Conference Final run, the Dynamo won their fourth domestic championship in September, defeating Inter Miami CF 2-1 to lift the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. With the victory, Houston qualified for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup, which will mark the first time the team will compete in the regional tournament since 2019. In this summer’s Leagues Cup, Houston also qualified to the Round of 16, in which the Dynamo defeated perennial Mexican powers CF Pachuca and Santos Laguna. 


LAFC 2-0 Houston Dynamo FC

Audi MLS Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Final

BMO Stadium – Los Angeles, Calif.

Attendance: 22,221










Houston Dynamo FC

LAFC: Ryan Hollingshead 3 (unassisted) 44’

LAFC: Franco Escobar 2 (own goal) 80’


LAFC:Maxime Crépeau; Diego Palacios, Giorgio Chiellini, Jesús Murillo, Ryan Hollingshead; Kellyn Acosta (Nathan Ordaz 84’), Ilie Sánchez; Timothy Tillman (Sergi Palencia 90 +8’), Dénis Bouanga, Carlos Vela (c) (Mateusz Bogusz 77’), Cristian Olivera (Aaron Long 90’)

Unused substitutes:Denil Maldonado, Stipe Biuk, Mario González, Filip Krastev, John McCarthy

Total shots:18 (Dénis Bouanga 6);Shots on goal:6 (Dénis Bouanga and Carlos Vela tied with 2);Fouls:15 (Timothy Tillman 4);Offside:4 (Carlos Vela 3);Corner kicks:10;Saves:5 (Maxime Crépeau 5)

Houston Dynamo FC:Steve Clark; Franco Escobar, Micael (Teenage Hadebe 61’), Erik Sviatchenko, Griffin Dorsey; Héctor Herrera (c), Adalberto Carrasquilla (Sebastian Kowalczyk 86’); Artur, Nelson Quiñónes (Brad Smith 77’), Amine Bassi (Thorleifur Úlfarsson 77’), Corey Baird (Aliyu Ibrahim 57’)

Unused substitutes:Daniel Steres, Iván Franco, Andrew Tarbell, Luís Caicedo

Total shots:10 (Adalberto Carrasquilla 3);Shots on goal:5 (Five players tied with 1);Fouls:8 (Héctor Herrera 3);Offside:1(Nelson Quiñónes 1);Corner kicks:3;Saves:6 (Steve Clark 6)


HOU: Franco Escobar (caution; foul) 45+3’

HOU: Hector Herrera (caution; foul) 71’


Referee: Victor Rivas

Assistant: Logan Brown

Assistant: Michael Barwegen

Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath

VAR:Drew Fischer

Weather:58 degrees, partly cloudy

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Houston Dynamo FC fall to LAFC in the Western Conference Final | Houston Dynamo (2024)


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Notably, Houston never trailed in a match during its championship campaign. The victory secured Houston's fourth domestic title in club history after the Dynamo won back-to-back MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007, as well as the 2018 U.S. Open Cup.

Why did Houston Dynamo change their name? ›

Immediate backlash to the 1836 was voiced by the Mexican community claiming that date, the year of the Texas Revolution was not a date that should be celebrated. Ownership decided to change the name to the Houston Dynamo stripping the franchise of the Sam Houston logo.

Who is the coach staff for the Houston Dynamo 2? ›

  • Kenny Bundy – Head Coach.
  • Daniel Roberts – Assistant Coach.
  • Ryan Thompson – Goalkeeper Coach.

What does FC mean in soccer? ›

abbreviation for football club: used in soccer club names: Liverpool FC.

Who owns the Dynamo? ›

Who is the creative director of the Houston Dynamo? ›

Bryan Salas - Creative Director - Houston Dynamo Football Club | LinkedIn.

How do I contact Houston Dash? ›

Houston Dynamo & Houston Dash
  1. 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Suite 200 , Houston , TX , 77010.
  2. 413 Bastrop St , Houston , TX , 77003.
  3. (713) 276-7500.

Where did the Houston Dynamo play? ›

Shell Energy Stadium is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Houston Dynamo FC matches, Houston Dash matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events.

Has Houston ever won an NFL championship? ›

There are four NFL teams that have never appeared in a Super Bowl: the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans, though both the Browns (1950, 1954, 1955, 1964) and Lions (1935, 1952, 1953, 1957) had won NFL Championship Games prior to the creation of the Super Bowl in the 1966 season.

How many championships does Houston have? ›

Throughout its history, Houston has won two NBA championships and four Western Conference titles. It was established in 1967 as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team originally based in San Diego.

When was the last time the Houston Dynamo made the playoffs? ›

For the first time since 2017, Houston Dynamo FC have made it to the Western Conference Semifinals. On Saturday night, the Dynamo continued their 2023 renaissance under Ben Olsen, taking down Real Salt Lake in a penalty kick shootout after a hard-fought 1-1 draw in regulation.

How much is the Houston Dynamo worth? ›

Houston Dynamo valued at $435M heading into season

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