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Scouting report: Dynamo at LA Galaxy

A quick look at Saturday’s game between the Dynamo and the LA Galaxy:

When/where: 10 p.m. Saturday, StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

TV/radio: UniMas/610 (English); 1010 (Spanish)

Dynamo form (7-6-2, 23 pts): L-L-D-W-L

Galaxy form (5-5-3, 18 pts): D-W-W-W-D

Dynamo update: Houston remains winless on the road, but with Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto both healthy for the first time in six games there is extra hope. Elis and Quioto are the unquestioned drivers of the Dynamo attack. That attack has been stagnant on the road mostly because Elis and Quioto have started together in only one road game. There does remain some question about their availability since they both played for Honduras on Tuesday, but that seems like enough time to rest and recover.

Galaxy introduction: LA has been the standard bearer for much of the last decade in MLS but the Galaxy find themselves below the red line thanks to five losses in their first seven games. The good news for LA is it is unbeaten in its last six, including a three-game win streak. They are dealing with heavy injuries, including Jermaine Jones and Brian Rowe, and the international absence of Giovani dos Santos. Midfielder Romain Alessandrini, a Designated Player from France, leads the way for the healthy players with two goals and four assists in his last five games.

Key statistic: Houston has gone 13 consecutive halves without scoring a goal in the run of play. The Dynamo have scored only three goals in seven road games.

Dynamo player to watch: Romell Quioto is a pivotal player in the Dynamo attack, but he has played only 27 minutes in one game since May 17. He missed the last three games with an ankle injury but played two World Cup Qualifiers with Honduras, so he should be good to go Saturday.

Galaxy player to watch: Romain Alessandrini has developed a reputation as one of the league’s best finishers. He already has six goals and six assists in 13 games.

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