Second final loss hurts for Houston

Sat Dec 1, 2012 10:32pm EST
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By Jahmal Corner

CARSON, California (Reuters) - The Houston Dynamo suffered a second straight MLS Cup final loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday - and it hurt.

The Dynamo's 3-1 defeat was not easy to digest after losing to the same opponents, 1-0, last year and after leading at half-time in a enthralling encounter.

"It's all tough. You fight so hard to get into this position. All year long you put all the effort you possibly can, all the hard work, you look back on (that)," said midfielder Brad Davis.

"I'm extremely proud of what this group of guys continues to do, this club continues to do, but without a doubt, it's difficult. It's very, very difficult," he said.

But coach Dominic Kinnear, whose salary budget for his entire squad is less than David Beckham's wage with the Galaxy, was proud of the positive approach his team took in a first half where they had the Galaxy defense in trouble.

"I'm very happy with how the team played and the effort everyone put in," Kinnear told reporters, having led his team to a fourth Cup final in the last seven seasons.

Unfortunately, for the Dynamo, it would have taken much more to overcome a Galaxy side determined to send Beckham off a winner in his final game in the league.

Houston finished in the middle of the Eastern Conference during the regular season before pulling together a strong playoff run.   Continued...

The Los Angeles Galaxy team poses before playing against the Houston Dynamo before the MLS Cup championship soccer game in Carson, California, December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok