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MLS: Los Angeles 1, Houston 0

May 26, 2011 at 12:58 AM

CARSON, Calif., May 26 (UPI) -- Landon Donovan converted an unlikely penalty kick late in the first half Wednesday, giving Los Angeles a 1-0 victory over Houston.

Chris Birchall took a shot for the Galaxy and it appeared to be heading well wide of the net when Houston's Lovel Palmer touched it with a hand.

That brought a penalty call from referee Chris Penso and Donovan scored for the eighth time this season.

Los Angeles (7-2-5) is unbeaten in its last three games and maintained a five-point lead over Dallas at the top of the Western Conference. Dallas, which recorded a 1-0 decision over Seattle Wednesday, has played two fewer games than Los Angeles.

Houston (3-4-5) is winless in its last five.

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