LA Galaxy 1, New York Red Bulls 0
May 2, 2009
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
LA – Landon Donovan (Penalty Kick) 38’
NY – Carlos Johnson (Yellow Card) 75’
LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts, Todd Dunivant, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, Sean Franklin, Dema Kovalenko, Josh Tudela (Stefani Miglioranzi 68’), Eddie Lewis, Chris Klein (Bryan Jordan 75’), Landon Donovan©, Edson Buddle (Jovan Kirovski 85’).
Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Tony Sanneh, Mike Magee, Alan Gordon.
New York Red Bulls: Jon Conway, Alfredo Pacheco (Danleigh Borman 66’), Carlos Mendes, Kevin Goldthwaite, Carlos Johnson, Seth Stammler, Sinisa Ubiparapovic (Albert Celades 59’), Jorge Rojas, Juan Pablo Angel©, Dane Richards (John Wolyniec 79’).
Subs Not Used: Danny Cepero, Mike Petke, Luke Sassano, Khano Smith.
· With the win, the Galaxy are now 1-1-4 on the season, leaving them alone in fifth place in the Western Conference with seven points. LA is now two points behind fourth place Colorado, who won earlier in the day, and two points ahead of sixth place Houston and San Jose.
· Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made two changes to his lineup from the 1-1 draw at Colorado last weekend. Edson Buddle and Josh Tudela were brought into the lineup, replacing Aland Gordon and Stefani Miglioranzi, who were each on the bench.
· Buddle made his first start of the season after making his 2009 debut as a second half substitute last weekend. The Galaxy’s second-leading scorer in 2008 with a career-high 15 goals, Buddle missed the first month of the season with a quad strain that he suffered late in preseason.
· The Galaxy were without Leonard Griffin and Yohance Marshall, who are both on the club’s Disabled List and not eligible for selection. Griffin is eligible to return to duty next weekend in Seattle while Marshall is out until at least the home game against Kansas City in May 30.
· Prior to the game, the Galaxy honored midfielder Chris Klein who became the seventh player in MLS history to appear in 300 career regular season games this evening.
· Landon Donovan’s penalty kick goal in the 39th minute was his team-leading fourth of the season. He has now been involved (scoring or assisting on) in all seven of the Galaxy’s goals this season, scoring four and adding three assists.
· The goal was the 88th of Donovan’s MLS career, tying him with Roy Lassiter for sixth place in MLS history. He is now 11 goals behind Taylor Twellman of the New England Revolution for fifth place all-time.
· Donovan is now 2-for-2 from the penalty spot this season and has made each of his last eight penalty attempts in MLS play.
· Donovan Ricketts made one save to earn the first win of his MLS career and his second clean sheet in four games.
· Ricketts has now allowed just two goals in his first four games with the Galaxy, giving him a 0.50 goals against average, which is the third-best in MLS this season. Ricketts is also the first goalkeeper in Galaxy history to record a clean sheet in each of his first two home starts.
· With the clean sheet, their second of the season, the Galaxy have now matched their season total for shutouts of last season.
· After collecting seven yellow cards and three red cards in the first four games of the season, the Galaxy have now played two straight games without being issued a card.
· With the Galaxy win, the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew are the only team in the league without a win.
· Additionally, LA avoids nearing their club record of eight straight games without a win to open the season, set in 2003.
· The attendance for today’s game was 21,006.
· The Galaxy are back in action with a pair of road games against Western Conference foes next week. On Wednesday, the club will make their first-ever trip to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake at 6 p.m. (PT) in a game that can be seen live on KWHY – Channel 22. Then, on Sunday, the Galaxy head north for their fist-ever league match against the Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field. That game kicks off at 12 p.m. and can be seen live on both FS West and Telefutura.
· For more about this afternoon’s game, please visit www.lagalaxy.com.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
LA Galaxy 1, New York Red Bulls 0