LA Galaxy 2, Real Salt Lake 2
May 6, 2009
Rio Tinto Stadium – Sandy, Utah
RSL – Robbie Findley 5 (Clint Mathis 4) 34’
LA – Landon Donovan (Penalty Kick) 91+
RSL – Will Johnson (Penalty Kick) 92+
LA – Mike Magee (Unassisted) 94+
RSL – Clint Mathis (Yellow Card) 7’
LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts, Todd Dunivant, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, Sean Franklin, Dema Kovalenko, Stefani Miglioranzi (Mike Magee 77’), Eddie Lewis (Alan Gordon 69’), Chris Klein (Bryan Jordan 61’), Landon Donovan©, Edson Buddle.
Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Tony Sanneh, Stefani Miglioranzi, Jovan Kirovski.
Real Salt Lake: Chris Seitz, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers (David Horst 69’), Robbie Russell, Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman©, Will Johnson, Clint Mathis, Andy Williams (Ned Grabavoy 77’), Robbie Findley, Yura Movsisyan (Fabian Espindola 56’).
Subs Not Used: Kyle Reynish, Raphael Cox, Jean Alexandre, Luis Miguel Escalada.
· With the draw, the Galaxy are now 1-1-5 on the season, leaving them tied with Houston for fifth place in the Western Conference with eight points. Both teams are two points behind Real Salt Lake for fourth place in the conference and three points ahead of seventh place San Jose.
· Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made one changes to his lineup from the 1-0 win over New York on Saturday with Stefani Miglioranzi returning to the lineup in place of Josh Tudela. Tudela was available off the bench but did not play.
· 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 on Sunday in Seattle while Marshall is out until at least the home game against Kansas City in May 30.
· Tonight’s game was the Galaxy’s first-ever game at Rio Tinto Stadium, making it the 29th different stadium that the club has played an MLS game in during their history. With the draw, the Galaxy are now 13-13-3 all-time in their first-ever game at a new stadium. LA last won their first game in a new stadium on June 14, 2008 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland when Edson Buddle scored three times in a 3-0 Galaxy win over the San Jose Earthquakes.
· Landon Donovan’s goal was his fifth of the season, leaving him tied for the most in MLS this year.
· Mike Magee’s goal was the first of his Galaxy career.
· Magee’s goal was the first Galaxy goal this season that Landon Donovan had not scored or assisted on. He had factored in each of the club’s first eight goals of the season.
· With Robbie Findley’s first half goal for Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy have now fallen behind 1-0 in five of their seven games this season, including all three road games. However, LA has come back to earn a draw in four of those games.
· With the draw, Donovan Ricketts remains unbeaten in his MLS career. He now has a 1-0-4 record for LA this season.
· Despite allowing two goals in a game for the first time this season, Ricketts remains in third place in MLS with a 0.80 goals against average.
· The Galaxy remain unbeaten on the road this season with a 0-0-3 record. LA and the Chicago Fire are the only two teams in MLS not to have suffered a defeat on the road in 2009.
· After collecting six yellow cards and three red cards in the first four games of the season, the Galaxy have now played three straight games without being issued a card.
· The attendance for today’s game was 16,155.
· The Galaxy are back in action on Sunday when they 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.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
LA Galaxy 2, Real Salt Lake 2