Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ubeaten Streak Stretches to Eight With 1-1 Draw at FC Dallas

LA Galaxy 1, FC Dallas 1
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, Texas

Scoring Summary:
LA – Landon Donovan 6 (Eddie Lewis 1, Mike Magee 2) 3’
FCD – Drew Moor 2 (Dave van den Bergh 3) 31’

Misconduct Summary:
FCD – Marcelo Saragosa (Red Card) 25’
LA – Eddie Lewis (Yellow Card) 26’
FCD – Pablo Richetti (Yellow Card) 33’
LA – Omar Gonzalez (Yellow Card) 34’
FCD – Andre Rocha (Yellow Card) 41’
LA – Josh Tudela (Yellow Card) 42’
FCD – Bruno Guarda (Yellow Card) 74’

LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts, A.J. DeLaGarza, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Josh Tudela (Chris Klein 74’), Dema Kovalenko, Eddie Lewis (Bryan Jordan 79’), Mike Magee, Landon Donovan©, Alan Gordon (Edson Buddle 67’).

Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Tony Sanneh, Stefani Miglioranzi, Jovan Kirovski.
FC Dallas: Ray Burse, Drew Moor, Pablo Richetti©, Daniel Torres, Bruno Guarda, Marcelo Saragosa (Sent Off 25’), Dave van den Bergh (Eric Avila 61’), Andre Rocha (Anthony Wallace 46’), David Ferreira, Brek Shea (Alvaro Sanchez 46’), Kenny Cooper.

Subs Not Used: Josh Lambo, Kyle Davies, Dax McCarty, Jeff Cunningham.

· With the draw, the Galaxy are now 1-1-8 on the season, leaving them tied with Real Salt Lake for fifth place in the Western Conference with 11 points. Both teams are now five points ahead of FC Dallas who are in seventh place with six points.
· Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made three changes to his lineup from the 1-1 draw with Columbus last weekend. A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant and Josh Tudela returned to the starting lineup, replacing the injured Sean Franklin, as well as Bryan Jordan and Stefani Miglioranzi. Jordan and Miglioranzi were both on the bench.
· While the Galaxy were without Franklin, as well as the injured Yohance Marshall, who is on the club’s Disabled List and not eligible for selection until next weekend’s game against Kansas City.
· Today’s game was the first time this season that the Galaxy scored the game’s opening goal but did not hold on for the victory. LA is now 1-0-1 when scoring the game’s first goal.
· Landon Donovan’s goal in the 3rd minute was LA’s earliest goal of the season and the first that they have scored inside the first 35 minutes of a game.
· Donovan’s goal was the fastest Galaxy goal since a 3rd minute strike by Nate Jaqua against Real Salt Lake on June 17, 2007.
· The goal was Donovan’s sixth of the season, tying him for the MLS lead. He now has six goals and three assists on the season and has factored in nine of LA’s 12 goals on the year. The goal was also the 16th of Donovan's career against FC Dallas. No other player in the history of the league has scored more against them.
· Eddie Lewis assisted on the goal for his first assist of the season.
· Mike Magee also assisted on the goal and has now tallied either a goal or and assist in three of the last four games.
· With the draw, the Galaxy’s unbeaten streak extends to eight games games, the longest unbeaten streak for the club since a 12-game streak that began late in the 1999 season and ended early in the 2000 campaign. LA is 1-0-7 during the run.
· The draw was LA’s fourth straight, setting a new club record for consecutive draws.
· The Galaxy are now 0-0-5 on the road this season and are one of just two MLS teams to remain unbeaten on the road.
· Donovan Ricketts made two saves for the Galaxy and remains undefeated as an MLS goalkeeper, improving his record to 1-0-7.
· Marcelo Saragosa was sent off in the 25th minute of the game for FC Dallas. It was the earliest red card against a Galaxy opponent since Chris Gbandi was sent off for FC Dallas in the 23rd minute of a 2-1 Galaxy win at Pizza Hut Park on September 23, 2007.
· The Galaxy have now played with a man advantage for 124 minutes this season but have not scored a goal.
· The Galaxy wore their all-blue uniforms for the first time this season and are now 0-2-2 all-time when wearing them. The Galaxy are 1-0-7 when wearing their all white uniforms this year and 0-1-0 when wearing blue shorts with a white shirt and white socks.
· The attendance for today’s game was 9,595.
· The Galaxy are back in action on Saturday when they return home to host the Kansas City Wizards at The Home Depot Center. That game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and is part of double header with the Los Angeles Sol, who kick off against St. Louis Athletica at 4 p.m.
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ds said...

How sad you have a man advantage and two man advantage at the end and still you tie! Gonzalez did an excellent job at shutting down Cooper! Eddie Lewis played amazing! Imagine that you put Landon up and you get some actual shots even though only one of the 19 made it! Happy to see Eddie taking the corners since Landon is one of the few that can score with his head, not that he did tonight! Should of put Jordan in instead of Buddle, its too soon for him to be in he is not up to game speed yet! They suck at passing and play to slowly! They still pass back to the goalie to much even though it did get alot better! They play with the ball on the backline to much! Very frusterating to watch!

Mark V sec.132 said...

I am speechless.
Who is the worse team: the team with the worst record in the league, or the team that can't beat them after having had a man-advantage for 45+ minutes. I'm tired of the excuses, and the "awe shucks, we're getting better every game," attitude. I want a win. I want to see the Galaxy deliver an ass-whooping of overwhelming proportions. They let themselves be man-handled the whole second half. All the "crisp passing" all the "effecient execution" all the crap that CJ27 goes on and on and on about, it all accounts for nothing if you're not winning.

Anonymous said...

A win would be great,quit whining,WE DIDN'T LOSE ON THE ROAD... Omar shut down Cooper,but he couldn't stop that Goal off the header of a smaller player,so who's to blame? Plain fact, score should of been 3-0 in the 1st 15 minutes,so whine about the finishing... You all cry about how the defense sucked last year,so what do we do,We drafted 2 solid defenders in AJ & Omar,they haven't done anything to lose a game for this squad.You always want to leave an away game with at least 1 point,well we have done that 5 times out of 5 away games. WHAT WE NEED IS TO FINISH BALLSSSSSSSSSSS,thats where the squad needs to concentrate on...
Did we play without a midfield tonight,cause beside Eddies great game,I saw nothinggggggg. GK was solid .

charlesj27 said...

I know, Mark V. I do go on and on about the drills & practices. Thanks everyone, for constantly putting up with my rambling instructions. It's the way I am. And, I know if I spew the same stuff on & on - people get tired of reading it. But, the point is... soccer-game attendees/fans/analysts/players are all right... there is no value in instructions if the execution to actually win games are not there. Shutting up now.

Mark Villa sec.132 said...

hey CJ27, apologies bro, I know it reads like I'm bagging on you, and that really was not my intention. Ramble away my friend, you have valid points. To mr. anonymous, no whining here pal. A tie is not a win. True and simple. No, we didn't lose on the road, but we're not winning at home either! No, I am not happy about it, I am not satisfied, I am not optimistic.
Let me put it this way: have you ever seen an ugly, monstrously fat (yes, i too am overweight) woman with a young baby, and thought to yourself as you began to get sick to your stomach, " . . . someone slept with her ???!?!". Well, the Galaxy right now are the fat, ugly girl, we fans are the ones that did the deed, and the rest of the league and it's fans are wondering why.
That's how I feel, after this game at least. Maybe I can be optimistic again by next Saturday at 7:29 PM?

pc1 said...

Another regular game for us, I guess.

Oh hell, I'll go ahead and say it: WE SUCK.

Bob sec 132 said...

Bruce has had 3 wins in 23 matches. We can't keep playing for ties, and hoping for wins when Beckham returns. Next week we may be lucky to get another tie, only becuase KC had 2 red cards. That's the best I can hope for with Bruce. Is it too soon for the "fire Bruce" conversations?

See you next week Mark!

Anonymous said...


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