Saturday, June 6, 2009

Galaxy Defeat Toronto, 2-1

LA Galaxy 2, Toronto FC 1
June 6, 2009
BMO Field – Toronto, Ontario - Canada

Scoring Summary:
LA -- Alan Gordon 3 (Eddie Lewis 2) 5'
TOR -- Danny Dichio 2 (unassisted) 64'
LA -- Edson Buddle 2 (Alan Gordon 1) 77'

Misconduct Summary:
LA -- Omar Gonzalez (Yellow Card) 9'
LA -- Tony Sanneh (Yellow Card) 31'
TOR -- Kevin Harmse (Yellow Card) 44'

LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts, Todd Dunivant, Omar Gonzalez, Tony Sanneh (Leonard Griffin 74', A.J. DeLaGarza, Eddie Lewis, Dema Kovalenko, Josh Tudela, Chris Klein (Edson Buddle 66'), Mike Magee (Stefani Miglioranzi 64'), Alan Gordon.

Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Kyle Patterson, Jovan Kirovski, Bryan Jordan.

Toronto FC: Stefan Frei, Jim Brennan (Rohan Ricketts 56'), Marco Velez, Adrian Serioux, Kevin Harmse, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson, Pablo Vitti (Johann Smith 82'), Dewayne De Rosario, Danny Dichio, Chad Barrett (Emmanuel Gomez 86').

Subs Not Used: Greg Sutton, Brian Edwards, Gabe Gala.

• With the win, the Galaxy are now 2-1-9 on the season, leaving them in fifth place in the Western Conference with 15 points. They are now four points ahead of sixth place Real Salt Lake, who play against Colorado later tonight, and one point behind fourth place Colorado.
• The Galaxy used a new starting lineup from the previous two weekends. Tony Sanneh is back in the center of defense replacing the suspended Gregg Berhalter. While Chris Klein returns to the starting lineup for the first time since May 6 versus Real Salt Lake. He has now played in 125 consecutive games, an MLS record.
• The Galaxy were without the injured Sean Franklin and Yohance Marshall who are both on the Disabled List with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.
• Tonight’s game was the first without Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who is in Chicago with the U.S. National Team for their World Cup Qualifier versus Honduras. He will miss as many as the next three games as he has been included in the U.S. team that will to South Africa for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
• The Galaxy scored for only the fourth time in the first half.
• Alan Gordon’s goal in the 6th minute was his third of the season, maintaining his spot as the second leading scorer on the squad. In addition, the strike was only the second cornerkick goal this season for the Galaxy.
• Eddie Lewis earned the assist on Gordon’s header, marking his second assist of the season, tying him with Dema Kovalenko and Mike Magee for second on the club.
• Edson Buddle second goal of the season in the 77th minute to move up to third place on the Galaxy leader board behind Gordon (3) and Donovan (6). He has also now notched a goal in the last two consecutive matches.
• With the assist, Gordon earns his first of the season.
• With the win, the Galaxy’s unbeaten streak extends to ten 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 1-0-8 during the run.
• Donovan Ricketts made ten saves for the Galaxy and remains undefeated as an MLS goalkeeper, improving his record to 2-0-8.
• The Galaxy wore their all-white uniforms tonight and remain unbeaten in them, going 2-0-8 when wearing all-white.
• The attendance for today’s game was 20,753.
• The Galaxy will play two games this coming week. On Tuesday, June 9, LA host CS Herediano in an international friendly before returning to MLS action on Saturday, June 13 when they will take on Real Salt Lake at The Home Depot Center. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. (PT).
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Anonymous said...

who would think we needed to get rid of landon to win a game. Awesome good job guys

Mark Villa sec. 132 said...

Way to hang in there boys!!!! I LOVE to be proven wrong like this!
If we can find people to replace Berhalter and Sanneh, we have a chance to finish the rest of the season with a bang. Those two ARE playin' their hearts out, but they are ALWAYS a step behind, and it will cost us long term to continually see them beaten to the ball in the area.
My main MF'er of the game; Alan MF'n Gordon!!!!! Bring it haters! Next, Donovan MF'n Ricketts! Third, Edson MF'n Buddle!!! That give and go between Gordo and Buddle was perfection. Excellent finish Edson.
Everyone kept their heads up, and we sneaked out with a win!!! Improvement needed in many areas still, but enjoy the win boys!!!!

Anonymous said...

I take full responsibility for this win. It was my subliminal message of "goals" last night that got the boys going. I keep the spell on you until we win the Cup.

Gutsy win for LA, USA and ES over MEX. What a day!

Anonymous said...

What can you say, gordon had his day! I said before, he's one of my family's favorites, (though he still needs a softer first touch and better pace on his passes!). Ricketts was the Man of this match....he saved the win for us! Coach Ken.

footballlvr said...

"who would think we needed to get rid of landon to win a game."
Yes yes yes. a no brainer. Give him away to some 3rd division German team team and let him freeze to death in the German winter. we will never have to see him praying on the penalty spot at HDC again except maybe om frozen mud asking the soccer gods to forgive him for wearing those hideous gold boots and let him return to the MLS in San Jose as ballboy.

ds said...

You can criticize the soccer because you see it but dont criticize LD's beliefs. He is not shoving them on you so who are you to say anything if he wants to pray. If you dont like it become a Chivas fan. One less whiner we have to read. If you dont want to see it dont watch it. Eddie, Dema, Ricketts, and Gordon all played awesome! People like dont realize that we would most likely be in last place if it wasnt for the 10 goals LD has been involved in this year. I love Eddie taking the free kicks and corners way more than LD.

ds said...


Anonymous said...

WOW ds, you must be a religious person . Well it hasn't all been done by LD,even tho you want to believe it. Actually this was a defensive game and you didn't mention 1 defensive player except for Rickett,so what game were you watching????

ds said...

I recognized the players that deserved it! Obviously I didnt mention them because they didnt do anything outstanding. And all my years of playing midfield I remember having to come back and play defense as well so just because you dont have the title does not mean you dont play defense. Therefore, I mention Dema and Eddie and Ricketts. Those deserving to be recognized for outstanding play.

Nick. said...

Anyone know if the Herediano game will be available online (matchtracker or something like that)??

Anonymous said...

I dont think so but there is tickets going really cheap on ebay for it!

Anonymous said...

DS there is a time and place for everything and the football pitch is not the right place. I agree with football the praying is nauseating. Read your post again, how many of the team played better than they have all season and what was the differencem Landycakes was gone.

Anonymous said...

Hey DS,You mention Gordo playing awesome? How about,Its about time he did his job,he was able to hit something besides seat45,row Z in the stands Mr.Brighteyes.
LD can bring it when he feels like it,but I personaly think he's soft,getting up there in age. I know, he scores all these PK's and thats where you all get your LD hype from,but remember this blog,his days on the National Team are definetly numbered.