Saturday, May 15, 2010

Galaxy Remain Unbeaten with 0-0 Draw with Toronto FC

LA Galaxy 0, Toronto FC 0
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The Home Depot Center — Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Omar Gonzalez (Yellow Card) 50’
TFC – Maksim Usanov (Yellow Card) 62’
TFC – Maksim Usanov (Yellow Card/Red Card) 94+

LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Todd Dunivant, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, Bryan Jordan (Chris Klein 69’); Chris Birchall, Jovan Kirovski (Clint Mathis 77’), Juninho (Mike Magee 73’), Michael Stephens; Landon Donovan©, Edson Buddle.

Subs Not Used: Chris Sharpe, Sean Franklin, Alex Cazumba, Tristan Bowen.

Toronto FC: Stefan Frei; Nick Garcia, Adrian Cann, Nana Attakora, Maksim Usanov; Amadou Sanyang, Martin Saric, Nick LaBrocca (Jacob Peterson 63’), Sam Cronin; Dwayne DeRosario© (Gabe Gala 70’), Chad Barrett (Joseph Nane 78’).

Subs Not Used: Jon Conway, Raivis Hscanovics, Fuad Ibrahim.

• With the draw, the Galaxy are now 7-0-2 on the season, giving them 23 points. They remain alone in first place in the Western Conference and are now 10 points ahead of second place Houston, Real Salt Lake and San Jose who each have 13 points.
• LA is now eight points ahead of the Eastern Conference leading New York Red Bulls for the best record in MLS. The Red Bulls are 5-3-0 for 15 points after losing 1-0 at home to Seattle earlier this evening.
• The Galaxy did not get their 25th point of the 2009 season until a 3-1 win at New York on July 16.
• Bruce Arena made two changes to the team that defeated Seattle 4-0 last weekend, bringing in Josh Saunders and Juninho. Juninho replaced Chris Klein while Saunders replaced Donovan Ricketts, who missed the game with a right elbow strain.
• In addition to Ricketts, the Galaxy were without A.J. DeLaGarza, Dema Kovalenko, Leonardo and Eddie Lewis who all missed the game through injury.
• Sean Franklin was back in the 18-man squad for the first time since April 17 when he sprained his right ankle in the first half of the 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake, but did not play. He had missed the last four games because of the injury.
• With Saunders starting and Ricketts unable to play, MLS League Pool goalkeeper Chris Sharpe was brought into the team. Sharpe, who was in preseason camp with the Galaxy during the 2008 season, spent the last two seasons with the Colorado Rapids.
• Tonight’s game was the final game for both Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan before they join the U.S. National Team at their pre-World Cup training camp in New Jersey.
• For just the second time this season and the first time at home, the Galaxy did not score in the first half.
• Both times the Galaxy have been held scoreless in the first half of a game this season, the game has ended 0-0.
• The Galaxy remain one of two undefeated teams in MLS with a 7-0-2 record. Columbus is in second place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-0-2 mark.
• The Galaxy are now unbeaten in their last 12 games, going 9-0-3 in their last 12 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2009 season. This ties the second longest unbeaten streak in club history.
• Omar Gonzalez was shown his third yellow card of the season in the 50th minute. He is now two bookings away from a mandatory one-game suspension.
• Bryan Jordan was forced to leave the game in the 69th minute with a right hamstring tightness. He was replaced by Chris Klein who was playing right back for the first time this season. Klein is LA’s fourth right back this season, joining A.J. DeLaGarza, Sean Franklin and Jordan.
• Edson Buddle, who has a team-high four yellow cards this season, was not booked for the second straight game meaning that he is now one game away from having one card cleared from his record. If Buddle is booked in his first game back from the National Team, he will be forced to serve a one-game suspension.
• After scoring nine goals in the Galaxy’s first six games, Edson Buddle has now gone scoreless in each of their last three. He went closest to scoring in the 66th minute when he hit the post with a shot from close range.
• Toronto’s Maksim Usanov was sent off in the fourth minute of stoppage time after collecting his second yellow card for a foul on Landon Donovan.
• Goalkeeper Josh Saunders made one save for his first clean sheet of the season. Dating back to the April 4, 2009, Saunders has not allowed a goal in 397 consecutive minutes in both the MLS regular season and the postseason.
• The shutout was the Galaxy’s third straight and seventh in nine games this season. If LA can keep a clean sheet in their next game against FC Dallas, they will tie the MLS record for most clean sheets in the opening 10 games of the season with eight.
• The attendance for today’s game was 20,007
• The Galaxy are back in action on Thursday night when they travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park. The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. (PT) and can be seen on FOX Sports West on tape delay starting at 9 p.m. ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM will broadcast the game live on the radio in Spanish starting with their pregame shows at 7 p.m. while the game will be available live in English at
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charlesj27 said...

LA Galaxy was able to pull in a good crowd - over 20K. Nice. But, what I saw on the field - as far as wasted passes and forward chances - Ugghhhh! Nasty! Yes, it was a very physical match - one that has to be expected with Preki as their coach... so, that was not the surprise... Both teams showed "spunk" and will; so, it's not a matter of heart... rather, very much a matter of mind (smartness). I think many at times, the LA Galaxy keeps falling back on holding back/passing back/playing safety - rather than moving the collective unit forward. YES, competitive opponents are going to make it more difficult, get inside the players' heads; mess up tempo and rhythm. But, that's to be expected. I just thought (from what I kept seeing) - the team played shield and shell much, much more rather than zig/zag, turn, pass... and, passing it quickly. Many of our guys need that extra touch or two to bring it to their preffered / stronger foot. OK, that's understandable - and, is a natural tendency... but, it does not give ourplayers enough time to be dangerous going forward. Again, we are losing our two most cohesive, threatening, forward playing players... YES, it's for the chance of a lifetime and for our National Team... but, that leaves our club with so many backward passes, shielders, and hopeful crossers.
Horrible referreeing tonight. Central/Main Referee, as well as the job from linesmen.
Josh playerd confidently. Nice. Landon worked his ultimate best to create (whether it be from the left / right / center / defense). Jovan gave it his courage and heart, but, he was very poor in positioning and tactically playing left midfield. Our left midfield was practically non-existent. I thought in this game, our back four (as phenomenal as they played) were way too over-worked. Yes, it gave us the clean sheet... but, our wingmen (especially our left side) really needed to improve and actually be a threat and always looking to explot.

Anonymous said...

Boring first half - exciting second half.

Toronto keeper played very well.

Toronto might not be the most talented team but they hustled and played to win.

Hope to see Ricketts back soon.

Good luck to Buddle and Donovan. It will be interesting to see how the team fares in their absence.

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Anonymous said...

That was amazing by the ACB yesterday. It deserved more than just a draw, but it's better than losing. I wonder what they'll do next:)

Anonymous said...

Well, they r still undefeated, kinda like the opposite of last year when at the start & middle of the season they had all those ties & couldn't win a Match / Game.

Anonymous said...

The passing was terrible.

Zero Cool said...

20 thousand? Please.