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MLS Game Summary - Los Angeles at New York



(Thursday, July 16, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Los Angeles 3, New York 1

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy dominated the New York Red Bulls, 3-0, on Thursday night to stretch their winning streak to four games in Major League Soccer action at Giants Stadium.

With the return of midfielder David Beckham from a loan in Italy, the Galaxy were clicking on all cylinders against the hapless Red Bulls, who are stuck in the MLS basement.

Long-range strikes by Alecko Eskandarian and Landon Donovan in the first half- hour, and an Eddie Lewis volley just before the half provided all the offense the Galaxy (6-3-9) would need in the victory.

Eskandarian got things started early for the visitors, knocking home his third goal of the season three minutes in. After the New Jersey native flicked a bouncing ball over a defender, he turned and volleyed a shot from about 25- yards into the upper right corner of the net, past a diving Danny Cepero, to make it 1-0.

Donovan made it 2-0 with his seventh goal of the season in the 31st minute. A Galaxy corner kick was cleared out of the New York area, and after Lewis flicked the loose ball to Donovan, the U.S. international unleashed a bomb into the same spot of the net as Eskandarian to double the advantage.

The Red Bulls had a chance to pull a goal back about five minute before the break after defender Jeremy Hall unleashed a long-range shot on L.A. goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, but after he parried that shot away, the Jamaican got up in time to deny Jorge Rojas on the rebound with striker Juan Pablo Angel also lurking.

The Galaxy made New York pay for the missed opportunity about a minute later when Donovan found himself on the end of a long goal-kick by Ricketts in the offensive third. Donovan took a touch to the top right corner of 18-yard-box and crossed to the opposite side to Lewis, who volleyed off the arm of Cepero and into the net to push the score to 3-0.

The Red Bulls earned two penalty kicks in the last five minutes after L.A. handballs in the penalty area, but Angel was only able to convert one. While the goal broke the Galaxy's 400-plus minute shutout streak over the last four games, it was too little, too late as New York's winless streak reached 11 games.

The Red Bulls (2-14-4) will aim to snap their current four-game losing streak when they travel to take on the Colorado Rapids on July 25 in their next MLS match. The Galaxy, on the other hand, will be hoping to continue their recent form at Kansas City the same day in their next league fixture.

07/16 22:12:41 ET