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
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