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MLS Game Summary - Los Angeles at Philadelphia



(Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Los Angeles 1, Philadelphia 0

Chester, PA (Sports Network) - Edson Buddle scored his 16th goal and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Philadelphia Union, 1-0, in front of a record crowd of 18,799 at PPL Park on Thursday night in Major League Soccer.

Buddle added to his league-high scoring total in the 27th minute off an assist from David Beckham, and L.A. held on for its first shutout since mid-August.

The Galaxy (17-6-5) increased their edge over Real Salt Lake to five points in the race for Supporters' Shield and Western Conference regular-season title.

Philadelphia (7-14-7), which still has a chance to finish as high as third in the Eastern Conference in its expansion season, has one win in its last five.

The Union had a chance to put the Galaxy in an early hole, but leading scorer Sebastian Le Toux was denied his 14th goal when goalie Donovan Ricketts made a lunging save to push his shot away from the upper right in the second minute.

Philadelphia manager Peter Nowak had to make an unexpected substitute after 12 minutes, when midfielder Fred suffered a bad gash over his left eye. Fred left the field with blood gushing from the cut, and was replaced by Kyle Nakazawa.

L.A. turned the next scoring chance into the only goal of the game, as Beckham swung a corner kick in from the right that Buddle headed home into the bottom- left corner. Buddle shook off Union defender Michael Orozco Fiscal at the left post, then left goalie Brad Knighton no chance as he set a new career high for goals in a season.

Beckham and Buddle nearly combined on another goal 15 minutes after half, but the former England captain's cross from the right was too deep and Buddle was only able to hit the outside of the side netting.

Philadelphia had its best scoring chance in the 73rd minute, when a pass from the right side from Andrew Jacobson was turned on goal by Le Toux with a great back-heel shot that Ricketts dove to push away from the bottom left.

Both squads had a pair of chances over the final 15 minutes, with the Union's Shea Salinas denied at the near post in the 75th by Ricketts and L.A.'s Jovan Kirovski wide left in the 77th.

Galaxy star Landon Donovan had a chance to seal the victory in the 77th, but a great save by Knighton denied the U.S. striker his eighth goal of the year. A long pass from Omar Gonzalez put Donovan through alone on Knighton but he shot toward the left side, only to have Knighton deflect the shot.

Philadelphia had one last opportunity in stoppage time, but Salinas got under a shot from the right side of the area and lifted the ball over the crossbar.

Ricketts finished with three saves for his 11th shutout of the season.

Both teams are now off until Oct. 16, when the Galaxy host the Colorado Rapids and the Union host Red Bull New York.

10/07 22:51:45 ET