MLS Game Summary - Los Angeles at New York|
(Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Los Angeles 1, New York 0
Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - Mike Magee helped the Los Angeles Galaxy claim
an advantage in the Western Conference semifinals, scoring against his old
club in a 1-0 win over Red Bull New York at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.
The Galaxy will take the one-goal lead back to The Home Depot Center, where
they finished the regular season unbeaten with a record of 12-0-5.
Magee scored the telling goal in the 15th minute, as David Beckham played a
through ball to the L.A. striker.
The Red Bulls defense stood in unison with arms raised, waiting for an offside
call that never came.
Magee took advantage, firing a shot to the far post as the New York backline,
and goalkeeper Frank Rost, failed to even lodge an attempt to stop him.
Rost made amends, producing a crucial save in a one-on-one situation with
Landon Donovan in the 56th minute to keep New York in the match.
Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders made a vital save of his own, denying a long-
distance shot from Rafa Marquez to preserve the lead for Los Angeles.
Even with no further scoring in the match, it ended with a bang as Marquez
hurled the ball at a Galaxy player after the final whistle.
Marquez then traded blows with Juninho in scuffle that escalated as more
players became involved, but quickly simmered. Both players were shown red
cards and will miss the return leg through suspension.
The Red Bulls, who have a playoff record of 0-2-0 in two seasons at Red Bull
Arena, will head to The Home Depot Center for the return leg on Thursday,
needing to overturn a one-goal deficit.
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