LA Galaxy slip past FC Dallas
Galaxy’s Mike Magee is congratulated after scoring
FRISCO, Texas — Playing without two of their three big stars, the LA Galaxy produced a fine defensive display and rode a second-half Mike Magee goal to a 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night in front of a record crowd of 22,565 at FC Dallas Stadium.
Magee, who hadn’t appeared in a match since July 4, scored his fifth goal of the season, and third in his last five matches.
However, all of the pregame intangibles seemed to favor Dallas, particularly considering their 5-0 drubbing of Portland last week and the fact that the Galaxy arrived without Landon Donovan and David Beckham. The visitors were winless playing without Landon Donovan this season.
But LA executed their game plan to perfection.
The Galaxy’s central midfield duo of Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho hounded David Ferreira all evening, not allowing the Colombian to build on his two-assist performance last time out. Keane and Magee were given the offensive burden and they produced, linking up to score the game-winner.
In a cagey first half played in triple-digit temperatures, neither side was able to gain much of a foothold. Robbie Keane nearly gave LA the lead in the 35th minute, after latching onto a Magee through ball and rounding goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. But Colombian defender Hernan Pertuz — who had his best performance since arriving in Dallas — slid in to clear the ball off the line.
That became a theme as time after time the LA front duo came within inches of scoring in a span of dominance. But it wasn’t until the 62nd minute that the Galaxy finally got the goal they deserved.
Keane controlled a bouncing ball at the top of the box and flicked it over a defender to Magee. The FC Dallas defense chose to not close down the winger, expecting him to play a give-and-go with Keane. Instead, Magee curled a shot round a defender and into the lower corner.
LA are now 7-2-1 since the start of June, unbeaten in four road games and showing the form that won them the MLS Cup last season. They next face Real Madrid in an Herbalife World Football Challenge match at The Home Depot Center Center on Aug. 2.
FC Dallas now find themselves in an extremely tough situation, 11 points behind LA for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Plus, they head on the road for four of their next five matches, including an Aug. 5 clash in Portland.
IMPACT 3, RED BULLS 1
Marco Di Vaio got his first MLS goal early in the second half and Davy Arnaud scored two minutes later to lead Montreal past New York.
Sanna Nyassi also scored for Montreal (8-13-3), which had lost its first two meetings with the Red Bulls.
Thierry Henry scored his 11th of the season in the 57th minute for New York (11-6-5).
Di Vaio got the Impact on the scoreboard in the 48th minute, scoring in his eighth MLS match, and Arnaud made it 2-0 in the 50th.
Nyassi sealed the win with his fourth goal in the 75th minute.
CREW 2, SPORTING KC 1
Jairo Arietta scored two goals in his MLS debut, leading Columbus past Sporting KC.
Arietta, who joined the Crew (8-7-4) at midseason from Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa, scored in the 17th and 34th minutes. Columbus finished the match a man down after Cole Grossman was issued a straight red card in second-half stoppage time for a hard foul on Graham Zusi.
Sporting (11-7-4) saw its home winless streak extended to four matches.
Kei Kamara scored on a header off Graham Zusi’s free kick in the 8th minute, ending Kansas City’s scoring drought at home at 333 minutes.
EARTHQUAKES 1, FIRE 1
Steven Lenhart returned from a four-game injury absence to score in the eighth minute of second-half stoppage time and lift San Jose into the draw.
Lenhart fired home from 20 yards, hammering a ball chested down by Chris Wondolowski to finally break through against Chicago’s defense. Till that point, Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson had kept MLS’s most prolific offense at bay with 10 saves.
The goal neutralized a 37th-minute strike from Chicago midfielder Chris Rolfe.
San Jose (13-5-5) moved two points clear of Real Salt Lake atop the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings.
Chicago (9-7-5) failed to win for the first time this season when scoring the first goal.