Result: Galaxy 4 NY Red Bulls 5

In what was surely one of the best MLS games ever, New York just outlasted the Galaxy tonight in a goalfest at Giant’s Stadium.

This was a game that had it all.

A crowd of more than 66,000 — apparently the largest ever attendance for a stand alone MLS game in the Big Apple — saw a back and forth battle.

There were three goals in the first 10 minutes and at the end Galaxy striker Carlos Pavon and Red Bulls stars Jozy Altidore and Juan Pablo Angel each had two goals while David Beckham clocked in with a pair of assists.

Each team took 21 shots, but the Galaxy had just five on goal and scored with four of them.

“It was great, it’s the type of atmosphere we want to see in Major League Soccer,” Chris Klein, a 10-year MLS veteran told me after the game via cell phone. “The difference was not much tonight, it really wasnt. We played hard, we fought hard.”

Rookie defender Ty Harden, out of the University of Washington, didn’t get into details about what goalkeeper Joe Cannon was saying to his leaky defense during the game.

“It was so loud it was really hard to hear anything,” he said. “The difference was defending in those key areas. The difference was very small tonight. It came down to they had one more chance than we did.

And they took it.

Obviously, (do I sound like Sigi Schmid?) the Galaxy’s precarious position in the Western Conference was not helped tonight.

But what a game and what an ad for MLS.

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