Now the Galaxy must win in Chicago Sunday to make the playoffs.
But even then they may not make it; if Kansas gets at least a point and Colorado wins Saturday the Galaxy are out.
The Galaxy failed to apply the finishing touch despite having a succession of (mainly poor) corners taken by Beckham in the second half.
Jozy Altidore could have ended the Galaxy’s season in the 91st minute when he broke through and sent a 10-yard shot whistling past the far post.
Both teams picked up the attacking tempo in the second half as the game turned into a more wide open affair, but neither team – and in particular likely MLS MVP Juan Pablo Angel – could score the crucial goal.
Tonight’s capacity crowd meant the Galaxy averaged 24,252 at the HDC this year, the biggest per game turnout since the inaugural year of 1996.
Kyle Martino’s yellow card means he misses Sunday’s game because of an accumulation of disciplinary points.
It took the Galaxy 25 minutes to open the locker room to the media, despite the prominent sign outside that reads “Media access 10 minutes after game by order of Commissioner Don Garber.”
“It’s just a sign,” said David Beltran, one of the Galaxy’s three media relations types.
Beckham didn’t deign to speak to reporters despite playing his first game for seven weeks.
Cobi Jones, however, was gracious and clearly emotional about playing for the last time with the Galaxy at the HDC.
“It was a pretty touching (pre-game) ceremony they put on,” he said. “I don’t have any torches or anything to pass. It’s the nature of sports that players come and go and the team stays.”
Jones said he didn’t exactly know what he would do in retirement, but would like some sort of ambassador’s role if possible.
“One of my goals is to give back to the game,” he said.
“Cobi means a lot to this city, to this club and this league,” Coach Frank Yallop said. “It was fitting he played 90 minutes. He’s been one of the best American players to play the game.”
Yallop conceded he’ll be glued to the Internet Saturday looking for updates of other games, while Landon Donovan said he and Joe Cannon, who room together on the road, will probably do the same.
The game story is here.
Highlights are here.