Halftime: Toronto at Galaxy

Galaxy 1 Toronto 0

Better from the Galaxy this week (could it get any worse?) helped considerably by a brittle-looking Toronto defense.

David Beckham could have had a second goal just before the break, a Julian de Guzman headed clearance of an Eddie Lewis cross falling perfectly for Becks about 22 yards out. He sent a slashing shot pinging off the foot of the far post with the goalkeeper beaten.

Becks also saw a free kick almost sneak in at the near post in the 25th minute

The Galaxy have also looked vulnerable at the back on occasion too, notably when de Guzman sent Ali Gerba through. Gerba’s slight touch from seven yards out required a sprawling Donovan Rickets to get a foot on it to deny the goal.

Chris Klein is out warming up, BTW, so it looks like he’ll come on at the half. One press box colleague believes it’s Chris Birchall who will come off, so we’ll see. (Updated: Klein came in for Eddie Lewis, who has a left ankle sprain).

Key stat: one shot for Toronto in the first half.

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