Galaxy 1 Revolution 0
The second 45 minutes was quieter than the first, but the Galaxy again had the better of the game and for the most part cantered home comfortably to win a season opener for the first time since 2004.
Buddle tested Preston Burpo in the 79th minute, the goalkeeper needing to tip the ball around the post to prevent a second goal, while Omar Gonzalez had a stong header repulsed by Burpo in the 82nd minute.
Donovan had a couple of forays forward that left the Revolution’s defense at sixes and sevens, but the Galaxy was unable to find the second goal that would have put this one well beyond the Revs’ reach.
Still, the Galaxy did what they needed to do to win, while playing comfortably within themselves. A good start to the season for Ricketts who had nine shutouts last season and wasted no time notching another at the outset of this one.