Galaxy-Real Salt Lake wrap

Galaxy 2 Real Salt Lake 1

i-d50f9eb7f2a9111b29b5fb7922c97ea5-ldrussellrobbie.jpgLandon Donovan and the Galaxy were flying Saturday over Robbie Russell and RSL at some points (AP Photo).

Phil Collin filed this game story.

Notable: Buddle has scored multiple goals in each of the Galaxy’s last three games, the first player to do so since Landon Donovan, who scored seven goals in three games in April 2008.

Quotable: Bruce Arena joked at the outset of the post-game news conference that he was surprised the first question wasn’t something along the lines of “is he worried only one player is scoring?” So I asked that.

“We have problems what can I say, we’ll try to work through it,” he said.

i-7e0028f14b12e8cf751d840eec5ee874-rickettsbeckermangoal.jpgGalaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who looked uncharacteristically off tonight on several occasions, failed to smother Kyle Beckerman’s shot for the sole RSL goal just before halftime (AP Photo).

Galaxy lineup: Donovan Ricketts; Todd Dunivant, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin (Bryan Jordan 43′); Chris Birchall, Mike Magee (Alex Cazumba 69′), Juninho (Alan Gordon 81′), Michael Stephens; Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle.

Attendance: 20,334

The Utah perspective.

Is it too early for a league table? Nah.

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  • Kingsnake

    I was surprised — though given MLS “reffing” I should not be — that Jordan was not given a straight red for his awful first “tackle”. At least a caution? Nope. Then when he got cautioned for his second awful tackle, if Geiger had done his job with the first one, Jordan would have been off for two yellows.

    Hopefully Franklin is alright …

  • Studs Up

    Great game by both teams. This was a more Clasico than the Goats game in the last home stand. Credit Salt Lake for a good performance having had the challenges they faced. But LA throw out a make shift line-up as well. Love AJ and I know he partnered with Omar in the middle at Marlyland but he is no Leonardo who was sorely missed. Landycakes hasn’t quite put everything together in a game yet. His in-play passing is not sharp at all but he’s dishing up some lovely balls in the box for the gang. Birchall was tireless in the game and partnered well with Juninho. Stephens was okay in his first start. I like his potential, fairly calm on the ball which allows him to see more options than most American rookies coming in to the league.

    Ricketts was not sharp at all. BJ was entertaining with his helter-skelter style. I had suggested a long ago that he be turned into an outside back and Bruce was forced to oblige last night. Two questions for Aena: why take so long to send in a sub for Franklin (Beckerman scored with LA short a man) and why bring in Gordon and leave him up-field with Buddle when the defense was getting hammered and Berhalter was available?

    Like the depth of the team this year. It should help us once the Open Cup and Champions League games start.

  • soccer fan

    vincent queano is a soccer fan

  • Inigo Montoya

    Fun game to watch. A bit of luck to get 3 points. Beckerman hit the post when it was 1-1, and an RSL lead would have changed this game completely.

    RSL’s work-rate was impressive, especially given that they had played Wednesday. They rarely let the Galaxy possess the ball easily. Still, the G’s are moving the ball better under pressure game by game, and they pressed RSL as well.

    Two big RSL lapses led to the Galaxy goals, tho: Borchers broke the wrong way on the 12th minute corner, leaving Buddle alone to boost himself off of Magee and head the ball in. Buddle was also alone in the gap to receive and strike on his second goal.

    A good team punishes mistakes, like Buddle did and like Beckerman did with his goal when the G’s left him alone at the top of the D.