Final: Toronto at Galaxy

Galaxy 0 Toronto 0

Somehow it figures the league’s hottest team would allow their sub-.500 opponent (coming into the game) their first road point of the season.

At times watching Toronto (4-4) defend tonight was like watching Chivas USA last season; all the typical Preki-coached elements were all there – the resilient, tenacious bend but don’t break defense, – with the counter-attacking Chad Barrett a pest all night for the Galaxy.

For their part the Galaxy (7-0-2) kept their opponent scoreless for the seventh time in nine games, but Edson Buddle also failed to score for the third straight game before heading with Landon Donovan to the U.S.pre-World Cup camp.

Buddle looked dangerous though, beating defender Adrian Cann to the ball and getting on the end of a Donovan cross from all of three yards in the 66th minute that hit the post and then forcing Stefan Frei into a fine save eight minutes after that with a 25-yard shot.

Toronto finished a man down after defender Maksim Usanov earned a second yellow after throwing an ill-advised body check on an advancing Donovan. Mike Magee got open from the resulting free kick, but failed to squeeze home a shot from eight yards.

The Galaxy will feel they they should have found the winner, but a gutsy Toronto performance earned Preki’s lads a point.

Buddle and Donovan were honored after the game with a brief ceremony before heading to Princeton Sunday.

More later.

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