Galaxy outmans Crew

Columbus Crew 0 Galaxy 2

When I was in elementary school in England a teacher wrote in my report card something to the effect that Nicholas determines the minimum amount of work needed to get the job done.

And does it. Successfully.

I bet the Galaxy can relate.

In a battle of the final two unbeaten MLS teams the Galaxy had three shots. They scored on two. It has been like that all season.

From the Galaxy:

The shutout was the Galaxy’s fifth straight and ninth in 11 games this season. The Galaxy have not allowed a goal in the last 456 minutes of play dating back to May 1.

Economical. Successful. How can you argue?

Game story

Rookie Michael Stephens’ opening goal was a treat. And in case you were wondering, Alan Gordon was out injured.

Van Nuys’ Tristan Bowen acquitted himself well in his second MLS start.

Brazilian Juninho missed the game due to a death in the family back in Brazil.

Galaxy lineup: Donovan Ricketts; Todd Dunivant, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza; Michael Stephens, Chris Birchall (Bryan Jordan 83′), Jovan Kirovski, Sean Franklin (Chris Klein 83′); Tristan Bowen, Mike Magee (Clint Mathis 65′).

The Columbus perspective

MLS standings

Next: Houston Dynamo Saturday at Home Depot Center.

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  • Studs Up

    It’s a first game of the season that LA was totally muscled but somehow hung on to win. Got give them credit for a great defensive stand but why in hell did Bruce wait so long to make his last substitutions. I was screaming at him to take Bowen out who din’t have anything left in the tank for all the running he did but I’m glad he didn’t listen. Oh, to be young and 18/19 again.

    Michael Stephens is growing in stature with every game. He could make it three rookies of the year in a row for LA, ala Dodgers in the 80’s.

  • Inigo Montoya

    Minutes 60-75 were some of the ugliest stuff I’ve seen from the Galaxy in a long time. They looked disorganized and nearly panicked. Amazing that nothing went in for the Crew.

    OTOH, Stephens’ discipline as the ball come back down for his volley was a sight for sore eyes. The strike was technical perfection.

    Too bad the camera was scanning the crowd when Chris Klein got the ball for the second goal. I never did figure out what happened. Smart attack, tho, just as I’d expect from Klein, and a perfect run by the exhausted Bowen. I thought Bowen would collapse before the final whistle…