Halftime: Galaxy-AC St. Louis

Galaxy 0 AC St. Louis 0

Considering AC St. Louis’ lowly league position the Division II team have given a fairly good account of themselves against the MLS leaders.

AC is playing a five-man midfield with a lone front-runner and that’s clogging up the middle for the Galaxy who have been reduced to mainly long range shots. For some reason they are not stretching St. Louis sufficiently and getting the ball out wide to Chris Klein on the right or Eddie Lewis on the left because once you get past their packed midfield St. Louis looks vulnerable.

Also striker Tristan Bowen apparently has license to roam all over the place sometimes playing deep, sometimes out wide left, which has made him a little hard to find.

Clint Mathis and AC’s Gauchino exchanged shots in the opening five minutes of the first half, the opposition’s effort requiring Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders to dive at full stretch to cover the shot.

Mathis also sent a shot zinging over the bar from about 35 yards in the 11th minute when Klein intelligently pulled the ball back from his wide position to find the veteran.

Eddie Lewis had a pretty curling cross in the 28th minute Alan Gordon met with his head but saw sail just over the bar.

In all the Galaxy have had seven shots to AC’s four, each team getting just a lone attempt on target.

Incidentally, Chivas USA are up by one in Fullerton at the half, Jesus Padilla scoring against Austin Aztex.

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