Halftime: Islanders at Galaxy

Galaxy 0 Puerto Rico Islanders 2

The Galaxy fell further behind when former D.C. United striker Nicholas Addlery got in behind a static Gregg Berhalter and finished off a Scott Jones cross from about seven yards out right on 45 minutes.

The Galaxy will only have themselves to blame if they go to Puerto Rico next week facing a two-goal deficit.

A lack of midfield creativity saw Coach Bruce Arena yank defender A.J. DeLagarza off six minutes before the half ended in favor of rookie Michael Stephens.

But really the Galaxy have also squandered shots – an unmarked Sean Franklin wastefully failing to even hit the target with a blast over the bar, for instance, and Alan Gordon yet again showing he has all the finesse of a new-born calf by not getting a foot off a Landon Donovan cross that went right to him in front of the net.

Key stat: the Galaxy outshot the Islanders 11-6, but Puerto Rico had five shots on target to three for the Galaxy.

Poor stuff, frankly, and now the Islanders will undoubtedly pack the half for the final 45 minutes.

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