Landon Donovan gets the ball past fallen New York Red Bull Rafael Marquez (AP Photo).
The Galaxy just does enough to win on the road. Nothing spectacular. But it’s against DP-heavy New York, in front of a sellout crowd, a statement in itself.
Notable: Edson Buddle scored his MLS-best 13th goal of the season in the 10th minute and his fourth in six games since his World Cup return.
And didn’t Marquez look lost in midfield at times in his first start for New York since joining from Barcelona?
Galaxy lineup: Donovan Ricketts; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, A.J. DeLaGarza; Chris Birchall (Chris Klein 83′), Michael Stephens, Juninho (Jovan Kirovski 90′), Landon Donovan; Edson Buddle, Tristan Bowen (Mike Magee 61′)
Next for the Galaxy: San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.