Fire sear cold Galaxy

Chicago Fire 1 Galaxy 1

Despite playing a man up for 70 minutes after Gonzalo Segares was sent off, the Galaxy were unable to capitalize Saturday and in the end were fortunate to escape Chicago with a draw after Omar Gonzalez scored on a header from a Landon Donovan free kick in second half stoppage time.

It was perhaps the Galaxy’s best attacking moment in a game that saw their offense grow more insipid as the 90 minutes wore on.

Landon Donovan is officially off form after failing to even hit the target with a point-blank header while wide open in the first half and also missing a penalty stemming from the Segares foul. Still, he managed his MLS-best 12th assist on the season.

It wasn’t that the Galaxy played (too) badly, they just didn’t play particularly well in a game where chippy fouls overshadowed scoring opportunities.

The soaring, dominant header by Gonzalez enabled the Galaxy to stop their losing streak at two, but they were lucky to escape Chicago with minimal damage.

The goal ended a 350-minute Galaxy scoreless streak dating back to Aug. 14.

Notable: Rookie Michael Stephens was dropped and missed his first game of the season, one of four changes Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena made to his starting lineup. Central defender Gregg Berhalter missed his third straight game, while Chris Birchall was suspended. Visa-challenged Juninho returned to LA today from his native Brazil, though.

Galaxy XI: Donovan Ricketts; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant (Mike Magee 81′); Dema Kovalenko, Jovan Kirovski, Tristan Bowen (Bryan Jordan 61′), Alex Cazumba (Eddie Lewis 71′); Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan

Game story.

Next for the Galaxy: the Columbus Crew Saturday at Home Depot Center, a game that could mark the return of David Beckham.

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  • Studs Up

    tale of 3 D’s:

    Donovan was crap.
    T Dunovent couldn’t put one accurate cross in the box.
    Donovan R cound’t cover the small half of the gaol on the free kick they scored on.

  • Inigo Montoya

    I dunno. Meh. Blah. Wasn’t as awful as the KC or SJ games.

    Workmanlike, average, whatever. Donovan was ordinary, no better than anybody else on the team aside from the perfectly placed corner that resulted in the goal. (Those kinds of corners used to be routine from him and now they’re rare.) The thumb-up to Cazumba after the missed header was embarrassing.

    I just don’t see any passion, urgency, sustained commitment, flair in the team. You don’t get the sense that they have the desire to dominate or win for each other (or us). Maybe it’s a matter of leadership.

    Columbus has caught them now and Salt Lake will shortly. If the G’s keep playing this way, they’ll slide into the playoffs and exit early, losing to a team that pulls together and wants to win. Like RSL last year in the Cup game.