Final: Galaxy 1 New England Revolution 1
Full-blooded: New England Revolution forward Zack Schilawski, middle, battles Los Angeles Galaxy defender Leonardo, left, and midfielder Chris Birchall for the ball during the first half (AP Photo).
It was pretty much all Galaxy for the last 20-25 minutes of the game, but with New England content on packing their half of the field and obviously happy with a point on the road, the increasingly waterlogged field made it difficult for the Galaxy to get any clear-cut chances.
The Galaxy thought they had the winner in the second minute of stoppage time. But replays showed Juan Pablo Angel was clearly offside as Beckham crossed the ball and despite the vocal disagreement from the ACB and Riot Squad it was a good decision even if three disallowed goals in one game is difficult to stomach.
More later (and the rain is now coming down in sheets as the game ends).
Juan Pablo Angel and Paolo Cardozo have come on in the 63rd minute to make their Galaxy debuts in place of Chad Barrett and Mike Magee. Angel got a huge roar from this larger than expected crowd; full credit to them for hanging around because the rain is still coming down and it’s getting colder.
The second spectacular Juninho goal in as many games has brought the Galaxy level in the 39th minute. A period of sustained Galaxy pressure should have resulted a routine clearance by Revs’ defender A.J. Soares, but he gave it straight to a lurking Juninho on the outside of the 18-yard box who had plenty of time to absolutely smash it into the net, giving Reis no chance. It’s the third straight regular season game that Juninho has scored.
The Galaxy just had a second goal disallowed within seven minutes. Offside was the call after Mike McGee put the ball in the back of the net in the 23rd minute from close range.
The Galaxy just had a 16th minute goal by Juninho called back because of an alleged foul on goalkeeper Matt Reis by Mike Magee. The referee is saying that’s why Reis dropped the Beckham cross before it fell in front of Juninho from just five yards out, I guess.
But a colleague who just caught the replay, says McGee didn’t touch him.
Two early goals in two days here in Carson.
An unmarked Joseph just opened the scoring after just 2:32 off a Marko Perovic corner. Leonardo was closest observed a colleague.
At least the Galaxy held out longer than Chivas USA did last night, which let in a goal at the 1:42 mark,
If you are here in Carson wearing a free blue poncho, sitting in the torrential rain that’s coming down sideways, I salute you.
Because it’s blustery and chilly even in the covered press box, a steaming cup of coffee by my side.
I can’t remember worse weather on a Galaxy opening day although other old-timers say the rain was worse at MLS Cup in 1996 in Boston.
It looks like Omar Gonzalez and Donovan Ricketts have all volunteered to make the halftime pot of tea and will stay warm in the locker room. Juan Pablo Angel is on the bench.
It is in fact the exact same starting lineup for the Galaxy that won 1-0 in Seattle Tuesday; the only change on the bench is Angel for Migel Lopez.
Here’s Arena’s lineup: Saunders; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Dunivant; Birchall, Beckham, Juninho, Donovan; Barrett, Magee
Subs: Perk, Hejduk, Stephens, Kirovski, Cardozo, Angel, Jordan.
The Revolution have former Galaxy goalkeeper Matt Reis in between the posts; Shalrie Joseph is in midfield after missing the corresponding fixture last year.
Here’s the Revs’ XI:Matt Reis-Darrius Barnes, Franco Coria, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney-Zak Boggs, Shalrie Joseph, Stephen McCarthy, Pat Phelen-Marko Perovic, Zach Schilawski.
Just for fun, here’s the starting Galaxy lineup against the Revolution in last year’s Galaxy home opener: Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant, Mike Magee, Dema Kovalenko, Juninho, Eddie Lewis, Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan.
There are only three players on the field for New England who played in last year’s game against the Galaxy in Carson just so you get an idea of the changes the Revs have seen: Preston Burpo, Kevin Alston, Cory Gibbs, Emmanuel Osei, Seth Sinovic, Sainey Naissi, Pat Phelan, Joseph Niouky, Chris Tierney, Kheli Dube, Zack Schilawski.
The game is live on Galavision.
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“It’s 57 (degrees),” the reporter next to me just said, “Blank this blank.”
We’re not used to this weather in Southern California.