March 10, 2012; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham (23) during the first half of the game against the Real Salt Lake at The Home Depot Center. The Galaxy won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Galaxy Vs. Real Salt Lake: LA Loses Western Conference Final Rematch

The LA Galaxy lose at home for the first time since Nov. 14th 2010.

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Galaxy Vs. Real Salt Lake: Tired Legs Doom Galaxy Late, LA Loses 3-1

The LA Galaxy battled Real Salt Lake hard all game, but tired legs caught up to them and the team got run over late with the final score 3-1. It's one of the unfortunate things that can happen when a team raises a championship banner. The crowd is loud, the stadium is packed with fans still buzzing from the Cup win, and the team just lays a goose egg. The Galaxy had a 1-0 lead after Beckham found Edson Buddle in the box, but then allowed three straight goals to close out the game.

The first goal was a thing of soccer beauty. Juninho received the ball from Landon Donovan at about the middle of the attacking half. Juninho found David Beckham on the end line, and Beckham's long bendy cross was perfectly placed for Edson Buddle. Buddle had no trouble heading the ball past Nick Rimando to put the Galaxy up 1-0.

The second goal was less spectacular. To put it succinctly, the ball just sort of went in. Sean Franklin was attempting to head a Ned Grabavoy pass back to Josh Saunders, but Saunders was out of position leading to an own goal. The game was now tied 1-1 with the Galaxy responsible for both goals.

The game remained open, however, which allowed RSL to get their second goal. This one was quite legitimate as Ned Grabavoy in the box found Javier Morales who smashed it past Josh Saunders. The third RSL goal came in much the same fashion, with Fabian Espondola finding himself with the ball inside the six yard box and smashing it home.

The panic button should remain safely within it's box for now, as it's dangerous to make too much of a tired team losing it's legs late in the game. The game was open throughout, but for most of it the Galaxy were step for step offensively with RSL. CONCACAF Champions League is the more important competition, but it's obvious there are holes in the defense that need some serious work moving forward.

For more on this match, check out LAG Confidential.


LA Galaxy Vs. Real Salt Lake: TV, Kickoff Time, And More

The LA Galaxy begin their MLS season with a home match Saturday night against Real Salt Lake at Home Depot Center. Here are the relevant details of Saturday night's MLS Western Conference match:

Records: Galaxy (0-0-0); Salt Lake (0-0-0)

Location: Home Depot Center in Carson, CA

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

TV: KDOC, with Cobi Jones and Mark Rogondino; Spanish KWHY

Home, Sweet Home: The Galaxy are 6-3-1 all time against Real Salt Lake at home. Rio Tinto has been unkind to LA, where they are 1-4-4.

Series History: The Galaxy are 7-7-5 against Real Salt Lake all time. Landon Donovan (6) and Javier Morales (4) are both the leading scores, and lead in the assist category (7 and 4 respectively). The two teams have met twice in the postseason, in the 2009 MLS Cup and the 2011 MLS Western Conference Final.

For more news and notes regarding Galaxy Soccer, be sure to read LAG Confidential.


LA Galaxy Vs. Real Salt Lake: Western Conference Final Rematch Kicks Off MLS Season

Real Salt Lake are in town, after the two teams met in the Western Conference Final last season.

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