The New York Red Bulls vs LA Galaxy ended much the way it started, with intensity that threatened to boil off the pitch. The Galaxy win 0-1, even though they were outshot 17-8. The Galaxy were the more efficient team with almost half their shots on goal (NY 5 – LA 3).
The Galaxy only had one corner all match, while the Red Bulls had six. They were also outdone in pass completion and possession. LA finished first where it mattered most, however, the scoreline.
After Mike Magee’s goal and Robbie Keane hitting the woodwork were the best chances of the first half, the Galaxy tried a few more. Landon Donovan had only the keeper to beat in the 56’, but Frank Rost was able to show off his Bundesliga skills. Mike Magee and David Beckham also had second half chances, but they were blocked on the way to the goal.
The teams will now fly back to Los Angeles, but Juninho and Rafa Marquez may not be available for the second leg. After the final whistle, Marquez threw the ball at Landon Donovan, while upset Juninho. Juninho and Marquez had to be separated by Sean Franklin, and two red cards were shown. It’s up to the MLS disciplinary committee now.