The Los Angeles Galaxy, not satisfied with having two goals waved off in the first half, came back in the second to have one more waived off. Juan Pablo Angel came in during the 63rd minute, along with Paolo Cardozo, replacing the two forwards the Galaxy began the game with. In the 90’, Angel seemed to sneak past the last defender to knock in a David Beckham cross, but he was called offside. This waved off goal will stand with a Mike Magee strike called offside and a controversial call when Matt Reis was bailed for dropping the ball.
The conditions were hairy at best out there. Juan Pablo had trouble finding his footing in the box, David Beckham’s crosses were having trouble beating the wing let alone the first man, and many challenges were highlighted by a grand splash. Despite it all, the Galaxy managed 7 shots on goal, though five of those were in the first half. The Revolution only managed one shot on goal the entire game, the header from Shalrie Joseph on a Marko Perovic cross. Their game plan was set from that moment, play as many men back as possible. It’s hard to blame the Revs for playing so conservatively, with just how soaked the pitch was.
Juninho’s goal was his second of the year, as the young Brazilian continues to show improvement week after week. Conversely, the forward pair of Chad Barrett and Mike Magee still hasn’t produced a goal two games in. Chad Barrett did manage a shot on goal, but from outside the box. Paolo Cardozo’s first shot showed his youthfulness, looking a bit overwhelmed in the half hour he spent on the rain soaked pitch.
The Galaxy’s next match is away against Real Salt Lake. The team will be without Landon Donovan, as he has been called up for National Team duty. Omar Gonzalez, who wasn’t on the roster tonight, also was not called up for the March friendlies.