In the second game of their 10 game East Coast swing, the LA Galaxy head into Toronto who are setting into BMO Field for a long home stretch, a match kicking off tonight at 5pm PST. Toronto FC are unbeaten in three matches after a 1-1 draw in San Jose last weekend. Much has been written about the Galaxy's last match in DC, where a last second penalty bailed DC United out of a loss. Toronto FC and Los Angeles have played to nil-nil draws each of their last two matches.
Landon Donovan, who took the DC United match off for health reasons, is listed as questionable for the Toronto match. He didn't fly to DC for that match, and no report has come out on whether or not he's in Toronto. Chris Birchall has served out his red card suspension and will be available against Toronto, however Jovan Kirovski earned a post-match red and will not be available. With these two red cards, the Galaxy have eclipsed their total from last season, when they only earned one red card. David Beckham is currently one yellow card away from a suspension. David Beckahm has earned a yellow card in four of the five games the Galaxy have played so far. It will take three cardless games to expunge one yellow from his record, putting him back to two away from suspension.
Not only are the Galaxy pilling up the cards, but with Charlie Davies' penalty they've given up two on the year, which eclipses last year's mark of just one penalty. Of course, way back in 2009, the Galaxy tied a club record giving up six penalties, so it's hard to pick which year is the outlier. Of more concern for the Galaxy should be the lack of goals. While it might not be time to panic, the Galaxy have only managed one goal in each of their matches this year. It's not for lack of trying, the Galaxy are outshooting their opponents 52-43, and leading shots on goal 20-18. Beckham has assists on three of the Galaxy's five goals as it seems the problem right now is finishing not creating chances.