After a lot of hubbub, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders played a 0-0 draw that always felt like a draw. Kasey Keller was called on to make one good save, but Brian Perk made several in his Galaxy debut. Certainly saving Fredy Montero's penalty for his first save, only the second goalkeeper in MLS history to do so, endured him to the fans.
The early story of the game was simple. Fredy Montero did some things. Fredy Montero kicked AJ DeLaGarza in the head in the thirteenth minute. Fredy Montero took a penalty, after Omar Gonzalez stuck his arm out on a shot by Fredy Montero. Brian Perk saved Montero's penalty, sending the sellout crowd into raptures. AJ DeLaGarza collapsed from a concussion suffered when Fredy Montero kicked him in the head.
Of course, you can't build a game story around one man. the first half supporting cast all played their roles to perfection. Landon Donovan did enough to carve up Seattle for a chance, and Mike Magee couldn't finish. Magee gave up the ball too much and tried the goodwill given to him for his performance against San Jose. Juan Pablo Angel still proved unable to finish easy opportunities.
Things picked up in the second half, though the match still crawled along without a goal. Juninho had the Galaxy's best shot of the night, a strike from just inside the box that was barely saved by Kasey Keller. Coincidentally, Bruce Arena chose that moment to send David Beckham in, much to the delight of the crowd. Beckham's corner kick didn't result in a goal, but the Galaxy looked sharper almost instantly.
The injury bug struck again after Beckham came in, with Omar Gonzalez leaving he match clutching the left side of his back.