The tale of the first half is the legend of the sleeping first place team. The Galaxy didn’t manage a shot on goal the entire half, and didn’t manage a shot after the 19’. In the 7’ Juninho went wide left, and in the 19’ Edson Buddle met with a brilliant Beckham cross, but it was deflected wide right.
Meanwhile New York looked ready to go for this match. Ricketts had to make his first save in the 14’, grabbing Mehdi Ballouchy’s second shot of the match. Joel Lindpere also has two shots so far, his first just missing the right post in a shot Ricketts had no play on, his second going off the left post and bouncing back into play, right onto the foot of Dane Richards who put the ball easily in the back of the net.
Ricketts has stopped as much as he’s saved, but the Galaxy will need stronger play in the back, and better finishes off balls played in if they want to turn this one around in the second half.