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MLS Cup 2011: LA Galaxy Vs. Houston Dynamo Slow Start To Match

The MLS Cup match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo has seen a lot of Galaxy possession, and some nice passing, but sloppy play. As a result, this match now has the distinction of being the first MLS Cup final in which neither team placed a shot on goal in the first thirty minutes, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Adam Cristman has taken three shots for the Galaxy, but all of them have been off target. 

The first two both came from David Beckham crosses, and all things being equal should have been converted. Cristman got up high enough to make two headed attempts on goal without a man marking him, but couldn't even hit the woodwork. There was a third shot where Cristman had the ball right in front of goal and couldn't even get a proper touch on it. Chad Barrett's presence has been missed. 

Also according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Galaxy have scored an average of 1.66 goals per 90 mins with Beckham on the pitch during his first five seasons. It's safe to say Beckham is giving it everything he can, but the finishing just isn't there right now.