Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
David Beckham returns in Galaxy tie
by Ridge Mahoney, October 19th, 2007 7AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

The introduction of David Beckham midway through the second half sent a jolt of excitement through the crowd at Home Depot Center, but while he bent a few corners and sprayed some nice balls, still the Galaxy and Red Bull New York remained tied, 1-1. Goals less than a minute apart from Troy Roberts and Jozy Altidore early in the match stood up for the remaining 75 minutes. The tie left the Galaxy needing a win Sunday against Chicago and a few breaks to reach the playoffs.

 

New York (12-11-7) finishes third in the Eastern Conference and opens a two-game Eastern Conference semifinal series Oct. 27 against New England.

By beating Chicago, LA (9-13-7) will tie it with 37 points and win the head-to-head tiebreaker, 2-0.

Kansas City already has 37 points and if it gets a point against Dallas Saturday will finish ahead of the Galaxy regardless of the Fire result.

Colorado, with 35 points, can also outdistance the Galaxy by beating Real Salt Lake. But if Kansas City loses, and the Galaxy wins, LA will beat both Chicago and the Wizards in the head-to-head tiebreakers and qualify as the eighth seed even if it finishes behind Colorado.

Landon Donovan scythed through the Red Bulls a few times and Cobi Jones, played his last regular-season home game, worked some nice combinations with Donvan and right back Chris Klein to produce chances. One low ball from Klein to the near post produced a good Pete Vagenas shot that keeper Jon Conway, who struggled through some anxious moments, palmed to safety.

Troy Roberts headed a Donovan corner kick past Conway in the 15th minute, and as the celebrations began to ebb and confetti settled on the field, Altidore nailed his ninth goal of the season from a precise Dave van den Bergh cross. Juan Pablo Angel, active but not all that incisive for most of the match, had played the ball up the left flank for van den Bergh.

Angel cut inside Roberts late in the first half and got a good look at goal but fired his shot high. Joe Cannon stopped a fierce shot from Dane Richards, and Donovan dribbled a shot wide.

Altidore glided behind the Galaxy defense in the final minutes and could have killed the playoff suspense once and for all, but he drilled his shot a yard low past the far post.

A match that could have gone either way ended up even, and extends the Galaxy quest for the final three days of the season.

Oct. 18
Los Angeles 1 New York Red Bulls 1


Goals: Roberts (Donovan, Vagenas) 15; Altidore (van den Bergh, Angel) 16.

Los Angeles -- Cannon, Klein, Jazic, Roberts, Randolph, Jones, Tudela, Vagenas (Beckham 68), Martino (Glinton 57), Donovan, Pavon (Buddle 64),

New York -- Conway, Mendes, Parke, Freeman, van den Bergh (Leitch, 46), Richards, Vide, Altidore, Stammler, Angel, John Wolyniec (Ubiparipovic, 70),

Yellow cards: Los Angeles -- Martino 54; New York -- Richards 63.

Referee: Kevin Stott

Att.: 27,000

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Familiar Western foes face off once again    
[MLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW] Only once in the past five seasons has there been an MLS Cup ...
Wright-Phillips strikes twice to knock out defending champ    
[MLS PLAYOFFS] Both of the league's two scorers came through in their head-to-head playoff meeting Thursday ...
Savarese: Raul is still hungry to achieve things    
[NASL] The New York Cosmos have signed Spanish superstar Raul. He signed a multi-year contract as ...
Complete MLS playoff schedule    
[DATEBOOK] The New York Red Bulls move into the semifinals of the Eastern Conference playoffs with ...
MLS and EPL matches draw top NBC audiences    
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] NBC set Premier League and MLS audience records for its coverage of ...
Concacaf Under-20 Championship draw    
[JAMAICA 2015] The U.S. men will kick off the 2015 Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Jamaica against ...
What They're Saying: Harry Redknapp    
"I've never read it. I don't know where you get it from. Every day someone has ...
A super solo effort from the West Bank    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] We found one of the week's most spectacular goals in Palestine, where Merkaz ...
Messi, Neymar & Mascherano shine at soccer hoops     
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Barcelona incorporated a basketball hoop into its training session and the trio of ...
LAFC investors jump on rocket ship    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] MLS introduced the owners of the new club that is scheduled to begin play ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives