The Los Angeles Galaxy got goals on either side of halftime from Edson Buddle
and Jovan Kirovski
and beat Japanese club Oita Trinita, 2-0, Wednesday night before a slim crowd of 5,624 at the Home Depot Center to advance to Saturday's
championship against South Korea's Suwon Samsung Bluewings.
The Galaxy was, of course, missing loan stars David Beckham
and Landon Beckham
but also had to play without recently signed goalie Donovan Ricketts
, who has been nursing a hamstring
But newcomers Tony Sanneh
and Omar Gonzalez
put in solid efforts in front of goalie Josh Wicks
to earn the shutout for the Galaxy, MLS's worst defensive team in 2008.
A minute before halftime, Buddle scored after a Oita defender failed to
control a pass, allowing the Galaxy striker a breakaway attempt, which he put away confidently.
Eight minutes into the second half, Sanneh was held Trinita's Roberto De Figueiredo
in the penalty area, and Kirovski put the resulting penalty kick away.
Suwon, the reigning K-League champion, defeated China's Shandong Luneng Taishan
FC, 1-0, in the opening game on a late goal by Cho Yong Tae