[MLS] Landon Donovan
made his first preseason appearance for the Galaxy since returning from his loan to Bayern
Munich and helped create his team's goal in a 1-1 tie with Chicago in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday.
Donovan's corner kick in the fourth minute yielded a partial clearance as far as the top
of the penalty area, where midfielder Josh Tudela
corralled it and lashed it into the top corner. Chicago equalized in the 30th minute when Patrick Nyarko
crossed from the right-wing corner to Marco Pappa
, who controlled the ball with his first touch and scored
with the second.
In the second half, Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts
saved a diving header by Brian McBride
who also set up a half-chance for Cuauhtemoc Blanc
o that the Galaxy defense scrambled out of danger.
Both teams used only four substitutes in their
final preseason tune-up. Donovan played the entire 90 minutes. The Fire opens the 2009 season Saturday in Dallas. Los Angeles hosts D.C. United on Sunday. March 14 in Tempe, Ariz. Dallas 1 Los Angeles 1.
Goals: Pappa (Nyarko) 30; Tudela 4. Chicago
Busch (Noble, 60), Segares, Robinson, Soumare, Ward, Mapp (Blanco, 61), Conde, Pause, Pappa (Banner, 76), McBride, Nyarko (Dimitrov, 86). Los
Ricketts (Saunders, 63), Franklin (Marshall, 86), Gonzalez, Sanneh, DeLaGarza, Klein, Tudela, Kovalenko, Magee (Patterson, 64), Kirovski (Jordan 75), Donovan.