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Galaxy Come Back Strong, Knock Off Dallas

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The team performance between Wednesday and Tonight was night and day. Bruce Arena sat Juan Pablo Angel on the bench in order to bring more energy to the Galaxy attack and it showed. Omar Gonzalez, Mike Magee, and Juninho all put the ball in the back of the net off of set pieces, as David Beckham's service carried the day. Still those restarts wouldn't have happened without terribly agressive play from both teams, which resulted in a shockingly high thirty four fouls. 

The first goal is recorded as unassisted, but Omar Gonzalez didn't create that goal by himself. David Beckham hit a free kick into the box that Kevin Hartman went to punch away, but fell over his own defender, George John. The ball bounced up to Gonzalez whose ghost-face nudged it into the back of the net. Of course, this was the equalizer. Credit has to be given to Marvin Chavez. His screamer from outside the left corer of the box was a beautiful goal to watch.

The Galaxy got to come out of the game at half time looking for the go ahead goal instead of chasing the game, and it really paid off. Juninho got a playground goal as Gregg Berhalter kept Beckham's free kick in play, and the ball just rolled to his feet. The daisy clipper snipped the woodwork before rolling in.

Then there was Mike Magee's effort, which was really just him being there at the right time. He barely had to jump as Beckham's corner kick came right to him.

Notes:

 

  • David Beckham tied Brad Davis for the assist lead in MLS with his two assists tonight. 
  • FC Dallas did not have a shot on goal in the second half, after three in the first.
  • There were no corner kicks in the first half for either team.
  • Omar Gonzalez now has more goals in his LA Galaxy career than Juan Pablo Angel has in his.

 

Upcoming Match:

The Galaxy get some time off now. Landon Donovan joins the national team as Wednesday is a FIFA international match day and the USMNT is hosting Mexico. There is no match Saturday. Then the Wednesday after next, the Galaxy host their first Champion's League match, welcoming Motagua. Then the California Classico the Saturday after that.

Attendance: 21, 546

Time of game: 1:53

Galaxy Record: 13-3-9 (48 pts.)

Dallas Record: 12-6-6 (42 pts.)