The LA Galaxy (6-3-6, 24 pts.) have now gone 56 days without a defeat, managing to hold onto a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake with a first half goal by Gyasi Zardes the difference between the two sides. RSL and the Galaxy split the season series evenly 1-1-1.
Not only are the Galaxy riding an undefeated streak that goes back to May 17th, but with only three loses they're carrying the fewest loses of any MLS team. On points per match, they trail only the Sounders in the Western Conference. With thirteen goals allowed in fourteen matches, they're also carrying the lowest goals allowed total in the league.
With the goal Zardes moved to four on the season, matching his total from last season. Jaime Penedo set his MLS high for saves with six to keep the Galaxy in the match. It was Penedo's fourth clean sheet on the year.
Not only did the Galaxy continue to play without Todd Dunivant, but Omar Gonzalez sat out the match recovering from an ankle injury. Dunivant hasn't been missed since Robbie Rogers stepped in and proved a solid replacement at left back. Bruce Arena has switched around center back partners quite a bit in Gonzalez' absence, today putting DeLaGarza and Tommy Meyer together. It worked well, with DeLaGarza using his speed to be the safety net as Meyer kept the high line with the fullbacks.
The Galaxy had two cries for penalties shots, one which was awarded and both involving dribbling around Nick Rimando. LA's counter was devastating tonight, creating several goalscoring opportunities.