The fans – 60,860 in all, a record attendance for a professional soccer match in Montreal – came to see David Beckham ply his trade at the Stade Olympique. The Englishman’s curling free kick in the 62nd minute canceled out the Montreal Impact’s eighth-minute strike from captain Davy Arnaud as the LA Galaxy snatched a 1-1 draw on the road on Saturday.
FINAL SCORE: Montreal Impact 1, LA Galaxy 1
- With the draw, the Galaxy are now 3-5-2 on the season for 11 points. They remain in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, one point behind FC Dallas and two points ahead of Chivas USA.
- Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made four changes to the team that lost 1-0 at home to New York last Saturday. Brian Perk, Dan Keat and Kyle Nakazawa all made their first starts of the season while Michael Stephens returned to the starting lineup for the first time since April 7. They replaced Bill Gaudette, Tommy Meyer, Mike Magee and Edson Buddle. Gaudette, Meyer and Magee all began the game on the bench while Buddle did not dress because of a right adductor strain
LA GALAXY HEAD COACH BRUCE ARENA
About Donovan Ricketts...
Donovan made the difference in the game today for Montreal. He had a couple of excellent saves, positioned them to get a point and maybe win the game. He was outstanding. He was a very important part of our success over the last three years and we certainly didn’t want to lose him. We had to make some moves and unfortunately we lost the best goalkeeper in the league.
LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER DAVID BECKHAM
About the game...
We’re disappointed not to have the three points. In the second half, we created so many chances. I knew once we got the first goal, our confidence would grow up. At first, we played with not enough belief, but in the second half we came in and showed the character that we have and created a lot of chances.
LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER LANDON DONOVAN
About the Galaxy’s play...
We wanted to keep being aggressive in the second half. Too often it’s been our story this year. We played well enough to win, but haven’t. We have to stop making some mistakes, but the attitude and the effort is really good and you can’t fault anyone for that.