Galaxy and Chivas USA play to 0-0 draw
The LA Galaxy remained unbeaten in the preseason thanks to a 0-0 draw
with Chivas USA this afternoon at The Home Depot Center. All 11 starters
played the full 90 minutes for the Galaxy, who had the better of the
chances for a majority of the match but nearly suffered their first loss
of the preseason when Justin Braun got behind the LA defense in the
88th minute, only for Todd Dunivant to clear the ball off the line and
keep the game scoreless.
Mike Magee and Bryan Jordan started up front for the Galaxy and the pair
created a couple of solid chances in a physical opening 45 minutes, but
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was equal on each occasion to keep
the games scoreless at the break.
LA continued to mount pressure after the break with Jordan nearly
capitalizing on an errant backpass, only to see his off balance shot
saved once again. Yohance Marshall and Todd Dunivant each had
opportunities to put the Galaxy in front off set pieces, but each saw
their headers narrowly miss.
With just under 20 minutes left, Michael Stephens played an angled ball
through for Magee, whose right-footed shot beat Kennedy but went just
wide of the right post after he had been closed down by Chivas USA
defender Emilio Viades.
As the game drew to a close, Chivas USA came close to grabbing a winner
with Braun firing high over the crossbar from just outside the box with
five minutes left on the click. Three minutes later, Dunivant was
pressed into action when he raced back to clear away Justin Braun's late
effort and assure a 0-0 finish.
LA is now 4-0-3 in the 2010 preseason, including a 2-0-2 mark against
Galaxy Lineup: Saunders; Dunivant, Leonardo, Marshall, DeLaGarza;
Birchall, Lewis, Stephens, Klein; Magee, Jordan.