Recap: Galaxy at Union

Galaxy inch closer to Shield with tight win in Philly

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CHESTER, Pa. – Edson Buddle scored his
16th goal of the season and the LA Galaxy inched closer to the
Supporters' Shield by escaping a sold-out PPL Park with a 1-0 win over a
pesky Philadelphia Union side on Thursday night.

Philadelphia weren’t intimidated by LA’s star lineup and controlled
the ball for lengthy spells from the first kick. Working through the
likes of Justin Mapp and Stefani Miglioranzi,
the Union pressured the Galaxy early.

But Los Angeles slowly began to force their way back into the game
and were able to create chances for Buddle at the top of the pitch.

In the 27th minute, the Galaxy got their breakthrough. Winning a
corner kick, LA waited for David Beckham’s impeccable delivery.

As he was showered with boos, the English midfielder did not
disappoint, sending a masterful curling ball into the area that was met by
the head of Buddle, who slotted it home at the far post to give the
visitors the 1-0 lead.

Both sides kept up the pressure until the break but neither were able
to get on the scoreboard before the sides went into the locker room at
the break.

Coming out stronger in the second half, Philadelphia again kept the
pressure on the Galaxy from the opening whistle. Landon Donovan, who was
quiet for most of the match, barely saw the ball in the second half as
the home team dominated possession.

Philadelphia created a handful of chances, but came closest to
finding an equalizer in the 73rd minute, when Sebastien Le Toux and Andrew Jacobson combined
for a nice move down the right side of the field.

As he lead Jacobson into open field down the flank, Le Toux darted
into the box in time to receive his teammate's low cross. With a cheeky
flick of his heel, the French striker directed it at Galaxy 'keeper Donovan Ricketts, who
dove to his right just in time to paw the ball wide of his goal.

The Union pressed high up the field in the match's final moments, but
couldn't crack the Galaxy's resolute back line.

The win puts Bruce Arena’s squad at 56 points and closer to the
Supporters’ Shield with the Colorado Rapids visiting The Home Depot
Center on Oct. 16.

Philadelphia will again try to play spoiler when their I-95 rivals,
the New York Red Bulls, visit that same day in the final match
at PPL Park this season.

Scoring Summary:

LA -- Edson Buddle 16 (David Beckham 1) 27

Misconduct Summary:

LA -- Michael Stephens
(caution; Reckless Foul) 77
LA -- Jovan Kirovski (caution;
Reckless Tackle) 89

Lineups:

Los Angeles Galaxy -- Donovan Ricketts, A.J. DeLaGarza, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Chris Birchall, David
Beckham (Jovan Kirovski 76), Juninho (Bryan Jordan 86), Michael Stephens (Mike Magee 89), Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan.
Substitutes
Not Used: Alex Cazumba, Chris Klein, Leonardo, Josh Saunders.

Philadelphia Union -- Brad Knighton, Sheanon Williams, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Danny Califf, Jordan Harvey, Justin Mapp (Roger Torres 82), Andrew Jacobson (Shea Salinas 73), Stefani Miglioranzi, Fred (Kyle Nakazawa 14), Danny Mwanga, Sebastien Le Toux.
Substitutes
Not Used: Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Nick Zimmerman, Chris Seitz.

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee's
Assistants:
Corey Rockwell; Greg Barkey
4th
Official:
Chris Penso
Time of Game:
1:51
Weather:

Clear and 65 degrees
Attendance:
18,779

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