LA Galaxy close out preseason with 2-1 win over UCLA in Carson
CARSON, Calif. – Goals
from Juninho and Landon Donovan on either side of halftime gave the LA Galaxy a
2-1 win over UCLA in their final preseason game of the year at The Home Depot
Fielding a nearly full strength
squad, the Galaxy controlled the first half, maintaining possession and
limiting UCLA’s chances in the opening 15 minutes. LA’s first serious chance
came in the 15th minute when Juan Pablo Angel headed a David Beckham
corner kick off the crossbar. The ball bounced straight down, but did not go
over the line and was cleared from danger, keeping the game scoreless.
It would stay that way for just
seven more minutes until Juninho opened the scoring. The second-year Brazilian
midfielder hit a low, right-footed shot through a maze of bodies, beating the
UCLA keeper just inside his right post, putting the Galaxy in front 1-0.
Angel nearly doubled the lead just
three minutes later, only to see his shot from a tight angle strike the outside
of the post and deflecting out of bounds for a goal kick.
Bruce Arena named an unchanged side
at the start of the second half and just five minutes after the restart, his
team was up 2-0. Angel collected the ball 35 yards from goal and quickly played
the ball to Chad Barrett at the top of the box. Barrett settled the pass and
played a ball into the path of Landon Donovan inside the penalty area on the
left. Donovan cut in on his right foot and dribbled between two defenders
before rolling a right-footed shot inside the far post for a 2-0 lead.
WATCH: Donovan and Juninho both score goals in win
LA’s two-goal lead was short-lived
as the Bruins cut the lead to 2-1 five minutes later as a loose ball fell to
one of the UCLA forwards at the top of the box and he beat Josh Saunders from
16 yards out.
Ten minutes after their goal, the
Bruins nearly got an equalizer. Josh Saunders parried a long range shot and the
Bruins were the first to get to the rebound, only to see the follow up shot hit
Saunders’ left post before A.J. DeLaGarza was able to clear the ball from
Second half substitutes Frankie
Hejduk and Miguel Lopez each tested the UCLA defense in the game’s final 15
minutes, but neither could extend the Galaxy lead before the final whistle.
LA – Juninho
LA – Landon
Barrett, Juan Pablo Angel) 50’
UCLA – 55’
UCLA – (Yellow Card) 69’
LA – Juninho (Yellow Card) 76’
LA – Omar Gonzalez (Yellow Card) 82’
LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin (Frankie Hejduk 71’), Omar Gonzalez,
Leonardo, Todd Dunivant (A.J. DeLaGarza 61’); Chris Birchall, David Beckham,
Juninho (Michael Stephens 77’), Landon Donovan (Mike Magee 51’); Juan Pablo
Angel (Paolo Cardozo 80’), Chad
Barrett (Miguel Lopez 63’).
WATCH: Postgame reaction from Bruce Arena, Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan
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