LA Galaxy 0, Kansas City Wizards 0
Saturday, April 24, 2010
CommunityAmerica Ballpark — Kansas City, Mo.
LA – Juninho (Yellow Card) 35’
LA – Chris Birchall (Yellow Card) 58’
KC – Davy Arnaud (Yellow Card) 74’
LA – Edson Buddle (Yellow Card) 94+
LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts; Todd Dunivant, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza; Chris Birchall (Jovan Kirovski 68’), Mike Magee (Alan Gordon 82’), Juninho (Chris Klein 75’), Michael Stephens; Landon Donovan©, Edson Buddle.
Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Alex Cazumba, Bryan Jordan, Tristan Bowen.
Kansas City Wizards: Jimmy Nielsen; Roger Espinoza, Pablo Escobar (Aaron Hohlbein 69’), Matt Besler, Michael Harrington; Jack Jewsbury, Stephane Auvray, Ryan Smith, Davy Arnaud©, Josh Wolff (Chance Myers 80’); Kei Kamara (Birahim Diop 82’).
Subs Not Used: Eric Kronberg, Santiago Hirsig, Craig Rocastle, Teal Bunbury.
• With the draw, the Galaxy are now 4-0-1 on the season, giving them 13 points. They remain alone in first place in the Western Conference, three points ahead of second place Colorado, who defeated New England 2-1 earlier in the day.
• Bruce Arena made one change to the team that defeated Real Salt Lake last Saturday at The Home Depot Center. Gregg Berhalter made his first appearance of the season for the Galaxy, replacing the injured Sean Franklin. Berhalter played in central defense, moving A.J. DeLaGarza to right back where he spent most of the 2009 season.
• In addition to Franklin, the Galaxy were also without Dema Kovalenko, Leonardo, Eddie Lewis and Clint Mathis who all missed the game because of injury.
• For the first time this season, the Galaxy did not score in the first half.
• The Galaxy recorded a shutout for the fourth time in five games this season.
• Donovan Ricketts made a season-high six saves on the night.
• The Galaxy allowed a season-high six shots on goal. They had not allowed more than three shots on goal in any of their first four games of the season.
• Tonight’s game was the Galaxy’s first 0-0 draw since October 18, 2009 when they played to a 0-0 draw at Houston.
• Chris Klein made his 2010 debut, replacing Juninho in the 75th minute.
• Edson Buddle did not score in the game, snapping his streak of four consecutive games with a goal.
• Buddle remains the only player on the Galaxy with a goal this season.
• The attendance for today’s game was 10,045.
• The Galaxy are back in action next Saturday night when they host the expansion Philadelphia Union for the first time ever at The Home Depot Center. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on FOX Sports West starting with the Galaxy Live pregame show at 7 p.m. AM 570 and ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM will broadcast the game live on the radio in English and Spanish respectively, starting with their pregame shows at 7 p.m.
LA GALAXY HEAD COACH BRUCE ARENA
On the game
"It was a very ugly game in a difficult venue. No surprise that it was going to look like that. I think the conditions were magnified (because of the field). It was a difficult, ugly game. We knew that coming in, and we knew that when you leave."
On the play of Donovan Ricketts in goal
"Donovan (Ricketts) had a good night. He had a couple shots that he did a good job not giving up a rebound. He was in a good position to do well there. It was apparent that it was going to be a low scoring game, a one-goal game. Unfortunately we weren't able to finish it off. We were fortunate, obviously, in the first half that there was a player with a handball with the goal. That's the kind of game we anticipated it was going to be here."
LA GALAXY FORWARD LANDON DONOVAN
On the game
"I thought we played okay. We're disappointed a little bit in ourselves because we know we can play better."
On his opportunity late in the second half
"I got a good clearance. Someone cleared the ball well and did a great job putting the ball in position and I couldn't quite pull away from the defenders."
LA GALAXY DEFENDER GREGG BERHALTER
On his season debut
"I glad to get back with the team. I've been out for a while. You always have to worry about your fitness in the first game and getting a result. Our team has won four games in a row, but I think holding on for a tie is a positive. We got on the road, and we got a point. It was good that we didn't give up any goals."
On the handball negating a goal for Kansas City
"It was unbelievable. It was one of the most unbelievable things I've seen in soccer. It was unfortunate for Kamara but it was a handball and credit the linesman for seeing it."