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LA Galaxy fall to New England Revolution, 2-0

New England snapped a three-match losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Western Conference leaders Los Angeles at Gillette Stadium.

Marko Perovic handed the Revolution a deserved lead after 67 minutes by smashing his twice-taken free kick inside the far post to snap his side's 347-minute scoreless streak. Sainey Nyassi capped a fine night by grabbing the second from close range seven minutes later to send the out-of-sorts Galaxy crashing to their second defeat of the season.

Los Angeles omitted Landon Donovan from their traveling party to allow the U.S. international time to rest after his World Cup exertions. Omar Gonzalez also dropped out of the side that beat Seattle 3-1 on July 4 after incurring a one-match ban for yellow card accumulation. Leonardo and Alex Cazumba replaced the missing duo.

New England made just one injury-enforced change to a side that lost 5-0 at Real Salt Lake on July 2. Cory Gibbs suffered a left quadriceps strain earlier this week and failed to recover in time to feature. Darrius Barnes returned to the starting XI in Gibbs' place after recovering from a right foot sprain suffered in a 3-2 loss at Columbus on May 8.

The home side pressed the initiative from the opening whistle as it sought to atone for its dismal performance in Utah last weekend, but it couldn't quite find a way through the Galaxy back line in the opening stanza.

Most of the Revolution's dangerous attacking moves in the first half came through the lively Nyassi down the right flank. Nyassi created the best New England chance after 13 minutes by latching onto Joseph's through-ball and running behind the Los Angeles defense. Nyassi turned the corner, but he dished off to Perovic when Todd Dunivant recovered to close down his shooting angle. Perovic passed the ball to Chris Tierney at the back post, but the Galaxy defense recovered to charge down his shot.

After Nyassi's early thrust, neither side could quite find a way to engineer the breakthrough. Edson Buddle forced a save out of Matt Reis two minutes before the break, while Shalrie Joseph called Donovan Ricketts into action a minute later as the two sides entered the interval on level terms.

New England improved as the second half started and nearly took the lead after 51 minutes. Juninho turned the ball over carelessly in his own half to give the Revolution possession in the attacking third. Joseph lofted a ball to the back post, but Perovic couldn't direct his subsequent effort on frame from a tight angle.

Perovic did considerably better after 67 minutes as he snapped New England's scoreless drought at 347 minutes. Leonardo set the stage for the cathartic strike after he handled Perovic's initial free kick into the wall. The Serbian midfielder did considerably better with his second attempt by firing a low drive inside the far post to give the Revs a shock lead.

Nyassi collected the goal his performance deserved to seal the points seven minutes later. Los Angeles fell asleep on a Revolution throw-in deep in the attacking third. Kheli Dube corralled Seth Sinovic's toss and played a diagonal ball back to Joseph at the top of the penalty area. Joseph's ensuing shot deflected off Nyassi en route to goal and forced Ricketts to push it away. The rebound fell kindly to Nyassi and the Gambian smashed home from inside two yards for his second goal of the campaign.

Los Angeles sent numbers forward to chase the game in its dying stages, but the efforts failed as the Galaxy suffered just its second defeat of the season in comprehensive fashion.

LA Galaxy 0, at New England Revolution 2
Gillette Stadium  
Attendance: 20,155  
 
Los Angeles Galaxy (11-2-3)
New England Revolution (4-9-2)  
 
Scoring Summary:  
NE -- Marko Perovic 3 (unassisted) 67  
NE -- Sainey Nyassi (unassisted) 74  
 
Misconduct Summary:  
LA -- Tristan Bowen (caution; Reckless Foul) 43  
LA -- Juninho (caution; Reckless Tackle) 64  
NE -- Sainey Nyassi (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 88  
 
Los Angeles Galaxy -- Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, Leonardo, Gregg Berhalter, Todd Dunivant, Alex Cazumba (Chris Klein 77), Chris Birchall (Eddie Lewis 71), Juninho, Michael Stephens, Tristan Bowen (Alan Gordon 63), Edson Buddle.
Substitutes Not Used: Jovan Kirovski, Dema Kovalenko, A.J. DeLaGarza, Josh Saunders.
 
New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Emmanuel Osei (Pat Phelan 89), Darrius Barnes, Sainey Nyassi, Shalrie Joseph, Jason Griffiths (Joseph Niouky 28), Chris Tierney, Seth Sinovic, Zack Schilawski (Kheli Dube 70), Marko Perovic.
Substitutes Not Used: Kenny Mansally, Michael Videira, Bobby Shuttleworth, Tim Murray.
 
Referee: Paul Ward  
Referee's Assistants: -C.J. Morgante; Jeff Muschik  
4th Official: Jasen Anno  
Time of Game: 1:50  
Weather: Cloudy-and-75-degrees