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Dirty Tackle

DTotD: Annoy the goalkeeper, get an elbow to the face

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Though it ended in a scoreless draw, Saturday's match against San Jose proved to be an eventful one for LA Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee. When first choice keeper Donovan Ricketts left the match in the 23rd minute with an injury and backup goalkeeper Josh Saunders was shown a straight red for throwing an elbow at Steven Lenhart just before halftime, Magee put on the goalkeeper gloves and maintained a clean sheet for the final 47 minutes of the game (highlights here).

As for the red card on Saunders, you might be inclined to forgive his attempt to connect with an elbow to the face after seeing how annoying Lenhart was being with his headbutts and attempts to get a cheap goal, which earned the San Jose striker a yellow for his efforts.

After the game, even Magee wondered why he volunteered to take over (via ESPN):

"I have no idea why I nominated myself," Magee said. "When I first went in there, I wasn't nervous at all. I only thought I had to make it 10 minutes, and then we'd have a great plan at halftime where I'd be back on the field. Then we got back in (the locker room), and it started hitting me that I was going back in goal. That was pretty nerve-wracking."

Yet, he overcame those wracked nerves and now Spurs might have just found their next goalkeeper.

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