For a long stretch of the match, it didn't look like our side was going to pull any points away from the effort at Olympic Stadium on a horrendous artificial turf pitch. Both teams had trouble passing the ball, but one misjudgment of a long pass from the defensive half got the Impact on the scoreboard first. In the 8th minute, Impact defender Nelson Rivas hit a hopeful ball from deep in his own half that cleared the head of his intended target. Montreal's captain Davy Arnaud didn't give up on the play and was easily by the last Galaxy defender Dan Keat. Arnaud had a free run at the goal and chipped over charging Galaxy keeper Brian Perk.
Our side had more fire in the second half. Former Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was up to the task early and stopped Landon Donovan from the top of the area on a blistering shot on goal. Donovan would get stopped from point blank range later on in the half, but David Beckham would first tie the match with a fantastic free kick. Beckham curled his kick inside the post and past a leaping Ricketts in the 62nd minute. Ricketts would stay hot as the match came to close and denied the rest of our side's chances on net.
Before the match was played I didn't anticipate a win. The Galaxy played too timid in the first half and had enough chances to win the match in the second half but couldn't beat Ricketts, who I consider to be the league's best goalkeeper. Our side did pick up a vital point in the standings through the will of Beckham, who had a match reminiscent of playoff matches in which he carried the Galaxy in 2011.
The Galaxy will now travel to the White House to meet President Obama on May 15 before returning to Los Angeles for the SuperClasico against Chivas USA on May 19.
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