Match Picks Up After Slow First Half
The first half of the match did not provide much excitement as the Islanders focused on their defense and looked to counterattack. Brian Perk had to make one good save for the Galaxy in the first half. The teams began to make substitutions around the hour mark of the match. The Galaxy brought on captain Landon Donovan for Pat Noonan in the 60th minute. Donovan is still trying to work his way back into full match fitness but provided solid energy for our side in the final half hour. Juninho came on for L.A. in the 80th minute and had one of the better scoring chances for either side shortly after he entered the match. The Islanders cranked up their pressure in response to the Galaxy's push for a late goal and the final 20 minutes saw end to end action. Joshua Hansen was a late sub for the Islanders and forced two saves from Perk in the final 20 minutes.
Group 5 Standings Update
Through three matches, the Galaxy lead Group 5 with seven points. Our side also leads Isidro Metapan by four points and has an eight-goal differential advantage. Metapan, with three points through two matches, does have two matches left to play. The draw with the Galaxy eliminated the Islanders from the group as the Puerto Rican side only has one point after three matches. The Galaxy and Metapan will close group play in a match on Oct. 25 which will likely determine which side advances.
A win against the Islanders would have almost assured that the Galaxy would be the team to advance from the group. Despite not taking full advantage of the possibilities the match offered, there are some positives for Galaxy fans to take away from the contest. Donovan looked good in his time in the match and Edson Buddle played the full 90 minutes. Jose Villarreal also showed once again that he can be a dangerous player on offense for the Galaxy.
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Stats from MLS Soccer.com
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