On October 6, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake played an entertaining match. Although Robbie Keane scored first, it was Fabian Espíndola's brace that allowed RSL to take a strong hold on the second place spot in the West. The Galaxy came out piping hot but couldn't finish some of their chances. Here are my thoughts on the match.
In the 17th minute, Keane notched his 15th goal of the season. Personally, I thought it was his finest of the year. After Juninho sent in a pinpoint cross, the Irish international timed the ball and then unleashed a powerful volley towards the goal.
Espindola Scores Twice in Three Minutes
RSL didn't wait long before scoring the equalizer. In the 25th minute, Álvaro Saborío gave Espíndola a through ball and the striker ripped it past Josh Saunders. A few minutes later, Espíndola scored the game winner when he jumped up and knocked a powerful header past our keeper.
That was a Good Game
Although we lost, this was a fun match to watch. The first half was full of action. Just five minutes in, Juninho hit a shot off the woodwork. Josh Saunders had four big saves and Nick Rimando had five. Both teams had six shots on frame so there was plenty of exciting moments.
Where was Todd Dunivant?
I knew that A.J. DeLaGarza was out injured. The center back suffered a sprained left MCL in the Galaxy- Colorado Rapids match on Sept. 30. He is expected to be out for at least a month. Since Tommy Meyer did a good job filling in for DeLaGarza, I assumed the rookie would take his spot again. However, what surprised me was when Todd Dunivant was also out of the starting lineup. The Galaxy defender suffered a hip pointer in training. In his place was rookie Bryan Gaul. Ultimately it was poor defending from veteran players Omar Gonzalez and Sean Franklin that led to Espíndola's second goal. I think Gonzalez plays better with DeLaGarza next to him.
Landon Donovan's Injury
If losing A.J DeLaGarza for the rest of the season wasn't a big enough blow, it looks as if Landon Donovan might be joining him. A challenge from RSL defender Jámison Olave sent the Galaxy captain to the ground. Donovan came down on his knee, received medical attention and had to leave the game. The extent of the injury is not certain but Donovan said, "It didn't feel good." I imagine he will miss the final two regular season games.
With the loss, we have 50 points and are in third place. Since the Seattle Sounders have 49 points, we really need to win the next two games so we don't slip into fourth place.
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
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