A trademark David Beckham free kick beat Donovan Ricketts in the 62nd minute to end a two-game losing streak for the Los Angeles Galaxy, but the reigning champion is still winless in its last four.
A defensive miscue had allowed Davy Arnaud to get past the Galaxy defense and give Montreal the advantage in just the eighth minute, as A.J. DeLaGarza missed a crucial header and Dan Keat was unable to keep up with Arnaud's pace as he slotted past Brian Perk for his second goal of the season.
Impact keeper Donovan Ricketts did plenty to keep his side in the game against his former club, but even he was powerless against a perfectly-placed Beckham set piece.
The point represents something of a scalp for the Impact, who set a new soccer attendance record for the city of Montreal, drawing 60,860, but it will be scant consolation to the Galaxy, wallowing in the bottom half of a table it ran for most of last year.
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