Sunday, July 29, 2012

Starless LA Galaxy slips past FC Dallas 1-0 - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Mike Magee scored in the 62nd minute to lift the short-handed Los Angeles Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.

The defending MLS champion Galaxy (10-10-3), playing without stars Landon Donovan and David Beckham, extended their unbeaten streak to 4-0-1. Los Angeles has lost just twice in its last 10 matches (7-2-1).Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders needed to make just one save for his fourth shutout of the year.Dallas (5-11-7) has split its last four games (2-2-0) since a franchise-record 13-game winless skid (0-7-6) dropped it to last in the Western Conference.Donovan sat out after he was suspended for the first time in his MLS career for yellow card accumulation, while Beckham had not rejoined the team after participating in the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics on Friday night.Dallas was also missing its best player, as Brek Shea sat out for the second consecutive contest after arguing with coach Schellas Hyndman when he was substituted out of a 2-1 loss at San Jose on July 18.Shea, who scored 11 goals and was a finalist for MLS MVP last season but has just three in 14 games this year, did return to practice this week, but was once again left off the roster for the game.Magee, who had gone six games without a goal, struck for his fourth of the season just moments after a chance from Dallas' Scott Sealy was denied by Saunders. After receiving a pass from the left side by Robbie Keane, Magee boomed a shot from the top of the penalty area just inside the left post, past diving Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.The best opportunity for Dallas to draw even came in the 82nd minute when a cross from Fabian Castillo found Jackson for a point-blank 8-yard header, but it bounced just wide of the left post.Sealy had the game's first legitimate scoring chance in the 30th minute when he chased down a lead pass from Andrew Jacobson and drilled a 15-yard shot just wide of the right goal post.Five minutes later, the Galaxy had a flurry of opportunities, but were unable to solve Hartman. Keane nearly scored on a breakaway, but his sharp-angle shot towards an empty net was deflected out of play by Dallas defender Hernan Pertuz.Hartman then made back-to-back leaping hand saves on David Junior Lopes' 15-yard header and Magee in the next minute.The contest also marked the first time Dallas wore its new jerseys, with the logo of their new sponsor AdvoCare prominently displayed on their chests.

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