April 14, 2011 MLS--Reds Record A Point Against LA (from MLSsoccer.com)

Reds Record A Point Against LA
Toronto unbeaten in four holding Galaxy to a scoreless draw.
Duane Rollins
April 14, 2011  

TFC, Galaxy split points in scoreless draw

TORONTO — David Beckham finally came to Toronto, but both he and a record crowd of 22,453 left BMO Field frustrated as Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy 
played to a tactics-heavy scoreless draw.

The Galaxy came close to scoring on three occassions, but hit the woodwork on all of them. Both Beckham and former TFC forward Chad Barrett peeled 
paint off the goalposts on each side of halftime, while Toronto had a few close calls of their own. Overall, though, it was a score line that was 
reflective of the run of play. 

Without captain Landon Donovan, who stayed in Los Angeles for treatment on his knee, the Galaxy were unable to generate many true scoring chances. 
While there were few opportunities for each side to score throughout the match, LA came out firing from the start. Less than a minute in, Juan Pablo 
Angel latched onto a ball provided by Barrett, but Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei made a great save to keep his net unscathed. 

Barrett's turn came in the 13th minute. After taking the ball near the midfield, the Galaxy forward streaked towards goal and unloaded a left-footer 
from outside the 18-yard box that flew over Frei and richocheted off the crossbar.

Toronto's response would come in the 26th minute, when Jacob Peterson curled in a free kick right onto the head of Gianluca Zavarise. This time, it was 
LA 'keeper Donovan Ricketts' turn to be huge, denying the chance at point-blank range to keep the affair scoreless going into halftime.

The Galaxy nearly got lucky 15 minutes into the second half. Left back Todd Dunivant was played through by A.J. DeLaGarza and sent in a cross that 
was deflected by a defender. The ball took a mean loop and crashed onto the right side of the crossbar.

Ten minutes later, it was Beckham's turn to strike the post. The Englishman lined up a free kick from about 30 yards out and smashed a shot onto 
Frei's left upright.

Toronto, though, continued to look for the winning goal late into the game. Danleigh Borman curled in a free kick into the box that evaded all but 
second-half sub Joao Plata. The diminutive attacker put his head onto the cross six yards from goal, but Ricketts again came up with a crucial save 
for the Galaxy.

The game marked the third straight 0-0 draw between the Galaxy and TFC over the last two seasons. It was Toronto’s third straight draw this season 
and ran the Reds' record to 1-3-1. TFC next host D.C. United on Saturday. The 2-1-3 Galaxy, meanwhile, travel to Chicago on Sunday.

Scoring Summary:



Misconduct Summary:

LA -- David Beckham (caution; Reckless Tackle) 44
TOR -- Javier Martina (caution; Reckless Tackle) 67
TOR -- Alen Stevanovic (caution; Reckless Tackle) 68
LA -- Bryan Jordan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 76
LA -- Juninho (caution; Reckless Tackle) 78
LA -- Juninho (caution; Reckless Tackle) 93+
LA -- Juninho (ejection; Second Caution) 93+
Shots               5            7 
Shots on Goal       3            1 
Saves               1            3 
Fouls              16           13 
Offsides            3            4 
Corner Kicks        4            1 


LA Galaxy -- Donovan Ricketts, A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Sean Franklin (Paolo Cardozo 88), David Beckham, Juninho, 
Mike Magee (Bryan Jordan 75), Chad Barrett, Juan Pablo Angel (Miguel Lopez 84). 
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Birchall, Frankie Hejduk, Michael Stephens, Josh Saunders. 

Toronto FC -- Stefan Frei, Dan Gargan, Ty Harden, Adrian Cann, Danleigh Borman, Tony Tchani, Julian de Guzman (Mikael Yourassowsky 65), 
Jacob Peterson, Javier Martina (Joao Plata 85), Gianluca Zavarise (Oscar Cordon 79), Alen Stevanovic. 
Substitutes Not Used: Nana Attakora, Keith Makubuya, Nick Soolsma, Milos Kocic. 

Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee's Assistants: Eric Boria; Corey Parker
4th Official: Geoff Gamble
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 45 degrees
Attendance: 22,453

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