Galaxy run away from RSL

Apr 27 2013 - 11:10pm


SANDY -- The lineup sheet looked like a mismatch.

So did the end result.

Just not in the way anyone expected.

Injury-riddled Los Angeles, missing its star tandem of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, surged out to a stunning two-goal lead after just 13 minutes and coasted to a 2-0 result against host Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Midfielder Mike Magee, wearing the captain's armband for the Galaxy, headed home a Juninho cross from the deep right corner in the 6th minute, pushing the visitors into a quick lead.

Just seven minutes later, rookie Charlie Rugg, making his Major League Soccer debut, latched onto the end of a cross out of the right corner from Hector Jimenez and knocked it past the RSL defense, leaving the normally boisterous Rio Tinto Stadium shockingly quiet.

"Tonight, my team wasn't ready to start. I appreciate the reactions for final 75 minutes, but have to be responsible for first 15," Real Salt Lake boss Jason Kreis said. "We are finding our way a little bit. We knew this would be case early in year, new faces, young faces. But we have veterans too.

"If we don't put everything we have into every single match, in this league, we aren't going to get results we want."

Things didn't get better for Salt Lake from there either as the Los Angeles stepped into passing lanes to break up play after play and keep the home side disjointed and frustrated.

It wasn't until the end of the opening half-hour that RSL started to find some creative life on the pitch against Los Angeles, which seemed content to drop back defensively and cherry-pick opportunities as they came.

With the Galaxy committing extra defenders behind the ball, Salt Lake did still get opportunities in the second half, outshooting the visitors 12-4. Shots, however, mean nothing without landing in the back of the net and on this night for RSL, none would.

"We learned some valuable lessons tonight," Real midfielder Kyle Beckerman said. "Gotta apply them and move forward."

Statistically, Real dominated the match, finishing with a 72.2 percent possession advantage, a 20-8 advantage in shot attempts and 82.2 percent passing percentage.

Those numbers, however, are more a reflection of Los Angeles' change in tactics to reflect their decisive early advantage than simple domination on the part of Real Salt Lake.

Real also had its own injury issues to attend to as two of its primary strikers missed the match as late scratches. Leading scorer Alvaro Saborio was initially announced in the starting XI, but suffered a left quadriceps injury during pre-match warmups and was unable to play. Forward Robbie Findley suffered an adductor strain during training on Friday and was also left out of the gameday lineup.

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