FOXBORO MA - JULY 10: Shalrie Joseph#21 of the New England Revolution and Gregg Berhalter #16 of the Los Angeles Galaxy battle for the ball in the first half on July 10 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

MLS First Kick, Continued: LA Galaxy, New England Revolution Tie 1-1

LA Galaxy have three goals disallowed in a match that was particularly sloppy because of swamp-like conditions

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LA Galaxy Vs. New England Revolution, Fulltime: Galaxy Dominate, But Settle For Tie

Three disallowed goals and rainy conditions that turned the field into a swamp didn't exactly provide the perfect end to an impressive opening week for MLS, but you certainly won't be hearing the New England Revolution complaining. Despite being thoroughly outplayed and clearly struggling with the conditions more than their opponents, the Revolution held on for a 1-1 against the LA Galaxy on Sunday night.

The Revolution took the early lead when Shalrie Joseph found himself all alone at the far post and headed home the go-ahead goal in the 3rd minute. From there, though, it was almost all Galaxy.

Juninho had one goal disallowed when a foul was called on Mike Magee during a scramble for the ball inside the six-yard box. It was perhaps a questionable call, as Magee barely touched the goalkeeper, but Magee could certainly be faulted for touch the goalkeeper at all. Magee then appeared to make up for the mistake a few minutes later, but his apparently equalizing goal was waved off when three Galaxy players all appeared to be in offside positions.

The Galaxy finally found an equalizer that stood up, when Juninho fired a rocket from about 23 yards out. Juninho collected an errant Revolution clearing attempt took one touch and blasted the ball inside the near post.

After catching a bit of a break in the 65th minute when Joseph just missed his second goal when he beat Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders but clanged his shot off the post, the Galaxy had a third goal disallowed in stoppage time. Again, offsides was the culprit, as Angel was about a yard beyond the second defender.

In the end, the Galaxy fired six shots on target to the Revolution's one. But they missed too many clear opportunities and had to settle for a tie at home against a team many expect to be near the bottom of the table. 


LA Galaxy Vs. New England Revolution: Third Goal Disallowed, Game Ends Tied 1-1

Juan Pablo appeared to have opened his account with the LA Galaxy, but he was flagged for being offsides and the goal was disallowed. It was the third goal that the Galaxy have had disallowed in their Sunday night game with the New England Revolution. The game ended up tied 1-1.

The disallowed goal came on a looping pass from about 40 yards out by David Beckham. Angel was about a yard beyond the final defender, and slid the ball past Matt Reis.

Like many of the game's key moments, the unbelievably wet conditions contributed to the goal. Those conditions only got worse as the night went on. Players repeatedly were slipping on the pitch, unable to find their footing in what looked to be a virtual swimming pool. New England players, who were left to bunker for much of the second half, had a particularly tough time trying to clear the ball out of their defensive third.


LA Galaxy Vs. New England Revolution: Juninho's Thunderbolt Equalizes, For Real This Time

After two disallowed goals that would have equalized, Juninho finally did the job for real with his second thunderbolt goal of the year. Juinho, the LA Galaxy midfielder, picked up a stray pass outside the penalty area, took one touch and fired his shot from about 24 yards out in the 39th minute.

The ball curled inside the near post and seemed to fool Matt Reis who was nowhere near being able to stop it. The goal was very similar to the one Juinho scored on Tuesday, but from the opposite side of the field. It was Juinho's fourth goal of his MLS career, at least three of which have come on shots from outside the penalty area.

The Galaxy have had the better of play ever since falling behind on a goal from Shalrie Joseph in the fourth minute. The Revolution have not created many opportunities since then. Making matters worse, Marko Perovic went out with an apparent injury and has been replaced by Kenny Mansally.


LA Galaxy Vs. New England Revolution: Two Equalizing Goals Disallowed

Twice in the a span of less than 10 minutes, the LA Galaxy have had equalizing goals disallowed. The first came at about 16 minutes when it appeared that Juninho had equalized for the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy midfielder had pounced on a free ball inside the six-yard box that New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis had mishandled, and put it in the back of the net. 

But it was waved off when it was learned that Mike Magee had been called for a foul during the scrum in front of the net. The Galaxy forward had his arms on Reis as he was attempting to handle the initial shot, but did not appear to push Reis. 

In the 23rd minute, Magee appeared to pull that goal back when Reis mishandled another long-distance shot. Three Galaxy players were waiting for the rebound and it was Magee who got their first. But the linesman ruled that at least one of them was off-side.

Since falling behind 1-0, the Galaxy have dominated possession and the chances, as the Revolution seem to have having trouble handling the Galaxy attack.


LA Galaxy Vs. New England Revolution: Shalrie Joseph Gives Revs Early Lead

Shalrie Joseph scored in the 4th minute to give the New England Revolution a surprising lead over the LA Galaxy in the final game of MLS's First Kick weekend. Joseph was able to get free of his mark, who appeared to slip in the heavy rain, and was able to get his head on a cross from Zack Schilawski.

The play started when Schilawski took a corner, which came almost directly back to him off a ricochet. He collected the ball about 30 yards out near the top corner of the penalty area and fired the ball back toward the goal. That's where a diving Joseph was able to give the Revolution the 1-0 lead when he beat Josh Saunders with the shot.

The conditions are very similar to those that the Earthquakes played in against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. The wind and rain have so far been playing havoc with many balls and the players have lost their footing several times.

Landon Donovan nearly equalized on a header of his own in the 14th minute, but Matt Reis was able to stay in front of his effort from about six yards out.


LA Galaxy Vs. New England Revolution: Omar Gonzalez, Juan Pablo Angel Not In Starting Lineups

Looks like the Juan Pablo Angel and Omar Gonzalez weren't quite as healthy as we believed, as neither are in the starting XI for Sunday's game against the New England Revolution. Angel is on the bench, but neither Gonzalez nor goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts are active.

The Galaxy will instead go the same lineup that faced the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday, with Mike Magee and Chad Barrett at the two forward positions. Landon Donovan, Chris Birchall, Juninho and David Beckham will fill out the midfield. Todd Dunivant, Leonardo, AJ De La Garza and Ryan Franklin will be in front of Josh Saunders.

For the Revolution, they'll counter with what appears to be a 4-5-1 formation, with Zach Schilawski as the loan striker. Marko Perovic, Stephen McCarthy, Zak Boggs, Shalrie Joseph and Pat Phelan will be in the midfield. Darrius Barnes, Franco Coria, A.J. Soares and Chris Tierney will be in front of goalkeeper Matt Reis.


MLS First Kick, Continued: LA Galaxy Close Out First Week Against New England Revolution

The LA Galaxy have already played a game, but they close out MLS's First Kick with a Sunday night affair against the New England Revolution. The Galaxy were short three starters in their first game, lacking the services of forward Juan Pablo Angel, center back Omar Gonzalez and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. Angel and Gonzalez have been upgraded to "probable" for the game, while Ricketts is listed as "questionable."

Of the three, Ricketts was the most ably replaced, with Josh Saunders turning in a stellar performance against the Seattle Sounders. It seems unlikely that Bruce Arena would feel compelled to rush him back.

The Revolution are battling a few injuries of their own. Their biggest offseason acquisition, midfielder Ousmane Dabo is listed as "out" along with Kevin Alston, probably the team's best defender. Didier Domi, another prospective starter on defense, is also not making the trip to Los Angeles.

"We have guys coming in who we think will do a good job," Revs coach Steve Nicol about to the team's website. "Clearly those three guys would be expecting to play, but they’re not. They’re injured and we have to adjust to that."

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