Toothless Red Donkeys shutout by Galaxy, 1:0
July 5, 2006
Boy, do all those draws look nice now. For the third time in four games, the Red Donkeys were shutout, and for the third time in four games, the Red Donkeys lost, dropping a 1:0 decision to the Galaxy in a game marked by the complete lack of any creativity from the New York side.
The Donkeys did not make any changes to the starting lineup form Saturday's game, but were forced to make one just 15 minutes into the match as Steve Jolley went down with an injury. Joe Vide, in his Metro debut, replaced him, taking Seth Stammler's place in midfield, with the latter assuming Jolley's spot.
The field in the first half seemed tilted into the Metro end, but the defense held up, and Meola a huge save in the 31st minute off a Galaxy corner kick. As he tried to control the ball, LA's Ugo Ihemelu attempted to recover it, hurting Tony Meola in the process, but the Metro goalie shook off the pain and stayed in the game.
The Donkeys held some possession for the first part of the second half, but all that went for naught, as there was absolutely nothing they could do against what was supposed to be the worst defense in the league. And in the 65th minute, LA made them pay for their ineptitude, as Landon Donovan raced down the field, split two Donkey defenders, and slotted in the first and only goal of the match past Meola. And unlike the years past, when going down a goal seemed to wake up Metro so often, these Donkeys were as dead down as they were when the game was scoreless.
A few weeks ago, we said that at least this team is better than the Galaxy. It's obviously not anymore; LA now has a good coach, a superstar who actually alters the outcome of the game, and even though their GM is a liar, at least they have a GM. What do we have? Nothing; just a bunch of Donkeys...
Lineup: Meola, Jolley, Mendes, Parke, Wynne, O'Rourke, Henderson, Stammler, Guevara, Magee, Buddle. Subs: Vide, Cila.