0:0 tie with Galaxy opens Carson stay
March 3, 2007 (Official Game Summary)
In the first game of their Los Angeles preseason swing, the New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy played to a scoreless draw Saturday morning at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Both sides had their opportunities, however Red Bulls netminder Jon Conway and Galaxy 'keeper Steve Cronin each made a number of impressive saves to preserve their clean sheets.
Both teams struggled to build an attack throughout the early stages of the match, however the Galaxy created the best scoring chances in the first 45 minutes. Conway made two key saves, and had another attempt ding the crossbar, to withstand the pressure. The first stop came in the 27th minute on a hard, low shot off the foot of Santino Quaranta from the left side of the 18 off a free kick. In the 31st, Nate Jaqua headed a Cobi Jones cross off the crossbar from six yards out and Conway came up big again in the 40th when he made a great diving save on Peter Vagenas, who forced a turnover and tried to beat Conway far post.
The Red Bulls came out strong in the second half and nearly got on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute. Sinisa Ubiparapovic fed John Wolyniec at the top of the 18, who then made a sleek touch to his left to a streaking Dane Richards. Richards cracked a shot heading for the upper 90, however an outstretched Cronin just got a glove on it, and deflected the ball out of play.
Richards and Wolyniec nearly hooked up two more times in the 67th and 69th minutes. From the right flank, Richards drove a well-placed cross into the box that Wolyniec headed over the bar. Just two minutes later, Richards gathered the ball at the top of the box and dropped a quick pass off to Wolyniec who put his shot on target, but Cronin was there for the save.
LA would have tallied it in the 75th if not for Conway stoning Landon Donovan on a breakaway, after an unsuccessful offsides trap sprung Donovan free. Conway withstood two more quality chances in the 87th minute when Quavas Kirk slid a cross through the box from the right side that Gavin Clinton one timed on frame, but Conway blocked it and then gobbled up the rebound before Donovan was able to get a clean shot off.