The L.A. Galaxy returned home on Saturday night looking for a third straight win against FC Dallas and needed late help from the bench to salvage a home draw.
In a fast paced, back and forth game, the Galaxy looked poised to score early when Donovan hit the framework in the 11th minute. Donovan was denied again late in the half when FC Dallas keeper Chris Seitz saved a ball at point blank range after a scrum in the box. The Galaxy had their best chance to move ahead in the 49th minute as they were given a penalty kick after Donovan was ripped to the ground by Jair Benitez. Robbie Keane took the PK and shockingly resembled Scott Norwood, as the the ball sailed wide right of frame. The ball from Keane was a shocker and at that point it looked as if the silver MLS Cup Champions ball just didn't want to find the net for L.A.
The PK from Keane wasn't the last try from the spot. In the 60th minute L.A. backup keeper Bill Gaudette toppled Blas Perez awarding the visitor's their own PK attempt. FC Dallas and U.S. National Team member Brek Shea would not miss giving FC Dallas the 1-0 lead.
After a couple of weeks where Galaxy stars provided the firepower in two straight wins, two bench players came on late to help the L.A. Galaxy salvage a point in stoppage time. Galaxy striker Chad Barrett sat on a ball on the right side of the penalty area and delivered a clutch pass to Pat Noonan who buried the shot in the left side of the net. The goal came after a frantic 90 minutes where the Galaxy had sure scoring opportunities turned away one after another.
The Galaxy will take the point, but this is one that got away.
MY THREE TAKEAWAYS
1. The Keane missed PK will be all that is talked about after this one. Players miss PKs, but he launched that one into the Pollo Campero booth. People will ask why Donovan didn't take the shot. It doesn't matter. Keane is world class. He makes that shot probably 9 out of 10 times.
2. On the field, the Home Depot Center is not the fortress it was in 2011. Last season the Galaxy owned their home turf, and so far in 2012 they have shown weakness.
3. Galaxy legend Cobi Jones is a great addition to the TV broadcast. Keep Cobi in the booth!