Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy may have been without a
few familiar faces, but players like Charlie Rugg and Brian Rowe filled in
capably as the club claimed a 2-0 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium over Real Salt
With Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini all out, the
Galaxy put an inexperienced side on the pitch, and watched as Rowe recorded a
clean sheet in his MLS debut in goal for the Galaxy, while Rugg netted a goal
in his first MLS appearance.
The Galaxy seized the advantage early and were able to hold off the home side
to claim a second successive win, while Salt Lake now owns just one win from
its last four games.
Mike Magee continue his hot start to the season by netting his sixth goal of
the campaign in the sixth minute when he held off his defender inside the
penalty area and turned a header past goalkeeper Nick Rimando from Juninho's
Rugg made the most of his chance when he dashed toward the front of goal and
redirected the ball into the roof of the net from close range following a low
cross from Hector Jimenez.
Magee could have added to the lead but he failed to score in a one-on-one
situation with Rimando, although the striker saved a goal at the other end by
clearing a header from Kyle Beckerman off the goal line.
Jimenez struck the post as the Galaxy attempted to add to the lead, and Rowe's
shutout was only safe after Salt Lake twice struck the woodwork in stoppage
time with Olmes Garcia and Tony Beltran both coming close.
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