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LA Galaxy 2-0 Colorado Rapids: Wilhelmsson scores on MLS debut

Christian Wilhelmsson made his Galaxy debut, going an hour against the Rapids and scoring the clinching goal in Friday night MLS action.

By Stephanie Gardner

Christian Wilhelmsson, LA Galaxy; Jeff Larentowicz, Colorado Rapids; MLS
Victor Decolongon
LA Galaxy benefited from a healthy Landon Donovan and newly-signed Christian Wilhelmsson to earn a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.

Despite missing David Beckham through injury, the Galaxy broke down the Rapids defense with a nifty passing move when Landon Donovan quickly put the ball at the feet of Robbie Keane. The Irishmen scored his 12th goal of the season, and gave LA the first goal of the match.

The second half began with Colorado struggling to tie it up. Josh Saunders and the Galaxy defense proved unbreakable.
Making a memorable MLS debut, Swedish midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson gave LA the 2-0 lead in the 58th minute, breaking the offside trap and benefiting from a Matt Pickens fumble to notch his first MLS goal.

Veterans Conor Casey and Brian Mullan were put into the match as late substitutions for the Colorado Rapids, but were unable to impact the final score. Casey had the best chance when he rounded Josh Saunders, but Marcelo Sarvas slid to block the shot on the goal line. Sarvas also recorded assists on both Galaxy goals.

The Galaxy's 2-0 victory pushed LA into third place in the Western Conference.

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Los Angeles Galaxy

12
Josh Saunders
Goalkeeper
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2
Todd Dunivant
Defender
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4
Omar Gonzalez
Defender
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5
Sean Franklin
Defender
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20
A.J. DeLaGarza
Defender
77′
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8
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9
Mike Magee
Midfielder
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19
Juninho
Midfielder
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9
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7
Robbie Keane
Striker
15′
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10
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Colorado Rapids

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Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
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3
Drew Moor
Defender
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22
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20
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Martín Rivero
Midfielder
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20
H. Thomas
Midfielder
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28
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J. Castrillón
Midfielder
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9

Substitutes

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Brian Perk
Goalkeeper
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21
Tommy Meyer
Defender
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Bryan Gaul
Defender
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12
Hector Jimenez
Midfielder
61′
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9
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33
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Substitutes

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Steward Ceus
Goalkeeper
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Joseph Nane
Midfielder
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11
Brian Mullan
Midfielder
74′
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13
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7

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