The Galaxy and New England split points in a 1-1 draw in the Galaxy's home opener.
The Galaxy were again without injured trio Juan Pablo Angel, Omar Gonzalez and Donovan Ricketts, although Angel dressed and made his debut in the second half. New England, meanwhile, also made do without injured players as neither Ousmane Dabo and Didier Domi were available for the match.
Perhaps it was the cold and rainy conditions that helped the Revolution feel right at home. It did not take long at all for the Revs to beat Saunders. Just three minutes in, Marko Perovic took control of his own corner kick after a Galaxy clearance and fired the ball to the left post. Shalrie Joseph found space in the Galaxy defense and knocked a header on goal that beat Saunders and gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Seemingly content with their goal, the Revolution dropped back as the Galaxy dominated possession for the remainder of the first half. Still, the Galaxy initially did not have much to show for it as Matt Reis stood his ground.
In the 17th minute, though, the Galaxy finally broke through as Juninho tapped in a ball after Reis failed to hold onto a loose ball inside the box on a Galaxy free kick. However, the goal was waved off after a Galaxy player was ruled to have interfered with Reis.
Six minutes later, Mike Magee buried a ball into the back of the net after a brief scramble but the goal was disallowed due to offside.
Chad Barrett then had a pair of chances to level terms but failed to score. His first attempt, from the top of the penalty area, went right into Reis' arms. The second shot, on a brief breakaway from just inside the penalty area, sailed well over the crossbar.
Juninho finally made sure of his attempt in the 39th minute. The Brazilian took possession of the ball outside of the area and ripped a 20-yarder past Reis, who appeared to have misjudged the ball.
Magee nearly scored in the 55th minute as the Galaxy had the first clear chance of the second half. On a free kick from the right flank, Beckham knocked a ball to the top of the box. With other players running towards the six-yard box, Magee had a clear look on goal but his shot hit the top of the net.
The Galaxy made a pair of changes in the 63rd minute as Paolo Cardozo and Juan Pablo Angel replaced Magee and Barrett, respectively.
Two minutes later, the Galaxy dodged a massive bullet. Joseph latched onto a loose ball in front of Saunders but his attempt hit the right post and bounced harmlessly away.
Even with Angel and Cardozo in the match, however, the Galaxy could not find much of a rhythm in the second half. While the Revolution were not pushing forward too much, the Galaxy were unable to place much pressure on New England's goal.
Angel poked in a ball to give the Galaxy an apparent lead in stoppage time but he was deemed to have been offside and the goal was once again disallowed.
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