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Galaxy routs LMU, Juan Pablo Angel scores

2/4/2011

The Galaxy brought in Juan Pablo Angel to score goals. In his first game for the Galaxy, he did his job.

Angel scored the first goal as the Galaxy routed Loyola Marymount, 7-1, in an unannounced scrimmage Friday at the Home Depot Center's track and field stadium, impressively finishing a cross from fellow newcomer Frankie Hejduk as L.A.'s first-choice lineup -- or something to close to it -- netted five first-half goals.

Chris Birchall scored twice on long-range blasts, Gregg Berhalter tallied on a free kick and Juninho added a goal before halftime. Jovan Kirovski and rookie Paolo Cardozo, on a penalty kick, scored in the second half, with the Galaxy using a different lineup.

Sophomore-to-be Connor Hunsicker scored for LMU.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena teamed Berhalter with Omar Gonzalez in central defense, perhaps signaling that A.J. DeLaGarza, a second-half central defender, will be stationed elsewhere or be used again this season as a versatile fill-in.

Angel and Chad Barrett were the first-half forwards, and newcomer Miguel Lopez, on loan from Argentine club Quilmes, started the match as the left-sided midfielder, with Landon Donovan on the right. Starting left back Todd Dunivant, who was limited in practice earlier this week after offseason sports-hernia surgery, did not play.

The Galaxy lineups:

First half: Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, Frankie Hejduk; Landon Donovan, Juninho, Chris Birchall, Miguel Lopez; Juan Pablo Angel, Chad Barrett.

Second half: Brian Perk; Dustin McCarty, A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Ryan Thomas; Hector Jimenez, Paolo Cardozo, Jovan Kirovski, Michael Stephens; Adam Cristman, Bryan Jordan.

WORTH NOTING: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said David Beckham would be leaving London on Wednesday to return to the Galaxy -- and that he's interested in signing the English midfielder, who has been training with Spurs the past few weeks, when his contract with L.A. expires next November. "I love the way he plays ...," Redknapp told English media. "David has been fantastic. He is a top-class bloke. He has been great around the place. You would love to have him at your club." ... The Galaxy will meet UCLA in a closed-door scrimmage March 9 at HDC.