Los Angeles Soccer: Mikael Yourassowsky

GALAXY: Woodwork is not a friend

April, 13, 2011

JuninhoAbelimages/Getty ImagesThe Galaxy will be without Juninho for Sunday's game at Chicago after he picked up a red card Wednesday at Toronto.

The Galaxy settled for another draw Wednesday night, their third of the season -- and the third time they've shared the points when they deserved all three.

L.A. is making a habit out of not getting everything it can from a game, and the Galaxy can lay some of the blame on the goal frame in their 0-0 tie against Toronto FC on a chilly night at BMO Field.

Chad Barrett and Todd Dunivant, both former TFC regulars, struck the crossbar with shots, and David Beckham sent a free kick into the right post as L.A., struggling to score goals, failed to hit the net for the first time this season.

The Galaxy (2-1-3) fell further behind Western Conference leader Real Salt Lake (4-0-0), which beat second-place Colorado (3-2-0) on a stoppage-time finish by Fabian Espindola -- after Javier Morales hit the right post with a free kick. It's the kind of clean-up L.A. needed.

"We didn't have the answer at the end," Dunivant, whose deflected shot hit the top of the bar in the 61st minute, told GolTV Canada after the final whistle. "We had a lot of good balls in, a lot of good chances. ... It's frustrating, but we kept a clean sheet to give ourselves a chance."

L.A. is 0-0-2 on its three-game trek but heads to Chicago for Sunday's game without Beckham, who picked up a one-game suspension with his league-leading fifth yellow card of the season, and fellow starting central midfielder Juninho, who was expelled with his second yellow card of the night deep in second-half stopppage. Landon Donovan has been in L.A. for both games because of an inflamed right knee, and no decision has been made on whether he'll meet the Galaxy in Chicago.

A quick look at the Galaxy's draw:

BEST PLAYER: That 44th-minute yellow card aside, Beckham was quite good, especially on set pieces. L.A. nearly tallied four times through their auxiliary captain, on the free kick off the post, of course, but also on perfectly weighted crosses that left Mike Magee in the 17th, Omar Gonzalez in the 51st and Barrett in the 81st with open shots. Magee and Barrett's headers were off target, and Gonzalez whiffed trying to get a foot on the ball at the left post.

Beckham's propensity for yellow cards is troubling. He's just one off his MLS high, six, accumulated over 25 games in 2008. The press box wiseacres thought he was looking to get suspended from the Galaxy's game May 1 at FC Dallas so he could attend the royal wedding two days earlier. He'll likely need a red card next week against Portland to make that trip.

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