Galaxy stunned by injury-time goal

Updated: July 5, 2012, 3:02 AM ET
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CARSON, Calif. -- David Beckham and Frank Lampard watched the Los Angeles Galaxy together Wednesday night from a suite at Home Depot Center, and the English superstars couldn't have been pleased when the Philadelphia Union stole the spotlight.

Michael Farfan scored the tiebreaking goal in the fifth minute of injury time on a beautiful pass from Lionard Pajoy, and the Union stunned the Beckham-less Galaxy in a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.

While Beckham served a one-game suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards, he used his free time to entertain Lampard. The longtime Chelsea midfielder has been targeted by the Galaxy with an eight-figure contract offer to join Beckham, according to reports in the British media.

The defending MLS champion Galaxy (6-10-2) seem to be increasingly in need of a shakeup after the latest surprising defeat in a season full of disappointment for a talented club that just can't get going.

"It's frustrating, no doubt about it," Landon Donovan said. "It's hard to be upset, because almost everyone played pretty well ... but you don't score, you make a mistake, and you're on the bad end of another result."

Nobody with the Galaxy had anything to say Wednesday about the presence of Lampard, a rumored target for the club since last winter while Los Angeles waited for Beckham's decision to re-sign. But on Monday, sources with knowledge of the talks confirmed to ESPN Los Angeles that Galaxy owner AEG is holding discussions with Lampard's representatives.

If the Galaxy signed Lampard, they would have to clear a spot by moving one of their three designated players: Beckham, Donovan or Robbie Keane, the Irish striker who has four goals in 12 games this season.

Chad Barrett tied it for the Galaxy with his first goal of the season in the 73rd minute, but Los Angeles made its final defensive mistake against Pajoy, whose slick back-heel pass set up the winner by Farfan, a San Diego native. Jack McInerney scored in first-half injury time for the Union (4-9-2), who won for just the second time in their last nine MLS matches.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game, but to get three points against a team like the Galaxy is huge," McInerney said. "We've been playing well for a while now, and it's great to get that result in a game like this."

Philadelphia also recorded its first victory over the Galaxy in the 3-year-old franchise's history.

"We didn't play our best, but for the guys in our locker room to fight as hard as they fought and really make plays, that's fantastic," Philadelphia coach John Hackworth said. "These kinds of games can define a team."

While Beckham watched with Lampard, Omar Gonzalez made his season debut for Los Angeles. Last season's MLS defender of the year played the first half in his return from a torn knee ligament.

"I was pretty nervous the whole day, but once the ref blew the whistle, I was ready to go," Gonzalez said. "Even though it's my first game back, it's unacceptable to give up a goal that late (in the first half)."

Los Angeles largely dominated the first half with multiple chances on goal, while Philadelphia rarely got the ball into the Galaxy's end. But the Union went ahead early in injury time when Farfan got the ball in front for McInerney, who gracefully flicked it backward into the far corner for his third goal of the season.

McInerney's goal came on the Union's only shot on target of the first half.

The Galaxy finally evened it on a sequence set up by Donovan, who created a mismatch that led to a series of passes in front. Todd Dunivant and Keane set up Barrett, who scored from point-blank range.

Dallas 1, Toronto 1

FRISCO, Texas -- Kevin Hartman made a fabulous lunging hand save in the 84th minute to preserve FC Dallas' 1-1 draw with Toronto FC on Wednesday night.

Zach Loyd scored in the 5th minute for FC Dallas (3-9-6). The 38-year-old Hartman, playing in his MLS-record 400th career game, helped the club avoid a loss but it still extended a franchise-record winless streak to 12 matches (0-8-4).

Danny Koevermans tied it for Toronto (2-10-4) in the 31st minute with his ninth of the season.

Vancouver 1, Colorado 0

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Darren Mattocks scored in the 43rd minute to lift the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night.

Mattocks scored his fourth goal of the season on a defensive breakdown and gave Vancouver (8-4-5) its third win in five games and the second-year team's first victory in Colorado. Joe Cannon, who had 25 shutouts while playing for the Rapids, earned his seventh shutout of the season for the Whitecaps.

Colorado (7-9-1) also lost 1-0 to Vancouver on June 16. The latest loss pushed the Rapids seven points behind the third-place Whitecaps in the Western Conference.

Real Salt Lake 0, Seattle 0

SANDY, Utah -- Real Salt Lake played to a 0-0 draw with Seattle on Wednesday night, snapping a three game losing streak and extending the Sounders' franchise-record winless streak to nine games.

Seattle (7-5-6) dropped to 0-4-5 during their winless stretch.

Sporting KC 3, Montreal 1

MONTREAL -- Kai Kamara and Graham Zusi scored on penalty kicks in the second half Wednesday night, lifting Sporting Kansas City to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Impact.

Fans booed through much of the second half after referee Sorin Stoica called Montreal's Patrice Bernier for an accidental hand ball in the area for one penalty and then awarded another after what looked like incidental contact by captain Davy Arnaud.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.