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Galaxy, Islanders play to lifeless draw

LA Galaxy's Michael Stephens (L) fights for the ball with Puerto Rico Islanders’ Chris...
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The Los Angeles Galaxy and the Puerto Rico Islanders played to a 0-0 draw in the CONCACAF Champions League Wednesday.

The draw left the Galaxy in the lead in Group 5 over Isidro Metapan. The Major League Soccer team will face El Salvador's Isidro Metapan, which is second, in its final group match on Oct. 25.

The Galaxy were without marquee strikers David Beckham and Robbie Keane, neither of whom made the trip to Puerto Rico.

Neither player was involved in last month's home leg when the Galaxy beat the Islanders, of the North American Soccer League, 4-0 in Aug. 29.

Beckham has been sidelined for nearly three weeks with a sprained ankle.

The Galaxy and Islanders both had chances in the waning minutes, but couldn't find the net.

''We didn't do a good job with the chances we created,'' Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. ''But a point on the road is still good.''

Puerto Rico kept Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perk busy.

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''Their goalkeeper was busier. I think the clearer chances were for the Islanders tonight,'' Puerto Rico coach Adrian Whitbread said. ''That says a lot against a team like the Galaxy.''

Arena said the Galaxy failed to capitalize on late chances spurred by the entry of Landon Donovan and Vitor Pereira off the bench midway through the second half.

''We were sloppy with our chances. We weren't clinical in the box,'' he said.


 

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