Revolution 3, Galaxy 1

Kelyn Rowe and Chris Tierney scored in the first half and the

New England Revolution beat the short-handed Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1

Saturday night.

Saer Sene scored in the 65th minute to put New England (2-2-0)

up 3-0.

”I think for us it was a good start. We came out and executed

the game plan, which was we wanted to keep possession,” said

Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. ”We knew that L.A.’s so good on

the attack and you know the old cliche the best defense is a good

offense. We wanted to keep the ball as long as we could at times

and then take our chances and that’s what we did.”

The defending champion Galaxy (1-2-0), playing without captain

Landon Donovan, sidelined by a quad strain, avoided the shutout

when Robbie Keane knocked in a pass from Edson Buddle in the 78th

minute.

Rowe gave New England a 1-0 lead when he converted his own

rebound in the 10th minute. Tierney doubled the advantage in the

13th when he took a cross from Kevin Alston and beat goalie Josh

Saunders.

”Our attack came from our good defense. We pressured them a lot

and we tore about their defense a bit,” Rowe said. ”Our forwards

held the ball for us great and making runs off and people found us

the ball in the right positions.”

Los Angeles nearly cut into New England’s lead in the 39th

minute. Beckham slipped on the wet surface, but his free kick

forced Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis to make a spectacular palm

save to push away the chance.

Reis came up big once again during first half stoppage time as

he saved another free kick by David Beckham and then saw the

rebound bounce off the post to end the half.

Although Beckham had the Galaxy’s finest chances of a difficult

first half, the midfielder was removed at halftime along with

Marcelo Sarvas, for Michael Stephens and Mike Magee due to a

coaches decision. After the match, Arena admitted that his English

star was probably not pleased with being removed early, but

declared that Beckham’s absence was not the reason for the Galaxy’s

defeat.

”Hopefully he’s ready to be part of the next game,” said

Arena. ”I’m sure he’s not pleased about it but that’s not the

issue in the game. The issue for the game was 11 players for New

England soundly outplayed the 11 players for the Galaxy.”

After starting their year with just one win in five matches

spread across MLS and CONCACAF Champions League competition, Keane

declared that it’s time for the Galaxy to buck up after yet another

difficult result.

”It’s never good when you lose a game especially when you’ve

got a week till your next game,” said Keane. ”If there’s a game

in a few days’ time you kind of have to get your head around

getting yourself focused but it’s going to be a long week for the

boys. It’s up to everyone to pick their heads up and be men.”