Sounders 0, Galaxy 0
Brian Perk stopped a penalty kick in his Major League Soccer
debut to help the Los Angeles Galaxy secure a scoreless draw
against the Seattle Sounders on Monday night.
The Galaxy (9-2-9) extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games in
front of a sellout crowd of 27,000. They lead the MLS with 36
points and haven’t lost since May 1.
Perk was in the lineup for the first time since being claimed
off waivers last season from Philadelphia. He had only seen action
in reserve matches and tournament play before the start.
”Tonight, he looked like a guy who has played before,” Galaxy
coach Bruce Arena said. ”He’s a keeper we can put in there and
know he can be successful.”
Perk was called into action with starter Donovan Ricketts out
because of a broken left forearm and Josh Saunders serving a
suspension. The second-year goalkeeper blocked Fredy Montero’s
penalty shot in the 18th minute, diving to his right for his first
Perk said he experienced some nervousness before the game, but
settled in once he made the key save.
”After that, I was fine. I was in the groove,” he said.
”There were a couple back passes I need to do better on. But other
than that, pretty solid.”
It was the first save on a penalty kick by a Los Angeles goalie
since July 16, 2009.
”They’re a good team,” Sounders goalie Kasey Keller said of
the Galaxy. ”They have the most points in the league, and there’s
a reason for that. We came here and gave them a good game.”
The Sounders (8-4-8) had their three-game winning streak halted,
but they matched a club record with their seventh straight game
without a loss.
Juan Pablo Angel had a pair of chances from close range that
could have put the Galaxy on top, including a shot in the 68th that
hit the foot of the goalpost.
”A draw was probably a fair result,” Keller said. ”But at the
same time, either team could have stolen it.”
The Galaxy lost a pair of defenders to injuries in this one. A.J
DeLaGarza left the field on a stretcher in the first half with a
head injury and Omar Gonzalez suffered a left hip pointer late in
Arena said he expects both to be fine and ready for the team’s
next match on July 9.
David Beckham was not in the starting lineup, but entered as a
substitute and played 22 minutes. It was his first action in three
games because of a slight stress fracture in his lower spine.
Los Angeles and Seattle will meet again next week in the
quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.