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

career save.

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

the game.

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.