An Energetic LA Galaxy grabbed three points with a 3-1 win over Columbus Crew

CARSON, Calif, (Saturday, September 11, 2010) – The Los Angeles Galaxy played host to Columbus Crew Saturday night at the Home Depot Center with both sides looking for maximum points after a fast start to the season.  LA was triumphant with a convincing 3-1 victory against Columbus. The win stopped the Galaxy two home game […]

CARSON, Calif, (Saturday, September 11, 2010) – The Los Angeles Galaxy played host to Columbus Crew Saturday night at the Home Depot Center with both sides looking for maximum points after a fast start to the season.  LA was triumphant with a convincing 3-1 victory against Columbus.

The win stopped the Galaxy two home game losing streaks and was a bright spot for team – Three players had goals, Edson Buddle (13 minute), Dema Kovalenko (35 minute) and Jovan Kirovski (55 minute).

Notably, Dema Kovalenko scored his first goal of his Galaxy career.  Kovalenko’s last regular season goal was on May 31, 2008 as a member of Real Salt Lake.

LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena on Dema’s play, “His intensity in the midfield and his work ethic is important. This is a physical league and we’ve missed some physical dimensions at times, and Dema brings that.”

The loan strike for Columbus came in the 86th minute from forward Andres Mendoza.

The race is heating up and there was a lot of physical play as the Major League Soccer (MLS) two top teams tried to grab a point with real shots of taking the MLS Supporters’ Shield, given to the team with the best regular season record.

Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena had this to say about the teams’ performance, “I was pleased with our performance in the first half. I think our team played quite well in the first half. Obviously, two good goals, and the third goal was certainly important.  It was a much improved performance by our team tonight, and it hopefully gives us the confidence to continue to move forward and try to be a better team as we get into postseason play.”

In the 70th minute replacing Juninho, the English midfielder, David Beckham, made his 2010 season debut after being sidelined for 285 days.  Beckham was booked only four minutes after entering for a foul on Columbus midfielder Emmanuel Ekpo.

Next up for LA: 1st place vs. 8th place matchup against D.C. United, on Saturday evening, September 18.  LA with a record of 14-5-5 on the season (47 points), while D.C. United has a record of 5-16-13 (18 points).  The action kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (PT) at The Home Depot Center.

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