Late goal from Noonan ties it up for LA

The LA Galaxy and FC Dallas share points in their first meet of the regular season.

CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, April 28, 2012) – The Los Angeles Galaxy fought ‘tooth and nail’ for 90 minutes before recording a breakthrough goal by forward Pat Noonan deep in the final stoppage time.

With time running out against the visiting FC Dallas, 23,000 fans waited patiently until stoppage time for the LA Galaxy to level the score and earn one point in a 1-1 draw Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.

Galaxy forward Pat Noonan had not seen much playing time since joining the club this season.  Noonan struck goal as a substitute (David Junior Lopes out in the 81st minute) in the 92nd minute.  This is his first goal in Galaxy gear.

Dallas midfielder Brek Shea scored the opening goal of the match from the penalty spot in the 6oth minute.  Penalty resulted from a miscommunication between Galaxy midfielder David Junior Lopes and GK Bill Gaudette that led to a foul in the box on Dallas forward Blas Perez.

There was no Josh Saunders for the match.  The Galaxy GK was missing due to personal reasons.  Bill Gaudette got his first start at goal since joining the ream this season.

Galaxy Forward Edson Buddle has played seven (7) games since returning to the team.  Tonight’s match, he was moving well on the field.

Head Coach Bruce Arena on the performance of Edson Buddle: “I think Edson Buddle had a good game tonight.  He really battled.  He [Edson] and Ihemelu [Dallas defender Ugo Ihemelu] looked like they were battling all night.”

“This is probably Edson’s best game of the year,” said Mr. Arena.  “He [Edson] did a real good job holding the ball up, worked real hard and it was good to see he is moving forward.”

CaribPress caught up with Edson Buddle for his thoughts on the game and his performance thus far on the season.

Thoughts on the game:

“We were great, it was good.  I think just trying to find the grove and the offense.  I think instead of pushing and stretching the team out and trying to press the game, we are playing within the team.  We are doing a lot of things defensively and collectively and I think that’s helping us [to] not let up [allow] as many goals as we were at the beginning of the year.”

On his performance:

“As I am getting older, some of the things as a forward are not just about goals for me.  It’s the team, something I have stressed all year.  It is team collective offense; collective defending and you really don’t appreciate that part of the game until you get a little more experienced.

When told of Head Coach Bruce Arena’s comments on his performance, Buddle said, “I think Bruce appreciates that part [team collective offense, defending] and not getting frustrated and the goals will come.”  “I think we created a lot of chances and those are some of the positives I think Bruce sees.

On Back-to-Back games (Seattle on Wednesday & New York on Saturday):

Positive, I am optimistic; I think we will get the results we need.  Tonight I think we could have walked away with the ‘W’, but we found a way to get a point.

The Galaxy travel to Seattle for a game on Wednesday, May 2, then back at home on Saturday, May 5 to host the NY Red Bulls.

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