The Los Angeles Galaxy came into Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday looking to extend their league leading unbeaten streak against their rival San Jose Earthquakes. What they got was a wild ride full of injuries and red cards that eventually lead to a 0-0 tie and a point for the home team.
What was even more impressive was that they kept a clean sheet with a forward playing goalie for much of the match.
Mike Magee, a ninth-year forward, was tending goal for the final 47 minutes of the match after starting goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts left the match with a forearm injury in the 24th minute, and backup Josh Saunders receiving a red card in the 43rd minute.
San Jose (5-5-5) couldn’t get much going against Magee in the second half despite the 11-on-10 advantage. The Quakes found themselves pushing during the final ten minutes, but were unable to get good shots, rarely having Magee make a stop. Magee finished with four saves on the afternoon, with three occuring after the 80th minute, and a clean sheet for the day as well.
In front of the home fans the Quakes fell short despite the franchise-record crowd of 10,872 at Buck Shaw Stadium, who honestly thought the Quakes would get the three points after Magee’s insertion.
The Quakes will take on the New York Red Bulls at Standford Stadium next Saturday, July 2nd, and will be televised on ESPN2. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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