Edson Buddle's goal in the 5th minute was the difference as the LA Galaxy dominated the New England Revolution to win their home opener, 1-0, on Saturday night.
The LA Galaxy struck early as Landon Donovan fired a beautiful cross in from the left sideline that found the head of Buddle. The forward was able to muscle past Pat Phelan and head the ball past goalkeeper Preston Burpo.
New England struggled due to the absence of midfield stalwart Sharlie Joseph , who was out with a hip flexor injury. This created a great deal of space for the Galaxy offense to roam as New England struggled to handle the faster Los Angeles side. Without Joseph, the Revolution were unable to maintain possession and forced to resort to long balls into their strikers, a tactic that was easily handled by towering Galaxy defenders Omar Gonzalez and Leonardo.
Galaxy Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts saw little action, but was able to maintain the shutout for Los Angeles.