Toronto FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy : Match Day Commentary

Toronto FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy : Match Day Commentary

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Toronto FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy : Match Day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

It's World Cup send off night tonight here at the Home Depot Center. Tonight's game between Toronto F.C. and the Los Angeles Galaxy will be the final MLS match for two weeks at least for World Cup hopefuls Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan.

Toronto FC comes to the Home Depot Center in search for their first road victory in MLS play. The Galaxy will be without starting Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts with a right elbow strain suffered in training this week.

This is Adam Serrano providing you commentary from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action. (Commentary below the jump)

FINAL – The whistle is blown and the Galaxy are still undefeated, but the club will have to be disappointed with their performance tonight.  Not a great of chances, but the Galaxy should have done better against a team that was missing two of its biggest offensive threats. For Toronto, it was a beautifully executed Preki game as the team's defensive play allowed them to steal a point on the road tonight.

That's all from Adam Serrano, check back to SBI later on for more coverage.

Thank you for following along and Good night.

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95th Minute – STEFAN FREI COMES UP BIG! A key save on Magee and then a gets a fist on it to keep the ball out of danger. The keeper has been fantastic!

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94th Minute – RED CARD! Usanov with an elbow on Donovan and earns his second yellow. Galaxy with a free kick.

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93rd Minute – TFC is swallowing up the chances and the Galaxy just seem frustrated right now because they are unable to get anything going.

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90+ Minute – Magee with a great chance! Donovan earns a corner on the Riot Squad end.

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90th Minute – Four Minutes of extra time.

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87th minute – Poor night on a whole for the Galaxy. The club has been unable to generate many chances and it does not look like this is a 22 point team facing one that is playing on the road with two of its three biggest stars out.

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82nd Minute – TFC player down. Saric seems to be holding his leg, he's limping badly as he is helped off the field. Galaxy with a free kick.

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79th Minute – MISS!!! Mike Magee with a fantastic shot off a a great cross by Mathis. The ball goes across the line and TFC clears. No luck for the Galaxy tonight.

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78th Minute – Preki brings off Barrett and Joseph Nane will take his place.

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77th Minute – Galaxy Sub: Kirovski comes off for Clint Mathis.

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76th Minute – Barrett is all kinds of dangerous right now, but Omar Gonzalez forces him off the ball. 

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74th Minute – A Galaxy sub made in the 73rd, Juninho comes off for Mike Magee.

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73rd Minute – The Galaxy earn nothing on the corner as TFC sends it away on a goal kick.

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73rd Minute – GREAT CHANCE by Edson Buddle who forces Frei to make a save that gives LA the corner.

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72nd Minute – WHAT A MISS! Gala delivers a great ball to Barrett, who is all alone but he can't convert.

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71st Minute – The Galaxy have looked increasingly threatening in the last five minutes, but the club just cant seem to string the last pass together. On the whole the passing game has just not been there for Bruce Arena's men tonight.

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70th Minute – Double Subs: For TFC Gabe Gala comes on for De Rosario while for Los Angeles, Chris Klein comes on for Bryan Jordan.

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67th Minute – Great build up right there as Landon Donovan hits Edson with a great cross, but the forward can not finish. These are not words that we have often spoken about Buddle this season.

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66th Minute – WHAT A MISS! EDSON BUDDLE GETS ALL CROSS BAR! He should have scored there!

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65th Minute – DANGEROUS moment for TFC as the Galaxy cause all kinds of pressure in the Toronto end, but TFC is able to clear it.

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63rd Minute – TFC SUB: Nick LaBrocca pulled in favor of Jacob Peterson.

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61st Minute – Frei snaps up the free kick. The Galaxy get TFC on the heels once again and Maksim Usanov brings down Todd Dunivant. Yellow Card is issued.

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60th Minute – The Galaxy are trying to use the large field to their advantage playing it to the wide Stephens. Nick Garcia brings the midfielder down however and LA earns a free kick.

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58th Minute – Michael Stephens delivers a fantastic cross that reaches the head of Kirovski, but the forward can not hit it on target. Galaxy are showing some signs of life here.

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57th Minute – Edson Buddle nearly runs through a TFC defender and earns a free kick.

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55th Minute – Chad Barrett is the victim of a hard tackle. The stretcher comes out but the forward will battle on.

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54th Minute – Close for the Galaxy as the ball comes off a TFC defender and kjust misses the net of Stefan Frei.

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53rd Minute – Big foul by Garcia on Donovan. The Galaxy earn a free kick from about 25 yards.

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50th Minute – LaBrocca with the free kick, but it goes over the net.

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49th Minute – YELLOW CARD! Gonzalez brings down Barrett. TFC with a free kick just outside the box.

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48th Minute – Buddle with the header but it goes over the net.

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47th Minute – Toronto earning some possession early, but the Galaxy are buzzing and have hit back on the counter. The Galaxy earn a corner.

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45th Minute – And We're Off

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HALFTIME – A very even half at the Home Depot Center tonight. Both clubs have missed some key chances that leave us at a 0-0 result. As I stated earlier, we have seen little from Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan tonight. The Los Angeles club will need to come out in the second half with the same fire that they showed last week.

Toronto has been by far the most threatening team putting a number of chances on frame. Perhaps you can say that they may be deserving of the lead right now. We'll be back with the start of the second half.

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45th Minute – And That's the half.

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45th Minute – One Minute of Stoppage time.

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44th Minute – Edson Buddle has not looked like himself out there tonight. The forward appears tentative right now and is getting easily pushed off the ball. Interesting tidbit, Landon Donovan has dropped back into the midfield with Kirovski now beside Buddle.

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43rd Minute – If you're following along. Let me here where you're from in the comments section.

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42nd Minute – Getting physical here as Jordan goes down holding his back. I don't believe that the right back will be back after half time.

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41st Minute – TC earn a free kick, but the stiff Galaxy defense clears it.

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40th Minute – NEAR MISS FOR MICHAEL STEPHENS. Off a TFC turn over, the ball Galaxy push up field and Michael Stephens fires it across the net of Frei.

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37th Minute – A tremendously speculative effort by De Rosario as the Canadian international fires the ball into the cheap seats. 

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36th Minute – No dice for TFC as the ball as the ball is sent out for a goal kick.

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35th Minute – De Rosario earns a corner

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34th Minute – The Galaxy appearing more threatening right now.  Controlling the Lion share of the possession for the last few minutes.

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32nd Minute – Saric goes down holding his arm after getting a ball kicked into his elbow by Usanov. Saric is being helped off the field. Shame for TFC as Saric replaced the injured De Guzman.

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30th Minute -  Starting to get chippy here tonight. Attakora and Donovan getting into a shouting match.

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28th Minute – Corner for the Galaxy and a group of TFC fans pelt Donovan with red streamers. The corner is cleared and the Angel City Brigade begin to chant U-S-A in the direction of the Canadian fans.

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27th Minute -  Great voice from the crowd tonight. the Angel City Brigade and the Riot Squad are coming in full voice tonight.

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24th Minute – Berhalter clips DeRosario and the forward is on the ground. It appears that he may be in jeopardy to continue.

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22nd Minute – TFC Forward Chad Barrett has looked particularly spry tonight. He's doing a good job of taking on Omar Gonzalez and making space tonight.

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18th Minute – A moment of worry for Los Angeles as it appears that Bryan Jordan is suffering from a hamstring issue. Chris Klein is getting ready to come on.

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17th Minute – TFC has looked by far the most dangerous club tonight, but the stiff Galaxy defense has done its job to prevent them from taking the lead.

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16th Minute – Galaxy earn a throw in near the box, but Toronto clears.

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14th Minute – Some rough stuff by Toronto as the defense is hacking at Edson Buddle. You've heard of the hack-a-Shaq well tonight Preki looks to deliver the hack-a-Buddle.

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11th Minute – TFC putting some early pressure on the Galaxy. Preki seems eager to come into Los Angeles and put pressure on his former arch rival.

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9th Minute – Shot goes just above the net of Saunders. Toronto goes right down the field and Frei has to make a diving save. TFC earn the corner.

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8th Minute – Galaxy earn a free kick just outside the box.

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5th Minute – TORONTO NEARLY RESPONDS! DeRosario nearly hits in a goal, the cross was just behind him from Wade Barrett.

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4th Minute – LANDON DONOVAN WITH A NEAR MISS! Great shot by Donovan that goes just above the net of Frei.

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1st Minute – And We're Off!

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PREGAME- Here are the Line Ups:

TORONTO F.C.

————Barrett———De Rosario —————

LaBrocca—–Sanyang——Saric—-Cronin

Garcia—-Cann——-Attakora——Usanov

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LOS ANGELES GALAXY

————Buddle———Donovan—————

Stephens—–Birchall——Juninho—-Kirovski

Dunivant—-Berhalter——-Gonzalez——Jordan

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