Dec 4, 2008, 4:03 AM
Toronto FC and Los Angeles Galaxy completed another 90 minutes of scoreless football in a 0-0 draw at Toronto’s BMO Field, reflecting the result from their previous meeting last month in Carson, California.
Amadou Sanyang and Toronto FC started the match without two regulars of their own, with hamstring injuries sending both Julian de Guzman and Chad Barrett to the bench.
To cope with this, team Coach Preki employed Captain Dwayne De Rosario at striker and drafted Martin Saric and Nick Labrocca into his midfield.
In the 48th minute, Juninho did well to deflect a De Rosario pass in the Toronto end and forced a fine save out of Frei with his hard drive. With the Galaxy continuing to buzz, led by impressive work from Mike Stephens, Sean Frankin undressed Amadou Sanyang in the 51st minute when he walked into the right side of the box and sent in a lovely cross, but with nobody there to receive it.
While the Galaxy, who have only conceded 4 times all season, are now winless in their last 2 matches and will hope to have talisman Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle in time for their next match on Independence Day at home against the Sounders.
Gambian compatriot Emmanuel Gomez failed to make it to the line up for Saturday’s Toronto FC game.
Toronto FC, who are now unbeaten in 6 and undefeated at home, will have a shorter turnaround time, as they host Brian Ching and the Houston Dynamo on Canada Day.
On Friday night, Omar Jassey stayed on the bench as his side San Jose Earthquakes played a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake in front of 16,216 at the Rio Tinto Stadium.
Both teams are at home for their next match. Real Salt Lake have another Friday night game next week as they host the New England Revolution. San Jose are back at Buck Shaw Stadium to take on D.C. United on Saturday.