Galaxy ties versus Columbus

Los Angeles Galaxy was hot early, as Landon Donovan scored within the first five minutes after Crew goalkeeper Will Hesmer dropped a cross. Despite struggling to establish a rhythm on the field, the Galaxy struck early in the second half too, when Edson Buddle charged into the box to put away a shot.

However, "the most dangerous lead" cliché held true. Up two goals, the Galaxy then allowed the Columbus Crew to close the gap.

First, Brad Evans benefited when a Guillermo Barros Schelotto free kick struck the Galaxy's Alvaro Pires in the face and dropped nicely for Evans to poke into the goal. Then Chris Klein caused a penalty kick by tripping up Robbie Rogers in the Galaxy box.

The Galaxy's offense kicked into gear again and scored another goal when David Beckham drew a penalty that Donovan put away, but again, Columbus pulled even late. A free kick by Guillermo Barros Schelotto set up the chance. Though goalkeeper Steve Cronin managed one save, he was helpless when the rebound fell to Crew rookie Steven Lenhart.

Beckham had the assist on the Galaxy's first goal and drew the penalty kick for the second, he also had the most glaring miss of the night.

Soon after the Crew scored the tying goal, Beckham had the ball in their box with only goalkeeper Will Hesmer to beat. Beckham put his try over the crossbar.

"Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't," Beckham said. "Obviously I am disappointed to not finish the game off there."

"The grass gave way just as I struck the ball," Beckham said. "To hit it so far off from that distance something must have happened. It felt like a penalty I took once against Portugal and if you watch the video as I went to strike the ball it actually lifted up from my standing foot."

Landon Donovan leads MLS with 11 goals, though due to international absences, Donovan has only played in 10 matches.

The Galaxy's tendency to give up late goals, however, can leave the team feeling like no lead is enough. They must score as much as possible to guard against losing a lead.

"It does seem that way at times," Beckham said. "It is a learning process for the team and all the players and we will get better at that."

"It feels like it was a loss. We were in front 2-0. We need to learn how to finish games off. We were ahead 1-0 at halftime when we felt like we should have had three or four. Overall, we are disappointed to draw a game at home. It is a point and we will move forward, but we are disappointed with it."

"When you get an opportunity like that in the last few minutes to win the game, of course it is disappointing not to score it," Beckham said.

source espn.com

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