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Ties Abound In Major League Soccer

This weekend was a weekend of ties in Major League Soccer with the four games all ending up deadlocked.

New York 2 LA Galaxy 2
David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy needed a goal in extra time to tie the New York Red Bulls 2-2 on Saturday night before 46,754 fans, the largest crowd for a single Major League Soccer game this season.

It appeared as if Juan Pablo Angel’s goal in the 71st minute was going to be the game-winner for the Red Bulls. But the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan knocked in a bending shot in the 92nd minute for the game-tying score. It was his league-leading 12th goal of the season.

The tie kept both teams on winless streaks. The Red Bulls (5-6-6) have not won in almost a month, going 0-2-2 since last winning on June 21. The Galaxy (6-6-5) are 0-2-3 in the past five games.

Earthquakes 0, Toronto FC 0
Toronto FC remained unbeaten at home, playing to a scoreless tie against the San Jose Earthquakes. Toronto (6-6-4) hasn’t lost in nine home games, but poor play on the road has significantly hurt its playoff chances. The team has recorded only three points away from home.

With the tie, Toronto remains fifth in the East Division. San Jose continues to dwell in the basement of the West Division at (3-9-5).

Rapids 2, FC Dallas 2
Conor Casey scored in the 67th minute to help Colorado tie FC Dallas. With the draw, FC Dallas’ Schellas Hyndman remained winless (0-1-3) in four games since taking over as coach.

With FC Dallas (4-6-7) leading 2-1, Casey headed a shot inside the left post from the top left corner of the goalie’s box for his third goal of the year. Terry Cooke started the scoring sequence with a chip shot to Christian Gomez from 20 yards out and Gomez one-timed a pass across the box to Casey to tie it for the Rapids (6-8-3).

Real Salt Lake 0, Fire 0
Real Salt Lake and the Chicago Fire each earned a point while playing to a draw. With the tie, Real Salt Lake (6-6-6) took a one-point lead for first place in the Western Conference with 24 points. Chicago (7-5-4) remains in third in the Eastern Conference with 25 points.