LAst Night's Action: Donovan, Galaxy Fall in Penalty Kicks
Real Salt Lake defeats LA Galaxy 1-1, 5-4 PK. 120 minutes couldn’t decide who would win the MLS Cup, so they went to penalty kicks. In penalties Galaxy captain Landon Donovan waited to kick in the fourth round. He inexplicably missed the shot way over the crossbar. While Josh Saunders was able to save Andy Williams’ kick in the fifth round, if Donovan had made his kick the Galaxy would have been crowned. The Galaxy owned Salt Lake in the first half culminating in Mike Magee’s goal in the 41st minute assisted by Donovan and David Beckham. Salt Lake took over in the second half with a score in the 64th minute by former Galaxy player Robbie Findley. The game was noted for injuries with Salt Lake’s Javier Morales leaving the game after a hit by Beckham and Will Johnson leaving after one half from food poisoning. Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts left in the 66th minute after a collision becoming the first keeper to leave the MLS Cup final.
LA Lakers defeat Oklahoma City Thunder 101-85. In an otherwise uneventful blowout game for the Lakers, the fans did get their money’s worth thanks to the acrobatic shots by Kobe Bryant in the first half and Shannon Brown’s high flying act in the second. Bryant’s 26 points included a shot from behind the backboard. Meanwhile Shannon Brown aerial show had people screaming that he should be in the slam dunk contest. To add to the giddiness, the Lakers turned the ball over only nine times.