Being the intelligent, cultured football fan that I am, I can enjoy a 0-0 draw. Some of the most exciting matches are often 1-0 or 2-1 affairs. That said, seeing 11 goals in tonight’s Superliga match between MLS sides LA Galaxy and FC Dallas was something special.
By minute 19, LA had a 4-0 lead. Dallas waited 24 minutes to respond, then 35 more before the fireworks really started after their second goal. When Donovan scored to extend the lead to 5-3 in the 84th minute, he did the cliche throat-slash and mouthed very clearly “Game Over”. Um, not quite.
The game was an important one: the winner moved onto the semifinals of Superliga and is still eligible for the $1M kitty. The semifinalists will be decided after tomorrow night’s two matches.
You can check out the tournament highlights, including the 11 goals, at http://www.superliga2007.com/
Here is the scoring summary:
|LA — Alan Gordon 1 (Landon Donovan ) 3|
|LA — Chris Klein 1 (Landon Donovan ) 12|
|LA — Alan Gordon 2 (Kevin Harmse ) 15|
|LA — Kevin Harmse 1 (Alan Gordon ) 18|
|DAL — Arturo Alvarez 1 (Drew Moor ) 43|
|DAL — Juan Toja 1 (Dominic Oduro ) 78|
|DAL — Arturo Alvarez 2 (Juan Toja ) 82|
|LA — Landon Donovan 1 (unassisted) 84|
|DAL — Carlos Ruiz 1 (Drew Moor ) 91+|
|LA — Carlos Pavon 1 (Landon Donovan ) 95+|
|DAL — Abe Thompson 1 (Dax McCarty ) 96+|