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November 4, 2007
Galaxy’s Stars Finally Align against Hollywood United

by T.J. Boyce

Edson Buddle had a hat trick before halftime as the Galaxy pounded Hollywood United FC 12-4 in Sunday's benefit match.
Edson Buddle had a hat trick before halftime as the Galaxy pounded Hollywood United FC 12-4 in Sunday's benefit match.
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CARSON--The Los Angeles Galaxy used Sunday’s match for charity against Hollywood United FC as a tune-up for their upcoming postseason tour, dismantling the visitors 12-4 at the Home Depot Center.

More than just a glorified training session, the game was a success from a financial standpoint as well, with a $72,000 check being presented to representatives of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army just before kickoff. All of the proceeds were raised through ticket sales for the game and a silent auction on items contributed by both sides.

Six minutes into the match, David Beckham served a cross into the box to the head of Edson Buddle, but the resulting shot flew wide of Without a Trace star Anthony LaPaglia in the visitor’s goal.

Three minutes later, Beckham thrust the Galaxy into the lead. His 25 yard blast from the left side of the field beat LaPaglia to the far post, giving Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. It was Beckham’s second goal in a Galaxy uniform, the first coming against D.C. United in a SuperLiga semifinal victory on August 15th.

The Galaxy wasted no time in doubling up on their opponents, notching a second goal just four minutes later. Cobi Jones, playing as the Galaxy’s captain in the match, sprung Buddle in on goal with a neat pass through the Hollywood United backline, leaving LaPaglia unable to defend against the forward’s rocket to the near corner.

Buddle’s field day continued in the 22nd minute, when he employed some fancy footwork to get the better of a trio of United defenders, including current Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas. Hitting from the top of the box, Buddle’s second goal in under ten minutes staked the professionals to a 3-0 lead over their amateur counterparts.

Hollywood United pulled one back in the 27th minute, when Frank LeBeouf charged a shot from just outside the box. The French defender’s effort took a timely deflection off a defender in front before slowly trickling into the goal past rookie keeper Lance Friesz.

The Galaxy got back on track two minutes past the half-hour. Beckham gathered a pass from Buddle and easily chipped his second goal of the game into the net at the far post.

Hollywood United was awarded a penalty kick in the 35th minute, after the Galaxy’s troy Roberts dragged down an attacker in the box. Stepping up to the spot, LeBeouf firmly struck the penalty into the upper corner, closing the gap to 4-2.

Buddle completed his first-half hat trick in the 38th minute, moving in on goal and juking around LaPaglia before easily slotting the ball into the open net for a fifth Galaxy goal.

Two minutes later, Jones got into the act with a soft lob that drifted over the keeper’s head and under the crossbar, pushing the Galaxy’s lead to four.

HUFC responded just before the break, when Joe-Max Moore’s 30-yard salvo skipped past Friesz to his left and ended in the net. As the referee’s whistle mercifully brought the first-half to an end, the Galaxy’s advantage stood at a field goal at 6-3.

The second half brought a short lull in the action, until second-half substitute Peter Vagenas volleyed home Beckham’s corner kick in the 52nd minute to extend the hosts’ lead to 7-3.

Three minutes later, the previously ferocious pace returned, as Mike Caso became the next Galaxy player to add his name to the scoresheet by beating LaPaglia.

Chris Klein was the next to cash in. The 2007 Los Angeles MVP’s close-range attempt squeezed between LaPaglia and the near post in the 60th minute to make the score 9-3.

Hollywood United’s Peter Gail tallied in the 68th minute, ending a 23-minute drought for the stars, but Los Angeles reached double-digits with fifteen minutes remaining, when Caso finished a Beckham shot that caromed off the crossbar.

Literally seconds later, Chris Klein streaked down the field past several defenders and beat substitute goalkeeper Brian Burde at the far post for Galaxy goal #11.

Finishing off the fireworks, holding midfielder Kevin Harmse capped a crafty give-and-go with a teammate in the 82nd minute by weaving through five flat-footed defenders en route to the Galaxy’s 12th goal of the game.

LA – David Beckham (Israel Sesay) 9’
LA – Edson Buddle (Cobi Jones) 13’
LA – Edson Buddle (unassisted) 22’
HUFC – Frank LeBeouf (unassisted) 27’
LA – David Beckham (Edson Buddle) 32’
HUFC – Frank LeBeouf (penalty kick) 35’
LA – Edson Buddle (Cobi Jones) 38’
LA – Cobi Jones (Ante Jazic) 40’
HUFC – Joe-Max Moore (unassisted) 45’
LA – Peter Vagenas (David Beckham) 52’
LA – Mike Caso (unassisted) 55’
LA – Chris Klein (David Beckham) 60’
HUFC – Peter Gail (unassisted) 68’
LA – Mike Caso (unassisted) 75’
LA – Chris Klein (unassisted) 76’
LA – Kevin Harmse (unassisted) 82’

HFC – Anthony LaPaglia (Brian Burde 68’), Olivier Biaggi, Richard Gough, Alexi Lalas (Viv Campbell 68’), Chris Henderson, Federico Bianchi, Frank LeBeouf, Jason Boyce, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Joe-Max Moore, Jorge Campos (Eric Wynalda 22’, Yari Alhutt 68’)

LA – Lance Friesz, Chris Albright (Mike Randolph 46’), Troy Roberts, Kyle Veris, Ante Jazic (Mike Caso 46’), Kelly Gray (Peter Vagenas 46’), Cobi Jones (Josh Tudela 46’), David Beckham (Israel Sesay 84’), Israel Sesay (Kevin Harmse 46’), Carlos Pavon (Landon Donovan 46’), Edson Buddle (Chris Klein 46’)
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