Galaxy, Islanders finish in draw

September 19, 2012
By Associated Press

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- The Los Angeles Galaxy and the Puerto Rico Islanders played to a 0-0 draw in a CONCACAF Champions League match Wednesday.

The tie left the Galaxy in the lead in Group 5 (2-0-1) play over El Salvador's Isidro Metapan. The Major League Soccer team will face Isidro Metapan (1-1) in its final group game on Oct. 25.

The Galaxy were without marquee strikers David Beckham and Robbie Keane, neither of whom made the trip to Puerto Rico.

Neither star played last month when the Galaxy beat the Islanders, of the North American Soccer League, 4-0 in their Aug. 29 CONCACAF match in California.

Beckham has been sidelined nearly three weeks with a sprained ankle.

The Galaxy and Islanders both had chances in the waning minutes, but couldn't find the back of the net.

"We didn't do a good job with the chances we created," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "But a point on the road is still good."

Puerto Rico kept Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perk busy down the stretch.

"Their goalkeeper was busier. I think the clearer chances were for the Islanders tonight," Puerto Rico coach Adrian Whitbread said. "That says a lot against a team like the Galaxy."

Arena said the Galaxy failed to capitalize on late chances spurred by the entry of Landon Donovan and Vitor Pereira off the bench midway through the second half.

"We were sloppy with our chances. We weren't clinical in the box," he said.