SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Los Angeles forward Mike Magee played the final 47 minutes in goal and the Galaxy survived the loss of their two goalkeepers to tie the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Saturday.
Magee, a nine-year veteran making his 185th MLS appearances, took over in goal after backup goalkeeper Josh Saunders was ejected. Starter Donovan Ricketts left earlier because of an arm injury.
Magee made four saves and broke up other San Jose attacks in the penalty box to help the league-leading Galaxy (9-2-8) extend their unbeaten streak to 10 matches,
The Earthquakes (5-5-5) were unable to generate many chances until a final frantic 10 minutes. They failed to capitalize on a number of chances in both halves before a franchise-record crowd of 10,872.
Ricketts, returning from a three-match absence while playing in the Gold Cup with the Jamaican national team, was knocked out in the 24th minute after a crunching collision with countryman Khari Stephenson on a 50-50 ball in the Los Angeles penalty area. Ricketts spent 3 minutes on the field before getting up and heading directly to the locker room. A team spokesman said Ricketts had a left forearm injury.
Saunders was banished in the 43rd minute, forcing the Galaxy to play a man down the rest of the game, when he swung a deliberate retaliatory elbow to the face of San Jose forward Steven Lenhart. Lenhart received a yellow card for instigating the play by heading the ball out of Saunders' arms.