Well gee whiz, Jason Kreis. Christmas isn't until December, but you decided to turn into Santa Claus for a day. All that was missing was a red suit, a red hat and a fake beard.
And with the head elf being Nat Borchers.
I think the 27,000 or so fans who were at the Home Depot Center know why Kyle Beckerman, as much of a talentless hack he is, is Real Salt Lake's de facto team captain.
In the 72nd minute, Borchers gave Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 victory. Thankfully, RSL were spared the humiliation of watching the Galaxy lift the Supporters' Shield. (Thanks for nothing, New England...)
Fabian Espindola opened the scoring in the 45th minute to give the visitors the lead into the break, but Chad Barrett beat Jamison Olave in the 59th minute for an equalizer, and 13 minutes later, Fan Appreciation Night turned into Christmas Eve.
While LA's defense did the work for the most part, offensively it was a different story. I can confirm one thing tonight: David Beckham still has back issues. Yeah, as if that's even news to begin with; it doesn't a rocket scientist monkey to know that back spasms have destroyed Beckham's accuracy on Saturday.
Because of this, I doubt that he will be a go for Tuesday against the New York Red Bulls. Oh yes, you Harrisonites, I understand you want to see Mr. Golden Balls try his luck with his set piece slot machine, but a bad back is a bad back is a bad back is a bad back. Nuff said.
Speaking of backs, I can confirm another piece of news: Javier Morales is back.
Tonight, Morales took Beckham and his back issues to school with a clinical corner just before halftime that was positioned right and found Espindola. Untouchable. Textbook.
Real Salt Lake are specialists when it comes to the dead ball, and should both teams meet in the playoffs, LA will have a tough time putting up with Morales and his dead ball skill.
Landon Donovan, I think, had a tough time trying to get back to his scoring form. When he got subbed after taking a shot late in the second half, he pounded the turf in disgust as if to say, "I have some international business to deal with against Honduras and Ecuador. The last thing I need are these talentless hacks affecting my performance on the world stage." That is a captain right there.
What I didn't understand was the subbing of Espindola late in the game. Here is your key to victory, and you decide, "oh, we're happy winning the season series on aggregate 5-3, we're gonna go ahead and concede this victory and hope that we meet them at the crossroads known as the MLS Cup Playoffs. Preferably Western Conference bracket."
Smooth move, ex-lax. I miss the 80s for what they are worth, as an aside.
And thus the Supporters Shield's fate will likely be determined in the outskirts of New York City, at a relatively new ground built by Makita that houses a club on the brink of desperation, if they aren't there already.
The issue here is that the second string will be given a tough assignment in containing the Red Bulls. Can they get the job done? And will the officiating be better than Kevin Stott-quality?
Kickoff between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.