Brian Perk has to choose whether it’s left or right, eighteen minutes into his Major League Soccer debut.
Perk selected right, accurately and metaphorically, and blocked Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero’s penalty kick to protect a scoreless draw.
Perk said, “Just looking at him, I thought he was a crafty player. Thought he’d show me one way and then go the other. That’s what he did. Lucky I guessed the right way.”
The penalty kick after Montero got a shot that came out to be planned for the back of the net until the elbow of Galaxy defender Omar Gonzales warded off the ball straightly to Perk. The accidental handball resulted in punishment kick of Montero.
Bruce Arena, the Galaxy Coach, said, “Give Perk a lot of credit in his first game. I don’t think he was tested a whole lot, but certainly a penalty kick is as much of a test as you’re ever going to face.”
The debut of Perk integrated one other save as he held the backline steady so the Galaxy with 9-2-9 can endure without its top two goalies. The Galaxy has as well lost two of its defenders for the reason of injury by the last part of competition on Monday, although Seattle with 8-4-8 was unsuccessful to capitalize against the depleted defense.
Montero caught A.J. DeLaGarza, Galaxy defender, with a kick to the face in the 13th minute, and DeLaGarza left the game after 10 minutes. His line mate Gonzales experienced a left hip pointer that required him out of the game in the 80th minute. Arena illustrated together defenders as “fine” after the game.
Perk said, “When Omar went down I was thinking maybe we should take a draw. Zero-zero without our two center backs is OK.”
The Galaxy as well played without David Beckham for most of the competition. Beckham sat out the last two games of the group fighting a back injury, and Arena stayed until the 68th minute to release Beckham from the bench, delighting the run out crowd of 27,000 followers at the Home Depot Center.
Arena said, “Beckham we knew could play about 20 to 25 minutes tonight. I thought David did well having been out a couple of weeks, so that was OK.”
Beckham arrived moments following the best threat of Galaxy of the night and the merely time Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller was tested. Landon Donovan, Galaxy midfielder, crossed the ball to forward Juan Pablo Angel. Angel got a shot across the goal after dancing around the one defender. Keller used each inch of his 6-foot-2 frame to turn aside the shot off the far post.