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Galaxy defeats Real Salt Lake, 2-0, despite injuries

Mike Magee and Charlie Rugg score early in the first half. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe earns a shutout in his MLS debut for the Galaxy.

April 28, 2013
  • Galaxy forward Charlie Rugg, left, battles with Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler (28) during the first half.
Galaxy forward Charlie Rugg, left, battles with Real Salt Lake defender… (Rick Bowmer / Associated…)

SANDY, Utah — Mike Magee and Charlie Rugg scored early in the first half, and the Galaxy coasted to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Brian Rowe became the first goalkeeper to earn a shutout in his MLS debut for the Galaxy (4-1-2) since Brian Perk in a 0-0 draw against Seattle on July 4, 2011.

Magee scored on a header in the sixth minute. Juninho fed him a cross off a free kick into the center of the box and Magee put a perfect touch on the pass as he headed it inside the right post.

Rugg scored in the 13th minute when Hector Jimenez found him in front of the goal on a cross from the right flank.

Rugg outraced a Salt Lake defender to the ball and simply tapped it in for the easy goal.

Salt Lake dropped to 3-4-2.

Salt Lake and the Galaxy combined to score 20 goals over the last five meetings between the two clubs before Saturday night. Digging out of the early two-goal hole proved difficult for Salt Lake without its top two goal scorers.

Usual starting forwards Alvaro Saborio and Robbie Findley were sidelined by injuries.

Injuries also had a major impact on the Galaxy.

Four regular starters — Landon Donovan, Carlo Cudicini, Robbie Keane and Todd Dunivant — missed the game.

Donovan and Cudicini sat out with right leg strains, Dunivant was sidelined with a left leg strain and Keane was out with a left ankle strain.

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