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Revs star over Galaxy, Salt Lake corral Red Bulls

Tucsonans treated to star power in opening matchups — and not just Beckham

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The Desert Diamond Cup opened with an attack-minded contest that ended with the New England Revolution victorious over LA Galaxy 3-2. Then Real Salt Lake defeated the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Wednesday night.

New England opened up the scoring in the first moments with a bicycle kick from Benny Feilhaber that sailed past LA goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

The Galaxy would answer later in the half when Edson Buddle, returning to the squad after a stint in Europe, delivered a David Beckham corner kick into New England's goal.

The lead would not hold long as two new players for New England linked up to get their second goal. Kelyn Rowe took a corner kick and sent it right to the head of John Lozano, who delivered it home.

It set an interesting record for Rowe: He has set up goals for his new team in every one of the Revolution's four preseason contests.

Los Angeles responded a moment later when Mike Magee — with a little help from a deflection off of the Revolution's Darius Barnes — scored and evened up the score.

Despite numerous tries at a goal from Buddle, the points remained even for both teams until the 74th minute, when Alec Purdie substituted for Rowe. The change quickly paid off as Purdie delivered the ball to the waiting feet of Jeremiah White who scored what turned out to be the winning goal for the Revs.

The game ended with the Revolution victorious and collecting three points in the Desert Diamond Cup standings.

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Becks speaks

Far from taking things lightly, the Galaxy played many of their starters in preparation for a season that will start a bit early for them with a CONCACAF Champions League against Toronto FC on March 7. Among those who stayed out for the entire match was David Beckham, his first full 90 in preseason.

"It's always good to get that in. I felt pretty good tonight, but we've got a lot of hard work to do in the next few weeks," he said in comments to the press after the game. "We want to treat these games seriously."

Beckham giggled a little bit when the chants of "DAVID! DAVID! DAVID!" could be heard outside the hall where he was being interviewed.

Sometimes, it can seem he's the Sagitarius A of Los Angeles, the supermassive object at the center of the Galaxy. He may be what gets the headlines, particularly from the non-soccer press, but Beckham's praise went to his teammate Edson Buddle.

"He gets himself in the way of defenders and works hard for the team, holds the ball well and gets in great positions," Beckham said of forward Buddle who scored the team's first goal.

"It's what you want from a forward. It's what he was doing before and what he's doing again," he said.

The Galaxy was near flawless last year, how does the team plan to keep it up?

"Last season was a great season for us, but we can't let complacency get into the club and come into the team," Beckham said. "Knowing Bruce [Arena, the Galaxy coach] and knowing his staff, they won't let any complacency come into this team."

Supah Shalrie

The Revolution were trying out a variety of new players, but there was a familiar player in the midfield: Shalrie Joseph, starting his tenth season for the squad.

"It was good for us," Joseph said of the win, "we got the result we set out to get tonight."

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Last season, the team counted on Joseph to play in a more offensive position. With a new coach and new players, Joseph was allowed to play as a defensive midfielder. It was a more natural position for him, but it will still take the team a bit of time to work players into the formation.

"It's been part of the rebuilding process. We're trying the system, trying to get guys involved," Joseph said. "We're still trying to work together, trying to build that chemisty."

So, how does the Grenadian-born player like Tucson?

"Anything to get out of Boston for the winter."

Real Salt Lake 1, Red Bulls 0

Real Salt Lake defeated the New York Red Bulls in the second game of the opening night of the Desert Diamond Cup on Wednesday night.

The Red Bulls are scheduled to take on Mexican club Pumas de UNAM in Phoenix Thursday night, so they put together a team that consisted of many reservists, try-outs and guest players. Only a few names, notably Mehdi Ballouchy and Corey Hertzog, were familiar to Major League Soccer fans.

RSL took the opportunity to also play many of their younger players, but brought on many of their more familiar places after the hour mark.

New York's Jeremy Vuolo kept RSL scoreless for most of the game, and may have given an answer for who the team's starting keeper will be. The team started three keepers at various times last year, none of whom are on the roster this season.

Vuolo's hopes to keep a clean sheet were dashed after RSL brought on their first teamers. It took a few minutes, but Chris Wingert floated a ball to the pate of Brazilian Paulo Jr. who sent it to the back of the net. It would be the only goal of the match.

'We played well'

"I'm quite pleased," said New York coach Hans Backe after the game, "It was a competitive good game for our young players and trialists."

"I think we played well in the first half, could have been one up, perhaps."

There are still questions at goalkeeper for the team. Backe plans to play Ryan Meara, who has spent his previous three seasons in the Premier Development League, when he brings out his regular starters against Pumas on Thursday.

"It's early to say," Backe said about which will be his number one keeper, "we'll see tomorrow."

"He's done well in our sessions," said Backe of Meara, "Even Jeremy [Vuolo] has done well. So let's see what Ryan is doing tomorrow. It's a little bit early to say."

Waiting for the call

Among the new players that Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis started was Leone Cruz. Cruz had been drafted by the Seattle Sounders in 2011, but the center back was traded to Salt Lake in January.

"I have the confidence that I can break through," Cruz said of his chances that he'll get into Kreis's first team.

"The coaches have been helping me and the players have been giving me pointers. Every day I just try and give my best for the team. When I get the call, I'll be ready for it."

Coming up

Both teams are scheduled for matches on Saturday night.

Real Salt Lake will be playing against LA Galaxy on Saturday at 6 p.m.

New York has a game against New England at 8 p.m. Saturday, but will first be facing Pumas de UNAM in Glendale Thursday night. Pumas are one of the more popular Mexican teams, but are languishing in 14th place with only one win in the clausura.

Both Tucson matchups will be at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham tackles the ball away from New England's Shalrie Joseph.

Revolution vs. LA Galaxy

Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium

Scoring summary

  • NER – Benny Feilhaber (unassisted) 2'
  • LAG – Edson Buddle (David Beckham) 31'
  • NER – John Lozano (Kelyn Rowe) 36'
  • LAG – Mike Magee (unassisted) 39'
  • NER – Jeremiah White (Alec Purdie) 74'

Misconduct summary

  • LAG – Marcelo Sarvas (caution) 24
  • New England Revolution: Matt Reis (Bobby Shuttleworth 46'), Chris Tierney (Tyler Polak 76'), John Lozano (Florian Lechner 46', Ryan Kinne 76'), Stephen McCarthy (Gabe Mercier 76'), Darrius Barnes, Benny Feilhaber (Diego Fagundez 74'), Clyde Simms (Luiscito Campisi 46', Fernando Cárdenas 79'), Shalrie Joseph, Kelyn Rowe (Alec Purdie 74'), Blake Brettschneider (Jeremiah White 46', Michael Roach 79'), Saër Sène (Björn Runström 46', Zack Schilawski 79')
  • Los Angeles Galaxy: Josh Saunders, Todd Dunivant, A.J. DeLaGarza, Tommy Meyer, Dan Keat, Mike Magee (Paolo Cardozo 46'), David Beckham, Marcelo Sarvas, Pat Noonan (Héctor Jiménez 57'), Adam Cristman (Juninho 46'), Edson Buddle (Jack McBean 79')

Red Bulls vs Real Salt Lake

Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium

  • Scoring summary
  • RSL - Paulo Jr. (Fabian Espindola, Chris Wingert) 75’
  • Misconduct summary
  • NYR –Leobardo Alvarez (caution) 33’
  • Real Salt Lake: Kyle Reynish (GK), Terukazu Tanaka (Tony Beltran 61’), Leone Cruz (Jamison Olave 66’), Carlos Salcedo (Chris Schuler 66’), Lance Laing (Diogo de Almeida 46’, Chris Wingert 61’), Nico Muniz (Luis Gil 66’), Yordany Alvarez (Kyle Beckerman 66’), Sebastian Velasquez, Enzo Martinez (Ned Grabavoy 66’), Emiliano Bonfigli (Paulo Jr. 66’), Cody Arnoux (Fabian Espindola 66’)
  • New York Red Bulls: Jeremy Vuolo (GK), Jonathan Borrajo, Tyler Ruthven, Leobardo Alvarez, Connor Lade (Andrew Welker 86’), Brandon Barklage (Willis Forko 81’), Ryan Maduro (Jose Angulo 46’), Victor Palsson, Mehdi Ballouchy, Corey Hertzog, Jhonny Arteaga (Giorgi Chirgadze 71’)

FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup

The event will features four double-header matches Wednesday and Saturday nights from through March 3. The round-robin tournament will crown a champion on the final evening through a point-accumulation system. All teams will make their final preparations for the 2012 MLS regular season by training on the world-class fields and facilities of the Kino Sports Complex.

  • Wednesday
  • New England Revolution 3 - L.A. Galaxy 2
  • New York Red Bulls 0 - Real Salt Lake 1
  • Saturday
  • 6 p.m. L.A. Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
  • 8 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution
  • Wednesday, Feb. 29
  • 6 p.m. Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution
  • 8 p.m. L.A. Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls
  • Saturday, March 3
  • 6 p.m. MLS 3rd place vs. MLS 4th place
  • 8 p.m. MLS 1st place vs. MLS 2nd place

Standings

TeamPtsGD
New England Revolution3+1
Real Salt Lake3+1
New York Red Bulls(0)-1
Los Angeles Galaxy(0)-1
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