On the first stop of their 2011 Asia Pacific tour in Indonesia, our Los Angeles Galaxy used the same starting XI that won the 2011 MLS Cup final against the Houston Dynamo. The opponent in Jakarta was the Indonesia National Selection.
At the beginning of the match it appeared that the Galaxy underestimated the pace of the Indonesian side. The Galaxy adjusted and had the better scoring chances over the course of the match and the game's only goal. With the 1-0 win, the Galaxy moved to 1-1-1 in international friendlies in 2011.
Our side can now check off 'play in Indonesia' from their list of things to do. The Galaxy had never before played in the country before their win on Nov. 30. The pitch at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium had some noticeable divots in it but it didn't slow down the action.
Robbie Keane scored the only goal of the match in the 14th minute. There was a mess in the penalty area when the Indonesian side could not clear the ball. Adam Cristman deftly played the ball over to Keane who did not make a mistake with his strike past the Indonesia keeper Andritany. For an international friendly, there was a surprising bit of bite in the first half of the match. The Indonesian side dished out some stiff challenges and our side came back with stiffer ones. David Beckham got away with hard take down but Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Keane and Mike Magee were all booked with yellow cards within six minutes of each other in the first half.
The Galaxy had other chances, including one series where they struck the post then the crossbar, but couldn't capitalize. Both Galaxy goalkeepers Josh Saunders and Brian Perk played well in net to combine for the clean sheet. The Galaxy used all of their subs except for Ryan Thomas, Gregg Berhalter and Dustin McCarty.
The Galaxy's next match on the Asia Pacific tour is in the Philippines against the Philippines National Team on Dec. 3. The Galaxy finish the tour in Australia on Dec. 6 against the Melbourne Victory.
More from Patrick Johnston:
"Keane, Galaxy with familiar result in Indonesia", LAGalaxy.com