Galaxy's defensive streak almost the best ever
Frank Yallop has been a difference maker. Taking over for the ineffective (title or no title) Steve Sampson, he's turned the Galaxy into a capable team once more. Landon Donovan's return from the World Cup has a lot to do with that, but the team is much better defensively, which can't be credited to Landon. Chris Albright has returned also, but other than him it's pretty much the same crew. Tyrone Marshall and Ugo Ihemelu in the center of defense. Troy Roberts has taken over the left back position in lieu of the traded Todd Dunivant, although he's not expected to hold the job much longer. Yallop has his Canadian man, Ante Jazic, ready to take over there once he gets a work permit. Meanwhile, teenage rookie Nathan Sturgis has been helping out in the center of midfield.
Overall, Los Angeles has shut out five consecutive opponents: HOU-KC-NY-RSL-CHV. Not since Jean Philippe Peguero's goal in the 28th minute on June 17th has their net been breached. That's 512 minute and counting.
They still need to go almost two more full games to break the all time record, which is held by the 2000 Kansas City Wizards, the greatest defensive team in MLS history. Their streak lasted 680 minutes, including 6 shutouts. They had a great backline of Brandon Prideaux, Peter Vermes and Nick Garcia, along with Matt McKeon and Kerry Zavagnin as defensive midfielders.
Each team's best defensive scoreless streak: