Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy wanted to prove something to Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez.
“We’ve heard a lot of talk about the New York Red Bulls over the last month,’’ Donovan said, “and we wanted to reiterate to people who the best team in the league is.’’
Edson Buddle scored his league-leading 13th goal in the 10th minute last night in Harrison, N.J., and the Galaxy (13-3-4) made it stand up in a 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls (9-7-4), who featured the brightest of the league’s newly signed stars.
Marquez, the Mexican national team captain, made his first home start for the Red Bulls.
Playing a central midfield position until substituted in the 71st minute, he joined Henry, his former Barcelona teammate, and Juan Pablo Angel to give the Red Bulls the MLS’s most famous trio.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena watched from a private box after spending two nights in a hospital with a viral illness.
Arena was in the locker room following the game and said he may have Dengue fever, which is caused by a mosquito bite. The illness is usually contracted in the tropics — the Galaxy played a CONCACAF Champions League game at the Puerto Rico Islanders Aug. 4.
Union 1, Rapids 1 — Danny Mwanga scored in the 73d minute to give Philadelphia a tie with Colorado in Chester, Pa.
The rookie’s seventh goal of the season came on an assist from Sebastien Le Toux.
Jeff Larentowicz scored from 30 yards in the 59th minute after Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz stopped a shot, but couldn’t control the rebound.
Dallas 3, United 1 — Eric Alexander scored his first career goal and FC Dallas beat host D.C. United, stretching its road unbeaten streak to nine, tying the MLS record.
Jair Benitez’s own goal in the 79th minute was the only tally for United, who have lost five straight, including the last two under interim coach Ben Olsen.
Salt Lake 2, Crew 0 — Javier Morales scored twice and Real Salt Lake extended its franchise-record home unbeaten streak to 21 regular-season games by shutting out Columbus. The league record is 22, held by the Crew.
Morales scored in the 11th minute, firing a shot from the top left corner of the penalty box off the far post and past goalkeeper William Hesmer.
Earthquakes 1, Wizards 0 — Chris Wondolowski scored his team-high seventh goal and new acquisition Khari Stephenson delivered his first MLS assist to lead San Jose over Kansas City in Santa Clara, Calif.
Wondolowski, who hadn’t scored since June 2, volleyed home a perfectly delivered 25-yard chip pass from Stephenson in the 35th minute.
Sounders 0, Chivas USA 0 — Visiting Seattle battled to a scoreless tie in Carson, Calif.