No Beckham? No sweat

The Galaxy have sprinted to a nine-point advantage in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, taking a 7-0-1 record into Saturday night’s game at Home Depot Center against Toronto FC, which is 0-4 on the road and expected to fall to 0-5.

L.A. reached the MLS Cup final in November and lost on penalties to Real Salt Lake after a 1-1 draw. This season, the Galaxy have scored the most goals (15, or 1.88 per game) and given up the fewest (2, 0.25 per game) in the league.

But how will the club fare without its big attacking stars? It will soon find out: Landon Donovan, whose nine assists are tops in MLS, and Edson Buddle, who scored a league-best nine goals in the first six games, head to Princeton, N.J., after the Toronto match for the start of the U.S. national team’s pre-World Cup training camp. Continue