also unmarked -- on the right side of the goal area and he coolly slotted the ball under the sliding Hartman.
The Galaxy tried to find ways to cut into the Burn's lead as the home side shifted their focus to protecting the lead in the second half. Two minutes into the second half, it appeared as if the Galaxy might halve their deficit when Burn Steve Jolley's poor attempt at settling a Cobi Jones cross gave Galaxy forward Joseph Ngwenya the ball on the doorstep, but Ngwenya mis-hit his shot, and Burn 'keeper Jeff Cassar knocked the ball out for a corner.
Late in the game, with the result all but decided, Johnson had his sights set on a hat trick and tried to beat Hartman to the near post after blazing down the left flank with the ball. Hartman denied Johnson's effort though, covering his post as he slid out and blocked the shot.
The Galaxy are on the road again in one week's time, as they take on the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday at Spartan Stadium (10 p.m. ET; FSW/FSE, HDNet). The Burn, meanwhile, remain at home to face the MetroStars (8:30 p.m. ET).
MLSnet.com Man of the Match: Eddie Johnson (Dallas Burn)
Los Angeles Galaxy (10-8-8) vs. Dallas Burn (10-11-5)
September 18, 2004 -- Cotton Bowl
DAL -- Eddie Johnson 10 (unassisted) 10
DAL -- Eddie Johnson 11 (unassisted) 44
Los Angeles Galaxy -- Kevin Hartman, Chris Albright (Arturo Torres 64), Tyrone Marshall, Ryan Suarez, Paul Broome, Cobi Jones, Marcelo Saragosa (Guillermo Gonzalez 82), Peter Vagenas, Sasha Victorine, Andreas Herzog (Joseph Ngwenya 46), Alejandro Moreno.
Substitutes Not Used: Danny Califf, Dan Popik.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Alejandro Moreno 2, Joseph Ngwenya 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Joseph Ngwenya 2); FOULS: 7 (Chris Albright 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Cobi Jones 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Cobi Jones 6); SAVES: 3 (Kevin Hartman 2)
Dallas Burn -- Jeff Cassar, Carey Talley, Cory Gibbs, Steve Jolley, Milton Reyes (Chris Gbandi 75), Ronnie O'Brien (Bobby Rhine 69), Brad Davis, Simo Valakari, Eric Quill (Jordan Stone 82), Eddie Johnson, Jason Kreis.
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Behncke, Scott Garlick, Clarence Goodson, Toni Nhleko, Ramon Nunez, Philip Salyer.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Eddie Johnson 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Eddie Johnson 3); FOULS: 19 (Simo Valakari 5); OFFSIDES: 4 (4 tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Brad Davis 4); SAVES: 4 (Jeff Cassar 4)
LA -- Tyrone Marshall (caution; Tackle from Behind) 20
DAL -- Milton Reyes (caution; Reckless Foul) 40
LA -- Chris Albright (caution; Reckless Foul) 48+
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
Referee's Assistants: -Nathan Clement; Robert Fereday
4th Official: Richard Heron
Time of Game: 1:56
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-90-degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.