New York (5-3-1) grabbed a lead in the 19th minute when Joel Lindpere took a pass from Jan Gunnar Solli inside the Galaxy box and unleashed a shot past onrushing Galaxy goalkeeper Bill Gaudette for his first goal of the season.
Meara then took over, making a leaping save on Juninho in the 82nd -- parrying the shot over the crossbar -- and also turned aside a Landon Donovan attempt 4 minutes later.
The Galaxy (3-5-1) continued a disappointing start to the season, taking just one point from their last three games.
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