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MLS: Los Angeles 1, Philadelphia 0

CHESTER, Pa., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Edson Buddle scored in the 27th minute Thursday, helping the Los Angeles Galaxy to a tougher-than-expected 1-0 victory over Philadelphia.

Los Angeles improved to 17-6-5 and moved five points in front of second-place Real Salt Lake in the battle for the top spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles has two games remaining and Salt Lake has three.

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Buddle scored his 14th goal of the season off a corner kick by David Beckham. It was the first assist of the year for Beckham.

Philadelphia (7-14-7) is out of contention for the MLS playoffs.

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