Result: Tigres UANL 3 Galaxy 0

The Galaxy did come out in their alternate galactic blue for the second half, but the switch didn’t help; they let in two more goals and were pretty comprehensively beaten by the Mexican team.

The Galaxy actually had more threatening attacks than they did in the first half.

Most notably, newly-acquired midfielder Kelly Gray made a surging run from within his own half in the 56th minute that ended with Landon Donovan shooting wide.

Fonseca scored a second in the 72nd minute after Tigres had easily split the Galaxy defense.

Substitute Alejandro Vilalobos notched the third, again after the Galaxy failed to close down the Tigres attackers, allowing them far too much space.

We’ll see what Coach Frank Yallop has to say in the post match press conference.

Updated 9 p.m.

It took a grim Yallop 40 minutes to emerge from the locker room where their Galaxy had the second team meeting in four games.

It’s probably a stretch to describe what took place as a team meeting; midfielder Kyle Martino observed Yallop did most of the talking and used lots of “verbs and adjectives” in his 15 minute address.

“We’re playing with a lack of respect for him and the organization,” Martino said.

When Yallop finally arrived he didn’t mince words, declaring the first half one of the worst he has seen from a team he has been a part of including the almost 20 years he spent as a player.

“They almost played like they didn’t want to make a mistake – scared – like they didn’t want to make a commitment,” he said. “The big stage is getting to us a bit. … Some of them hid and some of them didn’t want to play.”

Striker Alan Gordon, who narrowly missed one of the Galaxy’s best chances of the second half, described the game as the “last straw” for Yallop.

“It’s hurting him watching us play like this,” said Gordon, who was seeing his first action of the season. “He told us we’re letting him down.”

Gordon said the players are conscious that Yallop’s job may be in jeopardy.

“I like him as a coach, as a person,” Gordon said. “When I go out there I’m fighting for him, I’m fighting for me and I’m fighting to keep him here.”

This sums it : up

Updated: Galaxy beat writer Billy Witz has all the gory details here.

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Tigres UANL 1 Galaxy 0 (Half Time)

The game is live on Telefutura.

Eleven minutes in and Argentine Walter Gaitan slips the ball to Jose Fonseca for the opening goal, shredding the Galaxy defense in the process.

It could be a long night for the Galaxy, sporting a back four of Troy Roberts (making his first start of the season), rookie Ty Harden, relative newcomer Abel Xavier and Ante Jazic against two classy, experienced strikers.

Fonseca almost claimed a second in the 25th minute from a free kick, out-jumping Xavier at the far post.

The Galaxy are playing at a desultory clip, but it suits Tigres with the Mexican season not resuming until next month.

The Galaxy placed their white shirts in the center circle at the end of the half.

Hopefully, they will come out in blue for the second 45 minutes. Either that or they are surrendering.

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Gameday Tuesday

A David Beckham-less Galaxy plays Tigres at 5:30 p.m. in the World Series of Football opener at the HDC; in the night’s second game, England’s Chelsea plays Korea’s Samsung at 8:30 p.m. live on Fox Soccer Channel.

Dumb name for a pre-season tournament? I thought so as well. Here’s my regular weekly column.

Meanwhile, here’s more from Galaxy beat writer Billy Witz on Beckham’s inaugural practice Monday.

Here’s a little background on Tigres from Wikipedia.

And here’s some info from the same source on Samsung.

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David Beckham Takes the Field

David Beckham stepped on the HDC turf promptly at 3 p.m. today for the first time as a Galaxy player with about 1,500 fans in the stands looking on, a press box full of English accents and a rock music soundtrack over the loudspeakers.

He didn’t train with the majority of the squad, however, instead working out with the similarly injured Chris Albright and trainer Ivan Pierra on the side of the field in front of the press box.

Beckham’s exercises appeared designed to strengthen his suspect left ankle, although his lateral movement looked strong.

Updated 3:50 p.m.: Beckham went through a light workout for 45 minutes, mainly stretching and jogging with our Galaxy players nursing knocks, including Quavas Kirk, Edson Buddle and Kyle Veris.

Next update: Beckham’s dinner plans (I’m kidding).

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World Series of Football Rosters and Training Schedules

For fans who can get time off in the middle of the week to check out the training sessions for the four teams involved, here’s who you can see and when you can see them in addition to today:

Galaxy
# Player
5 Chris Albright
23 David Beckham
14 Edson Buddle
1 Joe Cannon
0 Steve Cronin
10 Landon Donovan
35 Lance Friesz
9 Gavin Glinton
21 Alan Gordon
22 Kelly Gray
3 Ty Harden
6 Kevin Harmse
4 Ante Jazic
13 Cobi Jones
15 Quavas Kirk
7 Chris Klein
18 Kyle Martino
20 Carlos Pavon
2 Mike Randolph
12 Troy Roberts
19 Josh Tudela
8 Peter Vagenas
16 Kyle Veris
17 Abel Xavier
Head Coach: Frank Yallop
Training open to the public: 10:30 a.m. Friday on university field #1).

Tigres
– Sebastian Abreu
18 Lucas Ayala
2 Julio Caceres
3 Jesus Chavez
5 Fabin Cubero
22 Enrique Escudero
26 Jose Fonseca
10 Walter Gaitn
28 Edgar Garcia
20 Juan Pablo Garcia
19 Jonatan Horacio
21 Jaime Lozano
11 Guillermo Marino
34 Oscar Martinez
30 Jesus Molina
17 Jesus Palacios
35 Joel Perez
4 Flavio Rogerio
15 Mario Ruiz
14 Nicols Ruvalcaba
23 Javier Saavedra
1 Cirilo Saucedo
25 Jesus Urbina
8 Alejandro Vilalobos
16 Mauel Viniegra
Head Coach: Americo Gallego
Training open to the public: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on university field #2.

Chelsea FC
18 Wayne Bridge
6 Ricardo Carvalho
1 Petr Cech
3 Ashley Cole
1 Joe Cole
37 Jack Cork
23 Carlo Cudciini
19 Lassana Diarra
11 Didier Drogba
5 Michael Essien
40 Hilario
21 Salomon Kalou
8 Frank Lampard
4 Claude Makelele
15 Florent Malouda
12 John Mikel Obi
16 Arjen Robben
7 Andriy Shevchenko
9 Steve Sidwell
26 John Terry
24 Shaun Wright-Phillips
Head Coach: Jose Mourinho
No training open to the public after Monday’s practice.

Suwon Samsung Bluewings
5 Jung Hwan Ahn
10 Ki Jong Bae
14 Ji Hoon Baek
17 Won Hee Cho
18 Sung Hwan Choi
– Kwan Gibo
4 Eduardo Goncalves de Oliveira
20 Tae Goon Ha
2 Soon Hak Hong
25 Yoon Sung Jung
6 Dae Eui Kim
15 Dae Hwan Kim
23 Hyun Joon Kim
3 Jin Woo Kim
21 Hee Ju Kwak
24 Gibo Kwon
16 Hyun Jun Lee
7 Kwan Woo Lee
8 Min Gui Moon
13 Kung Woong Nam
1 Mato Neretljak
11 Seong Bae Park
9 Jasenko Sabitovic
19 Dong Hyeon Seo
12 Young Rok Shin
22 Sang Min Yang
Head Coach: Bum Kun Cha
Training open to the public: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday all at university field #2.

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BeckhaMonday

Galaxy beat writer Billy Witz deconstructs how much of David Beckham local fans will really see.

The answer is: not much.

Of course that assumes Beckham wins an England recall so he can add to his 96 caps and misses those home Galaxy games. That’s likely given the way England have played without him and the criticism Coach Steve McClaren came in for as a result, but not a certainty.

On the other hand, Beckham might well miss even MORE MLS games if gets injured, a distinct possibility for any 32-year-old player.

For those wanting to mark their calendars, here’s a Galaxy schedule.

And while we’re at it, here’s one for England.

In fact, of course, Beckham is already a doubt since he’s still bothered by the ankle injury that forced his substitution in Real Madrid’s final game of the season.

Will he train today at the HDC open house intended to promote the four-team World Series of Football tournament that begins tomorrow?

The Galaxy train at 3 p.m. in the main stadium followed by a press conference between the coaches of the four teams; Chelsea train at 5 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m.

Admission and parking are free.

The HDC is at the corner of Avalon Boulevard and Victoria Street in Carson.

More than 20 players who represented their countries at last year’s World Cup are on the rosters for the tournament, which also includes Korea’s Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Mexico’s Tigres UANL.

Tuesday’s opening game pits the Galaxy (not including Beckham) against a Tigres team that boasts Mexican National Team star Francisco Fonseca, as well as former MLS All-Star Juan Pablo Garcia, and forward Walter Gaitan. Kick off is at 5:30 p.m. live on Telefutura.

In the nightcap, Chelsea, the English Premier League winners in two of the last three seasons take on Suwon Samsung Bluewings, who feature Korean National Team stalwarts Lee Woon-Jae, Ahn Jung-Hwan, Kim Nam-Il and Song Chung-Gug. The game is live at 8 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel.

A limited number of tickets are still available starting at $60. Call 877-3GALAXY for more information

The tournament wraps up Saturday with a sold out doubleheader featuring Tigres playing Suwon (3 p.m. live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Espanol) and the Galaxy taking on Chelsea (5:30 p.m. live on ESPN). Beckham is expected to play, although it’s unknown whether he’s likely to go the full 90 minutes. (I doubt it)

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Result: Chivas USA 2 Columbus Crew 1

Only 10,214 were on hand tonight at the HDC to watch Chivas USA (7-5-3) win their sixth game of the season at home, the best record in MLS.

Panchito Mendoza’s 69th minute shot that led to Chivas USA’S winning goal deflected off Eddie Gaven en route to the net and was credited to the Crew midfielder as an own goal.

The result meant Chivas USA gained two points on FC Dallas (5-5-8), who sit in third place in the Western Conference and tied 3-3 with D.C. United today. The Crew were beaten for the first time in seven games and remained fifth in the Eastern Conference.

It was a fairly flat game, as Crew Coach Sigi Schmid observed afterward.

“The forward passes for both teams were off tonight,” Schmid said, “Sometimes we stymied ourselves because we didn’t play out of midfield quick enough.”

While the Chivas USA attacking duo of veteran Ante Razov and Cuban defector Maykel Galindo has produced 11 goals so far this season, their partnership is perhaps not as cohesive as it should be 14 games into the season.

Chivas USA Head Coach Preki agrees.

“I would like to see them gel a little more,” he said, while conceding they are very different players. “Good players, they find a way to play with each other.”

The details.

Chivas USA doesn’t play another MLS game in Carson until Aug. 26; next up July 26 are the New York Red Bulls.

But Chivas USA plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a U.S. Open Cup third round game against United Soccer League’s Seattle Sounders, Galindo’s former team.

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