Galaxy Lose in Oz, Tuesday’s Column & More

Despite a trademark David Beckham goal from a free kick, the Galaxy lost 5-3 to Sydney F.C. before more than 80,000 in Australia where Tuesday night has come and gone.

New Galaxy Coach Ruud Gullit saw midfielder Kevin Harmse sent off in the supposed friendly and shaky goalkeeper Joe Cannon was pulled at half time.

Full details here.

Back here in LA I devoted Tuesday’s column to the USC women’s soccer program, enjoying its best season in history, and defender Amy Massey from Manhattan Beach.

More information on the nonprofit mentioned in the story is here.

Steven Goff over at The Washington Post said two sources have told him Chivas USA Coach Preki is interested in the New York Red Bulls about its coaching vacancy

But that didn’t stop Chivas USA from trading reserve goalkeeper Preston Burpo to expansion team San Jose Earthquakes for a fourth round draft pick. The (edited) Chivas USA press release:

This was a key trade for us ahead of next years SuperDraft, Preki said. We also hope it represents a good opportunity for Preston to compete for a starting spot in a new environment in San Jose.

Burpo, 35, was a member of Chivas USA for two seasons, in which he accumulated a 1.18 goals-against average (GAA) in 22 regular-season games played (all starts). However, Burpo played just three of those games in 2007, when he served primarily as a backup to Panasonic MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Brad Guzan.

Burpo was originally acquired by Chivas USA in March 2006 as a discovery pick from United Soccer Leagues Division I side Seattle Sounders.

The trade raises the possibility Chivas USA will have an entirely new goalkeeping corps in 2008 if Guzan heads to Arsenal of the English Premier League when the European transfer window opens in the New Year.

And Lawndale’s Kei Kamara is heading back to California after being traded to San Jose from the Columbus Crew. The (edited) Crew release:

The Columbus Crew announced today that it has acquired midfielder Brian Carroll from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for forward Kei Kamara. Carroll, a member of D.C. Uniteds 2004 MLS Cup-winning squad who has earned six caps with the U.S. National Team, appeared in 121 games over five seasons with D.C. before being selected by San Jose in Wednesdays MLS Expansion Draft.

We are excited to acquire someone of Brian Carrolls ability and experience, said Head Coach Sigi Schmid. He is someone who has been a part of an MLS championship and he will help bring that mentality to our team. At the same time, we thank Kei for his efforts on behalf of the Crew and wish him the best of luck in San Jose.

Carroll, a 26-year-old native of Springfield, Va., was originally selected by D.C. United in the second round (No. 11 overall) of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft out of Wake Forest University. In 2007, the defensive midfielder saw action in 28 games (19 starts) and collected a career-high four assists. He has two goals and 11 assists in his career. Carroll also represented the United States at the Under-20 and U-23 levels, prior to his six appearances at the senior level.

Kamara, a native of Sierra Leone who played collegiately at Cal State Dominguez Hills, spent two seasons with the Crew after being selected by Columbus in the first round (No. 9 Overall) of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. He scored five goals in 36 games (13 starts) in Black & Gold.

Finally, the U.S. Under-15 Girls National Team wrapped up a three game series in Florida over the weekend with two losses and a win.

Southern Californians on the roster were Michelle Cruz of Thousand Oaks, Natalia Ledezma of La Mirada and Haley Rosen of Palos Verdes.

The U-15s end the year with a 5-2-4 overall record, the most-ever international matches played by the U.S. U-15s in a calendar year.

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  • I’m pissed at the LA Galaxy today for their misleading headline “Galaxy fall in shootout with Sydney FC” on a press release.

    My thoughts as a fan since the club started….

    The headline is misleading.

    And as a club we can’t be satisfied with this result.

    This was not a shootout. I thought the Galaxy meant we played Sydney FC to a tie until the end of the second overtime, then lost in a SHOOTOUT.

    Anytime you play any level of futbol and are losing 0-3 at any point, it’s a blowout not a shootout.

    Sorry for voicing my displeasure. But we have Becks. Now it’s time for Donovon to do more while Buddle and Pavon need to start scoring asap. Or we need to start trading people. Truthfully if we still had Ruiz and not Donovon we would be better off, marketing and on the pitch play-wise. Becks would get Ruiz the ball from the midfield. Can we trade for Ruiz back?

    Jeepers creepers I want to start winning all over the world now!!!

    Galaxy fall in shootout with Sydney FC
    Friendly Down Under ends in 5-3, short-handed loss by LA
    Los Angeles Galaxy Media Relations
    David Beckham curled a free kick into the net, but it wasn’t enough as LA fell to Sydney FC.

    More than 80,000 fans turned up at Telstra Stadium in Sydney on Tuesday night and they were sent home happy following a pulsating 5-3 victory for the home side, Sydney FC, over the Galaxy. Alex Brosque, Sydney FC’s top scorer this season, scored twice and was named man of the match, leading his side to the inaugural Hyundai Challenge Cup.
    The play was free-flowing and attack-minded from the start with Carlos Pavon, Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle each carving out quality chances early on. However, it would be the home side going in front in the 20th minute when Brosque, who had clipped the crossbar ten minutes earlier, got behind the Galaxy center backs off an angled through ball from Juninho to make the score 1-0 Sydney.

    It was 2-0 six minutes later, with Brosque scoring once again, this time with a much easier finish. The Sydney striker again got free behind the defense, however, this time Kyle Veris’ last ditch effort to knock the ball away let to the ball being poked past Joe Cannon and off the post, leaving Brosque the simplest of finishes.

    Things got even worse in the 28th minute when Juninho picked out Ruben Zadkovich on the left flank, he cut in toward goal and fired a right footed shot that caromed off the hands of Cannon and into the net, leaving the Galaxy shell-shocked at 3-0 down.

    But just before the break it would be the Telstra Stadium fans who would be shocked as Carlos Pavon was hauled down 23 yards from goal in the center of the field. Up stepped Beckham, off went the flashbulbs and into the net went Beckham’s freekick, curling into the top right corner of the net, despite Sydney ‘keeper Clint Bolton getting a hand to it.

    The halftime break could do little to slow the scoring as the Galaxy continued their fight back shortly after the restart. Donovan collected a loose ball inside his own attacking third and he quickly played in Buddle, who slotted a right-footed shot past the Sydney ‘keeper, pulling LA back into the game at 3-2.

    Six minutes later the two goal advantage was restored for Sydney with substitute Robbie Middleby, who had been booked just minutes earlier for a foul on Beckham, finishing off a strong SFC attack and providing the final touch into the open net for a 4-2 advantage.

    The game, which featured even more tackles and challenges than most had anticipated, boiled over near the end with Kevin Harmse picking up a second yellow card and his subsequent marching orders, leaving LA with just 10 men. Ten soon became nine as Edson Buddle had to come off with severe muscle cramps and the Galaxy, who are currently without nine of their 24 players either through injury or other matters.

    The hosts took advantage of the two-man advantage as Iain Fyfe scored in the 87th minute to make the score 5-2, tapping home a loose ball inside the six-yard box.

    But just as they did in the first half, the Galaxy responded in the final minute of the game, as Chris Klein’s long ball from the back picked out Donovan who broke in alone and rounded the ‘keeper before scoring with his left with the game’s final kick, capping the score at 5-3.
    P.S. It is good for the league if the Galaxy win. All Los Angeles teams bring in huge revenue for their respective leagues.