Galaxy 1 Kansas City Wizards 1
Seen this. Heard this. Done this. So I’ll keep this short.
A fifth straight draw for the Galaxy tonight. A club record. And eight ties in nine games. And undefeated in nine games.
But said Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman – agreeing with Coach Curt Onalfo – after the 10-men Galaxy scored an 87th minute equalizer to tie it up: “it felt like a loss.”
*Here’s Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena on all the ways the Galaxy are getting “better:”
“I thought we played real well. We just get better and better. … “In every phase of the game we’ve gotten better. … Coming from behind and getting a point with 10 men speaks volumes for our team.”
*Arena on goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts:
“Donovan Ricketts is a fabulous goalkeeper.”
*Here’s Galaxy goalkeeping coach Ian Feuer on Kevin Hartman’s 82nd minute save of Chris Klein’s shot:
“In my eyes, so far, it was the save of the season.”
*Sol Coach Abner Rogers on the team’s WPS-leading seventh shutout:
“A lot of credit must be given to our defense. We sometimes overlook what they do so well. To keep clean sheets week in week out is not easy.”
*Sol midfielder Shannon Boxx on her goal:
“Something I have been working on is the offensive side and to get two goals the last two games it feels good.”
*Athletica goalkeeper Hope Solo:
“Two great goals, but to be honest I thought our team defense was pretty good.”
Twitter of the night from the Sol’s injured Aly Wagner:
“Okay, whoever has a voodoo doll of me and keeps sticking me PLEASE cut me some slack!”
Galaxy 1 Wizards 1
The usual lack of offense until late in the game. Then the usual late goals. And the usual Galaxy draw.
The two goals came within three minutes here.
First, Kansas City striker Davy Arnoud tapped in a header by Claudio Lopez who got on the end of a Roger Espinoza cross in the 84th minute.
Then Edson Buddle equalized from about 12 yards after Jack Jewsbury gave the ball away to Demo Kovalenko.
The Galaxy squandered chances in the second half, too.
Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was required to bring off a great save to defy a 22-yard Chris Klein shot that appeared destined for the top corner of the net in the 82nd minute. A minute later Buddle saw a header bounce off the bar.
That’s five straight ties for the 1-1-9 Galaxy.
The Galaxy’s Gregg Berhalter was sent off in the 58th minute for holding Claudio Lopez just outside the box. Berhalter, the last man back, was sent off in similar circumstances on his Galaxy debut against Chivas USA earlier this season.
Edson Buddle has come into the game in the 66th minute for Alan Gordon. There was a huge cheer from the crowd.
Galaxy 0 Kansas City Wizards 0
Alan Gordon missed two excellent chances to give the Galaxy the lead in this one, Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman getting the best of him as he ran at the goal in a one on one situation in the 22nd minute and managing to hit the bar from just five yards out after getting on the end of an Eddie Lewis cross six minutes before the break.
The best chance for a Galaxy goal may have come from a Jimmy Conrad header that skidded off his scalp and whizzed just over the bar after he got in the way of a Dema Kovalenko shot.
The Wizards should have scored just before half time, but Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Rickets again showed his quick reactions by stopping a hard Davy Arnaud at point blank range.
Both teams were credited with just one shot on target apiece.
On to the main event.
Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena starts the same lineup tonight that drew 1-1 with Dallas at Pizza Hut Park last time out, the Galaxy’s fourth consecutive draw. It’s the first time this season – and only the second time since Arena took over the Galaxy coaching duties – he has fielded an unchanged lineup in successive games.
The Galaxy XI: Ricketts, DeLagarza, Berhalter, Gonzalez, Dunivant, Magee, Kovalenko, Tudela, Lewis, Donovan and Gordon.
Edson Buddle is fit enough to make the bench.
Former Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is between the posts for the Wizards, who also have former Galaxy striker Herculez Gomez up front in place of suspended top scorer Josh Wolff (six goals) alongside Claudio Lopez.
The Wizards have just one win in their last five games. Can you feel another tie game coming?
The game is on FSN.
Sol 2 Athletica 0
This was a more dominant Sol victory than the scoreline suggested with Camile Abily and player of the game Shannon Boxx scoring either side of half time to propel the WPS-leading Sol’s record to 6-1-2 before 6,288 at Home Depot Center. Athletica fell to 2-3-2.
That’s two goals in two games for Boxxy, not bad for a defensive midfielder; she scored the opening goal for the U.S. Monday in the 4-0 U.S. win over Canada.
Sol 2 Athletica 0
Torrance’s Shannon Boxx scored her first Sol goal in the 49th minute from a Han Duan pass.
Sol 1 Athletica 0
Sol striker Camile Abily scored her third goal of the season in the 35th minute by getting on the end of a Shannon Boxx cross that was flicked on by Marta and burying the ball in the top of the net from six yards out.
Disappointing crowd for the first game of the doubleheader with the Galaxy with not many fans of the men’s game bothering to come out a little early for the women. This, of course, is why AEG isn’t interested in the Sol.
So gray and gloomy here in Carson then (in more ways than one), but perfect for football.
Here’s the Sol XI:
goalkeeper – Karina LeBlanc
defenders – Allison Falk, Martina Franko, Stephanie Cox, Manya Makoski.
midfielders – Shannon Boxx, Aya Miyama, Camille Abily, Brittany Bock
forwards – Han Duan, Marta
Notable names for Athletica include Hope Solo in goal, Tina Ellertson in defense, Angie Woznuk and Lory Chalupny in midfield along with former Sol midfielder Kendall Fletcher. Former Sol forward Christie Welsh is on the bench.
There’s no TV for this game so follow along here.