Preseason result: Galaxy 0 CD Aguila 0

i-0c6da0c2f87b35255ca7fb36a54f7343-omaraguiola.jpgGalaxy central defender Omar Gonzalez heads over CD Aguila’s Hermes Martinez in the first half (AP Photos).

Full disclosure: I had to work today and missed most of the game.

That was a good thing, judging by the final score and Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena’s reaction:

“I think it was a sloppy performance by us tonight. On the night we were sloppy on the final third of the field and on the night our passing wasn’t good enough to break down a team that obviously came to defend with eight or nine players behind the ball.”

But frankly, he didn’t sound too concerned either.

The Galaxy outshot Aguila 19-2, but that’s a deceiving stat; for instance, in the first half the Galaxy had just one shot on target.

On the other hand, Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts didn’t have to make a single save.

i-ed7cf65fdcbc761ed10d7a72dff5baa5-LDaguila.jpgLandon Donovan challenges CD Aguila’s Hermes Martinez in the first half.

It was a final preseason performance that was hard to assess anyway given that central defender Gregg Berhalter was given the night off, Edson Buddle’s strike partner Mike Magee had personal issues to attend to and the likes of Alan Gordon, Jovan Kirovski and Clint Mathis are all injured.

Notable: The Galaxy’s three Brazilian offseason acquisitions – Alex Cazumba, Juninho and Leonardo all started for the Galaxy.

i-905bd689b2fa2ae5c04c74bd9fa127b2-alexcazumba.jpgPicture of determination: the Galaxy’s Alex Cazumba.

Galaxy lineup: Donovan Ricketts; Alex Cazumba (Todd Dunivant 46′), Leonardo, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin; Dema Kovalenko, Eddie Lewis (Michael Stephens 68′), Juninho (Chris Klein 87′), Tristan Bowen (Chris Birchall 46′), Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle.

Attendance: 6,364.

Next for the Galaxy: the home opener at 8 p.m. Saturday against the New England Revolution.

Look for a Galaxy and Chivas USA season preview in Tuesday’s column.

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  • Studs Up

    That was one ugly game. Arena didn’t like the play in the final third and I didn’t like the beginning and the middle either. Franklin was a total mess-up, Omar was unstable. The 3 Brasilieros had some good moments, too bad Juninho pulled up lame after a shot near the end. Buddle was total crap. team really looked out of sorts.

    Best part of the game experience: El Pollo Campero stand inside the stadium. Hope they keep them, they are great.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    SU, I think we can agree that Buddle has no touch to speak of and no sense of where to pass (i.e., field vision).

  • Kingsnake

    There’s quite a few Juninhos floating around. Which one do the Galaxy have?

  • Kingsnake

    (Have to ask since MLS, and its offspring team sites, are rarely updated, and Juninho’s page is data-less …)

  • Kingsnake

    Hey Nick,

    Some douche is stealing your stuff:

    http://www.yorkblog.net/soccer/guest-blogger/

  • Joe D’Hippopotamus

    The Galaxy need to put Eddie Lewis out to pasture. They should try one of the Brazilians on the wing. They could also use some of that loan money to get get a decent striker so Landon can play the wing.

  • Studs Up

    Alex-Leonardo-Juninho are decent players, can’t figure out how Bruce got them. Very smart move to get 3 to do their samba at the same time. 2 out of 3 wore blue shoes and had some nice combinations working in the first half. Both Leonardo (who had a very good game) and Alex are not shy to attack from the back. haven’t seen that from LA backs since EZ’s haydays. Fun to see. Juninho pulled up lame, hope it’s not serious. Can’t wait to see Mathis join the party.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    SU, the three Brazilians are on loan from Sao Paulo in Brazil. BTW, I’m not the fellow who posted the comment on Eddie Lewis.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    Here’s a list of all the Juninhos: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juninho

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    Hmm, I actually think that’s a legit site for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group of MediaNews (which consists of nine So Cal suburban newspapers). But thanks for the heads-up.

  • TrickHog

    Hey Nick, Thanks for the continued coverage of the Galaxy and all things soccer-related in the greater LA area. Keep up the good work.

  • Studs Up

    I know the Brasil boys are on loan but still don’t know how they got 3 together. It’s a bit unusual the same 3 have been loaned out together before. You journalist types need to dig in deeper, there maybe a story there.