Monday Catch-up: Galaxy, England, Mexico & more

* Van Nuys’ Tristan Bowen, 19, scored his first-ever Galaxy goal as a depleted LA beat a depleted Boca Juniors Sunday at Home Depot Center. Game story here.

Galaxy lineup: Josh Saunders, Alex Cazumba, Gregg Berhalter (A.J. DeLaGarza 64′), Omar Gonzalez (Yohance Marshall 46′), Sean Franklin; Chris Birchall (Bryan Jordan 64′), Eddie Lewis (Todd Dunivant 72′), Michael Stephens, Chris Klein; Tristan Bowen, Clint Mathis (Mike Magee 80′).

Updated: Yeah, Michael Stephens sort of nudged the ball on into the path of Tristan Bowen for the goal, he didn’t whiff on it (although I can see where someone viewing it in person might think that). Incidentally, anyone else encouraged by Bowen’s performances? In limited minutes this year he has an assist and a goal and let’s face it the Galaxy need all the offensive help they can get with Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan in the U.S. camp.

Highlights:

*England and Mexico meet at noon on Fox Soccer Channel. Preview here.

*The U.S. faces the Czech Republic at 5 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN and Galavision. I’ll have more on the U.S. World Cup preparations in Tuesday’s column.

*Former LA Sol defender Christie Shaner, perhaps best known for suffering a broken leg last year in her WPS debut, scored a 90th-minute winner from a corner kick as Ajax America beat the San Diego WFC SeaLions 2-1 at Nansen Field on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Sunday in the WPSL opener for both teams.

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  • Marco A. Sandoval

    He Nick,

    I was there, and swear the goal was fluke, because there was a Galaxy player who whiffed on the ball before Bowen scored? I am trying to find the replay of the goal. Let me know what you saw. ricomas12@aol.com

  • Benny Dargle

    Marco – I watched it on TV and Stephens most certainly did not whiff on the ball. The replay from behind the goal clearly shows he tapped the ball. The pass did get partially blocked, though, which accounted for its wobbly path to Bowen.

  • Boris Badenov

    Comrade Soccer Blogger, why can we not get glorious teams like Dynamo Kiev, Spartak Moscow, Traktor Chelyabinsk or Nincompoop Novgorod to play galactical locals, instead of rejects from Argentine pampas? Why can we not get real DP? Not pretty-boy Thatcherite with big bulge in fancy pants but real man who can pull plow and drink vodky 24/7? Like Oleg Blokhin! Igor Netto! Nikita Simonian! Would even settle for Ukranian scum/enemy-of-proletariat Shevchenko (but only on free transfer). Must ask Comrade Putin to engage in friendly persuations with Comrade Leiweke, yes?

  • Bullwinkle

    Hey Badenov – Don’t forget that my soccer team at Whatsamatta U.
    beat all those teams you just mentioned. No doubt having a flying squirrel on our team helped. Rocky takes great pride in his ability to head the ball into goal and I take great pride in my ability to keep them out when I’m not pulling rabbits out of my hat. With Mr. Peabody and Sherman roaming the flanks and our Dudley Do-Right mountie defense we are unbeatable. Bring on Inter!