Starless Galaxy U.S. Open Cup bid extinguished

Seattle Sounders 2 Galaxy 0

Ten of the 11 Galaxy starters did not start in Saturday’s MLS game against Seattle.

Galaxy lineup: Josh Saunders; A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo (Sean Franklin 71′), Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Lewis; Chris Klein (Dema Kovalenko 69′), Bryan Jordan, Jovan Kirovski (Juninho 72′), Alex Cazumba; Clint Mathis, Alan Gordon.

Game story

Attendance: a sellout crowd of 4,512.

Quotable:

“To me these games don’t make sense,” said Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena. “Essentially it was a reserve game tonight. I think the timing of this competition isn’t right for MLS teams; it’s a difficult time to try and play these games. … The competition is watered down due to the fact that each team is juggling players.”

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  • Benny Dargle

    From the shaky online feed, it looked like things really settled down for the Galaxy when Juninho entered. Bryan Jordan in the center of the field is a disaster for possession and he’s not good enough as a defender to be a destroyer either. I guess his versatility, speed, and hustle are the only things keeping him on the roster.

    It was nice to see Dema get some playing time. We’re going to need him to spell Birchall down the stretch.

    Does Mathis have anything left at all? Even his corner kicks and set play delivery were off last night.

  • Inigo Montoya

    It was nice to give Kovalenko a rehab game, but thank goodness the G’s don’t have to play any more USOpen Cup games. MLS should come first.

    (I hope Seattle can win it as consolation silverware. It’s good for their morale in a tough year.)

    I could see the G’s going for a double in another year, if and when the club is healthy and has established itself as consistently competitive for the MLS Cup. That time has not yet arrived.

    Now if they could just stop the stupid mid-season friendlies with European club teams. That’s how we lost Eskandarian last year, pointlessly.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Inigo, the “stupid mid-season friendlies with European club teams” won’t stop because they enable the Galaxy, if not to make money, then not to lose as much as the club otherwise would. Besides, they’re pretty popular. Remember, it’s all about the money for Leiweke, Anschutz and company.

  • Peter

    I get to the same conclusion Joseph on mid-season friendlies (that they are OK), but for different reasons.

    MLS results don’t matter too much financially to teams. As long as you make the playoffs, who cares whether you lose a few points from league games from being tired from a friendly. If you stand to earn buckets of cash from a Real Madrid game, then I wonder if that could be more financially rewarding than no Real Madrid + playoffs.

    Considering the other “real” cup competitions have so little prestige or prize money associated with them, these are pretty much exhibitions as well. From what I understand, teams and players don’t even get the prize money won (if any) – it goes to the league. No wonder Bruce is treating the US Open Cup as a nuisance. And I don’t blame fans for not showing up either.