David Beckham may be front and center in this picture, but it was Landon Donovan, behind him, who stole the show tonight (AP Photo).
Galaxy fans will have the unusual experience of cheering on Chivas USA against the Kansas City Wizards Sunday at Home Depot Center. A Goats win puts the Galaxy in the playoffs.
I asked Coach Bruce Arena in the post-game press conference whether he believed the Galaxy deserved the victory. Arena, after calling the question “ridiculous” (thanks, Bruce) said he believed they did.
Landon Donovan wasn’t as sure:
“To be honest, after the way we played, if we’d gotten a point I would have been ecstatic and to win the game was pretty remarkable, but we’ll take it.
“We didn’t play well tonight. I don’t know what the deal was. I don’t know why – I wish I had an answer for it. We didn’t compete like we did the last few weeks. We didn’t pass the ball well. Our final decisions in front of the goal was poor. We had a bunch of really not good performances. We were fortunate to get something out of the game.”
Ah ha! (So there, Bruce).
“We’ve done OK, guys, and it hasn’t been perfect, I know that,” said Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena in the post-game press conference. “We’ve kept our heads above water.”
Arena believes the Galaxy must win four of their last five games to win the Supporter’s Shield.
Notable: I didn’t really notice Yohance Marshall making his MLS debut in central defense. And that’s a good thing. He had been on loan with the Austin Aztex, appearing in 24 games. He was recalled by the Galaxy Monday, presumably after Arena had reflected on Leonardo’s performance last week.
Galaxy lineup: Donovan Ricketts; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Yohance Marshall, Todd Dunivant; Dema Kovalenko, Landon Donovan, Juninho (Tristan Bowen 78′), Alex Cazumba (Eddie Lewis 63′); Jovan Kirovski (David Beckham 53′), Edson Buddle
Next for the Galaxy: Against the New York Red Bulls Friday at Home Depot Center – Rafa Marquez, Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel et al. Arguably the biggest MLS game of the year so far and perhaps one of the most significant in league history.