Thursday Kicks: Angel’s Galaxy scoring drought & more

*It seemed like a good idea at the time.

With top scorer Edson Buddle gone to Germany and the top MLS goalscorer in the last four years dropped by New York, Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena was always going to go with a veteran known quantity he had originally brought to the Red Bulls.

But now Juan Pablo Angel has just one goal and one assist in eight games and some fans (and readers of this blog) are already turning on him, especially since Angel has not just failed to score, he’s often been a complete non-factor.

“That’s very concerning, and we’re talking about it,” Angel told the New York Post. “That’s what we’ve been working on. Hopefully things will change, not just for me, but for the whole team to create more chances. We have the ability to create a little bit more.”

Read the blog post by Brian Lewis here.

(Here, by the way, is the MLS top scorer in case you were wondering).

Lewis, of course, was writing ahead of Saturday’s Galaxy-New York game in Carson between the two respective conference leaders.

Check out the ESPN preview:

*Want to win 10 seats to the Chivas USA-Galaxy SuperClasico May 21 at Home Depot Center?

Read the Chivas USA press release:

Chivas USA will host a soccer tournament Saturday for players between the ages of 8 and 16 at Goals Soccer Center in South Gate. The tournament will feature teams from the Chivas USA Academy and Chivas USA scouts will also be attending the competition that offers a minimum of three games per team.

Goals Soccer Center is at 9599 Pinehurst Avenue, South Gate.

Teams can sign up by calling Goals Soccer Center at 877-484-6257 or Jose Arce at 310-630-4565 for more information.

*From the UCLA press release:

Four Bruins played on the U.S. Beach Soccer team last weekend – Victor Chavez, Chris Cummings, Fernando Monge and Brian Rowe – that finished second at the Miami Cup.

The U.S., coached by Bruin assistant coach Eddie Soto, opened the tournament with a 7-6 double comeback victory April 29 over Mexico.

After losing to world champion Brazil 7-2 April 30, the U.S. closed the tournament on Sunday with a penalty kick shootout victory over Spain.

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  • Soccer Fan

    For all the money we have paid Angel, this is getting to be ridiculous. Why didn’t we throw more money at Buddle?

    On another note, Manchester City will be playing the Galaxy and this should be announced next week. With Club America just announcing a friendly against the Timbers and against Manchester City (San Francisco), are they coming to play the Galaxy next?