Video Highlights: Galaxy knock off minor league Islanders in CONCACAF Champions League


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Galaxy 4 Puerto Rico Islanders 0

If there was a competitive first team game this season to blood a lot of talent in the first team, this was the contest against the minor league Puerto Rico Islanders.

The Galaxy sent out a young reserve squad (which as a Galaxy official observed has been playing well this season, something that hasn’t traditionally been the case) — the combined age of home grown teenage strike force Jose Villarreal, 18, of Inglewood and Jack McBean, 17, of Newport Beach (who both got on the score sheet) was younger than that of the ailing David Beckham, 37, who never got off the bench.

The outcome of the game against a poor Puerto Rico team that never seriously threatened the Galaxy was never in doubt, the opening goal coming within seven minutes.

Villarreal proved yet again he is a star in the making, Hector Jimenez (who started at right back) showed why his stock is rising with the Galaxy and Andrew Boyens’ propensity for defensive misadventures was never tested by the opposition.

Highlights are in the link above.

Listen to wide-eyed Tommy Meyer after scoring his first-ever Galaxy goal:

Sadly, only an estimated 7,500 showed up despite $10 tickets and free parking. They missed a fun evening, if not an intense game.

Next for the Galaxy: Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday at Home Depot Center.

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  • studs up

    Great game by the reserve team which is leading their division in the reserve league play which should get more coverage here. Definitely could see the first team style on display. Stephens was the star of the game but all midfielder played well especially Rafa Garcia. Villareal has definitely special qualities even if he lacks pace. His speed of mind and technical qualities should make him a good pro which is not what i predict for McBean. A lumbering forward does not have much to offer to the modern game.

    I’m pleasantly surprised that even an estimated 7500 people showed up for this game. I don’t recall if there was a stated reduced capacity for this game.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    studs up, the club stated that capacity would be reduced because of its agreement with CSUDH. The upper deck on the east side was tarped off, and half the stands on the northern and southern ends were cordoned off.

    I wonder if Leiweke bothered to watch this game? If he did, he would know that players like Villarreal and Jimenez are the future of this team — not 30-plus EPL vets like Frank Lampard. Somebody has to detox Leiweke off his addiction to DPs and really teach him soccer.

  • studs up

    J. D’Hipp,

    I must have missed the notice but I brought the capacity issue mainly re Nick’s stated disappointed at the attendance figure. ‘ve always wondered if the reduced capacity is really a ploy to mask the expected low attendance for non-league games by the fickle “soccer” fans in this town who always need a 3-ring circus atmosphere to come out for a game.
    Shame, shame.
    Before you teach AEG the game, try and explain to me where the heck are the fans of the American players in this town and country? I’ve wasted almost 50 years looking for them without any luck.