The Galaxy’s Edson Buddle fights for the ball with Puerto Rico Islanders’ Eddie Edward tonight during their CONCACAF Champions League soccer match in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (AP Photo).
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Galaxy and Puerto Rico Islanders played to a 0-0 draw Wednesday in a CONCACAF Champions League match.
The tie left the Galaxy in the lead in Group 5 (2-0-1) play over El Salvador’s Isidro Metapan, which lies second in the group; the two clubs meet Oct. 25 in their final group game.
The Galaxy were without marquee players David Beckham and Robbie Keane, neither of whom made the trip to Puerto Rico. Neither star played last month either when the Galaxy beat the Islanders of the North American Soccer League, 4-0 in their Aug. 29 CONCACAF match in Carson.
Beckham has been sidelined nearly three weeks with a sprained ankle.
Tweeted Bryan Gaul:
Fought hard, exhausting match in the humidity but came away with a point. Now back to LA
And one of them don’t even involve the Galaxy, whose parent company, Anshutz Entertainment Group, has put itself on the block. (Incidentally, if you’re wondering what this means for the Galaxy or pointyball football returning to LA, you’re not alone).
Because if Chivas USA lose or tie tonight against Columbus, the Galaxy clinch a playoff spot with a win at home Saturday against Toronto.
A weakened Galaxy team, which handily beat the Puerto Rico Islanders previously in the CONCACAF Champions League, has the next stage of the CONCACAF Champions League in sight tonight in the return fixture.
One of the more eloquent local soccer blogs is Jennifer Doyle’s “From A Left Wing,” who approaches the sport from a seldom seen perspective.
Well, Jennifer, a fellow panelist for KPFK during the 2010 World Cup, has organized a soccer salon, an all-day celebration of soccer-related literature, film and art in Los Angeles.
The above video, for instance, featuring the incomparable commentary of former MLS coach Ray Hudson, is among the topics up for discussion and represents your homework should you choose to attend (the video is less than two minutes long).
Moving forward? U.S. striker Abby Wambach and other American players may have a harder time figuring out how to move their career ahead with few options looming over the next three years or so (Photo by Staff Photographer Sean Hiller).
The gold medal-winning U.S. women’s Olympic team duly beat Australia Sunday afternoon in Carson – although they had to come from behind to do it and could have been down by four goals, not one – but really the result was secondary to the event itself.
And a joyous, if hot, day it was, too, with a crowd full of moms and kids happy just to be at Home Depot Center with no pressure or expectations.
Which is also paradoxically the bane of the women’s game, a theme I will explore further in Tuesday’s column.
For now, check out the game story from Staff Writer Phil Collin and a gallery from Staff Photographer Sean Hiller here.
After going through their paces at a steamy Home Depot Center in front of hundreds of fans attending a free practice session, Southern Californians on the team, native and adopted, are looking forward to the game:
Then afterward we can go back to fretting about the future of the women’s pro game in this county without a top-flight league and no significant international competitions for three years.
Assistant Coach Greg Vanney tried to provide a little context looking thought the prism of coach Robin Fraser’s ejection:
“I don’t want to speak for him but we’re all frustrated in a lot of ways,” he said. “Clearly his frustraton was where the call came from, which was a long ways away at midfield and part of his frustration is just trying to get the team going, trying to spur them on, give them something to build on, some emotion to put back in the game because it was a little bit of a deflating moment.”
At this stage of the season, the biggest surprise is that there were allegedly 11,317 brave souls inside Home Depot Center watching this one.
I don’t know whether these sort of comments are admirable for their never say die attributes or delusional:
“The good thing about it is that the (playoff) possibility is still there, we just have to pick our heads up and keep working hard,” Shalrie Joseph said. “We have a quick turn around next week in Columbus; we just have to pick our heads up and try to win the next one.”
We’ve got to keep our head up,” he added. “For some reason God’s still giving us a chance to come back. One game could change the whole outcome of our season.
“We just need to get wins, we just need to win against the right teams,” said midfielder Nick LaBrocca on Chivas USA’s playoff aspirations. “If we can get hot now then we can be in good shape.”