Since losing to Sporting Kansas City July 19, the Galaxy have reeled off six wins, dropping just five points in the eight games and ending with a 13-goal spree over four games in 11 days. Impressive.
No wonder coach Bruce Arena lost track of how many games they have played where. Next up: Colorado Friday in Carson.
rivalry series is finished.
And no column from me today because of the holiday weekend.
It’s a match made for MLS: the prolific American starring for his local MLS club that plays in Carson a short South Bay skip from his Hawthorne hometown verses the all-time top Mexican scorer in MLS facing off in one of the biggest soccer markets in the country.
The face-off isn’t perfect.
Both players have cooled off of late.
And Torres, who should be pulling in capacity crowds, plays for a uniquely unpopular club fumbling toward oblivion and is virtually unknown compared to revered Mexican stars he has surpassed such as Carlos Hermosillo, Luis Hernandez and Cuauhtémoc Blanco.
Yet players like these represent the future of MLS.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) August 26, 2014
The game in Hartford, Conn., is a friendly against Ecuador and will air live on ESPN.
“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”
There was no quote from Jurgen Klinsmann in the press release, BTW.
Oh, and for the actual column on the upcoming SuperClasico, click here.
This was a more comfortable victory for the Galaxy than the 2-0 scoreline reflected over a Vancouver team seemingly without the self-belief to try for a win in Southern California where the visitors have traditionally performed poorly. Reporter Phil Collin filed the game story.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 23, 2014
— LA56 TV (@LA56TV) August 23, 2014
The Galaxy are leaking goals all of a sudden, while Vancouver is having trouble scoring. The Whitecaps have switched out Torrance for Long Beach in an attempt to change their fortunes in Southern California.
Phil Collin has the game basics.
— Chivas USA (@cdchivasusa) August 22, 2014
So, it’s one under-performing highly-paid veteran for another then (the above video was produced by a B.C. newspaper when Nigel Reo-Coker originally joined the WhiteCaps).
Mauro Rosales, 33, (2014 salary $450,000) had zero goals in 16 starts for Chivas USA after joining from the Seattle Sounders at the start of the season; Nigel Reo-Coker, 30, ($446,500) had trouble making the starting XI this season as off field issues wore thin the Whitecaps’ patience.
The former EPL veteran had just one goal in his almost two seasons in Canada.
“Nigel is a fantastic box-to-box player that has proven to be a leader in this league,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “He is an unbelievably versatile player. We feel he can help us with his defending as well as going forward in the attack. We see his experience, leadership and great technique helping us in a lot of ways.”
The ‘Caps liked their acquisition, too.
Robbo: "If you look at Mauro’s history, he’s constantly creating goals. He’s experienced, bright, and has a super football brain." #VWFC
— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) August 22, 2014
Chivas USA play the Revs in Boston at 4:30 p.m. Saturday live on KDOC (Channel 56); Rosales could play against the Galaxy Saturday in Carson.
Where’s your video Mr. Zardes?
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— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 18, 2014
Gyasi Zardes’ ninth goal in 10 games kept him on course for a call-up to the annual January USMNT camp, but he couldn’t prevent the Galaxy falling to their worst defeat of the season in Columbus against a Crew team LA made look better than they have most of the year.
The Galaxy also came up with a new excuse for losing — Landon Donovan’s farewell presentation by the Crew at the start of the game:
“It’s going to be happening every time,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “It certainly looked distracting tonight.”
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 15, 2014
Newly-signed Galaxy veteran (if you know what I mean) Alan Gordon and the Galaxy face the Crew in Columbus Saturday at 4:30 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, with the hosts scheduled to make “significant announcement” before the game.
Meanwhile, lowly Chivas USA have signed Ecuadorian forward Felix Borja, who played three season’s in Mexico with Puebla, on a year-long loan from Ecuador’s LDU Quito.
“We are extremely pleased to add such a gifted, international striker,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “Felix’s great experience in some of the other top leagues worldwide will help us not only on the field where we expect him to score and create goals, but also in the locker room where he can help mentor our younger players.”
Borja, 31, played 23 times for his national team and featured at the 2006 World Cup. He also had stints in Germany and Greece.
Also Houston plays Philadelphia at 7:30 tonight on NBCSN, while Real Salt lake and Seattle face off on the same channel at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.