MLS beat reporter Phil Colin had the game story.
Here’s the Chivas USA-Portland capsule preview.
After careful deliberation, I have decided that this will be my last season as a professional soccer player https://t.co/UuxXkXlYi1
— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) August 7, 2014
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 7, 2014
Take that Jurgen Klinsmann.
Galaxy playmaker Landon Donovan grabbed the biggest mid-season stage in MLS with a star turn in Portland Wednesday (while Chivas USA striker “Cubo” Torres didn’t have a bad night, either).
Guess we know what that Galaxy press conference is (and is not) about this afternoon:
Contrary to some reports, I have not signed for LA Galaxy and I am still an Anderlecht player. Thanks for the continued support!
— Sacha Kljestan (@SachaKljestan) August 7, 2014
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) August 6, 2014
— World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) August 6, 2014
— Chivas USA (@cdchivasusa) August 6, 2014
— Don Garber (@thesoccerdon) August 5, 2014
Full disclosure; I’m no fan of the artificial MLS All-Star game that frankly is a lot more about marketing than soccer as even Landon Donovan admits:
“I think this year I’m realizing more than ever how important this is,” Donovan said. “When you have the opportunity to promote our game and our league, we want to do it.”
I’m still not convinced a meaningless game like this will convert new fans, but at least the sole LA Galaxy participant sounds excited — for the sponsors. Still, at least soccer-mad Portland sounds up for the event even if the players involved have had little time to prepare.
However, I will follow the lead of selected, but absent Galaxy All-Stars Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane and skip the whole thing with an eye on Friday’s Galaxy-San Jose Earthquakes game — just like those missing players from LA.
— Sporting USA (@StatesideUnited) August 2, 2014
On a Saturday afternoon when the eyes of most American soccer fans was on Michigan and the spectacle of the largest crowd ever to see a game in this country, the LA Galaxy burnished their MLS Cup credentials with a dominating performance over the Portland Timbers before just a touch over 20,000 at almost exactly the same time in Carson.
Meanwhile, a crowd of almost 50,000 watched the San Jose Earthquakes do the Galaxy a huge favor by knocking off the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders, tightening the playoff race in the division ahead of Friday’s game in the South Bay against LA.
I’ll take a look at the Galaxy’s season so far in Tuesday’s column as we reach the halfway point of the season with the MLS All-Star Game set for Wednesday in Portland.
Check out the highlights of the Galaxy game:
Need to get caught up after a busy summer weekend? You’ve come to the right place.
Despite goals from top goalscorers Robbie Keane and “Cubo” Torres respectively — both added to the MLS All-Star Game roster incidentally — the Galaxy and Chivas USA both fell to Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United respectively.
Check out the Robbie Keane goal:
Next up for the Galaxy: Manchester United Wednesday at the Rose Bowl who have added a certain Javier Hernandez to its travel roster. I will have more on the humbling fall of Manchester United in Tuesday’s column.
Chivas USA face the Rapids in Colorado Friday.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 12, 2014
MLS beat reporter Phil Collin will be at the game and has the capsule game preview.
He is a young striker deemed surplus to requirements at Chivas Guadalajara who has now scored more goals in MLS than any other Mexican striker in history; Cubo “Erick” Torres, who is now the second most prolific scorer in MLS this season.
He was voted the MLS Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters after scoring two goals that propelled Chivas USA to two 1-0 victories, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact.
And he has done so largely ignored by fans of his same heritage; just an announced 4,201 took in the last Chivas USA game over the holiday weekend.
“He’s got a quality you can’t teach,” Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy said recently. “His focus is just superb and for his age, it’s hard to believe what he can come up with and pull off. The goal tonight reminded me of that bicycle kick in Vancouver last year, where it’s just something out of nothing.”
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 5, 2014
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