The Galaxy is becoming good at grinding out road victories.
For the second consecutive road game, the Galaxy scored early and defended strong late, leading to a 2-1 victory at Portland. The Galaxy is now 3-3-4 on road and snaps Portland’s nine-game unbeaten streak. The Galaxy improves to 9-3-8 overall and extends its winning streak to four and unbeaten streak to six.
Robbie Keane opened the scoring in the seventh minute and Gyasi Zardes followed in the 11th for an early 2-0 lead for the Galaxy.
Zarek Valentin got Portland on the board in the 41st minute. The goal snapped a streak of 310 minutes since the last goal allowed by the Galaxy.
From there, the Galaxy defended and withstood the second half push from the Timbers to record the three points to move to 35. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe was credited with five saves.
Arsenal will face the MLS All-Stars, July 28 in San Jose and a couple of days later, the London club will take on Chivas Guadalajara at StubHub Center (July 30). Arsenal released its 20-man travel roster for the games, Friday.
Chuba Akpom (forward); Hector Bellerin (defender); Krystian Bielik (defender); Joel Campbell (forward); Santi Cazorla (midfielder); Petr Cech (goalkeeper); Calum Chambers (defender); Francis Coquelin (midfielder); Mathieu Debuchy (defender); Mohamed Elneny (midfielder); Gabriel (defender); Kieran Gibbs (defender); Rob Holding (defender); Alex Iwobi (forward); Emiliano Martinez (goalkeeper); Per Mertesacker (defender); Nacho Monreal (defender); David Ospina (goalkeeper); Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Midfielder); Jeff Reine-Adelaide (midfielder); Theo Walcott (forward); Chris Willcock (Midfielder); Jack Wilsher (midfielder); Granit Zhaka (midfielder); Gedion Zelalem (midfielder)
Nigel de Jong returned to game action in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal and went 90 minutes.
De Jong had been out of action since July 4. He had missed the previous two league games due to red card suspension.
Arena said that de Jong will make the trip to Portland for Saturday’s game.
“His first game in some weeks and he played himself into the game,” Arena said. “It was important for him to play last night to get him ready for games down the road.”
It will be interesting to see if de Jong is in the first 11 on Saturday. Remember he was suspended for three games earlier this season for a tackle against Darlington Nagbe.
The Galaxy will host FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. The hosts were confirmed through a draw process, Thursday morning in Chicago.
The Galaxy defeated Seattle, 4-2 in Wednesday’s quarterfinal to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2006.
In the other semifinal, New England will host Chicago, Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Chicago has the highest host priority for the final. For the Galaxy to host, it will need a victory over FC Dallas and a New England victory over Chicago.
The final is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21.
Here are the results from the quarterfinal matches of the U.S. Open Cup:
New England 1, Philadelphia 1 (New England, 4-2 on PKs)
FC Dallas 1, Houston 0
Chicago 3, Ft. Lauderdale 0
Galaxy 4, Seattle 2
New England vs. Chicago
Galaxy vs. FC Dallas
Here is the schedule for Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup matches:
Philadelphia at New England, 4:30 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
FC Dallas at Houston, 5:30 p.m.
Seattle at Galaxy, 7:30 p.m.
Semifinals are set for Aug. 10. Finals are Sept. 21
Were you surprised that the Galaxy only had one All-Star (Giovani dos Santos) named for the July 28 game against Arsenal?
Bruce Arena wasn’t.
“No, I think what the league did was they gave each team basically a representative,” Arena said Monday. “The All-Star Game is whatever you want it to be. It is really for fans and sponsors, more than anything.
“I think the league on purpose, tried to get representation for every club and in all honesty, most clubs would probably prefer only having one All-Star, so you don’t have guys missing the week and then scrambling to get ready for the next game. I think it is understood that this year, without them saying publicly, my guess is that it was bit of a balancing act.”
With two games this week, there is a good chance Galaxy fans will see Ashley Cole (hamstring) back in action.
Cole has been sidelined since the U.S. Open Cup game against Portland, June 29. He has missed three league games.
“He was out today and he looked good,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said Monday of Cole. “I think there’s a good chance he will be ready to play.”