ICYMI Video: LA Galaxy pay price for “terrible defending” and are knocked out of U.S. Open Cup

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Read the story by Staff Writer Damian Calhoun on the Galaxy’s overtime disintegration.

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Wednesday Soccer Preview: LA Galaxy at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 in U.S. Open Cup, Brazil faces moment of truth at Olympics.

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Read Staff Writer Damian Calhoun’s preview of the semifinal here.

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Galaxy morning recap: Wild night at StubHub Center

It was a wild and crazy night at StubHub Center last night. New York went up 2-0, Galaxy rallied for the 2-2 draw thanks to late goals from Mike Magee and Ashley Cole.

New York coach Jesse Marsch was sent off, but hugged the fourth official before taking his coat off and walking off.

There were a couple of fouls that could have led to penalties for New York, but also the Galaxy should have received a penalty in the first half, but none were called.

Fun times.

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Sunday Galaxy preview: Galaxy hosts New York Red Bulls

The Galaxy kicks off August with a home game against the New York Red Bulls (6:30 p.m.; Fox Sports 1). NYRB enters the game fourth in the Eastern Conference (9-9-5, 32 points). The Galaxy is now fourth in the Western Conference (9-3-9, 36 points). Here are your pregame links:

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Emmanuel Boateng taking advantage of playing time

 

 

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Emmanuel Boateng taking advantage of opportunities with Galaxy

Emmanuel Boateng has received two consecutive road starts for the Galaxy. galaxy

Boateng, 22, went 63 minutes in both games, and had an assist in the 2-1 victory over Portland (July 23).

This streak ended a four-match stretch where the speedy Boateng didn’t see any playing time.

With a busy stretch on the horizon and as the Galaxy prepare for a late-season run up the Western Conference standings, Boateng has certainly caught the eye of the staff.

“He’s been good,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “He’s still a little bit up and down with his performances, but I thought obviously, the last couple of games he’s had good moments. He’s going to be a good player for us.

“We’re being patient, he’s sometimes is not always patient, but it takes time. He’s been a good addition to our team and I think he’s going to be an important player the rest of the season.”

Boateng has an interesting background. Born in Ghana, he would eventually end up at Cate School in Carpinteria. He earned 2012 Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year honors and the CIF-SS Division 7 POY award in 2011 and 2012.

He skipped his senior year at Cate for UC Santa Barbara and earned Freshman of the Year honors. Boateng signed with Helsingborgs IF in Sweden’s top division in 2013.

He was signed by the Galaxy in January. He has made 13 appearances with eight starts.

“I’m a young player and I’m going to make mistakes, but just make sure I talk to the coaches, listen to what I have to say and try to improve day in and day out,” Boateng said. “All I can do is take care of things in training and when he gives me the chance in games, I’m doing it.”

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Bruce Arena sees room for improvement as August begins

The say that the month of July was a good one for the Galaxy, would be an galaxyunderstatement.

The club posted a 6-0-1 record in all competitions and advanced to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

The month of August kicks off with a busy stretch, starting Sunday at home against the New York Red Bulls.

The Galaxy has been able to pick up points without playing its best, especially in its previous two road goals. The Galaxy defeated Portland (2-1) on July 23 and played Seattle to a 1-1 draw.

“We didn’t play a good game in Seattle,” Bruce Arena said Wednesday. “Fortunate to get a point out of that (with a point), but that’s still a sign of a good team. You don’t play well every time you step on the field, especially on the road and to get out of there with a point, made some big plays defensively …we’re not pleased with our performance, but we’re happy to have a point.

“We know that as we enter the month of August, we have to start playing better.”

The Galaxy will begin the month in third place in the Western Conference (36 points) and unbeaten in its last seven games, still, Arena sees room for improvement, especially with the players getting healthy.

“Every game, it seems that somebody is out,” Arena said. “Eventually we’re going to have the full group together and hopefully that will be good. We’re making progress. I think next week is a tremendous challenging week so we need to have a full roster ready to play.”

Gyasi Zardes was the latest to suffer a setback. He was forced out of Sunday’s game at Seattle with a pregame injury.

“He was pretty active today,” Arena said. “We just had him in the gym, but he’s doing well.”

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Sunday Galaxy game day: Galaxy back on the road in Seattle

galaxyThe Galaxy, winners of four consecutive games, are back on the road today in Seattle (1 p.m.; ESPN).

It has been an emotional week for the Sounders with the front office relieving Sigi Schmid of his coaching duties and also the club signing Nicolas Lodeiro to a Designated Player contract.

Fun numbers to watch: with a victory, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena would become the second MLS coach to reach 200 regular season victories.

Also, in 10 games against Seattle, Robbie Keane has scored seven goals and three assists.

Game day advance: Galaxy to face a Schmid-less Seattle for first time

 

 

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Weekend SoCal Soccer Preview: Galaxy, Sounders FC, Leicester City, Arsenal, PSG and Chivas

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