MLS Video Highlights: Late-goal Gordon reigns for LA Galaxy yet again in soggy 2-2 Timbers tie in Portland

Game story

Quotable:

“Great goal. What else can you say?” said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

 

Notable:

A week after scoring the game winner in the Galaxy’s opening match, Jose Villarreal notched an assist against Portland in his 14th MLS start, a week after making his first start since Oct. 2013.

 

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Bottom Line:

Next for the Galaxy: 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Houston Dynamo at StubHub Center.

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LA Galaxy sign Spanish SuperDraft pick Ignacio Maganto, former Getafe youth player

Ignacio Maganto had 27 goals and 14 assists during a four-year Iona College career.

“Ignacio had a strong preseason and showed his talent in our games and training sessions,” said head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “We are happy to add him to our roster and look forward to his development going forward.”

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MLS Week 2 TV Schedule: LA Galaxy at Portland Timbers Sunday on Fox Sports 1 and more

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LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane fined for post-goal celebration in MLS season-opening win at StubHub Center

GalaxySharp-eyed lip-reading viewers watching the television reply after the 81st minute goal last Friday in the win over the Chicago Fire will note that Robbie Keane dropped a F-bomb or two during his celebration.

The cuss words were either aimed at the crowd at what was generally a pretty poor game by the defending MLS champions despite the win or a general expression of frustration.

The amount of the fine for “unprofessional conduct” announced today was not disclosed by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

Read more about Keane’s cussing here.

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Video Highlights: Watch three of the best goals from MLS’ opening weekend

Not noted above: the Seattle Sounders, the club many observers believe are the Galaxy’s main rival for the Western Conference crown, decisively beat New England 3-0 in the final MLS game of the weekend.

Here are three of the best goals from MLS week 1:

*While this is Robbie Keane’s goal, it’s the prescient header from Baggio Husidec that creates the opportunity in the Galaxy’s Friday night 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire:

*A lot of big names got on the scoresheet Monday including Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Kaka, but the best goal of the weekend from one of the new stars to join MLS was this carefully placed effort for Mix Diskerud who etched his name in the NYCFC history books:

*Finally, this wasn’t the best goal of the weekend, but it was arguably the most dramatic coming at simply the best moment in the game to seal the win:

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Video Highlights: LA Galaxy kick off post-Landon Donovan era with dominating win over Chicago Fire engineered by new generation

Los Angeles News Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin has the game story.

Quotable:

“We played the champions, and I think that showed,” said Fire midfielder Shaun Maloney. “[The Galaxy] dominated the game for large parts. … The Galaxy are champions for a reason. We have some work to do to get up to that standard.”

Notable:

With the result, the Galaxy are now unbeaten in 20 consecutive games at StubHub Center and have only lost three of their last 44 home MLS games.

Tweet time:

Bottom line:

Next for the Galaxy: 4 p.m. March 15 at Portland Timbers

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LA Galaxy kick off 20th MLS season tonight at StubHub Center in Carson against the Chicago Fire



Galaxy beat writer Phil Collin has the season preview here and asks five burning questions in the wake of Landon Donovan’s retirement.

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LA Galaxy fan group Angel City Brigade asks for support against StubHub Center sanctions at Friday MLS opener

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Regular readers of this blog know that the Galaxy/MLS sanctioned fan group Angel City Brigade for their alleged conduct last season. Now that an MLS player’s strike has been averted, the group is fighting back and asking fans for their support beginning with Friday’s opener at StubHub Center:

Hello ACB & Galaxy fans:

As many of you know, last month the Angel City Brigade was sanctioned by Major League Soccer, LA Galaxy front office and Stub Hub Center. As a reaction for a few individuals throwing streamers onto the field during the field of play at the MLS Cup 2014, the entire group will not have supporter privileges for the first eight home/away games and streamers have been banned for the entire 2015 season.

In addition to the streamer issue, much of their rational for these restrictions are from the past; actions that we believed were already sorted and settled (smoke throughout the season for example). Changing the rules midway through the season without notification is simply unethical. We were already penalized for the smoke incidents last season, and now this “encompassing” punishment is penalizing us again.

ACB has hosted hundreds of games with thousands of streamers without incident, the people who threw them were not in accordance with the rest of ACB. We want to make it clear that disrupting the field of play by throwing objects on the field is never ok. However we strongly feel that extending the punishment beyond the scope of streamers is truly unjust.

Since these sanctions were announced we’ve held two public meetings on the issue, read countless emails and social media posts, discussed this issue with the Independent Supporters Council, and have done our best to work with all parties to progress and avoid similar issues moving forward.
Through all this we have collectively planned our next steps and now is the time to announce them. Just as the players are fighting for their rights against Don Garber and the teams’ owners, we need to fight for ours to show the league that we will not be bullied into disbanding or be turned into a booster club.

It is time to remind them that supporters are groups of organized adults who band together for the love and passion of their respective teams. We collectively purchase their product and market it to our friends and family, we market them endlessly on social media, we even market them without choosing too when we are displayed in their ads proclaiming the “passion” of the league.

We are not grade schoolers, nor hooligans that warrant excessive punishments.

Today, as a response to their unjust sanctions against us, the Angel City Brigade is announcing financial sanctions against MLS & Stub Hub Center.

We are calling on ALL ACB supporters & Galaxy fans around the stadium to stand with us and not purchase any concessions, merchandise and parking for the 4 home games that we are sanctioned for:

3/6 vs Chicago
3/21 vs Houston
4/12 vs Seattle
4/18 vs Sporting KC

We have outlined some solutions to help attain these goals:

Parking

  • Carpool with friends who have already paid for their parking pass (There are many out there)
  • Carpool with friends regardless of a pass.
  • Park at alternative areas other than SHC

Concessions

  • Eat and drink your fill at the picnic
  • ACB will bring food, snacks and waters to these first 4 tailgates
  • SHC allows all fans to bring sealed bottled water and small snacks into the stadium, pack a goodie bag!

Merchandise

  • Wait until the 5th match of the season on 5/2 to purchase any gear through Team LA or the MLS Gear online shop

These actions are necessary because we feel that Major League Soccer and the FO, spearheaded by the league’s new security chief Ray Whitworth, are unjustly trying to make an example of the ACB to scare other supporter groups into submission. Through his own admission Mr. Whitworth has blacklisted our group (along with the San Jose 1906 Ultras & Ultras Montréal 2002) and mistakenly believes us to be more hooligan group than supporters group.

He even threatened to ban ACB scarves in the stadium (they could be potentially used “as a weapon.”) In good faith we have reached out to Mr. Whitworth to discuss this, to correct any misunderstandings, and to work together moving forward. He has refused to meet and even talk with us.

The league’s disinterest in moving forward, paired with the aggressive punishments, make actions like financial sanctions necessary.

We are sending a message to them the only way possible (through their revenue stream) to let them know that we will always be here to support the LA Galaxy and that we will not be made a scapegoat for their larger agenda.

We will have more updates and news as the week goes on, but in the meantime please email us at angelcitybrigade121@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

‪#‎StandWithACB‬ ‪#‎StreamerGate‬

Sincerely,

The Angel City Brigade Board

 

Any response from the Galaxy, MLS or StubHub Center is appreciated and may be made in the comment section or via email.

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