Steven Gerrard scores a goal against New England’s Bobby Shuttleworth to cap off the Galaxy’s 4-2 win on Sunday. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram
There’s not a lot of time to dwell on the Galaxy’s 4-2 win over New England on Sunday, because the team flies out to Philadelphia on Monday for a Wednesday game. It’s a quick turnaround combined with a difficult cross-country trip to visit a much-improved Philadelphia Union team.
Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard (left, pictured in a game against San Jose last year) will return from a groin injury against New England. Robbie Keane (right) will start after undergoing knee surgery in March. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer
The New England Revolution return to StubHub Center on Sunday (12:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN Deportes) for the first time since the 2014 MLS Cup that ended with the L.A. Galaxy hoisting their fifth league championship and Landon Donovan riding off into the sunset.
The Galaxy’s entire starting midfield from that game is gone now after major roster overhaul. Head coach Bruce Arena carefully constructed a gritty team with depth and a mix of experienced veterans and fresh faces. Amid high preseason expectations, the coach preached patience, saying that at about the two-month mark he would know the capabilities of his team.
Now two months into the season with his team saddled with injuries, Arena joked he needed two more months to figure it out. Continue reading →
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said Saturday midfielder Nigel de Jong will be out for Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. matchup with New England with a knee injury. Arena characterized it as a bruise, but said it is minor.
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (24) leaps over Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza, bottom, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
The L.A. Galaxy escaped Kansas City, Kan., with one point in a 1-1 draw after getting outplayed and outmanned by Sporting Kansas City.
“I don’t think we played well today,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the game. “We had a lot of issues with this game today. It’s a point. We are going home. We are not looking back.”
For the third straight game, Giovani dos Santos scored for the Galaxy, this time putting yet another beautiful chip shot into the back of the net. The Mexican international has scored four goals in the past three games as he is now returning to full fitness after injuring his left quad in the season opener.
L.A. Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (right) was named MLS Player of the Week for his performance against Real Salt Lake last week. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Life without Robbie Keane hasn’t been all that bad for the L.A. Galaxy. With their star striker on the bench after knee surgery, the Galaxy (4-1-2) are on a five-game undefeated streak heading into Sunday’s road matchup against Sporting Kansas City (5 p.m., Fox Sports 1).
Giovani dos Santos is coming into form, having scored three goals with two assists combined in the past two victories. Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng was a revelation against Salt Lake, scoring once and notching two assists. The Galaxy have scored nine goals in the past two games, a 4-1 win over Houston on the road and a 5-2 victory at home over Real Salt Lake. Continue reading →
Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng was one of the many standouts on Saturday, scoring once and adding two assists. He was making his second MLS start and not only showed his speed, which is unmatched on this team, but some good quality. He sent in a sensational cross on Mike Magee‘s goal in the 26th minute and also assisted Giovani dos Santos‘ brilliant chip shot in the 45th minute.
“He’s got energy, he’s got pace, and he’s got quality in the wide areas as you see from his assist,” midfielder Steven Gerrard said. “And he got off the mark today with a cheeky little finish. Certainly up for man of the match, the little fella’.” Continue reading →
The Galaxy host the only undefeated team in MLS on Saturday as they face Real Salt Lake on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. If not for a stoppage time goal by Marco Pappa in the final 30 seconds of a 1-0 L.A. loss to Colorado, Saturday’s matchup at StubHub Center could have been between two undefeated teams.
At 3-1-2, the Galaxy’s bad days haven’t ended too badly, even when goalkeeper Dan Kennedy suffers a torn groin on the first goal kick of the season or when Steven Gerrard goes down with a calf strain 30 seconds into a rivalry game at home. Through a rash of injuries that started literally in the first minute of the season, L.A. has “managed to keep our heads above water,” head coach Bruce Arena said. Continue reading →
If you were planning to take luggage to Saturday’s Galaxy game at StubHub Center you can forget it.
Big bags and other bulky items are out, small is in.
From the (edited) MLS press release:
Beginning Saturday a new minimum standard bag policy and guest screening measures will be instituted at all 20 MLS venues bringing MLS events in line with security measures taken by the other professional sports leagues in North America.
“Public safety is a top priority and the enhanced security measures will ensure that fans are able to continue to enjoy MLS and SUM events in a safe environment,” said MLS president and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott.
Under the new security policy, all guests will be fully screened upon entry into MLS venues. The screenings will be conducted via a full pat down or with the use of a search wand of magnetometers. Each venue will decide which procedures and protocols will be used.
Banned from MLS stadiums are:
Luggage of any kind
Any bag larger than 14’’x14’’x6’’
In addition, all bags will be subject to search upon entry.