The Galaxy doesn’t have a lot of time.
Still, Sigi Schmid knows what needs to happen if the club is get things on track this late in the season.
“Sometimes you need a little bit of luck,” Schmid said. “When you look at the goals scored against, obviously that’s no secret to anybody, you can’t be successful if you’re averaging three goals against a game.
“I think offensively this team has capabilities to score goals , but we have to make sure we keep teams off the board to give our offense a chance to carry the team.”
Sigi Schmid’s Saturday morning plan was supposed to include a stop at a local coffee shop with some of former players with the Seattle Sounders.
Understandably, he might have to cancel those plans.
“I have a lot of friends still in Seattle,” he said. “It’ll be interesting. I have a lot of friends on that sideline and my years in Seattle were fantastic, something I’ll always be grateful for, but now my job is to help the L.A. Galaxy win.
“It means a lot to be able to come back and coach.”
Schmid coached Seattle from 2009-2016. Now, he’s faced with the task of getting the Galaxy of the doldrums and headed upward in the standings. The Galaxy is ninth place in the Western Conference.
“Our expectations, our hopes are to make the playoffs,” Schmid said of the Galaxy. “It is a challenge, but challenges are something we want to embrace. We’re not going to run away from the challenge.”
Injuries and suspensions have been the theme of this season and tonight, it will impact again.
Dave Romney (hamstring) and Jack McBean (suspension) are both out. Gyasi Zardes is back from the national team and could see time out wide. The Galaxy midfield is crowded, but not as crowded as it will be when Sebastian Lletget returns.
“We’ll figure it out,” Schmid said. “A lot of times things get answered for you because of injuries or suspensions. It just a matter of who looks ready, who looks in form and we’ll come out with a group for the game on Saturday and then we’ve got some more days to train next week and it could change.”
The rivalry between the Galaxy and LAFC will hit the field next year. Thursday, they were battling to upstage the other with big news.
First, came the Galaxy’s announcement that they had fired Curt Onalfo and hired Sigi Schmid.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 27, 2017
By the time Schmid was leading the Galaxy through his first training session, LAFC dropped the news that they had hired their first coach and it is a familiar face and name in Bob Bradley.
— LAFC (@LAFC) July 27, 2017
The Galaxy then ended the day with the official word that Johnathan dos Santos, Giovani’s brother, had signed with the club as the third Designated Player.
what will tomorrow hold?
Short answer from fans: no (see more reaction below).
This was not what coach Curt Onalfo and the Galaxy wanted when they embarked on the second half of the season Wednesday against Vancouver.
Read more at this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (full disclosure it was filed just before last night’s game kicked off).
Fans are not happy:
— Alex Payne (@alexsidewayspay) July 20, 2017
@LAGalaxy first to five…. in a row loses at home in all competitions.
— Angel City Brigade (@ACBrigade) July 20, 2017
Take the banner down
it doesn't make the message less true. pic.twitter.com/1qGL0KyFLz
— Riot Squadcast (@RiotSquadcast) July 20, 2017
The new guy.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 14, 2017
No, not THAT Pele — it’s Pele van Anholt, a 26-year-old Dutch defender.
As for the persistent Zlatan rumors, the latest is that he could stay with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said today at a press conference in LA ahead of Saturday’s friendly against the Galaxy since he will be out until at least December.
But the LA Times was most insistent earlier that the Galaxy could be his destination. And yet the always reliable tabloid The Sun (cough, cough) says otherwise.
Would you spend $250 to watch a Real Madrid training session? And there’s no guarantee of even on autograph at that price.
Ticket prices for actual games are similarly eye-popping considering they are little more than glorified training sessions. And to top it off, Manchester United’s attitude toward Saturday’s Galaxy exhibition game is more than a little underwhelming if not insulting.
Bradford Jamieson IV was selected to his third MLS Homegrown Game, the league announced Wednesday.
Jamieson, 20, was previously named to the 2014 and 2015 roster. He has played in a
career-high nine games so far this season, with one goal and one assist.
The MLS Homegrown team will be coached by Brian McBride and Mike Magee to face the U-20 team of Chivas de Guadalajara in the fourth annual MLS Homegrown Game, Aug. 1 at Toyota Park.
Here is the complete roster:
Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls)
Defenders: Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers), Kortne Ford (Colorado Rapids), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Derrick Etienne Jr. (New York Red Bulls), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Ballou Tabla (Montreal)
Forwards: Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Hamilton (Toronto FC), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy)
Manchester United is headed to Los Angeles to kick off their preseason tour. The Red Devils will begin play Saturday against the Galaxy at StubHub Center. From there, they will turn their attention toward the International Champions Cup.
Here is the roster for the tour. Players will likely be added as the tour progresses:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 9, 2017