Giovani dos Santos said Sunday that he believes that he’s in the “best moment of my career.”
And after the last two games, he would certainly know.
Giovani dos Santos in action Sunday (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Dos Santos scored four goals and added three assists last week and Tuesday was selected MLS Player of the Week.
Dos Santos had two goals and an assist in a 3-3 draw against Chicago Wednesday and two goals and two assists in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Orlando City SC.
So far this season, dos Santos has scored 14 goals and added 11 assists.
It was nice and quiet around the Galaxy this week. Nothing big happened, except for the return of Landon Donovan. Donovan ended his retirement and rejoined the club for the remainder of the season.
This is essentially the stretch drive of the season. The Galaxy has six games remaining, including today. With a victory, the Galaxy can vault into second place in the Western Conference and would be just four points behind FC Dallas.
Robbie Keane should be back today. Landon Donovan could be available. Oh and Orlando City SC has the firepower that could give the Galaxy defense some problems.
This should be fun.
Game day links (Mostly on Landon Donovan, OK, all about Landon Donovan)
Galaxy expect Landon Donovan to fit right in
Landon Donovan professes love for Galaxy for his return
Landon Donovan ends retirement, rejoins the Galaxy
Landon Donovan is back.
After a brief retirement, Donovan, 34, is returning to the Galaxy, the move was confirmed Thursday after. The Galaxy released a video of Donovan putting on a No. 26 jersey.
When Donovan announced he was retiring two years ago, it sent shockwaves through the soccer world, especially after the season he had.
Donovan, who was born in Ontario and grew up in Redlands, scored 10 goals with 19 assists in 2014, leading the Galaxy to the MLS Cup.
Since his retirement, Donovan has spent time as an analyst for Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Fox Sports. He’s also re-married and had a baby boy (Talon). Donovan has also stepped into ownership, becoming a part-owner of Swansea City of the English Premier League.
In a Facebook statement, Donovan explained his reason of returning, the first thoughts hit him while working the Galaxy game against Vancouver, Aug. 27.
“Since my retirement, I have remained in close contact with many of the staff and players on the Galaxy. I spoke with some of them that week (against Vancouver) and they jokingly asked if I was ready to make a return to the field to help fill some of the void left by the injuries and departures. I reminded them that I haven’t played a meaningful soccer game in almost two years and I certainly couldn’t fill the holes left by those players.”
Donovan will train with the Galaxy Friday.
The Galaxy were close to getting out of town with a full three points Wednesday night, before Juan Manuel Martinez scored in the 94th minute to give Real Salt Lake a share of the points in a 3-3 draw.
The Galaxy led 3-1 after the 64th minute. Giovani dos Santos broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 57th and 64th minute. RSL got closer on Joao Plata’s goal in the 67th minute and then Martinez added his for the draw.
The Galaxy is now tied with RSL for second place with 44 points heading to this weekend’s games.
Here are the goals from dos Santos that had the Galaxy thinking a road victory was well within its grasp
goal No. 1
and goal No. 2
The Galaxy snapped its six-game winless streak with its 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC, Saturday. Now, on a short turnaround, Bruce Arena and company are in Utah to face Real Salt Lake (TWCS; 6:30 p.m.)
Both teams and Colorado are tied for second on 43 points in the Western Conference.
The teams met earlier this season with the Galaxy winning 5-2.
RSL, Galaxy and Colorado are eight points behind leader FC Dallas. The Galaxy returns home Sunday to take on Orlando City SC, while FC Dallas takes on Colorado on Saturday.
Things are getting interesting in the Western Conference.
Game day preview: Bruce Arena focused on RSL; not No. 200
Forbes announced franchise valuations for Major League Soccer Wednesday. According to the report, the Galaxy is valued at $265 million, second to the Seattle Sounders ($285 million).
The report also stated that the Galaxy has the highest revenue from 2015 with $58 million.
Here is the complete top 10:1. Seattle $285 million; 2. Galaxy $265 million; 3. New York City FC $255 million; 4. Toronto FC $245 million; 5. Orlando City FC $240 million; 6. Houston $215 million; 7. Portland $210 million; 8. Sporting Kansas City $195 million; 9. New England $185 million; 10. San Jose $180
Forbes’ valuation estimates are based on multiples of revenue, as well as projections of future growth for the league. According to the report, the average MLS team is worth $185 million, up 18 percent from last year and 80 percent from 2013.
Raul Mendiola was a surprise starter for some in Saturday’s Galaxy-Columbus Crew SC game.
Mendiola was signed as Homegrown Player in 2014. He made three appearances for first team in 2014, spent all of 2015 with Galaxy II and Saturday night he made his debut in the starting lineup in the Galaxy 2-1 victory.
Photo courtesy of LA Galaxy
“When I’m on the field, I’m going to work for my teammates,” Mendiola said. “Whatever I got to do. If you have to run back and that’s my mentality to work hard. I was really excited. i wanted to go out there and show what I could to do.”
Mendiola went 80 minutes, before being subbed for Rafael Garcia.
“He’s the kind of player that when you pick sides you’d like to take him because he’s going to battle for you,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. Saturday night. “He’s going to play through the good and bad throughout the game. He’s a real competitor and I like that.
“I decided to play him tonight because I felt we just needed a little bit more energy on the field, a little bit more competitiveness. He brings that. He’s an honest player, can play on both sides of the ball.”
After a dismal August that the club go winless, the Galaxy hope to kick off September with a coveted and much-needed three points with Columbus Crew SC in town tonight (7:30 p.m.; Time Warner Cable Sports Net).
Columbus is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Galaxy is in fifth in the Western Conference. Both teams are missing several players due to either international duty or injuries.
Who knows what tonight holds in store. See you there.
Game day links:
Nigel de Jong completes move to Turkey
Injury bug hits Galaxy this week
Struggling Galaxy near must-win mode tonight