It will debut before today’s U.S-Ghana World Cup game:
“We talk to Landon a lot and knew he was wholeheartedly behind his teammates in Brazil, so we got together to see if we could do something fun for his fans, the USMNT, and our game,” said Jamie McKinlay, vice president of marketing for EA SPORTS. “We were thrilled to hear that Landon was up to have a little fun at his own expense and hope fans enjoy the spot as we lead up to one of the most important games in US Soccer history.”
Who knew there were any skyscrapers in suburban Carson? (I kid; the poster will be on sale at the game Sunday at StubHub Center with proceeds benefiting charity).
The Galaxy will face a Chivas USA team Sunday desperately adrift in MLS before making way for the World Cup for a couple of weeks. It’s a doubleheader: LA Galaxy II (7-2-3) host the Dayton Dutch Lions (2-6-2) after the main event on the same field.
Other MLS games may offer more exciting options especially since it is a free MLS Live trial weekend. (if you haven’t seen a game on the MLS iPad app, you’re missing a thing of beauty. Check it out).
There’s a trio of international games today I’m watching:
The second from Landon Donovan for the Galaxy was created by Robbie Rogers, who was playing some of his first senior minutes at full back for the injured Dan Gargan and looked far more dangerous going forward as a defender than he ever did as an attacking midfielder. Really.
The goal capped a woeful spectacle done in by the heat and humidity in Chicago. Don’t take my word for it, here’s what Irish striker Robbie Keane had to say:
“I don’t know who makes these (expletive) stupid decisions. Play a (expletive) game at three o’clock in the afternoon? Who wants to watch that crap? Do you? I don’t want to watch that crap. These people who haven’t got a clue about soccer make these decisions when we play a game. Why not play at eight o’clock? It wasn’t on national television. It’s so stupid. They need to look at these games and use their head and be clever. No player wants to play in that humidity. Everyone was affected by the heat. Why would you want to play at three o’clock in the afternoon? On the hottest day of the year so far here in Chicago, knowing it is going to be that hot. And you can’t blame the Kings-Hawks game because you didn’t know that was going to happen until two days ago. This is absolutely ridiculous. We have to stop. We have to listen to the players instead of listening to people who have never kicked a soccer ball in their whole life.”
Next for the Galaxy: Against Chivas USA Sunday in Carson.
Not only will Chivas USA play a game in the main stadium, but the LA Galaxy II will play a U.S. Open Cup game at 7:30 p.m. in the track and field stadium against amateur team PSA Elite, with the winner facing the Seattle Sounders in the next round. Tickets are $5.
With Mexico on television at 6 p.m. against Israel, it will be interesting to see how many people show up for a midweek Chivas USA game, especially one between two teams that have a total of four wins between them and are both sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference.
Notable: Donovan scored 104 of his 136 regular season goals for the Galaxy, the remainder for the Earthquakes. He now has 120 regular season MLS assists, including 91 as a member of the Galaxy. Donovan tied Cobi Jones (91 assists) for the most assists in club history and is now 16 behind Steve Ralston for the most in MLS history.
“Candidly, I’m exhausted. I won’t lie. I took a long nap today. I’m exhausted. I’m glad today’s done. I’m glad the record is done. My goal now and my challenge is don’t stop playing now. We aren’t even half way through the season. We’ve won a couple games. And now, we have two more games until the World Cup game. We feel should win both and we need to win both. That is our focus now. It’s going to be difficult. Chicago is a much improved team than their first couple of games. The Chivas game will be difficult. That’s my goal—to help us win those two games.”
The Galaxy play in Chicago Sunday against the Fire before returning home to face Chivas USA the following Sunday.
Enjoy the exhilarating videos of the game and all his best MLS goals: