Will longtime South bay resident Sigi Schmid reappear in the MLS coaching ranks with LAFC? Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 28, 2016
The MLS All-Star team is 5-2-1 against English opponents. Arsenal is the opponent tonight (7:30 ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) pic.twitter.com/es2vafWef3
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 28, 2016
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 28, 2016
Van Damme has made 17 appearances for the Galaxy in his first year in MLS. The central defender has played a large role in the Galaxy’s strong defensive unit that has allowed 19 goals this season.
Van Damme joins Giovani dos Santos as the Galaxy’s representatives on the All-Star roster.
Van Damme and FC Dallas’ Kellyn Acosta were selected as replacements for Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler and Portland’s Liam Ridgewell.
The MLS All-Stars will face Arsenal FC, Thursday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose at 4:30 p.m., ESPN; UniMas
With the drumbeat of questions over the performance of Seattle Sounders FC growing louder by the day, the club finally pulled the trigger and “mutually” got rid of Schmid today before they fired him.
Here’s the curated Twitter reaction:
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) July 26, 2016
Siggi Schmid has 8 consecutive winning seasons since 08, & was by far longest serving coach of any #MLS expansion team in lg history.
— Adrian Healey (@AdrianHealey) July 26, 2016
ECS would like to thank Sigi Schmid for leading the Sounders to 7 straight playoffs, 4 US Open Cups and the 2014 Supporters’ Shield. #EBFG
— EmeraldCitySupporter (@WeAreECS) July 26, 2016
I always love "mutually agreed" whenever a coach is fired. Sounds better than "security escorted him out"
— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) July 26, 2016
Garth Lagerway was named @SoundersFC GM in Jan. 2015. In essence, his job really starts today.
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) July 26, 2016
End of an era. Sigi Schmid is out at Seattle. Big decision looms for next hire – Bruce Arena at end of the year?
— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) July 26, 2016
@Winner_MLS Sigi will get another job if he wants one. He's 63 — by comparison, (and I know they love being compared), Bruce Arena is 64.
— Andy Winner ️ (@Winner_MLS) July 26, 2016
@donruiztnt LA would be lucky to get Sigi as a coach as they launch their franchise.
— Occasional Photog (@CoulterChris) July 26, 2016
I will have more on Sigi Schmid leaving Seattle in Thursday’s column
For the second consecutive road game, the Galaxy scored early and defended strong late, leading to a 2-1 victory at Portland. The Galaxy is now 3-3-4 on road and snaps Portland’s nine-game unbeaten streak. The Galaxy improves to 9-3-8 overall and extends its winning streak to four and unbeaten streak to six.
Robbie Keane opened the scoring in the seventh minute and Gyasi Zardes followed in the 11th for an early 2-0 lead for the Galaxy.
Zarek Valentin got Portland on the board in the 41st minute. The goal snapped a streak of 310 minutes since the last goal allowed by the Galaxy.
From there, the Galaxy defended and withstood the second half push from the Timbers to record the three points to move to 35. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe was credited with five saves.
Arsenal will face the MLS All-Stars, July 28 in San Jose and a couple of days later, the London club will take on Chivas Guadalajara at StubHub Center (July 30). Arsenal released its 20-man travel roster for the games, Friday.
Chuba Akpom (forward); Hector Bellerin (defender); Krystian Bielik (defender); Joel Campbell (forward); Santi Cazorla (midfielder); Petr Cech (goalkeeper); Calum Chambers (defender); Francis Coquelin (midfielder); Mathieu Debuchy (defender); Mohamed Elneny (midfielder); Gabriel (defender); Kieran Gibbs (defender); Rob Holding (defender); Alex Iwobi (forward); Emiliano Martinez (goalkeeper); Per Mertesacker (defender); Nacho Monreal (defender); David Ospina (goalkeeper); Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Midfielder); Jeff Reine-Adelaide (midfielder); Theo Walcott (forward); Chris Willcock (Midfielder); Jack Wilsher (midfielder); Granit Zhaka (midfielder); Gedion Zelalem (midfielder)
Nigel de Jong returned to game action in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal and went 90 minutes.
De Jong had been out of action since July 4. He had missed the previous two league games due to red card suspension.
Arena said that de Jong will make the trip to Portland for Saturday’s game.
“His first game in some weeks and he played himself into the game,” Arena said. “It was important for him to play last night to get him ready for games down the road.”
It will be interesting to see if de Jong is in the first 11 on Saturday. Remember he was suspended for three games earlier this season for a tackle against Darlington Nagbe.
The Galaxy will host FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. The hosts were confirmed through a draw process, Thursday morning in Chicago.
The Galaxy defeated Seattle, 4-2 in Wednesday’s quarterfinal to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2006.
In the other semifinal, New England will host Chicago, Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Chicago has the highest host priority for the final. For the Galaxy to host, it will need a victory over FC Dallas and a New England victory over Chicago.
The final is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21.