“You could see the character of the team in the first two games of the year… It took strength of character to get back in it. I thought we showed enormous grit. I thought we pressed and we used the space of the extra player, and that doesn’t always happen, so easier said than done, especially when you’re on the road. Credit to the guys for a great effort and more importantly being intelligent tactically in the way we played.”
Jermaine Jones on the victory:
“I say it always. The team is young. It’s a process. We have to build something and we’re building. Of course, wins help building. It helps people to believe and it helps to keep the outside quiet.”
up next: The Galaxy is off until Aug. 1. The time away should help Gyasi Zardes, Ashley Cole and Giovani dos Santos heal up from their injuries.
The Galaxy digital team is one of the more creative in sports and this week, that creativity reached a new level with a viral video mocking the Portland Timbers in regards to Saturday’s two fouls that led to two yellow cards for Jelle Van Damme.
Take a look for yourself. The video has been RT’d more than 37,000 times and liked nearly 54,000 times.
A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium in the second half of an MLS soccer game between the New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United FC on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Atlanta. The Red Bulls won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
The Galaxy will be without two starters Sunday with midfielder Jermaine Jones and defender Dave Romney receiving one-game suspensions.
The rulings were handed down Wednesday by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
Jones was suspended and issued an undisclosed fine for “serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent” for his foul against Cristian Colman in the 17th minute of Saturday’s game against FC Dallas.
Jones did receive a yellow card on the play.
Romney was found guilty of embellishment on a fouled to a penalty kick for the Galaxy in the second half.
Both will miss Sunday’s game against the Portland Timbers (4 p.m.; FS1)
The Galaxy opened the 2017 season with a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas last Saturday. This week, they’re back home against another tough opponent as the Portland Timbers enter town for a Sunday (4 p.m.; FS1).
Portland opened the season with a dominating 5-1 victory over Minnesota United, Friday.
Galaxy before taking the field in opener against FC Dallas; Photo Credit: Robert Mora and Stephanie Romero
“I thought we controlled the game,” Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo said Tuesday of last week’s opener. “When you looked back on it, we dictated the game on both sides of the ball. So, what I liked it, is that I thought we built very, very well from our goalkeeper out. We created chances out of the run of play in transition and on set pieces, enough chances where you should win the game.
“What I’m not happy about is the goals we conceded. I thought they were soft goals and goals that can be prevented. That part, I wasn’t pleased with, but if you look overall at the performance, a lot of really good things to build on.”
The Galaxy can’t have the type of lapses they had against FC Dallas. Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi both scored a pair of goals last week.
“I think they’re the best team in MLS at this point,” Onalfo said of Portland. “They’re at full strength, they’re attacking players are playing very well as you could have seen from their 5-1 result. They’re very good defensively as well.”
Poor Galaxy finishing, crucial defensive errors and a general lack of experience at this level overwhelmed the flashes of promise of things to come from Jermaine Jones and a not yet match-fit DP Romain Alessandrini in the home loss to Dallas.