Incidentally, the Galaxy expect both A.J. DeLaGarza and Marcelo Sarvas, both subbed out Sunday with injury concerns, to be available for selection this weekend.
The Galaxy will face Chad Marshall on the Seattle back line; he was named MLS Defender of the Year today, while his Galaxy counterpart DeLaGarza was named MLS Humanitarian of the Year.
Two engrossing games, finely poised for the return legs.
A photo gallery is here.
— Nick Green (@LAsoccerblog) November 24, 2014
More in Tuesday’s column.
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) November 23, 2014
The Eastern Conference Final first leg between the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls kicked off at 11 a.m. Pacific on NBCSN.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 22, 2014
— Brad Saiki (@bradpsyche) November 21, 2014
#LAvSEA Schmid: "we expect the Galaxy to go for it at home. … That's what we're prepared for, we know it's going to be a real battle."
— Nick Green (@LAsoccerblog) November 20, 2014
— Todd Dunivant (@ToddDunivant) November 22, 2014
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) November 19, 2014
- Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was drafted first by FC Dallas in today’s dispersal draft of former Chivas USA players. in a sign of how, um, lowly-thought of the club’s talent was just seven players were selected by MLS clubs.
- The Seattle Sounders are rested and raring to go against the Galaxy Sunday in the wake of the international break.
Sometimes it’s actually instructive when you don’t get around posting your column until after an event occurs that is included in the column.
Which is how it went today with the U.S.-Ireland game that sent the Americans scuttling back home across the Atlantic 4-1 losers.
Frankly, we didn’t learn much from a youbng, make-shift team: the U.S. ships goals in the second half and can’t score either, although to be fair they hit the woodwork twice.
Oh, and the Galaxy’s robbie keane, if fully fit, would have ripped apart the U.S. back line of left back Timmy Chandler, right back Fabian Johnson and the due of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron in the middle.
That’s it for this year for the USMNT: their record was 6-5-4.
There goes any chance of the Galaxy snagging former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, as some fans who have messaged me lately had hoped (unless the club attempts to trade up, I guess).
The Galaxy will pick 16th out of the 20 MLS clubs when the draft is held Wednesday.
FC Dallas is first, and NYCFC second, BTW.
Also, MLS has announced a special pre-sale for its noon Dec. 7 title game, set for either Carson or Seattle, depending on whether the Galaxy or Sounders prevail in the Western Conference semifinal. The code is CUP5. Details here.