Hall worthy: Sigi Schmid is overcome with emotion at Sunday’s U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame ceremony (Associated Press Photo).
Former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid was a 10-year-old German immigrant when he arrived in Torrance; today the Seattle Sounders coach is regarded as one of the finest American coaches ever and a worthy addition to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.
Robbie Keane’s goal in the 36th-minute was enough for the Galaxy to clinch a playoff berth against Seattle on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A stoppage-time goal from Chad Barrett buried the Galaxy’s chances at a crucial road victory on Sunday at Seattle, as the Sounders equalized in the 93rd minute to salvage a tie against the Galaxy.
Despite the 1-1 draw, the Galaxy still clinched a playoff spot with forward Robbie Keane’s 36th-minute goal. But as the captain said, it’s was “definitely two points dropped” instead of one won.
“I am disappointed we didn’t win the game,” Keane told reporters after the game. “It is as simple as that. Hard work that everyone put in to get a clean sheet. The effort we poured in to win that game.”
The point also puts the Galaxy back in the top spot for the Western Conference and in a tie with the New York Red Bulls for the lead for the Supporters’ Shield.
Juninho celebrates after scoring against the Sounders in the 2014 Western Conference Finals. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
The Galaxy can clinch a playoff berth with a win or a draw against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. There have been plenty of big games between the two Western Conference foes, including last year’s Western Conference Finals when Juninho sent the Galaxy to the MLS Cup with an amazing goal from distance.
Long-distance shots have become a trademark for the Brazilian midfielder, and he seems to be especially accurate against the Sounders. Hit the jump to see all of Juninho’s greatest hits against Seattle and for all other necessary pregame reading:
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena talked to the media Friday about Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall, who suffered a sprained neck earlier this week in practice, how his team ended its scoreless streak and Sunday’s big game against the Sounders.
The Galaxy have a chance to clinch a playoff berth this Sunday at CenturyLink Field against the Seattle Sounders (6:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1). On Wednesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and defender A.J. DeLaGarza both noted the difficulty of playing on CenturyLink Field’s artificial turf.
As the defending MLS Cup Champions prepare for their first trip to CenturyLink Field this season, understand the science of how turf changes the game in this ESPN Sports Science clip:
I’m pretty sure the guy next to Clint Dempsey won’t be in the starting XI for the 6:30 p.m. game on Fox Sports 1, however.
From the Sounders press release:
The initiative marks the first time an MLS club has altered its jerseys for any match mid-season, as well as the first time Sounders FC has worn anything other than Rave Green jerseys for an MLS regular season home fixture. The new Halo 5: Guardians-inspired jerseys utilize Sounders FC’s Pitch Black third kits. During warmups, Sounders FC players are also wearing limited edition pre-match training tops, custom-made with Sounders FC and Halo 5: Guardians branding. Sunday’s match is the only opportunity that fans have to buy this one-of-a-kind jersey, as a limited supply of 200 are available for purchase at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.
The Galaxy face FC Dallas in a big MLS matchup today (6:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1) for potential playoff seeding as both teams are tied for second in the Western Conference. Many players, including A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez and Sebastian Lletget, called it a “must-win.”
The team is on a four-game winless streak, having not won since the star-studded affair that was the 5-1 drubbing of New York City FC. The Galaxy have four games remaining in the regular season, with all four games against current play-off bound teams.
Spirited: From left to right, Courage Campaign board chairman Paul Song, CNN journalist Lisa Ling, Bruce Arena, Robbie Rogers and Courage Campaign executive director Eddie Kurtz are pictured at Thursday night’s Spirit of Courage awards.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena was recognized with a Spirit of Courage award Thursday in downtown Los Angeles.
The award is given to Californians who exemplify courage in the fight for a more fair and just society.
Here’s more from the press release:
When Bruce hired Robbie Rogers in 2013, he became the first coach in any major league U.S. men’s sport to hire an openly gay athlete. LA Galaxy mid-fielder Robbie Rogers will speak and present the award. Before winning an MLS Championship with the Galaxy, Robbie represented the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics. In 2013, he launched “Beyond It,” an anti-discrimination campaign. His biography, Coming Out to Play, was published last November.