100 Percent Soccer Column: Will former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid return to his SoCal roots with LAFC?

Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid during practice at Jackie Robinson Field in Brookside Park in Pasadena on Tuesday, October 15, 2002. (Pasadena Star-News/Staff photo by Bernardo Alps/Sports)

Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid during practice at Jackie Robinson Field in Brookside Park in Pasadena on Tuesday, October 15, 2002. (Pasadena Star-News/Staff photo by Bernardo Alps/Sports)

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.

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LA Galaxy players Jelle Van Damme and Gio Dos Santos feature at MLS All-Star Game at 4:30 p.m. today on ESPN and UniMas

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Galaxy’s Jelle Van Damme headed to All-Star Game

mlsstarGalaxy defender Jelle Van Damme was added to the MLS All-Star Roster, Tuesday.

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

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Reaction: Longtime Torrance resident and former LA Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid leaves Sounders FC

sigicrutches Broken: Spiraling into the depths of MLS, the desperate Seattle Sounders have parted ways with coach Sigi Schmid (Associated Press).

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:

I will have more on Sigi Schmid leaving Seattle in Thursday’s column

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Galaxy recap: Galaxy pick up another road victory

The Galaxy is becoming good at grinding out road victories. galaxy

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.

 

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Bruce Arena is OK with only one All-Star

Were you surprised that the Galaxy only had one All-Star (Giovani dos Santos) named for the July 28 game against Arsenal?

Bruce Arena wasn’t.

“No, I think what the league did was they gave each team basically a representative,” Arena said Monday. “The All-Star Game is whatever you want it to be. It is really for fans and sponsors, more than anything.

“I think the league on purpose, tried to get representation for every club and in all honesty, most clubs would probably prefer only having one All-Star, so you don’t have guys missing the week and then scrambling to get ready for the next game. I think it is understood that this year, without them saying publicly, my guess is that it was bit of a balancing act.”

 

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A return for Ashley Cole is likely this week

With two games this week, there is a good chance Galaxy fans will see Ashley Cole (hamstring) back in action.

Cole has been sidelined since the U.S. Open Cup game against Portland, June 29. He has missed three league games.

“He was out today and he looked good,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said Monday of Cole. “I think there’s a good chance he will be ready to play.”

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The Morning After recap: Galaxy 1, Houston 0

Steven Gerrard, who scored the winning goal in Friday's 1-0 victory against Houston, makes a run against Ricardo Clark. (Will Lester/SCNG-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Steven Gerrard, who scored the winning goal in Friday’s 1-0 victory against Houston, makes a run against Ricardo Clark. (Will Lester/SCNG-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The Galaxy improved to 32 points in the Western Conference with Friday’s 1-0 victory over Houston. It wasn’t pretty, but as the saying goes, a win is a win. The Galaxy is now in third place heading into Saturday’s games. Here is a recap of how it went down.

Gerrard’s goal lifts Galaxy to victory

William Lester’s game day photo album

No Keane, no goals? – It almost looked that way. Robbie Keane, who had scored a pair of goals since his return from international duty, didn’t have that magic touch against Houston. He missed from the penalty spot in the first half and had a couple of other good opportunities to score, but couldn’t. However, some good did come out of one of his late chances as Steven Gerrard, following on the play, knocked in the winning goal in the 66th minute.

Arena: “Well Robbie didn’t get a goal, but he was in position to get a couple. But that’s all a part of it, you can’t depend on one player to score. I think Robbie was a threat all night despite the fact that he didn’t get a goal.”

Defense comes through again – The Galaxy started the same starting 11 as last week’s 1-0 victory over Seattle, so that meant the likes of Dave Romney, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme, A.J. De La Garza, Jeff Larentowicz and Baggio Husidic doing the dirty work in front of goalkeeper Brian Rowe to preserve the shutout.

The key question going forward will be will Arena disrupt the chemistry of this defense when Ashley Cole and Nigel de Jong are available to return.

Arena: “De Jong has been a very good player for us this year. I expect him to be on the field.”

Beauty is in the eye of the victor – For consecutive games, the Galaxy has recorded 1-0 victories. They might not have been the best played game, but the Galaxy has done enough to record three points. That’s always the most important thing.

Gerrard: “It’s starting to gel. I think that’s because we’ve got everyone fit and healthy. The team is really strong at the moment. But I’ve been saying for a long, long time that success is built on a defensive platform and we’re defending really well. If we keep that solid defensive base, we’ve got players on the team that can cause the opposition problems, who can assist goals and score goals. And that’s how you get success at the end of the season.”

Up next: Wednesday vs. Seattle in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, 7 :30 p.m.

Next league game: Saturday, at Portland, 12:30 p.m.

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