Galaxy forward Robbie Keane takes a shot on goal as San Jose defender Marvell Wynne watches Friday in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press)
Against San Jose on Friday night, the Galaxy played nothing like the destroying machine that dismantled New York City FC the previous Sunday. After one of its best defensive performances of the year, the Galaxy back line looked lost at times and conceded yet another early goal in the 1-0 California Clasico loss on Friday. L.A. remains in first place in the Western Conference after the loss, which snapped the team’s four-game winning streak. Here are some links, tweets and videos to wrap up the game:
Two of the hottest teams in the league meet Friday in Avaya Stadium at 8 p.m. in one of the league’s hottest rivalries. The Galaxy (13-7-7) and San Jose Earthquakes (10-10-5) meet for the fourth time this season both on winning streaks. L.A. has won four straight while San Jose has won three. Here’s what you need to know for kickoff:
New York City FC’s David Villa shows his frustration against the LA Galaxy in a sold-out MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 23, 2015, Carson, CA. The Galaxy crushed NYC 5-1.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York City Football Club.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer
Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant announced his intentions to retire at the end of the 2015 season Wednesday. The 34-year-old is the club’s longest-tenured player, having rejoined the Galaxy in February 2009, but the final two seasons of his career have been marred by injuries.
“I have given this game all that I can and will step away extremely thankful to have played in MLS for the last 13 seasons,” Dunivant said in a statement. “It has been an honor to represent four great clubs and is extremely special for me be a part of this league as it has continued to develop. I want to thank my family, coaches, teammates and fans, who have offered their constant support and helped make my career a successful one. The Galaxy have played such a meaningful role during my time in MLS and I am happy to finish this season while representing this club.”
From 2009 to 2013, Dunivant averaged almost 30 starts a year in all competitions with the Galaxy. But in 2014, he suffered an abdominal tear early in the season. Then a month after returning, he suffered a torn groin. By the end of the year, he tied a career-low with seven appearances.
This season hasn’t gone much smoother for the MLS veteran, as he’s battled a calf injury and plantar fasciitis. Continue reading →
Keane scored twice and tallied two assists in the win, while Lletget scored and got the hockey assist on Keane’s final goal of the game. Keane, the league’s reigning MVP, has a team-leading 15 goals in MLS play with 13 of them coming in the past nine games. Continue reading →
The L.A. Galaxy took over the top spot in the Western Conference and first in the race for the Supporters’ Shield with a clinical dissection of New York City FC at StubHub Center. The defending champs continued their hot streak Sunday and have a trip to San Jose on the horizon this week. Here are some links and thoughts to wrap up the Sunday’s victory: