Alan Gordon scored in the 83rd minute against Central FC on Wednesday in CONCACAF Champions League play to help the LA Galaxy clinch the top spot in Group D. After conceding yet another early goal, the Galaxy got the equalizer when Gordon tapped in a pass from Raul Mendiola to hold on to a berth in the Champions League quarterfinals next year.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) September 24, 2015
With apologies to the Who, but Galaxy fans are starting to fret about the club’s ability to negotiate the last fews remaining games of the regular season, never mind the playoffs given its current scoreless, winless streak at precisely the wrong time of the season.
At one point this season, the LA Galaxy’s offense was an unstoppable juggernaut. That time is not now. The Galaxy haven’t scored a goal in 290 minutes and were shut out for the third straight game Saturday, falling 3-0 to Real Salt Lake on Saturday in Rio Tinto Stadium. Continue reading
The Galaxy looked sluggish to say the least against Montreal last weekend and the team is trying to get off a two-game winless streak when it faces Real Salt Lake tonight at 6:30 p.m. The game is televised on Time Warner Cable Sports and Time Warner Cable Deportes with radio on 980 AM and1330 AM. Here are links to get you ready for the game:
There’s been a lot of head-holding, cursing at the sky and other shows of frustration going on in Mediocre League Soccer of late. Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.
LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos trained fully with the team Thursday after leaving last Saturday’s game at halftime. The Mexican international did not talk to the media following the training session, but head coach Bruce Arena assured dos Santos is “fine” and that dos Santos will be in the lineup this Saturday at Real Salt Lake.
Dos Santos was subbed off at halftime during last week’s scoreless tie against Montreal with groin soreness, according to the club. Baggio Husidic, who was returning from a long-term calf injury, came on in dos Santos’ place in the midfield.
During the second half against Montreal, the Galaxy didn’t have a single shot on goal en route to the team’s first home shutout since June.
“His creativity,” Galaxy captain Robbie Keane said of what the team misses when dos Santos is off the field. “His cleverness around the box to step people up, he’s very, very good at that.”
Dos Santos’ impact on the Galaxy has been almost immediate since he joined the club in August. He has scored three goals and notched five assists in seven matches for the Galaxy.
On the road to Rio Tinto
After getting shut out for two straight games, the Galaxy will try to rebound this Saturday. But if history is any indication, getting the offense going this weekend at Rio Tinto Stadium won’t be an easy task.
Galaxy players and Arena said the altitude and also the pitch itself make for difficult scoring conditions.
“It’s a field that’s not easy to play,” Arena said Thursday after training. “On the combination of the altitude and it’s a hard field, so the ball’s out of play a lot.”
The team leaves Friday for the Saturday evening game which is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. So far this year in two games at Rio Tinto Stadium, which sits at 4,500 feet above sea level, the Galaxy have been shut out twice, finishing with a scoreless tie on May 6 and then losing 1-0 in an Open Cup match on July 14.
The Galaxy have won two of their past three games on the road after snapping a 15-game winless streak away from StubHub Center. In its most recent contest on the road, the team lost a rivalry match with San Jose in Avaya Stadium. Of the Galaxy’s league-leading 49 goals, only 13 have come on the road.
The newest MLS team in Los Angeles announced its official name Tuesday and it’s everything we thought it would be.
LAFC announced its official name to be Los Angeles Football Club on Tuesday after “months of engagement with supporters, partners, stakeholders and founding season ticket members,” according to a press release.
“The name that we chose is true to Los Angeles, authentic to world football and speaks to our global ambitions,” said Henry Nguyen, the new club’s managing partner and owner, in the release.
After training Tuesday, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was asked about his thoughts on the official LAFC name:
“I wish them the best of luck,” Arena said, “except when they compete against the Galaxy, which is 365 days a year.”
According to the release, LAFC is still running a social media campaign for its official colors, using likes, shares, favorites and retweets on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The campaign ends Sept. 18.
However, Pablo Maurer, the MLSSoccer.com reporter for DC United, reported LAFC has already set its official colors.
Can confirm that #LAFC‘s official colors are black and red with gold and silver accents. Am told their fan contest is a marketing ploy.
— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) September 14, 2015
The Angel City Brigade took to Twitter on Tuesday to remind everyone of its club’s colors too:
— Kevin de Leόn (@kdeleon) September 13, 2015
— Eduard Cauich (@ecauich) September 13, 2015
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) September 13, 2015
The LA Galaxy struggled to get any offense going at home, a place they’ve dominated in the past few months, in a 0-0 draw with Montreal on Saturday. Here’s a recap of the match with leftover quotes, notes and links.