Wild night at Rio Tinto leaves Galaxy with missed opportunity

The Galaxy were close to getting out of town with a full three points Wednesday night, before Juan Manuel Martinez scored in the 94th minute to give Real Salt Lake a share of the points in a 3-3 draw.

The Galaxy led 3-1 after the 64th minute. Giovani dos Santos broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 57th and 64th minute. RSL got closer on Joao Plata’s goal in the 67th minute and then Martinez added his for the draw.

The Galaxy is now tied with RSL for second place with 44 points heading to this weekend’s games.

Here are the goals from dos Santos that had the Galaxy thinking a road victory was well within its grasp

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and goal No. 2

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Galaxy preview: Galaxy faces Real Salt Lake in key showdown

The Galaxy snapped its six-game winless streak with its 2-1 victory over Columbus galaxy1Crew SC, Saturday. Now, on a short turnaround, Bruce Arena and company are in Utah to face Real Salt Lake (TWCS; 6:30 p.m.)

Both teams and Colorado are tied for second on 43 points in the Western Conference.

The teams met earlier this season with the Galaxy winning 5-2.

RSL, Galaxy and Colorado are eight points behind leader FC Dallas. The Galaxy returns home Sunday to take on Orlando City SC, while FC Dallas takes on Colorado on Saturday.

Things are getting interesting in the Western Conference.

Game day preview: Bruce Arena focused on RSL; not No. 200


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Forbes ranks Galaxy as second most valuable MLS franchise

Forbes announced franchise valuations for Major League Soccer Wednesday. According to the report, the Galaxy is valued at $265 million, second to the Seattle Sounders ($285 million).

The report also stated that the Galaxy has the highest revenue from 2015 with $58 million.

Here is the complete top 10:1. Seattle $285 million; 2. Galaxy $265 million; 3. New York City FC $255 million; 4. Toronto FC $245 million; 5. Orlando City FC $240 million; 6. Houston $215 million; 7. Portland $210 million; 8. Sporting Kansas City $195 million; 9. New England $185 million; 10. San Jose $180

Forbes’  valuation estimates are based on multiples of revenue, as well as projections of future growth for the league. According to the report, the average MLS team is worth $185 million, up 18 percent from last year and 80 percent from 2013.

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MLS Cup ready for prime time and USMNT faces Trinidad & Tobago at 5 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 with World Cup place at stake


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Galaxy preview: Galaxy hopes to get back on track in September

After a dismal August that the club go winless, the Galaxy hope to kick off September with a coveted and much-needed three points with Columbus Crew SC in town tonight (7:30 p.m.; Time Warner Cable Sports Net).Galaxy-

Columbus is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Galaxy is in fifth in the Western Conference. Both teams are missing several players due to either international duty or injuries.

Who knows what tonight holds in store. See you there.

Game day links:

Nigel de Jong completes move to Turkey

Injury bug hits Galaxy this week

Struggling Galaxy near must-win mode tonight

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100 Percent Soccer column: U.S. Soccer fans kick back for tropical World Cup qualifying feast this Labor Day weekend


Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Take the poll: Are the Galaxy and MLS better off without a violent defender like the departed Nigel de Jong?


When it comes to an opinion about a tough, imposing defender like Nigel de Jong few soccer fans are on the fence.

A player variously known as Nigel “King Kong” de Jong or the “Lawnmower” with a track record for violently injuring opposing players like former U.S. international Stuart Holden is either abhorred for his uncompromising, some would say dangerous style, or lauded for being the linchpin of an effective back four.

But it goes further than that.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has pointed out that de Jong’s qualities go beyond the merely physical; not only did he win 82 percent of his tackles during his brief Galaxy career, but he has completed more passes than any other player on the team so far this season.

“We don’t have an educated public that understands what he does,” Arena lamented earlier this week.

What do you think?

Are the Galaxy and MLS better or worse off for the departure of defender Nigel de Jong

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Galaxy preview: Galaxy returns home to host Vancouver

Things are getting crowded in the Western Conference MLS standings and the GalaxyGalaxy is looking to make a big move with the first of two home games, starting tonight.

The Galaxy (9-4-12) will host Vancouver (8-12-6) at the StubHub Center at 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver is currently in ninth place in the Western Conference on 30 points. The Galaxy is in fourth with 39 points.

The teams have met twice already. The first meeting ended in a draw, the Galaxy won the second. Will the Galaxy be able to pick up a much-needed three points?

pregame reading: Brian Rowe is ready for a return

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Galaxy recap: One goal is all it takes to sink Galaxy

It was an early goal, one that probably shouldn’t have counted, but that was all it took for New York City FC to defeat the Galaxy, 1-0, Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC’s David Villa scored his 16th goal of the season in the sixth minute. He appeared to be in an offside position when Ronald Matarrita sent in a shot that deflected off of Galaxy goalkeeper Clement Diop.

The Galaxy record is now 9-4-11 with 38 points, tied with Sporting Kansas City for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Arena on what went wrong:

“Well, there wasn’t a whole lot of quality to our passing in the last third today. And then you look at the game, it was a tight game, we concede a goal early. In the first half, Nigel has an open goal that he misses. Second half, Robbie Keane has an open goal with his header. [He was] probably a little hesitant to head the ball coming off a concussion and fractured orbital bone, but those chances, they’re not going to come that often. They kept their players in pretty tight at the end of the game, and took out some players in the midfield and really clamped down. The couple of chances we get, we have to put one in the back of the net. That’s the name of the game. The conditions were tough for both teams, and that’s that.”

What’s next: The Galaxy remains on the road and heads to Chicago, Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) The Fire is in last place in the Eastern Conference.

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Robbie Keane can’t wait to get back on the field

Monday marked the five-year anniversary of Robbie Keane’s signing with the Robbie+Keane+returnsGalaxy.

If he would have had his way, he would have celebrated by scoring a couple of goals in a victory against Colorado, Sunday.

Instead, Keane wasn’t available, having gone through the league concussion protocol following an orbital bone fracture in a collision against the New York Red Bulls, Aug. 7.

Wednesday, before the team departed for New York and today’s visit to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC (Noon/ESPN), Keane wasn’t pleased about having to sit out.

“Could I have played the weekend?” Keane asked. “I should have been. I should have been playing that game. I don’t care about a fracture. That’s part of football. You get knocks in football, you get whacks. If I get another whack will it hurt? Yes. If I get a whack without the fracture will it hurt? Yes. So, there’s no difference to me whether I get a whack or not.

“That’s part of the game. It’s a man’s game and you just have to accept it. I definitely would have been able to play some part on Saturday, but it wasn’t to be.”

It would be impossible to keep Keane off of the field today. He returned to training late last week and could play with a protective mask today.

With Keane on the field, this match-up is as star-studded as any in the league. NYCFC, led by David Villa (Spain), Frank Lampard (England) and Andrea Pirlo (Italy), is currently in first place in the Eastern Conference. Factor in the play of midfielder Thomas McNamara and Jack Harrison and you have one of the league’s best attacks.

The Galaxy should have its full assortment of Designated Players as well, with Giovani dos Santos, Frank Lampard and Gerrard.

“It seems like every week that we play a game it is always rivals or against big name players,” Keane said. “For us, this is just another game. Of course there’s a lot of quality and top players, so certainly for the fans, it is a game that excites everybody, but for us, we just have to go into every game like it is just another game.”

Keane and the Galaxy are currently on a nine-game unbeaten streak and enter the week in third place in the Western Conference on 38 points.

For as potent as the NYCFC attack has been (43 goals), the defense has been troubling. The second-year club has allowed 43 goals, most in the league.

“If we approach the game with the right mindset and right mentality, there’s no reason why we can’t get something from the game,” Keane said. “The pressure is on them, they’re on top, they’re playing well at the moment and so are we, so it is going to be an interesting game.”

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