The trio were fixtures on the England National team and Lampard and Cole were teammates at Chelsea FC.
Saturday at Yankee Stadium, Gerrard and Cole will try and slow down one of the league’s top scoring teams in Lampard’s New York City FC.
I’m going to try and see Ash and Stevie at the hotel,” Lampard said to NYCFC.com. “I’ve got a couple of Chelsea friends over from London as well for the game. We might go and see them if I have the chance. But we’re focused. We’re friends, but in the buildup to games I like to keep my head down and Ashley is the same. If they stay over after the game then maybe we’ll share a dinner or a beer afterwards.”
Lampard has scored nine goals this season and David Villa has 15. Cole and the Galaxy defense will have to be on top of their game to slow down the duo.
A Groundbreaking ceremony for the new $350 million, 22,000 soccer-specific stadium for LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club) is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 23.
The stadium will be built on the site of the L.A. Sports Arena, which is soon to be demolished.
Scheduled to be in attendance are LAFC’s owners Magic Johnson, Will Farrell, Tony Robbins, Peter Gruber and Tom Penn, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Curren Price, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Congresswoman Karen Bass and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
LAFC is expected to begin play in 2018.
It wasn’t pretty, it was sometimes frustrating, but the Galaxy wakes up today with a point following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Colorado.
The Galaxy is now on 38 points in the Western Conference.
Against any other team and goalkeeper, the Galaxy would have had two or more goals. However, in goal for the Rapids stood Tim Howard and he was on top of his game.
Colorado’s Pablo Mastroeni: “Obviously I think we’ve been a pretty good defensive team this year. Everything we do is predicated upon our defense. It ignites our attack. It keeps us in games. And when that hasn’t been the case, Tim Howard has come up huge and tonight he had a great game for us.”
Colorado didn’t create many chances, but had one and Shkelzen Gashi buried it in the 51st minute for a 1-0 lead.
The Galaxy, without Robbie Keane, went searching for at least the equalizer. Emmanuel Boateng was effective firing up and down the wings. In fact, it was one of his runs, that set up the corner kick that led to Daniel Steres’ goal.
Yes, Daniel Steres. The center back got on the end of a Steven Gerrard kick and scored in the 62nd minute.
Steres: He (Gerrard) puts in a great ball and I thought over the course of the night that we had a pretty good advantage on set pieces. We were getting our heads on a lot of things; Jelle (Van Damme) had one off the post. A few others, so I think it was bound to happen and that was the one.”
Howard on the goal: “We had given away too many corner kicks all game and it was difficult to defend. Obviously Steven (Gerrard) whips some really good balls in and the big fellas are always getting their head on it. I think when you give LA too many of those they are bound to score.”
My man of the match: Emmanuel Boateng – His work rate was impressive throughout the night and with his speed, was able to get into open spaces and put the Colorado defense in difficult situations.
What’s next: So that ends a strange three-game homestand for the Galaxy where the club only secured two points (2-2 draw against New York and 1-1 against Colorado) and was eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup thanks to five-minute blip against FC Dallas.
In league play, the Galaxy is still undefeated at home (6-0-6). The next two games are on the road.
Up next for the Galaxy: at New York City FC, Aug. 20 (ESPN)
The Galaxy didn’t have much time to shake off the sting of Wednesday’s collapse in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal. Tonight, the Galaxy is back at it again, this time against Colorado in a Western Conference showdown.
The Rapids are on 41 points. The Galaxy has 37.
These are two of the toughest defenses to score against. Colorado has allowed the fewest goals and the Galaxy the second fewest. Will anybody score? Tune into Time Warner Cable Sports Net at 7:30 p.m. or join us at StubHub Center to find out.
Here are some game day links:
Galaxy midfielder Jeff Larentowicz will sit out Saturday’s game against Colorado, serving a one-game suspension, it was announced Thursday.
Larentowicz was also fined an undisclosed amount for the “serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent” in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls.
The Galaxy kicks off August with a home game against the New York Red Bulls (6:30 p.m.; Fox Sports 1). NYRB enters the game fourth in the Eastern Conference (9-9-5, 32 points). The Galaxy is now fourth in the Western Conference (9-3-9, 36 points). Here are your pregame links:
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The club posted a 6-0-1 record in all competitions and advanced to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.
The month of August kicks off with a busy stretch, starting Sunday at home against the New York Red Bulls.
The Galaxy has been able to pick up points without playing its best, especially in its previous two road goals. The Galaxy defeated Portland (2-1) on July 23 and played Seattle to a 1-1 draw.
“We didn’t play a good game in Seattle,” Bruce Arena said Wednesday. “Fortunate to get a point out of that (with a point), but that’s still a sign of a good team. You don’t play well every time you step on the field, especially on the road and to get out of there with a point, made some big plays defensively …we’re not pleased with our performance, but we’re happy to have a point.
“We know that as we enter the month of August, we have to start playing better.”
The Galaxy will begin the month in third place in the Western Conference (36 points) and unbeaten in its last seven games, still, Arena sees room for improvement, especially with the players getting healthy.
“Every game, it seems that somebody is out,” Arena said. “Eventually we’re going to have the full group together and hopefully that will be good. We’re making progress. I think next week is a tremendous challenging week so we need to have a full roster ready to play.”
Gyasi Zardes was the latest to suffer a setback. He was forced out of Sunday’s game at Seattle with a pregame injury.
“He was pretty active today,” Arena said. “We just had him in the gym, but he’s doing well.”