MLS beat writer Phil Collin will have all the Galaxy action Sunday from Carson, while I take the long weekend off. Phil will also listen to what Galaxy playmaker Landon Donovan has to say after training today and will have a report here later.
Galaxy 2 FC Dallas 1
Bottom line for the Galaxy: Lively. Dangerous. Minimal dumb errors.
The Galaxy dominated a Dallas team that never looked competitive Wednesday, moving off the Western Conference basement with a much needed win.
Better yet, it was an entertaining game in Carson after some tedious road moments in recent outings that tested the patience of the many fans.
And, the score shouldn’t have been that close, said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena:
“It was a little unfortunate that the linesman missed the offside, which resulted in the Dallas goal, but that’s all part of it. I give our backline credit. They did what they are supposed to do on a play like that. It’s unfortunate that the linesman missed it and we had to scramble over the last 15 minutes.”
Midfielder Kenny Walker, playing his second MLS game two years after playing his first, was solid and the central defensive combination of Tommy Meyers and Kofi Opare received better reviews from some than the error prone Leonardo and substandard Omar Gonzalez.
Stefan Ishizaki was subbed after two bad giveaways that are threatening to become a hallmark of the Galaxy season, but overall it was a more solid, livelier outing than we have seen in recent performances.
Beat writer Phil Collin has the game story.
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Notable: Only one Galaxy player — Robbie Keane — has scored more than two goals this season, which pretty much sums up the club’s problem.
All the facts and figures associated with the game are here.
First it seems as if the club has barely played in Southern California this year at all.
Wednesday’s rare midweek home game is up against a Kings playoff game so many general sports fans will be preoccupied.
And Sunday’s home game takes place on the long Memorial Day weekend, when LA typically empties out (and the Galaxy has traditionally had trouble drawing crowds on holiday weekends).
Which all means, given that the Galaxy are now stuck at the wrong end of the Western Conference, there may well be no reason to watch when folks belatedly get around to seeing that MLS is under way.
Read more in today’s column.
Anther ghastly Galaxy defensive screw-up condemned LA to a road loss in Houston against the Dynamo and the bottom of the Western Conference, while plucky Chivas USA grabbed a point in their local television debut this season against Dallas, but really should have had a road win.
We’ll let the blunt Robbie Keane lay it on the line an explain what the sputtering Galaxy need to do to stop losing and start winning in a season threatening to go nowhere before it has really started:
“Just stop making mistakes, that’s how you lose games, you make mistakes and then you lose games. We just can’t make mistakes, the mistakes we’ve made are ones that can’t be made, and it’s fairly simple. If you we keep making mistakes like that we can forget about even making the playoffs.”
Given how many spectators are showing up to Chivas USA’s sparsely attended home games in Carson this season, it will be interesting to see what the ratings are.
The club is hosting a viewing party in Long Beach, however:
For more on the game itself, check out the MLS preview:
With Landon Donovan pretty much the senior member of the U.S. Men’s National Team these days and perhaps on the brink of international retirement after the World Cup, who better to look back on his long history of World Cup participation and reminisce.
- Two goals by Travis Bowen and strikes from former Cal State Dominguez Hills midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias, Bradley Diallo, Jack McBean and Aleksandar Đoković gave the LA Galaxy II an easy 6-1 U.S. Open Cup victory Wednesday over Thousand Oaks-based amateur team Cal FC at the StubHub Center track and field stadium before a crowd of just over 400. The Galaxy’s reserve squad advances to the third round of the knockout tournament May 28 in Carson against PSA Elite, which progressed when the San Diego Flash forfeited its game.
- Also USL Pro side Sacramento Republic defeated the Ventura County Fusion 2-1 Wednesday and will meet Fresno Fuego in the next round.
- CD Guadalajara and Cruz Azul play a preseason Liga MX game at 8 p.m. July 9 at StubHub Center, it was announced today. Tickets go on sale May 22.
- Vegas remains a long-shot MLS expansion market.
After just 148 minutes on the field in MLS over seven games with just one assist, Mexican striker Adolfo Bautista has become the latest player to wash out at Chivas USA, which is picking up and discarding players at a seemingly increasing rate.
Bautista, 34, who played for El Tri during the 2010 World Cup made his Chivas USA debut March 9, but barely lasted two months before the club and player mutually agreed to part ways.
“We want to thank Adolfo Bautista for his dedication, commitment and professionalism during his time with our club,” said coach Wilmer Cabrera. “He is a respected leader on and off the field, and we wish him the best of luck in all his endeavors moving forward.”
Was that sarcasm, do you think?
Portland may have the reputation as having more craft beer breweries and brewpubs per capita than any other city on the face of the planet, but Torrance and the South Bay are closing in fast.
So it’s apt that the Galaxy’s nationally televised game at 11:30 a.m. Sunday against the Timbers in Portland will be shown at Torrance’s Smog City Brewing Co., where fan group Angel City Brigade will host a viewing party.
Smog City is one of Torrance’s most inventive and creative breweries with lots of styles of beer including a special “Brigade Brew” that will be served Sunday.
The Galaxy could do with a little of that creativity against a Timbers team that is not the emerging force it once seemed. With the World Cup looming, U.S. International central defender Omar Gonzalez is out up to two weeks, according to coach Bruce Arena.
Consider this a training session of sorts for you armchair soccer fans ahead of the viewing parties that will pop up all over Southern California during the World Cup.
So bring mom along, bend an elbow and come cheer on the home team. See you there.
Chivas USA, already watching its MLS season dissolve on the back of a eight game winless streak, dumped goalless English striker Luke Moore today after just two starts and picked up Honduran international Martin Chavez from the Colorado Rapids and 23-year-old forward Ryan Finley from the Columbus Crew.
The Goats also sent a second round draft pick to the Crew; the 28-year-old Moore, if you care, was immediately traded to Toronto by the Rapids in exchange for 22-year-old defender Gale Agbossoumonde.
“We are very happy to add Marvin Chavez and Ryan Finley to our club as they will immediately bolster our attack,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “Chavez is one of the best wide midfielders in the League and is very versatile at creating scoring opportunities. Finley will fit perfectly in our plan as a center forward, as his mobility and approach to the game will support and complement Erick Torres’ skills up top.”
The prize for Chivas USA is most certainly Chavez, 30, who has also played for the San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas in MLS, but will be lost to Chivas USA for a month or so because he will represent Honduras at the World Cup.
Finley, who was most recently on loan with USL Pro outfit Dayton Dutch Lions, scored one goal and had one assist in 14 games in his rookie MLS season last year.
The tournament also gave Toronto the motivation to acquire Moore:
“With our current depth in defence we felt that the opportunity to acquire an attacking player like Luke Moore was the right decision to make at this time for the club as we approach the World Cup break,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “With Luke’s experience, he will be a welcome addition to our squad and provide more options for us upfront.”