The Galaxy is in Vancouver tonight for a meeting with the Whitecaps. Tonight, could be the first time this season and first time since last August that the club could have Giovani Dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes on the field together.
Curt Onalfo said both are available. Dos Santos said he’s 100 percent. Zardes said he’s healthy and ready to go.
The Galaxy is on turf tonight and that could ultimately be the deciding factor if Onalfo uses both players.
Tune in at 7 on Spectrum SportsNet and see who will be in the starting 11.
“You could see the character of the team in the first two games of the year… It took strength of character to get back in it. I thought we showed enormous grit. I thought we pressed and we used the space of the extra player, and that doesn’t always happen, so easier said than done, especially when you’re on the road. Credit to the guys for a great effort and more importantly being intelligent tactically in the way we played.”
Jermaine Jones on the victory:
“I say it always. The team is young. It’s a process. We have to build something and we’re building. Of course, wins help building. It helps people to believe and it helps to keep the outside quiet.”
up next: The Galaxy is off until Aug. 1. The time away should help Gyasi Zardes, Ashley Cole and Giovani dos Santos heal up from their injuries.
A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium in the second half of an MLS soccer game between the New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United FC on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Atlanta. The Red Bulls won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
The Galaxy opened the 2017 season with a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas last Saturday. This week, they’re back home against another tough opponent as the Portland Timbers enter town for a Sunday (4 p.m.; FS1).
Portland opened the season with a dominating 5-1 victory over Minnesota United, Friday.
Galaxy before taking the field in opener against FC Dallas; Photo Credit: Robert Mora and Stephanie Romero
“I thought we controlled the game,” Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo said Tuesday of last week’s opener. “When you looked back on it, we dictated the game on both sides of the ball. So, what I liked it, is that I thought we built very, very well from our goalkeeper out. We created chances out of the run of play in transition and on set pieces, enough chances where you should win the game.
“What I’m not happy about is the goals we conceded. I thought they were soft goals and goals that can be prevented. That part, I wasn’t pleased with, but if you look overall at the performance, a lot of really good things to build on.”
The Galaxy can’t have the type of lapses they had against FC Dallas. Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi both scored a pair of goals last week.
“I think they’re the best team in MLS at this point,” Onalfo said of Portland. “They’re at full strength, they’re attacking players are playing very well as you could have seen from their 5-1 result. They’re very good defensively as well.”
Poor Galaxy finishing, crucial defensive errors and a general lack of experience at this level overwhelmed the flashes of promise of things to come from Jermaine Jones and a not yet match-fit DP Romain Alessandrini in the home loss to Dallas.