Galaxy game day: L.A. tackles high altitude in Colorado

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

 

The Galaxy’s three new European signings, Jelle Van Damme, Nigel de Jong and Ashley Cole, will be in the spotlight Saturday as they play not only their first MLS road game, but their first MLS game in altitude at Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Altitude was one of the many MLS-specific difficulties Steven Gerrard struggled with last year after he joined the team in the middle of the season. Continue reading

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San Fernando Valley Assemblyman Mike Gatto honors Calabasas High grad Daniel Steres after Galaxy debut

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There haven’t been too many well-known professional soccer players from the San Fernando Valley, but that changed last weekend when rookie Galaxy defender Daniel Steres scored the equalizing goal against D.C. United that sparked LA to a come-from-behind 4-1 win in their MLS opener in Carson.

That stunning display meant veteran valley Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), the longest-serving member of the Assembly, was quick to present Steres with a certificate of recognition in honor of his achievement.

“Daniel is a proud San Fernando Valley native and his success is a phenomenal example to aspiring athletes in Southern California,” said Gatto. “I look forward to seeing his continued success both on and off the field.”

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Giovani dos Santos, Dan Kennedy out for Colorado matchup

Photo by Ted S. Warren // Associated Press

Photo by Ted S. Warren // Associated Press

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said both Giovani dos Santos and Dan Kennedy will be out for the Galaxy’s game at Colorado on Saturday.

Both dos Santos and Kennedy left last Sunday’s season opener against D.C. United with leg injuries. Kennedy left in the 20th minute after appearing to injure his groin or hamstring taking a goal kick. Dos Santos has a muscle strain in his left leg and left at halftime.

With dos Santos’ injury, Mike Magee figures to keep his spot on the field after he fueled the Galaxy’s 4-1 win against D.C. United after subbing in at halftime. Brian Rowe will start in goal for Kennedy after he had five saves in the season opener.

Forward Alan Gordon (neck) returned to the field Thursday for practice.

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Galaxy injury notes: Dan Kennedy likely out for Colorado

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Photo by Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports

After injuring his leg in the first half of the Galaxy’s season opener against D.C. United, goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is likely out for the team’s game against Colorado on Saturday, head coach Bruce Arena said.

It looked as it Kennedy injured either his hamstring or groin on a goal kick, defender Daniel Steres said after the game. Arena characterized the injury simply as a “muscle strain” while the team continues to evaluate the 33-year-old goalkeeper.

Brian Rowe stepped in to goal and had five saves in the Galaxy’s 4-1 win over D.C. United.  Continue reading

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Mike Magee voted MLS Player of the Week

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Mike Magee chips a shot over D.C. United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra to put the L.A. Galaxy ahead 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Mike Magee’s return to L.A. just keeps getting better for the 31-year-old. The Galaxy forward was named MLS Player of the Week on Tuesday after his brace helped L.A. to a comeback win over D.C. United on Sunday. He also had an assist and drew a foul that led to a penalty kick in the Galaxy’s 4-1 win.

As he walked off the field, Magee, a fan-favorite from his days with the Galaxy from 2009-13, was serenaded with chants of “Magee! Magee! Magee is on fire!” He was traded during the 2013 season to the Chicago Fire, his hometown team, for Robbie Rogers, and went on to claim the 2013 MLS MVP award. He called his return to L.A. “surreal.”

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Mike Magee up for MLS Goal of the Week after MLS sets scoring record

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Galaxy’s Mike Magee scored two of MLS’ record-setting 36 goals on Sunday. The 36 goals across all 10 games was a record for an MLS opening weekend. It makes for a lot of fun, but for fans of good defense, it’s not necessarily the best product.

From SBNation: “Salary cap and closed system or not, MLS is always going to have trouble becoming the best soccer league in the world. The next-best alternative is having a genuinely silly product with a ton of goals. It might not have happened intentionally, but it appears that MLS has stumbled into exactly that kind of product.”

Magee’s first goal, a chip shot in the 65th minute that gave the Galaxy a 2-1 lead, is in the running for MLS Goal of the Week. It’s in the quarterfinals against the Crew’s bicycle kick against Portland by Federico Higuain.

Magee is also one of three Galaxy players to earn GoalUSA MLS Team of the Week honors, joining Ashley Cole and Daniel Steres.

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Morning after: Mike Magee’s perfect return

Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP

Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP

Besides the result, not many things went according to plan for the L.A. Galaxy in their season-opening win against D.C. United on Sunday. L.A. gave up a goal in the fifth minute, lost its starting goalkeeper in the 20th, then had to sub Giovani dos Santos at halftime.

No fear, because Mike Magee is back.

Magee’s storybook return to L.A. included two goals, an assist and a foul that led to a penalty kick. The 31-year-old scored 19 goals while with the Galaxy from 2009-13, but hasn’t scored in MLS competition since 2014.

Naturally, he drew raves from players and coaches after the game.

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