The La Liga Clasico is bigger than ever, especially in the U.S.:
On playing in this game: It’s an honor. You represent your country, put on the national team jersey and get to play in a stadium like this. In fron to f90,000 people, whether they’re Mexican fans or American fans, it’s an amazing feeling. Every day that you get to represent your country, you walk out in front of 90,000 people, whether they’re hating you or cheering for you, it’s an amazing feeling.
Feelings on the game: I’m pretty disappointed. To fight back 1-1 then give up a goal, then tie it 2-2, you feel like you’re going into penalties, a couple minutes left in the game, then the guy scores a good-looking goal. If you’re going to lose, you might as well lose like that. But obviously disappointed because we showed resilience, we showed the effort that we had, never say die attitude and we left it all on the field. It’s a tough one to swallow.
On what his team showed: I think we showed how tough we are to break down, even though they had three goals, 3-2, it’s just disappointing to come so close then the last couple minutes of the game, you can do back through the 90 minutes or 120 minutes and you can break down when we could have been better, but at the end of the day, we showed the resilience we had and we showed the passion. It’s just one of those.
On the stakes that were riding on this game: We’re almost playing an away game, you could say. You can definitely feel it here, our fans supporting us for sure. I’m sure they’re disappointed just as much as we are. With a rivalry like this, you always want America to beat Mexico and I’m sure Mexico wants to beat America. That’s what the rivalry is all about and that’s why it makes it such a special game. To be a part of it, this is a game where you go to extra time, we wish it was a better ending for us, but we gotta move forward. We can’t dwell on this, we got another game Tuesday and we gotta turn this around.
If he though it was going to PKs after Bobby Wood’s goal: Yeah, they changed their formation when they went up 2-1. They kind of dropped back and allowed us to get back into the game. We started getting possession and we started creating some chances. Bobby gets into the back of the net then we’re tied 2-2, it’s going back and forth and all of the sudden a couple of minutes left, a free kick, we clear our lines, the ball pops up and it’s a goal. In my mind, I’m thinking, let’s keep it tight, let’s make it very difficult for them to score like we always try to do. You always want to close out games, take it into penalties. For me, seeing the guys training this week, practicing our penalties, I believe in Brad. I thought we were going to win it, but it’s just one of those you have to swallow and go into the next one.
U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya will miss Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup matchup with Mexico after suffering from a fever this week, U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann said Wednesday.
Bobby Wood will replace Bedoya, who missed the past two days of training.
“It’s a bummer because he was burning,” Klinsmann said of Bedoya.
Klinsmann also confirmed that Michael Bradley, who was also at the press conference, will captain the U.S. side on Saturday. Bradley said he is optimistic about how his team will respond with Bedoya out.
MB on Bedoya’s absence: “We’ll miss Alejandro for sure…We all have faith that whoever steps on the field tomorrow will be ready to go.”
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 9, 2015
Hit the jump from other notes from the U.S. press conference: Continue reading
This reaction — to getting surprised with tickets to Saturday’s sold out #USAvMEX game — is everything.
Enjoy the game, and do try to avoid traffic.
Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos will be out of Saturday’s big CONCACAF Cup match between the United States and Mexico due to a muscular injury, Mexican national team manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti said Monday at a press conference.
“Gio has a muscular problem and can’t be with us,” Ferretti said. “We are looking into who will be on the squad.”
Dos Santos started in the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw against Seattle on Sunday, but left in the 87th minute. There were no initial reports of an injury immediately following the game.
The Galaxy have a bye this week and return to action for their home regular season final against Portland on Oct. 18.
Update 11:14 a.m.: The Galaxy confirmed the injury Monday, saying dos Santos suffered a “muscle strain” in Sunday’s match and will remain with his MLS side this week.
Hit the jump for more on dos Santos and reactions to the news.
Major League Soccer announced its 2015 playoff schedule on Friday. All games will be televised nationally, with the conference finals being played on Nov. 22 and Nov. 29 and the MLS Cup being played on Dec. 6.
Hit the jump for the full playoff schedule with TV broadcast information:
The Galaxy ended their scoring drought in a 3-2 win over FC Dallas on Sunday at StubHub Center. The team is now back on top of the table in both the Western Conference and the Supporters Shield race.
Now that we can stop talking about that pesky scoring drought that lasted three games, we can look forward to the final three games of the regular season and what’s going on in other parts of MLS:
Plaza Mexico in Lynwood is the place to be this Saturday for El Super Clásico between Club America and Chivas. Whether you are a Club America or Chivas fan, or just looking to watch the game with a bunch of people, the Mexico City-themed shopping mall just of the 105 freeway is not a bad place to take in the game.
The game starts at 3 p.m. and is being broadcast live on Univision (Ch. 34 in LA).
— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) September 22, 2015
Landon Donovan, the all-world, all-awesome, soon-to-be dad, went back to school and spoke at the University of Redlands Tuesday night. The former USMNT and LA Galaxy man touched on everything from what he’s been up-to since he retired to what it was like growing up in Redlands.
The usually candid Donovan didn’t mince words when asked about not being a part of last year’s World Cup team.
Donovan on being cut from 2014 WC team: I was devastated…I felt disrespected. @RedlandsNews
— Chris Trevino (@ChrisNTrevino) September 23, 2015
You can read the full article here.
if you’re more of a visual person, check-out the photos.
— Micah Escamilla (@MicahEscamilla) September 23, 2015
Landon Donovan the GOAT pic.twitter.com/52Lbd6ZLIZ
— Eric (@ehuston7) September 23, 2015
"Who is the best player right now?" Landon Donovan: "Me." pic.twitter.com/DPk4cC5j0g
— Jacquelyn Archey (@heyyy_jack) September 23, 2015
had a chance to hear @landondonovan speak tonight. It was very inspiring and something I'll never forget.
— Ali-son (@alisonnnsoto) September 23, 2015
So happy I was able to see @landondonovan at U of R tonight! It was a pleasure hearing you speak!
— Helen ♥ (@helengabiii) September 23, 2015
— Bulldog Athletics (@GoRedlands) September 23, 2015
— Chris (@jedichris) September 23, 2015