Weekend Video Soccer Rewind: LA Galaxy in D.C., Mexico at the Coliseum

mex1Viva Mexico: Packed Coliseum crowd sees Chicharito score El Tri’s lone winner against Ecuador (Photo by Micah Escamilla/Los Angeles Daily News).

Staff Writer Chris Trevino had the game recap.

Galaxy-D.C. United game story via The Washington Post

Quotable:

“We have nobody to blame but ourselves, but I thought the referee made a bad call at the end,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “It was ridiculous, the way he called the game. That is just part of it though and we have to accept responsibility too.

“The ref was inconsistent and you cannot let the goalkeeper get charged at the end,” he added. “Having said that, we still should have gotten a point today. Losing that game was ridiculous.”

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Video: Arena Soccer World Cup doubleheader featuring U.S. tonight in Ontario

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Read more about the Arena Soccer World Cup here.

The official tournament website is here.

Highlights of Sunday’s game between Mexico and Romania are here:

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Video: Watch Galaxy signing Steven Gerrard concede his colossal stupidity after receiving record-setting red card for Liverpool against Manchester United

What must Galaxy coach Bruce Arena be thinking after watching that completely over the top reaction from an EPL player with 500 games under his belt?

Makes a rash Leonardo challenge look positively thoughtful.

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MLS Video Highlights: Galaxy grind out point against Houston in listless home performance

Quotable:

“We’ve been working on a lot of set pieces, defending set pieces in particular,” said Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, beaten by his man on the corner that led to the Dynamo equalizer. I feel like you work on it so much it’s in your head, and once again, you end up getting scored on again so I’m pretty sure we’ll be doing more set pieces this week. I’m pretty sure Bruce (Arena) will be in our ear a lot this week, so that’ll be a lot of fun.”

Notable:

The Galaxy back line is allowing a goal a game so far this season with defenders Omar Gonzalez and Leonardo partnering in central defense for three straight games.

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Messi V. Ronaldo El Clasico Video Preview: Barcelona-Real Madrid on BeIN Sports live at 1 p.m.

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Better Late than Never: LA Galaxy’s Alan “late goal” Gordon MLS rep grows

Forward Alan Gordon, who if memory serves was the Galaxy’s longest-serving player before he was shipped to Chivas USA then onto the San Jose Earthquakes, endured more than a critical barb or two from certain sections of the crowd (and press box).

Somewhere along the way though, the Long Beach native became a sort of cult hero, a bash brother who dished it out as much as he was bashed.

Notable:

Last week Gordon scored the 18th goal off the bench in his MLS career, the second-most in league history (Jeff Cunningham had 28). Gordon has six second-half stoppage time goals, fifth-most in MLS history. Gordon now has 22 goals for the Galaxy, out of 45 career MLS strikes. Four of Gordon’s six goals since rejoining the Galaxy have been either game-winning or equalizing goals.

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MLS Video Preview: LA Galaxy host Western Conference rivals Houston Dynamo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson

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LANG MLS beat writer Phil Collin has the capsule Dynamo-Galaxy preview.

Here’s more stats and details of the series history.

A 90-second game preview with Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones is here:

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MLS Video Highlights: Late-goal Gordon reigns for LA Galaxy yet again in soggy 2-2 Timbers tie in Portland

Game story

Quotable:

“Great goal. What else can you say?” said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

 

Notable:

A week after scoring the game winner in the Galaxy’s opening match, Jose Villarreal notched an assist against Portland in his 14th MLS start, a week after making his first start since Oct. 2013.

 

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Next for the Galaxy: 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Houston Dynamo at StubHub Center.

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