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.”
TBD team with their remotes guiding their robots. Caltechs 31st annual Engineering Design Competition will pit robots against robots in an action packed soccer match dubbed the Tridroid Cup. Tuesday, March 8, 2016.Though 12 soccer balls are on the field at a time, the teams must get past robotic goalies to score. Caltechs mechanical engineering students designed, build and run the teams of up to three robots.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Mike Magee saved the L.A. Galaxy in the team’s season-opener, scoring two goals, notching an assist and drawing a foul in the box after subbing on at halftime. Hear from Magee and Bruce Arena after the game:
Soccer Sunday boasts more than 11 hours of television coverage with all 20 MLS clubs in action as the 21st season begins.
Here’s the highlights:
ESPN will debut its “Goal Post Cam” in a regular season game during the Portland Timbers-Columbus Crew SC contest with cameras embedded on each post to enhance views of goalmouth action. In addition, coaches Caleb Porter (Portland) and Gregg Berhalter (Columbus) will each wear a live microphone on the sidelines for in-game audio during the telecast
MLS Kick offers a week-long free preview through March 15.
The Galaxy open their 2016 MLS campaign on Sunday against D.C. United at 7 p.m. It’s a full slate of MLS games on opening day as all 20 teams will be in action.
With the team in its final preparations for the season opener, players and coaches met with the media on Friday to talk about Sunday’s game, last Tuesday’s CONCACAF Champions League loss and a whole host of other things.
Galaxy head coach Bruca Arena talks about the start of the MLS season, Nigel de Jong, and his thoughts on the Republican debate. A few other notes from Arena’s interview:
Josh Turnley, the Galaxy’s top draft pick from the 2016 MLS SuperDraft will sign with Galaxy II.
The LA Times reported that Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter has signed to a deal with the first team. Although the team has yet to make it official, Arena heaped praise on to Lassiter, a 21-year-old who scored 10 goals in 19 USL games last year for Los Dos: “He’s a goal scorer at the level he’s playing at right now,” Arena said. “He’s got great pace. He’s a great finisher. He’s got a great attitude. … We think in a couple years, he’s going to be in a position to challenge for a starting position.”
The Galaxy waived defender Dan Gargan and midfielder Ignacio Maganto earlier this week. Arena said Gargan’s move was a numbers game, while Maganto had lost his spot in the midst of improved depth on the team at his position. Pending the official signing of Lassiter, the Galaxy have 26 of their 28 roster positions filled.
So much for having the advantage after the first leg.
The L.A. Galaxy were bounced from CONCACAF Champions League play after a 4-0 loss to Santos Laguna on Tuesday night. After the team was so encouraged with its scoreless draw at home in the first leg of the quarterfinal series, getting smoked in the second leg just shows how much work the Galaxy have left to do.
L.A. gave up two goals on set pieces, struggled to maintain possession in the midfield and failed to generate any offense. In their three preseason games and two CCL games, the Galaxy have scored a combined three goals. Two of those came in the friendly against FC Shirak.
The team opens the MLS season on Sunday against D.C. United at StubHub Center at 7 p.m.
“I didn’t see any superstars on our team tonight.” – Bruce Arena after the #LAGalaxy‘s #SCCL defeat to Santos Laguna