Having sat through the Galaxy’s largely flat and uninteresting 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers Wednesday in Carson it’s perhaps best, if you must know more, to read the account by staff writer Phil Collin and skip the video lowlights.
Not so coincidentally no one had much interesting to say afterward either, coach Bruce Arena conducting a post-game press conference all of two minutes long.
I asked him what his team had discussed in the locker room after the game about their (largely invisible) offense. He said they hadn’t really talked about it. I asked him to elaborate and he said he couldn’t because, well, they hadn’t talked about it.
Seemed reasonable based on the game. One of those games when you look forward more to the beer afterward than a substantive post-game discussion, frankly, or find more than a degree of empathy with this sort of lawsuit (why are soccer fans forced to subsidize the Dodgers and Lakers anyway)?
Let’s hope Passback Pete hides that game video from the kids in the Academy. And not much of an ad for the upcoming less than SuperClasico lately against host Chivas USA at the rather late hour of 8 p.m. on Sunday. Will it be a stinker of a game…?
Speaking of Chivas USA, they lost again so I’m sure most of us from Southern California don’t want to see that, even you hardy, but dwindling number of Goats fans out there. Van Nuys’ Tristan Bowen had a great opener against the Whitecaps in Vancouver though that sadly will become largely a footnote in the loss. Cool goal though by the former Galaxy forward:
And, while we’re on the subject of a play worth seeing again, check out one Neymar today for Brazil against Mexico in the Confederations Cup:
A busy day for Southern California soccer fans no matter what team or nation you support.
So let’s dig in starting with the highlights of the U.S. men’s win over Honduras:
It wasn’t a vintage performance by the U.S. men Tuesday night, but it was enough to see off Honduras, solidify the American position atop the group and all but qualify for the World Cup. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann may have said it best in this game story from sister newspaper The Salt Lake City Tribune: “The big picture is that we are growing,” he said. Quite.
The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan reacts to my question today in the Tout video above about what he thinks of the U.S. progress in World Cup qualifying given his absence (and yeah, what do you expect him to say?).
Those of you who read my column this week know that I was musing about the ESPN World Cup qualifying doubleheader from a ratings perspective, especially with the U.S. game receiving a strong lead-in from the preceding Mexico game.
Well, the Mexico-Costa Rica contest earned an average rating of 0.3 meaning it was seen by 540,000 viewers. Plenty of them likely stuck around to watch the U.S. beat Panama, which was the second-most viewed international game ever on ESPN, beaten only by the Mexico-U.S. showdown in March (1.4 rating).
U.S.-Panama came in with a 0.8 rating and was watched by an estimated audience of 1,436,000. The San Diego market was tops in the U.S., pulling in a 2.5 rating.
The Spanish language coverage of the two games on UniMas delivered 2.8 million viewers for Mexico-Costa Rica and 1.2 million for U.S-Panama/
Next for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying: Tuesday in Salt Lake City verses Honduras (live on ESPN and UniMas)
Today’s not unexpected news that former Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will retire at the end of the European season, elicited these responses today from the Galaxy:
“The LA Galaxy would like to congratulate David Beckham on the completion of his 20-year career in the sport of soccer,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said. “His six seasons with the Galaxy saw the club reach unprecedented heights, highlighted by our back-to-back MLS Cup championships in 2011 and 2012. David was a tremendous ambassador for our club and our league and it was an incredible honor in having him wear the Galaxy colors. We join the world in celebrating all of his achievements in the sport and look forward to continuing his relationship with our club.”
“Today is a day to celebrate David Beckham and the completion of his fabulous career,” said coach Bruce Arena. “In addition to being such a great player, David is also a great personality, a great teammate, a great friend and family man. He is a person that you cannot replace, on the field or off and our club is in a better position for having him play for us in the six years that he did.”
Check out highlights of his Galaxy career on YouTube here.
*San Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLS today for his conduct in the above incident that “endangered the safety” of opponent Mario de Luna in the 68th minute of the game against Chivas USA Saturday in Carson.
Lenhart won’t appeal the suspension. He wasn’t give a card of any color for the incident in the game, but coach Frank Yallop yanked the hot-headed Lenhart two minutes later to ensure he didn’t get sent off.