Those of us who have had loved ones struggle with the debilitating and even life-threatening affliction of depression will understand exactly how Donovan feels.
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) November 19, 2014
Sometimes it’s actually instructive when you don’t get around posting your column until after an event occurs that is included in the column.
Which is how it went today with the U.S.-Ireland game that sent the Americans scuttling back home across the Atlantic 4-1 losers.
Frankly, we didn’t learn much from a youbng, make-shift team: the U.S. ships goals in the second half and can’t score either, although to be fair they hit the woodwork twice.
Oh, and the Galaxy’s robbie keane, if fully fit, would have ripped apart the U.S. back line of left back Timmy Chandler, right back Fabian Johnson and the due of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron in the middle.
That’s it for this year for the USMNT: their record was 6-5-4.
There goes any chance of the Galaxy snagging former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, as some fans who have messaged me lately had hoped (unless the club attempts to trade up, I guess).
The Galaxy will pick 16th out of the 20 MLS clubs when the draft is held Wednesday.
FC Dallas is first, and NYCFC second, BTW.
Also, MLS has announced a special pre-sale for its noon Dec. 7 title game, set for either Carson or Seattle, depending on whether the Galaxy or Sounders prevail in the Western Conference semifinal. The code is CUP5. Details here.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) November 13, 2014
*Robbie Rogers’ stumbling soccer career was revitalized when Galaxy coach Bruce Arena switched the midfielder to a left back role and now Rogers has received a multiyear contract extension as a just reward for sterling play this season.
From the Galaxy press release:
Rogers, 27, has made 15 appearances for the Galaxy this season in addition to recording two assists. After making the move to defense full-time with a start against Chivas USA on June 8, the Galaxy have gone 10-2-7 in all MLS competitions in which Rogers appeared, including the MLS Cup Playoffs.
*Meanwhile, despite his hamstring issue Robbie Keane seems likely to play for his beloved Ireland against Scotland Friday in a Euro 2016 qualifier (live at 11;30 a.m. on ESPN3).
*Former Galaxy defender Ezra Hendrickson was today named coach of the Seattle Sounders’ USL Pro affiliate, by former Galaxy and current Seattle coach Sigi Schmid.
Newly named S2 coach Ezra Hendrickson and Sounders MLS coach Sigi Schmid. pic.twitter.com/UcY2Ei82gA
— Don Ruiz (@donruiztnt) November 13, 2014
From the Sounders press release:
Hendrickson was announced as a Sounders FC Assistant Coach on January 20, 2009, after a 14-year professional career, including 12 seasons in Major League Soccer. As a player, he spent parts of eight seasons alongside Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid, including three campaigns with the Columbus Crew prior to his retirement. He was a member of three MLS Cup championship teams, winning two with Schmid.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 11, 2014
Finally, check out the highlights of the Western Conference Semifinal last night between FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders:
Landon the Legend: Landon Donovan added another inspired performance to his glittering career Sunday night in Carson in leading the Galaxy to a rout of Real Salt Lake in the MLS playoffs (Photos by Staff Photographer Stephen Carr).
This was a game those who attended will tell their grandchildren about.
Los Angeles News Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin has the game story, but in all honesty this was a Western Conference semifinal that must be watched to be fully appreciated:
“One of the things that was in my control was how I played,” Donovan said. “So I wanted to make sure that when I went home tonight and looked in the mirror that I knew I gave everything regardless of the result. Fortunately the team played well too, and made for a really fun night. I had fun, and I wanted to have fun tonight. If this was going to be the last game, I told my girlfriend today that I wanted to have fun and I want to enjoy it. If we lose, we lose, but I want to make sure I enjoy it. More often than not, when I enjoy the game, I play well.”
I will have more in Tuesday’s column.