Galaxy play to scoreless draw against 10-man Vancouver

(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The L.A. Galaxy played a man up for 62 minutes against Vancouver on Saturday at BC Place, but failed to generate any goals in a 0-0 draw while all three of their designated players stayed in Los Angeles.

Vancouver’s Matias Laba was sent off in the 28th minute after a studs up tackle on Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee. It was the second straight game in which the Galaxy played significant time a man up after a red card sent an opponent off.

L.A., which will be without the services of forward Robbie Keane for four to six weeks after the captain underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this week, outshot Vancouver 15-5, but only got four shots on goal.

“We were very poor on our crossing,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters. “We’ve got to do a better job getting players in front of the goal and in dangerous positions. … We’re looking for the last pass, to walk the ball in the goal, but we need to shoot more from distance, we’ve got to deliver balls in front of the goal a lot earlier and just be better.”

Keane’s injury was the latest in a string for the Galaxy. The team was without all three of its DPs, as midfielder Giovani dos Santos did not travel due to lack of fitness stemming from his muscle strain suffered in the season opener and midfielder Steven Gerrard was sidelined with a left calf strain.

Keane’s absence opened the field for 21-year-old Ariel Lassiter, who made his MLS debut and got the start at forward next to Sebastian Lletget. Lassiter played 67 minutes before getting subbed off for Alan Gordon.

“Ari was great,” Magee said. “He hustled, he ran. I don’t think we played to his strengths, but he did good. The kid’s got an incredibly bright future.”

Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng earned his first MLS start, while Baggio Husidic started in Gerrard’s place in the midfield.

Video highlights of the match:

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Keane joins Gerrard on the sidelines for Galaxy vs. Vancouver

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. (Photo by Brittany Murray / Daily Breeze)

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. (Photo by Brittany Murray / Daily Breeze)

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday. The Irishman is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Despite news of another injury to another Galaxy designated player, Keane seemed to be in good spirits after the operation. He posted a photo on his Instagram account saying he was hopeful for a “speedy recovery” and vowing to come back “stronger” soon.

Operation done speedy recovery hopefully back soon stronger #lagalaxy #irlelang

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The Galaxy have been hit hard with injuries in the early going of the season. Along with Keane, Giovani dos Santos (left quad injury), Steven Gerrard (left calf) and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (groin) are all dealing with injuries.
The Galaxy, without DP’s Keane and Gerrard, will take on the Whitecaps Saturday in Vancouver at BC Place, where Didier Drogba recently refused to play due to concerns over the artificial turf. The club is in third place of the Western Conference standings with six points.

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Video tribute: Former LA Aztecs NASL MVP, Dutch Total Football maestro Johan Cruyff dies age 68

FILE - In This June 19, 1974 file photo, Netherlands Johan Cruyff, left, dodges the tackle from Sweden's Kent Karlsson during a World Cup soccer match  in Dortmund, Germany. Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game with the concept of 'Total Football,' died Thursday March 24, 2016. He was 68. (AP Photo/File)

FILE – In This June 19, 1974 file photo, Netherlands Johan Cruyff, left, dodges the tackle from Sweden’s Kent Karlsson during a World Cup soccer match in Dortmund, Germany. Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game with the concept of ‘Total Football,’ died Thursday March 24, 2016. He was 68. (AP Photo/File)

Johann Cruyff, who spent one season with the North American Soccer League’s LA Aztecs in 1979, and was known as the star of perhaps the best national team never to win a World Cup in the 1970s — the Netherlands — has died at age 68.

A heavy smoker in his younger days, Cruyff lost a long battle against lung cancer.

Aztecs attendance peaked during Cruyff’s long year with the club, according to the Aztecs Wikipedia entry.

Cruyff was part of the versatile Dutch team that prompted the term total football, such was their silky teamwork, and starred for manager Rinus Michels in a starting XI that included such greats as Johan Neeskens (his son, John Neeskens, just joined LA Galaxy II) Johnny Rep and Rob Rensenbrink.

He also played a major role as a Barcelona player and coach in making the club what it is today

Tributes, reaction and video after the jump.

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LA Galaxy injury notes: Steven Gerrard ‘week-to-week,’ coaches U18s

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said Tuesday after training that midfielder Steven Gerrard, who injured his left calf in the first minute of the team’s 3-1 win over San Jose on March 19, will be “week-to-week” with a calf strain. Gerrard was not training with the team Tuesday as he was running the training session for the LA Galaxy Academy’s Under-18 team.


Forward Giovani dos Santos, who suffered a muscle strain in his left leg during the season opener, was present at training Tuesday and walked off the field with a bag of ice on his left quad.

Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (groin) and Jeff Larentowicz, who underwent offseason hernia surgery, were both on the field Tuesday. Kennedy returned to the training field for the first time since getting injured in the season opener against D.C. United, but did leave training early.

Jose Villarreal, the oft-injured 22-year-old forward, is battling a right knee injury and trained Tuesday.

The team is taking this weekend off for the FIFA break and resume MLS play on April 2 in Vancouver against the Whitecaps.

Forwards Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes and defender A.J. DeLaGarza are on international duty this week. Keane is playing for the Republic of Ireland in a pair of friendlies, while Zardes (United States) and DeLaGarza (Guam) will represent their respective countries in FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches.

 

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SoCal 2016 Summer Soccer: Chelsea-Liverpool at Rose Bowl July 27, Leicester City-Paris Saint-Germain in LA July 30

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Complete details on this year’s version of the International Champions Cup is here.

All matches will air live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.

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