The Galaxy doesn’t have a lot of time.
Still, Sigi Schmid knows what needs to happen if the club is get things on track this late in the season.
“Sometimes you need a little bit of luck,” Schmid said. “When you look at the goals scored against, obviously that’s no secret to anybody, you can’t be successful if you’re averaging three goals against a game.
“I think offensively this team has capabilities to score goals , but we have to make sure we keep teams off the board to give our offense a chance to carry the team.”
Sigi Schmid’s Saturday morning plan was supposed to include a stop at a local coffee shop with some of former players with the Seattle Sounders.
Understandably, he might have to cancel those plans.
“I have a lot of friends still in Seattle,” he said. “It’ll be interesting. I have a lot of friends on that sideline and my years in Seattle were fantastic, something I’ll always be grateful for, but now my job is to help the L.A. Galaxy win.
“It means a lot to be able to come back and coach.”
Schmid coached Seattle from 2009-2016. Now, he’s faced with the task of getting the Galaxy of the doldrums and headed upward in the standings. The Galaxy is ninth place in the Western Conference.
“Our expectations, our hopes are to make the playoffs,” Schmid said of the Galaxy. “It is a challenge, but challenges are something we want to embrace. We’re not going to run away from the challenge.”
Injuries and suspensions have been the theme of this season and tonight, it will impact again.
Dave Romney (hamstring) and Jack McBean (suspension) are both out. Gyasi Zardes is back from the national team and could see time out wide. The Galaxy midfield is crowded, but not as crowded as it will be when Sebastian Lletget returns.
“We’ll figure it out,” Schmid said. “A lot of times things get answered for you because of injuries or suspensions. It just a matter of who looks ready, who looks in form and we’ll come out with a group for the game on Saturday and then we’ve got some more days to train next week and it could change.”
The rivalry between the Galaxy and LAFC will hit the field next year. Thursday, they were battling to upstage the other with big news.
First, came the Galaxy’s announcement that they had fired Curt Onalfo and hired Sigi Schmid.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 27, 2017
By the time Schmid was leading the Galaxy through his first training session, LAFC dropped the news that they had hired their first coach and it is a familiar face and name in Bob Bradley.
— LAFC (@LAFC) July 27, 2017
The Galaxy then ended the day with the official word that Johnathan dos Santos, Giovani’s brother, had signed with the club as the third Designated Player.
what will tomorrow hold?
George Best was simply the best for a fleeting few years in the late 1960s.
It didn’t last as his career and life collapsed into a quagmire of alcohol abuse.
Best himself understood his self destruction even if he was incapable of stopping it.
“If I’d been born ugly, you’d never have heard of Pele,” he once famously said, as well as “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”
Short answer from fans: no (see more reaction below).
This was not what coach Curt Onalfo and the Galaxy wanted when they embarked on the second half of the season Wednesday against Vancouver.
Read more at this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (full disclosure it was filed just before last night’s game kicked off).
Fans are not happy:
— Alex Payne (@alexsidewayspay) July 20, 2017
@LAGalaxy first to five…. in a row loses at home in all competitions.
— Angel City Brigade (@ACBrigade) July 20, 2017
Take the banner down
it doesn't make the message less true. pic.twitter.com/1qGL0KyFLz
— Riot Squadcast (@RiotSquadcast) July 20, 2017
The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. The event is free to the public.
Children ages five-14 will get the chance to test their abilities in a range of tasks developed by Manchester City coaches, including speed and passing drills.
All entrants for the day will be in competition to win some amazing prizes.
For more information visit www.mancity.com.
Manchester City will face Real Madrid at the L.A. Coliseum, July 26 in the International Champions Cup.
All of your favorite European clubs are headed to the U.S. for the fifth annual International Champions Cup.
Here are the other match-ups for the U.S. locations
AS Roma vs. PSG, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Manchester United vs. Manchester City, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Juventus vs. Barcelona, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
PSG vs. Tottenham, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Real Madrid vs. Manchester United, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Tottenham vs. AS Roma, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Barcelona vs. Manchester United, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
PSG vs. Juventus, 6 p.m. (ESPNN/ESPN2)
Manchester City vs. Real Madrid, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Manchester City vs. Tottenham, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)
AS Roma vs. Juventus, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
The tournament begins in the early morning hours Tuesday in China as AC Milan faces Borussia Dortmund (4:15 a.m.) on ESPNU. Early Wednesday, Bayern Munich faces Arsenal at 4:15 a.m. on ESPN3.
Early Saturday morning, July 22 will see Bayern Munich facing AC Milan (ESPN2) at 2:30 a.m.. Inter Milan and Lyon will meet Monday at 5 a.m. (ESPN3) and Chelsea faces Bayern Munich, Tuesday morning at 4:30 a.m. on ESPN3.
Bayern Munich faces Inter Milan, July 27 at 4:30 a.m. and July 29, Chelsea and Inter Milan kick off at 4:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
The final eight for the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament is set.
The next night at University of Phoenix Stadium, the second set of quarterfinals will take place. Jamaica and Canada will kick off the day at 4:30 p.m., with Mexico taking on Honduras at 7:30 p.m.
The winners of Wednesday’s games (Costa Rica-Panama; U.S.-El Salvador) will face off in the semifinal, July 22 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
The Thursday winners will advance to the Rose Bowl for their semifinal, July 23.
The final will take place July 26 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
The U.S. men’s national team won their group in the CONCACAF Gold Cup to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Per tournament rules, teams are able to make up to six roster changes before the start of the quarterfinals. Here are the changes made by the U.S. coach Bruce Arena.
IN: Jozy Altidore; Michael Bradley; Clint Dempsey; Tim Howard; Darlington Nagbe; Jesse Gonzalez
OUT: Brad Guzan; Sean Johnson; Alejandro Bedoya; Cristian Roldan; Kelyn Rowe; Dom Dwyer
“We have added some experienced players to the roster that can help us in the Knockout Round of the Gold Cup,” Arena said. “The players leaving all made a good impression, and I’m optimistic for their future with the National Team program.”
The U.S. will face a team to be determined in the quarterfinal, Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Here is the updated roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas) Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)
DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution),Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)