A few links for today:
*With neither of tonight’s playoff games on free TV (yup, including Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls), we may as well look forward to the Real Salt Lake-Galaxy game where the home team is looking for penetrating passes and a goal or two to overcome their 1-0 first leg deficit.
*Guess which former Galaxy defender is the new Columbus Crew coach?
*Here’s your weekend EPL preview. The slate of games includes an 8 a.m. Sunday Manchester United-Arsenal encounter on NBCSN.
Here’s more from the press release on the eight-episode series:
The short-form, documentary-style series, directed by independent filmmaker Brandon Vedder (“Pearl Jam: Live at The Garden,” “La Source”), features eight episodes that holistically explore what it takes to be a professional soccer player through the eyes of LA Galaxy peak performers. Featuring Galaxy players including Omar Gonzalez, Marcelo Sarvas and Jaime Penedo, “Be A Pro” dives into the mental and physical commitments and sacrifices that are made in order to perform at the highest level.
Here’s episode three in the series called “The Finishing Touch:”
If you missed episode two, featuring Marcelo Sarvas, you can watch it here:
The first episode, with defender Omar Gonzalez, is below:
The next episode, featuring Pablo Mastroeni, is set for release Nov. 19
Most observers predicted a tight one goal game and that’s what we got in the first leg marked by a moment of brilliance that will live long in the memory.
Still, it’s only halftime and I’ll have more on the Galaxy and the MLS playoffs in general in Tuesday’s column.
It could have been much worse for former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid, but there is already blood in the water as predators circle and fans pile on the pressure.
By comparison Galaxy coach Bruce Arena’s two-time defending MLS Cup champions must merely struggle with being anointed favorites by the opposing coach, a statement that wasn’t so much mind game as stating a fact given the Galaxy’s advantage over RSL so far this season.
Bottom line: Playoffs are a different beast, but the Galaxy’s home form this season must surely be enough for a slim one goal advantage come halftime of the 180-minute contest tonight barring a late defensive collapse..
Mexico finally won in San Diego Wednesday night before an unusually small crowd that illustrates the depth of the skepticism over the quality of this Mexican team, while the U.S. women drew New Zealand.