Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts after losing 4-2 to Chile in penalty kicks during the Copa America Centenario championship soccer match, Sunday, June 26, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The Chilean national team celebrated its second straight Copa America title just a few feet away from a dejected Lionel Messi. The Argentinian striker missed his penalty kick en route to Chile’s 4-2 shootout victory after 120 minutes of scoreless play.
It was the third straight loss for Argentina in the final of a major tournament and the heartbreak was apparently enough to force Messi into retirement from international play. The 29-year-old told reporters in Spanish after the match that “the national team is over for me. It’s not for me after four finals.”
#Messi: “Es difícil, el momento es duro para cualquier análisis. En el vestuario pensé que se terminó para mí la Selección, no es para mí”.
Despite his distinction as one of the best in the world, Messi has yet to win a major tournament for Argentina. Sunday’s final was the second time in as many years that Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final on penalty kicks.
Giovani dos Santos, left, pictured against New England, scored the Galaxy’s only goal against San Jose. (Thomas R. Cordova-Southern California News Group)
The Galaxy snapped their scoreless streak, but couldn’t shake their other bad habit of allowing late goals.
After Giovani dos Santos ended the team’s 371-minute scoreless streak in MLS play with a goal assisted by Steven Gerrard in the 69th minute against San Jose on Saturday, Chad Barrett answered in the 90th minute with a header off a free kick to force a 1-1 draw at Stanford Stadium.
For the sixth time this year, the Galaxy allowed a goal in the last 15 minutes of the match. The Earthquakes have scored a goal in last 15 minutes against the Galaxy all three times the California rivals have played this season, with L.A. going 1-0-2 in those matches. The Galaxy have not won in MLS competition since May 8, going winless in their past seven matches.
The L.A. offense generated several chances and had six shots on goal. Gerrard missed a header just wide and had another shot in the post.
Ashley Cole was sent off for a foul and abusive language in second-half stoppage time, thus suspending him for the next MLS match. Jelle Van Damme picked up a yellow card, so he, too, will miss the next match due to yellow card accumulation.
Head coach Bruce Arena told reporters the team will likely appeal Cole’s red card.
After a U.S. Open Cup match against Portland on June 29, the Galaxy continue MLS play against Vancouver at home on July 4.
The Galaxy’s Jack McBean battles for possession with Isidro Metapan’s Milton Molina during the first half Wednesday night in Carson. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
The Galaxy are on a six-game winless streak and sit fourth in the Western Conference with 22 points. L.A., struggling with injuries and international duty, has not scored in 302 MLS minutes.
Bruce Arena has yet to start the same lineup in consecutive games 15 matches into the MLS season. Jack McBean will likely figure into the lineup Saturday against San Jose after an impressive performance against Colorado.
The Galaxy have only one road win on the season and have lost their past two matches away from StubHub Center. After an encouraging 1-1-1 start on the road, L.A. has dropped to 1-3-3. San Jose is undefeated at home.
Steven Gerrard returned to the lineup after missing two games due to a hamstring injury.
More than three whole games have passed since the Galaxy last scored a goal in MLS play.
Although the Galaxy have some dangerous moments, they amounted to nothing against the No. 1 team in the Western Conference in a scoreless draw against Colorado at home. The team hasn’t scored in 302 minutes of MLS play, stretching back to a goal from Mike Magee in the 58th minute against Montreal on May 28. L.A. is winless in six straight games.
“We’ve got to look dangerous, that’s not an achievement,” midfielder Steven Gerrard said. “We need to go a step further and start creating better chances and taking them chances and getting goals. … We’ve got to win ASAP.”
The Western Conference’s highest-scoring home team has two consecutive scoreless draws at StubHub Center. A Galaxy player hasn’t scored at home since May 8 as all the team could muster in that time has been an own goal against San Jose.
“They’re not terrible results, but you start sliding down the table,” defender Dave Romney said of the ties at home. “And that’s definitely not what we want to be doing going into the summer.”
Forward Jack McBean signed a first-team contract with the LA Galaxy. Photo courtesy LA Galaxy.
The L.A. Galaxy announced the signing of forward Jack McBean on Wednesday, calling the Galaxy II forward up after he previously signed a short-term contract with the team. He was named Los Dos’ MVP in 2015 and currently leads the USL with 12 goals.
“Jack has continued to developed on the field as a member of LA Galaxy II,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. “He is still a young, talented player that we think will contribute to our team as he continues to grow. His signing is another testament to the benefit and success of LA Galaxy II.”
McBean, 21, was the youngest player in team history to play, start and score a goal for the Galaxy when he did so at 16. He signed a homegrown contract in 2011, but struggled with injuries and couldn’t get playing time with the first team. Since signing with Galaxy II in 2015, he has scored 18 goals. He captained the side this season.
“Last year he was with us the whole season, he established himself, created rhythm, created chances, scored goals and he really grew as a player,” Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo said of McBean at the beginning of the USL season. “You can see where you get consistent play, you can continue to improve. When you play day in and day out, you can get much better.”
McBean is the fourth player to sign with the L.A. Galaxy from Galaxy II, joining defenders Dave Romney and Daniel Steres, forward Ariel Lassiter and goalkeeper Clement Diop.
Defender Robbie Rogers will miss the game after undergoing ankle surgery. He is expected to miss six weeks. Rogers had surgery in the offseason due to bone spurs, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said the latest operation was on the other ankle.
L.A. is on a five-game winless streak and hasn’t scored in 212 MLS minutes. The team was prepared to lose Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes to international duty, but was also struck by injuries to Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos, further damaging the attacking unit.
“We haven’t clicked really well lately,” midfielder Baggio Husidic said. “That’s just working out and trying to improve and work at it in training and take our opportunities when we get them.”
The Galaxy did not take advantage of their chances in a 1-0 loss to Toronto FC on Saturday, including a shot that midfielder Sebastian Lletget sent wide of the net when he had the goalkeeper one-on-one. L.A. took 10 shots against Toronto, but only put two on goal.
“I don’t think (the chances) are as open as we’re used to having them, but I do think that we have chances,” Lletget said. “I don’t think we’re not creating chances.”
With the U.S. scoring their record TV ratings so far in the tournament for the Ecuador game, tonight’s Copa America semifinal against Lionel Messi and Argentina is sure to produce even higher viewership.
Toronto FC teammates celebrate Drew Moor’s goal against the LA Galaxy during second half MLS soccer action in Toronto on Saturday June 18, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jon Blacker
The L.A. Galaxy failed to score for a second straight MLS game as the team lost 1-0 in to Toronto FC on Saturday. It is the fifth straight winless game for the Galaxy in MLS competition and third loss of the year
Along with Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes, who are on international duty, L.A. (5-3-6) was also missing Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos due to injury. Gerrard missed his second straight game due to a hamstring injury, while dos Santos has a quad injury. Without their offensive stars, the Galaxy mustered only two shots on goal.
Defender Robbie Rogers also missed the game due to an ankle injury.
“What are we doing in the final third, that’s not ending in a good result or whatever it may be,” defender A.J. DeLaGarza said. “Guys are moving off the ball, our passing is not very great at the moment. We haven’t won a game in quite some time so that is going to be a good test for this group on Wednesday against the best team in the league.”
Drew Moor scored the game-winning goal in the 76th minute. It’s the first time this season the Galaxy have given up a game-winner in regular time, with the team’s other two losses both coming in stoppage time.
Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee says the team isn’t playing poorly overall — just an inopportune times. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/The Associated Press)
After a two-week break for Copa America Centenario, the L.A. Galaxy are again presented with their four-game winless streak in MLS play. L.A. picks up its MLS season with a game Saturday at Toronto FC where there is an intriguing Gio battle: the Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos vs. Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco.
While L.A. has only two losses on the year, the team is buried in the bottom half of the Western Conference rankings. Hot starts from other teams in the ultra-competitive Western Conference and mental miscues have cost the Galaxy several points in the first third of the season.