The LA Galaxy will take on the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday in an important U.S. Open Cup third round match.
For a closer look at the Carolina RailHawks, check out this video below that includes an interview with RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke and midfielder Ty Shipalane.
The winner of tonight's U.S. Open Cup match between the LA Galaxy and Carolina RailHawks will host Chivas USA in the U.S. Open Cup fourth round after the Rojiblancos defeated the Los Angeles Blues on Tuesday.
Chivas battled back from an early deficit on a goal by George Davis IV. But scored two second half goals through a strike by Carlos Alvarez and a penalty kick goal by goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
If the Galaxy win, they will host Chivas USA on June 12 at The Home Depot Center, but if Carolina defeat LA, they will host the Rojiblancos at WakeMed Soccer Park.
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CARY, N.C. -- LA Galaxy assistant coach and reserve team coach Curt Onalfo will lead the LA Galaxy against the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday in their U.S. Open Cup third round match up, Onalfo told the media on Tuesday.
Onalfo has served as the club's reserve league head coach for three years.
“It’s not about me. It’s all about our players; it’s an opportunity for these guys as it always is when this group of players step on the field. It’s their opportunity to step up the ladder,” Onalfo told reporters following the club’s training session on Tuesday. “It’s their opportunity to make a better situation for their career. We’re well prepared, we know how to go into the game and it’s just a matter of stepping onto the field and executing the plan.
“Of course, anytime you have an opportunity to lead a group of men then it’s a good thing, but this is Bruce’s team and I've been asked to get these guys prepared and do whatever we can to get the result.”
Robbie Keane will get the start for Ireland in their match against England at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.
— FAI (@FAIreland) May 28, 2013
Courtesy of MLSsoccer.com, Part one and Part two of their feature on a day in the life of former LA Galaxy forward Herculez Gomez.
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Former LA Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee trained with the Chicago Fire for the first time since being traded by the LA Galaxy for Robbie Rogers last Saturday.
Magee will don the number nine shirt with the Fire and spoke to the media for the first time on Monday about his deal that sent him from LA to his hometown of Chicago.
“It’s been on my mind pretty much since I left. I tried to get back [here] a couple times in the past and then I think throughout the process with Robbie Rogers, that whole saga with him trying to get to LA, it crept in my mind that somebody had to go to Chicago and I raised my hand," Magee told reporters.
As for how he intends to fit in with the Fire, Magee admits that the process is already ongoing as he hopes to translate his MLS Cup winning success with LA to Chicago.
“I hope so. It’s weird coming in. I have to cut the chord with LA and try not to mention anything about that. Nobody wants to hear me talk about any of that stuff. Obviously there are certain things that we had there and I’ll try to implement some of those things," Magee said. "I played with some pretty cool players in LA so hopefully I’ll try to take some of the things I learned from them and teach some of the young guys here. They have good leadership here. Larentowicz and Logan are two good guys – good locker room guys.”
A complete transcript can be found here on the Chicago Fire's "Always on the Inside" blog.
Courtesy of Chicago Daily Herald writer Orrin Schwarz, a photo of Magee training with Chicago on Monday.
— Orrin Schwarz (@Orrin_Schwarz) May 27, 2013
But arguably the player who had the best showing in the LA Galaxy’s 4-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC was midfielder Michael Stephens.
The four-year MLS veteran enjoyed, arguably, the finest performance of his career in LA's trouncing of Seattle. Stephens was a bundle of energy throughout his 90 minute shift as he continually pestered the Sounders from his post on LA's left flank. The stat sheet was kind to the 24-year-old, who completed 37 of his 47 passes—one of which being a key pass to set up a scoring opportunity—as well as seven recoveries.
“I thought Mike Stephens had an excellent night tonight. He was incredibly busy; he put a lot of pressure on them,” said Arena. “His passing was good, he got the ball off his feet, he was active, and [it was] Mikey’s best performance this year.”
LA captain Robbie Keane was quick to agree.
“I thought Mikey did very well,” said Keane. "Mikey is full of energy and especially tonight, the system that they play suited us actually.”
After going to the distance against Sounders FC, Stephens may see limited in LA’s U.S. Open Cup third round clash against the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday, but will likely be in contention for a start against the New England Revolution.
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane's press conference from the club's 4-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC.
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A view from the Seattle Sounders FC locker room after their 4-0 defeat to the LA Galaxy.
Check out the league provided quote sheet below...
Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid
(On the Sounders’ performance...)
SCHMID: “Our passing was more negative and back, we tried to dump too many long balls instead of playing over the wings a little bit more. We never forced them to defend for periods of time so we were constantly on our heels.”
(On evaluating a loss like this...)
SCHMID: "When you beat San Jose 4-0 that’s not going to say you’re going to win every game 4-0 and when you lose here 4-0 that’s not going to say you’re going to lose every game 4-0. You have to evaluate a body of work; you can’t react to an individual game or individual 10 minutes or a half or whatever. There’s got to be some accountability and we’ll address that.”
(On the penalties...)
SCHMID: "I didn’t think the first one was a penalty, I thought it was a good tackle by Djimi Traore. I thought the second one was a penalty, but I didn’t think the first one was.”
On Robbie Rogers’ return
SCHMID: "It’s great. I talked to Robbie briefly before the game and it’s great that he’s back. I’m happy he’s back and we allowed it to be a nice night for him as we played poorly."
Seattle Sounders FC Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning
(On losing 4-0...)
GSPURNING: "It’s absolutely not up to our standard and we have to sit together and talk about this one. It’s important we stay together and sometimes instead of pointing fingers we as a team need to join together and figure it out.”
(On how they bounce back from this loss...)
GSPURNING: “For us, the next game can’t be soon enough. I think most of the guys would want to play tomorrow because that’s the only way you can make changes for the future.”
(On the penalty kicks...)
GSPURNING: “On the first one I felt good. The first one we were still in the game because I made the save. Then of course on the second one, that leaves the thoughts of ‘What is he doing? Is he changing direction? There was nothing I could do on the second one. It’s just unfortunate that he can retake the penalty.”
Seattle Sounders FC Midfielder Mauro Rosales
(On the game...)
ROSALES: "It wasn’t our best game. From our form to our rhythm that we’ve had from past games, we did not have it today. Today the first half was really a disaster. We have to move forward. It’s tough to solve but the team has enough experience to step up in the next few games. “
(On how the team overcomes this game...)
ROSALES: "We have to forget about what we did tonight. Tonight, we did everything wrong. When we had the good rhythm of games, we were in rhythm and this is how we have to play. Not today, not in the first half and not in the second half did we control the game but at least in the second we did it more together as a group. We faced the second half with a different mentality and we needed this mentality in the first half before the goals.”
My Three Points to the LA Galaxy's 4-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC can be found below.
A few notes:
*Robbie Keane's hat trick was his first in an LA Galaxy uniform and took just 21 minutes to complete.
*Keane scored the second quickest hat trick in LA Galaxy history with his hat trick coming 44 minutes into the match. Alejandro Moreno holds the mark for fastest hat trick in LA Galaxy history with his hat trick in 43 minutes back in the 2007 season.
*Sean Franklin's goal was his first of 2013 and his first regular season goal since he scored two in LA's 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City on September 5, 2011.
*Todd Dunivant missed the match with a quad strain.
*Sounders FC are 0-5-1 all-time on the road against LA, which includes playoffs and regular season, since 2010. Seattle has been outscored 13-2 in that time.
*The LA Galaxy are 4-1-1 at home this season with a 12-2 goal differential.
*Noted by Seattle Times reporter Joshua Mayers, the match was an ugly one for Seattle:Mayers breaks down one of the worst performances all time for Sounders FC.
*Lastly, and most importantly: Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male professional athlete in major American team sports by coming into the game in the 77th minute.