SANDY, Utah -- Landon Donovan stepped up in a big way to give the LA Galaxy a 1-1 draw heading into the second half against Real Salt Lake, but once the half begun, Real Salt Lake notched two unanswered goals from Olmes Garcia to seal a 3-1 victory over the Galaxy.
Although Donovan rose to the challenge at that moment, the Galaxy have seen too few step up in critical moments during their recent skid.
The loss is LA's second consecutive defeat in league play, but their third in a row if you factor in their U.S. Open Cup defeat to the Carolina RailHawks. Stretch it out even further and LA has just one win -- their April 29 victory over Seattle Sounders FC -- in their last five matches across all competitions. During that time, LA has played three of those games without the services of either captain Robbie Keane or defensive stalwart Omar Gonzalez, and according to Donovan, the Galaxy must perform better when missing key players.
“In this league you don’t have a roster of 20 or 25 guys that are sort of all the same. In other leagues in the world you have more of that. In this league when you miss 3 or 4 guys that are instrumental, it makes a difference," Donovan told reporters after the match. "We can still be better as a group with the guys we have. We have done enough for the most part to get some points in these games, but we’re falling short when it matters.”
That is not the only issue however, as LA has developed a tendency to concede late goals over their past two league games. LA has conceded five times in the last 10 minutes in their two matches, but Donovan believes that those numbers do not tell the whole story.
“On the surface it’s five goals in two games, but maybe not all. When you’re pushing to get goals sometimes you open yourself up. Those goals are I’m less concerned about. It’s the goal in the 83rd minute [on Saturday], the 2-1 goal that is more of a concern," said Donovan. "Those are the plays we have to be better at when you’re pushing to tie a game. Sometimes you open yourselves up, and when you play a good team, they make you pay.”
Landon Donovan's goal in the dying moments of the first half of the LA Galaxy's 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake is up for Goal of the Week honors.
You can vote for Donovan's goal here and see the rest of the nominees below.
The MLS All-Star fan ballot was unveiled on Monday morning and while there were six members of the LA Galaxy were included on the list, the surprise was who wasn't included: LA midfielder Marcelo Sarvas.
Sarvas got the snub despite being considered by many in the local media-- including myself -- to be the club's MVP through the first third of the season. The Brazilian midfielder has notched a goal and a team-leading four assists, but he’s been particularly efficient with his distribution as he has completed at least 80 percent of his passes in all but four of his 18 appearances across all competitions this season.
But where Sarvas has been particularly effective is on the defensive side of the ball. As he covers considerable ground throughout the midfield he has amassed a total of 114 recoveries, which puts him behind only Philadelphia's Brian Carroll, Montreal's Patrice Bernier and Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman among midfielders, the latter two being included on the All-Star ballot. Sarvas' defensive abilities have gotten him into some trouble, however, as he currently leads the league with in fouls with 42 and has a total of five yellow cards - although one may be rescinded.
Although Sarvas was not selected to the fan ballot, Sarvas' All-Star dream is over, however, as he can still be selected by All-Star head coach Peter Vermes when he fills out the squad and MLS Commissioner Don Garber, who can make two Commissioner’s selections.
Agree with my assessment of Sarvas as a snub? Think that Vermes or Garber should select him?
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The LA Galaxy returned to Southern California on Sunday morning following their 3-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Above is a shot that I snapped yesterday of the view of Salt Lake City from the Utah State Capitol building. From the view, you can see a monument to the famed Mormon Batalion, downtown Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Temple, which is the largest temple in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot.
The Galaxy have logged plenty of miles over the past month, but the club will have some time away from the airport as they will spend the next two weeks in Southern California. In fact, aside from their June 29 match against the San Jose Earthquakes at Stanford Stadium, LA will play four of their next five games at StubHub Center.
While the Galaxy returned home to Southern California earlier this morning, Homegrown forward Jose Villarreal headed east as he departed the squad to join up with the U.S. Under-20 squad ahead of the U-20 World Cup in Turkey later this month.
SANDY, Utah— The LA Galaxy will be without the services of Marcelo Sarvas for their June 19 clash against the Portland Timbers due to yellow card accumulation. Or will they?
Sarvas earned a yellow card in 90th minute of LA’s 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake for a foul on Ned Grabavoy, which was his fifth of the season and means an automatic one game suspension. But after the match, LA head coach Bruce Arena had plenty of questions about whether or not the caution should have been called.
"We're asking the referee to reevaluate that play,” Arena said. “I think that he missed that play, so hopefully, they'll have the intelligence to look at it and take away the card."
Following the match, Sarvas told reporters that he did not make contact with Grabavoy and was hopeful that any appeal logged by Arena would be successful.
“I didn’t touch the guy. Everybody can see the replay. I told the referee that I didn’t touch him and that it’s my fifth yellow card, so don’t do this because it’s wrong and I didn’t touch him,” Sarvas said. “But we can not fight with the referee because they have the authority.”
“I don’t know if it’s possible [to appeal], but if it is then we should do it because I didn’t touch him,” Sarvas added. “I’m going to miss the game for something that I didn’t do so if we can [appeal] then we should.”
Agree with Arena and Sarvas? Watch the foul below and let me know your opinion.
SANDY, UT -- Below are Bruce Arena's comments following the LA Galaxy's 3-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake
(On his general thoughts from the game...)
ARENA: "Close game. Give them credit. They got the goal at the end that made the difference."
(On the Galaxy conceding eight goals in two games...)
ARENA: "I don't think our defense was that bad tonight, but certainly the second goal was a factor, but the third goal you don't worry about since you're pushing to get a goal. The third goal, I'm not too concerned about."
(On his impression of Brian Rowe...)
ARENA: "He was okay, his inexperienced showed at times...it's only one game, we don't have a conclusion on his career at this point."
(On the week-long break that the Galaxy will get...)
ARENA: "Yeah, we've been traveling all over the place. It'll be good for our guys to get their legs back a bit."
(On Sarvas being suspended for the Portland game...)
ARENA: "We're asking the referee to re-evaluate that play. I think that he missed that play, so hopefully, they'll have the intelligence to look at it and take away the card."
SALT LAKE CITY -- The LA Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake in a vital match at Rio Tinto Stadium as they look to rebound from their 5-0 defeat to the New England Revolution. For a few links, matchups to watch and a predicted lineup, check it out below.
*Robbie Rogers is continuing to round into form and may play a major role against Salt Lake.
*Read LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan preview.
*Lastly, my Three Points to the game.
MATCH UPS TO WATCH:
MARCELO SARVAS vs. JAVIER MORALES
The most important battle of the match. Sarvas -- and Juninho -- must contain Morales, who has been on a tear as of late with two goals and two assists in six games.
NED GRABAVOY vs. SEAN FRANKLIN
Grabavoy is one of the trickest players in MLS and he'll pose a major challenge for Franklin, who must shut down the midfielder.
TOMMY MEYER vs. ROBBIE FINDLEY
Meyer will have his hands ful with the speed of Findley, who scored a goal and an assist in RSL's victory over San Jose last week.
Cudicini; Franklin, Meyer, DeLaGarza, Cochrane; Donovan, Sarvas, Juninho, Stephens; Zardes, Villarreal
LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez went 90 minutes as the United States defeated Jamaica in a dramatic 2-1 victory.
Brad Evans scored a dramatic game-winning-goal in the second minute of stoppage time, just three minutes after Jermaine Beckford scored the equalizer for Jamaica negating a 30 minute goal by U.S. forward Jozy Altidore.
Gonzalez drew rave reviews for his aerial prowess as he repeatedly was able to snuff out Jamaican attacks with timely clearances.
The highlights of the match can be seen below...
Courtesy of LAGalaxy.com videographer Paolo Ferrari, a preview of the LA Galaxy's match with Real Salt Lake
Check it out below...
Robbie Keane marks all-time appearance record with a hat-trick for Ireland against the Faroe Islands
It was a record setting day for Robbie Keane.
With the start against the Faroe Islands, Keane became Ireland's all-time appearance leader with 126 bypassing former teammate Shay Given.
Keane wasn’t done there; however, as he scored three goals as Ireland defeated the Faroes 3-0 in their pivotal World Cup qualifier. The hat-trick was the LA Galaxy captain’s second at the international level and gives Keane, Ireland's all-time leading scorer, a total of 59 international goals. According to the Irish FA, Keane is now fifth all-time among European goalscorers and 15th in the world.
The Irish now find themselves in third place in UEFA Group C level on points with second place Austria, but behind on goal difference. Ireland have four qualifying matches remaining as they look to earn that vital second place finish, which will place them in a playoff for a spot in the 2013 World Cup.
Ireland wraps up the international period on June 12 against defending World Cup champion Spain in New York at Yankee Stadium.
— FAI (@FAIreland) June 7, 2013
— FAI (@FAIreland) June 7, 2013
— FAI (@FAIreland) June 7, 2013