CARSON, Calif. -- The games keep coming for the LA Galaxy who take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday in their third game in a week.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at the Galaxy's home record against the Whitecaps. Currently, the Galaxy are undefeated against Vancouver at home with a 6-0-0 record (5-0-0 in the regular season) with an impressive 13 goals scored and two goals allowed.
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Rogers will miss another game with a quadriceps injury according to head coach Bruce Arena.
The LA Galaxy boss said that Rogers is still on the mend from an injury that forced him from the Galaxy's 4-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew last weekend. With Rogers still recovering from the knock, Arena will likely turn to veteran defender Todd Dunivant at left back against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday.
"[Rogers] is doing good," said Arena. "He'll be back next week."
Arena had identical diagnoses for forward Rob Friend who has been unavailable since late July and James Riley, who suffered an ACL tear in the club's March 22 game against Real Salt Lake. Riley told LA Galaxy Insider on Wednesday that he is expected to be available for Galaxy II in Sunday's match against Wilmington Hammerheads.
Gutcheck moment in dramatic victory over Colorado Rapids may define LA Galaxy season says Todd Dunivant
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – It was a true homecoming for Todd Dunivant on Wednesday when the LA Galaxy defeated the Colorado Rapids 4-3 in dramatic fashion.
Finally recovered after an abdominal tear that has sidelined him since the third game of the season, Dunivant returned to the Galaxy starting XI for the first time since April 6. In attendance to see the 32-year-old defender’s first start in months were nearly 90 members of the Colorado native’s family who were in town holding a family reunion.
What they saw, however, was less than positive –at least to start— as LA sputtered out of the gate conceding three goals in the opening 30 minutes of play to fall behind 3-1 at the half. During that slow start, Dunivant lacked sharpness as he was frequently targeted down the flank by Colorado.
“We didn’t come out strong enough. Who knows what it was? They got behind us too many times and they jumped on us,” Dunivant told LA Galaxy Insider. “We had our chances too, but we just weren’t ready.”
In the second half, the Galaxy appeared revitalized after a rousing halftime speech by head coach Bruce Arena. It didn’t take long for LA to pull level as goals from Omar Gonzalez and Alan Gordon tied up the score after just 68 minutes. In the 80th, Landon Donovan scored to seal the victory for the visitors.
For Dunivant who was lifted in favor of A.J. DeLaGarza just two minutes prior to Donovan’s game-winner, the win may come to define the Galaxy’s season.
“Sometimes these types of wins are more important than complete game performances because you need to dig deep and see what we’re made of,” said Dunivant, who claimed to be feeling no ill effects from his abdominal injury after the game. “We had a gut check moment at half time where a lot of words were said, but we were obviously able to come back.
“Playing in Colorado is always a tall task, but it was great to be back on the field and getting a win was fantastic for this team.”
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The LA Galaxy battled back from a two goal deficit in the second half to earn a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts on the result are below.
(On the team's second half comeback...)
ARENA: "They responded. We are fortunate that we got a few good goals and I think that once we got the second goal, they were certainly under pressure. The third goal was obviously big and then I thought that we'd have a chance to get the fourth one. Obviously a big second half for our team."
(On the reason that the team started so slowly...)
ARENA: "As they say, sh** happens. You can never predict these things in sports. You see all the time in athletics that sometimes there are out results and sometimes teams come out flat for whatever reason. Tonight was certainly the case with us, so it was a tale of two halves.
(On the role Alan Gordon played in the comeback...)
ARENA: "He helped. He's an experienced player and scored a good goal. He knows what to do in these types of games so it's good to have that option. We had some guys who were dangerous on the field when we needed to get some goals. To combine Alan with Robbie [Keane], Landon [Donovan], and Gyasi [Zardes] gives us some good options."
DENVER -- The LA Galaxy will have an opportunity to get back in the win column on Wednesday when they take on the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes at 6:00 pm PT. Remember to send in questions for the pregame and postgame shows using the hashtag "#GalaxyInsider."
*Dick's Sporting Goods Park has been a house of frustrations for the Galaxy as of late and on Wednesday, the team will look to notch their first win at DSG Park since April 2012.
*The Galaxy will likely be without the services of left back Robbie Rogers on Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury, which should allow Todd Dunivant to slide back into the LA Galaxy starting XI.
*Gyasi Zardes has been red hot as of late with four goals in each of his last four games, but can he extend his streak against the Rapids.
*The future is bright for the Colorado Rapids because of young attacker Dillon Serna and the 20-year-old has a fan in Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
ROBBIE KEANE vs. JARED WATTS
With Drew Moor and Shane O'Neill on the mend, the Rapids will likely rely upon Watts, who slided in against D.C. United. A converted midfielder, expect Watts to get plenty of pressure from Keane and Gyasi Zardes early and often.
WHAT THEY SAID:
“I think that we’re trying to be aggressive and I’m trying to be aggressive as well. We’re playing well in that way, but we need to be better as an entire team defensively in how we play. That will be better against Colorado, there’s no doubt about that, but we are creating chances and we’re scoring goals.” – Landon Donovan on rebounding from a poor performance against Columbus.
Galaxy 2 (Keane, Zardes) Colorado 1 (Serna)
With the postseason looming, LA Galaxy II bolstered their roster by signing U.S. youth international forward Kainoa Bailey and French defender Jason Bli.
Bailey, 19, joins Los Dos on a free transfer from German club Bayer 04 Leverkusen where the Nevada native signed his first professional contract last year. Meanwhile, Bli arrives on a free transfer from L'Entene Sannois Saint-Gratien in the French fourth division. The 20-year-old defender spent time on trial with los Dos earlier this year, playing in matches against the Fresno Fuego and the Galaxy first team.
“The addition of Kainoa Bailey to our roster brings a different dimension to our attack,” said LA Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo in a club statement. “Kainoa is a young, talented player who is very fast in the attack and we are excited to strengthen our roster by bringing him to LA.
“Jason is another great addition to our roster, and we are excited to see him join the team,” added Onalfo. “Bli is a skillful player and we are sure he will add great depth to our backline.”
In addition to the two signings, the Galaxy USL PRO affiliate released outside back Eder Arreola. The former UCLA Bruins star made 11 appearances for Galaxy II in his lone season with the club.
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DENVER -- The LA Galaxy will hope to put their disappointing 4-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew behind them when they take on the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at LA's moribund record at Dick's Sporting Goods Park as of late.
Check it out below.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Landon Donovan is hanging up his boots at season’s end, but the long time U.S. international knows that MLS is in safe hands because of players like Colorado Rapids youngster Dillon Serna.
A favorite in youth soccer circles, Serna has enjoyed a strong first full season in MLS with three goals and three assists in 20 appearances for the Rapids. Serna's finest strike came in last Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to D.C. United when the 20-year-old launched a 35-yard volley that sailed into the back of the United net.
Even though the U.S. Under-20 midfielder may not be old enough to drink, he has a fan in Donovan.
“He’s done well. It’s exciting for this league to have all sorts of young Homegrown Players do well,” Donovan told LA Galaxy Insider. “That’s the future of this league in my opinion and to see another one like him do well is very good. It’s very early for him and he still has a lot to prove, but he has done well.”
There will be an an LA Galaxy connection on the Brazil squad named for their upcoming matches against Colombia on Sept. 6 and Ecuador on Sept. 9.
Ricardo Goulart, the younger brother of Galaxy midfielder Juninho, was named to the 22-man squad for the U.S. based friendlies on Tuesday. The September games will be the first for the Selecao under new head coach Dunga and the first since the South American nation was unceremoniously dispatched from the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a devastating 7-1 defeat to eventual champions Germany on home soil.
Goulart, 23, plays for Brazilian club Cruizero and is current goal scoring leader in the Brazilian Serie A with eight goals for the Belo Horizonte based club.
"My family and I are very happy that my brother has been called into the national team," Juninho told LA Galaxy Insider on Tuesday. "I've been with him throughout his career and it's such an honor to see him represent our country. I hope that this is the start of a long career for Brazil for my brother."
The LA Galaxy will be giving away a special edition tin lunchbox to the first 15,000 fans on Saturday when the club takes on Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
The old timey lunch box features Galaxy players of yesteryear and today including Cobi Jones, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane. Emblazoned on both sides is the bridge between the two eras in Galaxy history: Landon Donovan.
Check out a vine of the box below.