To advance from the Development Academy "Group of Death," the LA Galaxy Under-18's were going to need a massive performance from forward Justin Dhillon, and in the first game of the tournament, he delivered.
Dhillon scored a hat trick while Sebastian Velasquez added a fourth goal as the Galaxy U-18's crushed the San Jose Earthquakes U-18 side 4-1 in their first match of the tournament. The Cal Poly commit has now scored 20 goals in U-18 Development Academy games this season after scoring 17 times during the regular season. Sebastian Velasquez scored the fourth and final goal for LA.
In the other action from group eight, Dallas Texans drew the New England Revolution 1-1. A full recap of LA's match and the rest of the games can be found at Top Drawer Soccer.
The Galaxy U-18's are back in action on Tuesday night against the Texans. Their match against the club that produced the likes of Omar Gonzalez and Clint Dempsey kicks off at 7:15 p.m. PT.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy Under-18’s return to Texas this week for the Development Academy Playoffs and will be eager to apply the lessons of their last trip to the Lone Star State.
In March, the Galaxy went 1-2-0 during their participation in Dallas Cup, finishing third in the group. Although the Galaxy were unable to advance to the knockout stages, they were competitive in their two defeats to eventual tournament champions Fulham and Brazilian power Coritiba.
As they look to this week’s Development Academy Playoffs in Frisco, Texas, which begin with a match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Monday, the Galaxy look to show off what they learned at Dallas Cup.
“I think that we got a good experience off of that,” said midfielder Jaime Villarreal. “We played lots of good teams from across the country and it helped us more when we came back because we saw their high expectations. It was good for us and made us a better team.”
Galaxy Under-18 head coach Alex Yi believes that having played against some of the top teams in the world will aid his team as they look to advance from a tricky group 8 that includes San Jose Earthquakes, Dallas Texans, and the New England Revolution.
“I think it’ll help a lot,” said Yi. “For kids who aren't professionals and aren't used to having to bring that type of focus and competitiveness to every game, having been to those types of games gives you calm and confidence.
“They can think that ‘I've been here before; I've been in these types of situations or I've played against a Fulham who won at Dallas Cup and we could have gotten something out of that game,’” Yi added. “It lets you know how fine a line it is between success and failure. It helps them know what it takes to succeed in those types of environments.”
A late equalizer by Daniel Cuevas gave the U.S. a 1-1 draw with France at the U-20 World Cup to preserve the Americans hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds.
Cuevas came into the match in the 77th minute replacing Jose Villarreal and eight minutes later, he notched the equalizer with a goal off a free kick by Luis Gil. Although the U.S. earned their first point of tournament, they had numerous opportunities to beat the French as Mario Rodriguez earned a penalty in the 64th minute, but Luis Gil was unable to convert.
All four Galaxy Academy graduates saw time against France as Villarreal went 77 minutes in a start while Oscar Sorto made his tournament debut by going a solid 45 minutes after coming on at the half. Sorto was particularly impressive as he was placed at his natural right back spot, which allowed head coach Tab Ramos to push explosive DeAndre Yeldin into the attack more. Meanwhile, Rodriguez and Javan Torre each went a full 90 minutes.
The U.S. will need a win in their final group match against Ghana on July 27 to have any hopes of qualifying for the Round of 16
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CARSON, Calif. –LA Galaxy’s Bruce Arena’s has voiced his concerns over the MLS schedule before and following Sunday’s SuperClasico, the LA boss took aim at the schedule’s incapability with the FIFA calendar.
During his postgame press conference for LA’s 1-0 victory over Chivas USA, the discussion turned from LA’s win to the possibility of Landon Donovan joining up with a U.S. B squad for the 2013 World Cup.
Let’s just say that the Galaxy boss was less than supportive of the schedule conflict.
“That's what this league is. This is the way the league operates. When you can't be in sync with an international calendar, that's the reality of things,” said Arena. “We've been well aware of [the Gold Cup] before the year started. It's crazy. It skews the competition in the league, but it is what it is. What are you going to do?”
Following Arena’s response, a reporter chimed in that Arena could attempt to hold Donovan out of the squad and the Galaxy head coach was quick to mention that “no decision’s been made yet” about the midfielder. But it will be difficult for Arena to hold Donovan out of the competition as it offers the veteran a chance to rejoin the U.S. for the first time since their 1-0 win over at Mexico last August.
However, after losing defender Omar Gonzalez for three matches due to friendlies and World Cup qualifiers, Arena is not a fan of the situation.
“I think the whole thing is foolish, to be honest with you, coming off the players disappearing for a month with the World Cup qualifying as well,” said Arena. “It's a major problem we have with scheduling in the league, and it damages the competition. We have to find other ways to fit the schedule in where teams are not impacted due to the FIFA calendar.”
CARSON, Calif. -- It was the Gyasi Zardes show on Sunday as the forward was dynamic and scored the lone goal in the LA Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Chivas USA.
It is clear based on his performance as of late that Zardes has grown considerably since the preseason, but why and how has he matured?
“You get more comfortable as you play more; little things are starting to happen a little more slowly for him. He’s not as hectic and rushed as he had been," said midfielder Landon Donovan. "His passing has gotten better. Initially, he was just focused on making some space for himself and getting a shot, but now his passing has gotten better. He’s a little better holding the ball and we just have to keep moving him along."
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CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy snapped their four game winless streak on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA.
A few notes below...
*Gyasi Zardes' goal was the Galaxy's first since June 8, ending a 179 minute goal drought. The goal was the second of his career.
*The Galaxy earned their first win since May 26.
*Chivas USA is winless in their last ten games.
*The attendance for the game was 14,575.
*In 27 regular season meetings between the two teams, the Galaxy is 17-4-6 and have scored 43 goals on their bitter rivals.
CARSON, Calif. - Below is the highlight of Gyasi Zardes' game winning strike in the 44th minute of the LA Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Chivas USA.
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CARSON, Calif. – Ahead of their SuperClasico clash against Chivas USA, the LA Galaxy will welcome back midfield staple Marcelo Sarvas back from suspension.
Sarvas missed LA’s scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers due to yellow card accumulation after picking up a controversial fifth yellow card in LA’s 3-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake on June 8. The Brazilian was impressed with the job that second year midfielder Rafael Garcia did while filling in for him on Wednesday, but after sitting out his first league match of the season, he’s eager to return to the fold against Chivas.
“It’s nice to train and know that you have the chance to play in the next game,” said Sarvas. “I think that it’s a moment that we need everyone healthy and ready to play.”
But what type of challenge that Chivas USA presents remains to be seen.
“Every time that you change coaches it is different because it’s a new system and a new philosophy,” said Sarvas. “They will come flying and will come 100 percent to fight for every ball. It’s a derby and we have to play in the same way.”
In the latest edition of View from the Booth, Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones analyze the SuperClasico between Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy
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CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy aren’t expecting to face same Chivas USA that stole a late draw in the last edition of the SuperClasico back in March. In fact, the Galaxy doesn’t know what to expect from the Rojiblancos.
Chivas has undergone considerable turnover since that draw as they fired their head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola in May and quickly threw out his aggressive—and overly physical—style of play. Replacing “El Chelis” is former Chivas de Guadalajara boss Jose Luis “Güero” Real, who seeks to install a possession-oriented attack that emphasizes defensive organization. Also on the outs at Chivas are forward Juan Agudelo, who was dealt to the New England Revolution and midfielders Eric Avila and Giovani Casillas who were sent to train with Guadalajara.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said on Friday that he expects a “more orthodox” Chivas than the team that racked up fouls in their 1-1 draw back in March, but Arena’s players admit that Chivas’ turnover makes them a threat.
“They changed their manager and they play a different way so we don't know much about them and how their manager wants them to play. This could be a tricky one,” said goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini. “In these kinds of games, you can get results mostly on character and how willing you are to die on the pitch. I’m sure considering the place that they are in now; this is, for sure, what we should expect from them. We have to match them in every way.”
Chivas may be a mystery, but Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez believes that LA must focus on what they can control and that’s their own preparations.
“You just have to worry about yourselves. Worry about how you can come to the game with the right mentality and make sure that right from the whistle, [you're] putting pressure on them and not letting them play,” said Gonzalez. “I think that if we stay solid defensively, then our chances will always come with Robbie, Landon and the front guys.”
Both sides will be out to snap their recent losing streaks with LA winless in their last three MLS matches while Chivas has not earned a result in nine MLS contests. Although Chivas may appear to be an appetizing target for the Galaxy to snap their winless streak, the Galaxy refuse to overlook their in-stadium rivals.
“They are one of those teams that seem to lose a lot of games, but when you're playing a derby game, everything goes out the window,” said Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. “It'll be a tough game, but you can't underestimate them. We're certainly going to be the favorites, but I think when you're playing against a team like this…or a derby game, it’s a completely different scenario.”