As part of the festivities for SuperClásico week, front office staff and fans of the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA took part in the BarraClásico on Thursday evening at The Home Depot Center.
In the night's first match, the Galaxy staff fell 4-3 to their Chivas counterparts. With the victory, the Chivas' staff swept the season series, 3-0. Meanwhile in the second match of the night, the LA Riot Squad defeat Chivas' Black Army 1850, 2-1. The victory gave LARS a three-game sweep of the Chivas supporters group.
In the night cap, the Galaxy supporters group the Angel City Brigade played to a scoreless draw with Chivas' Union Ultras. The season series ended 1-1-1, but the Ultras were awarded the "Supporters' Cup" on aggregate. This result could have some barring on Sunday's result as the Galaxy are undefeated in the SuperClásico when the Union Ultras win the BarraClásico.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy U15s finished third in the U15 GA Cup tournament and the LA Galaxy U17s finished sixth in the U17 tournament on Thursday.
The LA Galaxy U15's defeated the Chicago Fire U15's 1-0 on Thursday at StarFire Sports Complex in the third place contest while the U17s fell 3-1 to Chicago's U17s in the fifth place match.
The U15s finished the tournament with a record of 3-1-1 while the U17s went 2-1-2 at the GA Cup.
On Wednesday, the MLS' Board of Governors unveiled their new tie-breaker rules for the 2012 playoffs to the public and the change could have a major impact on the LA Galaxy.
The most important change is that MLS has opted to use Goals For as the first standings tie-breaker with Goal Differential being moved to the second determinant of standings positioning (A complete look at the tiebreaker rules can be found here). This could benefit the Galaxy as the club is has currently scored 39 goals this season -- the second best total in MLS, six behind the first place San Jose Earthquakes -- and goal differetial of zero.
What are your thoughts on the tie-breaker switch? Will this help the Galaxy or hurt them?
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy reserves scored a 1-0 victory over the Chivas USA reserves on Tuesday afternoon on a goal from Jack McBean.
McBean was among several who impressed in the Reserve League SuperClásico -- or "El Clásico Reserva" as I like to call it -- as well as Jose Villarreal and academy player Raul Mendiola -- more on him in the morning -- who helped McBean set up the goal. My profile on McBean's performance can be found here while MLSsoccer.com's Scott French wrote this story on the return of Galaxy left back Todd Dunivant, who went 90 minutes in the Reserve League victory.
A recap from LAGalaxy.com with interviews from McBean, Reserves head coach Curt Onalfo and Jose Villarreal can be found below:
CARSON, Calif. – The news of the untimely death of Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso stunned the American Soccer community and those reverberations were felt in the LA Galaxy locker room.
The LA Galaxy will have a golden opportunity to put a 4-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders behind them this week as they face off against Chivas USA in the Superclásico.
With the two clubs in the midst of a playoff chase, emotions are high on both sides heading into Superclásico week.
The run down of the week's events is below:
8/7 - LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA Reserve League match: Home Depot Center Field #1 at 11am. Parking and Admission to the match are free. More details on the match and parking information can be found here
8/9 -BarraClásico: Home Depot Center Field #5 beginning at 6pm.
*LA Galaxy staff vs. Chivas USA staff - 6pm. (Chivas USA Staff lead 2-0)
*LA Riot Squad vs. Black Army 1850 - 7:30pm. (LARS lead series 2-0)
*Angel City Brigade vs. Union Ultras - 9pm. (Series tied 1-1)
8/12 - Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy - 8pm on ESPN.2 (Series tied 1-1)
SEATTLE --The LA Galaxy are heading back to Seattle after Sunday's difficult 4-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders.
Just hours after facing off against Seattle, the Galaxy ran into the Sounders again--this time at the airport terminal. The Sounders were departing for Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup Final against Sporting Kansas City. In the photo above, see if you can spot any Sounders outfits.
More from last night's game upon landing.
SEATTLE -- It was quite the eventful night for Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza.
During his 90 minute shift in the LA Galaxy's 4-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders, DeLaGarza was involved in one of the turning points of the match in the 15th minute of play when he appeared to be brought down by Leo Gonzalez in the box. However, referee Chris Penso, ultimately waved off the challege. The excitement did not end there for DeLaGarza as the outside back was awarded a yellow card less than ten minutes later for a challenge on Sounders forward Eddie Johnson.
With LA trailing, DeLaGarza became a focal point in the Galaxy attack as the club attempted to battle back from the deficit, ultimately to no avail.
Below are DeLaGarza's thoughts on the match...
(On the controversial call...)
DELAGARZA: “It’s a play that could have changed the game, but regardless of that we gave up four goals and in Seattle, you’re not going to win a game having to score five or six goals.”
(On the defensive play....)
DELAGARZA: "We learned from Higuain that we need to drop on those through-balls and I think that sometimes, we might have dropped too early and then they were able to get the ball and turn on us. We were really forced to turn around so it's a give and take I guess."
(On his play going forward...)
DELAGARZA: "I was just trying to get up the field man. I was a forward at point while we were down 3-0 and 4-0 just trying to get anything we can. I think we didn't do well defensively or attacking wise. I don't think we got a shot on goal for 80 something minutes. With the players that we have, that's unacceptable."
(On moving forward from the result...)
DELAGARZA: "You know, we've had seven or eight games, weekend and weekday. That's not an excuse, but they're tough. Real Madrid's not easy to play, Tottenham's not easy and Dallas in a hundred degrees, I think you saw in the second half when we gave up two or three goals, our legs kind of gave out on us. We were playing lazy balls out of bounce and I think we got to get our legs back and get ready for Chivas, which is a huge game."
(On whether or not, he could be moved back to center back with the result...)
DELAGARZA: "You know, that's Bruce's call man. I would love to be back with Omar, but Bruce makes the shots and who he thinks can help the team the best and right now that's with me on the outside."
SEATTLE - The 4-0 defeat was hardly flattering for the LA Galaxy, but after the match, the key point of contention was referee Chris Penso's decision not to award a penalty kick for the Galaxy in the 15th minute.
Down 1-0 after Eddie Johnson's goal in the 6th minute, Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza appeared to be brought down in the box by Seattle outside back Leo Gonzalez. However, Penso judged that Gonzalez's tackle was clean and waved off the shouts for a penalty. While the call was a point of contention for all in the Galaxy locker room after the game, it was midfielder David Beckham, who provided the best response.
"I probably shouldn’t say too much but I’ll tell you now an AYSO ref is better than that today. It is quite remarkable," Beckham told reporters. "Is it why we lost the game? No. But we definitely would have got back in the game and turned the crowd quiet. Would it have gotten us back into the game? Definitely; but we didn’t play well today and Seattle played a lot better. Big calls like that—it’s a big call in a game like this. It’s disappointing."
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SEATTLE - We're just a few hours away from game time for tonight's clash between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders.
I took a stroll through Downtown Seattle this afternoon and came upon the world famous Pike Place Market.
Follow along during the game on LAGalaxy.com's Match Report where I'll be checking in on the livechat.
PREDICTED LINEUP: Saunders; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Lopes, Gaul; Franklin, Sarvas, Juninho, Beckham; Donovan, Keane