VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The LA Galaxy fell 3-1 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC to start off their three game, nine-day road trip with a loss.
A few notes below...
*The defeat is LA's first loss against Vancouver Whitecaps FC in six all-time MLS meetings.
*Russell Teibert scored a brace in the win, his first career MLS goals.
*Gyasi Zardes tallied his first professional goal of his career.
*First of six games that the LA Galaxy will play on turf. Last year, LA played six games including Champions League.
*LA have fallen behind Vancouver in each of the last three meetings between two teams. LA has a record of 1-1-1.
More to come..
VANCOUVER -- The LA Galaxy begin their three-game in nine-day road trip on Saturday against Vancouver Whiteaps FC. As you prepare for today's clash, check out my links, matchups to watch and predicted lineup.
*Last time the LA Galaxy traveled to Vancouver, Jose Villarreal enjoyed his coming out party and he'll be hoping to duplicate his success on Saturday.
*Bruce Arena offered his thoughts on this struggling Vancouver side that has not won in their last seven matches.
*Hector Jimenez enjoyed a successful game for LA's reserves on Tuesday. Can it translate to the first team?
*Remember to send in tweets to Rapid Fire Tweets for my segment on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
*LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan's preview to the match.
*Lastly, my Three Points to the game.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Jose Villarreal vs. Andy O'Brien
The young Galaxy forward will look to repeat his success against Vancouver, but he'll face a physical challenge with the burly Irish center back.
Mike Magee vs. Y.P. Lee
Perhaps the match up of the game as the wily Magee will take on the veteran Korean left back. Magee will likely look to use his skills on the ball to befuddle Lee and find holes behind Vancouver's defense.
Greg Cochrane vs. Daigo Kobayashi
Cochrane has done well in all three of his starts this season, but he'll face a new type of test against Kobayashi. More of a technical player than a speedster, the Japanese midfielder will look to confound Cochrane and push him down in his own box.
Cudicini; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Cochrane; Donovan, Sarvas, Juninho, Clark; Magee, Villarreal
CARSON, Calif. – Hector Jimenez was one of the stars of the LA Galaxy reserves 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Blues midweek and he’ll hope to translate that success into an appearance on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Jimenez notched a goal and two assists against the Blues as he terrorized the USL Pro team and drew heavy praise from LA assistant and Reserve League head coach Curt Onalfo. The 24-year-old has now notched two goals and two assists in three matches in the Reserve League.
After a successful reserve stint, just how is Jimenez feeling?
“Confident,” Jimenez told reporters on Friday. “It was a fun game to get 60 minutes and I think that I did pretty well. So I’m looking forward to hopefully getting some minutes tomorrow and keep showing why I should be playing. It feels really good being able to step on the field and help my team is always good. Thanks to Bruce [Arena] and hopefully I can keep performing and keep playing.”
If Jimenez does see the field against the Whitecaps, it would be his fifth appearance this season in all competitions. His last start came during LA’s 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake last month, where he notched his only assist of the year.
Should he slide into the right side of midfield, he’d work directly in front of right back Sean Franklin, who Jimenez has a fantastic rapport with.
“Last year we played maybe 13 games together. We’re really comfortable and he makes the game happen behind me,” said Jimenez. “Being able to room with him through the road trips definitely helps out on the field.”
Courtesy of LAGalaxy.com, a video preview of today's match against Vancouver Whitecaps.
Check it out below...
VANCOUVER -- The LA Galaxy arrived in Vancouver, B.C. on Friday evenign in preparation for Saturday's clash against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
The photo above depicts a stunning view of downtown Vancouver that I snapped upon arrival.
As you wait for tomorrow's match, check out my Three Points to the game below...
In the latest edition of View from the Booth, Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones break down the LA Galaxy's match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Check it out below...
CARSON, Calif. -- The last time the LA Galaxy took the field at BC Place, Homegrown forward Jose Villarreal made the whole world stand up and take notice.
Villarreal scored the tying goal in LA’s 2-2 draw with the Whitecaps last July with a stunning strike that drew praise from across the globe. On Saturday, Villarreal will return to the scene of his goal for the first time as he looks to help LA get back to their winning ways against Whitecaps FC.
In the club's final training session before departing to Vancouver, Villarreal admitted that he was plenty excited to return to BC Place.
"The goal I had was my first [professional] goal and I'll never forget that. I think after those couple of games, we made a push for the playoffs and that was important and it was fun. "I'm on a roll with these Canadian teams. Hopefully this game comes down good for us and we get a win," said Villarreal, who scored his second career MLS goal against Toronto FC. "You score a goal, you get a thousand more followers on Twitter, but that's not really important. People recognize you and it's good, but you have to keep the consistency going and I'm trying to keep that going by scoring more goals.
Although the match ended with Villarreal scoring a world class goal, he admits that he was a bit surprised that he was thrown into the match by LA head coach Bruce Arena, in what was just his second professional appearance.
"Bruce was like, 'you're going to come in," and I just thought 'wait, what? what is going on?' He put me and just said do your thing and I wasn't going to say no, so I just jumped in there. I got a chance and I put it away," said Villarreal. "That boosted [my confidence]. All my teammates were around me supporting me and for them to be there and have my back was nice."
The must read for Friday comes from MLSsoccer.com's Nick Firchau, who wrote a fantastic piece for the league's website on the growth of the LA Galaxy Academy.
A few of relavant statistics from the article:
* The LA Galaxy and Chivas USA share a 75-mile radius from The Home Depot Center in which to recruit potential Academy players.
* According to Kentaro Group, an international sports rights agency that compiled statistics for MLSsoccer.com, there are roughly 141,000 registered young male soccer players eligible to play in the Galaxy’s academy system.
* According to club President Chris Klein, the LA Galaxy spend 1.5 million and 1.7 million on the academy.
Read the piece below...
As well as the comapnion piece on how small market teams are dealing with their own youth academies.
Looks like U.S. National Team supporters in Southern California may get a chance to see the U.S. team take the field prior to the 2013 Gold Cup.
According to a report from Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the U.S. will take on Guatemala in a pre-tournament friendly at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The match would serve as the final tune-up for the U.S. before they open the Gold Cup in Portland against Belize on July 9.
The U.S. National Team will open a training at The Home Depot Center on May 22, in preparation for World Cup Qualifiers in June.
Will the LA Galaxy have any representatives on this U.S. team?
Share them below.
CARSON, Calif.—It was a long time coming, but LA Galaxy veterans Robbie Keane and Todd Dunivant were back at training on Thursday.
Both have missed LA’s last two games with injuries as Keane has dealt with a left ankle issue while Dunivant has suffered through a left leg strain. Keane and Dunivant explain their own injury situations in this piece that I wrote for LAGalaxy.com. Keane stated that playing against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday is "not realistic," but he's hoping to appear on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Union.
Dunivant was particularly pleased with his first day back and is already aiming to be in contention to start in Saturday’s clash against Vancouver.
“Today was my first day of training and it went well so we’ll go from there, but it was a good first day. I felt it in the first half [against Kansas City] and again pushed through the rest of the game,” Dunivant said. “I knew that it would need a little time so it’s one of those things that needed some time and I was able to give it. It’s nothing that you can do about muscles sometimes.
“I’d like to be available [for Saturday],” Dunivant later added. “There will be a decision up to Bruce, but today was my first day and we’ll see how it responds, but everything felt good.”
Dunivant’s case is an intriguing one as rookie left back Greg Cochrane has excelled in his two starts filling in for the LA veteran. With the rookie performing so well, Dunivant understands that he’ll have to earn his way back onto the starting XI.
“You always have to prove something that never changes,” said Dunivant. “It’s no different last year and it’s no different than the year before that. There’s always guys pushing you and that’s what you want on a good team. If we didn't have that then we’d have some issues.”
Expect Dunivant to be in the starting XI on Saturday?
Share your thoughts below.