In the latest edition of "View From the Booth," Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones analyze the LA Galaxy's match against the Colorado Rapids.
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Landon Donovan simply can not be stopped right now.
The LA Galaxy midfielder scored two goals and one assist as the U.S. defeated Honduras 3-1 to advance to the final of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Donovan's big night began in the 11th minute when he assisted on Eddie Johnson's opening goal. He'd add one of his own just 16 minutes later off a dish from Alejandro Bedoya. Honduras would the cut lead to one in the 52nd minute off a header by Nery Media, but Donovan put the match out of reach with his just a minute later.
Donovan now has five goals and seven assists in the Gold Cup. The U.S. will now face Panama at Soldier Field in Chicago, but may do so without head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was sent off late in the match and might miss the final.
Highlights are below.
CARSON, Calif. – A week ago, Gyasi Zardes sealed a 2-1 victory for the LA Galaxy against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, now the forward is looking to build on that effort with another performance against the Colorado Rapids.
Zardes could be expected to pick up the offensive slack again with Robbie Keane yet to train so far this week for LA. If Keane is unable to go, one can expect Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena to opt for the forward tandem of Jose Villarreal and Zardes yet again.
“It’s another opportunity to show my potential and help out my team. If Bruce gives me another opportunity then I’m going to make it worthwhile,” Zardes said. “My mentality is that I’ll work hard for my teammates. My teammates give me that drive, we have great chemistry and we were well with each other. They always push me and yell at me, so once I hear them yelling at me, I just want to give it my all. It’s like another burst of energy that comes out of nowhere.”
As showcased in his breathtaking goal against Vancouver, Zardes’ physical abilities are a key part of his game, but the forward will be tested on Saturday as he will be forced to deal with the Colorado altitude. The altitude in the Commerce City typically diminishes speedsters like Zardes, but the LA forward believes that with a solid pregame workout that he can limit the effects.
“I played in Colorado in college and the altitude is dreadful, when you’re running, it’s like you’re winded. It’s important to get a good workout in,” said Zardes. “I’m just going to listen to [Strength and Fitness coach Ben Yauss] and really warm up. I want to be as prepared as possible to go in [to Colorado] and give it my all.”
CARSON, Calif. – Ever steadily, Carlo Cudicini is enjoying some of his best form since joining the LA Galaxy
Since Brian Rowe was given the start against Real Salt Lake on June 8, Cudicini has started the last seven matches while leading LA to a 4-2-1 record with 15 saves. In this interview for LAGalaxy.com, Cudicini admits that sitting during Real Salt Lake was one of the turning points in his season.
As he looks to continue his hot streak in Saturday’s match against the Colorado Rapids, Cudicini discusses his experience in the first half of the season and his transition to MLS.
“[When] you move from a new league, you don’t expect to travel as much— the longest flight you had in England was 45 minutes. [In the U.S.], you can fly six hours then you have to travel to Costa Rica, then come back, then go to New York. It can be hectic for a guy that’s never traveled that much in his career. You need to get used to certain things," said Cudicini. "Also in my last couple of seasons I haven’t played consistently, and when you arrive here and you have to play Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday.
“I was expecting more from me, like probably our coach and our supporters,” Cudicini added. "But in my career, when you commit yourself to what you want to do, then in the end, you always get results. Slowly, slowly we’re getting those results.”
CARSON, Calif. – Pablo Mastroeni will be making an emotional return on Saturday to his old stomping grounds at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park when the LA Galaxy take on the Colorado Rapids.
Prior to being traded to LA last month, Mastroeni spent 12 seasons in Colorado where he amassed team records in appearances and starts while also leading the Rapids to their lone MLS Cup title in 2010.
Since the deal, Mastroeni has made five appearances, but made his first start in last week’s 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC. With that first start under his belt, Mastroeni admits that his fitness is coming along as he looks to contribute to LA's efforts during the second half of the season.
“I feel good physically. Knock on wood, I've been here five weeks and I haven't had anything more than soreness. I started a weight program, I got back into my yoga routine, and physically I feel really good,” said Mastroeni. “If this game was all about how feel, it'd be different you have to be mentally tuned in and want to play for something bigger than yourself. I feel the spark of trying to improve myself again amongst a new group of players, new team, and new organization. That’s what keeps me going.”
CARSON, Calif. –After a 10-day sojourn with Swedish Superettan club Hammarby, Bryan Gaul, Charlie Rugg and Kenney Walker are back with the Galaxy.
All three players returned last week to Southern California and participated in Monday’s 4-1 MLS Reserve League victory over Chivas USA.
Although the Galaxy had noted that there was a possibility that the training stint could turn into a loan deal, Arena noted on Tuesday that the players were not of use to Hammarby.
“They decided that they didn’t need them. It’s that simple. That was up to that club to decide whether they could utilize the players,” said Arena. “We thought that we sent them three players that they needed to look at and consider, but at the end of the day, they need to make that decision. [Former LA Galaxy defender and current Hammarby head coach Gregg Berhalter] felt that at this time, he couldn’t utilize those players.”
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Rogers and Robbie Keane were not present during the last 15 minutes of training on Tuesday, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is “optimistically hopeful” that they will be available for Saturday’s match against the Colorado Rapids.
Both players missed out on Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC with injuries as Rogers is currently suffering a right hamstring issue while Keane is dealing with a left hip flexor strain. When asked if they could be available for Saturday, Arena stated that “we will see.”
“We’re hopeful,” said Arena. “We’re hopefully optimistic that they can train and play this weekend.”
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LA Galaxy Academy product Brian Iloski was named to the U.S. Under-18’s squad for the upcoming Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
U.S. U-18 head coach Javier Perez named his squad on Monday for the team that will participate in the tournament, which runs from July 29 to August 2. During the tournament, the U.S. will face Mexico, Northern Ireland, and Denmark.
The Escondido, Calif. Native joined the Galaxy academy during the 2012-13 season and tallied 10 appearances while scoring once for the LA U-18’s.
The complete U.S. U-18 squad is below.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jordan Allen (Empire Revolution; Rochester, N.Y.), Michael Amick (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Trevor Haberkorn (Furman; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Brian Iloski (LA Galaxy; Escondido, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Piakai Henkel (Unattached; Arcata, Calif.), Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls; Morganville, N.J.), Andrija Novakovich (Chicago Magic PSG; Muskego, Wis.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.)
CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas has been a consistent presence for the LA Galaxy in the center of midfield, but on Saturday, he was given a new place to roam—on the left flank.
With Robbie Rogers out due to a right hamstring injury, the Galaxy shuffled the midfield with Pablo Mastroeni taking Sarvas' spot while the Brazilian was pushed wide. Playing along the left side of midfield, Sarvas was a threat going forward in LA's 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC as he frequently tucked into the center, which allowed LA to outman and overpower the Whitecaps midfield.
By the end of his 70 minute shift, the stats showed yet another tidy performance for Sarvas who completed 30 of 40 of his passes -- one of them setting up a scoring chance --while also firing off two shots on frame, both of which were stopped by Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton.
“It was just a starting point for me. I played much more inside and I received the ball to my inside,” said Sarvas of his stint outwide. “When I had the ball, it was good. Of course if we lost the ball, it was a long run [back field], but it was enjoyable.”
The midfielder was eventually removed in the 70th minute of play, but LA head coach Bruce Arena attests that was more about his yellow card situation—he’s just one yellow card from a one-game suspension—than his performance.
“We played Marcelo a bit out of position, but I thought that he did a good job,” said Arena. “I removed him from the game, simply because I wanted to protect him because of [yellow cards].”
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