LA Galaxy aggressive yet patient in pursuit of third Designated Player says club President Chris Klein
Yes, the LA Galaxy are still looking for a Designated Player, but does the club need one right away? No.
In a brief recent conversation that I had with Galaxy President Chris Klein, I asked about the club’s pursuit to fill their vacant third Designated Player spot. While Klein admits that the team is still searching for a player to fill that void, they’re searching for the right fit, rather than the quick one.
“We’ll continue to be aggressive in the Designated Player market and if someone comes along and it fits us and fits what we need then we’ll be aggressive in pursuing that,” Chris Klein recently told LA Galaxy Insider.
Klein also spoke to Joe Tutino's Galaxy All-Access Podcast and reiterated his position while also sheding some light on the club's recent connections to English midfielder Frank Lampard, who recently signed a one-year contract extention with Chelsea.
"We are going to be aggressive in the Designated Player market," Klein told the Galaxy All-Access Podcast. "Frank Lampard's name had been talked about and I think that, at the end of the day, he wanted to stay in a club where he's a legend. The coach [Jose Mourinho] that he's very close to is rumored to be coming back to the club and I think that played into a decision for him to sign another year at Chelsea. We never had anything done with Frank Lampard. He was one of many that we considered and continue to consider.
"We will be patient. We feel no need to sign a Designated Player because we think that have to. We'd like to add one or two pieces to our team. I think that if you look at our group, we have a very solid group and we will be fine going forward. In saying that, if we do come to an agreement with one player that we have been looking at then we will be excited to do so, but we're not going to rush into anything."
Listen to Klein’s complete interview with Tutino below…
The MLS Displcinary Committee added a game to the suspension of Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Shalrie Joseph for his red card foul on LA Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas in the 87th minute of LA's 4-0 win over Seattle on Wednesday.
Joseph will now miss Seattle's next two matches: Saturday at Chivas USA and June 8 against Vancovuer Whitecaps FC. The veteran midfielder was particularly nasty during the Sounders defeat as Sarvas was left with multiple visible marks on his face after his encounter with Joseph.
Joseph's foul can be seen below.
Good Morning from Boston!
Above is a photo that I snapped this morning of a sweltering Boston -- the temperatures are expected to reach the low 90s -- overlooking the Charles River.
On the right you can see the city of Cambridge, which is all aflutter after the commencement at Harvard University on Thursday. In the center is the Harvard bridge which connects Cambridge with the Boston neighborhood of Back Bay. As we slide to the right, you can see Boston University.
Now that our little tour of Boston is complete, a few notable notes and links from the morning:
*Via Twitter, LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza
*Club Tijuana crashed out of the Copa Libertadores on Thursday with a 2-2 draw to Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro.
*Chivas USA Academy director Sacha van der Most will serve as Chivas USA's head coach for Saturday's match with Seattle Sounders FC.
*Former LA Galaxy midfielder Dan Keat gave an interview in Swedish on his memories of playing with Robbie Keane and David Beckham in MLS.
The LA Galaxy are out of the U.S. Open Cup in the third round for a second straight year after falling to the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday.
I'm calling on all your opinions about the Open Cup defeat and how that will impact the team going forward.
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BOSTON -- The LA Galaxy arrived in Boston on Thursday to begin preparations for Sunday's match against the New England Revolution.
Before we further analyze the defeat to the RailHawks, a few notes from the past day.
*Chivas USA parted aways with colorful head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola also known as "Chelis" on Wednesday evening.
*The MLS All-Stars will take on AS Roma at Sporting Park in Kansas City on July 31.
*Omar Gonzalez went 90 minutes in the U.S. National Team's 4-2 defeat to Belgium in Cleveland on Wednesday.
*Meanwhile, Robbie Keane went 61 minutes for Ireland in their 1-1 draw with England at Wembley.
*The U.S. Under-20's are now 0-2-0 at the Toulon Tournament after falling 2-1 to Colombia on Thursday.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The LA Galaxy are shipping up to Boston on Thursday as they turn the page from their "stinging" 2-0 defeat to Carolina RailHawks in U.S. Open Cup to their match against the New England Revolution on Sunday.
Above is a series of photos that I took while walking through the park at the North Carolina State Capitol. It includes monuments to the three U.S. Presidents born in North Carolina (Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson and James Polk), monuments to state officials as well as monuments to veterans of various wars including the U.S. Civil War.
A few notes from the game:
*The Galaxy have now lost each of their last three Open Cup games, dating back to a quarterfinal loss to Seattle in 2011.
*Only three teams have knocked the Galaxy out of the Open Cup in the last six years. In addition to losing to the RailHawks in the Third Round in 2012 and 2013, LA lost to Seattle in the Quarterfinals in 2010 and 2011 while they were knocked out of the tournament by Colorado in a Play-In Game in 2008 and 2009.
*The only team to beat the Galaxy more than twice in the Open Cup is Chicago, who knocked LA out of the tournament in 2000, 2003 and 2006.
*This was the 16th straight game in all competitions this season that the Galaxy had made at least one change to their starting lineup.
*Chandler Hoffman made his competitive debut for the Galaxy, coming on for Leonardo in the 78th minute.
*Kenney Walker made his first appearance of the season for LA, playing the full 90 minutes in central midfield.
*The Galaxy out shot Carolina 10-7 but had just one shot on goal, with that coming from second half substitute Gyasi Zardes.
*Zardes had a team-high three shots. No other player had more than one.
CARY, N.C. – Carolina RailHawks manager Colin Clarke addressed the media following his side’s 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy in the U.S. Open Cup Third Round.
Clarke’s thoughts are below…
(On his team’s performance…)
CLARKE: Delighted. It was a good performance, I thought we deserved it. I thought in the first half, we had opportunities to score and didn’t take them once we got into the final third. We felt like needed to continue to play that way in the second half and we took them when they come. They had a couple of half chances, but overall I felt like we deserved it.
(On potentially having LA’s number after beating them two straight years in Open Cup and while manager of Puerto Rico Islanders...)
CLARKE: “It’s good when you get an opportunity against a team from MLS. The boys relished that opportunity and we’ve got some very good players here. We played well tonight and we deserved to win.”
(On the business like attitude of his team…)
CLARKE: “The boys have been focused all week. We were a little disappointed last year that we didn’t go a little further so that’s something that we’re looking to do this year. This tournament is very important to us and also to me because it’s not just the Open Cup, it’s the Lamar Hunt Open Cup. That’s someone who I worked for and our president worked for him as well. He’s someone who gave us a start in this game and without people like him, we wouldn’t be here in the shape we’re in today. It’s a special tournament.”
(On the players that LA brought…)
CLARKE: “They’re all dangerous. That’s why they play at the level that they are, but I was happy to see Zardes on the bench. He came on, he changed it. He’s a presence and a young kid still learning his way, but played great last weekend and was always a threat.”
There are no highlights as of yet, but you can watch the LA Galaxy's 2-0 defeat to the Carolina RailHawks in its entirety below.
LA Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo's post game comments after U.S. Open Cup defeat to Carolina RailHawks
CARY, N.C. – LA Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo addressed the media following the LA Galaxy’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday night.
Onalfo’s comments are below…
(On his thoughts on losing to the RailHawks for a second straight year…)
ONALFO: “Last year’s loss has nothing to do with this year’s loss. I thought that in the first half, we dominated. I thought we had a lot of possession, we had the one great look at goal with Jose and I think that if we had the opportunity, we’d want to have it back because that’s a chance when you’re on the road and in a venue like that that you want to put away. We pretty good in the defensive and middle third with our passing, but we weren’t very sharp in front of goal with our final pass. I thought that we had the better part of the first half and the second half was kind of choppy. We give up a goal that probably shouldn’t have been a goal, but it was. For our young group of players, I don’t think that they reacted very well and credit to Carolina because they sensed that and stopped us then got a second goal. Then you’re playing catch up and you’re playing on the road, across the country and it’s humid, it’s hot and all of a sudden, it becomes pretty difficult. Credit to Carolina because they did a really good job of getting numbers behind the ball and making it difficult. We had more shots than they did, but not a whole lot on target to force their goalkeeper to make any big saves. The second half was disappointing.
(On LA’s recent road trip having an impact on the squad that came to Carolina..)
ONALFO: We’re the busiest team in MLS so we have to utilize our whole roster. We have reserves games where we have to utilize our roster and we have U.S. Open Cup games where in our organization that’s our time for our younger players to get minutes. And they’re valuable minutes. If you look at Carolina, as I said before the game, they’re a very good team. We scouted them extremely well and we know what their strengths are. They have a lot of experienced guys and they’re a darn good team so when you’re playing against a good team, those are valuable minutes for these players. I’m disappointed that we lost, but at the end of the day, my job is to move these guys forward so that they can step into the first team whenever possible and do a great job, and continue to evolve. From that stand point, we learned a valuable lesson today.”
(On whether a lack of sharpness hurt the Galaxy…)
ONALFO: “It’s always hard on the road, there’s no two ways about it. What you can attribute it to, could be a lack of games, it could be a lot of games or a lack of sharpness. At the end of the day, there are certain times that you have to concentrate more and you have to make a play, and we were just a little bit off.”
(On the compact Carolina defense…)
ONALFO: “Like I said going into this, they have a great coach. If you look at his track record, everywhere that he’s been, he’s done very well. His teams are extremely organized and they’re hard to break down as you could see tonight. They’re a good team…There’s a reason why they’re doing really well in their league and why they advanced tonight.”
(On any relief….)
ONALFO: “We would have played Chivas at home, so we wanted to advance. We’re disappointed. The draw is what it is and we have to deal with that. We try to deal with it the best that we possibly could. We have to look at ourselves and get better for next time.”
CARY, N.C. -- The LA Galaxy are out of the U.S. Open Cup after falling 2-0 to the Carolina RailHawks.
Austin da Luz and Brian Shriver scored for the RailHawks as they defeated the Galaxy for the second straight year in Open Cup play.
Robbie Rogers went 28 minutes in the defeat.
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