News and Notes from the LA Galaxy's 3-0 preseason victory over Los Angeles Blues

05 February 3:51 pm

News and Notes from the LA Galaxy's 3-0 preseason victory over Los Angeles Blues

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy picked up their second victory of the preseason on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over USLPRO side Los Angeles Blues.

The scoring began in the 4th minute when a cross by Rafael Garcia set up an own goal by Blues midfielder Gabbi Gonzalez. Robbie Keane slotted a turnover in the box in the 15th minute before Jose Villarreal ended the scoring in the 76th minute while LA was down a man after Leonardo went down with cramp. 

A few notes from the match...

The Galaxy started the match in the following formation: 

-------------Cudicini--------------

Franklin—DeLaGarza—Meyer—Dunivant

Magee---Sarvas---Garcia---Clark

--------Zardes------Keane-----------

*There were only two changes from last week's game against the U.S. Under-17's as Mike Magee moved into midfield for Gyasi Zardes while A.J. DeLaGarza started for Omar Gonzalez, who is away with the U.S. national team. 

*Clark put together another strong performance on the left side as he showed an ability to link up with the likes of Keane and Zardes. 

*The Galaxy first team held almost complete command of the match in the second half with the Blues only making a couple of forays out of their own half. 

The Galaxy ran out the following lineup in the second half: 

--------------------Perk-----------------

Sorto---DeLaGarza (Opare ’60)---Leonardo (Inj in 72)----Gaul

Arriola---Jimenez----Riemer-----Cochrane

----------Villarreal-----McBean-----------

*Paul Arriola put together another solid performance creating a couple of scoring chances, but was unable to find the back of the net. Arriola celebrated his 18th birthday on Tuesday.

*After starting goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini faced almost no action in the first half, Brian Perk made three saves as the Blues tried in vain to get on the board. 

*The game was the first appearance for the Galaxy's second round draft pick Kofi Opare. 

*Another strong game for Greg Cochrane, who was energetic down the left side. . 

*LA played down a man for the last 18 minutes of the game after Leonardo suffered what Bruce Arena described as a cramp. 

*There were two yellow cards in the match with Colin Clark picking up one in the 41st minute while Villarreal picked up one of his own in the 82nd. 

*Following the match, Arena told reporters that first round pick Charlie Rugg is getting closer to returning to the field. Rugg himself told reporters that he's been dealing with a nagging groin injury. 

*The Blues lineup for the match was as follows:

Carl Woszczynski; Matt Hall (Darryl Robson, 46; Dallas Moore, 71), Cory Miller (Adrian Dubois, 46), Erlys Garcia (Dutch Jock, 46), Jermano LoFuSang (Connor *Name not found*, 46); Jimmy Turner, 83); Gabriel Gonzalez (David Bakal, 46); Artur Aghasyan (Juan “Kichi” Perez, 46; Matthew Xiano, 71), Allan Russell (Georges Ba, 46), George Davis IV (Nelson Pizarro, 46), Deon McCauley (Sergio Del Valle, 24); Chris Cortez (Duran Davis, 33).