CARSON, Calif. – There will be no appeal from the LA Galaxy for Oscar Sorto’s controversial red card that was awarded by MLS referee Ismail Elfath in the late stages of the club’s 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo last week, Bruce Arena confirmed on Monday.
Sorto was awarded the red card for a tackle from behind on the Dynamo’s David Horst deep in stoppage time. The red card spoiled what had been a strong first career MLS start for the 20-year-old at left back.
After the match, Houston head coach Owen Coyle said that the foul was clear penalty but Galaxy boss Bruce Arena disagreed with the Englishman’s assessment.
“It wasn’t clear. If there was any legitimate contact, it was outside the penalty area. We’ve actually seen it with pictures, if there was any contact initiated; it was outside the penalty area. He’s certainly entitled to his opinion, he can say what he wants, I can say what I want, and it’s all part of good debate.”
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane spoke to Coyle afterward and stated that the Dynamo coach told him that the foul was not a red card, but still voiced his displeasure that Sorto would be unavailable for Houston.
“I think that the league should appeal anyway on behalf of us because it was a joke. We shouldn’t have to appeal because it wasn’t a red card,” Keane told reporters. “We’re all guilty of having a bad game, and sometimes, it’s best to just hold your hand up because everyone can see that you’re having a bad game. Everyone knows that players have bad games, and referees have bad games.
“It’d be nice if referees just said that they had a bad game. It happens in England sometimes if they make a mistake…and I think that people would respect them more for it. … If [referee assessors] are watching then they need to have strong words when they have a bad game. Bruce would have strong words with us. It’s just the way it is. It needs to be addressed because he had a bad game. As I said on [Friday], if you ask 100 people then 100 people would say it wasn’t a red card.”
As for who starts at left back on Wednesday, Arena told reporters that the team is still undecided on who to start against Real Salt Lake.
Steven Gerrard's illustrious career at Liverpool FC officially came to an end as the Reds skipper played his final game for his hometown club on Saturday, setting the stage for his eventual LA Galaxy debut in July.
As one chapter of his career came to an end, Gerrard's new club chose to pay tribute to hometown with a full-page ad in the Liverpool Echo on the 10th anniversary of Gerrard's defining moment in a Liverpool shirt--the miraculous UEFA Champions League Final comeback at Istanbul's Attaturk Stadium in 2005.
The LA Galaxy's message is a simple one: Ten years ago today, on one night in Istanbul, a leader became a legend. For the last 17 years, Liverpool has backed its loyal captain. To a club that set the example, from a city honored to carry that legacy, Thank You."
The complete ad can be seen in Newspaper form above.
Robbie Keane offers his thoughts on Oscar Sorto's controversial red after LA Galaxy win over Houston Dynamo
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane had strong words for MLS referee Ismail Elfath after the official sent off Galaxy left back Oscar Sorto in stoppage time of the club's 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo.
The call in question happed in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time when Sorto brought down David Horst after clearing away a Houston Dynamo corner at the edge of the penalty area. Immediately after the challenge, Elfath pulled out a yellow card but later pulled it back, instead offering a straight red card explusion for the 20-year-old who was making his first career MLS start. On the league's official scoresheet after the match, Elfath's noted that Sorto was sent off due to "a fight" rather than a foul.
After the match, Keane echoed the sentiments of LA boss Bruce Arena who told reporters afterward that the foul should have resulted in a yellow card caution rather than a red.
“Very strange. He took a yellow card out and put it in his pocket. To be honest, I hate even saying this but I thought that the referee was poor all night. He made some strange, strange decisions and if he’s got an assessor upstairs, I’m sure he’s thinking that he didn’t have his best game. We all, at times, don’t play well but he had some fairly easy decisions to make, and he wasn’t calling them," Keane said. "It was very strange. For Oscar, it was his [first] start, he had a great game, the referee was standing right beside him and could clearly see that it was a yellow card, it wasn’t from behind, it was from the side. The guy came from in front of him, so it wasn’t like he was trying to [injure] him. It definitely wasn’t a red card so whoever makes the decision to rescind that call, if they don’t rescind it, it’s an absolute embarrassment.
"The kid did not deserve get to sent off tonight regardless if it was his second game or his 500th game, he didn’t deserve to get sent off. He had a great game, and it was ruined by an erratic decision. It wasn’t even erratic because he took the yellow card out so he had a few seconds to think about the call. He was thinking about the call but changed his mind because someone 50 yards away decided it was a red card. Surely if the referee is standing five yards from the play, he’s in a better place than the fourth official… If he can honestly see it from where he is and the ref can’t see it from five yards than something needs to be done about that. It was a very bad decision.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the club's 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo
On Oscar Sorto’s performance:
ARENA: “Oscar played well. He had a really good game. Right from the start, he showed a lot of confidence. He played really well.”
On the red card:
ARENA:“It was certainly a foul. You can certainly give a yellow card on that play.”
On Robbie Keane’s performance:
ARENA:“He’s an influence and obviously, he had an assist on the game winning goal. He’s been out for so long and to ask him to play for 35 minutes is pushing it a little bit. I think under the circumstances he did really well.”
On Alan Gordon:
ARENA: “My impressions right now are very good. Alan does what he does. He’s scored four goals this year. He’s done really well. He understands how to play at the end of the game. I give him a lot of credit.”
On Jose Villarreal’s return to the lineup:
ARENA “It’s very important. I’m not sure you are aware but we’ve been missing an awful lot of players, and he’s just another piece of the puzzle. He’s going to take him some games to get him back as well at full strengthen. He’s a plus to have back in our line up.”
On building on this win:
ARENA: “It helps. No question about it. I think you are going to find out at the end of the year, this league; top from bottom is going to be pretty close.”
On the team’s performance:
ARENA: “There were moments we were good, but we can still create more chances and more quality chances. It was solid performance, and having said that there were a couple times they caught us and they were dangerous. Overall tonight, our guys played a solid game.”
On getting the three points:
ARENA: “It’s nice to get three points. We have to take advantage of the games at home, like every team in the league. It’s important for us to win these types of games. We fouled up in a bunch of these games this year. Tonight, it’s a real good sign. Still at the end of these games, we have to close it out in a better fashion. Tonight, we end up getting red carded in the 93 after scoring a goal. You scratch your head. We’ve just got to be better in these moments and hopefully, we will be as the season progresses.”
On whether Robbie Keane will start against RSL:
ARENA: “First of all, we have to see how recovers. He’s going to need a little more time. We’re going to obviously see how he responds in the next couple of days.”
On if he has thought about starting Alan Gordon:
ARENA: "I have thought about it."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to snap their five game winless run on Friday when they return to StubHub Center for the first time since May 2nd to face the Houston Dynamo.
Below are a series of links, matchups and a predicted score ahead of Friday's clash.
*After missing the last seven games, Robbie Keane says that he's fit enough to be back in the gameday squad for Friday's match.
*Omar Gonzalez's status is also in question, but the LA defender says that he's ready to go if called upon on Friday.
*In the latest edition of "By the Numbers," we look at the Galaxy's recent struggles.
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan provides the Match Preview Presented by 04 Water.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Giles Barnes vs. Leonardo
With Omar Gonzalez still a question mark, Leonardo will need to lead the Galaxy defense as they look to stop the speedy Englishman.
Juninho vs. Ricardo Clark
Perhaps the most important match of the game pits the two midfield commanders against one of another. Whichever is able to exert his influence on the game, will likely lead his side to victory.
Brad Davis vs. Dan Gargan
Gargan returns from his yellow card suspension and will immediately be tasked with slowing down Houston's Brad Davis. Look for Gargan to play Davis close to prevent him from sending in any dangerous crosses.
LA Galaxy 2 (Husidic, Zardes), Houston Dynamo 1 (Barnes)
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to return to winning ways on Friday when they host the Houston Dynamo.
The match will be LA's first since their disappointing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Orlando City SC a week earlier. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the Galaxy's struggles since their last meeting with Houston nearly two months ago.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- Omar Gonzalez was unable to start the LA Galaxy's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC due to a knee issue, but the center back says that he is fit and ready to go for the club's upcoming match against the Houston Dynamo.
Initially, the Galaxy stated that Gonzalez was on the bench due to squad rotation, but after the defeat, LA clarified that the 26-year-old was suffering from a knee injury. Although he missed out on the Orlando match, Gonzalez has been in full training this week ahead of Friday's match against the Dynamo.
"I'm doing good. It was just a precaution. I was just worried about some things but I'm feeling good and I'm good for Friday," said Omar Gonzalez. "If it was late in the season or a playoff game then no doubt I would have played. It was early in the season, and I figured that I wanted to stay safe."
WATCH: Looking back at David Letterman's interviews with retired LA Galaxy legends David Beckham and Landon Donovan
America will say farewell to a legend on Wednesday night as the Late Show's Dave Letterman signs off the air for a final time.
For the past 33-years, Letterman has been a fixture on CBS's "Late Show" with his iconic interviews and, of course, Top 10 lists. In addition to being an American pop culture icon, Letterman also embraced soccer unlike any other late night talk show host by regularly featuring some of the most accomplished players in the soccer world.
It should surprise no one that the LA Galaxy have had two of their biggest stars appear on Letterman as both David Beckham and Landon Donovan made appearances on the late show. The two retired Galaxy stars segments can be seen below.
LANDON DONOVAN (6/29/10)
DAVID BECKHAM (5/1/10)
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy need a spark in the attack when they face the Houston Dynamo on Friday, and newcomer Sebastian Lletget just might be the one to deliver that little boost.
The former West Ham United midfielder made his debut for the club last Sunday during their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, going 21 minutes in the loss. During the match, Lletget was unable to truly make an impact on the game due to Orlando's dominance, but the 22-year-old is confident that if he’s given an opportunity against Houston, he can have an impact.
“I believe I am [ready to start],” Lletget told LA Galaxy Insider. “I always believe that I’m practicing really hard. Obviously, coming in the middle of the season, I do need to do a little bit of catch-up in terms of philosophy and our style of play, but I think that I’m ready.”
Just when Lletget makes that first start, however, is in the hands of head coach Bruce Arena who says that Lletget might need to wait a little longer.
"He needs more time,” said Arena. “But it was good to get him out on the field for the first time."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy might have a little extra firepower on the field on Friday when they take on the Houston Dynamo.
Edson Buddle (calf) and Robbie Keane (groin strain) have missed considerable time in 2015 due to injury but both were in full training on Monday. Given the Galaxy's offensive struggles in their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, the chance to welcome back a pair of experienced attackers could be a major boost for LA on Friday, but their return to the field, is anything but a certainty.
"We'll see," Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday. "We'll get through the week and we'll see with those guys and see how they're doing."
Buddle appears to be the closest to making a return after getting a solid 30 minute run out for LA Galaxy II during their defeat to Sacramento Republic. After training on Tuesday, the 33-year-old says that he's fit and ready to go 90 minutes if called upon.
"I'll start. Absolutely. Put me in there coach!" Buddle joked. "I can definitely start and do it. I've been through harder things in my life."