CARSON, Calif. – Contests between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA are always heated even at the academy level, but the claims of a Chivas youth coach last week added extra fuel to the fire.
Prior to the Galaxy’s clean sweep of Chivas’ U-14, U-16 and U-18 sides, Rojiblancos U-14 head coach Brian Kleiban told the club’s official website that he turned down the same gig with LA to replace the departed Greg Vanney who left to lead the Toronto FC Academy. Kleiban’s side suffered the widest margin of defeat as LA’s U-14’s defeated Chivas 4-0 on Saturday.
Following the match, I spoke to Galaxy Academy Director Peter Vagenas about the results at each age level and the “collaborative” effort ongoing between himself and coaches Mike Munoz and Ante Razov to lead the team in a piece on LAGalaxy.com. Vagenas later elaborated on the search for what he describes as one of the Academy’s most vital posts.
“I assure you that I’ve done my due diligence and I’ve spoken to many different people about the possibilities of working with the team. That being said, there’s been a long list of candidates and it’s not something that I take lightly,” Vagenas told LA Galaxy Insider. “I can make an argument that it is as important of an Academy position as there is. In that sense, I’m going through and continuing to make sure that we find the right person.
“I will continue to do so, but I have not yet found the right person,” added Vagenas. “We have unique and high standards for all our coaches in the academy and rather than force a square peg into a round hole, I’d rather exhaust all my options and make sure that we get the right individual to lead our young men.”
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy battled to a 2-2 draw with cross-hall rivals Chivas USA in a preseason scrimmage on Wednesday.
The Galaxy were dominant in the first half and needed just five minutes to pull ahead when Rob Friend finished a side-footed volley off a Juninho free kick. The Brazilian midfielder scored a goal of his own in the 20th minute after finishing a brilliant strike from beyond 25-yards that curled past the Chivas USA goalkeeper.
However, in the second half, Chivas USA was able to capitalize on a Galaxy lineup that went through a near complete change at the half and was totally different 10 minutes into the second stanza. Chivas leveled the score in the 72nd minute with a finish by Jacob Barron before equalizing less than 10 minutes later after Matthew Fondy buried a header past Brian Perk.
The result may not have been ideal, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena affirmed that it was simply part of the process of getting the team ready for their MLS season opener which is a little more than a month away.
“It was just another day of practice in all honesty. It was about getting guys in a full field situation,” said Arena. “The group we played in the first half did a good job of pressuring and creating some chances while the group in the second half was definitely outplayed and it was a sloppy performance.”
LA Galaxy Starting XI First Half: Penedo; Hall, DeLaGarza, Opare, Cochrane; Ishizaki, Husidic, Juninho, Zardes; Friend, Samuel
LA Galaxy Starting XI Second Half: Perk; Sorto, Leonardo, Venter, Gaul; Jamieson IV, Sarvas, Garcia, Hoffman; Rugg, McBean
LA Galaxy XI at the Final Whistle: Perk; Sorto, Leonardo, Venter, Gaul; Mendiola, Sarvas, Garcia, Hoffman; Rugg, McBean
PHILADELPHIA -- The 2014 MLS SuperDraft will be taking place on Thursday in Philadelphia and we'll be covering it on CoveritLive below.
The LA Galaxy hold just one pick on day one of the draft with the 23rd overall selection in the second round.
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It appears that LA Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo will not be departing for Chivas USA after all.
According to ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle—who initially reported the link—Onalfo pulled himself out of the running for the Rojiblancos head coaching job after he and Chivas “were unable to come to an agreement.”
Onalfo has been a member of Bruce Arena’s coaching staff since January 2011.
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According to ESPN FC's Jeffrey Carisle, Chivas USA is targeting current LA Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo for their head coaching vacancy.
Carisle cites multiple sources stating that Onalfo is Chivas' first choice for the job should he get a full commitment from the Rojiblancos' organization. The ESPN FC writer also notes, however, that Onalfo would stay with the Galaxy if he is unble to get the Chivas USA gig. In addition to his role as assistant, he's also led the Galaxy reserve league team to back to back West Division titles.
The report comes amid another report in the Miami Herald stating that Kenny Arena is returning to the Galaxy from the head coaching job at Florida International University.
We’re just hours away from kick off of the SuperClásico so here are a few links to get you to kick off.
Here are my three points to the match vs. Chivas USA here
Also check out LAGalaxy.com staff writer Larry Morgan and his piece on the first SuperClásico experience for Hector Jimenez and Robbie Keane.
Lastly, my piece on the role that LA’s SuperClasico defeat back in May has played in their recent rise up the standings.
Projected lineup: GK: Saunders; RB: Franklin, CB: DeLaGarza, CB: Gonzalez, LB: Gaul; RM: Jimenez, CM: Sarvas, CM: Juninho, LM: Beckham; F: Keane, F: Donovan.
As we change gears to Saturday’s SuperClásico, we start with the BarraClásico, a quartet of games between sections of the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA organizations that dates back to 2009.
On Thursday night, both groups took part in the eighth edition of the Clásico with each team scoring a pair of victories. (FULL DISCLOSURE: I have yet to attend a BarraClásico, but plan on attending next month’s edition.)
In the first match of the night, the Galaxy Under-15 side defeated the Chivas U-15s 2-1. Chivas would strike back in the second game as LA’s front office staff fell 3-2 to the Chivas counterparts. But the joy was short lived for the Rojiblancos side as the Galaxy’s LA Riot Squad scored a 2-0 victory over the Black Army 1850.
Finally in the nightcap, Chivas’ Union Ultras defeated the Angel City Brigade by the score of 3-1. There is could be silver lining to the ACB defeat for Galaxy fans however, as the first team is currently undefeated when Union Ultras win the BarraClásico.
Fun and games aside, thoughts and prayers go out to longtime US International Claudio Reyna, who lost his son Jack after a long bout with cancer. A true US Soccer legend, Reyna needs your support in his families’ time of need.
We’ll have more from training this afternoon.