CARSON, Calif. -- Baggio Husidic tallied his first goal in nearly two years on Sunday as he scored in the LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA.
The goal capped off a lovely display of team passing as LA completed six passes before Husidic smashed the ball past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy for the finish. Husidic's last goal came in his second match for Swedish side Hammarby in a win against Umeå FC back in April of 2012.
“It was a nice goal. It was a good goal, a team goal," said Husidic. "There’s no better way to put it, a lot of one-two touch, from the back to the front really quick.”
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was also quick to praise the build-up play on Husidic's finish.
“Certainly you look at the third goal. It was certainly a proper goal and the way that we like to play," said Keane. "A counter attack, keeping the ball and going as quick as possible, and ultimately we got a great goal from it.”
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CARSON, Calif. -- Stefan Ishizaki finally had a chance to show off his class on Sunday as he scored his first-ever MLS goal in the LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA.
The goal came in the 42nd minute as Juninho found Ishizaki who took a heavy first touch that allowed him to move past Chivas USA defender Carlos Bocanegra before he chipped a hard-charging Dan Kennedy with his left foot for his first goal in an LA uniform.
“I wanted the first to really go past the defender; obviously, I took it a little too wide. I wanted it to bbe close to goal. As soon as I saw the goalkeeper come, I was confident that I was going to shoot,” said Ishizaki who also tallied an assist on the afternoon. “If he would have been on his line, I would have had to cross, it so I’m glad that he came out of his line and I was able to shoot.”
Landon Donovan, for one, was impressed with Ishizaki's cunning on the tally.
There’s not a ton of guys in this league who can score a goal like Stefan did," said Donovan. "That takes really quality to score a goal like that."
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CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane tallied his second goal of the season in LA's 3-0 rout of Chivas USA.
On the strike, Keane admitted while the play developed like he expected, the goal was a bit of a welcome surprise.
"I just ran [into the penalty area] and I thought that Dan was going to smash me. I don’t know whether it hit my arm or my side," said Keane. "I knew that it hit off me and I anticipated that the goalkeeper was going to come out. I just jumped up to get my body in the way and lucky enough, it hit off me.”
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In the latest edition of "By the Numbers" LAGalaxy.com looks back at the history of the SuperClasico between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.
The Rojiblancos host the Galaxy on Sunday in the first edition of the 2014 SuperClasico series.
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CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy know that Chivas USA is much different than the side that was thumped 5-0 in the last edition of the SuperClasico.
Under new head coach Wilmer Cabrera, Chivas have amassed five points and a 1-1-2 record due to the production of MLS leading goal scorer Erick “El Cubo” Torres—four goals—and playmaker Mauro Rosales who has notched three assists.
Despite many false starts for the Rojiblancos in recent years, Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan believes that Chivas is a new team heading into the 2014 season.
“My impression of Chivas USA is that they are much better. The game Sunday is going to be a difficult game," said Donovan. "They’re much more organized and they have some playmakers and if that continue then it is better for the rivalry.”
Donovan, who is hoping to gain sole possession of the league’s all-time regular season goal scoring mark on Sunday, did not hold back his praise of Torres.
“Torres is one of the best forwards in the league and he’s completely underrated because he plays in that franchise, but he’s absolutely fantastic,” said Donovan.
CARSON, Calif. – Jaime Penedo is set to return to the fold this Sunday when the LA Galaxy take on Chivas USA in the SuperClasico.
Penedo was unable to suit up in LA’s last MLS match against Real Salt Lake on March 22 as he returned to Panama to finalize his visa, but is expecting to be back in the fold for Sunday’s match against LA’s cross-hall rivals.
“I feel good. I feel ready to play and to be able to support the team,” Penedo, who admitted that he, is still smarting over LA’s CCL defeat to Club Tijuana. “I think that I’m ready to support the team as soon as we play this weekend.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena also gave Penedo the green light stating that the goalkeeper is “close to 100 percent” and will “definitely be available” for the Chivas USA match.
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CARSON, Calif. – Once the Galaxy kick off on Sunday, it will have been 182 days since Landon Donovan tied up Jeff Cunningham’s MLS all-time regular season goal scoring record last October against Chivas USA. Now Donovan will have an opportunity to gain sole possession of the league’s goal scoring record against that same Chivas side.
The 32-year-old has yet to find the back of the net in LA’s two MLS regular season matches or their CONCACAF Champions League series against Club Tijuana, but has tallied a great strike record against Chivas with 12 goals in all MLS competitions. Donovan is expecting to be in the lineup on Sunday despite suffering from tendonitis in his knee during his time with the U.S. National Team earlier in the week which prevented him from starting against Mexico.
Although the SuperClasico is always a heated match despite LA’s dominance in the series standings, Donovan downplayed the idea that breaking the league’s goal scoring record against the cross-hall rivals would mean any more to him.
“I don’t think it would mean more because it’s against them, but I just like to score goals," said Donovan after training on Friday. "I feel like I've played pretty well in the first four games and I played okay the other night [against Mexico]. I feel like I’m doing well and moving well, but it’s always nice to hit the goal and I want to hit the goal.”
Donovan admits that he needs to be more selfish toward goal, but was quick to dispel any notion that the hunt for goal 135 is wearing on the attacker.
“I’m in a different phase. I don’t judge how I play based on if I score,” Donovan said. “I've played a lot of bad games where I scored then thought ‘oh, I’m great’ but I’d rather continue playing well and not score. I deserve for myself, I deserve to score. I deserve to score and I’m looking to score.”
CARSON, Calif. – A.J. DeLaGarza is in a race to be fit for Sunday’s SuperClasico match between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA as he looks to recover from a left ankle contusion suffered a week ago against Real Salt Lake.
While his teammates began preparations for Sunday’s SuperClasico, DeLaGarza was lightly jogging around the training ground, still feeling the aftereffects of a harsh tackle from RSL forward Alvaro Saborio more than a week earlier. Although LA head coach Bruce Arena stated that it was “too early” to declare his defender ready for Sunday, DeLaGarza is optimistic that he can be back to game fitness in time to contribute against the Rojblancos—but not at the expense of a potential win.
“I'm being optimistic. Hopefully, I can get out there and help the team. At the same time, I'm not going to put the team out there and not be able to perform 100 percent,” said DeLaGarza. “Someone else can go there and do the job, and be healthy, but my goal is to be on the field any way possible.”
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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.”