Bruce Arena: LA Galaxy in excellent position for a Supporters' Shield challenge heading into final two games
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan described the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas as a wakeup call for a team that is in the heat of a chase for the Supporters’ Shield with first place Seattle Sounders FC.
But head coach Bruce Arena’s response to that claim by his retiring superstar was, well, decidedly different.
When broached about Donovan’s comments during the team’s training session on Tuesday, Arena offered a blunt, “whatever.”
“A team that has been on the run that we’ve had, I don’t think that we need a wakeup call. I think that we’re well-aware of what is going on,” said Arena. “Maybe it’s good for Landon because he’s been experiencing the riches of his retirement and now he can get on with some business.”
As for whether or not he wished that the team could have been in better positioning heading into the final two games against the Sounders , Arena offered another trademark shrug.
“We’ve been trailing this thing by 10 to 12 points [for most of the season],” said Arena. “I’d say that we are in excellent position. There’s nothing wrong with being even [on points] with a home game.”
Stefan Ishizaki nominated for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week after stunning chip against FC Dallas
LA Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki was nominated for MLSsoccer.com’s Goal of the Week for his impressive chip shot in the club’s 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas on Sunday.
The goal came in the 22nd minute when off a failed clearance, Ishizaki chipped an out of position Chris Seitz to give LA an early lead that they could not maintain. The Swedish midfielder now has five goals on the season in his first year in MLS.
“It was a cross that they headed out to me and I took a good first touch,” Ishizaki said recalling the goal. “but I had two guys rushing me so I couldn't shoot it. I took a touch past those two guys and I saw the goal was open so I chipped it and it went in.”
Fans can vote for Ishizaki’s goal here and watch it below.
It’s come down to just two games to decide the Supporters’ Shield.
The LA Galaxy will take on Seattle Sounders FC in a home-at-home series that begins with this Sunday’s match at StubHub Center. LA will then travel to CenturyLink Field to face Seattle the following Saturday.
To clinch the Supporters’ Shield, the Galaxy will need at least four points since Seattle holds the first breaker (games won) over LA. Meanwhile, because of their possession of the first tiebreaker, the Sounders need just two points from the two games.
The complete list of scenarios is below.
*If the LA Galaxy earn a victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday
-LA needs a win or a draw to clinch the Supporters’ Shield in Seattle. A loss gives Seattle the Shield based on wins tiebreaker.
*If the LA Galaxy draw with Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday
-LA needs a win to clinch Supporters’ Shield in Seattle. A draw or a loss allows Seattle to clinch the Supporters’ Shield.
*If the LA Galaxy lose to Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday
-Seattle clinches the Supporters’ Shield regardless of the result on Saturday based on the wins tiebreaker.
FRISCO, Texas. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the club's 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas.
The loss saw the Galaxy's 10 game unbeaten run come to an end.
Arena's thoughts are below.
On what part of the game the Galaxy lost control…
ARENA: "We didn’t lose control of the game, we lost the game. We actually had a lot of control in the second half at times. It’s the sloppy play at the end of the game that makes the difference. We didn’t execute over a simple throw-in play."
On the several opportunities that the team had to pull ahead...
ARENA: "We had some chances. Didn’t get it done."
On going into the two Seattle games needing four points to win the Supporters' Shield...
ARENA: "That's fine. We know what is ahead of us."
On if the loss was a learning experience for the Galaxy...
ARENA: "It's not a learning experience, they should have learned this a long time ago."
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan has enjoyed plenty of success in the Lone Star State and he'll make his final appearance in Texas on Sunday when the LA Galaxy take on FC Dallas.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Donovan's success in Texas.
Check it out below.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's What to Watch For, we preview the LA Galaxy's upcoming match with FC Dallas.
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CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy defense has been riddled with injuries as of late, but according to head coach Bruce Arena, LA may welcome back one -- or possibly two -- member of their walking wounded back to the lineup during Sunday's game against FC Dallas.
Right back Dan Gargan missed out on Saturday's game due to a left ankle sprain while Robbie Rogers suffered a left hamstring injury that forced him from the early stages of the victory over Toronto. Both players took part in portions of the Galaxy's training session on Tuesday and according to Arena, both are working their way back onto the field.
"They're doing fine. Their issues are very much short term," said Arena who said that he anticipated that one of them to be ready on Sunday. "We'll have to go into the week and see. It's only Tuesday right now."
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has been named to the Republic of Ireland's provisional squad for their upcoming matches against Gibraltar and Germany in October.
Ireland boss Martin O'Neill named Keane to his 37-man squad, but will reduce his squad before the team meets up on Oct. 7. Ireland hosts Gibraltar in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Oct. 11, before traveling to Gelsenkirchen to take on reigning World Cup champions Germany three days later.
If Keane is called up to the final squad, he'll likely miss the Galaxy's Oct. 12 road match against FC Dallas.
Alan Gordon scored again off the bench Saturday night and the LA Galaxy pulled even on points with Western Conference and Supporters' Shield leader Seattle, rallying for a 2-1 victory over visiting FC Dallas.
Check out Jon Lorentz and Hana Asano's photos from a thrilling night at StubHub Center.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy qualified for the postseason for the sixth consecutive season with their 2-1 victory over FC Dallas.
After the game, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters.
(On Alan Gordon’s performance...)
ARENA: “He’s a good target player. He’s good in the penalty area. If the service is right, he’s quite capable of finishing off plays, which he’s shown. He knows his job. He’s an experienced player. Understands tactically what needs to be done at the end of the game, and has just done an outstanding job.”
(On Stefan Ishizaki’s performance...)
ARENA: “He played very well. It’s the best that [Ishizaki] has played for us in a while. He performed quite well. He’s passing was excellent. He did a good job defensively helping Dan Gargan. Just played very well. Let’s face it Ishizaki and Gordon did a great job coming in off the bench. I think they made a difference and helped us win the game.”
(On Robbie Rogers performance at left back...)
ARENA: “He played well. I think the second half in particularly he played very well. The cross for the winning goal was outstanding. It was good to see him get back into form. It’s taken him a little bit coming back from his injury, but I think he’s starting to play well. He looks like a left back.”
(On the difference between Ishizaki and Baggio Husidic...)
ARENA: “Husidic is a little more of a two-way player, a box-to-box player. Ishizaki is a little more, certainly a more creative player, probably you can argue maybe a better player in the final third. Not that Husidic isn’t a good player in the final third—he’s just a little bit different. I think it’s a nice combination.”
(On the first half...)
ARENA: “They defended well and we weren’t good enough on the ball. We didn’t take advantage of the advantages we created. We just ended to be a little bit sharper. I think that Dallas defended well in the first half.”
On whether the Seattle/Red Bulls result gave the team a sense of urgency:
“We were aware of the result. All along we’ve been aware of where we’ve been positioned in a conference race. We were well aware of the result and obviously it was good opportunity for us to make up the points because I think we are even now. It was an opportune time for sure.”
On clinching a playoff:
“Well, I think we anticipated being in the playoffs, but it’s nice to get that out of the away. Now we need to jockey for a favorable position. Certainly use the next five games to do that. I think that just gives us a little confidence and a little bit of relief that we don’t need consider ourselves with that anymore.”