Los Angeles vs. Chicago: LA Galaxy match with the Chicago Fire sets up day of battle between two cities
Sunday will be a battle between Los Angeles and Chicago on the soccer pitch and on the ice.
The LA Galaxy will take on the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park at 3:00 p.m. local time and then up town four hours later, the Los Angeles Kings will face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their Western Conference Final with a berth in the Stanley Cup on the line. For decades, the two cities have tussled alongside New York City for the mantle of America's grandest city and on Sunday, another chapter will be added to the sporting history between the two metropolises.
A fact that has not been lost to the LA Galaxy.
"After New York, there's a battle for two. Is it Chicago or Los Angeles? There is an inherent competition because people in Chicago have a chip on their shoulder type of attitude while L.A. has its own set of things to brag about," said Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan, a former head coach of the Chicago Fire. "I think that it's major markets trying to get in and make their claim for who is the big dog. Both are cities that are immensely proud of their sports teams and both feel like they have a sense of history.
"Around the world for soccer, they shut the city down and while I won't go that far, I'll say that most people around the city will be watching the game somehow somewhere," he added. "It'll be massive."
Sarachan didn't offer a prediction instead hoping for a "good game" while Chicagoan Baggio Husidic said that he'd back the Blackhawks and A.J. DeLaGarza predicted a Kings victory.
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CHICAGO -- LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic got an opportunity to return to his old stomping grounds with his new club on Saturday as the LA Galaxy trained at his former college, the University of Illinois-Chicago as they prepare to take on his old team, the Chicago Fire.
Husidic was a standout for the Flames during his three years at UIC before joining the Fire and remaining there until a trade to the Colorado Rapids prompted him to move to Sweden. To date, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a strong season with the Galaxy with 10 appearances -- eight of them being starts -- and one goal, and will likely be in contention to start against the Fire on Sunday.
"It's nice. I've spent a lot of time here and it's great to be back," Husidic said after training. "It's always nice to be back home."
In the latest edition of "By the Numbers" we look at the LA Galaxy's match against the Chicago Fire.
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CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas is back from injury and ready to be called upon for the LA Galaxy.
The Brazilian has been sidelined since suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament left knee since last month, but has been steadily regaining fitness even going 60 minutes in LA Galaxy II’s 5-0 victory over the Oklahoma City Energy FC on Sunday. Sarvas faces a challenge if he'll return to the starting lineup for Sunday's match against the Chicago Fire, however, as Kenny Walker and Juninho have formed a strong partnership in the Galaxy's two-game winning streak.
Although Sarvas declared himself fit and ready to go after suiting up for Los Dos, he is leaving the final decision to Arena.
“I feel good. Bruce will decide [if I can play]. I just want to be with the 18,” said Sarvas. “Getting on the field is another thing.”
Robbie Keane to miss Chivas USA match to join up with Ireland for matches against Costa Rica and Portugal
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will be without the services of Robbie Keane for their June 8 match against Chivas USA after the forward told reporters on Thursday that he will be reporting for the Republic of Ireland’s friendlies against Costa Rica and Portugal in the United States.
Keane told reporters that he’ll join up with the Irish National Team in Philadelphia ahead of their match against Costa Rica at PPL Park on June 6, following the Galaxy’s match against the Chicago Fire on Sunday at Toyota Park. Ireland will take on the United States’ Group G opponent Portugal on June 10 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Although the callup will force Keane to miss the Galaxy’s final game before the international break, the Galaxy captain said that the conversations between club and country went smoothly.
“Really, I should have been gone for four games because international teams have a priority in these situations when it is an international fixture on the schedule,” said Keane. “Ireland and Bruce spoke and they were happy if I played two games for the Galaxy and miss the Chivas game, that way I was missing two for Ireland and playing two for Ireland.
“I’m grateful for both teams and it’s one of those situations where I have to sit back and let the teams discuss it,” he added. “Of course, I want to be in both places and playing for both, but unfortunately, the way that schedule works. At the same time, it’s a good chance for [younger] players in Ireland to get games and experience.”
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will begin their U.S. Open Cup campaign in Arizona when they take on USL PRO side Arizona United SC on June 18 at Peoria Sports Complex.
Arizona defeated fellow USL PRO side Oklahoma City Energy FC 2-1 in Extra Time to seal the victory for the side from the Grand Canyon State. The match will be the Galaxy's first match in Arizona since their participation in the Guinness International Champions Cup in 2012.
Galaxy II crashed out of the tournament in the third round after a 3-1 penalty kick shoot out loss to PSA Elite following a scoreless draw after 120 minutes.
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In the latest trailer of ESPN's "Inside: U.S. Soccer's March to Brazil," USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann tells ESPN's Roger Bennett about the formation of his 23-man squad and the controversial decision to drop longtime international Landon Donovan.
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SAN FRANCISCO – Once again, it was the man in the No. 10 shirt that played the hero for the U.S. National Team.
Only this time it wasn’t Landon Donovan, it was bold Norwegian-American midfielder Mix Diskerud who proved decisive in the Americans 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan on Tuesday.
In his first match donning the No. 10—a decision that U.S. Soccer insists is not finalized—Diskerud had an immediate impact after coming off the bench after the our mark. In the 75th minute, the midfielder found himself at the right place at the right time as he pounced on a rebound created by a Michael Bradley shot and gave the Americans their first goal in their 2-0 win.
Such clutch scoring has been a hallmark of Donovan’s career and Diskerud offered the USMNT a glimpse of life without the USMNT’s all-time leading goal scorer in the first match of their “Send-Off Series” prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Although Diskerud knows that the decision for him to don the No. 10 in Brazil is not set, the midfielder is relishing the chance to wear the number.
“It’s an honor for me,” Diskerud told reporters. “If you look back at all the players who’ve been wearing No. 10 – Tab Ramos, Claudio Reyna and Landon Donovan – so for me, I’m just sort of borrowing it. I’m for sure going to play with Landon again, so he’ll get it back then. No. 10 is just a number, but I understand that a lot of people see it as more than that.
“But I don’t play for the number on the back,” he added. ‘I play for the U.S. crest on my front chest.”
SAN FRANCISCO -- Omar Gonzalez went 45 minutes as the U.S. National Team defeated Azerbaijan in the first match of their "Send-Off Series" that will lead up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson each scored for the Americans while Gonzalez came on in the second half in relief of Geoff Cameron. U.S. captain Clint Dempsey suffered a groin injury in pregame warmups that prevented him from suiting up but head coach Jurgen Klinsmann told reporters afterward that the ailment is not serious.
My recap for LAGalaxy.com can be found here.
Highlights of the goals are below.
SAN FRANCISCO— Omar Gonzalez will look to make his case to be one of the two starting center backs for the U.S. National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Tuesday’s friendly against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park.
Gonzalez has returned to training with the U.S. after suffering a knee injury against the Colorado Rapids in May, and was named to the 23-man squad for Brazil last Thursday. Whether or not he’ll start for the Americans is a point of contention, however, as he’ll face stiff competition from Geoff Cameron and John Anthony Brooks for his spot alongside Matt Besler in the USMNT backline.
As part of the continuing World Cup coverage on LAGalaxy.com, I’ll be covering Tuesday’s friendly from San Francisco and will provide reaction from Gonzalez following the match.
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