BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — After a month of injury recovery, Marcelo Sarvas made his return to the field during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.
Sarvas entered the match in the waning moments of the draw, but did not appear hampered by the left MCL injury that has caused him to miss a month of action. Although the 32-year-old Brazilian midfielder was unable to help the Galaxy find the winning goal on Sunday, he was pleased with returning to the field.
“I feel great,” Sarvas said after the match. “You have to be ready whenever the coach calls you. I played about eight minutes in a slow game where both teams were holding to keep a point, but it’s good to be back and have this feeling [of playing] again.”
Sarvas insists that he will not have to prove himself to head coach Bruce Arena in training this week, instead stating that it will be up to the Galaxy boss on whether or not he'll start on Sunday.
“I don’t have to show anything,” said Sarvas. “It’s not my decision [whether I'll start], it’s the coaches. I just need to train normal and always be ready if I’m called.”
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.”
CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas is making his steady return from injury, but don’t expect the midfielder to be ready for either of the LA Galaxy’s two matches this week.
Sarvas trained for the first time on Tuesday since suffering left MCL strain prior to the Galaxy’s match with the Colorado Rapids earlier this month. Since the injury, Sarvas has been steadily trying to return to fitness and after his first full training session, the 32-year-old set his target date for a return to the field.
“I felt very good and this is the last step, which is always the hardest one because it’s the transition from physical therapy to the field. I’m happy and I feel so let’s see because maybe in one or two weeks I’ll be ready,” said Sarvas. “It was a fast rehab and we did the right work and treatment so I’m happy with how it goes.”
“The target is Chicago," said Sarvas. "But you never know because a soccer player could sleep and the next day feel better. It could even be Sunday [against the Philadelphia Union] but you never know.”
And the fiercely competitive Sarvas is eager to get back to the field and help turn around a Galaxy team that currently finds itself in last place.
“It’s frustrating to be injured and be outside [the team]. The team has been playing good with some mistakes, but of course, I would like to be there to help the team,” said Sarvas. “Let’s see how it goes because we'll have a chance against Dallas to get things right."
CARSON, Calif. – As two of the LA Galaxy’s most important pieces head off on international duty, two other members of Bruce Arena’s starting XI appear to be on the road back to the field.
Arena told reporters on Tuesday that defender Todd Dunivant and midfielder Marcelo Sarvas are each “moving forward” in their respective injury recoveries that have kept them off the field for multiple matches.
Dunivant has been sidelined with an abdominal strain since April and is making strides according to Arena, but the Galaxy head coach admitted that it'd be “optimistic” to assume that he'd be available for Saturday’s road match against the Houston Dynamo. Meanwhile, Sarvas has been sidelined with an MCL sprain that has forced him to miss LA’s last two matches.
CARSON, Calif. - The LA Galaxy will be without the services of midfielder Marcelo Sarvas for their clash on Saturday with the Colorado Rapids and quite possibly several more matches.
Sarvas told reporters on Friday prior to the team's departure for Colorado that he is currently suffering from an MCL sprain that occured during training earlier in the week. Following training, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed that Sarvas is unvailable for the match against Colorado. The Brazilian midfielder went on to add that he'll likely miss several more weeks as he recovers from the injury.
“It's an MCL, the ligament, but it's not torn, it's [sprained],” Sarvas told reporters. “It just the first days. Now it's waiting day after day to recover and get better.”
As for who will start in place of Sarvas, Gyasi Zardes appears to be the most likely option to slide in as he began the season out wide on the right side of midfield.
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The LA Galaxy will return to action against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday and ahead of the match, the team issued an injury report that includes one member of their frequent starting XI.
Midfielder Marcelo Sarvas is listed as questionable due to a a knee issue and is joined on that list by goalkeeper Brian Perk (left adductor strain) and left back Todd Dunivant (abdominal strain). Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters earlier in the week that Dunivant was "unlikely" to participate against the Rapids on Saturday.
On Thursday, Dunivant spoke to the Corner of the Galaxy podcast and voiced his frustrations about his recovery.
"It's slower than I'd like. The frustrating part is that there's nothing that you can do about an abdominal tear," said Dunivant. "It's one of those injuries that is frustrating because you can't do anything, you can't do fitness, you can't [lift] weights because everything you do, you use your abs. It's frustrating from an athletes standpoint because you just have to be patient and rest.
"After giving it a couple of weeks, I tried to come back and everything was going fine, but it just wasn't fully healed yet," Dunivant said. "So we had to give it more time and back off, and that's where I am right now."
As for the timetable for his recovery, Dunivant is making no assurances that he'll be back by LA's match against the Portland Timbers next week.
"I'd love to say next game, but I really can't," Dunivant said. "This thing has been unpredictable and I have pain even just sitting up...I was out at training earlier this week on Monday and I was able to run and get around the field without too much difficulty, but then, I still can't sit up right or do a sit up without a sharp pain.
"It's healing, but it is not all the way there. I haven't even touched a ball yet and I still have to get through those reps," he continued. "It's going to be a little while longer and hopefully I can [make it back] quicker, but this thing has a mind of it's own and when it is ready to heal then it is going to be ready."
The LA Galaxy are off this weekend and as a way to recharge their batteries ahead of the long MLS season, the team's Brazilian contigent got into the Samba-spirit after training on Thursday and had a little bit of sing-a-long through the halls of StubHub Center.
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Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas hoping to wrestle control of the game away from Cristian Pellerano and the Tijuana midfield
CARSON, Calif. – In what promises to be a match played a breakneck pace, controlling the midfield will be vital once the LA Galaxy take the field against Club Tijuana at the Estadio Caliente on Tuesday.
The task of slowing the game down will not be an easy one for Galaxy midfielders Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas as they’ll look to stifle Tijuana’s dynamic midfield pairing of Fernando Arce and Christian Pellerano.
In the second half of LA’s 1-0 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg victory last week, Pellerano was particularly effective, pulling the strings as Tijuana tried searched for equalizer. With Tijuana needing a goal to get back into the series, limiting the box-to-box midfielder’s chances at goal will be key for LA.
“[Pellerano is] a very good player. He was a very calm player, he looks to control the game and dish the ball across the field. Marcelo and I have talked about him a lot this week,” said Juninho. “We’ve also got to be mindful of [Arce] as well, so we’ve got to be prepared and pay attention at all times.”
Although the two midfielders pose a major threat for LA, Sarvas believes that if LA can slow down the frantic pace, the team can force Tijuana into uncomfortable positions.
“We have to be in good spots and not give up space. But the most important thing is that every time we go forward, we have to [get shots off] which allows the team time to go back and defend again,” said Sarvas. “We've simply have to delay the game as much as we can whether it’s with fouls, corner kicks, free kicks, or throw-ins because as time wears on, they’re going to get nervous and make mistakes."
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy know that when they take on Club Tijuana in their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal second leg, they’ll be facing not only the players on the field, but a raucous crowd at Estadio Caliente.
One of the most fierce atmospheres in Liga MX, the Galaxy understand that they’ll be facing a boisterous fan base on Tuesday when they look to hold up their 1-0 aggregate lead over Tijuana.
“I expect it to be pretty wild and pretty crazy,” said Landon Donovan. “It’ll be fun for us because we enjoy playing in games like that. With this team over the years, we usually play in front of the opposing team’s best crowd. We’re used to hostile environments and we thrive on it.”
Marcelo Sarvas, who also has considerable experience playing in hostile environments throughout his career, expects a fevered atmosphere on Tuesday.
“I’m from Brazil and I think it’ll be the same. People will scream at you, they’ll be throwing things like coins or water or whatever,” said Sarvas. “They’re going to push the team for 90 minutes and it’ll be tough. It’s a good game to play because you have to put your heart before everything and face the game the right way.”
Marcelo Sarvas preaches that the LA Galaxy must be ready to attack during important second leg in Tijuana
CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas knows that there’s a battle looming ahead for the LA Galaxy.
Sarvas’ fortitude in central midfield was vital during the Galaxy’s 1-0 victory in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Club Tijuana on Wednesday. Throughout the match, Sarvas and midfield partner Juninho tussled frequently with Tijuana sparkplug Cristian Pellerano who provided the engine for the Xolos.
The Galaxy midfield controlled the issue in the first half but the Xolos dominated the second half even forcing Sarvas to make a key off-the-line stop in the 68th minute of a Javier Gandolfi header. The save was an important one for Sarvas, who Omar Gonzalez stated after the game, was criticized internally for conceding goals while he was supposed to be defending the near post.
“Marcelo got a lot of flak last year about letting goals in while he was supposed on the post. I’m sure since he saved that one; he’ll let Bruce know ‘hey, look what I did,’” joked Gonzalez.
Heading into the second leg at Estadio Caliente, Sarvas is among three Galaxy players (Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez being the others) holding a yellow card as the Galaxy prepare to head down to the raucous Tijuana stadium. Although the Brazilian midfielder will need to be smart about his challenges due to the caution, he's ready for the challenge.
“We’ve never been there, but we know that it is artificial grass and their fans will be loud. We know that they will press for 90 minutes and it’ll be more like the second half [of the first leg],” said Sarvas. “We have to be able to create something on the counter attack and score a goal. If we score a goal, the scenario will change.”