FOXBROUGH, Mass. – Bruce Arena issued a challenge to young defender Oscar Sorto after the LA Galaxy’s 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution: it’s time to show what you’re worth.
Sorto’s defensive miscue in the fifth minute resulted in the Revolution’s opener as the 20-year-old was caught ball-watching allowing Revolution forward Teal Bunbury to escape unmarked and tap a cross past Jaime Penedo. The defender soon recovered and closed the match strong but the Galaxy head coach admitted afterward that Sorto must be more consistent.
“A very poor opening 15 minutes for Oscar, and then, I thought that he played well in the second half,” Arena said postgame. “If he wants to become a real player in this league on our team, he’s got to start games better and have more confidence. That’s obviously partly due to not having enough experience but he’s going to get his chances this year, and he’s got to grow each and every game.”
After the match, Sorto took responsibility for his error.
“I agree with him. It’s the first team and every game; I have to come out mentally prepared, and ready to go. I think in this game it took me awhile to get going. I feel like I finished it well though,” said Sorto. “This is a different level, I’ve played in USL where you can get away with things but now I’m competing against top talent, I have to get used to it.”
Even though Sorto endured an up-and-down performance against New England, the Galaxy’s injuries along the back line may lead to the 20-year-old suiting up once more on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. If Sorto does get the opportunity, the defender pledges to rebound.
“Right now, the coach is giving me confidence by believing in me,” said Sorto. “I just need to take advantage of every chance.”
BOSTON – The LA Galaxy will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they face the New England Revolution in a rematch of the 2014 MLS Cup final.
The Galaxy will be seeking their first road win in 13 tries dating back to last August.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and my prediction for Sunday’s match.
*The Galaxy will be without injured outside backs Robbie Rogers, A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant for yet another week.
*In “By the Numbers,” we look at wild score lines between LA and New England in their last regular season meetings.
*In the latest edition of “Insider on Location,” we speak with goalkeeper coach Matt Reis on his return to Boston.
*Lastly, I check in from Galaxy practice at Harvard to provide the Match Preview Presnted by O4 Water.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
OMAR GONZALEZ vs. CHARLIE DAVIES
Brawn vs. Speed will be the matchup when these two U.S. internationals face off. Davies is currently the Revolution’s leading goal scorer and will look to hassle Gonzalez from the get-go.
JUNINHO vs. SCOTT CALDWELL
Jermaine Jones earns the headlines for the Revolution but Caldwell’s abilities to not only break up play but also spark counterattacks will force Juninho to keep a keen eye on the Revs midfielder.
GYASI ZARDES vs. JOSE GONCALVES
Gyasi Zardes is in need of a goal to spark a Galaxy attack that has been too reliant on Alan Gordon as of late, but he’ll face a tough test from the former MLS defender of the Year.
New England Revolution 1 (Davies) LA Galaxy 0
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In the latest edition of Insider on Location, I speak to the LA Galaxy ahead of their MLS Cup rematch with the New England Revolution.
Check out the video above.
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane made his longest LA Galaxy shift since April during the club’s 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake earlier this week, but whether he’ll suit up for the Galaxy’s clash with the New England Revolution on Sunday still remains to be seen.
Keane went 45 minutes in the Galaxy’s win over RSL on Wednesday, which was the Irishman’s second consecutive appearance after missing seven games with a groin strain. Whether Keane makes a third straight appearance—and possibly even a start—against the Revolution still remains to be seen.
“It’s always going to take a bit of time to certainly get to 100 percent, but these minutes [against RSL] certainly do help. ... I’ll just get stronger and stronger. I literally just started training on last Tuesday,” Keane said on Wednesday. “Just eight days so I’ve got in nearly 90 minutes in a week, after being out for seven weeks so I’m going to get stronger. I just continue to progress and keep working hard off the field, and on the training field, and getting the minutes in.”
While Keane admits that he’s starting to get healthy, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena told reporters on Thursday before the team departed for New England that no decisions had been made on Keane’s status.
“We’ll see. We’ll figure it out. We haven’t made any figured out any of this stuff,” said Arena. “Turf is a consideration all the time when players are injured or coming back from an injury.”
PSA Elite to face the LA Galaxy in fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup after defeating Ventura County Fusion, 2-1
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will host U.S. Adult Soccer Association side PSA Elite in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 17 at StubHub Center.
The amaetur club defeated PDL side Ventura County Fusion 2-1 on Wednesday at Ventura College as LA Galaxy Academy product Justin Dhillon scored the game winner. Dhillon's goal in the 80th minute broke a 1-1 deadlock between the two sides.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to snap their five game winless run on Friday when they return to StubHub Center for the first time since May 2nd to face the Houston Dynamo.
Below are a series of links, matchups and a predicted score ahead of Friday's clash.
*After missing the last seven games, Robbie Keane says that he's fit enough to be back in the gameday squad for Friday's match.
*Omar Gonzalez's status is also in question, but the LA defender says that he's ready to go if called upon on Friday.
*In the latest edition of "By the Numbers," we look at the Galaxy's recent struggles.
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan provides the Match Preview Presented by 04 Water.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Giles Barnes vs. Leonardo
With Omar Gonzalez still a question mark, Leonardo will need to lead the Galaxy defense as they look to stop the speedy Englishman.
Juninho vs. Ricardo Clark
Perhaps the most important match of the game pits the two midfield commanders against one of another. Whichever is able to exert his influence on the game, will likely lead his side to victory.
Brad Davis vs. Dan Gargan
Gargan returns from his yellow card suspension and will immediately be tasked with slowing down Houston's Brad Davis. Look for Gargan to play Davis close to prevent him from sending in any dangerous crosses.
LA Galaxy 2 (Husidic, Zardes), Houston Dynamo 1 (Barnes)
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy might have a little extra firepower on the field on Friday when they take on the Houston Dynamo.
Edson Buddle (calf) and Robbie Keane (groin strain) have missed considerable time in 2015 due to injury but both were in full training on Monday. Given the Galaxy's offensive struggles in their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, the chance to welcome back a pair of experienced attackers could be a major boost for LA on Friday, but their return to the field, is anything but a certainty.
"We'll see," Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday. "We'll get through the week and we'll see with those guys and see how they're doing."
Buddle appears to be the closest to making a return after getting a solid 30 minute run out for LA Galaxy II during their defeat to Sacramento Republic. After training on Tuesday, the 33-year-old says that he's fit and ready to go 90 minutes if called upon.
"I'll start. Absolutely. Put me in there coach!" Buddle joked. "I can definitely start and do it. I've been through harder things in my life."
ORLANDO, FL -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the team's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC.
Arena's comments are below.
(On the result…)
ARENA: “We were awful on the day. Out of 14 players that played, I thought that three played in an acceptable manner. We were outplayed all over the field, and really, there’s not much more that you can say. When you go into a game and most players lose their battles on the field, you don’t have a chance to win. Then in the second half, we needed to get the first goal, and certainly what I thought was a poor goal called for the penalty, put us out of the game. Orlando played well, give them credit, we were pretty bad.”
(On the offensive disconnect…)
ARENA: “I think that starting two young players in the attack probably didn’t help, but our passing was so poor that for us to connect on anything that was dangerous was next to impossible because of the quality of our passing. We had a majority of players that didn’t play well.”
(On how much the team missed Omar Gonzalez…)
“Of course you miss him, but we basically helped create every one of their goals on the day with our poor passing, and getting dispossessed in the last half of the field. To their credit, they were aggressive, won balls, and Kaka was instrumental in a few plays.”
(On if the game was an aberration…)
ARENA: “It better be an aberration, if not, that’s not a good sign.”
(On the penalty kick call…)
ARENA: “In my opinion, a really poor call by the referee, the goalkeeper did an outstanding job coming out and blocking the shot.”
(On if the lineup was too makeshift…)
ARENA: “Injuries are part of the game. It’s guys’ jobs to step up for players that can’t play, and we didn’t get that done today.”
(On if he’s happy the team’s three game roadtrip is over…)
ARENA: “Yeah. It’ll be nice to be back home [on Friday], but if we play like we played today then we’re not going to get three points.”
ORLANDO, FL. -- The LA Galaxy dropped their worst loss in two years on Sunday when they fell 4-0 to Orlando City SC.
Eric Avila, Cyle Larin, Kaka, and Darwin Ceren each scored for the expansion side. The Galaxy did not register a shot on goal until the 88th minute of play.
The club was without the services of four key pieces as Omar Gonzlez, Robbie Keane (groin strain), Robbie Rogers (ankle injury), and Dan Gargan (yellow card suspension) missed the match. A club press official confirmed after the defeat that defender Omar Gonzalez was left out of the starting lineup due to a knee injury.
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ORLANDO, FL— The LA Galaxy will meet Orlando City SC for the very first time in the two clubs’ history.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a predicted score.
*In the newest By the Numbers, we look at Orlando City’s struggles at home where they are winless this season.
*Cobi’s Corner is back! In the first edition of Cobi’s Corner of the year, Cobi Jones speaks with LA Galaxy wunderkind Bradford Jamieson IV.
*In the latest edition of Insider on Location, I speak to the LA Galaxy about their impressions of first-year Orlando City SC.
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan provides a look at the match in the Match Preview presented by O4 Water.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Juninho vs. Kaká
The most important battle of the evening will see the Brazilians face off in the center of the park. Expect Juninho to look to close down on the Orlando attacking midfielder and prevent him from igniting the Lions attack.
Gyasi Zardes vs. Sean St. Ledger
Zardes will look to spark a scoring streak on Sunday when he goes up against a beat-up Orlando City defense that is already missing Aurelin Colin. If Orlando is to shut down Zardes,, they’ll need a big game from their former Irish international center back.
A.J. DeLaGarza vs. Brek Shea
The Galaxy outside back will have his hands full as he tries to stop the suddenly resurgent Shea in a battle of speed vs. speed.
Galaxy 2 (Zardes, Jamieson) Orlando City 1 (Shea)