CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez were named to the 2013 MLS Best XI after a pair of banner seasons.
Keane, a finalist for 2013 MLS MVP and a Best XI selection a year ago, led the Galaxy offense in 2013 with 16 goals and 11 assists in 23 appearances. Gonzalez, who was a finalist for the 2013 MLS Defender of the Year, was LA’s defensive fulcrum with one goal and two assists in 27 games played.
The Best XI includes ex-Galaxy players Donovan Ricketts and Mike Magee while the Portland Timbers led all teams with three players included on the squad.
2013 MLS Best XI: Ricketts (Portland Timbers); Besler (Sporting KC), Goncalves (New England Revolution), Gonzalez (LA Galaxy); Cahill (New York Red Bulls); Johnson (Portland), Valeri (Portland), Zusi (Sporting KC); Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Keane (LA Galaxy), Magee (Chicago Fire)
Thank you @MLS , my fellow players and the media for voting me MLS Best XI. I'm truly honored.
— Omar Gonzalez (@Omar4Gonzalez) December 3, 2013
— OptaJack (@OptaJack) December 3, 2013
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MLS continued to hand out their year-end awards on Monday as Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter earned the MLS coach of the Year award while New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston won the MLS Comeback Player of the Year.
Porter led the Portland Timbers to a 14-5-15 record in his first season after departing from his post at the University of Akron. The Timbers advanced to the Western Conference Championship, but were knocked off by MLS Cup finalist Real Salt Lake. New York Red Bulls boss Mike Petke finished second, RSL head coach Jason Kreis finished third while Colorado Rapids manager Oscar Pareja finished fourth in the voting.
Alston won the Comeback Player of the Year award by a landslide after returning from being diagnosised with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a rare but treatable form of leukemia. Alston made nine appearances for the Revolution in 2013. Conor Casey, Lamar Negale and Donovan Ricketts finished second, third, and forth in the voting respectively.
Good Morning from Portland, Folks...
I'll have updates from training today as we start to turn the focus to the Vancouver Whitecaps. (Wednesday, 7pm PT, KDOC, KWHY, 1330 AM, lagalaxy.com/gamedaylive) But I'll start you with this image of David Beckham with his ESPY award for Best MLS Player. After the award show on Thursday, Beckham was presented with his ESPY on Friday before training.
It was the first time that Beckham had earned the award, breaking a streak of three straight victories for Landon Donovan. In fact, since the awards inception in 2006, the ESPY for Best MLS Player has only been awarded to Donovan (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) or Beckham (2008, 2012)
Much more to come later today...
PORTLAND, Ore. – It was a banner night for Robbie Keane against the Portland Timbers as the Irishman tallied his third two goal game of the season.
With his brace against Portland, Keane is now the Galaxy's leading goal scorer this season with eight.
Here are Keane’s post game thoughts…
(On how fun that match was…)
KEANE: “It’s obviously fun when you score goals, but I think like any professional, you’re disappointed in the goals that you conceded. I’m delighted with the win, but we have to certainly stop these goals that we’re conceding because it seems like we have to score a lot more goals to beat teams and that shouldn’t be the case.”
(On how the JELD-WEN atmosphere…)
KEANE: “The atmosphere is great, the fans were in great voice and certainly when they scored that first goal in the first couple of minutes, the place erupted, but I think we silenced them a little bit. Certainly, in the first half with the way we played and the way that we came back into the game with the quick goals that we got. Obviously though, full credit to the fans because towards the end of the game they were singing so well done to them.
(On the response to the early deficit…)
KEANE: “I think that’s important, that’s been the case hasn’t it? In the last few games we’re conceding goals and we’re chasing the game and with any team, you don’t want to be doing that. You want to try and get a lead and then hold on to it, but for some reason, we keep conceding then we have to score more goals to beat teams.”
(Mood at halftime with Portland planning to come out aggressive…)
KEANE: “We knew that would be the case. It’s been our downfall in a few games, conceding goals straight after halftime. It’ll kill you a little bit. Certainly against San Jose that was the case, but we knew what to expect and I think that we’re the team that came out a bit sharper to be honest with you. We got the fifth goal and killed the game off.”
Get more match coverage HERE.
PORTLAND, Ore. – It looked bleak at the start, but thanks to a four goal deluge over a nine minute span, the LA Galaxy earned a 5-3 victory over the Portland Timbers.
Lifted by the play of their three designated players –in particular David Beckham – the Galaxy wiped out an early deficit in what was an exciting back-and-forth contest.
A few notes on the match:
- The Galaxy’s four goals in nine minutes ties an MLS record for the shortest span to four goals. Tying a record set on May 19th, 2004 by the Los Angeles Galaxy in a victory over DC United. That Galaxy team tallied four goals between the 35th and 44th minutes.
- LA conceded three goals on set piece opportunities.
- Homegrown academy product Jose Villarreal made his MLS debut coming on in the closing minutes of stoppage time. Villarreal had only been deemed eligible to play on Saturday.
- Designated players scored seven of the game’s eight goals with Beckham and Robbie Keane each scoring two goals apiece while Landon Donovan added one. Meanwhile, on the Timbers side, Kris Boyd scored his a brace of his own.
- With the win, LA has now won their last two matches.
Buenos Dias from Portland, everybody!
Above is a photo snapped of the Portland skyline ahead of tonight's match against the Timbers.
As the blog continues its formation, I’ll begin to roll-out out my “three points to the game” before and after each match. In addition, we’ll begin to add pieces that show you the view from the opposing team’s perspective in order to give you a look at what is happening on the other side of the field.
We begin with the three points to Saturday’s match against the Portland Timbers. READ HERE
Portland are currently sitting 8th in the Western Conference and have endured a difficult week as head coach John Spencer was removed with general manager Gavin Wilkinson taking the reins on an interim basis.
My three points going into the match against the Timbers can be found on the team site READ HERE
My projection for the lineup below:
GK: Saunders; RB: Franklin, CB: DeLaGarza, CB: Lopes, LB: Dunivant; RM: Jimenez, CM: Beckham, CM: Sarvas, LM: Stephens; F: Keane F: Donovan.