Real Salt Lake
The LA Galaxy will be heading back on the road in the U.S. Open Cup.
U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday morning that the San Jose Earthquakes will host the LA Galaxy on July 1 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose at 7:30 p.m. PT in the tournament's Round of 16. Should the Galaxy get past San Jose, they'll travel to face the winner of the match between Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers in the quarterfinal stage on July 21 or July 22. Whichever team advances from the tournament's West region will travel to the Central region which includes FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo.
The Galaxy have gone 2-4-0 in Open Cup road matches since 2010 and have not advanced past the quarterfinal stage since the 2006 campaign.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.
Arena's quotes are below
(On playing yet another different lineup this game...)
ARENA: It’s been difficult. This has been a very difficult start of the season. The injuries, the schedule, the untimely suspensions with it as well, it’s been patchwork since game one. It hasn’t been easy. I give our guys a lot of credit.
(On Real Salt Lake’s performance...)
ARENA: They are a good team. Generally, teams that are down a goal and have some minutes to go in a game are going to get aggressive and put players in forward positions. They did a pretty good job. They put us under pressure at times; however, on the night they didn’t get that many great chances. I think [Joao] Plata had that one at the end and Omar [Gonzalez] made a terrific plan cutting off his cross. For the most part, we defended well. The chances we got, we were a little bit sloppy on. We might have snuck in another goal there, but we weren’t good in front of the goal. Gyasi’s [Zardes] header was pretty good. [Ignacio] Maganto could have done a little bit better with his chance. For the most part, it’s the kind of game that you have to hang on and win. The other two games in the league tonight were 1-0. Our league, right now, with teams so even and so much pressure on teams—games are looking a lot like the games tonight.
(On Ignacio Maganto’s performance...)
ARENA: He had a very good game I thought. The original plan was that he was going to come out at halftime, but I thought his first have he played very well. I decided to change it. We were going to play Robbie [Keane] at the start of the half regardless. He was going to come in. Our players knew that obviously someone was coming out at halftime. When we sized everything up, I think Jose [Villarreal] was the best choice because Maganto was playing very well. I wanted to keep him in.
(On Baggio Husidic playing left back...)
ARENA:He did a good job. He’s played two games in his life as a left back. He did a good job managing. He did a good job. We are just lacking players in the backline and there is nothing we can do about it. Baggio is such a smart player, such a good team player, that you can position him anywhere on the field and he’ll get the job done.
(On the team’s overall performance...)
ARENA: They are going to turn a little bit better as we get to the end of July and August. Once June comes around, we deal with all these national team call ups and that’s all a mess. It’s very awkward and difficult for us .We’ll lose some players on a date that’s not an international fixture date, and that will be difficult—the Vancouver game. Then we have to deal with the Gold Cup, World Cup qualifiers with a bunch of players and we have to decide where they are going and when. June’s going to be hectic and July’s not going to get any easier. It’s going to be difficult couple of months. When we get to August, we’ll finally have our team together, and then the Champions League comes in and all that. It’s going to be a pretty challenging year.
(On Robbie Keane...)
ARENA:It’s great to have him back. As you can see, he’s going to need some time. He’s worked really hard to get to this point. Now we just have to be a little bit patient and let him get his minutes in and let him get his touch back and his confidence. I would think in a matter of weeks Robbie’s going to be back in pretty good form.
(On Juninho’s penalty kick...)
ARENA:I think it was great. As long as he wanted that ball, I was OK. I just wanted to make sure he was good for that. The other option we had on PKs when Robbie Keane’s not in is Gyasi. But, Juninho grabbed the ball and he wanted it. I would have bet Nick was going to go to his right this time, and he went back to his left and that surprised me there. I think Juninho did well.
(On the Galaxy’s shutout...)
ARENA:It’s good. I think right now where we are at with the patchwork with the backline a little bit and the whole team to get a couple of shutouts against teams in our conference is important.
(On the Galaxy’s leadership...)
ARENA: Omar is beginning to understand his responsibility as a leader. He’s done a good job. Alan Gordon and Dan Gargan, in the absence of Robbie in the last few months, have been excellent leaders. AJ [DeLaGarza] has always been there in the group. [Jaime] Penedo has stepped up big time. I think Jaime’s last couple of months has been good. He’s done well. We’ve had a bunch of guys that have stepped up and dealt with all the issues we’ve had. It’s not easy every game playing with someone different. Our young guys, Maganto tonight, I think he did terrific job. Everyone did a good job. Jose’s coming back. We got Edson back on the field. We’ll get a couple of other players back on the game on Sunday and the following the week. Hopefully, we can hang in there and keep our head above water.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to win their second straight on Wednesday when they host Real Salt Lake at StubHub Center.
Wednesday’s match will be the second meeting between the two teams this month, and the only Southern California trip for Real Salt Lake during the 2015 regular season.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and my prediction for Wednesday’s match.
*Just who starts at left back for the LA Galaxy with Oscar Sorto suspended?
*Might injured outside backs Robbie Rogers, A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant feature against Real Salt Lake?
*Referee Baldomero Toledo will preside over Wednesday’s match between the two Western Conference foes.
*In the latest edition of “By the Numbers,” we look at Robbie Keane’s impact in the lineup and out of it.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
OMAR GONZALEZ vs. ALVARO SABORIO
Always a physical battle, Saborio will look to use every weapon in his bag of tricks to agitate and infuriate Gonzalez as he looks to looks to get under the Galaxy defender’s skin.
KYLE BECKERMAN vs. MIKA VAYRYNEN
Beckerman will look to ignite a Real Salt Lake attack that is fresh off a 2-0 victory over New York City FC, but the omnipresent Vayrynen will hope to slow down the U.S. international with his physical presence.
LUIS GIL vs. LA GALAXY OUTSIDE BACKS
Gil has caused the Galaxy plenty of trouble in the past due to his blend of speed and creative skill, and Wednesday will be no different. With Arena still unsure about who lines up at left back, Gil could be a handful for the Galaxy.
LA Galaxy 2 (Zardes, Gonzalez) Real Salt Lake 2 (Gil, Beckerman)
CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy’s outside back corps is pretty depleted but LA may soon be welcoming back A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant and Robbie Rogers from injury.
DeLaGarza (groin), Dunivant (calf), Rogers (ankle) each missed out on last Friday’s match due to injury but all three were present during Galaxy training on Tuesday. Dunivant was the lone player to take part in training while DeLaGarza and Rogers were spotted running around the practice field.
“They’re all making progress,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said on Tuesday. “One would suspect that they’ll be ready to go soon.”
With the three players still doubtful and Oscar Sorto suspended, Arena may turn to Baggio Husidic at left back on Wednesday. Husidic made his first and only start at outside back during LA’s May 17 pummeling at the hands of Orlando City SC, and is admittedly eager to provide a better showing at left back.
“I probably not concede four goals first,” Husidic said jokingly when asked about how he can improve upon his stint against Orlando. “But I also need to get into the attack a bit more, other than that, I think that we possessed well, but just made stupid mistakes. We just have to play smarter and not lose balls in dangerous areas again.”
CARSON, Calif. -- CARSON, Calif. –Robbie Keane might make his return to the starting XI for the LA Galaxy’s clash with Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.
Keane made his first appearance for the Galaxy since April 4 last Friday, tallying the game-winning assist in the team's 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo. Although Keane admits that his health is improving, the Irishman says that he's still not a lock to start on Wednesday.
“It’s something that we have to speak about,” Keane told reporters. “We have three games in a week so we have to choose carefully and be clever going forward. It’s a long season, so we’ll have a chat and be ready.”
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the Galaxy's 2015 season with Keane and without the Irishman.
CARSON, Calif. – There will be no appeal from the LA Galaxy for Oscar Sorto’s controversial red card that was awarded by MLS referee Ismail Elfath in the late stages of the club’s 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo last week, Bruce Arena confirmed on Monday.
Sorto was awarded the red card for a tackle from behind on the Dynamo’s David Horst deep in stoppage time. The red card spoiled what had been a strong first career MLS start for the 20-year-old at left back.
After the match, Houston head coach Owen Coyle said that the foul was clear penalty but Galaxy boss Bruce Arena disagreed with the Englishman’s assessment.
“It wasn’t clear. If there was any legitimate contact, it was outside the penalty area. We’ve actually seen it with pictures, if there was any contact initiated; it was outside the penalty area. He’s certainly entitled to his opinion, he can say what he wants, I can say what I want, and it’s all part of good debate.”
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane spoke to Coyle afterward and stated that the Dynamo coach told him that the foul was not a red card, but still voiced his displeasure that Sorto would be unavailable for Houston.
“I think that the league should appeal anyway on behalf of us because it was a joke. We shouldn’t have to appeal because it wasn’t a red card,” Keane told reporters. “We’re all guilty of having a bad game, and sometimes, it’s best to just hold your hand up because everyone can see that you’re having a bad game. Everyone knows that players have bad games, and referees have bad games.
“It’d be nice if referees just said that they had a bad game. It happens in England sometimes if they make a mistake…and I think that people would respect them more for it. … If [referee assessors] are watching then they need to have strong words when they have a bad game. Bruce would have strong words with us. It’s just the way it is. It needs to be addressed because he had a bad game. As I said on [Friday], if you ask 100 people then 100 people would say it wasn’t a red card.”
As for who starts at left back on Wednesday, Arena told reporters that the team is still undecided on who to start against Real Salt Lake.
SANDY, Utah -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after his team's scoreless draw to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.
Arena's thoughts on the match are below.
(On the match overall...)
ARENA: “You know the game wasn’t crazy, it wasn’t very good. But it wasn’t crazy.”
(On His feelings on the defensive performance of his team…)
ARENA: “Yes for the most part but at the end but with some fatigue and we made some mistakes so that wasn’t good. The guys fought for 90 minutes. It was a tough night with all the circumstances around the conditions. Nothing great. We’re not going to market this one.”
(On the game’s ending..)
ARENA: “We’ll take the point and get out of here.
(On if he was disappointed with Juninho missing the penalty…)
(On Omar Gonzalez’s performance…)
ARENA: “Omar did well; we had a bunch of guys playing hurt. We’re missing a lot of players so to come here and battle while dealing with the altitude and conditions, and to get a point, I can’t complain. We’ll get a couple guys back for Saturday, and I expect the same kind of effort.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Ignacio Maganto impressed many in his first MLS start against the Colorado Rapids, but now the young Spanish midfielder is hoping for more as the LA Galaxy embark on an eight day, two game road trip.
In his first ever regular season appearance for the Galaxy, the 23-year-old was incredibly active against Colorado providing energy for a Galaxy attack that was otherwise listless until Alan Gordon's late goal. After the match, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena had high praise for the youngster stating that he played exceptionally well in his first start.
Although his debut earned him plenty of plaudits from the team and media alike, Maganto knows that he can improve.
"I felt comfortable against Colorado, but I know that I can do better. I want to keep improving every day," Maganto said. "I want to be more dangerous in front of goal and get some chances in front of the net."
As he looks to build upon his showing against Colorado, Maganto is confident that he can have an impact against Real Salt Lake if given a chance to feature on Wednesday.
"I have a lot of confidence," he said. "I'm going to do my best to make the team even more confident so that I can play more and help the team get wins."
CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy have played their last four games without captain Robbie Keane due to a groin strain, and may be in line to play two more matches with their Irish forward out of the lineup.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Monday that no decisions have been made on Keane’s status for the team’s upcoming eight day road trip that will feature matches against Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.
“I haven’t decided our travel roster yet,” Arena said.
The Galaxy’s last four matches without the Irishman haven’t always featured the finest displays of attacking soccer but the team has earned results as LA have racked up a 2-0-2 record with the captain on the shelf. Although the Galaxy readily admit that they’ve missed their captain, defender Dan Gargan says that Keane’s absence is no excuse for their form as of late.
“Obviously, he changes the game when he’s on the field. But it’s not an excuse as to why we put 11 players on the field and we’re not playing up to our potential,” Gargan said. "I think our game changes with him on the field and vice versa with him off the field. I think we’re good enough to get results as we have done. But we’re also good enough to find a better form than what we’re putting out right now.”
LA Galaxy TV crew Albert Lanzillo and Paolo Ferrari chronicled the club's run to the 2014 MLS Cup in a thrilling five-part documentary series that provided a backstage look at the team's run to the title.
Check out the documentary in handy-dandy place below.
Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 1
Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 2
Western Conference Championship, Leg 1
Western Conference Championship, Leg 2
MLS Cup Final