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SEATTLE -- Marcelo Sarvas enjoyed one of his strongest perfomances of 2014 having a hand in each of the LA Galaxy's goals in their 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC in front of one very special attendee -- his father Emilio.
The performance was made just a bit more special by the presence of his father who watched the match from the sidelines of CenturyLink Field. Throughout his 90 minute shift, Sarvas' presence in the center of the park was vital as he routinely forced Seattle midfielders to make costly turnovers and eventually ended the match with an impressive 11 recoveries, seven tackles won and three interceptions.
On the offensive side of the ball, Sarvas had his fingerprints over all three Galaxy goals as he provided an unlocking pass in LA's first and third strikes while also firing a shot from distance that led to Landon Donovan's goal just before the 20 minute mark.
But Sarvas admitted that the win was made a tad more meaningful with his father in attendance.
"Landon told him that he must stay because he brought us good luck. I'm very happy and every year I want to do my best," said Sarvas. "You have to fight [for your place] every season so to have him here makes everything that much more important for me. He's always supported me throughout my career so I'm very happy that he saw me playing and he'll be going home to Brazil next week with a good impression of my play."
SEATTLE -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters following the LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC.
His quotes are below.
(On the game…)
ARENA: “The team played well. It was a good performance on the road and a good performance if you were at home. Our guys played well tonight. They looked sharp.”
(On Marcelo Sarvas’ play…)
ARENA: “He played well. He played a good 90 minutes on both sides of the ball. It was a really good performance.”
(On what he said at halftime…)
ARENA: “Win the game. Our objective is to win the game and we did a pretty smart job in the second half. It could’ve been a little bit better, but good enough to get the win.”
(On why they dominated so much in the first half…)
ARENA: “We played well. We looked sharp and, you know, it’s mid-year right now. Everyone is still finding themselves. We’re just beginning to get our team on the field. After a half a season of misery, having to deal with the injuries and the absences and all that, hopefully we’ll get a little bit more of a solidified unit.”
(On the return of Omar Gonzalez…)
ARENA: “Omar hasn’t played with us for three months so it was great to get him back on the field.”
(On Robbie Rogers and Dan Gargan’s play…)
ARENA: “They played well. Our entire team played well tonight. It was a good performance and it was nice to get that group on the field. It was probably the first time they’ve played together this year.”
(On if the slow schedule at the beginning of the year helps with getting momentum now…)
ARENA: “The schedule at the beginning of the year helps nobody. It was a terrible schedule and made it very awkward and difficult to get our team moving in the right direction. That’s all part of it as well. We’re trying to catch up now. We’re only 18 games in at this point in the season and we’d like to have a few more. We have a real challenge ahead of us going into the second half of the season.”
(On the intelligence of his team’s play…)
ARENA: “We didn’t have to be pretty in the second half. Our goal is to win the game and I thought they played a smart game. Getting a clean sheet was important.”
(On if Chad Marshall playing would’ve made a difference for Seattle…)
ARENA:“Everybody misses players. It’s all part of it. He certainly is a good player. Would he have made a difference in the game? I don’t know.”
(On the team’s play as of late…)
ARENA:“I think over the last 10 games, we’re like 6-1-3 or something. It’s not like we’re playing bad.”
(On if the result against Manchester United may have motivated the team…)
ARENA: “It has nothing to do with anything. It’s just an exhibition. We could’ve cared less whether we won or lost that game. It’s an exhibition. It’s good for Manchester United. It’s good for the Galaxy. It’s good for the fans that came to the game, and that’s the most important thing. If you read anything more into exhibitions, then you probably don’t know what you’re watching. Having said that, if we play them 10 times, there’s a good chance they’ll beat us 10 times so let’s be fair about that.”
Are you ready for some Monday Night Soccer?
The LA Galaxy will take on Seattle Sounders FC on Monday night in the first meeting of the year between the two Western Conference rivals. The match will air on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. PT.
I get you set for the game with my look ahead to the match below.
*The LA Galaxy will be donning their "unbeaten" black third uniforms on Monday for their match against Seattle Sounders. To date, LA is 3-0-1 in the alternate uniforms.
*One player who has had plenty of success against Seattle is Galaxy forward Robbie Keane, who has scored seven times against Sounders FC in the past.
*Against Seattle, the LA Galaxy are expecting to welcome back defender Omar Gonzalez from injury. After skipping LA's loss to Manchester United, the Galaxy center back is hoping to go a full 90 minutes against Seattle.
*Speaking of that defeat to Manchester United, the Galaxy insist that there will be no hangover from the disappointing 7-0 defeat.
*It's been quite a week for Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV, who spoke to LAGalaxy.com earlier this week about his MLS debut and his appearance against Manchester United
*In a piece for SoundersFC.com, I breakdown the matchup and provide the a few interesting storylines to look forward to.
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan provides his preview of the Western Conference matchup.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Omar Gonzalez vs. Clint Dempsey
Arguably the most exciting matchup of the evening, Gonzalez is expected to make his return from injury and will do so against Dempsey who was his USMNT teammate during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Gonzalez's presence will be vital in shutting down the tricky Dempsey who will look to lure the defender out of position and create space for himself and Obafemi Martins.
Juninho vs. Osvaldo Alonso
A battle of midfield generals, Juninho and Alonso will look to set the tempo for their respective teams in what promises to be a physical matchup. Look for Juninho to seek to pressure Alonso early as LA look to gain possession and create scoring opportunities.
Gyasi Zardes vs. Zack Scott
Robbie Keane has had plenty of success against the Sounders, but with Seattle eager to shutdown the Irishman, it should open up plenty of space for Zardes who will look to pressure the Rave Green from the outset.
WHAT THEY SAID:
"We want to win the Supporters' Shield. I know we're far behind at the moment, but if we win on Monday, it's eight points [behind Seattle] and we have a game in hand. All of a sudden, it's fairly close again. So it's important that we get something out of the game." - LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane
LAGalaxy.com has provided a video preview of Monday's LA Galaxy's match against Seattle Sounders FC featuring Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez.
Check it out below.
In the latest edition of "What to Watch For", I break down the LA Galaxy's match with Seattle Sounders FC with Joe Tutino.
Check it out below.
The LA Galaxy will head north to take on Seattle Sounders FC on Monday in their first meeting of the year with the current league leaders.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at Robbie Keane's past success against the Sounders.
Check it out below.
LA Galaxy shake off any concerns of post Manchester United defeat hangover ahead of Seattle Sounders FC clash
CARSON, Calif. -- After their first practice since their 7-0 Chevrolet Cup defeat to Manchester United, the LA Galaxy were defiant that there will be no "post-friendly hangover" as they look ahead to their pivotal match against Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Monday.
The Galaxy reaction to their disappointing defeat was pointed and the social media response was even greater, but despite the frustration, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena shrugged off any concerns that his team could be unprepared for Monday.
"We don't worry about these exhibitions whether we're on the positive side or the negative side. They are exhibitions," said Arena. "They're to entertain the people that attended. They're not to decide how good you are or how bad how they are.
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane -- who was by far the most frank after the defeat -- admitted that the Galaxy will need to put the loss behind them quickly, if they'll complete with a Sounders team that is currently at the top of the MLS standings.
"As far as I'm concerned it's gone anyway. It's no reflection of how we've been doing and the hope is that the players forget about it," said Keane. "After all, what's the point? We didn't win anything, we didn't lose anything, we lost the game, but we couldn't any points from it so in that respect, it didn't really matter."
The LA Galaxy will be playing Seattle Sounders FC in Monday night Soccer action at CenturyLink Field early next week.
Ahead of the match, check out this video that repurposed the MLS ad for the game to the music from Monday Night Football, the video had everything except for some of MNF's colliding and exploding helmets that were so emblematic of their coverage over the past 25 years.
CARSON, Calif. – Don’t count on LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez making a move in the summer transfer window. At least that was the message from the defender on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s match against Manchester United.
The defender will be looking to make his return on Wednesday from a right ankle injury that he suffered during his participation with the U.S. National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While other USMNT players have dealt with post-World Cup transfer speculation, there has been little chatter surrounding Gonzalez and on Monday, the defender said that while Europe is a dream of his, he’s committed to LA.
“I still want to ply my trade in Europe, but right now I’m committed to the Galaxy,” said Gonzalez who signed a new Designated Player contract a year ago. “That’s something that my agent handles, but right now I’m looking to get back to full fitness and I’m looking to get a result against United and go to Seattle and have a tough game.”
Although the Galaxy currently boast three Designated Players, the unsettled club situation of Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez has led to some speculation that he may be bound for a move to MLS. However, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena refused to entertain any speculation about a move for the El Tri star.
“You don’t talk about other players that are under contract with other clubs,” said Arena. “We don’t talk about that stuff publicly.”
CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez has his sights set on returning to the field for the LA Galaxy, but don’t count on him participating in Saturday’s clash with Sporting Kansas City.
The Galaxy center back participated in training on Thursday for the first time since returning from World Cup duty with the U.S. National Team where he endured a right ankle injury during the USMNT’s round of 16 defeat to Belgium.
“The ankle is moving along well,” Gonzalez told reporters. “I practiced today for the first time and it feels good to be back on the field with the team.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena echoed Gonzalez’s optimism stating that the defender is “moving along” in his recovery, but is “unlikely” to play a role in Saturday’s match in Kansas City.
Although Arena did not reveal a timetable on Gonzalez’s return, the defender himself admitted that he is hoping to earn minutes in LA’s match against Manchester United next week before making a potential full-fledged return against Seattle Sounders FC on July 28.
“I think that [Seattle] is the target game. It’ll be a crucial game for us. It’ll our first game at their place and we need points,” he said. “The United game is definitely a good game to get some minutes so that I can get back out there and get ready for Seattle.”