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Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane say they must be better after LA Galaxy fall to Vancouver Whitecaps FC
VANCOUVER, B.C. --The LA Galaxy offense put forth one of their most disappointing showings recent memory during last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Against the Whitecaps, the Galaxy found themselves neutralized as the forward tandem of Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes had little room to operate as Vancouver’s high pressure defense limited their opportunities.The Whitecaps defensive strategy meant that goalkeeper David Ousted had an easy day at the office, with the Galaxy’s lone shot on goal not coming until the 67th minute by virtue of a soft rolling shot by second half substitute Edson Buddle.
Following the match, Zardes told reporters that it was time for LA’s forwards to work on their chemistry after such a lethargic showing at BC Place.
“It’s early, a bunch of us left with our national team, our attacking forwards, it’s hard to come back and just get in the groove of it, but then again there’s no excuses we didn’t show up,” Zardes said. “This week we’re going to work on our chemistry, just getting the ball moving. Usually we outplay teams, we don’t let other teams touch the ball, although tonight we let Vancouver catch a rhythm.”
Keane was quick to disagree, however, stating that LA's struggles were simply based on the impressive defense that Vancouver provided in their convincing victory.
“They played better than us, it’s not about chemistry," Keane said. "Tonight that obviously wasn’t there but you know it wasn’t because we weren’t trying, it was the fact that they were the better team.”
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says no excuses after disappointing defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC
LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo confident that he can maintain his winning ways against Vancouver Whitecaps
Back from international duty, LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is determined to keep up his banner run of form against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Penedo appeared in Panama’s friendly victories over Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica before rejoining the Galaxy on Thursday. After two strong performances in Los Canaleros’ Gold Cup tuneups, Penedo was in high spirits when returning to LA.
“I’m happy, representing your country at the national team level is always an honor and I think we needed the results,” Penedo told LA Galaxy Insider. “Fans in Panama were asking for it and the results make us feel at ease in order to continue to work hard. We had some tough games against Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica.”
In his first match back from national team duty, Penedo will face a team that he has enjoyed plenty of success against since arriving in MLS back in 2013. The Panamanian goalkeeper is unbeaten in four matches with the Whitecaps, compiling a 3-0-1 record.
Given his success against Vancouver, Penedo is confident that the Galaxy can earn their first win of 2015 on Saturday.
“I think that every game is different, that’s what soccer is all about. Vancouver has started the season on the right foot, we have let several points slip by and we need to start adding points both on the road and at home," Penedo said. "It’s going to be a complicated game, we will be playing on turf, and it’s a field they are familiar with. But we have a great team and we have great players to go up against them head to head.”
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The LA Galaxy will look to get their first win away from home in 2015 on Saturday when they take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Jaime Penedo's stellar record against the Whitecaps -- the very team that made delivered his signature MLS moment.
Check it out below
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will be without centerback Leonardo for their upcoming match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday.
Leonardo suffered an apparent leg strain in the 52nd minute when launching a shot just wide of goal during LA's 1-0 defeat to D.C. United last week. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena had no update on Leonardo's status after the game, but on Tuesday, he confirmed that the Brazilian center back will likely miss out on Saturday's clash with Vancouver.
"He'll probably be out this week," Arena said. "He'll probably be out this week."
Arena admitted that the unforgiving BC Place turf was part of the reason that Leonardo would not feature against the Whitecaps.
"I don't think that you want to play anybody on that surface that has a leg injury," Arena said.
LA Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki finished third in the voting for the 2014 MLS Newcomer of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Pedro Morales took home the award after scoring 10 goals and nine assists for a Whitecaps side that returned to the postseason in 2014. Ishizaki came in third with just under seven percent of the vote while New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones finished second with nearly 35 percent of the vote.
Ishizaki's Galaxy and Jones' Revolution will face one another on Sunday in the 2014 MLS Cup final at StubHub Center.
CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas has been angling for goal during the last three weeks not only because he’s been eager to help the LA Galaxy offense, but also for personal reasons.
Two weeks ago, the Brazilian midfielder and his wife Camilla learned that the couple will be expecting their second child. Sarvas and his wife already have a son, Lucas who is a frequent sight on the sidelines at Galaxy matches.
During the Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Sarvas found the back of the net for the second time in the season. The goal was a mix of flair and luck on Sarvas’ part as the Brazilian dished a back heel pass to Robbie Keane who whiffed on a shot from close range that fell for Sarvas who punched it in.
“I’m not used to having the ball in that position and I’m blessed to get the chance,” said Sarvas who admitted that he was unaware that Keane had not intended to pass the ball to him. “I passed to him and when I turned, the ball was close to me and I was in front of goal. It was all very fast.”
With the goal scored, Sarvas completed the classic celebration of tucking the ball under his stomach and sucking his thumb in dedication to his future child.
“We proved [against Vancouver] that we have a good team but even good teams need to play with heart and soul,” said Sarvas. “When we stepped on the field today, everyone approached the game with the right mentality and when we do this, we’re a very good team.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to the media after his club's 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Arena's thoughts are below
(On the team’s performance....)
ARENA: “I think we had a very good collective effort tonight. Players worked on both sides of the ball. It was a very good performance. Our backline played well but the six players in front of them did a really good job as well.”
(On the missed opportunities....)
ARENA: “I think it’s a very good win for our team. Thought it was a great team effort collectively on both sides of the ball. We could have gotten more goals but that is all part of the game. We are really pleased with the three points.”
(On getting goals early in the game...)
ARENA: “Good start to the game. Playing at home with a lead, we are generally a good team. It was obviously a great start to the game.”
(On the backline’s performance...)
ARENA: “They played well. They had a couple of chances at the end but I thought in general they played well. A couple of crosses in the second half were dangerous. Our guys did a good job clearing the ball and Jaime [Penedo] made a couple of good saves. Overall it was an improved performance.”
(On if the team is over the "hiccup" that they suffered against Columbus and Colorado...)
ARENA: "I wouldn't call it a hiccup. I'd say it was vomiting."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy return home on Saturday to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first match of a two game stretch at home.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a predicted score ahead of Saturday's clash with Vancouver.
*Remember to get to the match early because the first 15,000 fans through the gates at StubHub Center will receive a special edition LA Galaxy lunch box.
*The LA Galaxy may be in the middle of a brutal congested schedule, but they'll face a Vancouver team that they've enjoyed plenty of success against in the past.
*It took Alan Gordon only two games to find the back of the net for the LA Galaxy, could the forward who adds a "different dimension" to the club see more minutes against the Whitecaps?
*Lastly, my preview of the match for LAGalaxy.com.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
MARCELO SARVAS vs. PEDRO MORALES
The active LA Galaxy midfielder will have his hands full on Saturday as he looks to contain Morales who is the focal point of the Whitecaps attack. Expect Sarvas -- and Juninho -- to put pressure on the playmaker to prevent him from enjoying the type of space that he needs to create chances for Vancouver.
ROBBIE KEANE vs. ANDY O'BRIEN
In this battle of Irishmen, Keane will seek to lure the physical O'Brien out of position and open up the Whitecaps defense for the likes of Gyasi Zardes and Landon Donovn.
WHAT THEY SAID:
“The Vancouver game is a six point game. When you play games at home, you have to get points. The way that the league is going, we might find ourselves at the top at the end [of the season] and that starts Saturday against the Whitecaps.” - Landon Donovan.
LA Galaxy 1 (Keane) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0