FRISCO, Texas – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has pledged to make at least a couple of changes to his starting XI against FC Dallas after a midweek CONCACAF Champions League game and one place Arena may shuffle is at left back.
Todd Dunivant was forced to exit Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to C.F. Monterrey with what Arena described as “tightness” and the Galaxy boss said on Friday that a decision will be made regarding the left back’s status prior to Saturday’s road contest against FC Dallas.
One potential option to fill in for Dunivant is rookie Greg Cochrane, who has impressed his coaches during his first months as a professional. Cochrane, who has been used primarily on the left side of midfield since being drafted by LA, but played left back in college, has been a staple on the Galaxy’s game day roster’s this season and was on LA’s 18-man squad again in Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Monterrey.
“It was cool seeing their fans because they’re so passionate,” Cochrane said of the experience in Monterrey. “It was definitely a good atmosphere to be on the field and see it from there, so from that aspect it was good. It was a good learning experience to see the culture down there.”
Cochrane has received considerable praise from coaches and teammates for both his ability and poise throughout his rookie year. The rookie from Louisville attributes this praise to frequently asking questions to players like Dunivant and other Galaxy veterans as he looks to learn the ropes in the pro ranks. But if called upon to play against FC Dallas on Saturday or in Monday’s Reserve League opener against Seattle Sounders FC, he is ready.
“I feel good and I feel confident,” said Cochrane, who played most of his career at left back.” This week, I've been trying to play like me. I know my responsibilities defensively. Obviously that’s the most important thing as an outside back position is locking it down defensively and obviously helping in the attack if I’m ready.”
And as for any rookie jitters, Cochrane believes that they’ll be immediately shaken off.
“I’d be lying if I said that I wasn't, but you push those aside once the game starts,” said Cochrane. “This is the game that I've been playing my whole life and I feel like once I touch the ball, I’d be fine. I wouldn't say that I’d be too nervous, but I’m sure there would be still a few butterflies.”
FRISCO, Texas – Lineup shuffling is likely for the LA Galaxy in their match against FC Dallas.
That is certainty, but one player that looks most likely to earn minutes in the LA Galaxy’s match up against FC Dallas is midfielder Colin Clark, who was unable to appear in the club’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign. Clark has made four appearances for the Galaxy this season with three starts. After being cap-tied in the CCL, Clark is itching to return to the lineup against FC Dallas.
“I’m hoping to,” said Clark. “Whatever Bruce wants, if he feels like giving me some minutes then I’ll take it. If I’m in the 18 then I’ll take that as well, but it’s anything I can do to help.”
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FRISCO, Texas – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has pledged to make at least a couple of changes to his squad ahead of this Saturday’s match against FC Dallas and one possible change could see defender Tommy Meyer make his 2013 debut.
Center backs Leonardo and Omar Gonzalez have logged heavy minutes in recent weeks and Meyer represents an option for the Galaxy to offer a brief respite to one of their center backs.
Meyer became a regular in the Galaxy starting XI towards the end of the 2012 season, appearing in all six postseason games including the 2012 MLS Cup.
Fit again, Meyer is itching to return to the lineup, possibly this weekend against FC Dallas or at least in Monday’s Reserve League match against Seattle Sounders FC.
“My body feels great,” said Meyer, who missed considerable time in the preseason due to a left hamstring strain. “It is back to how I felt before, if that’s needed and they see to make a change [on Saturday] then I’m ready. I haven’t played a game since Real Salt Lake [in preseason on Feb. 8], and so I’m ready to play.”
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FRISCO, Texas. -- Hours after flying into Texas, several members of the LA Galaxy were back on the training ground on Thursday.
The starters took part in a regeneration session at the team hotel, but the reserves were able to train for 90 minutes in Frisco.
Following training, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena offered the following updates.
(On whether rotation is planned for FC Dallas match...)
ARENA: "I’m sure that we’re going to have a couple changes in our lineup, but what those are has not been determined at this point."
(On the status of Gyasi Zardes...)
ARENA: "He looks like he’s a little ahead of schedule for the surgery that he had. He’s back on the field now, which is good and he’ll slowly build himself back into full training over the next couple of weeks."
MONTERREY, Mexico— LA Galaxy attacker Mike Magee was unable to start Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal second leg against C.F. Monterrey due to a right leg injury, but he is not expected to miss time ahead of LA's return to league play.
The leading goal scorer in MLS did not get the start, but was able to go 31 minutes as LA pressed for a goal in their 1-0 defeat at Estadio Tecnológico. The goal never came, however, and the Galaxy fell out of the CCL 3-1 on aggregate.
Following the match, Magee stressed that his right leg issue was not serious.
“I just had a little hip issue so I had a little procedure and injections that hadn’t settled in yet. I’m feeling better, just a little achy, but it’ll be fine in a couple of days,” Magee said after the game.
With the Galaxy turning their focus away from CCL and towards the league stage, Magee admitted that there was one chief lesson that LA needed to take from their continental campaign.
“We have to take care of business at home,” said Magee. “You can’t expect to come to a club like this and expect to get a win. It’s not impossible, but it’s very difficult.”
MONTERREY, Mexico – Landon Donovan made his first start and 90 minute performance of 2013 in the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to C.F. Monterrey that saw LA’s CONCACAF Champions League dreams dashed 3-1 on aggregate.
Fitness seemed to be little issue for Donovan, who was once again making the type of darting runs and confident passes that have been a staple of his career. However, goals were hard to come for Donovan and his Galaxy teammates as Monterrey’s organized defense repeatedly stifled LA’s attack. Following, Donovan admitted that his fitness wasn’t much of an issue for him on Wednesday, but rather it was Monterrey’s quality that proved too much for LA. .
“I felt good. It was a good game; they’re a very good team. We let ourselves down in the first leg, we tried, but this is a very tough place to come and play,” Donovan told reporters. “In my opinion, that’s the best team in this region and they played well and got a goal and made it difficult for us.”
Donovan offered Monterrey a glowing endorsement, but was also noted the disparity between the two sides.
When asked by a member of the Mexican media if scheduling was the reason for MLS clubs record against Liga MX in CONCACAF Champions League, Donovan stressed that is the income disparity more than anything.
“We make about eight to nine million dollars [as a team], they make 25 to 30, so it’s difficult,” said Donovan. “Football is like that. When Manchester United plays Wigan, it’s different and it will always be like that until we start spending money and buying players like Aldo [De Nigris], like Humberto [Suazo] and players like that. We came to win, but this night, we didn’t.”
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The LA Galaxy's deficit proved to be too much for the club as they fell 1-0 to C.F. Monterrey and 3-2 on aggregate to end their CONCACAF Champions League dreams at the semifinal stage.
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MONTERREY, Mexico –Bruce Arena addressed the media following the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal second leg defeat to C.F. Monterrey. LA fell 3-1 on aggregate.
Arena’s thoughts are below…
(On the club’s defeat…)
ARENA: “First all, we’re disappointed with the result tonight, but we lost to a very good team. We may have lost this series in the last 10 minutes of the game in Los Angeles. We made it very difficult for ourselves and tonight was going to be hard because of the way that we played in the last 10 minutes last week. Having said that, Monterrey is an excellent team and deserving winners.”
(On whether desperation threw off the offense?)
ARENA: “There was no desperation until perhaps the last 20 minutes of the game. “
(On LA’s inability to create chances…)
ARENA: “I thought Monterrey played well. Their center backs had an excellent game. The two midfielders, Zavala and Ayovi were very good as well.”
(On starting Donovan…)
ARENA: “This competition is very difficult for MLS teams right now, we don’t have our full fitness at this time of year and certainly that is the case with Donovan. I thought Landon did very well to survive 90 minutes tonight.”
(On the experience…)
ARENA: “A great experience for our club and certainly, we will look back to game one where we were in position to win and come here to make it more difficult on our opponent and we failed in that regard.”
(On Omar Gonzalez’s performance…)
“I thought Omar performed very well. He can use this competition as a means of growing as a player. Hopefully, he learned something from last week. I think tonight he was excellent.”
(On whether MLS teams are at a disadvantage because they have just started their season…)
(On how MLS compares to Liga MX…)
ARENA: “Football in the United States is growing and getting better each year. Our league is still behind the Mexican league, the Mexican league has greater resources to build better teams at this point.”
ARENA: “This game was going to be a tight game. We made on ourselves difficult last week so there was no reason to believe that this game was going to be open in the first 60 minutes of the game. They could comfortably organize their back line and their midfield and pick their spots to go forward. Last week, the last ten minutes of the game impacted the series greatly. We didn’t play well tonight in the attack, the last pass, the shot selection, but give them credit, they played very well.”
(On what the Galaxy can take from the series…)
ARENA: “There were a lot of positives. Our team played pretty well in this competition and this series. We learned that ten minutes might have sealed our fate.”
MONTERREY, Mexico -- The LA Galaxy's dreams of the CONCACAF Champions League are over as LA fell 1-0 to Monterrey on Wednesday, suffering a 3-1 aggregate defeat.
Aldo De Nigris scored the lone goal in the 81st minute in front of a sellout crowd at Estadio Tecnológico.
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