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02 November 2:30 pm

LA Galaxy released their Friday injury report earlier this afternoon.

Off the list are David Beckham and Landon Donovan, who both went 90 minutes on Thursday, while David Junior Lopes was downgraded from out to questionable with a left facial fracture. Added to the list were Sean Franklin and Christian Wilhelmsson, neither of whom dressed in Thursday’s Knockout Round victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Not added to the list is Brazilian midfielder Juninho, who is optimistic that he will be available for Sunday's Western Conference Semifinal against the San Jose Earthquakes after sustaining a kick to his right Achilles in the closing stages of Thursday's match

Prior to the injury report being released, head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after Friday's training session that there was a “good chance” that Franklin is ready for Sunday, while the club is taking a wait and see approach on Wilhelmsson’s status.  However, Arena admitted that some moves are expected ahead of Sunday.

“I think that we’re going to make changes to our lineup whether those guys are in or out,” said Arena on Friday.

The complete Galaxy injury report is below…

OUT: DF A.J. DeLaGarza (L knee sprain); DF Leonardo (R knee inflammation); MF Kyle Nakazawa (back spasms). QUESTIONABLE: DF David Junior Lopes (L facial fracture); DF Sean Franklin (L Hamstring Tightness); MF Christian Wilhelmsson: (R Quad Tightness)

02 November 1:50 pm

The LA Galaxy Foundation announced on Friday that they will be collecting monetary donations for Hurricane Sandy relief at this Sunday's Western Conference Semifinal First Leg against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Galaxy Academy players and Red Cross volunteers will be stationed outside of each entrance at The Home Depot Center on Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm to collect donations for the American Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. 

02 November 10:17 am

Before we turn the page to Sunday's Western Conference Semifinal match against the San Jose Earthquakes, check out my Three Points to Thursday's 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC. 

Find my Three Points to the game here.

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02 November 9:05 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Down a goal in their Knockout Round match to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Galaxy needed a goal to save their season -- enter Mike Magee.

In the 69th minute, David Beckham played a short corner into Juninho, who launched a cross into the box that found the right foot of Magee, whose volley found the back of the Vancouver net. Just four minutes later, Landon Donovan put LA up for good after a foul in the box by Vancouver's Martin Bonjour led to a penalty gave LA their second and final goal of the night. 

Although Magee's postseason success is becoming a regular occurrence for the Galaxy -- his goal was his fourth goal in five postseason games -- the Galaxy attacker can't seem to pinpoint the reason for his success, but what he can explain, is the heightened intensity that the MLS Cup Playoffs bring. 

"I feel it," said Magee. "I’m so much more nervous for these games than I am any other, but just as a team, we battle as a team, and I’ve kind of been the beneficiary goal-wise the last two years, but this team keeps battling away. Being down a goal, we had to push and tonight it was my turn."

Magee's teammates Beckham, Donovan, and head coach Bruce Arena discuss his goal below...

DONOVAN: "He’s a type of player that shines in moments like this. There’s something special about players like that, a lot of guys do it when games don't matter or they'll score the third goal in a three to nothing win that don't matter, but Mike
scores goals that matter. He’s done it consistently since he’s been here."

BECKHAM: "That’s what Mike does. He gets in positions – he’s a clever player, he’s a really intelligent player, and we were putting a lot of balls in the six yard box, and I saw Juninho for the short corner and obviously he put it in a position right just at the penalty spot, and Mike was there."

ARENA: "Great goal, obviously an important goal. We're real pleased with the result; not an easy game."

02 November 12:30 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Central to the LA Galaxy's comeback from a one goal deficit to defeat Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-1 was the play of substitute Marcelo Sarvas. 

After coming on for Hector Jimenez in the 52nd minute, Sarvas' quick passes and speed made an immediate impact as he helped draw the attention of the Vancouver defense, leading the opportunties like Mike Magee's game-tying-goal in the 69th minute of play. With Juninho dealing with an apparent Achillies injury, Sarvas may be called into action during Sunday's Western Conference Semifinal first leg against the San Jose Earthquakes. 

Sarvas discusses his role in Thursday's Galaxy victory below... 

(On playing right back…)

SARVAS: I think in the situation today, we’re behind in the score, everybody has to help in some way, and when the coach asked me if I could play in that position, I didn’t think, just said yes, of course. I’m happy everything worked good and I think I did a good job.”

(On his Instructions from Arena…)

SARVAS: “He asked me to play offensive because they had everybody sitting back and just waiting, so they asked me to play wide and try to cross the ball and to score. To make it 1-1.”

(On LA’s Patience…)

SARVAS: “That’s important to have guys that are used to playing games like that, that you can control the motion, that you can control the time, we were behind because they scored but we had that game controlled.  We had the ball possession, sometimes a little bit slow with the ball but we had the game, we just had to score the first goal then we knew that the second would come.”

02 November 12:10 am

 

CARSON, Calif. -- A few notes from Thursday's LA Galaxy 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC

*Vancouver's goal by Darren Mattocks in the third minute was their first against the Galaxy at The Home Depot Center. The Whitecaps had been shutout in their last three meetings against the Galaxy at HDC by a combined score of 8-0 

*With his goal in the 69th minute, Mike Magee has now scored in four of the LA Galaxy's last five postseason contests. Magee has six postseason goals in his career, all of which have come with LA. 

*Landon Donovan's goal in the 73rd minute was his 21st postseason goal of his career. 

*On Sean Franklin, Bruce Arena told reporters: "Sean was tight from the game on Sunday [vs. Seattle], expect him to be back. We thought if we played him tonight we could miss him from the rest of the playoffs, so we just made that decision. 

*Bruce Arena described Christian Wilhelmsson's injury as a tight right quad that occured in practice on Wednesday. 

*Arena also told reporters that he "would expect changes in [his] lineup" for Sunday's match

*Thursday's attendance was 14,703

*Juninho described his injury as an Achillies issue.

*The LA Galaxy return to postseason action on Sunday against the San Jose Earthquakes at 6 pm PT before traveling to Buck Shaw Stadium for the second leg on Nov. 7 for an 8 pm PT kick off. 

01 November 11:25 pm

The LA Galaxy may have roared back from an early deficit to defeat Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but the status of Brazilian midfielder Juninho for Sunday's Western Conference Semifinal against the San Jose Earthquakes remains in question.

In the 82nd minute, the Galaxy midfielder was kicked by a Whitecaps defender, causing him to go down and eventually be removed from the match a minute later. Following the match, head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that while Juninho was  "a little bit sore," the team expects him to be okay. 

When asked, Juninho shared his coaches optimism. 

"I'm tired, my Achilles tendon hurts a little bit, but I'm going to rest tomorrow and try to be ready for [Sunday] " said Juninho. "I was just standing there and the player kicked the ball through my legs and when I turned, I was just tired, and my Achilles just gave. 

Meanwhile LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan believes that the club must take a wait-and-see approach to the Brazilian's health. 

"We’ll see how he is tomorrow," said Donovan. "I think he was tired, his leg had been bother him a little bit so I think it was smart to get him out and hopefully he’s okay tomorrow."

01 November 5:46 pm

We’re just a few hours away from tonight’s Knockout Round clash between the LA Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, here’s a few links to get you to the opening kickoff.

*David Beckham attests that this is no last hurrah for the Galaxy and there are no favorites in this series.

*LA has their handful as they look to break down the organized and counter-minded Whitecaps

*Vancouver captain Jay DeMerit attests that HDC is no house of horrors for his team.

KEY MATCHUPS:

TODD DUNIVANT vs. DANE RICHARDS

The wily Galaxy left back will have his hands full as he attempts to shut down the speedy Jamaican.

ROBBIE KEANE vs. JAY DEMERIT

Perhaps the biggest battle of the night, Keane will attempt to use his ball skills and speed to take on the physical Whitecaps defender.

DAVID BECKHAM vs. BARRY ROBSON

The battle of experienced midfielders will be pivotal as LA look to break down Vancouver.  

PREDICTED LINEUP:  Saunders; Franklin, Gonzalez, Meyer, Dunivant; Donovan, Juninho, Beckham, Magee; Keane, Buddle

Lastly, check out my Three Points to the game

01 November 12:37 pm

MLSsoccer.com has begun their voting for 2012 AT&T Goal of the Year and the LA Galaxy have three nominees in the first four group stages. 

In Group 1, David Beckham's free kick strike against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sept. 1 faces a number of quality goals, including Darren Mattocks' infamous leaping header against Toronto FC on July 11. In Group 2, Marcelo Sarvas' goal against the Colorado Rapids on Sept. 30 takes on the competition that includes Chris Wondolowski's flick against the Galaxy on June 30. In Group 4, Galaxy golden boot winner Robbie Keane is represented for his classy finish against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 6. 

Fan votes will ultimately break down 16 groups of 64 goals down into a final four, before the  2012 AT&T Goal of the Year is announced on Wednesday, November 29. Voting for these first four groups closes tonight at 11:59 pm PT. Groups 5-8 will be announced tomorrow. 

You can vote and view the goals here.

31 October 3:54 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Vancouver Whitecaps FC entered the postseason in less than impressive fashion, but according to their Knockout Round opponents, the LA Galaxy, that is of little concern.

Over the last ten games, the Whitecaps have earned just one win—a  4-0 drubbing of Chivas USA—, but when the schedule is extended to the last 17 matches, Vancouver has won just three times. To add to their end of the season woes, the Whitecaps have earned just one road win since July—a victory over the Colorado Rapids on July 4—going 0-7-2 in that nine game span.

Although that Vancouver have had their recent struggles,  Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, who has played in his share of postseason and Cup matches over his career, admitted that there were such things as “underdogs” or “favorites” in a playoff match.

“People will be looking at them, maybe, as the underdogs, but I don’t see it that way,” said Beckham. “There are no underdogs in a one-off game in my eyes. They could come here and think that they’re playing in another stadium, all the pressure is off of them, and they’re going to come here and hopefully beat us.”

With that in mind, Beckham stated that there was no chance that LA will be overlooking a talented Vancouver side.

“Not in our locker room, none of our players are in that state of mind,” Beckham added.  “We have to believe that we are very cautious of Vancouver because we know that they can play and cause us problems, and score goals.  They have players that have played in Europe and played in big games in their team. So we’re well aware of their firepower and we’re well-aware that they’ll get every man behind the ball on every attack, so it’s up to us to be patient, but break them down when we can.”

If the Galaxy do bypass Vancouver, then they may be forced to where the title of underdogs as they look to defend their MLS Cup title, after having played an extra match then the rest of the Western Conference field.

However, according to Robbie Keane, the Galaxy are turning their back to such thoughts, choosing to focus on the task at hand.

“We don’t really think too much about it because we’re playing at home tomorrow. Obviously, it’s certainly an advantage for us when you’re playing in your home stadium. Listen, after this and hopefully we qualify for the final, its home and away until we get to the final…We’ll just continue and concentrate on tomorrow, and hopefully get a good win so we can look forward after that.”