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08 August 10:54 am

We may be three months way from the start of the MLS Cup playoffs, but each and every game from August until October is extremely vital for playoff seeding. 

If the season ended today, the fifth-seeded LA Galaxy would take on fourth-seeded Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place in the Western Conference First Round knock out round on either October 31st or November 1st. The winner would take on the current first place San Jose Earthquakes in the Western Conference semifinals, a two-leg series starting either November 3rd or November 4th. Currently the Galaxy have ten games left on the docket starting with Sunday's Superclásico against Chivas USA. 

Below are the tiebreakers determined by the league's Board of Governors. One note, however, unlike in years past head-to-head records will not be used a tie-breaker as teams do not play every opponent an equal number of times. 

1)     Goals For (See column labeled GF on www.MLSsoccer.com/standings page)

2)     Goal Differential (GD)

3)     Fewest Disciplinary Points (Posted here)

4)     Road Goals

5)     Road Goal Differential

6)     Home Goals

7)     Home Goal Differential

8)     Coin Toss (2 teams) or Drawing of Lots (3 or more)

07 August 11:12 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy reserves scored a 1-0 victory over the Chivas USA reserves on Tuesday afternoon on a goal from Jack McBean.

McBean was among several who impressed in the Reserve League SuperClásico -- or "El Clásico Reserva" as I like to call it -- as well as Jose Villarreal and academy player Raul Mendiola -- more on him in the morning -- who helped McBean set up the goal. My profile on McBean's performance can be found here while MLSsoccer.com's Scott French wrote this story on the return of Galaxy left back Todd Dunivant, who went 90 minutes in the Reserve League victory.  

A recap from LAGalaxy.com with interviews from McBean, Reserves head coach Curt Onalfo and Jose Villarreal can be found below:

07 August 6:03 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Edson Buddle had targeted a return in Tuesday's Reserve League match against Chivas USA, but it was not to be.

Buddle, who underwent right knee surgery for a torn meniscus in June,  was initially on the game day roster for the reserve team's match was withheld due to a precaution.

"He had a little bit of swellness and we just wanted to be on the safe side," said reserve league team head coach Curt Onalfo following LA's 1-0 reserve league victory. "No reason to cause issues there."

Buddle did participate in a fitness session on Tuesday morning.

07 August 3:38 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The news of the untimely death of Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso stunned the American Soccer community and those reverberations were felt in the LA Galaxy locker room.  

 
Galaxy Rookie defender Tommy Meyer was a teammate of Urso’s while the pair were on the United States’ Under-17 team for the 2007 U-17 World Cup in South Korea. The similarities between the pair did not end there as two Midwest natives played in regional teams together before heading off to top college programs—Urso at North Carolina and Meyer at Indiana—and both were eventually drafted by MLS clubs. 
 
After learning of Urso’s passing on Sunday, Meyer was among the many left shocked
 
“He was a good friend of mine. We grew up playing soccer together with a regional team and then we were in Residency together and I played against him at UNC a couple of times,” Meyer said on Tuesday. “We’ve always talked and always been good friends and it’s definitely hard to lose a good friend so young. He had such a promising career and he was a good kid. It’s hard to wrap your head around.” 
 
In order to deal with the untimely death of his friend and former teammate, Meyer has reached out to many whose lives were touched by Urso. 
 
“I’ve talked to guys that I was in residency with and people have messaged me about it. Just to see how I’m doing and how they’re doing,” said Meyer. “It’s been pretty hard for everyone.” 
 
Although dealing with the untimely death of a friend and teammate has been challenging for the Galaxy defender, Meyer had a special message to the Urso’s family. 
 
“To Kirk’s family, I met his mom and dad once, they were great people. I know that he has a lot of good friends and everyone in the soccer community that knew him, knew he was a great kid so my prayers are with his family.” 
06 August 6:25 pm

The LA Galaxy will have a golden opportunity to put a 4-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders behind them this week as they face off against Chivas USA in the Superclásico. 

With the two clubs in the midst of a playoff chase, emotions are high on both sides heading into Superclásico week.  

The run down of the week's events is below: 

8/7 - LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA Reserve League match: Home Depot Center Field #1 at 11am. Parking and Admission to the match are free. More details on the match and parking information can be found here

8/9 -BarraClásico: Home Depot Center Field #5 beginning at 6pm.

       *LA Galaxy staff vs. Chivas USA staff - 6pm. (Chivas USA Staff lead 2-0)

       *LA Riot Squad vs. Black Army 1850 - 7:30pm. (LARS lead series 2-0)

       *Angel City Brigade vs. Union Ultras - 9pm. (Series tied 1-1)

8/12 - Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy - 8pm on ESPN.2 (Series tied 1-1)

06 August 2:56 pm

SEATTLE – Playing on the right flank, Sean Franklin expected to play a major role during the Galaxy's match against the Seattle Sounders, but ultimately, it was not the impact that Franklin wanted. 

As the Galaxy fell 4-0 to the Sounders on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, the normally steady Franklin struggled against the Seattle outside backs who were able to limit his chances and prevent the midfielder from aiding in the attack. Throughout the match, Franklin had difficulty connecting in the final third as he was dispossessed a total of 13 times, ultimately leading to his substitution in the 57th minute.

Although it was a difficult match for Franklin, his performance could see him shifted back to his familiar right back spot with A.J. DeLaGarza potentially teaming up with Omar Gonzalez in the back four.

Franklin’s thoughts on his showing are below…

(On the result…)

FRANKLIN: “As a team, we just didn’t play well tonight. We were bad defensively and offensively. Even though we had the ball, we didn’t create too many scoring chances, we only had a few shots and Bruce was saying that our first shot didn’t come till after the 80th minute and that’s unacceptable for the kind of team that we have. But we have to put this game behind us and worry about Chivas, that’s a must win game on Sunday.”

(On LA's struggles on the flanks…)

FRANKLIN: “They did a good job defensively, I had a couple of passes that weren’t good on the day and I have to be better to help my team out offensively. It’s just a rough day for our team and as I said, we got to put this one behind us and get it better for next weekend.”

(On his assessment of his own performance…)

FRANKLIN: “It’s still pretty new to me, there are a lot of things that I need to get better at in that position. That’s something that I try to do and I want to work on it to get better as a midfielder. I know that my primary position is right back and even though I’m comfortable at the right back position, I also want to be better at right midfield. It’s something that I’ve got to adjust to and get better if I’m going to be playing more right midfield then right back this year.” 

06 August 10:30 am

SEATTLE --The LA Galaxy are heading back to Seattle after Sunday's difficult 4-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders. 

Just hours after facing off against Seattle, the Galaxy ran into the Sounders again--this time at the airport terminal. The Sounders were departing for Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup Final against Sporting Kansas City. In the photo above, see if you can spot any Sounders outfits. 

More from last night's game upon landing.

06 August 2:14 am

SEATTLE --It was a night to forget for the LA Galaxy as they fell 4-0 to the Seattle Sounders, in the club's worst loss since 2008. 

There was one positive moment at CenturyLink Field, however, as the picture above is of a member of the U.S. Navy, who was presented with a jersey by LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez after the match. Classy move by Gonzalez especially given the result. 

A few notes on the match...

*The defeat snapped the Galaxy's five game unbeaten streak.

*Eddie Johnson's goal in the sixth minute was the seventh time this season that the Galaxy had conceded a goal in the first ten minutes and the ninth time in the first 25. 

* The 4-0 defeat was the sixth this season that the Galaxy had allowed three goals or more. Last season, the club allowed three goals or more a game just three times. LA is 1-5-0 this season when they give up three goals or more.

*The 4-0 defeat was the worst loss for LA since 2008 defeats to Colorado and Dallas. Only one away from the team record defeat of five goals against the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2002. 

*David Junior Lopes is no longer on yellow card accumlation watch as one was wiped out for good conduct. Lopes now needs two yellow cards to earn a suspension. 

*Todd Dunivant was back in the 18-man roster for the first time since July 18 after missing two matches with right calf hematoma..

We'll have more on the match in the morning, but until then check out my "Three Points" to the game. 

05 August 11:21 pm

SEATTLE -- It was quite the eventful night for Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza.

During his 90 minute shift in the LA Galaxy's 4-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders, DeLaGarza was involved in one of the turning points of the match in the 15th minute of play when he appeared to be brought down by Leo Gonzalez in the box. However, referee Chris Penso, ultimately waved off the challege. The excitement did not end there for DeLaGarza as the outside back was awarded a yellow card less than ten minutes later for a challenge on Sounders forward Eddie Johnson. 

With LA trailing, DeLaGarza became a focal point in the Galaxy attack as the club attempted to battle back from the deficit, ultimately to no avail. 

Below are DeLaGarza's thoughts on the match...

(On the controversial call...)

DELAGARZA: “It’s a play that could have changed the game, but regardless of that we gave up four goals and in Seattle, you’re not going to win a game having to score five or six goals.”

(On the defensive play....)

DELAGARZA: "We learned from Higuain that we need to drop on those through-balls and I think that sometimes, we might have dropped too early and then they were able to get the ball and turn on us. We were really forced to turn around so it's a give and take I guess."

(On his play going forward...)

DELAGARZA: "I was just trying to get up the field man. I was a forward at point while we were down 3-0 and 4-0 just trying to get anything we can. I think we didn't do well defensively or attacking wise. I don't think we got a shot on goal for 80 something minutes. With the players that we have, that's unacceptable."

(On moving forward from the result...)

DELAGARZA: "You know, we've had seven or eight games, weekend and weekday. That's not an excuse, but they're tough. Real Madrid's not easy to play, Tottenham's not easy and Dallas in a hundred degrees, I think you saw in the second half when we gave up two or three goals, our legs kind of gave out on us. We were playing lazy balls out of bounce and I think we got to get our legs back and get ready for Chivas, which is a huge game."

(On whether or not, he could be moved back to center back with the result...)

DELAGARZA: "You know, that's Bruce's call man. I would love to be back with Omar, but Bruce makes the shots and who he thinks can help the team the best and right now that's with me on the outside."

05 August 10:03 pm

SEATTLE - The 4-0 defeat was hardly flattering for the LA Galaxy, but after the match, the key point of contention was referee Chris Penso's decision not to award a penalty kick for the Galaxy in the 15th minute. 

Down 1-0 after Eddie Johnson's goal in the 6th minute, Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza appeared to be brought down in the box by Seattle outside back Leo Gonzalez. However, Penso judged that Gonzalez's tackle was clean and waved off the shouts for a penalty. While the call was a point of contention for all in the Galaxy locker room after the game, it was midfielder David Beckham, who provided the best response.

"I probably shouldn’t say too much but I’ll tell you now an AYSO ref is better than that today.  It is quite remarkable," Beckham told reporters.  "Is it why we lost the game? No.  But we definitely would have got back in the game and turned the crowd quiet.  Would it have gotten us back into the game? Definitely; but we didn’t play well today and Seattle played a lot better.  Big calls like that—it’s a big call in a game like this.  It’s disappointing." 

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