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."
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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SEATTLE - We're just a few hours away from game time for tonight's clash between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders.
I took a stroll through Downtown Seattle this afternoon and came upon the world famous Pike Place Market.
Follow along during the game on LAGalaxy.com's Match Report where I'll be checking in on the livechat.
PREDICTED LINEUP: Saunders; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Lopes, Gaul; Franklin, Sarvas, Juninho, Beckham; Donovan, Keane
SEATTLE -- Good morning from Seattle.
Above is a picture snapped just outside my hotel room earlier this morning.
First a news update: Both the LA Galaxy U15s and U17s were victorious in Generation Adidas Cup play on Saturday with the U15s earning a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids while the U17s defeated DC United by the score of 4-0. The tournament takes a day off on Sunday with both teams returning to action on Monday as the U15s face off against the Chicago Fire while the U17s take on FC Dallas.
I'll have more on tonight's game once we get closer to the 6 p.m. kick off , but for now check out my Three Points to the game here.
CARSON, Calif. -- Prior to traveling to Seattle for Sunday's clash against the Seattle Sounders, I caught up with Landon Donovan to discuss the current run of form of Sounders forward -- and Donovan's one-time U.S. national team teammate -- Eddie Johnson.
Since signing with the Sounders after a much-maligned stint in Europe, Johnson has been electric for the Sounders scoring nine goals and two assists in 18 appearances this season. Johnson has grown incredibly hot as of late with five goals in his last six matches and has played a critical role for the Sounders during their recent five game unbeaten streak. Perhaps central to Johnson's recent rise has been his partnership with midfielder Mauro Rosales, who has provided assists on five of Johnson's nine goals this season.
Donovan is all too familiar with Johnson having served with him during the 2006 World Cup when the pair were considered two of the finest weapons at the United States' disposal during the tournament.
"The biggest thing with Eddie is that he's confident again and when he's confident, he's aggressive and he's assertive and runs at people and he attacks you," said Donovan. "When he's not confident, he doesn't do those things and he's a lot easier to play against. Right now, he's one of the most difficult players in the league to play against and our guys are going to have a big task to stop him."
The LA Galaxy are off for Seattle this afternoon in preperation for this weekend's clash against the Seattle Sounders.
Above is a flight that was snapped at the terminal just prior to departure. The LA Galaxy have one interesting passenger on the plane with them to Seattle as the team is on the same plane with Seattle Sounders minority owner -- and former Galaxy season ticker holder -- Drew Carey. That may add a bit more spice to this flight.
The LA Galaxy U15 and U17 sides have gotten off to a flying start at the Generation Adidas Cup.
In the Academy's first match, the U15s scored a dominating 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union U15s with Elan Koenig and Adrian Vera bagging the goals. The U15s return to action on Saturday at 2pm against the Colorado Rapids.
Meanwhile, U.S. U-17 World Cup veteran Justin Dhillion scored a late goal to help the Galaxy U17s erase a late deficit to draw TFC 1-1. However, due to a rule that requires all GA Cup games end in a result, the Galaxy picked up a victory by winning a penalty kick shootout 4-3 with goalkeeper Daniil Slepukhin making a pair of saves. The U17s return to action on Saturday against D.C. United at 8pm.
CARSON, Calif. – First appearance, first start for Chad Barrett with Norwegian club Vålerenga.
After departing the LA Galaxy on loan earlier in the week, Barrett was in the starting lineup for the club for their 4-2 defeat to FK Haugesund on Friday. The 27-year-old striker nearly tallied twice for Vålerenga, but was unable to get on the score sheet during his 55 minutes of action.
Barrett’s club is now in sixth place with 18 Tippeligaen matches left on the docket, but will face off against Manchester United in a friendly on Sunday.
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane has turned the page, shut the door and moved on completely from Thursday’s friendly against Real Madrid in order to focus on Sunday’s crucial league match against the Seattle Sounders.
Keane had several dangerous opportunities on Thursday, but was denied repeatedly by Madrid’s star goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Performances against Real Madrid aside, Keane enjoyed a stellar month of July in which he tallied five goals and four assists en route to being named MLS Player of the Month. The Irish forward will face another stiff test on Sunday against a motivated Seattle team that is currently undefeated in their last eight matches throughout all competitions.
Keane’s comments from Friday’s training session are below…
(On getting the friendlies out of the way to prepare for Seattle…)
KEANE: “Of course, the last couple of weeks have gotten in the way of preparation for the games that are important so it’s finished now and we looked forward to Sunday’s game.
(On the magnitude of Sunday’s match…)
KEANE: “It’s one of the big games and it’s a game that we’re all looking forward to. As I said, it’s nice to get the other games out of the way so we can focus for a couple of days on Sunday’s game. It’s going to be a big game, but with the way that we’re playing and the way that the team is set up, we can go there and certainly get a result.”
(On whether or not he watches the standings…)
KEANE: “No. Not interested to be honest with you. I’ve never been that kind of player, I don’t worry about results and I always look forward. Always, since I’ve been a kid, it’s been the same thing so I never worry about the past. It’s just something that has always been in me. When you since you're 17 at the highest level…it’s installed in you and I think that when you’re a soccer player, there’s upsets and when you’re a striker, you miss chances or you don’t score so it’s important that you blank it out of your mind as soon as possible. And that’s what I’ve learned to do over the last ten years or so.”
(On what he expects from Seattle….)
KEANE: “It’s always good to play in front of good crowds and it certainly makes the game and for players, you always want to be involved in games like this. I’m used to playing in front of 60 thousand a week in the UK, so for me it’s a normal thing but I know the Seattle fans and certainly when we played against Portland, the fans were magnificent as well. So it’s a major game and I look forward to playing in games like that.”
(On Seattle’s performance as of late…)
KEANE: “I don’t we have to worry too much about what they do, I think it’s about what we do. As I said, the way we’re playing at the moment, if we continue to keep progressing, we have every chance to heading in and getting a result.”
(On a rivalry with Seattle…)
KEANE: “I think that’s the case with very team in the league. We’re kind of the team that everyone wants to beat so we’ve earned that reputation and we’ve done that. Certainly last year with the way that we played and the way that we won the championship and in that respect, it’s kind of flattering rather than taking it too serious. Because they know we’re a good team so we look forward to it and hopefully we can go in and get a good result.”
(On whether or not he considers Seattle a rival…)
KEANE: “I don’t consider anyone a rival, I’m a loving person.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Hungry after a disappointing showing during the USSDA Development Academy Playoffs, the LA Galaxy youth academy is hoping for a strong showing in the upcoming Generation Adidas Cup.
The tournament takes place from August 3rd to August 9th in Seattle, Washington with games taking place at Valley Ridge Park Soccer Fields and Starfire Sports Complex. The U17s enter as reigning GA Cup champions and find themselves in Group B alongside USSDA Champions FC Dallas, D.C. United and Toronto FC. Meanwhile the Galaxy U15s are in Group B with the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and Philadelphia Union.
The U15s began their schedule on Friday morning against the Union and continue with matches against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at 2pm and the Fire on Monday at 11am. The U17s start their tournament on Friday afternoon at 3pm against Toronto FC. The reigning GA Cup champions then take on D.C. United on Saturday at 8pm before closing the tournament against FC Dallas at 4pm. The match against FCD promises to be a tantizling one as the two teams faced off for the championship last year with the Galaxy defeating Dallas, 2-0.
We'll have more updates as the tournament progresses.