Before we turn the page to Thursday's friendly against Real Madrid, a few more notes and links on the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over FC Dallas.
* With the sellout of 22,565 at FC Dallas Stadium, the LA Galaxy have now sold out all 14 road matches this season including matches in CONCACAF Champions League play against Toronto FC and the US Open Cup vs. Carolina Railhawks.
* Josh Saunders earned his fourth shutout of the season against FC Dallas.
*David Junior Lopes was not shown a yellow card against FC Dallas, meaning that if he is not booked in his next game, he will have one yellow card cleared from his record. However, if he shown a yellow card then he will be suspended.
Below is the postgame interview with goal scorer Mike Magee.
The LA Galaxy have landed in Southern California after extending their unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 road victory over FC Dallas on Saturday.
Above is a sign that greeted the team upon landing earlier this afternoon.
For more on the Saturday's victory, check out my "Three Points" to the win as well as my sidebar on the forward combination of Mike Magee and Robbie Keane.
FRISCO, Texas -- A enormous weight was lifted off the shoulders of Omar Gonzalez on Saturday night.
In front of more than 100 family and friends, the LA Galaxy center back -- and Texas native -- went a full 90 minutes for the first time since offseason knee surgery. In the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over FC Dallas, Gonzalez was solid while partnered alongside David Junior Lopes in LA's central defense. Amid the triple-digit temperatures at FC Dallas Stadium, Gonzalez repeatedly stifled Dallas' scoring chances and was even able to help create a scoring chance of his own in the first half.
After a difficult six month rehabilitation period, Gonzalez told reporters after the match that the Dallas match was an important -- physical and mental -- step in his recovery.
Gonzalez’s post game thoughts are below…
(On playing the full 90 minutes...)
GONZALEZ: “I didn’t think I’d come back after the first half because it was so hot and I had cotton mouth the whole time, but I’m happy I did get through it. I knew I was fit enough to get through it and we’d already made two subs. I knew that I was going to have to push through it and I’m happy to get through it for the team, I’m happy to get the three points and happy to get the shutout.”
(On playing in his home state with the intense heat...)
GONZALEZ: “I really wanted to play well here, especially because I had so many friends and family here. They were behind me throughout the whole surgery and all the rehab. I’m happy I got to play here, start the game and play well. It was crazy heat here, but I think that it was a good test and this is a good step in the right direction for me.”
(On the play of the defense...)
GONZALEZ: “We had good shape the whole game. We didn’t really sit back. We actually put a lot of pressure on them. We actually got around [David] Ferreira and we got around [Andrew] Jacobson and didn’t really allow them to do much of anything. I thought that we brought the game to them and played really good soccer. If it was a cooler day, I think it would have been even better for us because we would have worked harder and played a little bit faster.”
(On how many friends and family, he had in the stands…)
GONZALEZ: “I don’t know, I’ll see when I get out there, but from what I saw, there was at least a hundred.”
(On if he had doubts that he’d ever reach his peak form after his injury…)
GONZALEZ: “Yeah, sometimes I still think about it. Yesterday during training, I made a boneheaded play and I thought ‘man, what am I doing?’ I got pretty down on myself yesterday, but those are just things that I have to get over and I thought I did a good job here today. Putting it behind me and just focusing on the game.”
FRISCO, Texas. –The following quotes are Bruce Arena’s post game thoughts following the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 victory over FC Dallas.
(On the result…)
ARENA: “It was a good result for our team tonight. We’ve played awfully well over the last month so we’re getting ourselves in good shape and making progress.”
(On players stepping up without Landon Donovan or Bruce Arena…)
ARENA: “That’s all part of it. It’s issues that we deal with all the time and it’s not an excuse. It’s not an excuse. I think [FC Dallas] played the LA Galaxy tonight so whatever 11 shirts are on the field, it’s the Galaxy. You always miss players so that’s all part of the challenge.
(On Robbie Keane and Mike Magee combination up top…)
ARENA: “It was okay. I think that, obviously, the goal was big but they were pretty dangerous. They did a good job, no question about it.”
(On Omar Gonzalez’s first 90 minute performance…)
ARENA: “Remarkable. We didn’t think that he’d quite make it to 90 minutes so it was a good week for him with 65 minutes against Tottenham and 90 minutes tonight. He’s well on the road to recovery.”
(On the defensive performance...)
ARENA: "The guys did well. We just did well. They hit a lot of crosses. And you know when we have two big centerbacks and big goalkeeper in there.. It’s a little bit easier for us when we haven’t had that situation this year. In a lot of ways those are balls that, you know that fall in our favor. It’s a good effort. [Bryan] Gaul had another good game and A.J. DeLaGarza continues to play well in defense [Sean] Franklin played well at right midfield and Keane’s leadership was critically important for us tonight."
(On how the team managed the heat…)
ARENA: “How do I think that the team managed the heat? Survived. It’s very difficult playing in these conditions tonight. Our guys hung in there and they were pretty efficient with the way that they played. They handed the heat pretty well.
We're just hours away from tonight's match between the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas.
Above is a photo that I snapped today of a monument called "Black Cutter" honoring African-American cowboys and their contributions to the state of Texas. In this photo, the cowboy is depicted rangling a Texas longhorn.
Before tonight's match-- where temperatures are expected to reach into the triple digits at kickoff -- check out these pregame pieces.
PREDICTED LINEUP: GK: Saunders; RB: DeLaGarza, CB: Gonzalez, CB: Lopes, LB: Gaul; RM: Franklin, CM: Sarvas, CM: Juninho, LM: Magee, F: Keane, F: Villarreal
When the LA Galaxy take on FC Dallas on Saturday evening, their next opponents, Spanish giants Real Madrid will have already arrived in Southern California.
Boasting a plethora of world-class talent including Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso and Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning La Liga champions are expected to land in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon in preparation for Thursday's friendly at The Home Depot Center.
Madrid will hold their first training session on Sunday morning at UCLA’s Drake Stadium.
Madrid's roster for the World Football Challenge is below...
GOALKEEPER (3) – Iker Casillas, Antonio Adán, Jesus Fernandez Collado
DEFENDERS (7) – Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeola, Fabio Coentrão, Jose Nacho Fernández, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane
MIDFIELDER (11) – Xabi Alonso, Jose Maria Callejon, Angel Di Maria, Lass Diarra, Alex Fernandez, Esteban Granero, Kaka, Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil, Jese Rodriguez, Nuri Sahin
FORWARD (4) – Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo
HEAD COACH – José Mourinho
David Beckham's role in the Olympic opening ceremonies were shrouded in secrecy, but few could have guessed the part that the LA Galaxy midfielder would play in Friday's festivities in London.
In a move seemingly out of a James Bond film, Beckham piloted a speed boat down the River Thames carrying the Olympic torch which was held by a young British basketball player Amber Charles. Beckham and Charles then passed off the torch to Sir Steven Redgrave, who carried the flame into the Olympic Stadium ahead of the lighting ceremony.
It remains to be seen if Beckham will participate in Saturday's match against FC Dallas as head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Thursday that his status "hadn't been finalized."
The LA Galaxy are back on the road this afternoon as they head to Dallas for Saturday's match against FC Dallas.
I'll have more upon landing including my "Three Points" to the match. Until then, catch up on news from earlier today including Chad Barrett's potential inclusion on Saturday and Bryan Gaul's task having to step up for the injured Todd Dunivant.
WATCH: Galaxy discuss Dallas match
The LA Galaxy have seemingly turned the corner with a stellar run of form.
In this article by MLSsoccer.com's Scott French, Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee talks about the club's poor start and the mood that permeated the LA locker room.
Magee is expected to be in action Saturday when the Galaxy take on FC Dallas, having recovered from a right shin hematoma.
CARSON, Calif. – With Todd Dunivant unlikely to play in Saturday's match against FC Dallas as the veteran defender deals with a right calf injury, rookie Bryan Gaul is poised to step up once again on the left side of the LA Galaxy defense.
After training on Thursday, head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that while Dunivant's injury is "day to day" and could play against Dallas, it was unlikely that he would. The left back is currently listed as questionable with right calf hematoma.
Since Dunivant's injury against Vancouver Whitecaps, Gaul has stepped up and performed well in appearances against Vancouver, Chivas USA and Tottenham Hotspur. Gaul will likely be forced to step up again against Dallas as he is tasked with stopping a motivated Dallas team fresh off a 5-0 thumping of the Portland Timbers.
Gaul's thoughts below...
(On his new starting role…)
GAUL: “It’s great, it’s great to be in the first XI and the guys have given me good support and I’m just glad to be in a left back position.”
(On holding the position for Dunivant…)
GAUL: “Yeah, Todd’s a great player so I’m just playing [left back] until he gets back and it’s been great. It’s been a fun two games.”
(On filling in for Dunivant again Dallas…)
GAUL: “I’m really excited. I think that they play three up top and I know it’s going to be different than when we played Chivas, who play one up top. It’s going to be different and with the humidity and the heat, it’s going to be kind of training, but I’m excited for it.”
(On the help his fellow defenders have provided…)
GAUL: “They take pressure by helping me defend especially against the quick guys that I’ve been playing against lately. It has been easier…You get advice from all the other defenders on when to step and when to drop and when to get on certain guys."
(On how much different the position is than he may have thought…)
GAUL: “It’s a lot different. It’s a lot more mentally draining because you have to be able to think about where you’re supposed to be at all times. And the players that I’ve been facing are much better than those I played against back in college.”
(On his teammates commenting on his 6-foot-5 height…)
GAUL: “Yeah, It’s funny was watching the game against Chivas on TV and the [commentators] were saying ‘Six-five left back, are you serious?’ It doesn’t bug me, but it’s funny that they think that."