Bruce Arena: LA Galaxy in excellent position for a Supporters' Shield challenge heading into final two games
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan described the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas as a wakeup call for a team that is in the heat of a chase for the Supporters’ Shield with first place Seattle Sounders FC.
But head coach Bruce Arena’s response to that claim by his retiring superstar was, well, decidedly different.
When broached about Donovan’s comments during the team’s training session on Tuesday, Arena offered a blunt, “whatever.”
“A team that has been on the run that we’ve had, I don’t think that we need a wakeup call. I think that we’re well-aware of what is going on,” said Arena. “Maybe it’s good for Landon because he’s been experiencing the riches of his retirement and now he can get on with some business.”
As for whether or not he wished that the team could have been in better positioning heading into the final two games against the Sounders , Arena offered another trademark shrug.
“We’ve been trailing this thing by 10 to 12 points [for most of the season],” said Arena. “I’d say that we are in excellent position. There’s nothing wrong with being even [on points] with a home game.”
Robbie Keane started as the Republic of Ireland earned a late 1-1 draw with World Cup champions Germany in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Gelsenkirchen.
The Galaxy captain went 62 minutes as the Boys in Green struggled to generate early against the reigning world champions. Germany pulled ahead in the 70th minute on Toni Kroos' long distance strike but the brave Irish squad stole a point late in stoppage time when John O'Shea beat David Forde from close range.
After the first three games of Euro 2016 qualifying, the Republic of Ireland sit in a first place tie with Poland who drew Scotland on Tuesday. The Irish return to action in Euro 2016 qualifying on Nov. 14 when they travel to Glasgow to face Scotland.
A.J. DeLaGarza released a heartfelt video produced by the DeLaGarza family of the week that he and his wife Megan spent with their son Luca.
The video is incredibly emotional and worth a watch.
Check it out above.
LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Oscar Sorto started and went 90 minutes as the U.S. Under-23's fell 3-0 to their counterparts from Brazil on Monday evening in Brasilia.
The 20-year-old Galaxy defender was solid in defense for the USMNT U-23’s and nearly helped set up an equalizer in the second half with a dangerous cross that was ultimately flubbed by former Galaxy Academy forward Mario Rodriguez.
Although the Americans had their chances, the Brazilians dominated from start to finish even going ahead after just three minutes when center back Luan beat U.S. goalkeeper Cody Cropper. The Brazilians then padded their lead with two goals in the second half as Brazilian youngsters Douglas and Vinicius scored.
Stefan Ishizaki nominated for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week after stunning chip against FC Dallas
LA Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki was nominated for MLSsoccer.com’s Goal of the Week for his impressive chip shot in the club’s 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas on Sunday.
The goal came in the 22nd minute when off a failed clearance, Ishizaki chipped an out of position Chris Seitz to give LA an early lead that they could not maintain. The Swedish midfielder now has five goals on the season in his first year in MLS.
“It was a cross that they headed out to me and I took a good first touch,” Ishizaki said recalling the goal. “but I had two guys rushing me so I couldn't shoot it. I took a touch past those two guys and I saw the goal was open so I chipped it and it went in.”
Fans can vote for Ishizaki’s goal here and watch it below.
It’s come down to just two games to decide the Supporters’ Shield.
The LA Galaxy will take on Seattle Sounders FC in a home-at-home series that begins with this Sunday’s match at StubHub Center. LA will then travel to CenturyLink Field to face Seattle the following Saturday.
To clinch the Supporters’ Shield, the Galaxy will need at least four points since Seattle holds the first breaker (games won) over LA. Meanwhile, because of their possession of the first tiebreaker, the Sounders need just two points from the two games.
The complete list of scenarios is below.
*If the LA Galaxy earn a victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday
-LA needs a win or a draw to clinch the Supporters’ Shield in Seattle. A loss gives Seattle the Shield based on wins tiebreaker.
*If the LA Galaxy draw with Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday
-LA needs a win to clinch Supporters’ Shield in Seattle. A draw or a loss allows Seattle to clinch the Supporters’ Shield.
*If the LA Galaxy lose to Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday
-Seattle clinches the Supporters’ Shield regardless of the result on Saturday based on the wins tiebreaker.
FRISCO, Texas. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the club's 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas.
The loss saw the Galaxy's 10 game unbeaten run come to an end.
Arena's thoughts are below.
On what part of the game the Galaxy lost control…
ARENA: "We didn’t lose control of the game, we lost the game. We actually had a lot of control in the second half at times. It’s the sloppy play at the end of the game that makes the difference. We didn’t execute over a simple throw-in play."
On the several opportunities that the team had to pull ahead...
ARENA: "We had some chances. Didn’t get it done."
On going into the two Seattle games needing four points to win the Supporters' Shield...
ARENA: "That's fine. We know what is ahead of us."
On if the loss was a learning experience for the Galaxy...
ARENA: "It's not a learning experience, they should have learned this a long time ago."
FRISCO, Texas -- The LA Galaxy will look to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games when they face FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Sunday.
A win or a draw for the Galaxy on Sunday and LA could clinch the Supporters' Shield with a win next Saturday against Seattle Sounders FC. Meanwhile FC Dallas who are riding a seven game winning streak at home can clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2011 campaign.
LA Galaxy 2 FC Dallas 1
(Galaxy: Gonzalez, Ishizaki; FCD: Castillo)
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan has enjoyed plenty of success in the Lone Star State and he'll make his final appearance in Texas on Sunday when the LA Galaxy take on FC Dallas.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Donovan's success in Texas.
Check it out below.