CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy return home on Saturday to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first match of a two game stretch at home.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a predicted score ahead of Saturday's clash with Vancouver.
*Remember to get to the match early because the first 15,000 fans through the gates at StubHub Center will receive a special edition LA Galaxy lunch box.
*The LA Galaxy may be in the middle of a brutal congested schedule, but they'll face a Vancouver team that they've enjoyed plenty of success against in the past.
*It took Alan Gordon only two games to find the back of the net for the LA Galaxy, could the forward who adds a "different dimension" to the club see more minutes against the Whitecaps?
*Lastly, my preview of the match for LAGalaxy.com.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
MARCELO SARVAS vs. PEDRO MORALES
The active LA Galaxy midfielder will have his hands full on Saturday as he looks to contain Morales who is the focal point of the Whitecaps attack. Expect Sarvas -- and Juninho -- to put pressure on the playmaker to prevent him from enjoying the type of space that he needs to create chances for Vancouver.
ROBBIE KEANE vs. ANDY O'BRIEN
In this battle of Irishmen, Keane will seek to lure the physical O'Brien out of position and open up the Whitecaps defense for the likes of Gyasi Zardes and Landon Donovn.
WHAT THEY SAID:
“The Vancouver game is a six point game. When you play games at home, you have to get points. The way that the league is going, we might find ourselves at the top at the end [of the season] and that starts Saturday against the Whitecaps.” - Landon Donovan.
LA Galaxy 1 (Keane) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0
LA Galaxy Academy stars Jorge Ruiz and Malcolm Jones help lead U.S. U-18's to tournament victory in Czech Republic
LA Galaxy Academy stalwarts Jorge Ruiz and Malcolm Jones helped the U.S. Under-18's win the Vaclav Jezek international tournment as the U.S. managed a 1-0 victory over Ukraine.
Both players appeared in one game apiece during the United States' perfect 2-0-0 record group play while Jones earned the start in the win over the Ukraine. Also appearing in all three matches for the U.S. was one-time Galaxy Academy forward Haji Wright, who has been linked with a move to Germany.
CARSON, Calif. -- The games keep coming for the LA Galaxy who take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday in their third game in a week.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at the Galaxy's home record against the Whitecaps. Currently, the Galaxy are undefeated against Vancouver at home with a 6-0-0 record (5-0-0 in the regular season) with an impressive 13 goals scored and two goals allowed.
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Rogers will miss another game with a quadriceps injury according to head coach Bruce Arena.
The LA Galaxy boss said that Rogers is still on the mend from an injury that forced him from the Galaxy's 4-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew last weekend. With Rogers still recovering from the knock, Arena will likely turn to veteran defender Todd Dunivant at left back against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday.
"[Rogers] is doing good," said Arena. "He'll be back next week."
Arena had identical diagnoses for forward Rob Friend who has been unavailable since late July and James Riley, who suffered an ACL tear in the club's March 22 game against Real Salt Lake. Riley told LA Galaxy Insider on Wednesday that he is expected to be available for Galaxy II in Sunday's match against Wilmington Hammerheads.
Gutcheck moment in dramatic victory over Colorado Rapids may define LA Galaxy season says Todd Dunivant
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – It was a true homecoming for Todd Dunivant on Wednesday when the LA Galaxy defeated the Colorado Rapids 4-3 in dramatic fashion.
Finally recovered after an abdominal tear that has sidelined him since the third game of the season, Dunivant returned to the Galaxy starting XI for the first time since April 6. In attendance to see the 32-year-old defender’s first start in months were nearly 90 members of the Colorado native’s family who were in town holding a family reunion.
What they saw, however, was less than positive –at least to start— as LA sputtered out of the gate conceding three goals in the opening 30 minutes of play to fall behind 3-1 at the half. During that slow start, Dunivant lacked sharpness as he was frequently targeted down the flank by Colorado.
“We didn’t come out strong enough. Who knows what it was? They got behind us too many times and they jumped on us,” Dunivant told LA Galaxy Insider. “We had our chances too, but we just weren’t ready.”
In the second half, the Galaxy appeared revitalized after a rousing halftime speech by head coach Bruce Arena. It didn’t take long for LA to pull level as goals from Omar Gonzalez and Alan Gordon tied up the score after just 68 minutes. In the 80th, Landon Donovan scored to seal the victory for the visitors.
For Dunivant who was lifted in favor of A.J. DeLaGarza just two minutes prior to Donovan’s game-winner, the win may come to define the Galaxy’s season.
“Sometimes these types of wins are more important than complete game performances because you need to dig deep and see what we’re made of,” said Dunivant, who claimed to be feeling no ill effects from his abdominal injury after the game. “We had a gut check moment at half time where a lot of words were said, but we were obviously able to come back.
“Playing in Colorado is always a tall task, but it was great to be back on the field and getting a win was fantastic for this team.”
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Landon Donovan has sought to define his final season not in kind words and gestures from long time opponents but by victories, and in the LA Galaxy’s biggest win to date, it was Donovan leading the way.
Playing his final game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Donovan served as the catalyst for the Galaxy’s second half comeback as he notched an assist on LA’s rally starting second goal before notching the game winner in the 80th minute. The goal was vintage Donovan as Robbie Keane’s pass unlocked the defense, with Donovan making a brilliant run and easy to finish to help LA complete their comeback.
“It went into Alan [Gordon], and he made a good pass into Robbie, and when Robbie gets the ball like that with that kind of time, I’m going to run as hard as I can, cause I know he’s going to put it into a good spot,” said Donovan. “I picked my head up and saw Clint [Irwin], so I wanted to make sure I had a good touch by him, and then get it off quickly. I’m glad it hit the net.”
Following the match, Arena admitted that in the last three games, Donovan’s performances have been less than stellar, but against the Rapids, he showcased the skill that made him an American soccer great.
“Landon dug deep. I haven’t seen that type of passion out of Landon in a game in a long time,” Arena said. “He wanted to win and he wanted to be an important part of our team to win this game. He did a terrific job.”
Unlike Saturday’s ceremony in Columbus that was spoiled by LA’s worst defeat of the year, Donovan was in a more pleasant mood about Wednesday’s proceedings that saw him presented with a slew of gifts including a ski pass, wine and other goodies.
“I’ve spend a lot of time in this city over my career. I remember playing in Mile High back in 2001, and to see this beautiful facility, and their organization (Colorado Rapids), the way they’ve it has turned around is satisfying for me as someone who has been in this league for so long,” he said. “I’m incredibly appreciative of what happened in Columbus and what happened today. There is absolutely no obligation for anyone to do that, but it shows a lot of class and a lot of respect that I greatly appreciate.”
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The LA Galaxy battled back from a two goal deficit in the second half to earn a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts on the result are below.
(On the team's second half comeback...)
ARENA: "They responded. We are fortunate that we got a few good goals and I think that once we got the second goal, they were certainly under pressure. The third goal was obviously big and then I thought that we'd have a chance to get the fourth one. Obviously a big second half for our team."
(On the reason that the team started so slowly...)
ARENA: "As they say, sh** happens. You can never predict these things in sports. You see all the time in athletics that sometimes there are out results and sometimes teams come out flat for whatever reason. Tonight was certainly the case with us, so it was a tale of two halves.
(On the role Alan Gordon played in the comeback...)
ARENA: "He helped. He's an experienced player and scored a good goal. He knows what to do in these types of games so it's good to have that option. We had some guys who were dangerous on the field when we needed to get some goals. To combine Alan with Robbie [Keane], Landon [Donovan], and Gyasi [Zardes] gives us some good options."