Landon Donovan’s hat trick in the LA Galaxy’s 3-3 against FC Dallas earned him MLS Player of the Week honors, MLS announced.
The North American Soccer Reporters voted Donovan as Player of the Week, making him the second LA Galaxy player to win the honors this season. The first was Mike Magee when he tallied a hat trick against his current club, the Chicago Fire in the first week of the season.
Let’s look at just how impressive Donovan’s night was, shall we?
*Donovan had just three shots and scored three goals. He’s the first player to score in all of his shots since Dewayne De Rosario on Sept. 2011. Interestingly enough, three of Donovan’s came during game’s where he scored on all three of his shots.
*Donovan has now scored 20 goals against FC Dallas. His highest against any club.
*Donovan now has 152 career goals in MLS (counting postseason and regular season).
*At 130 regular season goals, he’s just FIVE goals away from setting a new MLS regular season record, which is currently held by Jeff Cunningham.
*Donovan now has four career hat tricks in MLS – three of them as a member of the Galaxy—which puts him just one hat trick away from tying the league’s all-time mark of five, which is shared by Stern John and Diego Serna.
Landon Donovan's first goal of his hat trick against FC Dallas has been nominated for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week.
The goal was a class finish by Donovan, who was sent on a diagonal run by a Robbie Keane pass. Donovan then headed the ball past Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz and then tapped it in to beat a hard charging Matt Hedges.
You can vote here or by texting G5 to 22442 and view all the nominees below.
FRISCO, Texas. -- The LA Galaxy were left searching for answers on Sunday after it appears that officating mistakes may have turned a 3-1 victory into a 3-3 draw against FC Dallas.
The calls in question came on both of FC Dallas' goals by Blas Perez in the 48th and 86th minute, which it seems that assistant referees Kevin Duliba and Brian Dunn, should have ruled offside. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was the most blunt postgame about the officating decisions, but each of the four LA players that spoke to the media following the match addressed the calls.
Their thoughts are below...
TODD DUNIVANT: "From what I've heard, those second and third were offside and they stand as goals. All three were set pieces so that's something that we clearly have to work on."
OMAR GONZALEZ: "You just wish that everyone on that field is on their game. Sometimes, not everyone is on their game, but those three guys, you want them to be on."
CARLO CUDICINI: "It's a pity. Scoring three goals away from home should be enough to win games. The last two goals were clearly offside, so sometimes it's easy to complain, but that's why in training, we try things. If we try things and guys see that it is offside then they should indicate it to the referee. Overall, at the end of the day, we have one point, which is not a bad result, but when you're 3-2 with 10 minutes to go, of course, you try to win it and get the three points.
LANDON DONOVAN: "I haven't seen any replay, but if that's the case, it's unfortunate. It's part of the game. People make mistakes. Referees certainly are humans, too; they make mistakes. Let's just hope that they weren't, but if they are, then it is what it is”
Courtesy of MLSsoccer.com, all three of Landon Donovan's goals against FC Dallas are below.
FRISCO ,Texas— LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was left fuming after officiating appears to have led to two goals by FC Dallas that saw LA draw the Texas side 3-3.
Arena’s thoughts are below…
(On his general thoughts on the match…)
ARENA: “Terrible officiating, no question about it. However, we were in position to win the game. What more can you say? What more can you say? It’s a shame we can’t get better officiating in the game.”
(On Landon Donovan’s performance…)
ARENA: “Landon did a great job tonight. Give him a lot of credit.”
(On the Galaxy's defending on set pieces…)
ARENA: “Guys were offside. In professional games you have to assume the linesmen can make those calls. However, I’d still say that on the third goal, you’ve got to do a better job. But, you know, what can you do? This is the state of officiating. It is what it is.“
(On whether the weather played a factor...(
ARENA: “We were the team that should have won this game. It’s a shame. It really is.”
(On when we might see Penedo play for the LA Galaxy…)
ARENA: “We’ll see. Every game is different and we’ll see.”
FRISCO, Texas -- Landon Donovan scored his fourth career MLS hat trick as the LA Galaxy extended FC Dallas' winless streak to 10 games with a 3-3 tie at FC Dallas stadium.
A few notes below...
*Robbie Rogers was left out of the 18 due to a coaches decision.
*Landon Donovan now has 152 MLS Goals including postseason. He has 130 regular season finishes, which is just four away from tying the league's all-time high set by Jeff Cunningham.
*Leonardo made his first regular start for LA since Apr. 13.
*Matt Hedges' goal was the Galaxy's first goal allowed in the first 15 minutes this season.
*LA has allowed 10 goals in the final 15 minutes this season. The same number as FC Dallas.
*Blas Perez noded a pair of goals.
FRISCO, Texas— The LA Galaxy return to MLS play on Sunday night against FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium. In preparation for tonight’s match, my look ahead to FCD is below…
In the latest edition of “View from the Booth” I preview the FC Dallas game with Joe Tutino.
The heat is always an issue in Dallas, but LA may have acclimated to the conditions through their week in Miami.
Check out LAGalaxy.com’s Video Preview to the match against FC Dallas.
Lastly, my Three Points to the match.
MATCH-UPS TO WATCH
ROBBIE KEANE vs. GEORGE JOHN
The FC Dallas defense has been conceding goals at a high rate as of late, and it won’t help that they’ll likely take on an LA Galaxy attack with Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan at the helm. The Galaxy duo was impressive during the Guinness International Champions Cup, and will be expected to test John and his fellow center back Matt Hedges with their movement on and of the ball.
MARCELO SARVAS vs. DAVID FERREIRA
The LA Galaxy’s Brazilian duo will need to put the brakes on talented Colombian playmaker David Ferreira, who has struggled at times this season. FC Dallas has struggled mightily in front of goal as of late as they have been held scoreless in their last five matches. Expect Sarvas and company to follow the recent script of Dallas’ opponents by pressuring Ferreira and preventing him from connecting with Blas Perez.
BLAS PEREZ vs. OMAR GONZALEZ
One of the most exciting battles of the evening will see these two international opponents do battle. Blas Perez is expected to use his physical tools to get under the skin of the Galaxy center backs as the Panamanian forward will attempt to force his way into dangerous positions. If Arena opts to use the same lineup against AC Milan, Omar Gonzalez will have another big body in support was Brazilian defender Leonardo will attempt to put Perez under wraps.
LA Galaxy right back Sean Franklin has made several stints up the field over his career, and if LA’s participation in the Guinness International Champions Cup is any indication, he may be asked to take up this role again this Sunday against FC Dallas.
In the Galaxy’s ICC match against AC Milan, Franklin saw time at right midfield to—by his own admission—mixed results as the team’s offense struggled to recreate their explosive success against Juve in Miami on Wednesday. However, if he is asked to reprise his role out wide against FC Dallas, the 28-year-old believes that he is ready for the responsibility.
“Bruce told me that he was going to look at me at right midfielder over the next couple of weeks and it is my job to be prepared to be able to help the team in that area," said Franklin. "I think that I did okay [against Milan], but I just have to get better at that position and work on crossing, getting the ball in dangerous spots, and just being confident about taking on guys.”
If Franklin does see time on the flank, he'll be pitted against scrappy left back Jair Benitez, who has had his share of tussles with LA over the years. Ultimately, for the Galaxy to earn three points against Dallas, Franklin believes that LA must win these types of battles.
“They’re a tough team," said Franklin. "It’s going to be a tough game, any time that we play them it’s always scrappy and it’s never the prettiest game against that team.”
Ahead of the LA Galaxy's match against FC Dallas, head coach Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane preview the match in this video for LAGalaxy.com
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Ahead of this Sunday's clash with FC Dallas, Joe Tutino and I analyze the match in this week's edition of View From the Booth...
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