Ahead of the LA Galaxy's match against Seattle Sounders FC, Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones analyze the game that many are calling the "match of the year."
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The LA Galaxy have spent the summer locking down key pieces on the field and according to a report in Sports Illustrated, they have re-signed one of their key members of the front office.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus, the LA Galaxy have re-signed club president Chris Klein to a multi-year contract extension that will be worth as much as $500,000 per season. In an interview with SI, AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman states that he's pleased that the Galaxy will retain the former LA midfielder turned executive.
“We are pleased to have a long-term agreement in place with Chris, who in a short period of time he has developed into one of the most respected executives in Major League Soccer,” Beckerman said to SI. “In addition to his tremendous soccer acumen and knowledge of the game, Chris has quickly acquired an extensive knowledge of our business, and is fast becoming one of the more well-rounded leaders in our sport.”
CARSON, Calif. – With Saturday’s clash against Seattle Sounders FC quickly approaching, the LA Galaxy are still playing the waiting game when it comes to the status of forward Landon Donovan.
Donovan picked up a left ankle sprain during the first half of LA’s 2-2 draw with D.C. United last week and was not available for Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Isidro Metapán. Following the club’s penultimate day of preparation for the Supporters’ Shield leading Sounders, Arena provided a brief update on the 31-year-old forward.
“Donovan’s situation is to be determined at this point,” said Arena. “He was out a little bit [at training] today.” UPDATE: Bruce Arena told a group of Seattle-based reporters that the Galaxy are " planning on him playing” against the Sounders.
However, defender Todd Dunivant is hopeful that Donovan can pass his fitness test as he races to be ready for Saturday’s Western Conference clash.
“He’s always a guy that you can use. He’s a quick healer, I don’t want to jinx him, but I wouldn’t count him out.”
The play of the LA Galaxy’s contingent of young forwards has been a major talking point during the 2013 MLS Regular Season and on Wednesday, another one of those young attackers was honored by MLSsoccer.com.
Gyasi Zardes was named to MLSsoccer.com’s 24 Under 24 list, finishing in seventh place. On Wednesday, Zardes’ Galaxy teammate Jose Villarreal was named as the 11th best player in the league’s list of the best 24 under the age of 24.
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CARSON, Calif. – When the LA Galaxy take on C.S. Cartaginés next Wednesday for a chance to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, they’ll have to do so without rookie center back Kofi Opare.
Making his second consecutive CCL start, Opare put forth a solid performance—albeit with a few scattered errors—as LA kept the clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Isidro Metapán. The rookie’s finest moment came in the waning moments of the game when he was able to make a clutch last ditch tackle of Metapán’s Nicolas Munoz as he attempted to get free in the Galaxy penalty area.
But Opare won’t be able to take the field next week in Costa Rica after picking up a yellow card in the 47th minute for a soft tackle that referee Hugo Cruz believed warranted a caution. Although he’ll be unable to participate next week, Opare is allowing the result to give him solace.
“That is tough, but the most important thing is that we got the three points,” said Opare. “I’d do it again if it meant us getting the three points.”
CARSON, Calif. – Laurent Courtois hasn’t made many appearances for the LA Galaxy since being signed by the club in July, but when trusted on Wednesday to help power the LA attack against Isidro Metapán, he came through.
Courtois scored the game-winning goal in the sixth minute of the Galaxy’s 1-0 victory over Metapán, a win that puts the club in prime position to advance to the quarterfinals of the CCL with a draw against C.S. Cartaginés next week.
The 35-year-old Frenchman was dangerous throughout the match along the left flank, but he put LA ahead just six minutes in on a fine strike that began with a pass from Jose Villarreal. As he looks to continue to fight for more minutes with the first team, Courtois was pleased with his strike.
“I’m really happy with the goal. What was most important for me though was playing collectively with the guys that had to step in for those that had to rest for our upcoming games," said Courtois, who has made just two appearances in league play for LA this season. "We were really happy to step in tonight and we responded positively. We got the early goal that we were looking for and got the three points. Job done.”
CARSON, Calif. – One point in their next match against C.S. Cartaginés and the LA Galaxy are through to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
By virtue of their 1-0 victory over Isidro Metapan on Wednesday, the Galaxy moved into first place in Group 8 with six points while second place Cartaginés has three points. Due to the scheduling, the Costa Ricans have just a single game remaining on the CCL docket—against LA. Thus, if LA is able to get at least a draw, they’ll book passage into the quarters.
As for what might we see from LA in a week’s time? Who knows.
“We’re taking this game by itself, so we’ll see what team that we send down there," said goalkeeper Brian Rowe. "I’m sure whoever is down there is going to be ready and we’re going to try and get three points on the road."
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena’s postgame comments from the team’s 1-0 victory over Isidro Metapan.
(On the pluses and minuses of the result…)
ARENA: “Three Points. That’s all that I’m concerned about tonight. We knew that we had to get three points.”
(On getting out the 4-3-3 formation…)
ARENA: For about five minutes, it was a 4-3-3 then it was a 4-4-2, but that’s fine. Jose and Jack were the strikers and Chandler and Courtois were wide.
(On starting reserve players…)
ARENA: “They did alright, they worked hard, but you could see their inexperience at times. Our passing in the last 20 minutes of the game wasn’t very good, and it did pick up once we had Juninho, Sarvas and Gyasi on the field. But we need to pass better and that would be a criticism of our team tonight. A positive is the three points and the clean sheet. We’ve played much better this year as a team and last game. And in this competition, it was about advantage and tonight, the most important aspect of this game was getting three points. That was accomplished. So we’re in good position to advance, we’ve still got to earn at least a point to advance, so we’ve got a lot of work ahead.”
(On the importance getting a result against Cartaginés and qualifying before the fourth game…)
ARENA: “I think that it is important.”
(On whether he was prepared to use Keane…)
ARENA: “Yes, we really could have played, but we’d rather have him fully rested for Saturday. He had a difficult couple of weeks with the internationals in Europe, the travel back, and the game against D.C. United. I just felt it was in his best interests, you know, if we could avoid using him. I wanted to do that.”
CARSON, Calif. – It wasn’t pretty, but the LA Galaxy got the job done on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Isidro Metapán.
Laurent Courtois scored the only goal in the sixth minute while Brian Rowe made four saves for the Galaxy, who relied on a reserve-laden lineup to defeat the Salvadorian club. Although LA controlled the early stages of the match, Metapan had numerous chances to equalize, but poor finishing and timely saves by Rowe kept them off the board.
The Galaxy return to CCL play next Wednesday against C.S. Cartaginés in Costa Rica. A victory or a draw at San Jose’s Estadio Nacional and LA will punch their ticket to the quarterfinals. LA will have to do so though without defender Kofi Opare, who is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
When MLSsoccer.com revealed their annual 24 Under 24 list, there was no doubt that the LA Galaxy would have a presence and on Wednesday, Homegrown forward Jose Villarreal was named as No. 11 on the list.
MLSsoccer.com also produced a highlight video of Villarreal's accomplishments which can be seen below...