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07 May 1:52 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo, Sean Franklin wanted one thing: to forget about his showing in the LA Galaxy loss.

The right back was decent on the defensive end, but seemed to struggle with his distribution as six of his seven crosses were unsuccessful while he was also dispossessed a total of 19 times on the night.

After the game, Franklin was brutally honest about his showing.

“I think that my performance wasn’t the greatest; I have to do better in the final third and making the right pass and the right crosses,” Franklin told LA Galaxy Insider. “I thought defensively I was okay, but my passing and crossing was awful.  I just made the right decision knowing late in the game that we need balls in the box. Quality balls, not just balls whipped in, but good service and at the end of the day, I wasn’t good enough.”

It didn’t help that the player that he was assigned to mark, Houston’s Andrew Driver enjoyed a strong game that included the game’s only goal in the 56th minute of play.

 “He’s a great player. He’s crafty, he’s quick. He scored a good goal tonight. I thought in the first half, he was a little bit quiet, but in the second half, he came out and got his goal,” said Franklin. “Give their team credit, they got their goal and they defended well. On the day, it was just something that the team and myself need a better game.”

This week Franklin will have a chance to redeem himself as the Galaxy hit the road for a three match trip that begins on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. 

 “It’s tough, we just have to forget about this one and figure out what we did wrong and get this right,” Franklin said. “We have a long week till the game so we have plenty of time to get our mind right.”

07 May 12:53 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The decision not to award a caution of any color to Tally Hall for his foul on Jose Villarreal that resulted in a penalty kick opportunity that was missed by Landon Donovan drew plenty of heat from LA on Sunday, but on Tuesday, the Professional Referee Organization responded with their complete explaination of the call.

Fourth official Ricardo Salazar gave his explaination of the call after the game, but in PRO's article, the organization gets far more in depth on their decision not to award a caution to Hall. 

Read PRO's explaination of the play below...

Play of the Week: SKC vs. CHV and LA vs. HOU

06 May 3:29 pm

LAGalaxy.com has provided video of LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's press conference in LA's 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo.

Check it out below...

06 May 2:56 pm

 

CARSON, Calif. – It’s starting to come together for Gyasi Zardes. The speed and the dynamic movements are clearly there, but there is still work to be done before he finds the back of the net.

The LA Galaxy Homegrown forward went 35 minutes in the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo on Sunday. The match was Zardes’ second after undergoing surgery for a broken fifth metatarsal, Zardes admitted that all fitness concerns were gone, but he’ll need to be sharper in order to contribute.

“I felt pretty good. Once I came on I tried to contribute as much as possible,” Zardes told reporters. “We had a couple of opportunities; we were just unlucky (that) the ball didn’t go in the back of the net.”

The energy was certainly there in spades for Zardes, who repeatedly found his way behind the Houston defense, but at times, an extra touch turned a shot on goal into a clearance or a save. His best chance came in the 66th minute when he cut through the Dynamo defense, only to see his shot fired into the chest of Houston ‘keeper Tally Hall for one of LA’s two shots on goal on the night.

After an uneven performance, Zardes understands that he’ll have to be quicker with his trigger in the future.

“With more practice comes consistency and I understand I have to keep practicing and just make sure my head  is up so I can look at teammates and put it in the box,” Zardes said. “I definitely need to work on being more of a threat and more aggressive, instead of looking for a pass sometimes just going on to goal and being the initial threat.”

Arena agreed: “Gyasi had his moments; technically he could have been a little bit better. It is going to take him a little bit of time.”

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06 May 10:05 am

According to Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, the LA Galaxy may end up landing Frank Lampard this summer as a Designated Player. However, it seems just as likely that it may not happen.

Wahl's source, who has knowledge of the negotiations notes that he thinks that the Galaxy will end up landing the Chelsea midfielder, but "they still could screw it up."

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06 May 9:53 am

Highlights of the LA Galaxy's 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo. 

05 May 11:19 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Following the match, fourth official Ricardo Salazar provided a response as to why referee Allen Chapman did not award a yellow or red card to Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall for bringing down Jose Villarreal in the penalty area in a play that resulted in Landon Donovan's missed penalty kick in the 25th minute of play of the Dynamo's 1-0 win over LA.

"In the play in question, the Galaxy player [Villarreal] touches the ball in the direction of the corner [flag] so the Galaxy player was not going towards goal so this is why there was not a red card on the play," Salazar said. "Also the referee did not deem the foul to be reckless or tactical in nature this is the reason for no yellow card on the play." 

Following the match, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena chimed in with his thoughts on the play. 

"The referee certainly screwed that play up big time, but I'll let them deal with that. I think that in most cases that's a red card as well," said Arena. "To not even give a card, if they a yellow card you can understand that maybe, but remarkably he didn't give a card on the play, but we have a gentleman [Professional Referee Organization's Peter Walton] in charge of our referee's now so it'll be interesting to see if they make a decision on that."

Meanwhile Landon Donovan called for consistency. 

"Well, we saw a similar play earlier today with Dan Kennedy and I think that if it is not a red card then you don't get a red card in either case. If it is a red card then you give a red card in both cases. I think we just want consistency from officials because now we see two today where nobody really knows what the outcome is going to be. If you blatantly take down a forward as he's going towards goal, I think it's probably a red card, I think tha the probably got that one wrong." 

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05 May 3:52 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on the Houston Dynamo in Sunday's Cinco de Mayo clash at The Home Depot Center.

A few links, match ups to watch and my predicted lineup is below...

*LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's update on LA's injured quartet of Carlo Cudicini, Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant and Robbie Keane, who all missed LA's game against RSL last week

*Speaking of Arena, here are his thoughts on his counterpart on Sunday, Houston Dynamo boss Dominic Kinnear.

*The Dynamo will be without Brad Davis because of a red card suspension while LA will be without Jack McBean due to injury. However, Carlo Cudicini seems ready to go

*Can Jose Villarreal parlay a successful U.S. U-20 camp into a start for LA?

*Injuries to Robbie Keane and Todd Dunivant have the two starters questionable, this may open up another chance for Charlie Rugg and Greg Cochrane

*LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan has provided this preview to the match

*Lastly, my Three Points to the match

MATCH UPS TO WATCH

A.J. DELAGARZA vs. GILES BARNES

DeLaGarza's speed and positioning will be vital to deal with Barnes, who is Houston's leading goal scorer. Expect DeLaGarza to attempt to limit space for Barnes, who can strike from distance. 

JOSE VILLARREAL vs. BOBBY BOSWELL

The veteran Dynamo center back will be tested by the in-form Villarreal. Expect the young forward to attempt to lure Boswell out of position and open up space for the likes of Landon Donovan and Mike Magee. 

LANDON DONOVAN/MIKE MAGEE vs. CORY ASHE/KOFI SARKODIE

The battles that will decide the game: Houston will look to put pressure on LA immediately with their marauding outside backs, but Donovan and Magee will be key to leading the charge on the counter.

PREDICTED LINEUP

Cudicini; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Cochrane; Donovan, Juninho, Sarvas, Magee; Rugg, Villarreal

04 May 5:40 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Gyasi Zardes may not be ready for first time minutes, but the LA Galaxy Homegrown forward has already drawn rave reviews from his teammates.

Zardes made his MLS debut in Saturday’s match with a 37 minute shift against RSL and with Jack McBean and possibly Robbie Keane on the shelf; he’ll likely be in contention for minutes in Sunday’s clash against the Houston Dynamo.  Earlier this week, LA attacker Mike Magee, who is currently tied for the MLS lead in goals scored with six, tabbed Zardes for big things.

“Gyasi was skinning some guys today. You definitely don’t want to find yourself one-on-one with him with the ball,” Magee told reporters on Friday. “We all enjoy watching him play and enjoy when he comes on the field because he takes a lot of pressure and he’s kind of a dynamic that we haven’t had with so much speed and skill. Speed skills."

Several times during the preseason, Zardes was stationed out wide and up top which leads to the question: could Zardes become the next versatile attacker in the Mike Magee mold?

“Me and Gyasi will never be confused for the same player,” Magee quipped before adding that he wouldn't try his luck racing Zardes. “I wish that I had that speed and his dribbling ability, but nah, I don’t think that we’ll be confused for each other.”

But with the likes of Zardes, McBean, Charlie Rugg, and Jose Villarreal all under the age of 23, Magee believes that the Galaxy forward corps are well set for the future.

“We’re doing all right,” said a beaming Magee. “ We've got good veterans; good young guys and we’re in a good way right now.” 

04 May 4:47 pm

 

The LA Galaxy will take on the Houston Dynamo in a rematch of the last two MLS Cups.

My Three Points to the match which focuses on LA’s injury situation, stopping Houston’s speedy wingbacks as well as Giles Barnes can be found here.

Below is the LA Galaxy Injury Report found in LA’s game notes for Sunday’s match.

Out: Jack McBean (Fractured Left Clavicle – Underwent surgery on April 30)

Questionable: Carlo Cudicini (Right Leg Strain), Landon Donovan (Right Leg Strain), Todd Dunivant (Left Leg Strain), Robbie Keane (Left  Ankle)