New England Revolution
FOXBROUGH, Mass. – Bruce Arena issued a challenge to young defender Oscar Sorto after the LA Galaxy’s 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution: it’s time to show what you’re worth.
Sorto’s defensive miscue in the fifth minute resulted in the Revolution’s opener as the 20-year-old was caught ball-watching allowing Revolution forward Teal Bunbury to escape unmarked and tap a cross past Jaime Penedo. The defender soon recovered and closed the match strong but the Galaxy head coach admitted afterward that Sorto must be more consistent.
“A very poor opening 15 minutes for Oscar, and then, I thought that he played well in the second half,” Arena said postgame. “If he wants to become a real player in this league on our team, he’s got to start games better and have more confidence. That’s obviously partly due to not having enough experience but he’s going to get his chances this year, and he’s got to grow each and every game.”
After the match, Sorto took responsibility for his error.
“I agree with him. It’s the first team and every game; I have to come out mentally prepared, and ready to go. I think in this game it took me awhile to get going. I feel like I finished it well though,” said Sorto. “This is a different level, I’ve played in USL where you can get away with things but now I’m competing against top talent, I have to get used to it.”
Even though Sorto endured an up-and-down performance against New England, the Galaxy’s injuries along the back line may lead to the 20-year-old suiting up once more on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. If Sorto does get the opportunity, the defender pledges to rebound.
“Right now, the coach is giving me confidence by believing in me,” said Sorto. “I just need to take advantage of every chance.”
FOXBROUGH, Mass. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the club’s 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution.
(On the point…)
“It was a good point on the road. This game tonight was hectic, crazy, out of control, and I give our guys credit for coming back after going down a goal in the opening minutes, and getting a point against a good team. It was the end of a good week with two wins and a draw.
(On the month of May…)
ARENA: “It’s been a difficult month for sure, and I don’t think that it’s going to get any easier. It’s been a good experience for us.”
(On Maganto's play...)
ARENA: “Good young player, he took his goal well and he was pretty consistent for 90 minutes so it was good to see that.”
ARENA: “There were difficult conditions for players to play on tonight. We’ve had a lot of injuries on turf this year. I think that if your body is not conditioned it’s difficult.”
(On Gargan’s injury….)
ARENA: “It was his groin.”
(On Oscar Sorto’s play…)
ARENA: “A very poor opening 15 minutes for Oscar, and then, I thought that he played well in the second half. If he wants to become a real player in this league on our team, he’s got to start games better and have more confidence. That’s obviously partly due to not having enough experience but he’s going to get his chances this year, and he’s got to grow each and every game.”
(On Gyasi Zardes’ goal…)
ARENA: “Gyasi needed the goal. Technically, he needed to be a little bit better, but he was a handful for defenders tonight.”
(On the defensive showing late….)
ARENA: “It’s 2-2, we’ve been in that situation a couple of times this year and fell short so we got the point, so that’s good.”
(On Alan Gordon’s injury…)
ARENA: “He strained his calf.”
BOSTON – The LA Galaxy will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they face the New England Revolution in a rematch of the 2014 MLS Cup final.
The Galaxy will be seeking their first road win in 13 tries dating back to last August.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and my prediction for Sunday’s match.
*The Galaxy will be without injured outside backs Robbie Rogers, A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant for yet another week.
*In “By the Numbers,” we look at wild score lines between LA and New England in their last regular season meetings.
*In the latest edition of “Insider on Location,” we speak with goalkeeper coach Matt Reis on his return to Boston.
*Lastly, I check in from Galaxy practice at Harvard to provide the Match Preview Presnted by O4 Water.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
OMAR GONZALEZ vs. CHARLIE DAVIES
Brawn vs. Speed will be the matchup when these two U.S. internationals face off. Davies is currently the Revolution’s leading goal scorer and will look to hassle Gonzalez from the get-go.
JUNINHO vs. SCOTT CALDWELL
Jermaine Jones earns the headlines for the Revolution but Caldwell’s abilities to not only break up play but also spark counterattacks will force Juninho to keep a keen eye on the Revs midfielder.
GYASI ZARDES vs. JOSE GONCALVES
Gyasi Zardes is in need of a goal to spark a Galaxy attack that has been too reliant on Alan Gordon as of late, but he’ll face a tough test from the former MLS defender of the Year.
New England Revolution 1 (Davies) LA Galaxy 0
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In the latest edition of Insider on Location, I speak to the LA Galaxy ahead of their MLS Cup rematch with the New England Revolution.
Check out the video above.
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane made his longest LA Galaxy shift since April during the club’s 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake earlier this week, but whether he’ll suit up for the Galaxy’s clash with the New England Revolution on Sunday still remains to be seen.
Keane went 45 minutes in the Galaxy’s win over RSL on Wednesday, which was the Irishman’s second consecutive appearance after missing seven games with a groin strain. Whether Keane makes a third straight appearance—and possibly even a start—against the Revolution still remains to be seen.
“It’s always going to take a bit of time to certainly get to 100 percent, but these minutes [against RSL] certainly do help. ... I’ll just get stronger and stronger. I literally just started training on last Tuesday,” Keane said on Wednesday. “Just eight days so I’ve got in nearly 90 minutes in a week, after being out for seven weeks so I’m going to get stronger. I just continue to progress and keep working hard off the field, and on the training field, and getting the minutes in.”
While Keane admits that he’s starting to get healthy, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena told reporters on Thursday before the team departed for New England that no decisions had been made on Keane’s status.
“We’ll see. We’ll figure it out. We haven’t made any figured out any of this stuff,” said Arena. “Turf is a consideration all the time when players are injured or coming back from an injury.”
BOSTON -- When the LA Galaxy and the New England Revolution face off, fireworks are guaranteed.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the incredible scoring tally in the last two regular season games between the Galaxy and the Revolution.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will likely be without their injured outside back trio of A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant and Robbie Rogers for another match.
DeLaGarza (groin), Dunivant (calf) and Rogers (ankle) each missed out on Wednesday's match against Real Salt Lake as Baggio Husidic and Dan Gargan started along the outside back positions. According to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the three players are unlikely to suit up against the New England Revolution.
HARRISON, N.J. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after LA's 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls.
Arena's thoughts are below.
(On the result…)
ARENA: "I think this year we've been in a few matches where we walked off the field with a point and today we deserved to get a point out of the game so it's not a perfect result by any means but a well earned point on the road ."
(On Bradford Jamieson IV's play…)
ARENA: "Obviously it was a great goal. He's still a young kid, he had some good moments and some that weren't so good but overall a real good performance by a good young player."
(On doing the little things to get the point…)
ARENA: "We did that things you're supposed to do when you're playing on the road."
(On dealing with RBNY's high pressure…)
ARENA: "They did a good job in the first half, I think the game slowed down in the second half and we got a little bit better. Our passing wasn't real good in the first half. Overall, in the game, it wasn't as good as it needs to be but we survived that. Defensively, I think we did a solid job throughout in preventing too many chances. Over the last fifteen minutes or so I would say we conceded too many set pieces, but we got away with it."
(On goalkeeper Jamie Penedo's play…)
ARENA: "Penedo made a big save on Wright-Phillips. It really was a big save. Jamie did a good job today."
(On referee's decision not to give McCarty a second yellow card…)
ARENA: "The referee was giving away cards like they were candy. At the end of the game you don't want to see any players get sent off, but certainly that tackle merited a yellow card, especially on the day, the way [the referee] gave away cards."
(On how Arena sees Jamieson progressing…)
ARENA: "Who knows, it's a long way away. Let's talk in a couple years on that. He's doing well. Let's wait a while. Let's not get crazy like everybody does every time a young player does something right. This is a long haul in becoming a player. He's many years away from being where we would like him to be and where he's going to be so let's just be patient and see what happens down the road."
(On gaining confidence on the road…)
ARENA: "We're fine on the road. We should win games on the road, and get points on the road so this is just a start and hopefully it gets a little bit better as the year goes on."
LA Galaxy TV crew Albert Lanzillo and Paolo Ferrari chronicled the club's run to the 2014 MLS Cup in a thrilling five-part documentary series that provided a backstage look at the team's run to the title.
Check out the documentary in handy-dandy place below.
Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 1
Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 2
Western Conference Championship, Leg 1
Western Conference Championship, Leg 2
MLS Cup Final
After enduring a year of heartbreak and failure for both club and country, Jaime Penedo finally got over the hump and ended the 2014 campaign with a championship.
Brought in as a savior for the LA Galaxy’s goalkeeping situation midway through the 2013 campaign, Penedo suffered a pair of setbacks in successive fashion as Panama failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and a month later LA were bounced from the postseason in the opening round.
Such disappointments stuck in the craw of the happy-go-lucky Panamanian goalkeeper heading into the 2014 season and he responded with aplomb.
During the regular season, Penedo enjoyed a 1.14 goals against average—.01 behind Goalkeeper of the Year Bill Hamid—while also making eight shutouts as he carried LA to the league’s second best record. In the playoffs, he shook off any claims that he could not come up in big games with stellar performances in LA’s series against Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC, the former which included a six save showing in the first leg.
In the MLS Cup final against New England, Penedo put forth yet another strong showing with six saves against the Revs to seal his first professional title since winning a title in Guatemala with Municipal. After years of frustration with Panama and his club teams, to win a title after such a trying season proved to be a “dream come true” for Penedo.
"It is a great blessing and a joy," Penedo told reporters after winning the title. “I dedicate this to dear God, my faith, my family, and my country.”
How would you rate Penedo's 2014? Read my review of the Galaxy goalkeepers for LAGalaxy.com and vote below.