Robbie Keane's toe-poke finish off a curling Stefan Ishizaki cross has been nominated for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week.
The goal that helped LA seal a 1-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC came in the 47th minute when Ishizaki was able to knock down a Juninho pass and square up Jay Demerit before firing the cross into the Irishman for the game winning goal.
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Great work from stellar photographer Aaron Jaffe on the photos which you can view below.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II suffered their very first loss of the club's existence on Sunday night with a 3-0 defeat to Sacramento Republic FC.
The defeat saw LA concede two goals in the first half from Mickey Daly and Max Alvarez before Dakota Collins added a third during the second half. With the loss, Los Dos fell to a 2-1-1 record in their first four matches of the season.
"It was an odd night," admitted LA Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo. "Every week is a different challenge. This week we had three players with the Academy and other guys getting their first appearances. We try to bring it together each week and it's always a different challenge. I didn't like how we came out in the first half, and even though we were down 2-0, I thought we came out well in the second half, we had a lot of possession. If you score then you get a game, but we gave up a poorly timed goal to make it 3-0. Overall, it was a difficult night and one that we have to look at thoroughly and just go back to the drawing board."
Where Galaxy II looked especially lackluster was in the attack as LA managed just three shots which were all taken in the last 20 minutes of the game. LA's misfiring offense wasn't the only low point as Los Dos lost a pair of players to injury with center back Bradley Diallo coming off with a cramp while left back Logan Emory suffered a sprained ankle.
Although the defeat was a difficult one to swallow for the Galaxy II boss, Onalfo admitted that it was a learning experience for his group.
"Listen, when we drew this thing up, we said if we won every game then we were doing something wrong," said Onalfo. "It's just a matter of finding consistency which for us is a difficult challenge because we have a roster of moving parts. Individually, we need guys to have better performances so we have to all look at ourselves and self reflect so we can learn from these experiences and move on."
Galaxy II will look to move on next Saturday when they host Orange County Blues in their final match of their five-game homestand at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena provided his thoughts following LA’s 1-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Check it out below.
(On Stefan Ishizaki’s performance…)
A great play by Stefan on the goal. Taking the ball down and getting by [Jay] DeMerit, whipping in a great cross to Robbie Keane. It was a great play. Stefan performed the best of the year. We got close to 80 minutes out of him. He looked a lot better. We think he can certainly continue to get better.”
(On Jaime Penedo’s performance…)
ARENA: “Good solid performance. I think in the first half he made a terrific save on [Kekuta] Manneh. A play where [Dan] Gargan misjudged the ball, and that was a big save. He wasn’t tested a whole lot tonight, but that save in the first half was key.”
(On the team’s performance…)
ARENA: “We got a goal. That helped. I think going into half time they were going to hit a wall in the second half. They worked really hard the first 45 minutes. They had to chase the ball a lot. They were going to lose some of that energy in the second half. Certainly, getting that goal early change the game. They can’t sit back and be content. And, the game opened up a little more. We created more chances. Unfortunately, we didn’t get another goal or two.”
(On Vancouver’s speed…)
ARENA: “Their number 11 [Darren Mattocks] and 23 [Manneh] are certainly dangerous. We were well aware of their speed. They tried at times to get behind our backline, I think our backline played very well tonight, in particular Leonardo and [Omar] Gonzalez. They did a good job to neutralize those dangerous forwards.”
A.J. DeLaGarza "comfortable" at left back as he fills in for the injured Todd Dunivant in Vancouver win
CARSON, Calif. – There were no jitters from A.J. DeLaGarza starting along the left side of defense on Saturday.
DeLaGarza put forth a confident performance at left back as he filled in for the injured Todd Dunivant and James Riley in LA Galaxy’s 1-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Throughout the match, DeLaGarza provided his typically settled defending as he was able to track back frequently on plays eventually making a total of three clearances, three recoveries and three blocked crosses.
“I was comfortable,” said DeLaGarza of starting along the left. “My first priority was defending and for the most part, the whole backline defended pretty well tonight.”
In one of the newest LA Galaxy videos, Time Warner Cable Deportes analyst Elmur Souza breaks down the Galaxy's match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
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CARSON, Calif. – This is what we know: the LA Galaxy will be without left back Todd Dunivant for Saturday’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. But now that Dunivant is out, who slides in along the left side of defense for LA?
The host of candidates begins with A.J. DeLaGarza who has recovered from a left shin hemotoma injury that he suffered during LA’s March 22 match against Real Salt Lake. Throughout the week in training, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena mentioned him as an option and defender Omar Gonzalez also gave him a ringing endorsement heading into Saturday’s match against Vancouver.
“I believe that we have the players to step in and not really skip a beat. Hopefully who ever plays in his position will step in and do a great job. Hopefully that guy is A.J. and we all know how reliable he is,” said Gonzalez. “No one is worrying about how he’ll do. We know that he’ll do well.”
DeLaGarza, who has little experience at the left back position, but plays left center back whenever partnered alongside Gonzalez, admits that he’s ready to go if called upon.
“I’m ready to go and fill in wherever I’m needed if I’m called upon. I simply want to do whatever I can do to contribute,” DeLaGarza told LA Galaxy Insider. “If I play there, I know that I need to be aware of their dangerous attacking core of guys. They’re fast and we have to cognizant of that.”
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan is chasing history, but you wouldn’t know it if you just asked him.
Donovan remains tied with MLS journeyman Jeff Cunningham for the league’s all-time regular season goal scoring record with 134, but has yet to find the back of the net in any of LA’s three league matches this season. A week ago, Donovan was active on the offensive end as he rattled off four shots –one of which forcing a save –while tallying two assists.
Although he’s yet to find the back of the net, Donovan knows that he’ll claim the record, but what is most important is that the Galaxy wins when he does.
“I know that it is going to come,” said Donovan. “I’ve never been the guy that is too worried about scoring. If I get in a good position then I want to score to help the team win, but if I score and we don’t win then it won’t feel the same. I want to make sure that we win.”