Gyasi Zardes is up for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week after his stellar strike in the LA Galaxy's 4-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew last Saturday.
The goal came in the 49th minute of LA's defeat as Zardes volleyed a Dan Gargan cross into the back of the net for his 10th goal of the season. Zardes now has goals in his last four matches and nine in his last 10 games.
LA Galaxy II are heading to the postseason for the first time in club history.
The Galaxy USL PRO affiliate clinched a playoff berth on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over OKC Energy FC. Center back Daniel Steres notched a header in the first half to seal the win for Los Dos over the Sporting Kansas City affiliate.
With the win, Galaxy II now have 43 points in their inaugural campaign which will assure Los Dos of a postseason berth in their inaugural season.
A.J. DeLaGarza insists that staying on the road could benefit the LA Galaxy as they look to overcome Crew loss
COLUMBUS, Ohio— Typically after a road match, the LA Galaxy immediately return to Southern California, but this time around the script has been flipped.
The Galaxy fell 4-1 to the Columbus Crew on Saturday in their worst defeat of the 2014 regular season. LA suffered their biggest margin of defeat, but rather than fly cross-country to return home, the club will remain in Columbus for two days before heading to Colorado for Wednesday’s clash with the Rapids.
Following the team’s crushing defeat, there was understandable concern that the loss may put a damper on the Galaxy’s week-long road trip, but defender A.J. DeLaGarza insists that the opposite is true.
“We can’t let this loss linger. We have a game in a couple of days and it might be good for us all to be together. We get to all go through this together and not just head home [separately],” he said. “We’re going to go have dinner together and do whatever we can to get the morale back up so that we don’t let this game affect us for the rest of the season.”
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane agreed that LA will need to put the loss behind them quickly ahead of Wednesday’s match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
“The good thing about the season is that there is always a game around the corner,” Keane said. “We have a game on Wednesday and have to pick ourselves up fairly quickly…let’s see what we’re made of [against the Rapids].”
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The LA Galaxy suffered their worst defeat of the season, but the club received a silver lining as Gyasi Zardes continued his torrid scoring streak.
Zardes scored in the 49th minute of the Galaxy’s 4-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew to bring his goal total to 10 on the season. The 22-year-old second-year forward has now scored in four straight matches to go with nine goals in his last 10 games.
“It’s my teammates, definitely. It’s not just me,” Zardes said of his scoring streak after the match. “It’s the whole combination of play and when we combine I just make that hard run into the box and my teammates just put it right there on my foot and I just put it on frame.”
Despite adding to his scoring goal run, Zardes was unlucky not to add a second in the 83rd minute. With the Galaxy down 3-1, Zardes was unable to get to a Robbie Keane pass that had the forward alone in front of an empty net.
“There were various times in the game when we had opportunities,” Zardes said. “The only difference is they put away their opportunities as opposed to us.”
Although Zardes kept up his scoring streak, don’t expect him to celebrate or dwell on the defeat to the Crew—he’s already set his sights on Wednesday’s match against the Colorado Rapids.
“We are definitely forgetting about this game and just working hard to prepare for Wednesday,” said Zardes.
Robbie Rogers says he's "day to day" after quad injury forces him from LA Galaxy defeat to Columbus Crew
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's safe to say that this wasn't the Ohio homecoming that Robbie Rogers was expecting.
In his first match against his former club, Rogers was forced to exit in the 64th minute as the Galaxy fell 4-1 in their worst loss of the MLS season. Feeling the effects of a quad injury that he suffered in training on Wednesday, Rogers was forced to leave midway through the second half which led the Galaxy to play three defenders in the back, a move that ultimately resulted in two unanswered goals by Columbus.
"I felt good in the first half, but in the second half I couldn’t play anymore," Rogers said. "I couldn’t move. It’s kind of why I was just sitting back," said I had to go out. I tried to play through that injury. It was effecting too much of the way I was playing. I couldn’t cover ground so I had to take myself out, unfortunately."
Rogers referred his injury status as "day to day" and noted that it is not expected to be a long term thing as he looks to recover in time for Wednesday's match against the Colorado Rapids.
But even though he's hopeful that he can return Wednesday, Rogers was frustrated about his return to Ohio.
"It’s a 4-1 loss. I don’t think we matched their intensity. I don’t think we stepped to press the ball. I don’t think we finished our chances when we created them," he said. "Overall, it’s a really disappointing night because I came back here and obviously you want to beat your friends. I was really disappointed."
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The LA Galaxy fell 4-1 to the Columbus Crew on Saturday evening.
Following the match, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters.
His thoughts are below.
(On the Crew's performance in the victory...)
ARENA: "[Federico] Higuain had a very good game tonight. His passing was good and their movement was good. In the first half, they clearly out played us and their passing and finishing was better on the night. There were a lot of goals for us tonight, but our passing and finishing was poor. We had opportunities to do a better job getting around the goal and we didn't do it. A lot of the basics, we got beat on tonight. Give them credit."
(On Gyasi Zardes' goal...)
ARENA: "We're going to have a party once we get back to the hotel. No, give him credit, it was a good goal and he probably should have had another one."
(On facing Gregg Berhalter...)
ARENA: "He did a great job. He has a great future in the coaching profession."
(On the Crew honoring Landon...)
ARENA: "I think it is very nice. Landon has had a great career and to be recognized in these markets we go into, it is tremendous. Hopefully, the results don’t all end up like they did tonight, but It was a tremendous gesture on behalf of the Crew. We are very grateful for that."
(On if the pregame ceremony was a distraction...)
ARENA: "It’s going to be happening every time. It certainly looked distracting tonight."
(On Clark’s performance...)
ARENA: "He played well and made some big saves. Our finishing was pretty poor and I remember two or three good saves on Robbie [Keane]. On the night, we were pretty poor on finishing. To his credit, the goal he conceded was a very good finish. He was pretty solid. It was a good game."
On if he was surprised by the Crew’s performance:
I think they are better commenting on it than I am. They probably played their best game of the year. They played very well. You have to give them a lot of credit. We knew it would be a good game. I kind of liked the game that I saw. I thought it was a game that was perfectly suited for our team, but we came up short.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Landon Donovan may have been displeased with his team's performance in the LA Galaxy's 4-1 loss to the Columbus Crew, but he was all smiles about the Crew's ceremony honoring the attacker prior to the match.
Flanked by Crew owner Andrew Percourt as well as former teammates Frankie Hejduk and Gregg Berhalter, Donovan appeared noticeably moved by the ceremony that included a video highlight reel of all of his goals at Crew Stadium and the presentation of a framed piece of the north net where the Galaxy midfielder scored the second goal in the USMNT's 2-0 victory over Mexico last September.
Despite a frustrating showing by the Galaxy, Donovan was moved by the honor.
"It was incredible. I don't know how many of you [reporters] were here when [Crew Stadium] was first built, but this became the home of soccer [in America] for many years. I have memories here for the U-17 national team, many games with the national teams as well as with the Quakes and the Galaxy against the Crew. I can't imagine another stadium that I've played in more throughout the league.
"I have a lot of very good memories here and I was very appreciative of them doing that. They certainly didn't have to and I certainly have a lot of respect for the Gregg [Berhalter] and the Crew organization."
But for all the kind words from Donovan, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena provided one of his trademark deadpan answers when asked if the ceremony was a distraction for the Galaxy.
"I would blame the entire game on the pregame ceremonies," Arena joked before going on.
"I think it is very nice. Landon has had a great career and to be recognized in these markets we go into, it is tremendous," he added. "Hopefully, the results don’t all end up like they did tonight, but It was a tremendous gesture on behalf of the Crew. We are very grateful for that."
The ceremony honoring Donovan can be viewed in its entirety is below.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The LA Galaxy will hope to start their two-game road trip in a winning way on Saturday when they take on the Columbus Crew at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a predicted score of the match.
*The match against the Crew will mark the start of a week-long road trip for the Galaxy that the club hopes will foster the type of bonding that will strength the club down the stretch run.
*Retiring Galaxy star Landon Donovan will be honored prior to Saturday's match at Columbus Crew Stadium. Marvelous at the venue for the U.S. national team, will he be able to score his first goal at Crew Stadium in a Galaxy uniform?
*Former Columbus midfielder Robbie Rogers admits that it will be "weird" to return to Crew Stadium for the first time since returning to MLS last year.
*New Galaxy acquisition Alan Gordon has traveled with the club to Columbus, but will the target forward make the impact that he's hoping to in his second stint with LA?
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan provides a preview of the match that focuses on the Galaxy taking on former teammate turned Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Juninho vs. Fredrico Higuain
Perhaps the most important matchup of the evening, Juninho -- and midfielder Marcelo Sarvas -- must be mindful of the dynamic Argentine who will seek to pull the LA midfielder out of position and create offense for the attack-minded Crew.
Gyasi Zardes vs. Michael Parkhurst
A battle of blistering speed and intelligent defensive positioning. Look for Zardes to attack Parkhurst early and often as he works in tandem with Robbie Keane to create space in the Columbus defensive end.
WHAT THEY SAID:
"It’s going to be an interesting matchup for us. They like to throw a lot of numbers into the attack and we like to as well. It’ll be important for us to maintain a good shape defensively and pick our spot where we can go at them." - Galaxy right back Dan Gargan on LA's game plan against the Crew.
LA Galaxy 2 (Zardes and Donovan) Columbus Crew 1 (Higuain)
LA Galaxy II player-assistant coach Laurent Courtois is retiring from professional soccer.
Courtois, 35, confirmed to LA Galaxy Insider on Friday that he has retired from soccer in order to focus on a career in coaching. The player-coach announced via Instagram earlier in the week, that he'll be returning to France as he seeks to earn his coaching credentials from the French Football Federation.
In 2014, Courtois made 11 appearances for Los Dos while tallying two goals for the Galaxy's USL PRO affiliate.
"It has been an honor to play for a great club like the LA Galaxy over the past year," Courtois told LA Galaxy Insider on Friday.
Courtois hangs up his boots after an 16-year career that included stops in the top leagues in England, Spain, France and the United States. During his time as a professional, the Lyon Academy product played for such clubs as Ajaccio, Tolouse, West Ham United, Levante, and the LA Galaxy.