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LA Galaxy 1, Real Salt Lake 3
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Rio Tinto Stadium – Sandy, Utah.
RSL – Khari Stephenson 1 (Robbie Findley 2) 44’
LA – Landon Donovan 3 (Unassisted) 45+’
RSL – Olmes Garcia 3 (Javier Morales 4) 84’
RSL – Olmes Garcia 4 (Javier Morales 5) 91+
RSL – Kyle Beckerman (Yellow Card) 54’
RSL – Chris Wingert (Yellow Card) 79’
LA – Marcelo Sarvas (Yellow Card) 90+
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Sean Franklin, Tommy Meyer, A.J. DeLaGarza, Greg Cochrane; Marcelo Sarvas, Juninho, Michael Stephens (Hector Jimenez 84’); Gyasi Zardes, Landon Donovan©, Jose Villarreal (Robbie Rogers 71’).
Subs Not Used: Brian Perk, Kofi Opare, Bryan Gaul, Rafael Garcia, Charlie Rugg.
Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert; Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman©, Javier Morales, Khari Stephenson (Sebastian Velasquez 71’); Robbie Findley (Olmes Garcia 61’), Joao Plata (Devon Sandoval 79;).
Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Yordany Alvarez, Lovel Palmer, Carlos Salcedo.
Referee: Drew Fischer
Referee’s Assistants: Mike Kampmeinert and Colin Arblaster
4th Official: Jesus Cisneros
With the loss, the Galaxy are now 6-6-2 on the season for 20 points. They are now tied for fifth place in the Western Conference with the Colorado Rapids following Seattle Sounders FC’s 3-2 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC that pushes them to fourth place, one point ahead of the Galaxy.
LA are now 3-5-4 all-time in Salt Lake, including 2-3-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Galaxy and Real Salt Lake are now even in the regular season series with one win each. After playing two games in Salt Lake, the Galaxy will host RSL for the third and final game of the regular season series between these two clubs at the soon-to-be-renamed StubHub Center Real Salt Lake on August 17.
Bruce Arena made two changes to the team that lost 5-0 on the road against New England last weekend. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe and forward Jose Villarreal each returned to the starting lineup in place of Carlo Cudicini and Hector Jimenez.
This was the 18th straight game in all competitions this season that the Galaxy have made at least one change to their lineup.
Todd Dunivant (left quad strain), Leonardo (left ankle) and Jack McBean (fractured left clavicle) all missed the game because of injuries.
The Galaxy fell behind in the 44th minute, as Khari Stephenson opened the scoring. They are now 0-6-0 in games that they concede the first goal this season in MLS. By comparison, the club is 6-0-2 when scoring first.
The Galaxy equalized two minutes later in first half stoppage time when Landon Donovan scored his third goal of the season and his ninth all-time against Salt Lake, the most ever by a player on either team.
Second half substitute Olmes Garcia gave RSL the lead in the 84th minute and then added a second in second half stoppage time. Both goals were assisted by Javier Morales.
Garcia is just the second opposing player to score twice in a game against the Galaxy this season, joining Vancouver’s Russell Teibert. Like Garcia, Teibert did not start the game, coming off the bench to score a pair of goals in his team’s 3-1 home win.
Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas was issued a yellow card in second half stoppage time. That was his fifth booking of the year, which carries a mandatory one-game suspension, which Sarvas will serve during the club’s next league game on June 19 against the Portland Timbers.
Donovan led all Galaxy players with four shots in the game. Forward Jose Villarreal finished second with three, the only other player to record a shot was defender Sean Franklin as LA finished the night with eight shots compared to Salt Lake’s 17— two of LA’s shot where on target compared to five from RSL.
Villarreal will leave tomorrow to join the U.S. Under-20 National Team in Europe ahead of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Villarreal, along with defender Oscar Sorto and LA Galaxy Academy defender Javan Torre, was named to the U.S. U-20 roster by head coach Tab Ramos on Friday.
The Galaxy will be back in MLS action on June 19 when they host the Portland Timbers in the first official game at StubHub Center. The game, which is presented by StubHub, kick’s off at 7:30 p.m. and will be carried live by Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. Tickets are on sale now for this game, starting at $20. Please click here or call 1-877-3GALAXY (342-5299) for tickets or more information.