Set for the Open Cup
The LA Galaxy, coming off a
0-0 tie with Toronto FC last Saturday, play their first home match since June 5
on Tuesday with a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round match against AC St.
Louis at The Home Depot Center.
Galaxy head coach Bruce
Arena said the game, the first-ever meeting between the clubs, will afford him
a chance to try some new combinations. Anything, he said, to help ease the
disappointment of last weekend's result.
"I think the result in Toronto was bad," he
said. "Our guys will be on the field prepared to play tomorrow. We need
guys ready to step on the field ready to play hard for 90 minutes, 120 minutes
or even penalty kicks.
"We're not in this
competition to lose."
AC St. Louis are in their
inaugural season of play in the USSF Division 2 Pro League. Led by former FC
Dallas SuperDraft pick Mike Ambersley, who has scored both of his club’s Open
Cup goals this season, AC St. Louis are currently in last place of their league
with a 2-7-2 record, though they have not lost in their last four games in all
competitions. On Thursday, two days after reaching the Open Cup Third Round, St. Louis replaced head coach Claude Anelka -- the older
brother of French international striker Nicolas Anelka -- with Dale Schilly,
who made his debut in a 0-0 draw with Vancouver
at home on Saturday.
Louis reached this stage of the Open Cup with 1-0 victories over the
Des Moines Menace and NSC Minnesota Stars. Tuesday's match marks the Galaxy's
first Third Round Cup game since 2007. Los
Angeles won the competition in 2001 and 2005 and have
an all-time record of 4-1 in third-round matches. From 2003-2006, the Galaxy
entered the Cup in the fourth round.
The Galaxy's Alan Gordon said Tuesday's game is important not
just because it's the Open Cup, but because the club wants to maintain its
impressive 2010 success. The Galaxy have the best record in MLS at
10-1-3 and have allowed only
"We know we have a good
team and we want to keep the roll going," he said. "It doesn't matter
what competition we're in ... we want to win."
If the Galaxy do win
Tuesday, they would face the winner of the Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers
match. A Sounders victory would mean the Galaxy would play in Seattle
on July 7 while the Galaxy would host Portland
if the Timbers win, with that game also being played on July 7.
"It's important to
us," Gordon said. "In years past you'd kind of get the feeling of the
Open Cup just being more games, but this year it's different.
"We are a really solid
team and we want to win every single competition. We don't want to just give it
away. Winning is contagious and you don't want to give that up. We want to keep
that winning mentality."
Arena said the game gives
the Galaxy an advance look at what will be a heavy schedule later in the summer,
especially once the CONCACAF Champions League gets underway late next month.
"It's a chance to start
preparing our team playing three games a week," he said. "That's
going to be the case for the month of August and September for sure. I think
this is a good opportunity to start looking at some other players as