LA Galaxy Weekly Update - April 22
Highlights: LA Galaxy vs Sporting Kansas City
CARSON, Calif. (Monday, April 22, 2013) – On the heels of their 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night at The Home Depot Center, the LA Galaxy returned to training on Monday to begin preparations for this weekend’s game against Real Salt Lake. That game kicks off at 6 p.m. (PT) on Saturday night and can be seen locally on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. Fans in Southern California can watch online at www.twcsportsnet.com or www.twcdeportes.com or attend the viewing party at King's Head in Studio City. Fans in Canada, Mexico and in the rest of the U.S. can watch online via a free stream on mlssoccer.com.
RSL are 3-3-2 for 11 points this season, including a 2-0-1 mark in three home games, the most recent of which was a 1-0 win over Chivas USA on Saturday night. Javier Morales scored that game’s only goal while goalkeeper Nick Rimando saved a first half penalty kick. The Galaxy are 0-1-1 in two road games during the regular season and enter Saturday’s game tied with Salt Lake for second place in the Western Conference with a 3-1-2 record for 11 points, as well as a +6 goal differential, which is tied for the best in MLS.
Real Salt Lake took two of three games against the Galaxy last season with the visitors winning all three contests between the two sides. On June 20, the Galaxy claimed their first-ever win at Rio Tinto Stadium, overturning an early 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-2 victory. Landon Donovan had two goals and an assist in that game while Mike Magee had a goal and an assist. The Galaxy are 2-4-4 all-time on the road against Real Salt Lake, including a 1-2-1 record at Rio Tinto Stadium, which opened in 2008.
In addition to Saturday night’s league game, the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake will face one another in MLS Reserve League action on Sunday morning. That game is scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. (PT) on Sunday with the team scheduled to return to Southern California following the game. Fans can follow that match on Twitter @LAGalaxyInsider.
WATCH: Donovan's goal vs SKC
ASSIST ADDED: Major League Soccer added an assist for Marcelo Sarvas on the Galaxy’s second goal in Saturday night’s 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City. Robbie Keane had originally been credited with the only assist on the goal, collecting an outlet pass from Sarvas just inside the LA half of the field before outrunning the Sporting defense and laying a pass across the face of goal for Landon Donovan to tap home.
The assist was Sarvas’ second of the season, matching his total from all of last year, and his fourth since joining the Galaxy before the start of the 2012 campaign. He scored the Galaxy’s first goal of that game, also his first of the season, finishing off a pass from Donovan, meaning that each player finished the night with a goal and an assist.
DONOVAN NOMINATED FOR GOAL OF THE WEEK: Landon Donovan’s second half goal against Sporting Kansas City has been nominated for the MLS Goal of the Week award. Donovan is the second Galaxy player to be up for the award this season after Jose Villarreal was nominated for his stoppage time goal at Toronto FC on March 30. Click here to view all of the Goal of the Week nominees and vote for your favorite.
SORTO AND VILLARREAL TO TRAIN WITH THE U.S. U-20’S: Galaxy defender Oscar Sorto and forward Jose Villarreal were each included in the U.S. Under-20 National Team roster for their training camp, which will be held this week at The Home Depot Center. Both players will train throughout the week with the U-20’s with their status for this weekend’s game away to Real Salt Lake to be decided at the end of the week. Villarreal helped the U.S. qualify for this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, leading the team with three goals in four games at the recent CONCACAF U-20 Championships.
RESERVE LEAGUE GAMES AGAINST L.A. BLUES FINALIZED: Following Sunday morning’s Reserve League game at Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy will play each of their next two Reserve League games against the L.A. Blues of the USLPro. The first of those games will be played on U.S. Soccer Field #1 at The Home Depot Center on Tuesday, May 7 with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Just over a month later, the Galaxy will take on the Blues again, this time at Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State – Fullerton. That game will be played on Saturday, June 15 and kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Admission and parking for the May 7 game at The Home Depot Center is free while tickets for the Blues’ home game on June 15 are available through their website, www.labluesprosoccer.com.