CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy picked up their second victory of the preseason on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over USLPRO side Los Angeles Blues.
The scoring began in the 4th minute when a cross by Rafael Garcia set up an own goal by Blues midfielder Gabbi Gonzalez. Robbie Keane slotted a turnover in the box in the 15th minute before Jose Villarreal ended the scoring in the 76th minute while LA was down a man after Leonardo went down with cramp.
A few notes from the match...
The Galaxy started the match in the following formation:
*There were only two changes from last week's game against the U.S. Under-17's as Mike Magee moved into midfield for Gyasi Zardes while A.J. DeLaGarza started for Omar Gonzalez, who is away with the U.S. national team.
*Clark put together another strong performance on the left side as he showed an ability to link up with the likes of Keane and Zardes.
*The Galaxy first team held almost complete command of the match in the second half with the Blues only making a couple of forays out of their own half.
The Galaxy ran out the following lineup in the second half:
Sorto---DeLaGarza (Opare ’60)---Leonardo (Inj in 72)----Gaul
*Paul Arriola put together another solid performance creating a couple of scoring chances, but was unable to find the back of the net. Arriola celebrated his 18th birthday on Tuesday.
*After starting goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini faced almost no action in the first half, Brian Perk made three saves as the Blues tried in vain to get on the board.
*The game was the first appearance for the Galaxy's second round draft pick Kofi Opare.
*Another strong game for Greg Cochrane, who was energetic down the left side. .
*LA played down a man for the last 18 minutes of the game after Leonardo suffered what Bruce Arena described as a cramp.
*There were two yellow cards in the match with Colin Clark picking up one in the 41st minute while Villarreal picked up one of his own in the 82nd.
*Following the match, Arena told reporters that first round pick Charlie Rugg is getting closer to returning to the field. Rugg himself told reporters that he's been dealing with a nagging groin injury.
*The Blues lineup for the match was as follows:
Carl Woszczynski; Matt Hall (Darryl Robson, 46; Dallas Moore, 71), Cory Miller (Adrian Dubois, 46), Erlys Garcia (Dutch Jock, 46), Jermano LoFuSang (Connor *Name not found*, 46); Jimmy Turner, 83); Gabriel Gonzalez (David Bakal, 46); Artur Aghasyan (Juan “Kichi” Perez, 46; Matthew Xiano, 71), Allan Russell (Georges Ba, 46), George Davis IV (Nelson Pizarro, 46), Deon McCauley (Sergio Del Valle, 24); Chris Cortez (Duran Davis, 33).