CARSON, Calif. - The LA Galaxy finished a week of training by beating Canada’s U-23 National Team in a training game, 4-0, on Friday at The Home Depot Center.
Newcomer Miguel Lopez opened the scoring account just 15 minutes into the game. His tally was followed by goals from Mike Magee, Jovan Kirovski and Adam Cristman. Add in some timely saves by Josh Saunders and Brian Perk, and the Galaxy recorded their fourth shutout win of the preseason.
The game, the second in three days for the club, featured players that didn’t play or didn’t see significant minutes in San Diego on Wednesday. Those that did play 60 minutes or more against Club Tijuana trained separately on the adjacent field including Juan Pablo Angel, David Beckham, Chris Birchall, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin, Juninho and Leonardo.
Lopez, who played eight minutes against Tijuana, started against Canada and gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead with a long-range shot from outside the 18-yard box. The ball, which deflected off of a defender en route to the back of the net, was given to Lopez by Bryan Jordan, who assisted on two goals in the win.
After the goal, the Galaxy took control of the match. In the 38th minute, they took command of the scoreboard. Magee gave the Galaxy a 2-0 lead by heading in a perfectly placed cross from Frankie Hejduk. Jordan was credited with an assist on the play as well.
In the second half, it didn’t take the Galaxy very long to add to their tally, with Kirovski making it 3-0 just seven minutes into the half.
After the goal, the Galaxy made four substitutions, including Perk for Saunders, Paolo Cardozo for Magee, Dustin McCarty for Hejduk and Jack McBean for Lopez. This was on top of three changes the coaching staff made to the lineup for the start of the second half— Hector Jimenez for Jordan, Sean Alvarado for A.J. DeLaGarza and Adam Cristman for Chad Barrett.
McBean, making his first appearance with the Galaxy, created two quality goal scoring chances in his short time on the field.
Cristman rounded out the scoring with a goal in the 86th minute.
LA – Miguel Lopez (Bryan Jordan) 15’
LA – Mike Magee (Frankie Hejduk, Bryan Jordan) 30’
LA – Jovan Kirovski 52’
LA – Adam Cristman (Paolo Cardozo) 86’
LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders (Brian Perk 66’); Ryan Thomas, Todd Dunivant, A.J. DeLaGarza (Sean Alvarado 46’), Frankie Hejduk (Dustin McCarty 66’); Mike Magee (Paolo Cardozo 66’), Jovan Kirovski, Michael Stephens, Bryan Jordan (Hector Jimenez 46’); Miguel Lopez (Jack McBean 66’), Chad Barrett (Adam Cristman 46’).
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