Friday, November 30, 2007

Game Time From Westpac Stadium

This will be your live MatchTracker for tonight. The teams are on the field and a sea of yellow and black is ready in the stands.

The Galaxy come out in a 4-3-3 with Cannon in goal, Albright, Klein, Veris and Jazic in the back, Harmse, Tudela and Beckham in the middle and Donovan, Mathis and Buddle up front.

Wellington is in a 3-5-2 with Glenn Moss in goal, Karl Dodd, Richard Johnson and Kristian Rees in the back. Ross Aloisi, Michael Ferrante, Steven Old, Vince Lia and Felipe are in midfield with Vaughan Coveny and Shane Smeltz up front.

2 - Buddle goes close off a left wing cross from Jazic, nearly missing at the near post.

One change from the pregame lineup, Albright is now playing at right back, switching with Chris Klein who is in the middle.

7 - We have the first shot of the night with Michael Ferrante forcing a diving save from Cannon, to set up a corner.

7 - GOAL WELLINGTON - The Galaxy are behind after Felipe's corner is deflected to Steven Old in the Box and the Phoenix #13 jabs at the ball, finding Ross Aloisi at the corner of the six-yard box for a 1-0 Wellington advantage.

15 - Aloisi tries again from long range but it's right at Cannon.

16 - Aftwr a foul on Harmse, the Phoenix try to take it quickly only to hit it straight into the legs of the Galaxy midfielder, who gets booked for it.

17 - GOAL GALAXY - Long ball from midfield finds Donovan in the center of the box. After taking it down on his chest, Donovan cuts right to create a shot which deflects off the leg of a Wellington defender, but right into the path of Mathis who finishes for his first goal in a Galaxy uniform since 2000. 1-1

19 - LA continues push the game with Donovan and Buddle each having chances blocked back by scrambling Phoenix defenders.

20 - A quick counter by Wellington is stopped by Beckham who is called for a foul, leading to some pushing and shoving from both sides.

21 - Mathis just misses with his left at the near post after some neat interplay between himself, Beckham and Albright.

23 - Coveny wins an aerial battle for Wellington, getting the ball to Smeltz whose left-footed blast is saved by Cannon.

27 - The match had calmed down some before Felipe's long and mazy runs finsihes with his shot from the center of the box being saved by Cannon.

27 - Ruud is up off the bench for the first time after a ridiculous foul call by the referee sees a clear Galaxy counterattack brought to a halt.

27 - Buddle flashes a header just over the top off a Jazic cross.

Lineup Correction - Just prior to kickoff, the Phoenix made a change at the back, starting Mark Paston in goal instead of Glen Moss.

33 - Cannon goes down after catching an arm across the cheek from Smeltz, which is not called by this referee...not surprisingly.

39 - Both teams strugglng to create chances, though Mathis cuts in on to his left foot and fires just high.

41 - Cannon bravely comes to the top of the box to punch away a bouncing ball from Coveny, leaving the big Wellington Striker on the ground for an extended time before returning to the field a minute later.

45 - GOAL GALAXY - A long buildup through midfield sees the ball come to Buddle at the top of the box. He cuts left and hits a left-footed shot that is blocked down from 16 yards out, but the rebound comes directly to Donovan who scores with his left, side-footing the ball past Paston.

That is the end of the first half, with the Galaxy leading 2-1 behind goals from Mathis and Donovan.

Four changes for the Galaxy at the half with Cronin, Kirk, Vagenas and Pavon coming on for Cannon, Albright, Harmse and Buddle. One change for Wellington as Royce Brownlie comes on for Shane Spentz up front.

46 - The home fans waste no time in starting the wave as the Galaxy begin the half on the offensive.

48 - GOAL GALAXY - The Galaxy extend their lead as Donovan's left wing cross finds Mathis at the back post. His volley gets under the Wellington 'keeper and Pavon is left to touch the ball over the line for a 3-1 LA lead.

50 - Lia goes close with a freekick for Wellington at the other end.

54 - Donovan, Mathis and Pavon combine nicely, only for Pavon's shot to be bravely blocked away by Dodd.

55 - Cronin is called into action for the first time, blocking a vicious drive from the substitute Royce Brownlie.

57 - A sensatioanl long ball out of midfield from Beckham picks out Mathis on the right, but his shot is high and wide from a tight angle.

58 - Two changes for Wellington as Jeremy Christie comes on for Aloisi and Ahmad Elrich is on for Vince Lia.

60 - Beckham again picks out Mathis on the right as the Galaxy continue to keep the ball. The move ends with Tudela playing Jazic in behind on the left with his cross being kocked away for LA's first corner of the night.

62 - Mathis rolls his right ankle in a tackle with Rees, forcing him to the bench. Wit hthe Galaxy down to ten men and no other options left on the bench, Cobi Jones begins to warm up for the last time.

64 - Mathis goes back on after receiving treatment in front of the bench from Ivan Pierra.

65 - Even with Mathis back on the field, Cobi continues to warmup. As he does so, a perflectly weighted ball from Mathis picks onut the late charging Beckham who gets to the ball only for Rees to desperatly poke it away for a corner.

70 - Cronin saves well from Coveny.

72 - Richard Johnson off for Wellington and he's replaced by the Brazilian Daniel.

73 - A crowd 31,853 is announced for the match as Pavon fires over following a centering pass from Donovan.

75 - Mathis is finally ready to come off, trudging off the field to be replaced by Cobi Jones who is appearing in an LA uniform for the last time.

76 -Wellington brekas straight after the substitution, but Barbarouses' ball to Coveny is offside. Cronin makes the save for good measure and then blocks an sttempted rebound by Brownlie.

77 - GOAL GALAXY At the other end Pavon, is pulled down in the box leading to a penalty. Becks expects Donovan to take it but Landon waves the captain over, which he does, blasting straight down the middle to make the score 4-1 Galaxy.

79 - Coveny's left-footed shot is acrobaticaly saved by Cronin, keeping the score 4-1.

79 - Dodd off as Steven O'Dor comes on for Wellington.

The Galaxy are continuing to maintain possession, looking to kill the game off comfortably.

84 - Barbarouses defly clips a cross into the box from the right, but Cronin gets to it first and claims.

86 - Greg Draper comes on, replacing Vaughan Coveny for Wellington.

87 - A streaker attempts to get onto the field only for two big security guards and the unflapable Craig Love to block the path.

90 - We're into stoppage timewith two minutes left to play as Klein bursts forward, only for his low shot to role wide of the right post.

91 - Pavon, Cobi and Landon help set up Tudela for a volley which is bravely blocked again by O'Dor.

Final Whistle and fireworks blast across the sky as the Galaxy hold on for a 4-1 win.


Anonymous said...

lets half a clean half defense!

Cobifan said...


charlesj27 said...

Even with the challenges that kept popping up... the Official LA Galaxy Blog maintained to its duties & objectives. Well done! The blog is doing what it was intended to do... keep loyal, aching, yearning fans updated on various & critical facets of our LA Galaxy... and, also, for fans / readers / well-wishers / etc. to be able to input their questions & comments back in for everybody else to view. Thanks for the hard-work & dedication.

charlesj27 said...

Good job Galaxy team. It was excellent to get the play-by-play via the Official LA Galaxy Blog. Good job, Coach Gullit in figuring out how to position certain players across the pitch - plus, to manage apt substitutions. Asst. Coach Cobi Jones - always the true & through Galaxy soldier. Your willingness and eagerness to assist is classy & admirable. Remember, its the combined contributions from every member on the pitch that leads to fast, clever, and decisive plays... Always pay attention... Always be able to think three options & plays ahead... Take practices & drills seriously. The complete team members' will & determination must come through... and, the focus to win sharp & irrevokable.

Love the game - PLAY HARD!

Nellie said...

Thanks for the play-by-play. This blog is awesome!

Great job, Galaxy. Nice that they put on a show, scored lots of goals and got us fans all excited about our upcoming season. It can't get here fast enough!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog coverage on this trip & I look forward to much more.

Adam said...

Great to see Becks connecting with the players. This preseason warmup is going to do wonders for team chemeistry come the regular season. And, the Dutch 4-3-3!! I cant wait, Sexy Soccer he we come...