Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Halftime Changes

A bevy of halftime changes for LA as Ruud has brought on Julian Valentin in central defense, Sean Franklin at right back, Brandon McDonald as the defensive midfielder and Josh Wicks has replaced Cronin in goal.

That leaves Bryan Jordan and Israel Sesay on the bench and the Galaxy lineup to look like this.

Buddle upfront, Allen and Beckham on the wings, Gray and Tudela in central midfield, with McDonald as the defensive midfielder in front of Gavin, Valentin, Roberts, and Franklin with Wicks in goal.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

seriously y is he messing up the good lineup leaving all new players in?? does he want us to lose? i dont want us to lose!

George said...

I felt the same thing. By the end the only old guys left were Buddle, Beckham, Tudela, and Roberts. I was really anxious to see the Galaxy play again, and I really wanted us to win. Alas, after all this was just a friendly game and I think the coaches just wanted to give the new guys some experience. (However, many of the absences were due to injuries and other barriers. We probably could've seen a stronger squad tonight if it wasn't for them.)

Anonymous said...

just sad to see us play so badly, sexy football eh?

charlesj27 said...

I know the commenter above stated that he doesn't want LA Galaxy to lose. Believe me, brotha'... None of us want our LA Galaxy to lose. But, the new players has to... has to get tested - they have to experience for themselves what happens to players' moves and timing when serious competition and pressure is added. The Head Coach and Asst. Coaches MUST... they have to see these players perform under these conditions for themselves - in order to make the tactical changes and coaching focus points later on. Head Coach Gullit is using this valuable week in Hawaii to see where his emphases and highest amount of work will be! The young players have energy and endurance that the elder players tend to reserve and hold back in order to pace themselves. We have to be willing for our players to make mistakes now that the coaches will bring up and correct later on. Believe me - you should have seen David Beckham's face... it is not easy for someone of his experience and expectation to go through this "agony". Our players need to learn and learn well how to maintain possesion in ALL parts of the field... and, more than that - to not let opponents pressure them into making so many mistakes. CONFIDENCE & CONTROL is essential going forward.

glen said...

second half much better play from some of the younger guys.

Anonymous said...

We wouldn't have to worry about fielding tons of new players if we didn't turn over our roster so much. Houston just showed MLS how an organization should be run and for some odd reason (a mindful front office) They didn't field an entire roster that left me guessing who the hell was wearing my team's jersey.

Anonymous said...

i agree with the person above me