Thursday, September 25, 2008

Galaxy Fall 3-1 in Chicago

LA Galaxy 1, Chicago Fire 3
September 25, 2008
Toyota Park – Bridgeview, Ill.

Scoring Summary:
CHI – Chris Rolfe 5 (John Thorrington 2) 13’
LA – Eddie Lewis 1 (Chris Klein 6, Landon Donovan 9) 35’
CHI – Cuauhtemoc Blanco 5 (Unassisted) 57’
CHI – Chris Rolfe 6 (Gonzalo Segares 2, Logan Pause 1) 59’

Misconduct Summary:
CHI – Bakary Soumare (Yellow Card) 72’
LA - Brandon McDonald (Yellow Card) 88'
LA – Troy Roberts (Yellow Card) 90’

LA Galaxy: Josh Wicks, Chris Klein, Sean Franklin, Troy Roberts, Ante Jazic, Greg Vanney (Brandon McDonald 80’), Eddie Lewis, David Beckham©, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle (Bryan Jordan 77’), Alan Gordon (Peter Vagenas 63’).

Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Julian Valentin, Joe Franchino, Ely Allen.

Chicago Fire: Jon Busch, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare, Wilman Conde, Brandon Prideaux, Logan Pause, John Thorrington, Justin Mapp (Mike Banner 79’), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Diego Gutierrez 89’), Chris Rolfe (Stephen King 84’), Brian McBride.

Subs Not Used: Nick Noble, Lider Marmol, Diego Gutierrez, Andy Herron, Tomasz Frankowski.

· With the loss, the Galaxy are now 7-11-8 on the season, leaving them on 29 points and in a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference with the San Jose Earthquakes. Both teams remain two points behind Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids for the third and final guaranteed playoff spot in the West.
· Bruce Arena named the same starting XI that he used in the 5-2 win over D.C. United on Sept. 20. It is the first time since Arena was named the head coach of the Galaxy on August 18 that he has used the same lineup in consecutive games and just the fourth time this year that the Galaxy have put out the same lineup in consecutive games.
· Eddie Lewis’ goal in the 35th minute was his first-ever goal for the Galaxy and his first in MLS since September 19, 1999 when he was a member of the San Jose Clash.
· Chris Klein started for the 111th consecutive game, extending his own MLS record. He is the only Galaxy player to appear in all 26 of the club’s games so far.
· Defender Eduardo Dominguez missed his third straight game while in Argentina with his wife, who gave birth to the couple’s first child on Sept. 15.
· With Chris Rolfe’s goal in the 13th minute, the Galaxy have now allowed the first goal in seven of their last nine games, including each of their last five games away from The Home Depot Center. This year the Galaxy are 2-11-4 when allowing the first goal of the game and 5-0-2 when scoring the first.
· The Galaxy are now 0-4-0 all-time at Toyota Park, losing all three of their league games there as well as the 2006 U.S. Open Cup Final.
· The attendance for tonight’s game was a sellout of 20,156.
· For more about tonight’s game, please visit
· The Galaxy are back in action at home on Saturday, October 4, when they take on the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on FSN Prime Ticket. The match will also be available live on the radio on KTLK 1150 AM (English) and KWKW 1330 ESPN Deportes (Spanish).


Anonymous said...

Galaxy fan through thick and thin.

Anonymous said...

i agree with the above and i never talk bad about any of the players i believe that they all have their talents and that if the coaches think they deserved to be on the team then they should be there but i do believe that the defense was lacking today but it may just be jet lag...but this is giving them practice for next year so they can actually make it to the playoffs

charlesj27 said...

I'm sorry LA Galaxy fans. I am. Hate me if you must. I cannot be a part of this shennanigans that's going on with this team any longer. Go ahead and call me whatever names you want to... BUt, the display yesterday night was the last straw for me!!! The plays on the field are not at all of MLS standard. This organization has the money, the marketing, the backing, and the influence to steer this would-be great, stellar team into the right direction (the direction of quality, smart, connective, fluid, strong soccer). I saw none of these things for the past few years now (with the exception of a handful of games). I have a brain; I am studied & learned; and, I am not going to sit here and swallow "stupid" pills. Sorry!!!

Anonymous said...

And ticket prices are going up to watch this????????

lgald said...

I hear you anonymous, I am too but I feel that they're play is horrible! Just no real effort being put into winning. I get the sense that the players feel the season is over so the main concern is not winning but instead not taking any risks that could possibly allow for injury. At least Chivas looks like they'll make the playoffs! As for the Galaxy...only way I can watch them nowadays is with my drink on because they're play disgusts me!

Anonymous said...

we need to let donovan go to germany and pick up casey keller he should be available by next season o ya cronin and wicks are garbage

luvbecks said...

Germany. come and get him now. We will pay you the 8 mill. Watch him score 3 against DC--- he's great a real bargain.
PS Don't watch his pathetic display at Chicago, it was just an off night.

Anonymous said...

i watched super sunday plus on FSC on sunday and max bretos made a comment that for the galaxy to work they need to get rid of landon or becks so they can use that money to get better players, i think keep both of them and get rid of edson buddle -he's to slow to match up with donovan, he loses the ball everytime he has it. i know he's scored 13 goals this season, but he's just to slow. bench him and use jordan, he's faster and can match up with donovan, gordon - he just sucks, pires - sucks, vanney - i like him but it's obvious he's tired, he should hang up his jersey and retire.

Garrett said...

Does anyone know if Landon and David will be at the home game on 10/12/08? It looks like England and USA both have games the day before. Just wonding if these two would leave this far in the playoffs when we need them most.

lgald said...

ok, here's my useless reply to anonymous last post:
1. Offense is not the issue here!
Edson is getting it done, though not on a consistent basis. Why get rid of Edsen? He compliments Landon and Landon more than likely will be gone next season. Keep Edsen, he's a good player.
2. Get rid of Cronin and Wicks. Cronin has proven he cant keep goal against ayso. Wicks seems to be better but come on...this is professional soccer! Why should we have to put up with ridiculous goal keeping under the " they need to mature" umbrella? Didnt they grow up playing soccer? Give me a break!
3. Becks needs to figure out how to help this team, for 5 million plus per season, its part of his responsibility to assist in getting this team to win. I dont see that, all I see is him getting angry all the time and losing his cool. I'm not sure that is helping this team.

luvbecks said...

Agree with #2. Cronin and Wicks are way below standard.
#3 If you can't see what Beckham is doing, maybe you should stick with throwball.

Anonymous said...

The USA is known for world class talent when it comes to goalkeepers and we settle for high school level goalkeeping. What an embarrasement!!!!