Friday, January 30, 2009

Intrasquad game, Terps Hoops and Europe

In the afternoon session, Bruce and Co. closed out the week by splitting the squad into two for a full field game of two 25-minute halves. The game ended in a 1-1 draw with goals being scored by Alan Gordon and rookie Josh Boateng (pictured above).

-First half ended 0-0. Gordo came closest to scoring, but an offside call waved off the play.

-In the second half, Boateng was on the receiving end of a cross from Bryan Jordan. The play started in the back with Dema Kovalenko sending the ball up top. Israel Sesay used his shoulder to pas the ball to Stefani Miglioranzi near midfield. Miglioranzi then gave it up to Mike Magee who spotted Jordan streaking down the right side. Jordan then lobbed the ball into the box for Boateng who headed in.

-Gordo tied it up with about 13 minutes left in the match. A very good through ball from Ely Allen and a perfectly timed run by Alan (pictured below), allowed him to slip behind the defense and beat the keeper on a one-on-one.
-After the match, Bruce said it was a good day and praised the guys for a strong week of preparations.

- Can you say ready for the PPC? Omar González and A.J. DeLaGarza will be traveling back to Maryland for the weekend. Maryland's Men's Soccer team is going to be honored at halftime of Saturday's Terrapins' men's basketball game against Miami for their national championship season.

Across the pond, Landon Donovan made his Bayern Munich Bundesliga debut earlier in the day. Last season's MLS-goal scoring champion came on in the 77th minute for Bastian Schweinsteiger and provided some nice crosses, but Bayern lost to Hamburg on a goal allowed right before halftime, 1-0. In Italy, David Beckham will look to keep two streaks alive this Sunday when AC Milan takes on Lazio. David has started the last three games for Milan and found the back of the net in the last two.


Anonymous said...

Very glad to know that intra-squad practices and scrimmages are taking place during the pre-season. But, more-so that every person in the pre-season camp knows, understands, and fights for their place in the official LA Galaxy roster. Thanks for the training update.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates! If you have a chance, could you list how they lined up for the scrimmages? Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Any word on Bautista? Did he play? I do not see him on the roster yet...