Saturday, March 14, 2009

On the Field and Ready for Chicago

The lineups are in, and the Galaxy's starting XI is set. Bruce and Co. will use this as final preparation for next week’s home opener against D.C. United.

Here's who the Galaxy will go with against the Fire.





Subs: Saunders, Valentin, Marshall, Patterson, Bowen, Jordan and Gordon.

Chicago Fire





Subs: Noble, Dykstra, Woolard, Washinton, Brown, Thorrington, Banner, Husidic, Dimitrov, Blanco.

90 - SHOT: Klein played in nearly scores game-winner but is called for offsides.
87 - CORNERKICK: Chicago's send in a cross to the center of the box. Saunders comes out and gets a fist to it. Two deflected shots and then a follow by Chicago. LA freekick ends the attack by Chicago.
86 - CORNERKICK: Donovan sends a low cross into the near post looking for Gonzalez. Defender attempts to clear but Gonzalez deflects for goalkick.
85 - SUB: CHI: Dimitrov in for Nyarko. LA: Marshall in for Franklin.
81 - CORNERKICK: Banner send the ball into the box, it bounce around as several Fire players try to get it on frame but are denied. But, the Galaxy defense clears the ball.
79 - FREEKICK: LA's Donovan earns the follow 25 yards out. Donovan's service finds Gonzalez in the box, but as he battles for position his header just missing the far post.
76 - SUBS: CHI: Banner in for Pappa, LA: Jordon in for Kirovski.
72 - FREEKICK: Donovan chips a 40 yard ball into the box. Sanneh wins the ariel battle but his header floats over the bar for a goalkick.
68 - CROSS: McBride chips a pass from the left wing into Blanco who appears to be in alone on Saunders, but a streaking DeLaGarza flies in to clear the ball over the endline.
63 - LA SUBS: Saunders in for Ricketts, Patterson in for Magee.
62 - PLAYER DOWN - LA's Trainer comes on to check on Ricketts. Looks like he will come off.
60 - CHI SUBS: Blanco in for Mapp, Noble in for Busch.
HALFTIME (No Substitutions by either team)
41 - FREEKICK - From wide left just outside the box, Donovan sends into near post, easily cleared by defense.
39 - CORNERKICK - Mapp send it near to McBride, who kicks it back out. Mapp sends in again. Nyarko, falling, tries to tuck it in but Ricketts clears.
37 - SHOT - Pappa fires a long range shot just missing the right post, but Ricketts shadowed the shot wide.
36 - SHOT - Donovan cut in from the right wing, tries a low shot but Busch has no trouble with the save.
32 - GOAL - Chicago's Marco Pappa with a nice volley from the top of the box into the upper right corner, no chance for Ricketts. Nyarko took on DeLaGarza on the right wing, two cut later DeLaGarza slipped as Nyarko cut to the endline. His cross to the top of the box found Pappa, whose first touch forced the ball up for him to volley. LA 1 - CHI 1
22 - Cross - Cleared by DeLaGarza for cornerkick. Chicago send corner all the way across for a throwin.
16 - SHOT - Chicago's Justin Mapp his a hit shot to the right post, diving save by Ricketts. On the corner, deflection wide for goalkick.
4 - GOAL - Josh Tudela. Landon Donovan cornerkick into the box, clearance by Chicago defender falls to Josh Tudela at the top of the box. Tudela's low shot slips through traffice and finds the inside of the right post. LA 1 - CHI 0

Kickoff - And we are underway at Sun Devil Stadium.


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charlesj27 said...

I really wish there was video streaming of this. But, right now, I'm trying to catch everything through LIVE audio, MLS Match-Tracker, and my imagination. Good luck, LA... I hope the players do well - I hope they play very strong and commanding!

Anonymous said...

Lets Go LA!!!!

charlesj27 said...

Set-piece goal! Deflection taken and put in by Josh Tudela. YESSSS!!! Way to take it, Josh! Don't give up the lead!

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charlesj27 said...

Oh darn, there goes giving up the lead; But, Nyarko flanked and ran, and AJ lost his footing. Now, it's 1 -1 at the 31st minute. Come on LA Galaxy - come on - fight; stay in it! Don't let down!

Anonymous said...

come on LA!!!!!!!!!!!

charlesj27 said...

Okay, so man-to-man marking is definitely better, I think. But, the LA Galaxy team members need to be confident and smart and patient with their passes and crosses. But, that requires all of the players to keep the ball; holding/waiting/rolling and collecting. Now, all in all - the spacing and formation on the field is very, very good. But, competitive games is what truly steadies and educates the players. This is where the veteran players are so valuable!

charlesj27 said...

What? What happened to Donovan Ricketts? Are you kidding me? Was anyone next to him? Is it his hamstring again?