Saturday, April 18, 2009

Galaxy Fight Back to Earn 1-1 Draw with San Jose

LA Galaxy 1, San Jose Earthquakes 1
April 18, 2009
Oakland Alameda Coliseum – Oakland, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
SJ – Pablo Campos 1 (Chris Leitch 3) 5’
LA – Bryan Jordan 1 (Landon Donovan 3, Dema Kovalenko 1) 76’

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Dema Kovalenko (Yellow Card) 25’
SJ – Ramiro Corrales (Yellow Card) 67’
LA – Stefani Miglioranzi (Yellow Card) 73’
SJ – Nick Garcia (Yellow Card) 90’
SJ – Quincy Amarikawa (Yellow Card) 91+

LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts, Omar Gonzalez, Tony Sanneh, A.J. DeLaGarza (Chris Klein 65’), Eddie Lewis, Sean Franklin, Dema Kovalenko, Stefani Miglioranzi, Landon Donovan©, Mike Magee (Bryan Jordan 56’), Jovan Kirovski (Todd Dunivant 79’).

Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Yohance Marshall, Josh Tudela, Tristan Bowen.
San Jose Earthquakes: Joe Cannon, Chris Leitch, Nick Garcia, Ryan Cochrane, Nick Garcia, Eric Denton, Simon Elliott (Davide Somma 86’), Ramiro Corrales©, Arturo Alvarez, Bobby Convey, Pablo Campos (Quincy Amarikawa 65’), Ryan Johnson (Cam Weaver 79’).

Subs Not Used: Andrew Weber, Jamil Roberts, Brandon McDonald, Michael Zahar.

· With the draw, the Galaxy are now 0-1-3 on the season, leaving them alone in sixth place in the Western Conference with three points.
· Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made four changes to his lineup from the 0-0 draw with Chivas USA last weekend. Tony Sanneh, Dema Kovalenko Jovan Kirovski and Mike Magee were all brought back into the team, replacing Gregg Berhalter and Alan Gordon who were suspended and Chris Klein and Josh Tudela who started the game on the bench.
· In addition to Berhalter and Gordon, the Galaxy were also without Edson Buddle and Leonard Griffin who missed the game through injury.
· Chris Klein started the game on the bench, ending his MLS record streak of 118 consecutive starts, which began in June 2005 when he was a member of the Kansas City Wizards. Klein did enter the game as a second half substitute, meaning that he is now just two games away from his 300th career game played in MLS.
· As a result of Pablo Campos’ first half goal, the Galaxy have now surrendered the opening goal in three of their four games this season.
· That was the only goal allowed by the Galaxy in the game, meaning that the club has only allowed one goal in the last two games. At no point during the 2008 season did LA allow just one goal over any two game span.
· Bryan Jordan’s goal was the first of the season and the second of his MLS career. Jordan scored his first career goal in the 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake on September 6, 2008.
· Landon Donovan assisted on Jordan’s goal, meaning that he has now scored or assisted on all five of the Galaxy’s goals this season.
· Donovan, who used to play for the Earthquakes, has now scored or assisted on nine of the 13 goals that LA has scored against San Jose since the start of the 2005 season. He has five goals and four assists in that time.
· Three of the Galaxy’s five goals scored this season have come in the final 15 minutes of the game.
· Todd Dunivant entered the game in the 79th minute, making his first appearance of the 2009 season. Dunivant had missed each of the first three games while rehabbing from ankle surgery.
· Dema Kovalenko was shown a yellow card in the first half of the game, meaning that he has been either booked or sent off in all three MLS games in which he has appeared in for the Galaxy.
· The attendance for today’s game was 15,682.
· The Galaxy are back in action next Saturday night when they travel to Colorado to take on the Colorado Rapids. That game will be played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.; starting at 7:30 p.m. FS West will carry the game on tape delay starting at 10 p.m.
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Anonymous said...

Franklin still is lazy and doesnt get into position ever. I still dont see why BJ doesnt start. The whole pace of the game changed when he went in. And he will run his butt off. They need to be starting Klein at defense instead of two rookies who obviously cost them the goal in the game. What also bothers me is why doesnt LD get in the box on corners hes one of the few that can actually make a goal with his head. Its not that hard to take a corner. And LD needs to get up instead of being back. When he gets the ball up in the offensive half he makes magic happen but with the coach playing him as a deep forward he cant do that. They were also playing long ball and losing it almost everytime it was kicked long. They need to cut the stupid fouls as well. 29 fouls total between the two teams is ridiculous. Im not seeing any improvement in this team!

charlesj27 said...

For me, my issues were with Magee and Kirovski. If Landon is going to play attacking midfielder role/second striker role... then, Magee and Kirovski have to play with much more aggressiveness and energy. Those two players were responsible in pushing forward and keeping the virtual line well into their third. Sean Franklin (for me) was superb. He is not the next Ricketts (Toronto FC) or Klejstan, by any means. But, he is trying is hardest to go forward. Unfortunately, he's going to be held back until the back-line keeps pushing forward, managing space, and trapping balls getting onto their heads and chests. This is why it is very hard to play a 3-man back system. Right now, the one team that does it somewhat effectively is Real Salt Lake. And, that's because of Russell, Olave, and Borchers. All three players that have incrdible fitness and power. Tony is too aged for playing the 3-man back system (Sorry, Tony - no ill-will or diss intended... I'm 37 myself and I know my stamina, capabilities, and limits on field). In a 3-man back system, it is the 2 Defensive Midfielders that will doing a LOT... a LOT of the dirty work. The 2 defensive midfielders have to very connected, in tune, and willing to run all over the place.
1) One cannot deny that this league is and will continue to play a hard-fouhgt, shoving, pushing, tripping PHYSICAL game. It is the innane nature of the American Sport System. Soccer in America is going to be about physicality, strength, power, and fitness. That means that Ben Yauss, Armando Rivera, and Cecilia Gutierrez must spend the time necessary with our players to make them fully understand and responsible for their fitness levels.
2) The only way to improve the connective quality & fluidity in this game is to be playing continuous, competitive matches. To this end, our youngsters have to - have to keep playing in games. If their roles are subs - then they have to play for 20 - 25 minutes in games. It's a must. Otherwise, their sharpness, decision-making, confidence, and readiness will all go to waste.
3) LA Galaxy midfielders and forwards MUST, MUST continue to play, practice, train with each other - especially on passing, setting up, and shooting. This is absolutely critical.
4) Goal-Keepers are the final stop, they need to understand how to handle the load and hte pressure. Maintain focus & alertness. But, very importantly, they need to always communicate to their players. It is a MUST!
5) AJ Delagarza, Yohance Marshall, Julian Valentin, Leonard Griffin - all of these guys need to play more... they have to play in competitive games - otherwise, their timing, runs, instinct is not going to improve.
Hope the same energy, power, guts, and fight is other for the rest of the games. Especially for next week. We owe Colorado bad. I want us to give them a harsh wake-up call!