Saturday, June 13, 2009

Streak Snapped; Galaxy Fall 2-0 to Real Salt Lake

LA Galaxy 0, Real Salt Lake 2
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
RSL – Yura Movsisyan 3 (Clint Mathis 5) 13’
RSL – Nat Borchers 1 (Unassisted) 51’

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Alan Gordon (Yellow Card) 46’
RSL – Will Johnson (Yellow Card) 59’
RSL – Clint Mathis (Yellow Card) 59’
LA – Jovan Kirovski (Yellow Card) 65’
LA – Eddie Lewis (Red Card) 65’
LA – Omar Gonzalez (Yellow Card) 91+

LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts, A.J. DeLaGarza, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant (Bryan Jordan 78’), Josh Tudela (Chris Klein 46’), Dema Kovalenko, Eddie Lewis©, Mike Magee (Jovan Kirovski 65’), Alan Gordon, Edson Buddle.

Subs Not Used: Kevin Guppy, Tony Sanneh, Leonard Griffin, Stefani Miglioranzi.
Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman©, Will Johnson, Javier Morales, Clint Mathis (Ned Grabavoy 79’), Yura Movsisyan, Fabian Espindola (Tino Nunez 87’).

Subs Not Used: Chris Seitz, David Horst, Raphael Cox, Ian Joy, Luis Miguel Escalada.

• With the loss the Galaxy are now 2-2-9 on the season, leaving them tied for fifth place with Real Salt Lake. Both teams are two points behind fourth place Colorado and five points ahead of seventh place FC Dallas who lost 3-1 to Houston earlier tonight.
• Bruce Arena made two changes to the team that beat Toronto FC 2-1 at BMO Field last weekend. Gregg Berhalter, who missed that game through suspension returned to central defense in place of Tony Sanneh while Edson Buddle, who scored the game-winning goal in that game started in place of Chris Klein.
• Josh Saunders was not in the lineup fro the first time this season after suffering a sprained right ankle in training on Wednesday. Taking his place on the bench was MLS League Pool goalkeeper Kevin Guppy. Guppy was on the bench for the Galaxy in their friendly win over CS Herediano on Tuesday but was in the 18-man squad for an official MLS game for the first-time ever.
• The Galaxy were also without the injured Sean Franklin and Yohance Marshall who are both on the Disabled List with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.
• Landon Donovan also missed the game while with the U.S. National Team at the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.
• The loss snaps the Galaxy’s 10-game unbeaten streak, which was the second longest in MLS this season. The Galaxy were 2-0-8 during the streak, with only the Chicago Fire’s 11-game unbeaten streak besting the Galaxy’s.
• Yura Movsisyan’s 13th minute goal for Real Salt Lake put the Galaxy behind 1-0. They have now allowed the first goal in nine of their 13 goals this season, going 0-2-7 in those nine games.
• The 1-0 halftime deficit for the Galaxy meant that the club has now trailed at the half four times, going 0-1-3 in those games and have failed to score in the opening 45 minutes of eight if their 13 games.
• Chris Klein entered the game at halftime in place of Josh Tudela, extending his MLS record consecutive games played streak to 127 games.
• Eddie Lewis was sent off in the 65th minute of the game, becoming the fifth Galaxy player to be sent off this season. All five of the red cards have come at home. It was the third red card of Lewis’ MLS career and his first since 1997.
• LA’s five red cards this season are their most since being shown five red cards in 2007. Only in 1998, when seven Galaxy players were sent off, has the club had more players sent off in a season.
• Donovan Ricketts has now allowed more than one goal in a game for the second time this season, with both occurrences coming against Real Salt Lake.
• With the loss, Ricketts is no longer undefeated as an MLS goalkeeper. He is now 2-1-8 in goal on the season.
• Prior to tonight’s game, the last time that the Galaxy allowed more than one goal at home was on April 4 when they lost 3-2 to the Colorado Rapids. Before tonight that was the Galaxy’s only loss of the season.
• The last time the Galaxy were shutout before tonight’s game was the 0-0 draw with Chivas USA on April 11.
• With their two goals against the Galaxy tonight, Real Salt Lake has now scored two goals in each of their last seven games against the Galaxy.
• The loss tonight was the Galaxy’s first in their all-white uniforms. LA had opened the season 2-0-8 in their white shirt and white shorts.
• The attendance for today’s game was 19,718.
• The Galaxy are back in action on Saturday, June 20 when they travel to Northern California to take on the San Jose Earthquakes at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. C That game kicks off at 1 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on ESPN2.
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charlesj27 said...

We had very good attendance tonight. So, everyone got to see our team get burned and put/swept under the rug. Nope - not the way I wanted to walk away from the HDC. I'm not at all going to say it was due to the lack of will or of trying. Our team tried very much and had the will to impose... but, NOT the speed to catch up to the threats of Movsisyan, Espindola, and Morales. We will continue to get burned by faster players who have been playing soccer/football since age 4. Wake up, Bruce - Wake the heck up!!! Please, for the love of goodness, please sign those YOUNGER trialists. PLEASE!!! I'm sorry - but, the elder statesmen are NOT going to get us the points in scoring... I knwo they'r esolid, great, class guys - but, this is not about prim & proper - it's about guts, toughness, ability, agility, and handling of quick movements and decisions!
I'm sorry - but, the ref got it all wrong on Eddie's red card. Please, let MLS take another look - that's NOT a RED CARD!!! Kirovski's Yellow - YEP! Saw it! That's a YELLOW! Well, another ref who wants to be the dictator of the fields. If Bruce doesn't bring in the necessary players (PLAYERS, Bruce - plural!!!) - we are going to be on a downward skid pretty soon! It will happen - I'm sorry - but, 35 years of age is the cut-off!!! Over that - in this league - it's disastrous!!! Get it through your ego-heavy chest & head, Bruce!!!
We fought through many periods of this game - especially after the red card; but, we were NOT the sharper, quicker team! That's what's really hurting us... We need a team with more sharper, quicker guys... This is why training sessions, scrimmages, soocer tennis, passing, runs & counter-runs are so vital! Movements, positioning, and passes have to be so quick and accurate - otherwise, that chance of building a good, sustainable attack is gone! I am happy with this team's fight, will, and commradery - but, we will continue to get beat and lose, unless we address the slowness and the age issues!!!

Anonymous said...

I now want to laugh at all the people who made comments against Landon from last game he was missing that go along the lines "oh they can finally score now that LD" is gone. Um what happened tonight he is still gone?!

Mark v sec 132 said...

Dema, Klein and Jordan were the only ones with any spark. Can't blame Ricketts, the backline hung him out to dry. EVERYONE else sucked. I hate to say it, but tonight it was true.

BrownieACB said...

Lets put this in the "forget" flie and road trip to san joseANGEL CITY BRIGADE will be going in full force, see yous there

Mark Villa sec. 132 said...

hey anonymous, with the lack of passing, effort, speed and hustle displayed last night, nothing and no one could have helped.

footballlvr said...

" now want to laugh at all the people who made comments against Landon from last game he was missing that go along the lines "oh they can finally score now that LD" is gone. Um what happened tonight he is still gone?!"
At least we didn't have to see him standing around sulking and thhere were no penalties so the liklehood of him scoring virtually zero.
Charles sorry if you write in that style I have to correct your grammar:
"we will continue to get beat and lose,"

beaten not beat.

ds said...

Did not get to see this game. What happened with the red card to Eddie and was it legit?

charlesj27 said...

You are indeed correct, It's my grammatical mistake. Thanks for watching out for my lax use of the English prose. If I can comment, then, I must also be able to withstand and take note of errors/corrections.
Let's just hope that Bruce lights a massive fire within their heads & bodies to come out of San Jose next weekend with nothing but a victory. I don't think that's a tall order to ask.

Anonymous said...

Lewis deserved the red for stupidity if not the act of throwing the ball at a player down on the ground. Arena's vets were supposed to be composed enough to carry this team on their shoulders but they are the ones leting everyone down. Lewis was personally responsible for giving up both goals. kirovsky could not hit a pass when he came in (drew a yellow minute in) and Berhalter was clutching and grabbing all night because he just can't when any of the attackers in this league.

ds said...

Thank you anonymous! Aye Eddie what were you thinking. Sounds like I missed the perfect game because of their crappy playing!

MT said...

To be fair, ds, Lewis' red card wasn't all that clear. First, he was rightly frustrated with the yellow given to Kirovsky - that was a terrible call plain and simple. Second, and more importantly, Lewis didn't throw a fastball at the fallen player. If anything, it was a yellow card, if that. I think the red was wholly undeserved, as are most of them in this card-hungry league.

That said, the Galaxy played terribly, particularly on the right wing.