Saturday, July 11, 2009

Buddle First Half Goal Gives LA 1-0 Win in SuperClasico

LA Galaxy 1, Chivas USA 0
Saturday, July 11, 2009
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
LA – Edson Buddle 3 (A.J. DeLaGarza 1, Mike Magee 5) 30’

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Alecko Eskandarian (Yellow Card) 65’

LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders, A.J. DeLaGarza, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Stefani Miglioranzi, Jovan Kirovski (Tony Sanneh 87’), Landon Donovan©, Mike Magee (Chris Klein 78’), Edson Buddle, Alecko Eskandarian (Eddie Lewis 72’).

Subs Not Used: Kevin Guppy, Leonard Griffin, Bryan Jordan, Tristan Bowen.

Chivas USA: Zach Thornton, Sasha Victorine, Carey Talley, Jonathan Bornstein, Ante Jazic (Bobby Burling 59’), Jesse Marsch©, Paulo Nagamura, Sacha Kljestan (Chukwudi Chijindu 68’), Bojan Stepanovic (Eduardo Lillingston 46’), Maykel Galindo, Atiba Harris.

Subs Not Used: Lance Parker, Mariano Trujillo, Jorge Flores, Gerson Mayen.

• With the win the Galaxy are now 5-3-9 on the season, giving them 24 points. LA remains in a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference, even on points with Colorado, who defeated FC Dallas 1-0 at home earlier in the day. Both teams are now four points ahead of sixth place Real Salt Lake and three points behind third place Chivas USA.
• Bruce Arena made on change to the team that defeated New England 1-0 last weekend. Landon Donovan was back in the starting lineup for the first time since leaving for international duty in late May, replacing Eddie Lewis on the left side of midfield. Lewis began the game on the bench, replacing Alecko Eskandarian in the 72nd minute.
• The Galaxy were without Donovan Ricketts who missed his second straight game while on international duty with Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. They were also without Sean Franklin, Alan Gordon, Dema Kovalenko and Julian Valentin who are all out with injuries.
• Edson Buddle scored his third goal of the season in the 30th minute. It was the first goal that he scored in a game that he started. Buddle’s previous two tallies, against Kansas City on May 30 and at Toronto FC on June 6, came in game’s that he began on the bench.
• The goal gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead for the third consecutive game. The last time that LA scored the game’s opening goal in three consecutive games was on June 7, June 14 and June 21 last season. The Galaxy went 2-0-1 in those games, beating Colorado at home 3-2 on June 7, winning away to San Jose 3-0 on June 14 and drawing Columbus 3-3 at home on June 21.
• A.J. DeLaGarza collected the first assist of his MLS career on Buddle’s goal, providing the cross for Buddle to head past Zach Thornton.
• Mike Magee also assisted on the goal for his team-leading fifth assist of the year. This is the first time since the season’s opening game against D.C. United that a player other than Landon Donovan has led the Galaxy in assists.
• The Galaxy have now scored a first half goal in each of the last three games, the first time that they have accomplished the feat this season.
• Alecko Eskandarian and Ante Jazic became the second and third players in the history of the Honda SuperClasico to have played for both sides against the other. Paulo Nagamura was the first player to do so, having played for LA against Chivas USA in 2005 and 2006 before joining Chivas USA in 2007 and facing the Galaxy every season since.
• However, Eskandarian is the first player to player on both sides of the SuperClasico in the same season.
• Chris Klein entered the game in the 78th minute, replacing Mike Magee and stretching his MLS record consecutive games played streak to 132.
• The Galaxy have now won three straight games for the first time since September 30, October 7 and October 13 in 2007. Those three wins were part of a five-game winning streak for LA.
• With the 1-0 win, the Galaxy have now earned four of their five wins this season by identical 1-0 scorelines, including each of the last three. Before the last three games, the Galaxy had never won three straight games by the same 1-0 score.
• Josh Saunders needed to make just two saves for his second consecutive clean sheet. The Galaxy now have three straight shutouts, something that they have not done since July 4, July 8 and July 15 in 2006. Those three shutouts were part of a run of five straight shutouts for the Galaxy that season.
• The attendance for today’s game was 23,409.
• The Galaxy are back in action on Thursday, July 16 when they travel to New York to take on the New York Red Bulls for the final time ever at Giants Stadium. The game kicks off at 5 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on Fox Soccer Channel.
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Anonymous said...

Great win for the defense. Let's not screw it up by giving the armband to Beckham.

MEG said...

"Let's not screw it up by giving the armband to Beckham." So Donovan was out there leading his team? Becks had more impact on the game from off the pitch. How many times did he even touch the ball? His comments after the game"I was very tired". Maybe he should give back some of his 900,000.00 salary as he was critizing Beckham for being overpaid.Amazing how this wannabe who couldn't even make it in a 3rd rate team in Germany and even to his fans is known to not show up for most games could criticize the most professional player in the world. Donovan attitude with the US team was praised. This proves how bad his attitude is as it should be automatic. If professionalism is being judged compare Donovan's trashing of a team mate to Beckham's reply where he did not say a word against Donovan.

charlesj27 said...

You're most likely not going to agree with me on this. But, here goes nonetheless... Personally, I really, really do believe that the captaincy of the LA Galaxy team should be retained by Landon Donovan. Why? Because, Landon Donovan has been with the LA Galaxy longer; has played with the LA Galaxy a LOT more; and genuinely carries on the "team-mate" role with the rest of the LA Galaxy's current players better than David Beckham has! Now, is Landon Donovan worth $900K in salary? NO. I do NOT believe that Landon has proved to me that as a soccer player in MLS - he deserves to rake in that salary.
To me, Guillerme Schellotto, Jaime Moreno, Dwayne De Rosario, and Javier Morales - these are exceptional players that deserve that type of salary. The players mentioned above have clearly displayed their contribution, their effect, and their creativity of play in MLS games! To me, Landon Donovan should be at about $425K in MLS pay. I am sure that Landon Donovan knows full-well how clearly well-off he is with the LA Galaxy; and, that probably no other MLS club would be willing to pay him that same pay he's getting now! LA Galaxy is the ideal club, in an ideal location for Landon.
Was it unprofessional to go to reporters to vent and get his few sentences in? I'm not sure / I do not have enough info to judge that! Because, if David Beckham, his entourage of publicists, lawyers, and advisors shield him from ever hearing or even accepting bad news/ bad reality... then, Landon may have thought that this is one of the few "real" options/avenues he has to get his point across.
Look - I really care for this club and this team. And, I absolutely love soccer. And, of course, I want to see soccer get HUGE in the USA. What I absolutely do NOT want is more gripe, more strife, and this ugly "back-stabbing" in the locker room and on the field. Bruce Arena, so far, has done a decent job as could be done in getting this team, its players, and its results to where it is. To me, I believe all LA Galaxy fans have to make the case... that, finally after two miserable, shuddering years, this trend of coming back as a better, stronger, more cohesive team is worth standing up and shouting for!

Anonymous said...

C27 you are way too nice to the idiot footlover. Donovan played 90 minutes while being sick. You could see in his face and hear it in his voice. So kudos to him to play in an important match for us. Beckham has no right or claim to the LA arm band because he deserted his team for personal gain.

MEG said...

Charles, Actually I do agree with most of what you say. I don't really care who wears the armband more about what all the players do on the pitch and I don't believe the captaincy shuld relate to length of time on the team.
Anonymous, I am by no means an idiot, thank you very much. Maybe Donovan was sick on Saturday but what is his excuse for the other 95% of games for which he does not ptoduce?