Sunday, March 21, 2010

Galaxy End Preseason With 0-0 Draw Against Aguila

LA Galaxy 0, CD Aguila 0
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The Home Depot Center — Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Omar Gonzalez (Yellow Card) 88’

LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts; Alex Cazumba (Todd Dunivant 46’), Leonardo, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin; Dema Kovalenko, Eddie Lewis (Michael Stephens 68’), Juninho (Chris Klein 87’), Tristan Bowen (Chris Birchall 46’), Landon Donovan©, Edson Buddle.

Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Kevin Guppy, Yohance Marshall, A.J. DeLaGarza, Bryan Jordan.

CD Aguila: Miguel Montes, Hermes Martinez, Isaac Zelaya, William Cabrera, Deris Umanzor, Gliberto Murgas (Eliseo Salamanca 74’), Arturo Albarran (Luis Hernandez 66’), William Alegria (Darwin Bonilla 65’), Leonel Guevara, Francisco Alvarez (Nelson Reyes 86’), Rudis Corrales (Shawn Martin 74’)

Subs Not Used: Benji Villalobos.

• With the draw, the Galaxy finish the preseason with a 6-0-3 record.
• The Galaxy were 2-0-0 against college teams, 1-0-0 against USASA teams, 2-0-2 against MLS opponents and 1-0-1 against foreign opposition.
• The Galaxy allowed just two goals in their nine preseason games, with both of those coming in a 5-2 win over San Diego State.
• Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant and Chris Klein were all in the lineup for the Galaxy after returning from Washington D.C. last night. They were in the Nation’s Capital as part of the MLS Players Union at the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. Donovan played the full 90 minutes while Dunivant played 45 minutes and Klein played the final three minutes.
• Donovan Ricketts did not have to make a save for the Galaxy to keep the clean sheet.
• The Galaxy outshot Aguila 19-2 in the game while shots on goal were 6-0 in favor of the Galaxy.
• The Galaxy’s three Brazilian offseason acquisitions – Alex Cazumba, Juninho and Leonardo all started for the Galaxy.
• Michael Stephens, the Galaxy’s first round draft pick out of UCLA, came off the bench and played the final 22 minutes in midfield.
• This was the Galaxy’s third all-time game against CD Aguila. They are now 1-0-2 in those games, tying 1-1 in San Salvador on February 21, 1999 and winning 3-1at the Rose Bowl on May 29, 2002.
• The attendance for today’s game was 6,364.
• The Galaxy are back in action on Saturday night when they host the New England Revolution in the MLS season opener at The Home Depot Center. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. and can be seen live on Fox Soccer Channel.
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charlesj27 said...

Granted that CD Aguila's players were more capable of playing more dangerous attacking sequences over and over again due to them having played much more into their season... I thought our LA Galaxy players played a decent game. It wasn't nearly as good as it could be - but, all of the players put in good effort and work to build up the LA Galaxy attack whenever they could.
That being said - there were several chances where the LA Galaxy got the ball into the attacking third - but, took too many touches and shifts/re-directions allowing the opposing team to catch up and bring back defensive numbers. When HC Bruce and HA Dave reviews the video with the players, they will see where they held onto the ball too many times and lost their scoring "moments". It became too hard / too complicated for the attacking LA Galaxy players. But, I did appreciate the fact that there are players on this team that are NOT afraid to shoot. That's a huge relief! Landon had several good set-up sequences... however, I think he's realizing that our guys aren't as ready and on the same wavelength as the Everton players were more often.
Definitely, HC Bruce, HA Dave, and AC Cobi have got to spend more time on making players practice and drill quick passing (one-to-two touches maximum) while communicating and reviewing positioning up & down the HDC pitch.
All in all, though, a good hard effort by our players.

Anonymous said...

Eddie L...Please retire