Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Galaxy's Open Cup Run Ends with 2-0 Loss at Seattle

LA Galaxy 0, Seattle Sounders FC 2
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Starfire Sports Complex – Tukwila, Wash.

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal

Scoring Summary:
SEA – Nate Jaqua 2 (Miguel Montano 1) 50’
SEA – Nate Jaqua 3 (Miguel Montano 2) 62’

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Alex Cazumba (Yellow Card) 45’
LA – Bryan Jordan (Yellow Card) 70’
SEA – David Estrada (Yellow Card) 89’
LA – Alan Gordon (Yellow Card) 89’

LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo (Sean Franklin 71’), Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Lewis; Chris Klein© (Dema Kovalenko 69’), Bryan Jordan, Jovan Kirovski (Juninho 72’), Alex Cazumba; Clint Mathis, Alan Gordon.

Subs Not Used: Donovan Ricketts, Todd Dunivant, Michael Stephens, Tristan Bowen.

Seattle Sounders FC: Terry Boss; Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni, Tyson Wahl; Sanna Nyassi, Nathan Sturgis, Mike Seamon (James Riley 78’), Miguel Montano (Leo Gonzalez 71’); Roger Levesque, Nate Jaqua© (David Estrada 86’).

Subs Not Used: Kasey Keller, Steve Zakuani, Pat Noonan, Fredy Monteo.

• With the loss, the Galaxy have been eliminated from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
• The Galaxy are now 6-2 all-time in the Open Cup Quarterfinals. This is LA’s first loss in this stage of the competition since 1999, their inaugural foray into the Open Cup.
• Bruce Arena made one change to the team that beat AC St. Louis in the Third Round of the Open Cup on June 29 at The Home Depot Center. Omar Gonzalez started in central defense alongside Leonardo, with Tristan Bowen beginning the game on the bench.
• The Galaxy were without Mike Magee, who missed the game through injury, while Gregg Berhalter, Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan were each rested for the game.
• Dema Kovalenko began the game on the bench after serving a one game suspension in the Third Round win over AC St. Louis.
• Ten of the 11 starters for the Galaxy in tonight’s game did not start in the Galaxy’s last MLS game, a 3-1 win over Seattle at The Home Depot Center on Sunday. Only Gonzalez, who is suspended for Saturday’s game at New England, started that game and this one. He played the full 90 minutes in each.
• Each of the Galaxy’s first two Open Cup games this season have been tied 0-0 at the half.
• Jovan Kirovski had the Galaxy’s best chance of the first half, hitting the right post with a shot in the 39th minute.
• Nate Jaqua’s goal in the 50th minute was the first goal allowed by Josh Saunders since the 84th minute of LA’s 3-2 loss to Colorado on April 4, 2009. Since then, he had played 656 consecutive minutes in MLS regular season, postseason and Open Cup action without allowing a goal.
• Saunders finished the game with five saves.
• LA fell behind 1-0 in the 50th minute and trailed the game for the final 40 minutes. That is the longest they have trailed a game all season long.
• The first two goals scored by Seattle were the first goals that the Galaxy had allowed in official competitions this season with Leonardo on the field.
• Chris Klein began the game as the Galaxy’s captain for the first time this season. He left the game in the 69th minute and gave the armband to Eddie Lewis.
• Dema Kovalenko replaced Klein, making his first appearance for LA since the 2-0 win at Chivas USA on April 1. He had missed the last three months with a right quad strain.
• Prior to today’s game, the last time LA gave up two goals in a game was Game One of their Western Conference Semifinal Series against Chivas USA, a game that ended 2-2.
• LA last gave up two goals in an Open Cup game in the 2006 U.S. Open Cup Final, when they lost 3-1 to Chicago.
• The Galaxy were outshot 21-10 in the game and had just two shots on goal compared to seven for the Sounders.
• The attendance for today’s game was a sellout crowd of 4,512.
• Despite the loss, the Galaxy remain nine points clear at the top of the Western Conference with an 11-1-3 mark in MLS play, giving them 39 points at the halfway point of the season.
• The Galaxy are back in action in league play on Saturday night when they take on the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. That game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on Prime Ticket, starting with the “Galaxy Live” pregame show at 4 p.m.
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1 comment:

charlesj27 said...

Well, the stats (positive-spin) may may it look like the game might have been a battle at both ends... but, my feeling is that the LA Galaxy players were:
(a) groggy/tired/not-in-tune
(b) slower / much more reactive on the plays than pro-active... most probably in the beginning 10-15 minutes...
(c) could not establish a plan-of-action on which way to attack on a field they do not know...

It's okay - kinda' what I expected... there's just no way these players can come together to win every single game. It's just not going to happen (as much as we would love to see it)... physically and mentally being realistic - Bruce, Dave, Cobi, trainers, and players are going to have to choose what and which are most necessary and go after those with incredible preparedness and focus. Let the Seattle Sounders be joyous and "run away" with this win in the competition. It's on losses liek this one the players - especially those that played in the competition - will heve to take it upon themselves to be sharper, quicker, more competitive, and learn from what things went wrong.