Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dema and Donovan Up for Honors

Fresh off perhaps his best performance in a Galaxy uniform, Galaxy midfielder Dema Kovalenko has been nominated for the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week award. With LA leading 1-0 late in the first half, Kovalenko's broke the Columbus defense, and following some neat interplay between Dema, Jovan and Landon and slotted a shot underneath William Hesmer for the eventual game-winning goal.

You can see the goal (and all of the other nominees) and vote for your favorite here.

About 15 minutes before Kovalenko put LA up 2-0, Donovan Ricketts made the save of the night, stopping the Crew's Steven Lenhart on a breakaway, keeping the score 1-0. That save has now been nominated for the NAPA Save of the Week award, an honor that Ricketts claimed back in Week 10 of this season.

Re-live Ricketts' save and be sure to vote for it here.


Anonymous said...

So Dema and Kirovski have their one good game of the year...The firepower is still not there for the tough, come-from-behind games

charlesj27 said...

Very happy for Dema and Kirovski that all of their work on training field and playing during competion actually got them on the scoreboard. I think one of the key differences with the LAG v Columbus game this past week was both of these players trust, comfortability, and fitness level. I believe they are physically where they needed to be to be of important contribution in MLS season games. I know both of them are competitive and will fight for their chance and their place to play as part of the 1st team... but, I truly hope that this team (collectively) veterans and rookies are starting to gel better on the field. Positioning during competition play is so, so vital for getting the edge on attacks and counter-attacks. I hope that Tristan, Michael, and MikeM will all get some way to get playing time. I would hate for them to just keep sitting on the bench. Ball passing, Ball crossing, and Quick Touches in and out of crowded plays become immensely more difficult when players don't play in actual competition games.

I cannot fault nor argue against "Anonymous" claims that fire-power (attacking with completion of sequences ending at opposition's net) is still questionable and lacking in the games where we would or do fall behind first. Unfortunately, we know and have seen this to be true.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully when D.B. gets fully back to health The Galaxy come from behind firepower will pick up

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to tonights MLS Matches. Also, I am interested to see how The Galaxy, Becks, Landon & co. do tonight!