Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez was in action yesterday for the USA Men’s National Team against Honduras in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying action in San Pedro Sula.
However the Galaxy bookend did not help his case late in the second half as he was responsible for giving up the Jerry Bengtson goal that gave Los Catrachos an important 2-1 victory on Wednesday. Who would have guessed that the USA Men’s National Team essentially lost to an MLS-caliber side? The backlash has been intense. MLSSoccer.com’s Greg Seltzer gave Gonzalez a ratings of a 4/10:
“Let’s start with the good: Gonzo’s line step-ups nabbed Honduras time and again. Now, the tough love: The most annoying errors are the one’s you’d not expect him to make, such as rebound-watching with 10 to play in a tied game. Gonzalez also flubbed the late chance at a restart equalizer.”
For the record, The View from Avalon does not grade USA Men’s National Team games but the player ratings would be slightly lower given the caliber of opponent they lost to.
Back on the home front, nagging injuries prevented Charlie Rugg from leaving an impact on the playing field, but now he is back to full fitness and hoping to be in action by the end of the week.
“I’m feeling pretty close, I’m feeling better every day,” Rugg told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “I’m definitely excited to get back out there though.
“The best part about [those injuries] especially with what I’m going through now, I’ve learned patience and I’ve learned when to take time out I’ve learned to be patient, but it is never easy.”
In Academy news, seven members of the Galaxy Under-18s that are signing letters of intents are Paul Arriola (UCLA), Justin Dhillon (Cal Poly), Josh McNeely (UC Santa Barbara), Drew Murphy (UC Santa Barbara), Willie Raygoza (UCLA), Vincent Reyes (Florida International University) and Nathan Smith (UCLA). These players will continue playing on the Under-18 before the start of the 2013-14 college sports season, at which they will play for their respective schools.
Speaking of the Under-18s, they fell to Real So Cal last weekend, 1-0, while the Under-16’s managed a 3-3 draw. Up next are a series of matches with San Juan Soccer Club of Northern California. The following weekend, the Galaxy Academy faces the Vancouver Whitecaps and Redmond, Washington’s Crossfire Premier.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
LA Galaxy U-18’s vs. San Juan Soccer Club Saturday, February 9
Game will be played at Mather Soccer Complex at 11 a.m.
LA Galaxy U-16’s vs. San Juan Soccer Club Saturday, February 9
Game will be played at Mather Soccer Complex at 1:30 p.m.