In preseason action, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy fell to Real Salt Lake on Friday at the Home Depot Center by the score of 1-0. Ned Grabavoy scored the only score of the game from Kenny Mansally in the 27th minute of play.
Juninho earned 30 minutes of playing time in the defeat, but the match was hindered by inclement weather that was hounding the Southland.
“We’re moving forward, the game was not very good on either side, but that’s life,” said Arena to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “Our passing wasn’t particularly good, our movement wasn’t particularly good…It wasn’t that pleasant to watch today, but that’s life and its part of the way we’re moving forward in the preseason.”
I played 30 minutes; it’s different when you play with the younger guys because you run a lot. It was good though and I feel fine,” Juninho added. “I’m still 70-80 percent [fit] and I hope I’m starting in the next game. I need a little bit more time, but we’ll see. I’ll talk to Bruce and I’ll talk to him for next game.”
LA Galaxy 0, Real Salt Lake 1
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
RSL – Ned Grabavoy (Kenny Mansally) 27’
LA Galaxy: Carlo Cudicini (Brian Rowe 61’); Sean Franklin (Oscar Sorto 61’), AJ. DeLaGarza, Tommy Meyer (Kofi Opare 61’), Todd Dunivant (Bryan Gaul 61’); Hector Jimenez (Michael Stephens 46), Rafael Garcia (Andy Reimer 61’), Marcelo Sarvas (Juninho 63’), Colin Clark (Greg Cochrane 61’); Mike Magee (Jack McBean 46’), Robbie Keane (Paul Arriola 61’).
In regards to the situation concerning Landon Donovan, Arena was confident that everything would be ironed out within the next two months.
“We expect to have Landon back in the near future, and by that I mean I would hope over the next couple of months we have that whole thing settled and he’s back on the field playing for the Galaxy,” Arena told Serrano. “When he comes back, he comes back. I’m not going to worry about it. We’re going to have a team ready to play come March 3, whether Landon’s here or not.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to be. But we’re going about our business. You lose players all the time: injuries, suspensions, [World Cup] qualifiers. A lot of things impact your ability to have all your players on the field at the same time. If this is another example, then so be it. And we’ll get on with it.”