Los Angeles Galaxy defender Bryan Gaul had a solid outing in preseason play, scoring a brace against Club Tijuana on Tuesday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Gaul scored in the 65th and 91st minutes of play to pace the defending MLS Cup Champions over a Xolos reserve side that were thoroughly outclasses on both sides of the ball.
“[Manager] Bruce [Arena] was talking to me before the game about going forward a lot more and being aggressive and not just going forward, but when you go forward, try to take someone on and provide service,” said Gaul to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “This [performance] was reminder of college because I scored some goals like this in college and it was good to do that again.”
“I’m getting better at [left back] by watching Todd [Dunivant] so [preseason has] been going pretty well. I gained fitness [from the game against Xolos] and it was good to get a match against an opponent from outside our league. They were quick and I needed that.”
“He’s still learning the [left back] position and we’ve asked him to be a little more aggressive going forward and it was nice to see,” Arena said of Gaul’s performance. “While I don’t know what that was with the sixth goal and whether was intended or not, it still rewarded him for making a good play in the defensive half and going forward.
“He’s in his second year and the experiences should be adding up now to where he’s more comfortable each time that he steps on the field.”
The Los Angeles Galaxy manager wasn’t the only one impressed with Gaul’s breakthrough performance. Backup goalkeeper Brian Perk, who could be used in CONCACAF Champions League action against Herediano, was similarly pleased by the sophomore defender.
“He was phenomenal,” Perk said. “He stepped in there in some tough shoes to fill in Todd Dunivant’s and he did well. He was in the right positions, obviously getting forward is one of his good qualities and he showed a lot of that.
“The first [goal] is especially was a world-class finish. That’s something that you expect to see Robbie Keane do. To see left back do that is pretty impressive.”
Los Angeles conclude the preseason on Friday against the Colorado Rapids at Harder Stadium on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) on Feb. 22.
Meanwhile, the news concerning Frank Lampard is that there is a loan clause in the works, according to the Mirror. According to the $4.5 million a year deal, the current Chelsea midfielder will be able to be loaned off to a European side and it includes all this:
* A Beckham-style contract for two-and-a-half years at a whopping $4.5million per year.
* A rent-free home in Beverly Hills.
* First-class flights between the UK to LA.
This will also convince Lampard that he can still be a part of the England national team and their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying quest. If that isn’t an offer he can’t refuse, the View from Avalon doesn’t know what is.