Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy began plans for the start of the 2013 Major League Soccer season against Chicago. LA closed the preseason with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids last week at Harder Stadium on the campus of UC Santa Barbara.
“I think we did pretty well [against Colorado], of course there are moments in the game that you lose position or you lose your spot, but generally, I think we did very well. We gave our players chances to go forward and create some space and win balls in midfield. Also we kept the shape pretty well,” said Sarvas to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “We spoke before the game today and said that today was important to see where we are.
“I think we are confident and ready to start and of course, we’re not 100 percent because that comes with games and during the season. But we are in a good position to start the season.”
Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho happen to be a solid pair in the midfield, as are Sean Franklin and Michael Stephens.
“We’ve played a couple games together like that. It’s all about just talking and making sure that I’m putting him in the right spots. [Against Colorado], it worked well. If he comes in then I take the space and get behind him,” said Franklin to Serrano. “It worked pretty well in the first half as we got behind their left back.
“He found me in good spots and it’s good to work with different players out there because sometimes it is Hector [Jimenez] or Mikey. It’s good that whoever is in that position that we’re able to talk and work well together.”
Jose Villareal was not with the Galaxy because of national team duties. He scored for the USA in their 1-0 shutout victory over Costa Rica at the CONCACAF U-20 Championships. A matchup with Canada looms, to go with a spot in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times published a recent report regarding Herbalife, the kit sponsors of the Galaxy.
“Wall Street veterans say they’ve never seen a fight like this. Noted hedge fund managers Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn have engaged in a heated debate about Herbalife’s business model, with billions of dollars at stake,” writes Stuart Pfeifer of the Los Angeles Times. “Ackman has taken a $1-billion “short position” against the company’s shares, meaning he’ll profit if the stock price drops.
“In a slick, multimedia pitch on Wall Street, Ackman contended that the company is a well-disguised pyramid scheme. He said the vast majority of the company’s independent distributors make little money or lose money, while a fortunate few get rich off commissions they receive for recruiting others into the business. Ackman said he expects Herbalife’s shares to hit zero.”
Talk about a little background drama to add to the season. Ah, such is the life of the Los Angeles Galaxy.