Feb 22, 2013; Santa Barbara, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas (8), forward Robbie Keane (7) and forward Chad Barrett (9), and midfielder Michael Stephens (26) react after scoring a goal in the first half of the game against the Colorado Rapids at Harder Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Galaxy Ins and Outs: February 27, 2013

Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy believe that in order to defend a league championship, a capable team must pick up from where they left off. With just about all the preseason matches in Southern California, Los Angeles dropped one match, drew another and won the rest.

“I think that we’ve had some kind of continuity in training. Last year, with the trip to Tucson, we never got in any kind of rhythm and I think this year, we’ve established a rhythm in our training and the build up with the way that we’ve pieced our games together,” said Arena to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “We could slowly build guys in with their minutes and their play and with different guys covering different positions; it’s been a lot easier this year being at home and being able to do that.

“Maybe next year, it’ll be something different. But we just felt with the overload that we had the last three or four years that we needed to be settled a little bit in preseason and that’s why we did this.”

Meanwhile, the USA Under-20 Men’s National Team is heading to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey. Galaxy midfielder Jose Villareal scored a brace in the 40th and 54th minutes of play to give the States a 4-2 victory over Canada in the CONCACAF Under-20 Quarterfinals in Puebla, Mexico.

“I’m just happy to be able to help out my team however possible,” Villareal told MLSSoccer.com’s Tom Marshall. “If they need me to score, I’ll score, if they need me to defend, I’ll defend. We work as a unit so I’m proud.

“We kind of knew that we had a lot more to show, to the crowd and all you guys so it was good we got the four goals and it’s good momentum for the team.”

-U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Feb. 26, 2013
Competition: 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; Quarterfinals
Venue: Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP; Puebla, Mexico
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: —
Weather: 74 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
CAN 1 1 2

CAN – Dylan Carreiro 23rd minute
USA – Luis Gil (Daniel Cuevas) 29
USA – Jose Villarreal (Mario Rodriguez) 40
USA – Wil Trapp 45+1
USA – Jose Villarreal (Benji Joya) 54
CAN – Samuel Piette 64

USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 2-Boyd Okwuonu, 4-Caleb Stanko (capt.), 5-Shane O’Neill, 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 8-Benji Joya, 6-Wil Trapp; 9-Mario Rodriguez (19-Brandon Allen, 90+2), 10-Luis Gil (17-Danny Garcia, 77), 20-Daniel Cuevas; 7-Jose Villarreal (16-Dillon Serna, 84)
Substitutions Not Used: 11-Jerome Kiesewetter, 12-Kendall McIntosh, 14-Javan Torre, 18-Eric Miller, 22-Zack Steffen
Not available: 15-Mikey Lopez
Head coach: Tab Ramos

CAN: 18-Maxime Crépeau; 2-Jon Dollery, 3-Marco Lapenna, 4-Doneil Henry (capt.) (15-Manjrekar James, 33), 5-Daniel Stanese, 6-Samuel Piette, 7-Ben Fisk, 9-Caleb Clarke, 12-Dylan Carreiro, 13-Alessandro Riggi (10-Kevin Aleman, 46), 16-Mauro Eustaquio (22-Stefan Vukovic, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Richard Gomes, 8-Zakaria Messoudi, 11-Michael Petrasso, 17-Anthony Jackson-Hamel, 21-Ben McKendry, 23-Allan Zebie
Head coach: Nick Dasovic

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 17 / 9
Shots on Goal: 12 / 5
Saves: 3 / 8
Corner Kicks: 10 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 10
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jose Villarreal (caution) 58
CAN – Dylan Carreiro (caution) 12
CAN – Manjrekar James (sent off) 90+2

Referee: Javier Santos (PUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dion Neil (TRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Browne (SKN)
Fourth Official: Jairo Morales (PUR)

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