It’s road trip time for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy as they prepare for a stretch of three games that is sure to test their character. The madness begins this Saturday, when they travel to BC Place Stadium to take on Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps.
“This team is good on the road. We actually enjoy going on the road especially for a week like this. It will be nice team bonding and we play well on the road,” said captain Landon Donovan to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “We would have liked to have won [on Sunday], there’s no question, but the reality is that it’s over and we have a big game against Vancouver now.”
“It’s tough to drop a result any time at home, but obviously, we’re going away from home for three games,” said midfielder Mike Magee. “You want to get on the points that you can before going on [the road] because you could have good road trip and only pick up a couple points sometimes. That’s just how hard it is to win sometimes here. It’s frustrating for many reasons.”
“It’s obviously really big because we’ll try to take all nine points from [the trip],” added defender Greg Cochrane. “We’re going to have to be prepared and keep our body right for those cross-country flights.”
One player that will need to discover his scoring touch is midfielder Jose Villareal, whose goal last year against the Whitecaps spared a tough 2-2 draw at BC Place.
“I totally forgot about the goal,” Villareal said Tuesday to LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “I haven’t really paid attention to it; to me it was just another goal. Of course, it was a good goal and helped my team out.
“It started off with a good pass by David to Juninho, and Juninho made a good pass, laid it off to me. I just cut to my left and just whacked it in. As soon as it left my foot I knew something good was going to come out of it. I just felt like I got a good strike on the ball and it went in.
“Bruce has done a good job developing me and helping me little by little, giving me more minutes. He’s done a good job with it and I’m happy to be part of this team.”
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves had to hold off a feisty Los Angeles Blues to prevail, 4-3, at the Home Depot Center Track Stadium. Among the goalscorers for the Galaxy Reserves was former Philadelphia Union member Chandler Hoffman.
“It was the first goal in a Galaxy jersey and hopefully the first of many,” Hoffman told Serrano. “I was making runs in behind [the defense] and Hector played a great ball and I just finished. [Gyasi] is ideal for me because he can get behind [the defense] and provide a lot of havoc for the defenders and I can sneak in and make runs into the box, which is my favorite thing to do for me to score goals.”
LA Galaxy 4, L.A. Blues 3
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Home Depot Center – Track and Fiekd Stadium – Carson, CA
LAG – Michael Stephens 1 (Gyasi Zardes 1) 5’
LAG – Chandler Hoffman 1 (Hector Jimenez 1, Gyasi Zardes 2) 17’
LAG – Gyasi Zardes 1 (Hector Jimenez 2) 38’
LAG – Hector Jimenez (Penalty Kick) 49’
LAB – Own Goal (Rafael Garcia) 51’
LAB – Shay Spitz (Jimmy Turner) 72’
LAB – Allan Russell (Penalty Kick) 85’
LAB – Connor Hearn (Yellow Card) 80’
LAB – Allan Russell (Yellow Card) 82’
LAG – Justin Dhillon (Yellow Card) 92+
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe (Brian Perk 46’); Oscar Sorto (Kofi Opare 85′), Tommy Meyer, Leonardo, Brian Gaul; Hector Jimenez (Colin Clark 56′), Rafael Garcia, Kenney Walker, Michael Stephens© (Raul Mendiola 71’); Gyasi Zardes (Justin Dhillon* 55’), Chandler Hoffman.
Substitutes Not Used: Nathan Smith*, Drew Murphy*
* LA Galaxy Academy player
L.A. Blues: Steve Gonzalez; Matt Hall (Charlie Pettys 60’), Connor Hearn, Adrian Dubois, Corey Miller; Shay Spitz, Allan Russell©, Rodrigo Lopez (Gabriel Gonzalez 59’), Nelson Pizarro (David Bakal 70’); Mersha Momeni (Jimmy Turner 32’), Chris Cortez (Juan Perez 52’).
Substitutes Not Used: Aaron Perez, George Davis
Referee: Omar Muro
Shots: 10(4) 6(2)
Shots on Goal: 6(4) 3(0)
Saves: 0(0) 2(0)
Fouls: 9(6) 10(6)