Curt Onalfo’s Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves had to be wondering why they are playing like their first-team brethren in terms of finishing out games. The answer is pretty simple: it’s in their blood, it’s in their DNA to underperform. On Saturday night at the StubHub Center, the Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Blues in a performance that had to affirm their status as an also-ran in the race for the MLS Reserve League West Division title.
The Galaxy’s record improve to 1-1-2 (five points) while the Blues improve to 5-5-5 (20 points) and remain fifth in the USL Pro standings. Here are six things we learned from the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves vs. the Los Angeles Blues at the Hub.
1. Where was Gyasi Zardes?
The number one reason why the Galaxy won their initial meeting with the Blues was because forward Gyasi Zardes was on the pitch. Zardes was introducing the team’s new third kit before the game and was not available for selection. Had Zardes been available to start the game, the outcome would have favored the home side.
2. Charlie Rugg states his case
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Forward Charlie Rugg made Los Angeles Blues goalkeeper Mohammad Mohammedi pay for his transgressions in the 41st minute by capitalizing on the botched save attempt.
3. Chris Cortez spares Blues some Major League blushes
Chris Cortez is the Blues’ leading goalscorer, and coming off the bench, he was able to get an equalizer as a result of a sensational counter-attacking sequence orchestrated by midfielder Rodrigo Lopez in the 90th minute of play. The goal epitomized the Galaxy’s recurring theme of conceding goals late.
4. Galaxy pepper the goal, Blues dominate saves
The stats for the match seem to have favored the Galaxy, meaning that they were unfortunate to go back to their conceding ways late. The Galaxy had twice as many shots, while the Blues had five saves on the night.
LA Galaxy 1, L.A. Blues 1
Saturday, June 6, 2013
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.
LAG – Charlie Rugg 1 (Unassisted) 42’
LAB – Chris Cortez 6 (Rodrigo Lopez 5) 90’
LAG – Colin Clark (Yellow Card) 61’
LAG – Kenney Walker (Yellow Card) 80’
LA Galaxy: Brian Perk (Brian Rowe 7’); Todd Dunivant© (Marcelo Sarvas 58’), Brian Gaul, Kofi Opare, Greg Cochrane; Colin Clark (Raul Mendiola* 87’), Kenney Walker, Rafael Garcia, Robbie Rogers (Hector Jimenez 73’); Chandler Hoffman, Charlie Rugg (Jack McBean 75’)
Substitutes Not Used: Tommy Meyer
* LA Galaxy Academy player
L.A. Blues: Mohammad Mohammeni; Matt Hall, Erlys Garcia, Jimmy Turner, Duach Jock; Allan Russell© (Nelson Pizarro 85’), Rodrigo Lopez, Gabriel Gonzalez (Juan Perez 76’), Mehrshad Momeni (Shay Spitz 54’); George Davis, Aaron Horton (Chris Cortez 79’).
Substitutes Not Used: Aaron Perez, Charlie Pettys, Cory Miller
Referee: Bernardo Hosu
Shots: 18(10) 9(4)
Shots on Goal: 4(2) 4(2)
Saves: 3(2) 5(3)
Fouls: 13(6) 3(1)
5. Blues’ winless streak extends to four games
But despite the draw, the Blues have been unable to break their winless streak in all competitions, dating back to their 2-1 defeat to Chivas USA in the U.S. Open Cup on May 28 at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif.
The Blues followed that up with a 2-2 draw on the road against Rochester and a scoreless draw on the road against Dayton before this result, and so they will have their work cut out for them on Jun. 23 against the Dutch Lions at Titan.
6. The new third kit is a rewind to the original kit
Zardes and Galaxy president Chris Klein debuted the new Galaxy third kit on Saturday, and it was essentially an updated version of the original kit used by the team in 1996.
“That year set forth what this team is about. The team didn’t win MLS Cup that year, but this team is built to win and these colors represent winning to me,” designer Carlos Rodriguez told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano on Saturday. “Some of the players from this year and that year are a few of my favorite players of all time, so what better way to remember that team than bringing back those colors. Not through a true throwback, but the colors themselves, which I hope will remind people of that year.
“Years from now, you can take a look at this jersey being sold on the internet for who knows how much and I can say ‘I designed that jersey.’ Or even walking into the store a couple of weeks from now and saying that ‘I’m the guy that designed that jersey’ hopefully, it’s coming off the racks and not staying on it.”