Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy are back in action on Sunday, June 23 against Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA in the second leg of the SuperClasico at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. With a record of 6-6-3 and 21 points under their belt, the onus is on the designated visitors to produce.
“From my experience, these games are the most dangerous ones,” said Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini to LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “You have to be prepared mentally more than physically. We cannot make mistakes, especially after a good draw on Wednesday night.
“We need to pick up some points. We need to keep our level of concentration. This could be a tricky one.”
Arena hasn’t been too keen on looking much into their adversaries but understands that regardless of the record, they will pose a thread.
“I haven’t followed them that much,” Arena said. “There’s a little bit of roster turnover, which I can’t figure out anyway. This will be the coach’s second game; there’s not a whole lot of history there.
“Regardless of what has happened previous to our game, this is the game of the year for them. One would predict they’re going to play with a lot of emotion and be quite competitive regardless of who they play and how they play.”
“You’re playing a team that just got a new head coach, they’re kind of at the bottom of the table. We’re not overlooking Chivas at all,” defender A.J. DeLaGarza said. “We know we’re going to get their best.”
Midfielder Rafael Garcia will most likely be on the bench on Sunday, but in his first career MLS start, he held his own, even though he is no Marcelo Sarvas.
“The start went well. I thought that I played alright; I’m just a bit sad that we didn’t get the three points,” Garcia told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano.“That was the main focus—shutting [Valeri] down. Obviously, he’s a dangerous player and Nagbe as well. I think that Juninho and myself did a pretty good job of shutting them down. There wasn’t much both ways, but I think that we deserved three points.”
“I thought that Rafa did well,” said forward Landon Donovan. “He was a late addition to the lineup and he came into New York away, which was a tough game to get thrown into the fire. I thought that he was solid tonight. He played a little bit safe, but that’s what we wanted him to do. It’s a performance that he can build on for sure.”
In Academy news, the Los Angeles Galaxy Under-18s will be played in Group 6 of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs. They are matched up with the Dallas Texas, New England Revolution and longtime rivals San Jose Earthquakes.
The Under-18’s open group play on Monday, June 24 against the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:15 p.m. (PT) The next day, Tuesday, June 25, they will take on the Dallas Texans at 7:30 p.m. before facing the New England Revolution on Thursday, June 27 at 9 a.m. in the third and final group stage game. All games are being played at FC Dallas Park, which is hosting the Group Stage of the Development Academy Playoffs and Showcase from June 24-28.
The Group winners will advance to Finals Week, which will take place from July 14-20 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
LA GALAXY U-18’s 2012/13 U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PLAYOFFS ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Daniel Slepukhin, Abraham Romero.
DEFENDERS (7): Cameron Marlow, Jorge Miranda, Manuel Padilla, Vincent Reyes, Juan Reyna, Nathan Smith, Ivan Vazquez.
MIDFIELDERS (5): Hugo Gutierrez, Bryan Guzman, Brian Iloski, Raul Mendiola, William Raygoza.
FORWARDS (6): Lucas Da Silva, Justin Dhillon, Aaron Lombardi, Steve Martinez, Sebastian Velasquez, Jaime Villarreal.
HEAD COACH: Alex Yi
U-18 PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
LA Galaxy U-18’s vs. San Jose Earthquakes Monday, June 24
Game will be played at FC Dallas Park – Field 8 at 7:15 p.m. (PT)
LA Galaxy U-18’s vs. Dallas Texans Tuesday, June 25
Game will be played at FC Dallas Park – Field 11 at 7:30 p.m. (PT)
LA Galaxy U-18’s vs. New England Revolution Thursday, June 27
Game will be played at FC Dallas Park – Field 15 at 7 a.m. (PT)
Times and locations for all games are correct as of Thursday, June 20.
Finally, the Galaxy Academy Under-12s and Under-13s won the Swallows Cup in San Juan Capistrano. The Galaxy South team defeated the Galaxy North side 3-2 in the Under-12 final, while the Galaxy Under–13s defeated Newport Mesa Waves 3-1.