Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy continue their 2013 Major League Soccer campaign on Saturday, when they face Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
On the national team front, Landon Donovan netted a brace as Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA Men’s National Team defeated Honduras, 2-1, today at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex. However, late in the contest, Klinsmann was sent off for delaying a restart and a decision on whether or not he will manage the Nats in the Final at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. on Sunday will be determined in due time.
Back on the home front, the Reserves blew apart Chivas USA, 4-1, thanks to Chandler Hoffman earning a hat trick in the sixth, ninth and 54th minutes. Jack McBean also converted from the spot in the 69th minute of play.
“In recent [MLS Reserve League] games, I’ve put myself in good spots, I just haven’t been finishing until today when I scored three goals, which is a big plus,” said Hoffman to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “Hopefully it gets me into the first team.”
“Our spacing was good, our ball movement was good, and our passing was good. Laurent Courtois was very influential on the game, every time that he had the ball things happened,” said Galaxy reserves manager/Galaxy assistant manager Curt Onalfo. “When Michael Stephens [had the ball] things happened, even when Rafael Garcia and Kenney Walker. That positioned Jack [McBean], Chandler, and also Charlie to be in good spots and make things happen.”
LA Galaxy 4. Chivas USA 1
Monday, July 22, 2013
StubHub Center Field #6 –Carson, Calif.
LA – Chandler Hoffman 2 (Laurent Courtois 1, Jack McBean 1) 6’
LA – Chandler Hoffman 3 (Unassisted) 9’
CHV – Bryan de la Fuente 1 (Jose Manuel Rivera 2) 10’
LA – Chandler Hoffman 4 (Unassisted) 54’
LA – Jack McBean 1 (Penalty Kick) 69’
CHV- Oswaldo Minda (Red Card) 59’
CHV-Bryan de la Fuente (Yellow Card) 61’
LA- Michael Stephens (Yellow Card) 87’
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Oscar Sorto, Leonardo (Kofi Opare 70’), Tommy Meyer, Greg Cochrane (Bryan Gaul 70’); Michael Stephens, Kenney Walker, Rafael Garcia©, Laurent Courtois (Colin Clark 67’); Chandler Hoffman (Charlie Rugg 58’), Jack McBean (Raul Mendiola* 78’)
Substitutes Not Used: Haji Wright*, Eric Lopez*
*LA Galaxy Academy Player
Shots: 19(12); Shots on Goal: 9(5); Saves: 4(2); Fouls: 17(6)
Chivas USA: Patrick McClain; Josue Soto, Marvin Iraheta, Jaime Frias, Emilio Orozco; Oswaldo Minda (Sent Off 59’), Jose Manuel Rivera©, David Izazola (James Alewine* 64’), Julio Morales; Bryan de la Fuente*, Jose Correa (Martin Ponce 40’)
Substitutes Not Used: Jake McGuire*
* Chivas USA Academy Player
Shots: 9(5); Shots on Goal: 5(3); Saves: 6(3); Fouls: 16(8)
Referee: Magic Berenji
On the first team, Pablo Mastroeni was a star for the Colorado Rapids, and Saturday’s contest will be a sort of homecoming for one of Colorado’s legends of the game. Mastroeni starred in the Galaxy’s 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend and will look to make the most of his time on Saturday afternoon in Commerce City.
“I think that from organizational standpoint, we balanced each other out. Me holding more allowed Juninho to get forward and Marcelo [Sarvas] to do his thing as well,” said Mastroeni to Serrano. “We really made it hard for their midfielders to get a good flow in the game. We did a good job in keeping the pressure on their backline and I think that was allowed us to get numbers forward.
“My favorite part of Colorado besides the players that I was in the trenches with all those years and the organization were the fans that came out in crazy weather to support the team,. Who knows how I’ll be received, but there were a lot of fun memories in Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. [However,] I’m not really focused on any of that. I’m just taking it day to day and seeing what comes.”
“It’s taken him a little time to get in form and he still needs a little time, but he’s an experienced player. He’s worked well in the center of midfield with our team,” said Arena. “Hopefully, we can keep moving him forward. [Against Vancouver] he kept things simple, organized, and communicated well [in the midfield].”
Despite a bevy of shortcomings this season, goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini believes he is nearing form ahead of Saturday’s tilt in the Rockies.
“Personally, I feel that after the game at Salt Lake which I didn’t play, after that game I think, my performances were quite good and my standard is up to the expectations that the people here wanted from me,” Cudicini told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “That’s what I’m looking for, to be more consistent.”
“He’s starting to come up with big saves every game,” said defender Todd Dunivant, who will also be having his own homecoming on Saturday against the Rapids. “He’s really found his form and he’s been making the big saves when we’ve needed them. He’s played fantastic the last month. That save on [Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kenny] Miller really kept us in it and really delivered that win for us.”
Another player that will look to make it big this weekend is midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. Can he deliver on the left flank again on Saturday like he did last weekend against the Caps? The Brazilian thinks so.
“I think that I did a good job and had a good game against Vancouver,” Sarvas told Serrano. “I think that in the situation that we’re in that everyone has to be able to help, so I’m ready to help as much as I can.”
Speaking of Arena, once upon a time, Bruce Arena was a goalkeeper for the USA Men’s National Team, and in November 1973, they faced Israel amidst war and strife.
“I remember when that trip ended I went to the Empire State Building in New York where U.S. Soccer offices were and negotiated my payment with Kurt Lamm, who was then the secretary general of U.S. Soccer,” Arena told USSoccer.com’s Tom Dunmore. “I think I got like 600 bucks and I thought it was great. He wrote me a check right there. It was a whole different animal in those days, but it was a fun experience and something that, believe me, I reflected back on at times when I was the manager of the U.S. National Team.”