Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy continue their 2013 Major League Soccer season on Saturday, August 17 against Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Los Angeles are currently 10-9-4 (34 points) and fifth in the MLS Western Conference, while Real Salt Lake are 12-7-5 (41 points) and best in the West.
Tune in to the View from Avalon for coverage of this exciting match. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. The live blog will begin at approximately 4:50 p.m. PT/7:50 p.m. ET.
Keep it right here on the View from Avalon for continuing coverage of the 2013 Los Angeles Galaxy season and all things Major League Soccer.
T-160: Welcome to the View from Avalon’s Live Blog between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, live from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. My name is Jo-Ryan Salazar, the beat write for the Galaxy here on FanSided.
T-158: We are starting this Live Blog a little bit early because there is an alumni game going on here at the Hub, since former Galaxy players are being saluted tonight.
T-145: As you well know by now, Omar Gonzalez has been announced this past week as the Galaxy’s third designated player. This means he will be given the big bucks as a defender, so the onus is on him to reduce the amount of mistakes he makes.
Take a look at what Adam Serrano says regarding the signing of Gonzalez.
The signing of Beckham, Henry, and even Dempsey ushered in new eras of spending in MLS, but the Galaxy’s signing of Gonzalez to a DP deal offers another facet in league history. The U.S. international has long been linked with deals in Europe and Mexico, but by signing a multi-year deal with the Galaxy, signals his intent to remain with the club in the pursuit of trophies.
Take that in for a second. This is a deal not for the benefit of the ticket gate, but for the team to compete on a national and international level. By locking down Gonzalez, the Galaxy retain a player, who has shined on multiple stages for years and has still not yet reached his prime.
Simply looking at the last two seasons, Gonzalez has shown that he is worthy of the type of commitment that the Galaxy have bestowed upon him.
T-140: We are now two and a half hours away from kickoff. Oh yes, and the president of the LA Galaxy, Mr. Chris Klein, is playing in this alumni game. As well as Cobi Jones, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Kevin Hartman, Alexi Lalas…all the stars of the past.
Score update time…Montreal Impact have just scored on D.C. United. It’s 1-0 down at Stade Saputo thanks to Marco Di Vaio. Were you expecting anybody else? The Columbus Crew have also taken a 1 lead on Toronto FC at Crew Stadium thanks to Federico Higuain. The New England Revolution and Chicago Fire are locked in a scoreless draw.
T-135: The Galaxy Academy Under-18 team is taking part in this test match.
T-130: Let’s go ahead and give you the official preview of LA vs. RSL, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.
REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda. AR1 (bench): Paul Scott; AR2 (opposite): Jason Cullum; 4th: Kevin Stott
MLS Career: 91 games; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 15; pens: 13
DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED: RSL: Yordany Alvarez (through August 17)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: LA: Juninho … RSL: Kyle Beckerman, Ned Grabavoy, Olmes Garcia, Chris Wingert
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: LA: A.J. DeLaGarza, Marcelo Sarvas, Sean Franklin … RSL: Lovel Palmer, Yordany Alvarez
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (24 meetings): Galaxy 9 wins, 36 goals … Real 10 wins, 41 goals … Ties 5
AT LA (11 meetings): Galaxy 6 wins, 18 goals … Real 5 wins, 19 goals … Ties 1
4/27: RSL 0, LA 2 (Magee 6; Rugg 13)
6/8: RSL 3, LA 1 (Stephenson 44; Garcia 84, 92+ — Donovan 46+)
T-137: The players seems to be content with Gonzalez’s signing…especially a certain legend on the Galaxy first XI.
“If you judge the arch of his career, you’d say that it is going off exactly as you’d want it to,” said Landon Donovan to Adam Serrano. “He started off a little naïve, but was effective. Then over the last couple of years, he’s transitioned from just being a young kid into being a leader. That’s what you want. That’s ideal in the process of a player and I think that he’s done a terrific job.
“If that’s happening it means that our national team is improving and soccer as a whole in the country is improving. Of course, you’re going to have foreign influence, that’s natural. We’ve been beneficiaries of a lot of good foreign players [at the Galaxy], but you want to see American players do well too.
“If American players develop the right way that means our coaching is getting better, our academy is getting better, we’re developing players better, and in my opinion, in the long term, that’s the only way to compete for a World Cup one day.”
T-132: As for the man of the hour, Gonzalez felt that the road trip was a good thing for LA and now they get a chance to turn that into some home-cookin’.
“The whole team traveled … reserves, first team, everyone was there,” Gonzalez told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “It was a really good time for everyone to just be together. And also we played against some great competition in Real Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan.
“You’re going to learn a lot from those games. There’s still a lot of work to do, but we still have a lot of confidence even though we lost that last one against AC Milan. It’s time for us to start taking care of business. This is the second half of the season, this is when the important games start.
“It’s pretty crazy right now.”
T-127: I’ll have to say, this is turning out to be a good game right now between the old school and new class. 1-1. George Ruiz for the U-18s and Peter Vagenas for the alumni.
T-122: Right now, there is no update for the four games going on right now. Montreal and Columbus are still a goal up, New England and Chicago are still in a scoreless draw and the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union have just kicked off.
T-120: Two hours to kickoff here at the StubHub Center. Once again, this is the Live Blog between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake on the View from Avalon.
T-110: Right now, the alums, it looks like, is taking on the Under-16s. I stand corrected, it is still the Under-18s. My mistake.
T-105: So, there aren’t any score updates yet. It’s getting late in Montreal and L’Impact are still leading 1-0 over D.C. Seems United have stopped the bleeding. Any progress is a good thing, given how bad D.C.’s season has been. And it’s been bad.
T-101: Kevin Hartman: still with better goalkeeping skills than Carlo Cudicini. And I mean it.
T-97: Here we go with the Three Points from Adam Serrano.
GALAXY MUST CRACK THE REAL SALT LAKE DIAMOND
Real Salt Lake unveiled a new 4-3-3 formation in their 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo last week that emphasized fluid movement, but RSL are expected to return to their traditional “midfield diamond” against LA.
The diamond formation has long been a staple of the Jason Kreis-led side as captain Kyle Beckerman sits in front of Salt Lake’s back four and is charged with breaking up opposition attacks and then feeding Javier Morales, who leads the RSL attack from his position underneath the front two.
RECHARGED SABORIO THREATENS LA
One of the main reasons that Real Salt Lake currently sit on the summit of MLS has been the stellar play of forward Alvaro Saborío.
Since returning from international duty with Costa Rica at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Saborío has been unstoppable as he has scored an impressive five goals in the last three matches.
CAN DONOVAN AND KEANE KEEP THE GOALS COMING?
The reunion of Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan up top for the LA Galaxy created plenty of goals during their 3-3 draw against FC Dallas, but LA will need the same type of production against Real Salt Lake. The inclusion of Keane will be a major boost for LA as Saturday’s match will be the first time that the forward has played against RSL in 2013 after missing the last two meetings due to injury and international commitments.
T-95: We have a score update. Conor Doyle equalized for D.C. in the 81st minute against Montreal but Marco Di Vaio got his brace two minutes later. L’Impact lead 2-1.
T-92: This exhibition between the Alumni and the Under-18s is going to penalty kicks.
T-90: One and a half hours to kickoff here at the Hub.
T-87: The Under-18s win on penalties, 3-2. The future is bright for the Galaxy, I can tell you that. Even though the present, eh, not so bright.
T-85: Final score…Montreal Impact 2, D.C. United 1.
T-83: Score update…Federico Higuain also has a brace. It’s now 2-0 Columbus Crew over Toronto FC.
T-80: Some quips from Omar Gonzalez…will he don the captain’s armband tonight?
“My dream when I was young was just to become a professional soccer player, but to get to this point; I never imagined it to be like this. I think that I’m really living my dream,” said Gonzalez to Adam Serrano. “I couldn’t be happier. Everything is going right, right now and I just want to continue this path. I just want to continue working hard with my teammates on and off the field, and building friendships. I think that this is the place to do it.
“In the past four years since I’ve signed here, it’s been amazing ride and I don’t see it getting any worse, I see it getting even better…Everything about playing here and living here is top notch and that’s why I decided to stay.”
T-70: Handbags between New England and Chicago and Frank Klopas has just been sent off. Par for the course, the officiating in this league. Juan Agudelo gave the Revs a 1-0 lead over the Fire and it’s getting late in that contest.
T-61: One player that didn’t start for the Galaxy against FC Dallas was Robbie Rogers. It seems it has a long ways to go.
“I just want to get a little sharper in the final third. [That] is the biggest thing that I need to work on,” Rogers told Adam Serrano. “It’s just about being confident. Sometimes I feel great like I did in the Juventus game, but I need to do that all the time.”
T-60: One hour to kickoff, and the Houston Dynamo lead the Seattle Sounders 1-0.
T-57: Make that 2-0 Houston after Giles Barnes nabbed home a brace early in the first half. Final scores….Columbus Crew 2, Toronto FC 0…New England Revolution 2, Chicago Fire 0 after Keyln Rowe added another one in stoppage time.
T-35: Both teams are going through warmups here at the Hub.
T-30: Final score…New England Revolution 2, Chicago Fire 0.
T-25: Odds from Oddschecker…
Los Angeles Galaxy 3/4
Real Salt Lake 4
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Manager: Bruce Arena
Record: 10-9-4 (34 points
Colors: Black tops with green, gold and red accents, black shorts, black socks
18 Jaime Penedo
20 A.J. DeLaGarza —- 22 Leonardo —- 4 Omar Gonzalez —- 2 Todd Dunivant
16 Hector Jimenez —- 8 Marcelo Sarvas —- 19 Juninho —- 29 Gyasi Zardes
10 Landon Donovan —- 7 Robbie Keane (C)
12 Brian Rowe GK
5 Sean Franklin DEF
32 Jack McBean FWD
26 Michael Stephens MID
33 Jose Villareal MID
6 Pablo Mastroeni DEF
28 Kofi Opare DEF
REAL SALT LAKE
Manager: Jason Kreis
Record: 12-7-5 (41 points)
Colors: White tops with burgundy and blue accents, white shorts, white socks
18 Nick Rimando
2 Tony Beltran —- 14 Carlos Salcedo —- 6 Nat Borchers —- 17 Chris Wingert
5 Kyle Beckerman (C) —- 2 Ned Grabavoy —- 21 Luis Gil —– 11 Javier Morales
8 Joao Plata —- 15 Alvaro Saborio
24 Jeff Attinella GK
23 Khari Stephenson MID
10 Robbie Findley FWD
13 Olmes Garcia FWD
12 Cole Grossman MID
44 Brandon McDonald DEF
29 Kenny Mansally MID
T-15: We are 15 minutes away from the kickoff of this contest, and both teams are wrapping up warmups.
T-5: Colorado have taken a 1-0 lead on Vancouver thanks to Deshorn Brown.
T-0: Both teams enter the pitch to the strains of the MLS Anthem. Seems like Bruce Arena is having a go at this: Jaime Penedo is finally starting.
National anthem by Daphne Faleafaga.
FIRST HALF START: 7:38 P.M. PT/10:38 P.M. ET
1′ - And let’s get this underway. It’s crunch time in the West. Can Real Salt Lake build on their advantage, or will the Galaxy hold sway?
2′ – A big test for Jaime Penedo comes in the form of Real Salt Lake. This isn’t the USA men’s national team he’s facing, so one would imagine that the difficulty level is turned down a few notches. Bit of a struggle there and we will have a throw to the Galaxy. Player down, it’s Ned Grabavoy. Two minutes in and he’s already shaken up. Gets up after a few seconds, though.
3′ – No dice on that pass from A.J. DeLaGarza to Robbie Keane. Nice ball movement in the early going from LA.
4′ – Here’s a chance for Real Salt Lake. Grabavoy to Wingert, and nobody was there to get the cross from Ned. It’s going to be goal kick No. 1 in a Galaxy uniform for Jaime Penedo.
5′ – Some decent distribution from the new guy: three black shirts swarming to the pass.
6′ – Alvaro Saborio is offsides. Paul Scott with the call there.
7′ - Now it’s Real Salt Lake’s turn to spread the ball around. Bad touch from Grabavoy, though. DeLaGarza to throw. A wasted restart. A.J.’s night is off to a poor start.
8′ - Penedo with the collection. Through ball for Gyasi Zardes was offsides to begin with but would have been cleared anyway.
9′ – Here’s Zardes. The goal here for Zardes is to be comfortable playing in the midfield for his team. If he can deliver in the midfield, big things will happen.
10′ - And speaking of big things happening, the aforementioned Zardes nearly got one to go.
11′ – Zardes was out of space. Goal kick, Nick Rimando. A cross from Hector Jimenez was nearly on the money.
12′ – Zardes wins a corner. First one of the night.
13′ - That didn’t miss by much. Side netting and a goal kick for Rimando. First major bullet dodged by Real Salt Lake.
14′ - Meanwhile, RSL counter back. Kyle Beckerman, and he gets challenged and wins a restart.
15′ – LA on the attack now, but Beckerman is there to close down. Now here’s Juninho. Zardes. Not the most creative of shots from Gyasi. Goal kick, Rimando, once again.
16′ – If Common Sense were to play the Nostradamus card, Real Salt Lake would score first this half, without a doubt. All these mistakes will take their toll.
17′ – Mistakes, misses, you name it. Penedo plays it forward. Robbie Keane nearly gave up a howler.
18′ – Jimenez with the miss, forces a corner that is cleared.
19′ – Nat Borchers got the brunt of that duel lost.
20′ – Now here is Alvaro Saborio, and he nearly broke loose. Javier Morales will get a talking to after that challenge on DeLaGarza.
21′ – But this is good football from the Galaxy. They’re applying pressure, and they are creating chances. But it’s the finish that defines the outcome. Not mere stats. Very uncreative attempt from Zardes there.
22′ – Here’s a throw-in for LA. A very tense first 22 minutes, if frustrating if you are a Galaxy fan.
23′ – Beckerman. Grabavoy will let that go out. Wingert with the throw. Good ball possession battle going on.
24′ – Robbie Keane, with his footballing savvy, will let that go for a Galaxy corner. Donovan will take this.
25′ – Well, if A.J. is having a dubious night, Gyasi’s night is absolutely futile. Easy collection for Nicholas Rimando.
26′ – Real Salt Lake ready to cook something up here with some solid possession, but there is Leonardo to break it up. Back come RSL., but the Galaxy are there again.
27′ – This is quite the back-and-forth battle here in Carson. Marcelo Sarvas to Juninho, and his attempt is collected.
28′ – Borchers shows his durability in winning that duel. And here is Beckerman. Real Salt Lake with their first corner. Now, set piece defending has been an issue for LA, as seen with their last match.
29′ - Not on that corner, but RSL win it back, and Jaime Penedo with his first big stop. Another corner for the West leaders.
30′ - A breath of fresh air: more textbook set piece defending from LA. RSL are taking back the possession battle to the Galaxy, though.
31′ - And…Omar. Robbie Keane is not there is time and there is Rimando to make the stop.
32′ – Real Salt Lake win a restart. This is Beckerman. Keane…stopped. This has been a good defensive battle so far.
33′ – Corner, Los Angeles. Good containment from Real Salt Lake.
34′ – Borchers. And he is denied. Landon Donovan now. That was not a good run. Goal kick to Rimando.
35′ – Match will have to settle down a bit. A lot of running, not a lot of good finishing. Hector Jimenez with the touch.
36′ - Now here is Real Salt Lake again and that is a foul. Juninho will play it forward. Gonzalez again.
37′ - Grabavoy gets challenged. And RSL don’t do well with that possession.
38′ – Tony Beltran makes a stop on Robbie Keane. Corner, LA.
39′ – Omar Gonzalez can stretch, but not that far. Back come Real Salt Lake, and Joao Plata has to be careful here.
40′ – In spite of big games, professionalism is always key. It’s part of the business. RSL on the attack again.
41′ – Kyle Beckerman again for Real Salt Lake. Throw-in, visitors, in this defensive struggle. Omar Gonzalez with the clearance…and the touch later on in the sequence.
42′ – Gyasi Zardes is another phrase meaning “work in progress.” I made it up. Honestly.
43′ – Alvaro Saborio nearly broke loose again. Wingert denies Juninho. Corner, Donovan. This time, Gonzalez gets a head to it, but Rimando makes the collection.
44′ – That was a wasted counter, to say the least, from the Galaxy.
45′ – All signs point to a scoreless first half, unless some smash-and-grab shenanigans come into play. How many minutes, Kevin Stott? Good defending from Beckerman, and Real Salt Lake are on the counter. No injury time.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0
REAL SALT LAKE 0
|LA Galaxy||Real Salt Lake|
|8||Attempts on Goal||3|
|2||Shots on Target||0|
|1||Shots off Target||1|
|9||Open Play Crosses||6|
|0||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|51%||Duels Won %||48%|
|78%||Passing Accuracy %||80%|
SECOND HALF START: 8:40 P.M. PT/11:40 P.M. ET
46′ – The second half is underway. Let’s see what pans out here. We could be seeing one of those typical second halves of football from LA. Again. I.e. they give up in the last 15 minutes and stoppage. Stay tuned…
47′ – A shot from Saborio is blocked. Now here is Beckerman with possession. Sabo with the touch. Here’s LA with a shot. Juninho! No dice. A long clearance from Carlos Salcedo.
48′ – Penedo with the clearance. That will be a corner for Real Salt Lake.
49′ – And that will be cleared. But the danger is not averted. There’s another stop for Penedo. Another corner for RSL. Grabovoy is the second man. Long and wide.
50′ – Penedo plays it forward, but RSL’s back line has been zeroing in. Long clearance, out for a throw.
51′ – Tony Beltran, and that is taken. What a clearance from Wingert on the counter.
52” – Chris Wingert’s been on point, he’s had a good night. Omar Gonzalez with the stop on Alvaro Saborio. Both these two are expected to get the call in FIFA World Cup qualification action next month.
53” – GOAL! Real Salt Lake 8 Joao Plata
And it doesn’t matter who the Galaxy put in goal, Los Angeles will continue to give up goals on the counter.
54′ – Plata’s speed is something that you can’t teach. Speed and precision are tantamount to success at this level.
55′ – Corner is cleared. And the counter from LA is denied. This is why they are they leaders in the West, everyone.
56′ – Good collection from Rimando. He’s also had a good night.
57′ – GOAL! Los Angeles Galaxy 7 Robbie Keane
This is going to be one heck of a second half. Keane shows his cool and calm. When he creates space like that, it’s lights out.
58′ – And Gyasi Zardes nearly broke loose there. Here they come again. What\ a clearance. That’s not gonna make the partisan fans happy. That’s a corner, LA.
59′ – That’s a terrible header from Gonzalez. DP money, huh?
Yellow card 5 Kyle Beckerman
Real Salt Lake
60′ – Landon Donovan is offsides. This is a wide-open contest, folks. But the key here for LA is: neutralize the quick runs from Plata. If he breaks loose, Penedo can’t win the 1-v-1 with him. It’s a no-win situation.
61′ – Penedo with the stop. Bad pass from Juninho, I am not sure where he was passing that to.
62′ – Salcedo with the clearance. But that goes off Todd Dunivant. And that was not a good pass from DeLaGarza.
63′ – Juninho tries his luck, but he goes ice-cold.
64′ – Some good possession, but not a good finish from Robbie Keane.
65′ – Goal kick, Nick Rimando. Sub time.
Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 5 Sean Franklin
OUT 16 Hector Jimenez
66′ - Substitution Real Salt Lake
IN 10 Robbie Findley
OUT 15 Alvaro Saborio
Nearly a howler from Jaime Penedo there.
67′ – GOAL! Los Angeles Galaxy 7 Robbie Keane
Watch out, Juan Agudelo, you have competition for Goal of the Week.
68′ – This is going to be one of those games. Penedo collects. Robbie Keane has turned the match on its head. Franklin’s entry was a masterstroke.
69′ – Now that was just selfish from Gyasi Zardes. He has Robbie Keane on the right side and he decided he wanted in. Dumb move, to say the least. Goal kick.
70′ – Corner, LA. They are turning it up now.
71′ – Not a good header. Not a good header at all. Knowing LA, this match is still in the balance.
72′ – Here’s another bad giveaway from Real Salt Lake. They are going to have to key on Robbie Keane, as Omar Gonzalez makes a sweep.
73′ – Gonzalez bails Penedo out, but Zardes cannot bail himself out from another lousy night at the office, it seems.
74′ – Substitution Real Salt Lake
IN 13 Olmes Garcia
OUT 21 Luis Gil
75′ – Corner, LA. It’s crunch time now.
GOAL! Los Angeles Galaxy 4 Omar Gonzalez
And that’s how a DP is supposed to finish. That’s how you do it.
76′ – Real Salt Lake are under the microscope and need to deliver. Can they do it? We’ll find out.
77′ – Get on with it, Mr. Keane. Here is a corner for Javier Morales. Stopped by Penedo.
78′ – Penedo with a long boot forward.
79′ – Gyasi Zardes will watch that one go by for a corner to Landon Donovan. And that was not well timed by Gonzalez but that will still be cleared for another corner.
80′ – And that was not well-headed by Gonzalez. But you can tell that Gonzalez wants to impress Jurgen Klinsmann because of CONCACAF Champions League and, well, the Hex junket.
81′ – No quick restart, Hilario Grajeda will award a throw.
Substitution Real Salt Lake
IN 29 Kenny Mansally
OUT 17 Chris Wingert
82′ – That’s side netting right there. Goal kick to Penedo, who’s had a decent night. Not the most smashing of debuts but good enough to get the result through 82 minutes.
83′ – LA are trying to salt away this one, but they still have work to do.
84′ – Keane did a little too much and had his space closed down.
85′ – Javi Morales with the throw-in, but LA are aware that they have been their own worst enemy late, so it’s up to them to close this one.
86′ – End-to-end action, Penedo to Rimando, and few points in between.
GOAL! Los Angeles Galaxy 7 Robbie Keane
There’s the hat trick. Great touch.
87′ – And that might be the match right there, but stranger things have happened.
88′ – 24,237 in attendance. What a stop. That could have been even worse for RSL.
89′ – Galaxy continue to press and attack.
90′ – Corner, RSL. Consolation? We have a few players down on the pitch. Three? Three minutes, says Kevin Stott.
90′ + 1′ – Never posed any danger, that corner.
90′ + 2′ - Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 26 Michael Stephens
33 Jose Villareal
OUT 29 Gyasi Zardes
7 Robbie Keane
90′ + 3′ – Beckerman to play this forward. Joao Plata now. A dangerous chance from Jose Villareal. Just kidding.
90′ + 4′ – One last chance from Real Salt Lake on this free.
GOAL! Real Salt Lake 10 Robbie Findley
Mere consolation, though. That’s it!
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 4
REAL SALT LAKE 2
The Galaxy double-up on Real Salt Lake.
|LA Galaxy||Real Salt Lake|
|22||Attempts on Goal||11|
|10||Shots on Target||2|
|7||Shots off Target||5|
|15||Open Play Crosses||13|
|0||First Yellow Cards||1|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|46%||Duels Won %||52%|
|78%||Passing Accuracy %||80%|
A wild night of scoring, and the Galaxy come out on top, 4-2. Thanks for following this Live Blog on the View from Avalon.