While Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy’s first team shut out the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 on the weekend, Curt Onalfo’s Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves held the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves to a scoreless draw at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The match marked the debut of forward Bradford Jamieson IV, defender Malcolm Jones and defender Jeffrey Quezada, all from the Los Angeles Galaxy Academy Under-18s.
LA Galaxy 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0
Sunday, September 1, 2013
StubHub Center University Field #1 –Carson, Calif.
LA – Rafael Garcia (Yellow Card) 16’
SJ – Dan Gargan (Yellow Card) 32’
SJ – Adam Jahn (Yellow Card) 39’
LA – Pablo Mastroeni (Yellow Card) 40’
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Oscar Sorto, Pablo Mastroeni© (David Quezada* 75’) Tommy Meyer, Greg Cochrane; Laurent Courtois (Chandler Hoffman 58’), Michael Stephens (Bradford Jamison* 86’), Rafael Garcia, Colin Clark; Jose Villarreal (Raul Mendiola* 67’), Jack McBean (Charlie Rugg 58’)
Substitutes Not Used: Brian Perk, Malcolm Jones*
*LA Galaxy Academy Player
Shots: 14(7); Shots on Goal: 3(2); Saves: 1(0); Fouls: 9(7)
San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham; Bryson Clark*, Dan Gargan©, Josh Morton*, Justin Morrow; Shea Salinas, Amir Bashti* (Roberto Mendoza* 58’), Walter Martinez, Jaime Alas; Sam Garza, Adam Jahn (Elisima Padilla* 79’).
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Newton
* San Jose Earthquakes Academy Player
Shots: 8(2); Shots on Goal: 2(0); Saves: 3(1); Fouls: 10(6)
Referee: Alejandro Mariscal
Defender A.J. DeLaGarza is relishing his new role as right back since the International Champions Cup, although this was where he was supposed to be stationed all along.
“We always felt that that was probably his best position at this level,” associate head coach Dave Sarachan told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French. “I think he’s getting more comfortable going forward, which is a big part of it.
“The defensive part of it usually is not ever an issue with A.J. He sniffs things out. He was born to defend. I think it’s his ability now to recognize space and getting forward and being dangerous, and I think as he develops into that position, that becomes more confidence for him as well.”
“I still have some tendencies of being a central defender,” DeLaGarza said of his role. “Where if the ball’s in the box for us and it pops out, I’m usually caught in the back, just watching, because as a center back you don’t follow up those plays, but as a right back, you have to get up there and get any loose balls, and I’ve noticed [I do] that. It’s just those little tendencies it takes time to get.
“We all bring different qualities to our positions. Wherever I’m needed, I’m going to be there.”
Meanwhile, Leonardo is fitting in as a central defender and is hitting his stride at the right time. The coaches believe that the Brazilian will make another statement this week against Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids.
“I think it’s important to have center backs with the profile of center backs,” Arena told LaGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “Leonardo gives us that.”
“Now that he’s gotten this good, long stretch of being available, he’s gotten into a rhythm,” Sarachan added. “And when you get into that rhythm and you get minutes, you get confidence…now the true player that we felt we knew a year and a half ago is starting to emerge.”
“It’s just a case of everyone working together and trying to get the result,” Leonardo said of the match with Colorado (kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET, TWCS, TWCD). “It’s going to be a lot of responsibility, but we need to get used to playing without Omar [Gonzalez] because he’s going to be with the national team a lot. I’m confident that we are ready.”
In addition to Gonzalez summoned up to the national team, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane…and Jaime Penedo are going to do some FIFA World Cup Qualification work.
“I already told them, I already told both of them [Donovan and Gonzalez], that they need to win all of their remaining games,” Penedo told LAGalaxy.com’s Jaime Cardenas. “If they (the U.S.) want to go into the World Cup with 30 points, I’m all for it.
“Given the position [Panama] are in, we need to take it game-by-game and the more important of the two games is against Jamaica. It’s the first one and it’s at home. If we win that game, we go into the game against Honduras in a very good position.
“Tell me I’m over confident, tell me it’s ‘too complicated,’ but I’m dreaming about it. I dream about it every day.”