Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy will have to deal without their top three players when they take on Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez are with the USA Men’s National Team, while Robbie Keane is captaining the Republic of Ireland. Also, goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is with the Panama Men’s National Team as they look to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Can the Galaxy continue their winning momentum and put the pressure on Real Salt Lake?
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 kicks off at about 5:45 p.m. PT/8:45 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-105: Welcome to the Live Blog between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids on the View from Avalon. My name is Jo-Ryan Salazar, the Editor of the View from Avalon here on FanSided. Glad to have you on board for this one.
T-103: With a record of 13-9-4, the Galaxy are on track to return to the MLS Cup Playoffs, but they need to win out the rest of their games to be sure of a spot in the top five in the MLS Western Conference. In their place is a Colorado Rapids squad that is just four points behind Los Angeles and can close the gap tonight. It’s still a race here in the West.
T-101: In other news, the USA’s futile streak in Costa Rica continues, as they were blown out of the water, 3-1, ending a long winning streak for Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA Men. Earlier this week, the Columbus Crew shut out the Houston Dynamo 2-0 and the Seattle Sounders shut out Chivas USA 1-0.
T-98: Live right now….FC Dallas and Vancouver are tied, 1-1, while Sporting Kansas City lead the Columbus Crew 1-0 T-94: Odds from oddschecker… Los Angeles Galaxy 28/29 Draw 13/5 Colorado Rapids 4
T-90: The official preview, from MLSSoccer.com.
REFEREE: Allen Chapman. AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Colin Arblaster; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal MLS Career: 29 games; FC/gm: 20.9; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 5; pens: 7
DISABLED LIST: COL: Diego Calderón
WARNINGS: SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: COL: Shane O’Neill, Nathan Sturgis SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: LA: Juninho, A.J. DeLaGarza, Marcelo Sarvas, Sean Franklin … COL: Dillon Powers, Hendry Thomas
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: LA: Robbie Keane (Ireland), Jaime Penedo (Panama), Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez (USA) … COL: Gabriel Torres (Panama)
HEAD-TO-HEAD ALL-TIME (61 meetings): Galaxy 32 wins (2 shootout), 94 goals … Rapids 22 wins (1 shootout), 70 goals … Ties 7 AT LA (30 meetings): Galaxy 22 wins (1 shootout), 60 goals … Rapids 6 wins (1 shootout), 29 goals … Ties 2 2013 (MLS) 3/30: LA 1, COL 0 (Magee 50) 7/27: COL 2, LA 0 (Thomas 41; Powers 47) •
The teams are meeting for the third time this season.
Hendry Thomas and Dillon Powers scored on either side of halftime to give the Rapids a 2-0 win July 27 in Commerce City; a Mike Magee penalty kick in the 50th minute was all the Galaxy needed for a 1-0 victory March 23 in Carson. • The Rapids victory ended a six-game winless streak against the Galaxy, over the last two-plus seasons. It was Colorado’s first win vs. LA at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park since 2008. •
Coaches record: Bruce Arena vs. COL: P23 W17 L5 D3 … Oscar Pareja vs. LA: P5 W1 L3 D1
PLENTY OF HOLES TO FILL WITH INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES
The main question around LA Galaxy camp this week has been a simple yet complex one—who fills in for the four international players away on international duty?
DILLON POWERS A FOCAL POINT TO THE RAPIDS ATTACK
During the team’s last meeting on July 27, the Galaxy were drawn into a physical battle with the Rapids that saw Colorado’s midfielder Dillon Powers lead his team to a 2-0 victory—a match that was LA’s last defeat in all competitions. This time around, the Galaxy defense will be looking to put the clamps on the talented rookie.
BATTLE TO WATCH: VICENTE SANCHEZ vs. TODD DUNIVANT
In a battle of speed against intelligence, Todd Dunivant will have his hands full with the fleet-footed midfielder Vicente Sanchez, who has impressed since moving to the Rapids from Uruguayan club Nacional.
T-70: Tommy Meyer could be back in the mix to help out Leonardo at center back. Or…it could be Kofi Opare. “It’s going to be a situation where we’re going to have to talk a lot and everyone is going to have to step up a little bit,” said left back Todd Dunivant to MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French. “Whether it’s Tommy, whether it’s Kofi – whomever they put in there, communication’s going to be the biggest thing. Those guys have played in big games before for us, and this is where the experience sets in.”
T-65: In LA Galaxy Academy news, the South Bay Force is now known as LA Galaxy South Bay. The Force was one of the founding members of the LA Galaxy Academy Alliance and is one of the premier youth clubs in Los Angeles County. This also means that the Galaxy will also have a girls’ side for the first time in its history.
“We are excited to expand our relationship with South Bay Force and create an even larger footprint for the LA Galaxy Academy in the South Bay and all of Los Angeles County,” said LA Galaxy Technical Director Jovan Kirovski to reporters on Friday. “This is one of the premier regions for talent in the entire United States and through this rebranding we will be able to create a deeper player pool while also continuing our goal of player, coach and parent education throughout the Academy.
“This evolution will also allow us to more directly influence players and inject our philosophy and training methods to a greater number of players beginning at a much younger age.”
T-60: An hour to go to kickoff, and Sporting Kansas City now lead the Columbus Crew, 2-0.
T-41: Both teams going through warmups as we speak. Lineups on the way.
T-35: With Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Jaime Penedo doing World Cup Qualification duty, there won’t be much of a crowd today. Matchday weather seems to be cooler, since it has been a warm week this week. Really warm week at that.
T-30: Lineups on the way.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Manager: Bruce Arena
Colors: White tops with blue sashes, white shorts, white socks
12 Brian Rowe
20 A.J. DeLaGarza — 28 Kofi Opare —- 22 Leonardo —- 2 Todd Dunivant (C)
5 Sean Franklin —- 19 Juninho —- 8 Marcelo Sarvas —- 29 Gyasi Zardes
32 Jack McBean —- 33 Jose Villareal
24 Brian Perk GK
11 Colin Clark MID
25 Rafael Garcia
21 Tommy Meyer DEF
27 Charlie Rugg FWD
16 Hector Jimenez MID
26 Michael Stephens MID
Manager: Oscar Pareja
Colors: Burgundy tops with white sleeves, white shorts, burgundy socks
31 Clint Irwin
22 Marvell Wynne —- 3 Drew Moor (C) —- 27 Shane O’Neill —- 15 Chris Klute
12 Hendry Thomas —- 8 Dillon Powers —- 16 Atiba Harris —- 2 Nick LaBrocca —- 7 Vicente Sanchez
9 Edson Buddle
18 Matt Pickens GK
6 Anthony Wallace DEF
23 Jaime Castrillon MID
11 Brian Mullan MID
10 Martin Rivero MID
26 DeShorn Brown FWD
14 Tony Cascio FWD
T-26: Score update: Sporting Kansas City now lead the Columbus Crew 3-0 at Sporting Park.
T-13: Both teams are wrapping up warmups.
T-12: Thank you Michael Stephens: a fan of the Angels AND Ducks. Nice job, buddy. For me, that’s a personal thing.
T-0: Both teams enter the pitch to the strains of the MLS Anthem, brought to you by Audiobrain.
National Anthem by Ashlee Keating.
FIRST HALF START: 7:38 P.M. PT/10:38 P.M. ET
1′ – The first half is underway. Perhaps the USA’s performance against Costa Rica drove the fans away, who knows? The goal for the G’s is to keep the ball on the ground and try not to force the long ball too much. Successful short passes will be vital tonight.
2′ – Brian Rowe with an early scoop. Rapids out to apply pressure early. Jose Villareal gets met by Marvell Wynne. Colorado should be able to win the possession battle with the Galaxy under strength. This is Gyasi Zardes. He’s running out of space. That will be a throw to Todd Dunivant. First big save from Clint Irwin on Jack McBean.
3′ – Dunivant with the throw. Sean Franklin can’t reel that long cross im. Throw- for Drew Moor. Now here is Kofi Opare with the recovery.
4′ - Marcelo Sarvas should have done better. Some decent passing here from the Galaxy.
5′ – Long pass for Vicente Sanchez is intercepted. Jose Villareal can’t get that one reeled in. Irwin clears.
6′ – Hendry Thomas was successful in Colorado’s last meeting, can he do it again? McBean is stripped. Now here’s Juninho.
7′ – Wynne denies Zardes as Irwin resets. Wynne with the throw. Franklin with the recovery.
8′ – Galaxy with distribution and the aformentioned short passes. Good backheel from Sarvas, bad finish from Zardes.
9′ – I believe this will be the story on the night: poor finishing from the understrength Galaxy, as Leonardo clears the danger. Wynne again. Offsides.
10′ – Dunivant. Opare, and the long ball for Franklin is intercepted. Bad touch from Zardes, but that won’t test Brian Rowe.
11′ – Too much precariousness from McBean. Sanchez with the recovery, the Uruguayan national.
12′ – Here come the Rapids with a sequence. Dillon Powers has been on a tear against LA and will be a focal point for the Galaxy midfield.
13′ – Slow game so far, as the Rapids win another throw. Can Colorado break through the backline and Leonardo?
14′ – Zardes wins a throw and Villareal wins a free kick.
15′ – 25 yards away, straight down the alley. Juninho to take. That’s high.
16′ – So we are 16 minutes into this contest, as Clint Irwin hoofs it long. No score. Another free kick to LA.
17′ – Atiba Harris with some flair. Man down for Colorado, it”s Harris.
18′ – And Thomas with the successful field goal for the Broncos-oh wait…
19′ – Opare stops the transition there. Here’s Powers. Throw-in for the Rapids.
20′ – Sarvas to Zardes, and Zardes is denied. Back comes Wynne. Poor trajectory from Nick LaBrocca.
21′ – Looks like the Angel City Brigade are singing a new song. Meanwhile, Galaxy with another clearance.
22′ – Wynne with the throw. Shane O’Neill takes that away from Jack McBean.
23′ – Communication, Villareal, communication. Dunivant wins a throw. Zardes wins another throw.
24′ – Well, the defensive struggle continues. Amazing how LA without their DPs are just another MLS side. DPs make all the difference, it seems.
25′ – Good marking by A.J. DeLaGarza. Speed kills, simple as that.
26′ – Now here is Zardes, almost there for DeLaGarza. Goal kick.
27′ – Hendry Thomas with the bump. He’ll get a final warning there.
28′ – Juninho. His free kick is cleared, and Dunivant couldn’t find Zardes. Once again, communication issues up top.
29′ – That will be a throw-in to Los Angeles, and Colorado take it. Right into Rowe’s hands.
30′ – Thomas is walking a thin line here. That will be his final, final warning.
31′ – Villareal to take. Same result as Juninho’s set piece from the same angel: high.
32′ – Marcelo Sarvas is not having a good game tonight. Colorado needed to figure him out and they are doing so. Throw-in to the Rapids.
33′ – Brian Rowe hasn’t had to do much work tonight, which should be a breath of fresh air. Still bit of a ways to go though.
34′ – So close for Marcelo Sarvas. Off the post and Irwin, it’s a corner. Taken short. Not well headed by Opare.
35′ – Long pass from Rowe couldn’t find McBean. We have seen some close calls here tonight, most for the Galaxy.
36′ – Advantage played to the Rapids. Goal kick to Rowe. And McBean is held up. Colorado is doing a good job in holding McBean in check tonight.
37′ – Rowe collects and resets as the Rapids apply pressure.
38′ – Another clearance for Sarvas, and Colorado are offsides. Goal kick, Rowe.
39′ – Free kick for Colorado, played back. Long pass from Shane O’Neill is intercepted. What a midfield battle we’re seeing so far.
40′ – Rapids are offsides again. Rowe, DeLaGarza, Juninho. And now it’s Zardes. Sarvas is held up, as was Villareal.
41′ – Good stuff there from Marvell Wynne. Edson Buddle with his first chance of the night, and that is collected by Rowe. Both goalkeepers now doing work.
42′ – McBean gets shoved aside, and here come the Rapids. Can they finish? Not so fast, says Rowe, stopping Vicente Sanchez.
43′ – Jose Villareal is offsides. We may have a scoreless first half here, folks. Irwin plays it forward.
44′ – Can LA steal one before the break? Or will be Colorado doing the honors? Throw-in, Galaxy. Wynne concedes a corner.
45′ – Headed wide by McBean. There may not be any stoppage time here. That’s the first half.
Los Angeles Galaxy 0
Colorado Rapids 0
|LA Galaxy||Colorado Rapids|
|5||Attempts on Goal||5|
|2||Shots on Target||2|
|3||Shots off Target||3|
|5||Open Play Crosses||3|
|0||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|48%||Duels Won %||51%|
|77%||Passing Accuracy %||71%|
Some final scores…FC Dallas 3, Vancouver Whitecaps 1…Sporting Kansas City 3, Columbus Crew 0. The Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire are in a 1-1 draw in the second half, while Portland and Toronto are in a scoreless draw in the first half.
SECOND HALF START: 8:39 P.M. PT/11:39 P.M. ET
46′ – The second half starts. Can we see some goals, please?
47′ – Zardes on the run, and his shot is wide left. Goal kick to Clint Irwin, who hasn’t had to do too much, but he still made some stops in the first half tonight. Throw-in, Dunivant, and McBean can’t find anybody. First major mistake from Kofi Opare all night. Corner, Rapids.
48′ – Brian Rowe with the punch. Opare clears, but this will be a free kick from outside the box for the visitors. Marcelo Sarvas was his own worst enemy there.
49′ – Blocked, and we’ll have a rekick.
Yellow card 19 Juninho
Los Angeles Galaxy
50′ – Encroachment on Juninho. Ohhh boy…and that second attempt is wide left.
51′ – Sarvas didn’t do well with the dribble there. Now here is Zardes. Opare with the recovery.
52′ – Zardes overruns that ball. Throw-in, LA. DeLaGarza to Zardes, and he is closed down.
53′ – Colorado restarts. Allen Chapman whistles a foul on the visitors.
54′ – Marcelo Sarvas takes a knock.
Yellow card 8 Dillon Powers
That nearly was trouble for Irwin, but he is able to come up with the collection nonetheless.
55′ – DeLaGarza nearly found McBean. What defending from Colorado. Absolutely marvellous.
56′ – Free kick, Galaxy, from about 20 yards away from the end line.
57′ – Headed away. Colorado win a throw. And the defensive struggle continues.
58′ – Chris Klute now for the Rapids. Imagine how the situation would be if LA was playing at full strength…offsides, Rapids.
59′ – Throw-in, Dunivant. No dice for Zardes, he loses that duel. But it will be another set piece opportunity for LA, who continue to knock on the door.
60′ – That has to be a terrible redirect by the captain-of-the day for LA, Todd Dunivant. Ouch.
61′ – Substitution Colorado Rapids
IN 26 Deshorn Brown
OUT 16 Hendry Thomas
62′ – Brown has been an effective super sub for Colorado, leading the team in goals. He provides an offensive punch and spark in close games. Of course, you can say the same thing about Edson Buddle, as he wins a corner.
63′ – Opare with the clearance. Kofi Opare has been doing his part to preserve the clean sheet.
64′ – That misses for McBean.
Substitution Colorado Rapids
IN 10 Martin Rivero
OUT 2 Nick LaBrocca
65′ – Here’s a break for Colorado, and Vicente Sanchez. Side netting. This understrength Galaxy side will be giving up a goal pretty soon.
66′ – Zardes gets stripped. Bit of a spill there, but it will be a throw to Colorado. Pace starting to accelerate now. Wynne is offsides.
67′ – Substitutions Los Angeles Galaxy
27 Charlie Rugg
11 Colin Clark
5 Sean Franklin
32 Jack McBean
68′ – Corner, LA. Looks like the Galaxy are going to take some risks this late in the match. Poor header from Opare.
69′ – 20,801 in attendance tonight. Not bad for a weekend league match.
70′- Now here is DeLaGarza. Oh boy, Marcelo Sarvas just made a meal out of that touch. Goal kick, Clinton Irwin.
71′ – This is a massive red flag, if you ask me. Colorado are now applying pressure, as that shot goes wide right, and the Galaxy can’t finish when they are understrength.
72′ – A terrible restart from Marcelo Sarvas, but the Galaxy recover. A.J. DeLaGarza is tackled. Juninho now.
73′ – This might be one of those one-goal games. Leonardo wins that duel, but Colorado win another throw.
74′ – Opare denies Brown. Good defending from Atiba Harris. Been a while since I called his name on this Live Blog.
75′ – GOAL! Colorado Rapids 9 Edson Buddle
And this is what happens when the Los Angeles Galaxy do not have their designated players. There’s the Galaxy defense the View knows and loves…and loathes. Where has this been in a while?
76′ – A chance for Colin Clark is denied by Irwin, who has been solid all night.
77′ – Allen Chapman awards a foul, and on the restart, Irwin collects.
78′ – Back come LA, and it’s Sarvas, now it’s DeLaGarza. A push from Irwin. Corner.
79′ – And that blown corner highlights LA’s night tonight.
80′ – Corner again for the Galaxy. And that is cleared. Dunivant tries a cross but that is denied by Irwin.
81′ – Nearly a second for Colorado but Chapman blows the whistle for a foul.
82′ – Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 16 Hector Jimenez
OUT 20 A.J. DeLaGarza
83′ – Throw-in, LA, and the header is collected by Irwin.
84′ – Dillon Powers is shaken up. Irwin to play this forward, and Zardes backtracks a little bit to try to recover, but doesn’t.
85′ – Substitution Colorado Rapids
IN 6 Anthony Wallace
OUT 7 Vicente Sanchez
86′ – Seems to me that Sanchez isn’t all he’s hyped up to be. Throw-in, Chris Klute.
87′ – Poor touch again from Zardes.
88′ – That was not a good shot from Colin Clark. This is why you play on the reserve team, good sir.
89′ - Good block from Drew Moor. That may have saved the Rapids there. I don’t think Jose Villareal impressed me tonight. He may have lost all his duel he had against Colorado.
90′ – Corner, LA. Collected by Irwin. And he may have hurt himself in the process making that Save of the Week nomination. He does get up, though. Four minutes.
90′ + 1′ – Opare with a speculative clearance, but he didn’t have a lot of space. Colorado is trying to get out of here with all three points.
90′ + 2′ – That will be another throw-in to Colorado. Anthony Wallace to take.
90′ + 3′ – Offsides, Colorado. Throw-in LA, this may be the last chance saloon for them.
90′ + 4′ – Chapman looks at his watch, as Irwin collects. That’s it.
Los Angeles Galaxy 0
Colorado Rapids 1
|LA Galaxy||Colorado Rapids|
|18||Attempts on Goal||11|
|6||Shots on Target||4|
|7||Shots off Target||7|
|15||Open Play Crosses||6|
|1||First Yellow Cards||1|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|51%||Duels Won %||50%|
|74%||Passing Accuracy %||75%|
A full recap of this match will be posted next week on the View from Avalon. Thank you for following this Live Blog and…good night.