Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy are in a deep pinch ahead of the third leg of the 2013 SuperClasico at StubHub Center against Jose Luis Real’s Chivas USA. Laurent Courtois is one of a select few that will have played for both teams, and the Frenchman was confident that he would make a impact on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s going to be a little bit weird, I guess, but nothing special for me,” Courtois told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “I’m just busy trying to do my best to help the team for the playoffs.
“I’m with the biggest club in MLS. We play Champions League, I’m playing with the top DP’s you can find in the league, I’m in Los Angeles where my family is really happy. It’s worked out well. I want to be a part of the team’s success in the next game and see if I can grab minutes and be decisive.”
“We obviously knew Laurent from being around Chivas. We saw him often and knew about him as a person and a player,” Arena said of Courtois. “I felt at the time we were a little thin in a couple of positions he could play and be a good addition.
“He comes out as a real professional every day and he’s been able to help us obviously with some minutes with the first team, as well as a reserve. He just brings a good approach to things every day and he’s respected. He’s not a guy that at this point in his career he’s going to play 90 minutes every game. But he can still give us minutes to help the team, and he’s done that.”
Destined to be one of the biggest club busts in history, Robbie Rogers is back with the team after injury and illness.
“This summer’s been a bitch for me, to be honest,” Rogers told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French. “But I feel good now, so knock on wood that I don’t have any more injuries, because that could possibly be my season if it is.
“I had an intestinal infection, like bacteria or something. I didn’t get on antibiotics quick enough, so it kind of destroyed my colon, and my intestines kind of inflamed, I had, like, mucus…it was disgusting.
“It was pretty miserable. I tried to come back too early.”
His bout with the gripe dead and gone, and with only a handful of games remaining in the season, time is running out for Rogers to make a difference with his new ball club. And Rogers knows it all too well.
“I have high expectations on myself,” Rogers said. “Any expectations that anyone has on me, trust me, mine are higher.
“I was close to going to the last World Cup, so my expectations are very high. I put a lot of pressure on myself, and, obviously, injuries are a downer, but I’m 26. I’ll bounce back from this.”