A day after Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy routed Chivas USA 5-0 at StubHub Center, Curt Onalfo’s Galaxy Reserves clinched the MLS West Division title with a 2-0 shutout win over the Chivas USA Reserves.
Hector Jimenez earned his third goal of the season in the 51st minute on a penalty, while Jose Villareal earned his second of the season from Jimenez in the 53rd minute of play. Like the first team match on Sunday, Monday’s Reserve League wasn’t even close and highlighted the issues regarding a team that must question its own existence.
LA Galaxy 2. Chivas USA 0
Monday, October 7, 2013
StubHub Center Field #4 –Carson, Calif.
LA – Hector Jimenez 3 (Penalty Kick) 51’
LA – Jose Villarreal 2 (Hector Jimenez 3) 53’
CHV – Tristan Bowen (Yellow Card) 27’
CHV – Tim Melia (Yellow Card) 50’
CHV – Mario Ledesma (Yellow Card) 56’
LA – Rafael Garcia (Yellow Card) 70’
CHV – Josue Soto (Yellow Card) 72’
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe (Brian Perk 46’); Oscar Sorto, Leonardo (Tommy Meyer 46’), Greg Cochrane, Laurent Courtois; Robbie Rogers (Bradford Jamieson* 85’), Rafael Garcia©, Hector Jimenez, Raul Mendiola* (Jack McBean 57’); Chandler Hoffman (Charlie Rugg 71’), Jose Villarreal.
Substitutes Not Used: Malcolm Jones*, Adonis Amaya*
*LA Galaxy Academy Player
Chivas USA: Tim Melia; Josue Soto, Mario Ledesma, Fejiro Okiomah, Marvin Iraheta; Jonathan Caparelli*, Jose Gomez, Gabriel Farfan (Daniel Delgado 60’), Carlo Chueca; Julio Morales, Tristan Bowen.
Substitutes Not Used: Patrick McClain
* Chivas USA Academy Player
As for the first team, Gyasi Zardes was the talk of the town, and everyone on the Galaxy have been buzzing about his improved performance as a player and as a professional. The scary thing about all this: he’s only getting started.
“He’s been like a caged lion in terms of getting some points on the board,” assistant manager Dave Sarachan told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano on Sunday. “He’s been pressing, and spent some time in training, but hopefully it paid off, in terms of recognizing moments where he can really use his speed to get by guys. I thought he did an excellent job of finding those moments to find some space to use his speed to beat the defender.”
“It definitely feels great [to score],” said Zardes. “But I keep in my mind that I have to play better each and every single game and just keep working hard. It was a great performance and I just have to build off of it and play better next time.”
“That’s what we’ve been waiting for and expecting since he’s walked in the door,” added captain Robbie Keane. “To be fair to him, there’s been a lot of pressure on him from people probably expecting too much too early but he stood up [on Sunday] and you can see every week that’s he’s getting better and better.
“If he continues to play like that, he’s a nightmare for any defender. Because no defender wants to play against someone with his pace and his trickery.”