Oct 6, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila (15) handles the ball defended by Los Angeles Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant (2) during the first half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Montreal Impact: Live Blog

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Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy continue their push for the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs when they host the Montreal Impact on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

With a record of 14-11-6, the Galaxy need a victory on Wednesday to keep their postseason hopes alive. The same can be said of L’Impact, who are 13-11-7 and could clinch a spot with a win.

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 starts at 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 Major League Soccer season and all things Los Angeles Galaxy.

T-105: Welcome to the Live Blog on the View from Avalon between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Montreal Impact at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. My name is Jo-Ryan Salazar, the editor of the View here on FanSided. Glad to have you on board.

Let’s start out with what happened last night between the USA and Panama. I think their 3-2 victory is a testament to their character and class. They could have easily sacrificed Mexico by letting Panama prevail late. However, Panama committed one of the gravest errors possible in the sport: underestimate the tendencies of their opponent.

This USA team does not throw games. They play to win. They honor the competition. Helping or harming a rival team does not matter to the USA. What matters is they earn the right to choose their own destiny. That’s the American Way. Panama should have played conservatively in stoppage time. Playing aggressively and pressing for a third became their downfall.

It’s all up to Mexico to save themselves against New Zealand. This is as far as their northern neighbors will go.

Here’s the preview for tonight’s match, from MLSSoccer.com.

REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Bill Dittmar; 4th: Juan Guzman
MLS Career: 179 games; FC/gm: 26.7; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 51; pens: 61

DISABLED LIST: MTL: Adrian Lopez (season ending injury), Maximiliano Rodriguez
SUSPENDED: MTL: Davy Arnaud (caution accumulation; through Oct. 16), Matteo Ferrari (caution accumulation; through Oct. 16)
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: LA: Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas … MTL: Jeb Brovsky
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: LA: A.J. DeLaGarza, Sean Franklin … MTL: Patrice Bernier, Marco Di Vaio

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: LA: Robbie Keane (Ireland); Jaime Penedo (Panamá)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (1 meeting): Galaxy 0 wins, 1 goal … Impact 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 1
AT STUBHUB CENTER: First meeting.

LAST YEAR (MLS)
5/12: MTL 1, LA 1 (Arnaud 8 – Beckham 62)

  • The teams are meeting for the only time this season in league play.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time ever. They played to a 1-1 draw last May 12 in Montréal’s inaugural season before a crowd of 60,860 at Olympic Stadium, the 14th-largest crowd in MLS history.
  • Coaches record: Bruce Arena vs. MTL: P1 W0 L0 D1 … Marco Schällibaum vs. LA: first game

T-103: Adam Serrano with his Three Points.

TWO ABSENCES AND MAYBE MORE FOR THE GALAXY?

The LA Galaxy will have major absences this week as they will be without the services of forward Robbie Keane and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo due to international duty while Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez could possibly miss out because of injuries.

WHO SUITS UP FOR MONTREAL?

The LA Galaxy may have several absences, but the reeling Montreal Impact, who have lost four of their last five games, will be without several key players across the field.

PATRICE BERNIER AND MARCELO SARVAS BATTLE KEY

Despite all the absences on both sides of the park on Wednesday, the match will likely turn in central midfield as Montreal’s Patrice Bernier takes on the Brazilian tandem of Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho.

T-102: Odds from oddschecker…

Los Angeles Galaxy 1/2
Draw 17/5
Montreal Impact 7

T-93: “Since the AC Milan exhibition (a 2-0 loss in Miami, Fla., as part of the International Champions Cup), we have a record of 7-2-3,” Los Angeles Galaxy manager Bruce Arena told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “Twenty-five goals for, 10 against. We haven’t played poorly. Have we played as well as we would have liked? No.

“For the most part we’ve been a pretty solid team over the last 12 games and we need to continue that in our next four games to close out the season, then hopefully we’re in position to be in the playoffs and play well and position ourselves to defend our MLS Cup.”

T-82: For Landon Donovan, the injury is no fluke. The man is shaken up.

“Not feeling great, but we’re going to try and manage it in the right way,” Donovan told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French on  Tuesday. “It’s a little worse than I think we thought it was initially, so be smart about it and try to get it ready, hopefully, for a push here at the end of the season.”

T-80: “At this moment it doesn’t matter what formation we play, we have to put all we have into it,” midfielder Felipe Martins told Bill Beacon of the Canadian Press. “We have three games left. In the last five, we didn’t play like we played before, so something has to change. We have to get back to where we were before.”

T-73: The LA Galaxy return to action after a weekend off, putting an end to their four-game winless run in emphatic fashion last time out with a 5-0 win against Chivas USA in the third SuperClásico of the season at StubHub Center. The Galaxy are in a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with 48 points from 31 matches.

The Montréal Impact saw their winless run extended to five matches, losing for a third consecutive home match in a 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution on Saturday afternoon. The Impact are in a tie fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 46 points from 30 matches.

The turnout for this game should be small, since this is on a weekday…and the Dodgers are playing some postseason baseball. Weather is clear, 60’s, light wind.

T-64: We have a little over an hour to go before we start this live blog. Lineups coming up.

T-44: I chatted with Cobi about the USA’s performance and he was doing his best Christian Martinoli impression. I let him chat with Scott French afterwards. I said to him, “We didn’t do this for Panama or Mexico. We did this for us.”

T-12: Lineups.

LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Manager: Bruce Arena
Record: 14-11-6 [48 points]
Colors: White tops with blue sashes, white shorts, white socks

12 Brian Rowe

5 Sean Franklin —- 22 Leonardo — 28 Kofi Opare — 2 Todd Dunivant [C]

29 Gyasi Zardes —- 8 Marcelo Sarvas —- 19 Juninho —- 26 Michael Stephens

32 Jack McBean —- 33 Jose Villareal

Substitutes:

6 Pablo Mastroeni MID
24 Brian Perk GK
15 Laurent Courtois MID
16 Hector Jimenez MID
21 Tommy Meyer DEF
7 Robbie Keane FWD
25 Rafael Garcia DEF

MONTREAL IMPACT

Manager: Marco Schallibaum
Record: 13-11-7 [46 points]
Colors: Blue tops, blue shorts, blue socks

30 Evan Bush

51 Maxim Tissot —- 55 Wandrille Lefevre —- 6 Hassoun Camara —- 34 Karl Ouimette

31 Andrea Pisanu —- 18 Collen Warner —- 23 Hernan Bernardello —- 11 Sanna Nyassi

33 Andrew Wenger —- 9 Marco Di Vaio [C]

Substitutes:

19 Blake Smith MID
7 Felipe Martins MID
27 Paolo DelPiccolo MID
15 Andres Romero FWD
8 Patrice Bernier MID
40 Maxime Crepeau GK
43 Zakaria Messoudi MID

T-5: Can Marco Di Vaio carry Montreal on his back and end the streak? Or will LA use their depth to their advantage?

T-0: Both teams enter the pitch to the strains of the MLS Anthem.

Tonight, because we have a Canadian team in the house, two national anthems will be sung. With “O Canada” followed by the “Star Spangled Banner,” Mira Costa High School’s choir.

FIRST HALF Start: 7:41 p.m. PT /10:41 p.m. E.T.

1′ – Let’s get this started.

2′ – For Montreal, they need to establish the tempo early and often. Both of these teams are in a race for everything that matters. Jack McBean gets challenged. Possession will be important. No confetti today. And it feels like a reserve game. Good chance right there for LA early. This is trouble. No dice for Andrew Wenger.

3′ – Wenger will need to take advantage of a weakened Galaxy back line. Marcelo Sarvas. Good containment. I only see a smattering of   Impact fans in attendance.

4′ – Most of the road fans are staying home for this one. Look at the possession of this Galaxy team. An embarrassment of riches.

5′ – That’s too long for McBean. Goal kick, Evan Bush.

6′ – Teasing ball inside, collected by Bush. Maxim Tissot plays it forward.

7′ – Wenger stretches to concede to corner. He’s getting involved early. Punched away by Bush.

8′ – Sarvas was wide open. That was a mistimed run. Sean Franklin with the recovery. Here’s Leonardo.

9′ –  There’s one for the blooper reel for Jose Villareal. Wenger now. Sanna Nyassi. Offsides.

10′ – You can’t say this game lacks character and grit early. Both teams I search of punching their tickets.

11′ –  Kofi Opare. I think what Montreal is going to do is catch LA sleeping on a back pass. There. I said it.

12′ – Gyasi Zardes is not having a good game tonight. He isn’t getting involved in breaking up possession.

13′ –  Marco Di Vaio misses a sitter. I told you so. Montreal will stretch the field to give its playmakers an opportunity.

14′ – Good marking on Zardes by Nyassi. Wandrille Lefevre with the clearance.

15′ – Quick restart. Zardes will need to work on his crosses. The transition. Collected by Brian Rowe.

16′ – Zardes. Skied. Bad shot all around.

17′ – McBean is challenged again. Hassoun Camara is given a final warning.

18′ – And here’s Nyassi. Rowe to collect.  Another poor shot from Zardes.

19′ – Piecemeal clearance. Good passing.

20′- Stopped by Bush. Now Los Angeles will need to apply pressure and cause Montreal to stretch. No chance for Juninho, back to Leonardo.

21′ – Another corner for LA. Headed out. Not well headed. Goal kick, Evan Bush.

22′ – Collen Warner will be given a check for something in his eye.

23′ – Warner is back on the pitch. Throw in to LA. Assuming this result stands through the first half, one would expect Keane to come in.

24′ – And this is why Montreal are on a losing streak-no communication whatsoever in their attacking third.  Zardes loses that duel.

25′ – Montreal are doing a good job in containing Zardes tonight. Credit to them. McBean tries a header, but Bush concedes a corner.

26′ – Headed out. Great set piece defending. Impact on the transition. Opare slows thing down a bit.

27′ – Now it’s Montreal with some possession. Galaxy recover,  Bad sequence right there. A foul. Impact with a restart.

28′ – Villareal in a jam.

29′ – Back to Rowe it goes.

30′ – Here’s a cross…

31′- Zardes is there to receive it but it goes into the hands of Evan Bush. Free kick now for Montreal. That is right into Rowe’s hands.

32′ – Karl Ouimette has done the work in halting Zardes tonight. Full props. Opare with the foul. And some arbitrations.

33′ – Ricardo “Flex The Guns” Salazar, readers. Here’s Opare. A break.

34′- Yellow card 18 Collen Warner
Montreal Impact

35′ – Let’s see if Juninho can bend this. That was going McBean’s way but he doesn’t get a good head on it.

36′ – Leonardo plays it forward. Intended for Villareal but he wasn’t I rhythm on the run. Nyassi now. Saved by Rowe. It’s a battle of goalkeepers at this point.

37′ – Just where was Zardes going on that? Mind-boggling. Back to Rowe. I tell you, this Galaxy back line is porous with A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez not in the lineup.

38′ – Dunivant. Good defending.

39′- Football can be a chess match at times, and this is what it is so far.  galaxy are winning possession, but that’s about it. Another one for Rowe.

40′ – Otherwise, it’s been bad runs, bad finishing, bad everything. This team may not be punching its ticket this week if this is the case.

41′ – Rowe comes well off his line to put that back in play, This team could use some Irish magic sooner or later. Free kick impact.

42 ‘- What a save from Bush on Zardes! Corner. Chaos in the box. And a foul. So much for that.

43′ – McBean now. Plays it back. He was found out. Cross. And Bush is there to reset. Galaxy with pressure late in this first half

44′ – Too long for Villareal. Tough apples there. Throw in, Ouimette. Rowe plays it forward.

45′ – McBean loses the duel, it’s back to the LA net minder. Opare now. McBean just can’t get a break. This game need Robbie Keane in it. I am deadly serious.

45’+ 1′ – Well, this minute will go rather quickly. What a poor first half by both teams.

HALFTIME

LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0
MONTREAL IMPACT 0

LA Galaxy Montreal Impact
7 Attempts on Goal 4
4 Shots on Target 2
2 Shots off Target 2
1 Blocked Shots 0
4 Corner Kicks 0
5 Fouls 5
16 Open Play Crosses 4
0 Offsides 3
0 First Yellow Cards 1
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
16 Duels Won 19
45% Duels Won % 54%
297 Total Pass 152
87% Passing Accuracy % 73%
67.2% Possession 32.8%

Well, neither team is covering itself in glory at this point. If Robbie Keane doesn’t get his you-know-what on this pitch, this second half for LA could be the same song, umpteenth verse. If you’ve been following the coverage of the Galaxy on the View, you know what I’m talking about.

SECOND HALF START: 8:40 P.M. PT/11:40 P.M. ET

46′ – Second half begins. No subs, it looks like. Bruce will ease Robbie into this one. He just came back from taking care of business against Kazakhstan. Ireland won by the way, 3-1.

47′ – Galaxy are keeping the ball on the ground. That will go out for a throw. But here is LA upping the pace. Leonardo now. Villareal. Long ball for McBean has too much pace. A breather for L’Impact. Goal kick. And some things never change, like the Mexican version of YSA.

48′ – Oooh, here come Montreal. But LA break that up.

Yellow card 6 Hassoun Camara
Montreal Impact

49′ – Frustration starting to settle in for L’Impact. Juninho now. Marcelo gets challenged. Camara. Montreal’s back line shows composure.  Through ball.

50′ – That goes out for a throw, and McBean get shaken up again. Sean Franklin with the push.

51′ – Sarvas. Now here is Michael Stephens. Perhaps this is an audition for Metapan? Stay tuned…Juninho now. Galaxy with possession again.

52′ – Zardes. That cross connected but it was high and out. Villareal will kick himself for not being positioned right.

53′ – The space was closed on Sarvas there. No dice. Offsides, Marco Di Vaio. This is the part of the game where Marco is Marco. The Italian Mike Magee of MLS. Sort of.

54′ – Well, Opare nearly got beat there but it will be a corner to Montreal. Taking this will be Hernan Bernardello.

55′ – Take two. This time it will be Andrea Pisanu to do the honors. Nice overhead attempt, good second chance from Di Vaio, but no goal. Camilo wannabe on the pitch alert.

56′ – Montreal are leaving so many chances wanting tonight it’s sure to make your head spin. Impact win a throw.

57′ – Bad defending right there, can they recover? No. Free kick, Montreal, from just outside the box. Keane gets ready.

58′ – That was a terrible set piece, and an even worse rebound sent the Angel City Brigade’s general director.

59′ – Corner for LA. Juninho to take. Laurent Courtois and Robbie Keane will come in.  That was a bad miss from Villareal.

Substitutions Los Angeles Galaxy

IN 7 Robbie Keane 15 Laurent Courtois

OUT 32 Jack McBean 26 Michael Stephens

61′ – Wandrille Lefevre with the clearance. Here come Montreal. This is gonna be a wide open game from now on. Di Vaio heads that wide.

62′ – Gyasi Zardes get shaken up. Laurent Courtois with a good idea, but predictable at best.

63′ – Corner, LA. Juninho to take. Can he find Robbie Keane on this one? No he can’t. Camara with the clearance.

64′ – Substitution Montreal Impact

IN 15 Andrea Romero

OUT 31 Andrea Pisanu

Kofi Opare will have to give LA time here to regroup. Throw-in, Montreal.

65′ – Rowe says, “That’s my ball, not yours.” Good recovery to pounce. What a bad touch from Courtois. Maxim Tissot now.

66′ – That is behind Sarvas. Marcelo is not in rhythm on his runs.

67′ – Lefevre. Free kick to LA. Taken short. And Zardes wins a corner.

68′ – GOAL! Los Angeles Galaxy 28 Kofi Opare

A bit of a hot mess, but he gets it in.

Yellow card 28 Kofi Opare

Los Angeles Galaxy

69′ – Oh Salazar…yes. One Salazar calling out another. Not related, mind.

70′ – Well, that is what Montreal gets for not finishing its chances. It now has 24-25 minutes, including stoppage, to man up and get back in the hunt. Can they do it? Refresh to find out.

71′ – Substitution Montreal Impact

IN 7 Felipe Martins

OUT 23 Hernan Bernardello

72′ – Now I did say in the Bold Predictions that Felipe would score in this game. Can he do it off the bench? Or will it be…Zing! down goes another Bold Prediction? Rowe to collect.

73′ – We got a Galaxy player down. It may be Sarvas. It is.

Yellow card 15 Andres Romero

Montreal Impact

74′ – Frustration is seeping in, folks, for Montreal.

75′ – An optimal strategy now for the Galaxy is to play aggressive for 10 minutes, then go conservative for the rest. Almost, but that will be a throw.

76′ – Camara now, playing it forward. Jose Villareal is getting worked here, and Brian Rowe sends that away.

77′ – Another collection for Rowe. Could he get the start over Jaime Penedo this weekend?

78′  – Zardes with the “don’t argue.” He’s held his own. He’s got the gift.

79′ – 13,320 in attendance. Zardes gets the assist on the Opare goal. Kids are all right. For now.

80′ – Zardes now, and that pass is cleared. This is the part of the game where everything can change. Keane now. A shot from Courtois is blocked.

81′  – And Sarvas’s coldstreak continues. Off the woodwork.

Substitution Montreal Impact
IN 19 Blake Smith
OUT 11 Sanna Nyassi

82′ – Montreal got a break there. No penalty. Good agility there from Courtois but no dice.  Too long for Di Vaio.

83′ – Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy

IN 16 Hector Jimenez

OUT 33 Jose Villareal

84′ – With Hector Jimenez now on the pitch, the Galaxy will opt for plan B: Conservative Lockdown. What that is: is tight defending, and keepaway if they have possession.

85′ – Another shot off the crossbar. This is not going to work against San Jose, I can tell you that much. As for Montreal, push numbers forward, push numbers forward, rinse and repeat…

86′ – And that’s why Hector Jimenez comes off the bench. Fresh legs, but gets beaten off the ball.

87′ – A two-fister from Brian Rowe. Best save so far. Leonardo doing all he can to hold the fort. No one helping Robbie Keane equals…another fizzled sequence for LA.

88′ – “I know your game, Marco Di Vaio,” Brian Rowe says. “You don’t scare anyone on my club,” he says. And the collection. LA are going to mix things up, give different looks…Robbie Keane is offsides. Bruce Arena can’t believe it, the fans can’t believe it.

89′ – Offsides, Montreal. No dice, no guts, no glory. But there’s still stoppage time to go. Anyone’s game still.

90′ – “USA! USA!” chants from the LA Riot Squad. They know what happened last night. They want to be inspired. Bad touch from Zardes.

91′ – And a chance for Keane is wasted. Four minutes. Conservative ball from this point forward for the Galaxy.

92′ – Wandrille Lefevre again. I’ve called his name a number of times. Galaxy are being calculated with their attack, conservative with their defending.

93′ – And that’s gotta hurt. Sean Franklin gets a gut shot. And Ricardo Salazar is telling Marco Schallibaum to cool it, or he’s gone.

94′ – Here’s Keane, and he’s held. LA will melt some clock. They’ll take it slow for this one.

95′ – That’s it!

FINAL

LOS ANGELES GALAXY 1
MONTREAL IMPACT 0

LA Galaxy Montreal Impact
17 Attempts on Goal 8
8 Shots on Target 2
6 Shots off Target 6
3 Blocked Shots 0
7 Corner Kicks 2
12 Fouls 9
22 Open Play Crosses 6
2 Offsides 6
1 First Yellow Cards 3
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
37 Duels Won 37
50% Duels Won % 50%
522 Total Pass 310
85% Passing Accuracy % 74%
63.3% Possession 36.7%

A recap of the game will be posted later this week. Thanks for following this live blog on the View from Avalon and the FanSided Network!

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