Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy continued preparations for their 2013 MLS Western Conference Semifinal series with Real Salt Lake on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The winner of the series will take on either the Portland Timbers or Seattle Sounders for the right to play in MLS Cup 2013.
The communication between Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas is vital to the team’s chances of delivering for the Galaxy. It’s a chemical bond, according to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano, that gets things clicking between them.
“Our background in soccer helps understand that when one makes one movement then the other is making another movement. It’s natural. It’s like when you’re married,” Sarvas told Serrano. “It’s just [chemical] and you work at it. Sometimes you can train for years and you don’t have the same chemic [connection]. If you find two players with good chemic then it works—there is no secret.”
“We need know during the game when he’s stepping forward so that I need to stay back. [head coach Bruce Arena] talked to us a lot about that a lot, but we both know the game so it’s easy,” said Juninho. “David Beckham [may have] left but Marcelo came in and we have good communication [between us] so it’s good for the team.”
“They just cover so much ground and they have a really good understanding. They pride themselves in doing all the little things that make a team successful,” said midfielder Landon Donovan. “They don’t need recognition or glory; they just come in and do a good job every day. There’s no question that we wouldn’t be where we were without them.”
As for their opponent, Real Salt Lake, they have had some classic games between the two of them, including the memorable 2009 MLS Cup Final, which went down to penalty kicks. Los Angeles won the regular season series 2-1-0, with both teams splitting the matches at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
“It’s going to be a hell of a tough series for us,” said defender Todd Dunivant to Serrano. “This is a veteran team and they’ve got some new faces, but they’ve got enough veteran guys that have been around since their run started in 2009. They have a lot of experience and playoff savvy, so we’re expecting them to not sit back by any means, but they know how to weather the storm.”
“I think that everyone is a little afraid to play us. I think there’s a little bit of fear to play the back-to-back champions,” added midfielder Robbie Rogers. “I think that people are a little afraid to come here [to StubHub Center] and that’s a good place to be.”
Meanwhile, in Academy play, the Under-16s improved to 4-0-3 with a 3-3 draw against Pateadores at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. In the match for the Under-14s, Los Angeles fell 2-0 for their first defeat of the season. Here is a list of Los Angeles Galaxy Academy matches for this weekend.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
LA Galaxy U-18’s @ Arsenal FC U-18’s (Saturday, Nov. 2)
Game will be played at Riverside Community College on Stadium Field at 10 a.m.
LA Galaxy U-16’s @ Arsenal FC U-16’s (Saturday, Nov. 2)
Game will be played at Riverside Community College on Stadium Field at 12:30 p.m.
LA Galaxy U-14’s @ Arsenal FC U-14’s (Saturday, Nov. 2)
Game will be played at Riverside Community College on Stadium Field at 3 p.m.
LA Galaxy U-12 South @ FC Los Angeles (Saturday, Nov. 2)
Game will be played at North Torrance High School Stadium Field at 9:25 a.m.
LA Galaxy U-12 North @ LA Galaxy South Bay (Saturday, Nov. 2)
Game will be played at North Torrance High School Stadium Field at 10:50 a.m.
LA Galaxy U-16 B’s vs. RSF Attack (Saturday, Nov. 2)
Game will be played at Rancho Santa Fe Sports Field at 11 a.m.
LA Galaxy U-16 B’s vs. Pateadores (Sunday, Nov. 3)
Game will be played at Rancho Santa Margarita Int. School Track Field at 11:40 a.m.