Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Montreal Impact: Analysis, Reaction and More
Currently, the Galaxy have a record of 3-5-1 (10 points) and are struggling to get results early in the season. As for the Impact, they are having a relatively decent inaugural year, earning a record of 3-5-2 (11 points). However, they are coming off a 2-0 defeat to Toronto FC in the Amway Canadian Championship and will need to bounce back from this setback against a Galaxy team also in desperate need of a result.
With a full house expected on Saturday, the biggest question of the day will be: "Which LA Galaxy team will show up?" Will it be the team that played gong show soccer against New York, or the team that was in fine form last season?
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00PT/4:00ET and will be televised locally by KDOC and KWHY. Keep it right here on Bleacher Report for continuing coverage of the 2012 Major League Soccer season and all things world football.
It’s a final at Stade Olympique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s wasted chances result in a 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact.
In the 89th minute, a long free kick didn’t materialize, and Robbie Keane was unable to lose his marker moments later. A chance for Marcelo Sarvas in the first minute of stoppage time was stopped by Donovan Ricketts, his best save of the night, but it did force a David Beckham corner.
An attempt from Mike Magee in the third minute of stoppage time was butchered. What could have been a free kick in the last minute of stoppage time was called back due to offsides.
Los Angeles improve to 3-5-2 (11 points). A full match recap of the day’s action will be posted on the View from Victoria Street and Bleacher Report.
As always, keep it right here on b/r for continuing coverage of the 2012 Major League Soccer season and all things World Football.
At Stade Olympique, there are minutes remaining as the LA Galaxy are in a 1-1 draw with Montreal Impact.
In the 67th minute of play, another David Beckham corner was collected by Impact goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. A free kick from the Impact in the 69th minute missed wide left. A chance for the Impact in the 72nd minute was whiffed by Lamar Neagle.
Landon Donovan was offsides in the 73rd minute. Justin Braun almost broke loose in the 75th minute but didn’t have enough space to work with. In the 77th minute, a free kick from Beckham was punched out by Donovan Ricketts. In the 79th minute, another corner from Beckham was cleared.
Montreal’s next sequence in the 80th minute was whiffed thanks to Braun. Pat Noonan won yet another corner in the 82nd minute, which was taken short, but ended up with the same result as the previous. In the 84th minute, an Impact corner was cleared by the Galaxy backline.
Beckham’s set piece slot machine had another swing in the 85th minute, and once again, it was the same result, as with his free kick in the 86th minute of play. Davy Arnaud nearly made it a brace in the 87th minute.
It’s a new game at the Stade Olympique. And the player all the fans came to see had plenty to do with it. It’s now 1-1 between the Montreal Impact and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
In the 61st minute, a free kick from Beckham brought the match on level terms. The goal was his second of the season. Montreal goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts had no chance to stop that free kick from 20 meters out
A series of shots in the 64th minute nearly made it a 2-1 Galaxy advantage, but the Montreal backline held their ground as a result of mishits. Another chance for Mike Magee in the same minute was not well hit and it sailed wide left for a goal kick.
With the match now on level terms, the action is slated to be wide open, and it’s now anyone’s game here in La Belle Province.
An hour has passed at the Stade Olympique in Montreal, and the Montreal Impact continue lead the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0.
Early in the second half, Felipe’s free kick in the 47th minute sailed out of touch for a goal kick. An ambitious free kick from Mike Magee sailed wide left and out of danger for Montreal netminder Donovan Ricketts.
In the 50th minute, Kyle Nakazawa’s chance also missed wide left. Matteo Ferrari put in a clean challenge on Landon Donovan a minute later to prevent an equalizer. Ricketts made a point-blank save on Donovan in the 52nd minute to force a corner that was cleared and collected by the Big Cat from Montego Bay.
A chance for Montreal’s Hassoun Camara in the 54th minute was collected by LA goalkeeper Brian Perk. In the 56th minute, a corner for David Beckham was nullified due to an infraction committed by the Galaxy. Perk collected a free kick from Felipe in the 59th minute.
Time is running out for Los Angeles, who are forced to chase yet another match due to their poor play.
It’s halftime, and the Montreal Impact lead the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 at Stade Olympique.
A bad giveaway from Juninho in the 25th minute allowed Montreal to regain possession for their next sequence, and Todd Dunivant was forced to play it back to goalkeeper Brian Perk, who was burned on the Davy Arnaud goal in the eighth minute.
A shot from Landon Donovan in the 27th minute was too high and too strong. Lamar Neagle’s delivery for Bernardo Corradi in the 29th minute was collected by Perk.
Another long delivery from Beckham that same minute never materialized to anything and the rebound from Donovan lacked pace. In the 31st minute, a free kick from Felipe was headed over the crossbar by Corradi. A cross from Beckham in the 33rd minute was collected by Ricketts.
In the 34th minute, Dan Keat had to chase Corradi down to force a corner for Felipe that was headed wide right by the Impact’s Matteo Ferrari. In the 37th and 39th minutes, Corradi was at it again but he was stopped by Perk. In the 41st minute, Perk made another diving save on a chance for the Impact.
Jesse Marsch’s Montreal Impact are off to a flying start and lead 1-0 over the Los Angeles Galaxy at the 23-minute mark at Stade Olympique in Montreal.
In the 11th minute, David Beckham’s delivery was cleared by the Montreal back line, forcing the Galaxy to reset. Robbie Keane was offsides on an opportunity a minute later. In the 14th minute, another sequence for the Galaxy fizzled and LA were forced to play it back.
The communication problems continued for the Galaxy. Robbie Keane’s pass to Landon Donovan in the 15th minute was too strong. Bernardo Corradi nearly doubled the advantage in the 18th minute of play after Juninho was challenged by the Impact’s Felipe.
In the 19th minute, a free kick from David Beckham was headed out for a corner that was pushed away by Donovan Ricketts. Michael Stephens blew a mark on Collen Warner, whose shot missed wide left on the ensuing transition. That could have made it 2-0 Montreal.
The more chances the Impact make, the better their chances of improving their advantage. Montreal are not playing like an expansion side and seem to have recovered from their 2-0 defeat to Toronto FC.
The Los Angeles Galaxy find themselves behind yet again, as eight minutes of uninspiring football culminated in Montreal taking a 1-0 lead on Las Angeles at the Stade Olympique.
Early in the first half, Bernardo Corradi nearly got open in the second minute but LA goalkeeper Brian Perk was there to collect. The Impact needed to create some sequences to test the shoddy backline, but the long balls were not working.
In the fifth minute, Montreal again were swarmed by LA’s backline, but the Galaxy could not find the forward combination of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. In the seventh minute, Los Angeles were forced to clear their lines as the Impact pressed.
The pressure Montreal placed on LA paid off, as Nelson Rivas found Davy Arnaud for the first goal of the match on a breakaway opportunity.
With the Galaxy now forced to chase the game, LA need to create some chances immediately or the home side will double their advantage by the break.
Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy will need to go on the attack immediately against Jesse Marsch’s Montreal Impact today at Stade Olympique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (kickoff: 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET).
“Scoring first will help a lot,” LA captain Landon Donovan told Luis Bueno of MLSSoccer.com. “In all these games when you get scored on first, it becomes very difficult no matter what time of the game it is and we can’t keep letting that happen.”
Los Angeles are currently 3-5-1 (10 points) and linger at the bottom of the MLS Western Conference. A win today will put them out of the cellar and back in the hunt for the postseason.
For midfielder Mike Magee, it’s a reunion with an old friend in Marsch.
“He always played with 100 percent effort and heart,” Magee said of Marsch to LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan. “He played every play like it was his last. I’m sure he’s implementing the same things with his players.”
The 2011-12 La Liga champions, Real Madrid CF, are coming to the Home Depot Center on Thursday, Aug. 2 as part of the World Football Challenge, pitting Europe’s best clubs (a.k.a. UEFA Champions League/UEFA Europa League regulars) against the best in Major League Soccer. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
“We are excited to give our fans a chance to see the Galaxy take on one of the best clubs in the world in Real Madrid,” said Galaxy COO, Chris McGowan, to reporters on Monday. “This will be a tremendous event for Southern California soccer fans, especially with the opportunity to see this game in such an intimate setting as The Home Depot Center. It will truly be one of the must-see sporting events of the year.”
Last year’s match saw Real Madrid defeat the Galaxy in a 4-1 result at the Los Angeles Memorial Colisum.
Goalkeeper Brian Perk and defender Leonardo could be in the fold for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy ahead of their Saturday tilt with the Montreal Impact on Saturday at Stade Olympique in Montreal (kickoff: 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET, KDOC and KWHY).
Both Perk and Leonardo played in a Reserve League match against the San Jose Earthquakes and look fit to come back.
“There’s a lot of meanings and purposes for reserve games, and one is to bring guys back from injury,” Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo told Luis Bueno of MLSSoccer.com. “For Leo, it was great to get him out there for 45 minutes and he looked really good."
“It felt great going through the motions and everything," Perk said after the Reserve League match witht the Quakes on Tuesday. "I didn’t have much to do. ... It was good for me just to get 90 in. It’s just one of those things where you came out and see how it reacts and if it’s fine, it’s fine.”
Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy have fond memories of Donovan Ricketts, who was part of the LA’s 201 MLS Cup championship team. Nowadays, the Big Cat from Montego Bay is plying his trade with the Montreal Impact, but the impression of Ricketts still resonates with his former team.
“Donovan doesn’t give away cheap goals,” Arena told Luis Bueno of MLSSoccer.com. "I think he’s the best goalkeeper in the league and he’s proven that for four years. He’s an outstanding goalkeeper and it’s not going to be easy.”
“I’ve got a lot of fond memories and a lot of times with Donovan,” Galaxy midfielder David Beckham said. “He’s such a great character and great goalkeeper. He’s tough to beat. It’s going to be tough for us this weekend with him in net.”
Ricketts meets his former club on Saturday at Stade Olympique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (kickoff: 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET, KDOC and KWHY).
For Jesse Marsch’s Montreal Impact, it was tough pill to swallow after losing 2-0 to Toronto FC on Wednesday in the Amway Canadian Championship. However, this meant that the Impact could focus on the Major League Soccer calendar, and their next opponent, the Los Angeles Galaxy (kickoff: May 12, 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET, KDOC and KWHY).
“It stinks that we’re out of this tournament, but we have another big game around the corner and we don’t have time to dwell on the loss,” Marsch told Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette. “We could probably use another day to help us all recover physically, but the group has shown they can recover from tough moments.”
David Beckham’s presence means the match is expected to result in a large turnout.
“He’s a world-class talent, you see it in his track record,” defender Shavar Thomas said. “The challenge is to better ourselves as the season goes on. The Galaxy is the next hurdle in our path and we want to clear this one.”