Trouble for Magee and Stephens
The bad news continues for Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy. Midfielders Mike Magee and Michael Stephens were fined and suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee this past week.
Both Magee and Stephens were shown yellow cards for their incidents. But the Disciplinary Committee ruled that Stephens endangered the safety of his opponent on his 46th-minute foul on Adam Moffat. Magee, on the other hand, was deemed to have committed aggravated dissent against referee Silviu Petrescu, including throwing a ball in his direction in the second minute of second half stoppage time.
As a result, Los Angeles will now be without both Magee and Stephens, as well as fellow midfielder Hector Jimenez, for the game against Portland on June 17. Jimenez was given a two-game suspension for his foul on San Jose’s Steven Beitashour in LA’s 3-2 loss to the Earthquakes on May 23.
Reserves break through in Portland
While it has been difficult for the first team to get a positive result at Jeld-Wen Field, it has not been the case for the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves, who powered their way to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers reserves on Saturday.
Kyle Nakazawa opened the scoring in the third minute thanks to a delivery from Leonardo, who had to be stretchered off due to injury in the 10th minute of play. Chad Barrett made it 2-0 Galaxy in the 30th minute.
Eric Alexander scored for Portland in the 67th minute of play off a penalty conversion. With the victory, Los Angeles are now on a three-game unbeaten streak in MLS Reserve League play.
Los Angeles's next Reserve League match is on June 12 against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.