Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake: Analysis, Reaction and More
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Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy, fresh off a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Jun. 17 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., are looking to pull off a surprise upset win over favored Real Salt Lake on Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
The Galaxy currently sport a 4-8-2 record (14 points) and will need every point they can get in order to remain in the chase for a prized MLS Cup Playoffs spot. As for Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake, they have a 10-3-2 record (32 points) and sport the best record in all of Major League Soccer.
A win by Los Angeles will be a significant confidence booster heading into the rest of the season. As for Real Salt Lake, with the CONCACAF Champions League coming soon, this match will be a nice dress rehearsal before they begin a return to regional action.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET 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 is an upset of the highest proportions. Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy, thanks to a Landon Donovan brace, have upset Real Salt Lake 3-2 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
A dangerous chance in the 73rd minute given up by Will Johnson nearly doubled LA’s advantage. A long pass intended for Landon Donovan in the 74th minute had too much pace. Another pass to Donovan up top a minute later was called back for offsides.
A chance for Alvaro Saborio in the 79th minute was collected by Josh Saunders, but Sean Franklin was also there to make a stop. Fabian Espindola was cautioned for a rough challenge on A.J. DeLaGarza in the 80th minute of play.
Josh Saunders made a high collection in the 86th minute off a corner from Fabian Espindola. Saunders made another save off Tony Beltran in the 87th minute. A chance for Espindola to get his brace sailed wide left. Another shot for Saborio was too high and resulted in a goal kick.
In the closing minutes, Real Salt Lake drove numbers forward but failed to get a shot on goal. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Morales had a perfect chance to equalize, but his attempt was high.
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Captain America does it again! Landon Donovan has given the Los Angeles Galaxy a shock 3-2 lead. Watch out, readers on Bleacher Report, we have an upset brewing.
In the 62nd minute, Landon Donovan tried his luck for a brace but missed. A blasting one-time from Juninho in the 65th minute was too high, too strong, and resulted in a goal kick for Nick Rimando.
Javier Morales got cautioned in the 66th minute for holding up David Beckham too long. In the 68th minute, a long pass found a streaking Donovan who wasted no time in finishing the chance. Rimando was beaten to the punch. Josh Saunders collected a corner in the 70th minute that nearly equalized the match again.
This match is getting more and more interesting with every passing minute. Hold on tight, we have a crazy finish on the way.
This is a wide-open contest here at Rio Tinto Stadium, readers on Bleacher Report, as we pass the hour mark. It’s 2-2 here in Sandy, Utah between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.
Nat Borchers nearly got open on goal in the 54th minute of play, and a shot from Landon Donovan nearly gave Los Angeles a shock 3-2 lead seconds later. A chance for LA’s A.J. DeLaGarza from Donovan just missed in the 56th minute.
In the 59th minute of play, Alvario Saborio nearly secured a brace off a botched defensive stop by David Junior Lopes but missed. Saborio had yet another look on goal at the hour mark but missed.
With super sub Javier Morales coming into the match at the hour mark, Real Salt Lake will look to regain control of what has been a very entertaining game between two storied teams.
It’s a new game here at Rio Tinto Stadium, believe it or not. Mike Magee has made amends for his suspension against the Portland Timbers and has equalized this match, 2-2, 50 minutes into the contest.
Early on in the second half, a break for RSL’s Fabian Espindola sailed just wide in the 46th minute. The visitors were put on notice from the start, with David Beckham nearly giving away a successful sequence in the 48th minute. Jonny Steele had an open look on goal in the 49th minute of play but just didn’t have enough room to operate.
Todd Dunivant nearly paid the price for a poor clearance in the 52nd minute of play, but it resulted in a corner.
It’s now a new game, and it’s been a great game so far by both sides, with plenty of offensive fireworks to show for it. Now, in these next 40 minutes, both teams will look to play like the match got underway.
We are at halftime here at Rio Tinto Stadium, and all cylinders are firing for Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake, who lead Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy by the score of 2-1.
In the 35th minute, a free kick for RSL was cleared by Los Angeles. Sean Franklin tried to find somebody in the 36th minute but his free kick was cleared. Another set piece in the 37th minute for David Beckham was collected by Nick Rimando.
In the 38th minute, Kyle Beckerman’s volley off the rebound went high and wide for a goal kick. An attempt for Juninho had no dice in the 42nd minute and was wide of the mark. Jamison Olave marked Donovan in the 43rd minute, who poor shot was an epitome of the Galaxy’s misfiring night.
A chance for Real Salt Lake in the 44th minute was stopped by Josh Saunders.
Los Angeles will need to pull out a rally in the second half, or the Fortress will stand its ground for yet another match.
At least Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy will not get shut out tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium, but a bad giveaway by Real Salt Lake’s Tony Beltran has breathed new life in the Los Angeles Galaxy, who now trail 2-1 to the home team.
A shot from Kyle Beckerman in the 31st minute nearly restored the two-goal advantage for Real Salt Lake.
For Los Angeles, the Galaxy need to claw back in this one and throw more bodies forward. The passing has to be crisper and more clean, and the touch has to be automatic.
On a side note note, even if Omar Gonzalez was back in the lineup, the outcome probably would not change tonight between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake. For the most part of this match, the Galaxy are again resorting to some disgusting gong show football, and it is showing in the scorelines.
We are 25 minutes into the match here at Rio Tinto Stadium, in Sandy, Utah, and the favored Real Salt Lake are the one team that bothered to show up tonight, leading the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 on a goal from Alvario Saborio in the 24th minute of play from Fabian Espindola.
In the 13th minute, a shot for RSL went high and over the bar. Jamison Olave marked Mike Magee in the 14th minute on a breakway. A chance for David Junior Lopes in the 17th minute from David Beckham was headed high and over the crossbar. Ned Grabavoy tried his luck in the 19th minute but his shot was saved.
A 22nd minute free kick from Beckham sailed just wide of the top right corner. Nick Rimando neutralized another chance for the Galaxy a minute later.
Individually, Bryan Jordan has failed to impress on the Galaxy side. A lack of touch, combined with a lack of speed, has made passing to Jordan an undesirable liability. Every set piece that Beckham fails to convert will add up as the match progresses.
Real Salt Lake have jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a good delivery from Fabian Espindola to Kyle Beckerman that easily beat Josh Saunders in the ninth minut. It might be early, but it’s never too late for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy to seriously think about next season with such decrepit defending.
Early on in the first half, Real Salt Lake intended to establish the tempo early with some good possession, and a feed from Fabian Espindola nearly paid off three minutes into the match. A shot from Espindola in the fourth minute was collected by Josh Saunders. A chance for Bryan Jordan was called back in the sixth minute due to offsides.
Los Angeles have not acquitted themselves with the passes to the forwards. They have too much pace, making for routine collections by Nick Rimando. Furthermore, their attempts at tackling have been nothing short of awful and are a recipe for failure this season. The writing is on the wall for the visitors.
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has to be clearly frustrated with his national team’s efforts at Euro 2012 and will look to take his frustrations out this week as a member of Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy.
Ireland was outscored 9-1 in group play, with losses to Spain, Croatia and Italy. Keane will not be available against Real Salt Lake but should be ready to go against the Vancouver Whitecaps this weekend.
“We’re just going to see how he feels,” Arena told MLSSoccer.com’s Luis Bueno.
For Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, he knows what to expect from Keane in terms of making an impact.
“It wouldn’t surprise me at all,” Donovan said. “Robbie did it in the playoffs last year, he went away for two games, came back and looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. If there’s a guy who could do and has proven it, it’s Robbie. We could certainly use him, we need some spark.”
For Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy, goalkeeper Josh Saunders may hold the key to the visitors’ chances of upsetting Real Salt Lake tonight (kickoff: 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, KDOC and KWHY), at least from a defensive standpoint.
“Consistent, good goalkeeping is a huge plus and a huge reason why you get shutouts,” defender Todd Dunivant told MLSSoccer.com’s Luis Bueno. “For a lot of reasons, we haven’t got shutouts this year, but having him back and having him play at the level he did [Sunday] was a big reason we got the zero.”
Saunders made four saves in the 1-0 victory over Portland but will need to make plenty more when they face RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
"Obviously, he dealt with some difficult personal experiences, but the team supported him all the way and he was really happy to be back,” Arena said. “To have an experienced goalkeeper in the goal certainly helps, and he made a couple saves in the first half that were big. Just having his experience I think helps the entire group."
When Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy travel to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah ton ight to take on Jason Kreis’s Real Salt Lake, they will have nothing lose. Literally. For midfielder Mike Magee, he was just happy the Galaxy were able to beat the Portland Timbers without him.
“It’s hard to watch, especially knowing you kind of let the team down getting suspended,” he said Monday to LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “I was probably the happiest guy in the stadium knowing I’d be an easy blame if we hadn’t had a good result.”
With a 10-3-2 record (32 points), RSL have the best record in the league and go into their match as favorites to easily dispose of the Galaxy.
“I would say right now they are the best team in the league,” Magee added. “And especially at their place they’ve always kind of made it hell on any team that’s going in there.
“It’s a very hard place to have a solid game, let alone win. Right now, I’d say they’re the class of the league.”
Los Angeles Galaxy manager Bruce Arena had to shake things up ahead of Sunday’s match with the Portland Timbers, and he did it in the form of a new formation: the 4-5-1. As a result of a lack of depth, the same formation that the USA Men’s National Team employed under Bob Bradley paid dividends in the form of a 1-0 victory.
“Bruce wanted to try something different,” midfielder Marcelo Sarvas told MLSSoccer.com’s Luis Bueno. “He now has the confidence going forward that he can trust in the quality of players he has and he can build on that.”
“We wanted to get them on the field together, and they were all fantastic,” Galaxy captain Landon Donovan said of the trio of Sarvas, Juninho and David Beckham, which played a key role in making the 4-5-1 successful. “We didn’t have a ton of options, we have some injuries and that was kind of the way it worked out.”