T-180 minutes to kickoff: The Los Angeles Galaxy will have to soldier on for a couple more matches without the assistance of Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle, who have paced the USA to a 1-0 win over Algeria and a spot in the Round of 16.
This Saturday, the Galaxy travel to the site of this year's MLS Cup, BMO Field, to take on Toronto FC in a quest to make amends for their draw earlier this season.
T-170: While we're on the subject, let's talk a little bit about BMO Field. BMO stands for Bank of MOntreal (note the capitals in this one) Financial Group, the sponsors of this CAD $62.5 million gem in Exhibition Place.
This is an open-air structure that seats up to 21,800 strong. This originally was slated to be located on the campus of York University. But York backed out of the offer, and so the site was moved to the location of the demolished Exhibition Stadium.
This site is also home to the Toronto Nationals, the 2009 champions of Major League Lacrosse.
T-160: In the past, BMO Field was home to a surface made of FieldTurf. However, last year the Toronto City Council voted to install a permanent, natural grass surface. The pitch as it is today at BMO is replete with a state of the art drainage system and heating system.
T-150: One of the more famous moments (or infamous moments, depending on your fancy) at BMO Field happened at 23:13 in Toronto's match with the Chicago Fire on May 12, 2007.
Danny Dichio, now an assistant coach with the Toronto FC Academy, scored TFC's first-ever goal. The reaction? Thousands and thousands of seat cushions flooded the pitch in their salute to the club's first-ever cult hero.
Today, the Toronto FC supporters—from the Red Patch Boys to the U-Sector to the Tribal Rhythm Nation—sing his name at the 23:13 mark during each match as part of the club's growing lore.
T-140: A big question right now is whether or not Dwayne De Rosario, one of MLS's leading scorers right now, will have another breakout performance. With the Galaxy licking their wounds from their 1-0 defeat at Real Salt Lake, now has never been more perfect a time for TFC's talisman to rub salt into the blue and gold wounds of LA.
T-120: Two hours to go before kickoff. It's time for the lineups.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Manager: Bruce Arena
Formation: 4-4-2 Diamond
Colors: white tops with blue trim, white shorts, white socks
1 Donovan Ricketts
28 Sean Franklin ---- 4 Omar Gonzalez ---- 16 Greg Berhalter (C) ---- 2 Todd Dunivant
11 Chris Birchall
26 Michael Stephens ---- 88 Alex Cazumba
17 Tristan Bowen ---- 9 Jovan Kirovski
12 Josh Saunders GK
20 A.J. De La Garza DEF
22 Leonardo DEF
6 Eddie Lewis MID
7 Chris Klein MID
84 Clint Mathis MID
21 Alan Gordon FWD
Manager: Predrag "Preki" Radosaviljevic
Colors: Red tops with white and gray trim, red shorts with white trim, red socks with white trim
24 Stefan Frei
8 Dan Gargan ---- 3 Nana Attakora ---- 12 Adrian Cann ---- 34 Raivis Hscanovics
23 Jacob Peterson ---- 22 Amadou Samyang ---- 25 Martin Saric ---- 21 Nick LaBrocca
19 Chad Barrett ---- 14 Dwayne De Rosario (C)
1 Jon Conway GK
20 Ty Harden DEF
33 Maxsim Usanov DEF
6 Julian De Guzman MID
27 Gabe Gala MID
7 Fuad Ibrahim FWD
19 Chad Barrett FWD
T-110: Long Beach's very own Alan Gordon is hoping to be ready for this contest.
“Everybody is in a good spot,” Gordon said. “When guys slide in, everybody's confident and everybody has been able to contribute when they come in. That's just the way this season has gone. It doesn't always happen like that, so we're fortunate to have that happen. Hopefully it continues.
"I've had a couple of problems this year and I feel healthy now," Gordon said. "It's just a matter of getting game-fit so I can come into the game and hopefully contribute."
T-90: Just want to let you know that the USA have been eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a 2-1 loss to Ghana, the same scoreline that doomed the States four years ago. Check out my pieces on that match on The View and on Bleacher Report.
T-60: In other MLS action today, the Columbus Crew take on D.C. United, Houston Dynamo takes on the Colorado Rapids, the Kansas City Wizards clash with the New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA take on FC Dallas.
T-30: Earlier this week, Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes played to a 0-0 draw.
T-15: Los Angeles's next three league contests include Seattle at home on July 4, on the road against the New England Revolution on July 10 and a road trip on July 18 against D.C. United. Their next match will be against A.C. St. Louis at the Home Depot Center on June 29.
FIRST HALF KICKOFF: 4:37 P.M.
1' - We are underway with this one.
2' - Early chance for Jacob Peterson. He was looking for O'Brian White. Goal kick for the Big Cat from Montego Bay, Donovan Ricketts.
5' - Here's Amadou Sanyang. Offsides on Dwayne DeRosario. Goal kick Ricketts.
7' - Too long a pass for Todd Dunivant. Here's a throw-in.
8' - Stefan Frei resets the distribution for TFC. Slow in the early going. This is Sean Franklin.
9' - There's Chris Birchall on the feast. Martin Saric is shaken up. Terrible header by Alex Cazumba. Sparse crowd early. Are the Blue Jays in town>
10' - Jovan Kirovski is offsides.
12' - Slight armball. And DeRo was offsides on that shot.
13' - This is Nana Attakora, with the mark. Gargan pushes Alex Cazumba aside for the goal kick.
14' - Toronto FC on the attack. Great passing.
16' - Another offsides on De Rosario.
17' - This is Dunivant with the throw-in. Birchall's ambitious one-timer too high.
18' - Gonzales was flattened by O'Brian White. Goal kick.
19' - What is with the adventurous long balls? Get one into the net already!
20' - Throw-in for Toronto's Dan Gargan.
21' - Good clearance by Dunivant. Bad challenge by Tristan Bown on Nana Attakora.
22' - Another offsides on White. Goal kick Ricketts.
23' - Gregg Berhalter should have done better. Throw-in Toronto.
24' - And "Danny Dichio" is sung by the TFC fans, as mentioned earlier in this P-B-P.
25' - Goal kick for Ricketts.
26' - Tristan Bowen with a chance, but that is snapped up by Frei.
27' - A blistering one-timer by Juninho sails into the upper deck. A couple of scoring chances for LA go wide Miami, wide Miami, wide Miami, wide wide wide.
28' - And Bowen is shaken up. No card on the kick by Cann, huh? Come on, Alex Prus. Seriously, yo.
29' - A lesson well learned for Michael Stephens, as given by Jovan Kirovski.
30' - We are thus half an hour into the match, and it's still scoreless.
31' - Nothing more than a battle of aerial ping pong at this point.
32' - Set piece for Toronto FC. They take it short, and back come the Galaxy.
33' - Some more action in the midfield, nothing less.
34' - What is Donovan Ricketts doing? Keystone Kops right there. Throw-in, Gargan.
35' - The U-Sector and Red Patch Boys anticipate. The Galaxy defends the corner well.
36' - A shot from Nick LaBrocca misses the top left corner. Goal kick, Ricketts.
37' - This is Gambia's Amadou Sanyang. The series for the Reds goes into the hands of Ricketts.
38' - USA vs. Ghana this isn't! A shot from DeRo went in Ricketts director. Just like Canada vs. Jamaica in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.
39' - Good clearance from Omar Gonzalez. And De Rosario is offsides again.
40' - The sounds of the Tribal Rhythm Nation could be heard, replete with steel drum ensemble.
42' - Omar Gonzalez with another clearance. A deep throw-in ensures. Too high a shot from LaBrocca.
43' - Goal kick for Frei. We are still scoreless.
44' - LA is trying a little flash and dazzle. Nothing doing.
45' - Bowen needs to work on his ball handling. Sean Franklin clears. No stoppage time. We head to the break.
Los Angeles Galaxy 0
Toronto FC 0
SECOND HALF START 5:38 P.M.
46' - Second half now underway...
Substitution Toronto FC
IN 19 Chad Barrett
OUT 17 O'Brian White
47' - TFC will look to get the go-ahead goal here through Dwayne De Rosario.
48' - Warning shot from Bowen.
49' - Here is Sean Franklin. Too long a run. Throw-in.
50' - LA winning the possession battle early. Sanyang clears for a corner.
51' - Alex hears the "Who Are Ya?" chant from the faithful.
52' - Another Galaxy chance misses. Corner, and that shot by Juninho hits side netting.
55' - What was that, Juninho? He wasn't set up on that series, the Juninho Carsonista.
57' - Julian De Guzman gets ready to enter the game.
58' - And that goes into the hands of Donovan Ricketts.
59' - Both teams have been pretty rusty coming off the break. Hopefully, the production will come.
60' - Substitution Toronto FC
IN 6 Julian De Guzman
OUT 25 Martin Saric
Chad Barrett with the pressure.
61' - Frei with the save, but not before a little human foosball.
63' - Here comes Toronto. And Jacob Peterson is taken down by Alex Cazumba. Set piece time for Dwayne De Rosario.
65' - That didn't amount to much.
66' - Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 21 Alan Gordon
OUT 9 Jovan Kirovski
67' - Another Cazumba shot hits side netting.
69' - This is Sean Franklin with the throw-ins. The Galaxy are biding their sweet time right now.
70' - Donovan Ricketts goes off his line, and he is hurt.
71' - Substitution Toronto FC
IN 27 Gabe Gala
OUT 23 Jacob Peterson
72' - Alex Prus has proved to be a bit of a Homer Simpson with no card issued to Dwayne De Rosario. D'oh!
73' - We are over 70 minutes into the contest, and it's still scoreless.
74' - Cazumba's right calf seems to be cramping up. The boos rain down, as if to say that it was staged. Hmmmm...not so fast, my friends.
75' - DeRo's shot misses wide right.
76' - Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 84 Clint Mathis
OUT 88 Alex Cazumba
77' - Right now, Columbus leads D.C. United 1-0 and Houston leads Colorado 1-0.
78' - TFC's midfield seems to have been neutralized today. Easily offsides right there.
79' - Sean Franklin fouled by Raivis Hsicanovics.
80' - Here's Dunivant with the throw-in. Rain begins to fall down in Toronto.
81' - This is going to make the pitch a little bit slick. Here's De Rosario, and that will be a corner as De Guzman is stopped.
83' - Handball on Alan Gordon. They're getting quite a show and a shower, aren't they?
84' - Too high a shot for Gabe Gala. Too much mustard on the hot dog.
Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 6 Eddie Lewis
OUT 17 Tristan Bowen
85' - Good ol' Todd Dunivant, making his fourteenth start this year. Mr. Consistency. The rain is falling in droves.
86' - Samyang clears. It's a corner taken short. Players sliding on the turf at will here. This is football at its most fun.
88' - Ricketts snatches that up.
90' - Frei with the goal kick. And Chad Barrett was offsides. Too easy.
90' + 1' - Four minutes of stoppage time. Good save by Frei again.
90' + 2' - Updates...Columbus now leading D.C. 2-0, while Colorado evens the score to make it 1-1. Back come the Reds.
90' + 3' - This has been a solid defensive effort for both teams. Here is Dan Gargan with the throw-in.
90' + 4' - Solid diving cover by Donovan Ricketts. One more shot here for Toronto FC. That pass to Gala didn't amount to much. It's another draw.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0
TORONTO FC 0
Stay tuned for my take on this contest on The View and on Bleacher Report.