T-180 minutes to kickoff: Time to play those starters for the rest of the year, Bruce Arena. Maybe you can play the schmos on the reserves if we tear apart the first leg against Puerto Rico good enough.
The Los Angeles Galaxy gave away a 2-0 victory to the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals.
I don't think this reserve team is ready for prime time, given how poorly they performed. Time for the starters to show the reserves how to show up against a Major League Soccer opponent.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Manager: Bruce Arena
Formation: 4-4-2 Diamond
Colors: White tops with blue and gold accents, white shorts, white socks
1 Donovan Ricketts
2 Todd Dunivant ---- 16 Greg Berhalter ---- 22 Leonardo ---- 28 Sean Franklin
11 Chris Birchall
88 Alex Cazumba ---- 19 Juninho
26 Michael Stephens
14 Edson Buddle ---- 17 Tristan Bowen
12 Josh Saunders GK
20 A.J. De La Garza DEF
6 Eddie Lewis MID
7 Chris Klein MID
8 Dema Kovalenko MID
9 Jovan Kirovski MID
21 Alan Gordon FWD
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Manager: Steve Nicol
Colors: Navy blue tops with red accents, navy blue shorts, navy blue socks
1 Matt Reis
30 Kevin Alston ---- 5 Emmanuel Osei ---- 25 Darrius Barnes
17 Sainey Nyassi ---- 21 Shalrie Joseph (C) ---- 16 Jason Griffiths ---- 27 Seth Sinovic ---- 8 Chris Tierney
15 Zack Schilawski ---- 29 Marko Perovic
34 Bobby Shuttleworth GK
25 Darrius Barnes DEF
28 Pat Phelan DEF
19 Michael Videira MID
23 Joseph Niouky MID
7 Kenny Mansally FWD
11 Kheli Dube FWD
40 Tim Murray
T-160: Even with Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle sitting this one out to recharge the batteries and Omar Gonzalez out with suspension, the Galaxy should have the rest of the top guns ready to go today.
T-150: There is no place like home for Steve Nicol's New England Revolution...or is there? The Revs enter the match with a 0-6-2 record against Western Conference sides this season, including a 0-2-2 mark at Gillette Stadium.
T-140: I wonder if the Revs were looking at the game tape from Wednesday and seeing some vulnerabilities in the defense. The Sounders' creativity stretched the vaunted Galaxy back line, and some inspiration may be in order.
T-130: The Revolution are currently 3-9-2, good for seventh in the MLS Eastern Conference and 15th overall. Their next three matches are all SuperLiga contests.
They will host Pumas UNAM on July 14, travel to Bridgeview, Ill., to face the Chicago Fire on July 17, and tangle with Monarcas Morela on July 20 at Gillette Stadium.
T-120: Two hours to kickoff. LA is 11-1-3 overall, good for best in the MLS Western Conference and the league. Their next three matches include a July 18 road trip to RFK Stadium to face D.C. United, a July 22 home tie with the San Jose Earthquakes, and a July 27 match with the Puerto Rico Islanders at the Home Depot Center in the first leg of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round.
T-110: Gillette Stadium (also known as The Razor) was christened in 2002. With a seating capacity of 68,756, it also houses the New England Patriots of the National Football League. It was originally slated to be called CMGI Field, but the dotcom bubble burst before that could be realized.
Then again, it was a good idea that the pitch name is Gillette Stadium. Who would want to have a stadium name like "CMGI Field" anyway?
T-100: Earlier this week, Real Salt Lake defeated the Chicago Fire 1-0 and Toronto FC shut out the Colorado Rapids 1-0.
T-90: 90 minutes 'til. Other matches going on today include Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United in the Atlantic Cup rivalry, Kansas City Wizards vs. Chivas USA and Houston Wizards vs. Columbus Crew. Tomorrow, the Seattle Sounders take on FC Dallas.
T-60: An hour to go. Germany will finish where they finished last time out at the World Cup: third place with a 3-2 win over Uruguay. That leaves one more match to go: Spain vs. the Netherlands.
T-45: I think the Revs will use this match as a chance to see what will work in their SuperLiga campaign and what won't.
T-30: The Galaxy will be without the services of Landon Donovan (rest) and Omar Gonzalez (suspension). Otherwise, everyone else—and Edson Buddle—is available and ready. Looks like Gregg Berhalter will get the captain's armband once again for Los Angeles.
T-5: One more stat to run through here: the Revs have failed to score a goal in 280 minutes.
FIRST HALF START: 4:39 P.M. PT
1' - We're underway here.
4' - Some ball movement in order.
5' - Throw-in Los Angeles, and Shalrie Joseph is down after colliding with his own player. His solar plexus will be feeling that in the morning.
6' - Edson Buddle in traffic. Here's another throw-in. Alex Cazumba will look to break through today after the reserves failed to do so on Wednesday.
7' - Here's the Big Cat from Montego Bay, Donovan Ricketts. Still early, still scoreless.
8' - Paul Ward is our match official today. Bowen's chance is snuffed out by the Revs' D.
9' - Goal kick Ricketts. It's been a wet day today in Beantown.
10' - Ten minutes in, and we are still scoreless. Can Juninho do something here?
11' - Sainey Nyassi gets tackled on the sidelines after getting tangled up.
12' - Here is Seth Sinovic with the throw. Back come the Revs. That was a good sequence, but it was call offsides. Chris Tierney butchered that sequence. A bullet well dodged for LA.
13' - This is what doomed Los Angeles on Wednesday. Happy birthday, Mr. Ricketts. He's now 36.
14' - That pass by Sean Franklin didn't turn out well; back come New England. And Bowen had a good touch on it, but the Revs backline and goalkeeper Matt Reis did the work.
16' - Transition for Bowen. Good stuff from the NE back line, Chris Tierney again.
17' - One victory in three months and 11 starts. Such futility. Sinovic with the throw. And Reis resets the movement for the Revolution's next sequence.
18' - Juninho will be marking Shalrie Joseph today. So far, so good. The Goal of the Week winner in action. Here comes New England. This is Marko Perovic. Cleared.
19' - Tristan Bowen with the foul, and the Revolution are chalking up the possession. Anxiety seeping in for the road team hailing from Victoria Street? Stay tuned...
20' - Some deflections, and Ricketts is there to take that one. Alex Cazumba is double-marked.
21' - The midfielders are getting manhandled early here. Nuff said.
22' - Now here's New England again, Tierney's spacing was closed tight.
23' - One-time volley from Alex Cazumba is grabbed by Matt Reis. End-to-end action, Ricketts takes that one.
24' - Edson Buddle is offsides. Now it's Zack Schilawski. 40 goals, 20 assists in 99 matches for the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest University. There's some stats for Mr. Schilawski's resume.
25' - Reis with the goal kick. Todd Dunivant is getting jammed, and the Revs' Darrius Barnes has to clear that one.
26' - Chris Birchall is still looking for his first goal of the season. Misses wide of the post.
27' - Jason Griffiths is shaken up.
28' - Shot goes wide, and Kevin Alston nearly got that to go in. Best chance so far for the Revs.
Substitution New England Revolution
IN 23 Joseph Niouky
OUT 16 Jason Griffiths
29' - 29 in, and it's still scoreless. Love the tempo and pace here at Gillette Stadium.
30' - No dice, Sainey Nyassi.
31' - Goal kick, Reis. Sean Franklin didn't keep that in bounds, throw in New England.
32' - Nice touches from Emmanuel Osei.
33' - That chopper from Chris Tierney won't work. Back come the Galaxy. Franklin is marked near the corner, and it will be a goal kick for Matt Reis.
34' - Throw-in for Sean. And that's too long a ball for Edson Buddle. Reis resets.
35' - And what is Shalrie Joseph doing? We understand your frustrations, but gag me with a spoon, Paul Ward; that should at least be a yellow!
36' - Matt Reis-ets. And here's Ricketts. Matt Reis-ets to Ricketts. Hmmm.
37' - Juninho with the knock. Here comes a set piece for the Revs.
38' - Set piece is blocked by Sean Franklin. Here comes New England again, led by Sainey Nyassi's speed.
39' - Good stuff from Matt Reis. Unless we see some late heroics, we got ourselves a scoreless first half.
40' - Corner for the Galaxy. Alex Cazumba will do corners today in lieu of Landon Donovan. Let's see what he does here. Long...and low. And Bruce Arena cringes at the lack of air. Valient volley from Tristan Bowen.
41' - Player down for NE, and it's Darrius Barnes in the orz formation. Looks like there will be some stoppage time here. Steve Nicol can't believe his bad luck.
42' - Barnes got hit in the jewels, but is otherwise all right. And New England is offsides on that sequence.
43' - Yellow card 17 Tristan Bowen
Los Angeles Galaxy
Paul Ward may want to ease up on the road yellows.
44' - Ricketts with the save. Arena can't be pleased with that tackle by Bowen.
45' - So, readers, let us see how many minutes of stoppage time we will be getting. Methinks it will be one minute or less. Ricketts with the grab. Schilawski was dangerous, but Berhalter was there to send it back to the Big Cat from Ontego Bay.
46+' - Three minutes, says the fourth official. Not bad.
47+' - Corner for the Galaxy. Juninho will also do corners. And Buddle butchered the delivery. Goal kick, Reis.
48+' - Side netting for Schilawski. It's starting to rain now—rain and confetti from the Fort of supporters behind Ricketts. It's halftime.
Los Angeles Galaxy 0
New England Revolution 0
A final from PPL Park in Chester: San Jose defeats Philadelphia 2-1, while New York and DC United are scoreless through the first half.
SECOND HALF START: 5:42 P.M. PT
46' - The second half is underway. Some adjustments will need to be in order; let's see what happens. I did like the defending and the multiple looks the Revs brought to the table and the chances they generated for themselves. They got the LA on their heels today, didn't they?
47' - 25,000 on hand today for this one. The Galaxy scoring in front of the Fort...a novel idea. Goal kick, Matt Reis. Here comes a corner for the Revolution, and Gregg Berhalter can't be too pleased about this.
48' - Underneath the chicken wing? You never cease to amaze me, Jim Watson.
49' - Some tinkering metronome cowbell in the background. Here's Kevin Alston, and Sean Franklin clears.
50' - New England on the attack again. Marko Perovic, and now Alston with the throw.
51' - Bowen squanders the transition. His touch has been abysmal tonight. Side netting for Perovic. Timing was just off.
52' - Michael Stephens with his first shot. Could have done better with some passing to his teammates ahead of him.
53' - Set piece for the Revs. Shalrie Joseph and Edson Buddle get jammed. Goal kick, Ricketts.
54' - Matt Reis-ets, and LA tries to counter. I don't understand what's going on with Bowen; he has been going through a funk right now.
55' - That smile from Edson Buddle is infectious, I will say that. 55 in, and we're still scoreless.
57' - Dunivant clears that Revolution set piece.
58' - Both teams have been off, off and off.
59' - Goal kick for Ricketts, and now goal kick Reis. Did the field just shrink, or is Lord Jabu at it again? Someone call the witch doctor or forensic.
60' - The best are in the West, by test. Yes, and it's a corner.
61' - Bowen misses that one, and back come the Revs. Sean Franklin with the dispossession. Buddle couldn't keep that in bounds, throw-in Revolution.
62' - We are officially 62 minutes in, and as we see someone with the lucha mask supporting New England on the Fox Sports Prime Ticket feed, it's still scoreless. A substitution may be in order here for the Galaxy. Here it comes.
Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 21 Alan Gordon
OUT 17 Tristan Bowen
63' - Ricketts with the goal kick. This FieldTurf is well-liked by the Patriots, and the Revs seem to like it. It's just not the real thing.
Yellow Card 16 Gregg Berhalter
Los Angeles Galaxy
Sainey Nyassi got tackled hard. He might be done here.
65' - Set piece forthcoming for Marko Perovic. Blocked for a handball. Leonardo was trying to protect his face.
66' - Take two. Let's see what happens here.
67' - GOAL! New England Revolution 29 Marko Perovic
Low, driven shot. Ricketts tried to cheat on this one, but that wasn't going to work. The scoreless streak is over, but now the Galaxy's lack of form from Wednesday is rearing its ugly head again!
68' - Unacceptable defending from Los Angeles. Corner forthcoming.
69' - You know something? I think D.C. United may have some hope on the 18th. This LA Galaxy team can be scored on.
70' - Substitution New England Revolution
IN 11 Kheli Dube
OUT 15 Zack Schiulawski
71' - Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 6 Eddie Lewis
OUT 11 Chris Birchall
72' - I am getting a very nasty feeling that this team could be in a slump if they don't stop the bleeding.
73' - Here comes New England on the counter. Michael Stephens marks Kheli Dube.
74' - Memo to Landon Donovan: Get well ASAP. Signed, Your Fans.
75' - GOAL! New England Revolution 17 Sainey Nyassi
What the bloody heck was Donovan Ricketts doing? This has to go down as the worst blunder he has made all season. And I cannot believe this moment of madness from Ricketts. Unbelievable.
76' - That is a routine save, Ricketts. Shame on you!
79' - 2-0 New England, the same garbage from Wednesday carrying over.
80' - Complete and utter disconnection from this team. So far, they have continued to unimpress in the Summer Gauntlet.
81' - Another shot from Sainey Nyassi. He wanted his brace.
83' - At this rate, both teams will be holding serve at home. Los Angeles opened the season with a 1-0 win at the Home Depot Center. New England is returning the favor 2-0.
84' - Eddie Lewis screwed that one up.
85' - This should really be a done deal now. D.C. United really has to be thinking that they stand a chance, and they should.
88' - Yellow Card 17 Sainey Nyassi
New England Revolution
89' - This has to be a sign of relief for the long-suffering fans here at Gillette Stadium.
90' - Actually, to put things in perspective...could Real Salt Lake actually catch up here and pip the G's for the Shield? Too early to say, but it looks better for RSL.
93+' - Substitution New England Revolution
IN 28 Pat Phelan
OUT 5 Emmanuel Osei
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2
Marko Perovic 67'
Sainey Nyassi 75'
This match can go to heck from whence it came if you follow the Galaxy. Otherwise, do stay tuned for my take on this contest on The View and on Bleacher Report.