Give All The Good Guys...
Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy were getting their doop on last weekend as they cheered the Philadelphia Union to a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. The Union victory completed a successful Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield defense.
“It’s one of those things that you want to be a direct result of what you did that day,” Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders told MLSSoccer.com's Luis Bueno. “However, it was kind of nice to be able to sit back and watch someone else do some of the work for us.”
Omar Gonzalez, Landon Donovan, Sean Alvarado and Mike Magee were all watching the match.
“We were cheering when Philadelphia was scoring,” Gonzalez said on Monday. “It was nice. It was fun.”
For defender Todd Dunivant, the defense was going to be a challenge, and needing help from their rivals was going to be necessary.
“It’s the hardest thing to do in this league,” Dunivant said. “You get all the credit for winning MLS Cups, but winning the Shield is the hardest thing to do in this league. It’s nothing to scoff at. We wanted to have a nice night to celebrate it.”
But for the Galaxy manager, there were no celebrations, as he considered the event in Seattle a formality.
“I suspected we were going to win it,” Arena said. “That was probably in my own mind. Having said that, I do applaud a lot of the teams in our league; they’ve had great years and it hasn’t been easy. We’ve had a pretty good season and a good run over the last two months to kind of secure that position.”
The return of Sean Franklin
For defender Sean Franklin, a return from injury looked inevitable. Franklin was sidelined with a knee injury and was looking to get back on the pitch as quickly as possible.
“I want to be back before the playoffs,” Franklin told Bueno. “It would be nice to get a game with the guys, just so I’m on the same page in the playoffs. I’m hoping as early as the game in Honduras (in Champions League against Motagua on Oct. 20). If not, I’m pushing for the Houston game (on Oct. 23).”
Los Angeles' first playoff match will take place on the weekend of Oct. 29-30. By then, Franklin should be healthy and raring to go.
So long and thanks for all the fish, Gregg
Defender Gregg Berhalter will be retiring at the end of this season after three seasons with the Galaxy. Berhalter has been out since injuring his right foot in a CONCACAF Champions League game against Alajuelense on Aug. 25.
“I am grateful for all of the experiences that soccer has given me throughout my career,” Berhalter told reporters. “I am proud to have been able to play for my country at the highest level as well as to play for all of the clubs that I have. I hope that I represented them well through hard work, dedication and my love for the game.
“This was not an easy decision for me to make but I feel that the timing is right for me to close this chapter of my career and begin to focus on the next stage as I look to continue my career in coaching.”
Berhalter will remain on the team as an assistant manager to Bruce Arena. He will be honored before the Chivas USA match on Sunday, Oct. 16.
Youth Academy Update
Over the course of the past few days, the Galaxy Academy have been picking up results. At the same time, the Academy have seen some setbacks come their way.
On Sunday, Oct. 8, the Los Angeles Galaxy Under-16s shut out the San Diego Surf 3-0 thanks to goals from Justin Duillon, Mario Ortiz and Jaime Villareal. The Under-18s crushed the Surf 4-0 thanks to a Sebastian Velasquez brace and goals from Abel Leon and Peter Velasquez. Both matches took place at the San Diego Polo Club.
The Under-12s lost to Real So Cal 1-0 on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Oak Park High School, while the Under-15s lost to Real So Cal 2-1 at Los Angeles Pierce College. Rolando Munoz scored for the Young Gs in the 27th minute.
Here's this weekend's action...
LA Galaxy U-12s at FC Golden State Saturday, Oct. 15
Game will be played at Veterans Sports Park No. 4 in Pomona, Calif. starting at 9:15 a.m.
LA Galaxy U-13s at Real So Cal White Saturday, Oct. 15
Game will be played at Pierce College in Woodland Hills starting at 1:40 a.m.
LA Galaxy U-14s at Real So Cal White Saturday, Oct. 15
Game will be played at Pierce College in Woodland Hills starting at 9:25 a.m.
LA Galaxy U-14s at Arsenal FC Sunday, Oct. 16
Game will be played at La Sierra University in Riverside starting at 12:15 p.m.
LA Galaxy U-15s at Chivas USA – Pomona Saturday, Oct. 15
Game will be played at Veterans Sports Park No. 2 in Pomona, Calif. starting at 1 p.m.
LA Galaxy U-15s at Exiles SC Exiles Black Sunday, Oct. 15
Game will be played at CSU Dominguez Hills No. 3 in Carson at 9:35 a.m.