May 8, 2013



SINGAPORE (May 7, 2013) – Twenty-seven year-old martial arts fighting superstar Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong (69-6-1 43 KOs) of Boca Raton, Fla. via Suriname will compete in the one-night, single-elimination GLORY 9 New York tournament featuring a lineup of the world’s top light heavyweight (209 pounds/95 kilograms) kickboxers, at Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City on Saturday, June 22, Glory Sports International (GSI) announced today.

“We are excited to enter Tyrone into this historic, first GLORY championship series event in the U.S. that will determine who is physically and mentally the top athlete in kickboxing’s light heavyweight division,” said Glory Sports International CEO Andrew Whitaker.

“Tyrone’s recent performances in the ring have distinguished him as one of the best and most powerful martial arts fighters in the world who can showcase our great sport at its highest level,” continued Whitaker, “so we look forward to seeing him compete against the other superstars who have been enlisted for action in the tournament.”

In his last GLORY start on March 23, Spong, a member of the vaunted Blackzilians fight squad that boasts the likes of fellow martial arts fighting greats Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem and Vitor Belfort, triggered a changing of the guard in the ring at ExCel Arena in London, England, decimating Remy “The Flying Gentleman” Bonjasky, a three-time champion of the old K-1 series and one of kickboxing’s greatest athletes of all time, with a vicious right hook in the second round (2:02) of their highly-anticipated main event showdown.

The explosive KO marked Spong’s fifth consecutive kickboxing victory.  One fight prior, on June 30, 2012, Spong toppled another icon of the sport and future Hall of Famer, Peter Aerts, scoring a thunderous KO on Aerts in the third round (2:10) of their matchup in Brussels, Belgium.

Since turning professional as a middleweight in 2003 and winning 12 fights that year, Spong, a former protégé of retired heavyweight kickboxing legend Ernesto Hoost, has since climbed his way to the top in four different weight divisions.  He has faced and defeated a host of top-ranked rivals in addition to Bonjasky and Aerts, including Kaoklai Kaennorsing, Ray Sefo and Melvin Manhoef.

Tickets for GLORY 9 New York, priced from $48 (plus handling fees), are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

Also slated for battle in the star-studded, eight-man single-elimination tournament, are hard-hitting KO artist Brian Collette (19-1, 16 KOs) of Norfolk, Va.; developmental Road To GLORY USA light heavyweight tournament winner Dustin Jacoby (9-3, 7 KOs) of Arenzville, Illin.; four-time world champion Danyo Ilunga (51-4, 41 KOs) of Germany; Muay Thai sensation Filip Verlinden (40-9-1, 16 KOs) of Belgium; Aerts-protégé Mourad “The Silent Power” Bouzidi (75-20-2, 34 KOs) of Tunisia; world Muay Thai and Karate champion Steve McKinnon (42-5, 29 KOs) of Australia; and Michael Duut (38-3, 17 KOs) of The Netherlands.

The GLORY 9 New York light heavyweight tournament’s quarterfinal stage matchups will be announced soon.

In one of several Superfights also scheduled for the event, heavyweight superstar and former secret service agent Daniel “The Savage Samurai” Ghita (46-9, 35 KOs) of Romania will face Muay Thai champion Brice Guidon (28-8, 13 KOs) of France.

In other Superfight action, hard-hitting “Bazooka” Joseph Valtellini (8-1, 7 KOs) of Toronto, Ontario Canada will square off with fellow rising star Francois Ambang (9-2, 4 KOs) of Mechanicsville, Va. in a welterweight (170 pounds/77 kilograms) matchup.

Valtellini has earned six of his eight professional career victories in New York.   Ambang emerged the winner of the development, eight-man, developmental Road To GLORY USA tournament, created to identify new talent and potential future champions for GLORY’s championship series, at New York City’s Capitale on March 22.

Phil Nurse protégé Brett Hlavacek (8-1, 3 KOs) of New York, N.Y., the runner-up in the developmental Road To GLORY USA  tournament on March 22, will face three-time Muay Thai titlist Paul Marfort (10-5, 4 KOs) of Orlando, Fla. at welterweight.

Additional Superfights will be announced soon.

Doors at Hammerstein Ballroom will open at 5 p.m. EST and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.gloryworldseries.com.
About GLORY:
GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier kickboxing league, producing live events across the globe featuring one-night, 16-man ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments and 8-man ‘Slam’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each of six different weight classes. The fight series also includes events with traditional, single bouts.
With television deals spanning every continent, online live video streaming of all shows and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely distributed sporting organizations.
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in the UK, Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the US. Its personnel include an unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television and martial arts fighting.
In 2013, GLORY launched the Road To GLORY tournament fight series to identify and develop new kickboxing talent in the United States, Japan and elsewhere around the globe into future champions and superstars of the sport.

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Houston Dynamo enacts their revenge, beat Galaxy 1-0

May 5, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, May 5, 2013, (Photos: Victor Posadas)

When the soccer schedule came out for this year’s MLS fixtures, many people circled the game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo. That game would be a much anticipated matchup between last year’s MLS Cup final participants and they were going to play on the same field they battled for the cup, The Home Depot Center.

The game started like many thought it would, with both teams looking to attack and try to take an early lead. Houston Dynamo almost took that early lead when they connected on a corner kick, but Carlos Cudicini was there to block the ball that was headed at point blank range. Cudicini reacted fast enough and even though the ball was headed to where he was standing, it could have still squirted through. Galaxy had some chances with crosses toward Charlie Rugg but they were either too high or Tally Hall was there to block it. In the 23rd minute, Huston committed a foul inside the penalty box that resulted in a penalty kick for Galaxy. Jose Villarreal received a through ball and ran towards goal, but Hall slide feet first and dropped Villarreal resulting in a penalty kick. Everyone in the stadium knew Landon Donovan was going to take the penalty kick and everyone thought he was going to make it. The only problem was that last time Donovan took one, he missed. Donovan set up and shot low and to the right but Hall guessed correctly and was able to block the ball. The score stayed 0-0.

As the first half wore on, Dynamo seemed to move their lines forward and became more aggressive. They would bring in more players on their attacks and seemed into dangerous spaces but Cudicini and the Galaxy defense was there to block and stop each Dynamo attack.

The second half was different than the first half of the game. Galaxy dominated the first half but the second half belonged to Houston Dynamo. Galaxy came out flat, and Houston took advantage of that. They were aggressive and started to control the midfield. They were getting second chance opportunities because Galaxy couldn’t clear the ball out of their zone. Houston was able to get the game winning goal in the 56th minute of play. Bobby Boswell gave a long pass to Giles Barnes who ran up the left flank. He spun around and crossed the ball towards the middle of the box. The ball went towards Andrew Driver who kicked it on goal and scored. Cudicini dove to block the ball but the ball went under his glove. This gave Houston Dynamo and 1-0 lead. They held that lead till the end of the game and was able to walk away from the Home Depot Center with a victory.

Galaxy’s next opponent is the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May 11 in Vancouver.

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Chivas USA gain one point in a very physical game

Apr 28, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, April 27, 2013 (Photos: Victor Posadas)

The game between Chivas USA and San Jose Earthquake was Chivas USA’s second game of a very tough stretch they were on. The previous week they played against Real Salt Lake where they suffered a loss to. The next week they were going to play Sporting Kansas City. They knew they had to get good results in these next two games to show they were legitimate contenders in the MLS. Chivas USA began the game playing very sloppy. They had been playing like this the past few games. Their passing was not crisp, their movement was uncoordinated, and they weren’t communicating. San Jose on the other had came out playing very aggressive. They knew they could pressure Chivas USA and create mistakes because Chivas USA had showed that that tactic would work on them.
San Jose’s first scoring opportunity came after a mistake from Chivas USA’s defense. A Chivas USA defender had the ball and tried to pass it back to the goalie, Dan Kennedy. The pass wasn’t strong enough to reach Kennedy, so he was forced to run towards the ball. As Kennedy was running towards the ball, San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski and Steven Lenhart also ran towards the ball. They reached it first and shot towards goal but Kennedy was close enough to take away any shooting angle. Then in the 12th minute of the game, San Jose created their first scoring opportunity. They had the ball on the left flank. They crossed the ball towards Wondolowski who passed the ball to Lenhart received the ball and shot on goal but Kennedy was there to save it.

For the rest of the half there was not real attacking from any team. Most of the game was being played in the midfield with both teams not only fighting for the ball but also for attacking position. Then in the 40th minute of play, San Jose was able to score a goal. The goal came after Joaquin Velazquez fouled Lenhart. Shea Salinas took the free kick and he crossed the ball towards the center of the box. Wondolowski was there to receive it and shot the ball towards the far post and was able to beat a diving Kennedy to score the first goal of the game.

The half ended in a controversial call. Chivas USA had the ball and were running towards the box. They passed the ball to Tristan Bowen. He received the ball and went by one defender. The defender seemed to push Bowen from behind and Bowen fell. The referee did not see it that way. He thought Bowen dove and gave Bowen a yellow for diving.

Chivas USA didn’t let that call affect them in the second half. They began the second half with the equalizing goal. After San Jose cleared a free kick cross, Chivas USA regained the ball. They ran towards the edge of the box and shot on goal. The ball was deflected but Mario de Luna was there to kick the ball with his right foot and score the goal in the 47th minute.

Then in the 51st minute Chivas USA scored the go-ahead-goal. Erick Avila had the ball on the left flank and centered a low cross towards the middle of the box. A Chivas USA forward slid to kick the ball on goal but missed. Right behind him, Bowen was there to kick a left footed shot on goal and scored the second goal of the game. Bowen was able to get some “revenge” after receiving a yellow for an apparent dive. He gave Chivas USA the lead in a much contested game.

After the goal, the game began heating up psychically. Both teams began hitting each other a lot more than the norm. A lot of the hits were borderline legal. Not only was it heating up psychically, both teams began finding an offensive rhythm, especially San Jose. They had many scoring opportunities and a few of them were blocked right on goal line. For many of the blocks, it seemed that Chivas USA had lady luck on their side because San Jose was missing a lot of open looks.

Their luck ran out in the 77th minute of the match. Salinas ran up the right flank and crossed the ball towards the middle of the box. As the ball was arriving, Cordell Cato cut across the box and kicked the ball with his left foot into the net. All Kennedy could do was stand there and watch as San Jose tied the game 2-2.
The game ended with a 2-2 tie. Chivas USA put up a great fight which their coach, “Chelis” was very happy about. He was happy that his team fought hard and worked throughout the 90 minutes. The players didn’t repeat the same sentiments that “Chelis” had. They were happy that they came away with one point but in reality, they wanted to win and get three points out of it.

Their next game is away against Sporting Kansas City, May 5 at Kansas City.

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Galaxy beats Sporting Kansas City 2-0 with an excellent performance by Landon Donovan

Apr 21, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, April 20, 2013 (Photos: Victor Posadas)

The Los Angeles Galaxy’s game versus Sporting Kansas City was set up to be one of the best games this fixture. It was going to be Landon Donovan’s first game at home this MLS season. The Galaxy was going against one of the best defensive team in the MLS. It was also a game that featured what many people thought is going to be Donovan’s replacement in the national team, Graham Zusi. They were also trying to rebound after a few difficult weeks that saw them eliminated from the CONCACAF championship and a loss at FC Dallas. Then the unthinkable happened early this week. There were two bombings in Boston that caused the whole nation to stand still for a day. Former Galaxy goalkeeper Matt Reis’ father-in-law was injured in the blast and Galaxy felt the pain as if it was one of their own. Not only Galaxy but the entire league felt the pain that Reis like many others felt. But this is when sports are most important. It is not to see who the best team is or to make sure you beat your opponent. Sports are most important to unite a country and bring a time of happiness and relief after such a terrible tragedy.


The game began in front of a sell-out crowd and from the very beginning people knew it was going to be a great game. Both teams began the game testing each other physically. They were playing each other hard, with many hits and knocks for both teams. Galaxy was trying to get passed a rock solid Kansas City defense that had only allowed three shot on goal this entire season. For the first 15 minutes, Galaxy couldn’t find any good spacing in the attacking third of the pitch but that wasn’t the case for Sporting Kansas City. With the help of a few Galaxy errors, Sporting Kansas City had a few decent scoring opportunities but Galaxy’s goalkeeper, Carlos Cudicini came up big with a few saves to keep the game level at nil. Galaxy was finally able to create something offensively in the 17th minute of the game. Kansas City was attacking but Omar Gonzalez was not only able to stop the attack but steal the ball and pass it to Donovan. He then passed it to Robbie Keane who quickly flipped the ball towards Jack McBean. McBean ran towards goal, cut twice to open up a shooting lane and shot on goal but Jimmy Nielsen, goalkeeper from the Sporting Kansas City, was able to save the shot. Galaxy seemed to gain momentum but just three minutes later they committed a foul just outside the penalty box. Kansas City had a free kick in a very dangerous spot. K.C. player shot directly on goal, Cudicini jumped to block it, but was not able to reach it. Luckily for the Galaxy, the crossbar was there to stop the ball from going into the net and the game stayed 0-0.

Galaxy was finally able to break the tie with a goal in the 27th minute. The play started when Gonzalez cleared the ball towards the middle of the field. The closest players around the ball were Marcelo Sarvas and a Kansas City midfielder. Both sprinted towards the ball and the Kansas City midfielder was not going to beat Sarvas so he slid to try to take the ball away. The Kansas City midfielder hit the ball first but it bounced up and towards Sarvas who kept the ball and passed it towards Donovan. Donovan ran towards goal and crossed the ball towards a cutting Sarvas who just tapped the ball in giving Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. The half continued with Galaxy having all the momentum and the ball but couldn’t finish any other opportunity to score another goal. The half ended with Galaxy up one-nil.

The second half started much differently than how the first half ended. Sporting Kansas City had more possession of the ball in the first 15 minutes of the game. They slowed the game down which also seem to benefit them. The only problem was that they were not creating any scoring opportunities. Galaxy seemed more dangerous playing the counter-attack.

Galaxy showed how dangerous they were in the counter attack. Sporting Kansas City had a corner kick but couldn’t capitalize on it. Galaxy was able to clear the ball out to the open space. Keane was there to receive the ball and he sprinted towards goal with a defender hot on his heels. He started running towards one side of the goal making the goalkeeper come out of his line and try to stop Keane from advancing any more. As soon as Keane saw that, he smartly crossed the ball towards Donovan who was running behind the play. He received it, shot, and scored his first goal of this MLS season giving Galaxy a two-nil lead.

The game ended with Galaxy winning two-nil. It was a great overall game. Donovan said after the game that the team finally played a complete 90 minutes of soccer. Recently, they have had mental lapses especially defensively in the final minutes of the game that had cost them the win against Monterrey and the tie against FC Dallas. This time, L.A.’s defense played well the entire game. When Donovan was asked about how he felt physically, he said he feels great. He doesn’t have to think as much as he did the past few games. This is great news for the Galaxy especially since Donovan had one goal and one assist this game. With this win, Galaxy jumps into second place in the western conference standings.

The next game is against Real Salt Lake April 27 at Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Emirates Team New Zealand win two cups at America’s Cup World Series in Naples

Apr 20, 2013

Emirates Team New Zealand won both fleet races at the America’s Cup World Series in Naples to take the lead heading into Super Sunday’s grand finale.

Kiwi skipper Dean Barker led from post to post in the first race of the afternoon, holding off a late charge from series leader ORACLE TEAM USA.

In the second race, the Emirates crew was forced to come from behind, grabbing the lead halfway through the race, helped by a penalty to Ben Ainslie’s J.P. Morgan BAR team after they sailed outside the boundary of the race course.

Today’s results leave Emirates Team New Zealand with a 5-point lead over ORACLE TEAM USA Slingsby heading into the final fleet race.

Sunday’s race has a massive 40 points available to the winner, leaving the Naples Championship wide open. Just 10 points separate the top four teams on the leaderboard.

In the match racing, two rookie skippers will meet in the Final on Sunday. ORACLE TEAM USA’s Tom Slingsby will face Luna Rossa Swordfish, led by Italian hero Francesco Bruni.

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Apr 16, 2013

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Episode Two Premieres This Wednesday, April 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME

 Six-Time World Champion Robert Guerrero celebrated his 30th birthday with a custom-made Floyd Mayweather piñata – a fitting gift as the Four-Division champ prepares for the biggest fight of his life against Mayweather on May 4.   Watch Guerrero’s friends and family take their shots at the pound-for-pound champ in this ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Guerrero bonus clip.  Tune into SHOWTIME on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT to see the premiere of Episode 2 of ALL ACCESS. 






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 “MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero,a 12-round fight for Mayweather’s WBC Welterweight World Championship and the vacant Ring Magazine Welterweight World Championship, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T, Star Trek Into Darkness and Valvoline.  The mega-event will take place Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.  The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP).  Also featured will be WBC Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon taking on Two-Division World Champion Abner Mares in a 12-round fight for Ponce de Leon’s WBC Featherweight World Championship, former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz facing veteran Alexander Munoz in a 10-round fight for the vacant USBA Junior Featherweight Championship and rising star J’Leon Love squaring off against recent world title challenger Gabriel Rosado in a 10-round middleweight battle for the vacant NABF Middleweight Championship.

Remaining tickets for “MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero” priced at $1,500, $1,250, $800 and $600, not including applicable service charges, are now on sale with a ticket limit of 10 per person.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

General admission tickets for the “MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero” closed circuit telecasts at ARIA, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York-New York, are priced at $50, not including handling fees, are available for purchase at each individual property’s box office outlets and by phone with a major credit card at 866-799-7711.  Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.  Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com



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Missed penalty = No points

Apr 13, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, April 13, 2013 (Photos: Victor Posadas)

Coming back from their bye week, Chivas USA was ready to go against the Colorado Rapids. In the resent fixtures, Chivas USA had impressed everyone around the league not only with their style of play. They were in second place in the Western Conference and fourth place overall. The game did not start the way they had wanted. In the third minute of play, Edson Buddle was able to get off a clean header at goal but Dan Kennedy was there to make the first save. Two minutes later, Chivas USA committed a penalty. The play started when Colorado Rapids player, Dillon Powers, passed the ball to Deshorn Brown. He received the ball but was taken down from behind by Eric Avila. The referee awarded Colorado a penalty kick. Brown took the penalty kick himself and scored. This gave Colorado a 1-0 lead.

Chivas USA didn’t seem stunned by the penalty but they just couldn’t create any offensive plays. They kept passing the ball side to side trying to find spaces in the Rapids’ defence but they couldn’t find any. They were finally able to find space in the 19th minute of the game. Carlos Alvarez had the ball after receiving a chip pass from Avila. He then passed it back to Avila whom then crossed the ball towards Jorge Villafaña. He received the ball and decided to cross the ball but no one was there to receive the pass. It seemed like a better idea was to shot on goal but he decided to pass and that ended any sense of danger that Chivas USA created from that play. After that Colorado again stonewalled any attack Chivas USA seem to create. Chivas kept on probing and probing but just couldn’t find any space to try to do something. Then in the 33rd minute, they almost created a chance on goal. Atiba Harris had the ball in his defensive side of the field. Villafaña went to pressure him and took the ball away. He ran towards the box with Harris behind him trying to disrupt his run. Villafaña fell in the box and the referee called a dive and gave Villafaña a yellow. Depending on how you saw the play, it could have gone either way. It did seem though, that Harris was hitting Villafaña’s legs before he fell.

Three minutes later, Colorado gave up a penalty to Chivas USA. Chivas USA crossed the ball towards the middle of the box. Jose Correa tried jumping for the ball but Shane O’Neill dropped Correa. Right after Correa fell; Chris Klute went straight into Tristan Bowen and dropped him also. The referee awarded Chivas USA a penalty kick. Correa decided to take the penalty himself. As he ran towards the ball, he hesitated to try to confuse the goalie but once he kicked the ball, it sailed and smashed the cross bar. Chivas USA missed the penalty and the score stayed 1-0 in favor of Colorado Rapids.

The second half started a lot better of Chivas USA. They began to play a lot more aggressive since they were able to control more of the ball. Their first opportunity of the second half came in the 58th minute of play. Avila had the ball and was being pressed by a Colorado defender. Avila was then able to get by him and center the ball towards Laurent Courtois. Courtois controlled the ball with his chest, turned and shot on goal. The ball sailed high but Chivas USA now seemed more confident in their attack.
After that, Chivas USA couldn’t find any spacing. Colorado started to play a lot more defensive. They had 11 men behind the ball and Chivas USA just couldn’t find any openings. As the time ticked on, they began to rely on the long ball which did not seem to work. In the first half, they played a lot of shot passes that did create a lot more space. In the second half, they tried getting ahead with the long pass because there was no space to do those short passes. The game finished and snapped Chivas USA’s four game winning streak.

After the game, “Chelis” said, “We had four straight wins and we were playing too cute out there. That is why we lost.” He then said, “We didn’t play well. We were not dignified athletes today. We did things that don’t correspond to this team like missing a penalty. This team can miss opportunities like that.” The team seemed to echo that same thought. They knew that they didn’t come out with the same effort they normally did. Even after the loss, Chivas USA is still in second place in the Western Conference Standings.

Their next game is against Real Salt Lake at Salt Lake City, Utah on April 20th.

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Monterrey surprises Galaxy with a 2-1 win

Apr 3, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, April 3, 2013 (Photos: Victor Posadas)

The first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals began at the Home Depot Center where the Los Angeles Galaxy hosted Los Rayados de Monterrey. There was excitement both on the pitch and in the stands. The energy the supporters of both teams was palpable and everyone had a feeling that they were going to watch a great game between to superpowers from their respective league. The game began and Galaxy began to try to assert their dominance and take advantage of their home field. They were playing aggressively looking for any opportunity to open the score in their favor. Their first chance came in the 17th minute of the game. A.J. DeLaGarza passed the ball Robbie Keane. Keane then passed the ball to Mike Magee who shot the ball to the far post but Juan De Dios Ibarra, Monterrey’s goalkeeper, was there in time to dive and save the ball from going in.

L.A. Galaxy continued to be aggressive and attack to try to score. This paid off in the 33rd minute of play when they were able to open up the scoreboard. Keane had the ball and he crossed the ball. Magee received it and passed the ball to where DeLaGarza was able to hit the ball with the outside of his foot and score. This goal gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead.

Monterrey didn’t seem affected by the goal because they created their first opportunity to score in the 30th minute when after a failed corner kick, a Monterrey player received the ball at the corner of the box and shot across goal but missed wide. Minutes ticked on and Galaxy still had dominance of the game. Their second goal of the game almost came in the 42nd minute when Keane received a pass from Magee. Keane then floated the ball towards Sean Franklin where he tried kicking it but hit the ball over the crossbar.

The second half began just like the first half ended, with Galaxy dominating the game. In the 48th minute, Galaxy had a corner but it went straight toward the goalie. He tries hitting it out but the ball went straight towards a waiting Jose Villarreal. He shot towards goal but it went straight towards the goalie. After this play, Monterrey began to assert themselves. Their first substitution, Cesar “Chelito” Delgado, began to connect with his teammates and this only made Monterrey dangerous. They began to put pressure on Galaxy’s defense and forced L.A. to back their lines. In the 52nd minute, Monterrey had on of their more dangerous shot on goal. Delgado had the ball and passed it to Humberto “Chupete” Suazo. He had an open shot on goal but Carlos Cudicini was there to make the save with his legs.

Landon Donovan was subbed in, in the 60th minute of the game and this seemed to energize the Galaxy. Both teams began creating dangerous plays but none could score. Then in the 82nd minute Monterrey was able to tie the match. “Chelito” Delgado whom was being covered by Michel Stephens. “Chelito” cut Stephens twice and was able to cross the ball towards Aldo de Nigris. De Nigirs headed the ball but Cudicini was able to block the ball. The ball went around the small box and L.A. couldn’t kick the ball away from danger and allowed “Chupete” to kick the ball on goal. Cudicini blocked the ball again but “Chupete” followed his shot and was able to kick in the blocked shot giving Monterrey their first goal. “Chupete” Suazo’s goal tied the game 1-1.

Right before the game finished, Monterrey was able to score another goal. Jose Basanta passed the ball towards De Nigris. De Nigris covered the ball from Omar Gonzalez, controlled the ball with his thigh, and shot towards goal. Cudicini wasn’t able to block the shot and the ball ended in the back of the net giving Monterrey a 2-1 win over the Galaxy. This goal was the culmination of Monterrey’s pure domination of the last ten minutes of the game.

Galaxy had multiple chances to put the game away but were unable to do so and allowed Monterrey to win the game. The last 15 minutes of the game, Galaxy’s defence seemed tired and were out of position which allowed Monterrey to score their two goals. They will face Monterrey for the second leg of the semi-finals. The game will be played in Monterrey April 10th.

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Chivas USA holds off Vancouver for their 3rd win

Mar 31, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, March 30, 2013 (Photos: Victor Posadas)

Chivas USA started playing the game fans have become accustomed to. They pressed the opposing team often and quickly. As soon as Vancouver had the ball, there was a Chivas USA player on him. Chivas USA did not allow any shots on goal until the 22nd minute of play. Just like they were playing defence, Chivas USA was playing aggressively on the offensive side of the ball. They were probing the Vancouver Whitecaps’ defence looking for a weak spot to exploit and score a goal. They were shooting towards goal whenever they had the open shot.

This aggressive play by Chivas USA paid off in the 12th minute of play. After some tussling for the ball, Chivas USA’s Carlos Alvarez, ended up with the ball on the left corner of the box. He turned to shoot what could be called a probing shot but it hit Jun Marques Davidson on the arm and redirected the ball towards goal. The ball passed by the outstretched arm of Vancouver Whitecaps’ goalkeeper, Joe Cannon and went into the net giving Chivas USA a 1 to nil lead. The goal was later ruled as an own goal.

After the goal, Vancouver seemed to wake up offensively and started to create more opportunities at goal. They began to shot more at goal but they lacked the precision to make the ball go into the back of the net. One opportunity they had was when Alain Rochat shot on goal but Dan Kennedy was able to block it. He wasn’t able to corral the ball and Daigo Kobayashi was able to shoot but he shot it towards the stands. Even though they were creating more opportunities, they were not very dangerous. As the half began to finish, both teams stopped creating any real opportunities. Most of the game was being played in the middle of the field.

Chivas USA again looked more dangerous at the start of the second half. They almost had a goal when a player sent a low cross towards the middle of the box but the shot was just outside the goalpost. In the 55th minute of the game, Jorge Villafaña crossed the ball to the far post where Eric Avila was waiting for the cross. He hit a volley shoot towards goal and beat the goalie for the second goal of the game. He gave Chivas USA a 2 to nil lead.

In the 64th minute of the game Vancouver Whitecaps was finally able to get on the board. Darren Mattocks was able to shot towards goal but Kennedy was there to block the ball. The only problem was that he didn’t hold on to the ball and pushed the ball to where Kenny Miller was waiting for a deflection. Miller headed the ball towards an empty net and scored the first goal of the game for Vancouver cutting the lead in half. The score was 2-1 in favor of Chivas USA.

As the time continued to tick away, Vancouver began to attack more knowing they were closer to get a tie. They had some decent opportunities but the Chivas USA defense would not break. Another opportunity came in the 80th minute when Mattocks was able to get behind the defense and chip a shot over Kennedy but the ball had too much air and went over the crossbar. In the 90th minute of the game, Kekuta Menneh of the Vancouver Whitecaps was able to outrun the entire Chivas USA defense and have a 1 v.1 against Kennedy. Kennedy came out and met him just outside the box and we able to disrupt Menneh run and Menneh kicked the ball out of bounds.

The referee blew the final whistle and Chivas USA was able to win their third game of the season. They have continued to play the way their head coach likes, hard. Now they have a record of 3-1-1 and are second in the Western Conference Standings. With these two goals, Chivas USA is still leading the league in total goals with 10.Last season, through the first 5 games, Chivas USA had only scored two goals and they came in the fifth game of the season. This season, Chivas USA seem to score at will. That is something that Chivas USA didn’t have last year, goals. Their next opponent will be the Colorado Rapids on April 13th at home.

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Giants pitcher Barry Zito sues taxi owners for West Hollywood collision

Mar 28, 2013

LOS ANGELES – San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito today sued the owners of a taxi cab that he says collided with his vehicle in West Hollywood two years ago.

The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit by the 34-year-old lefthander names as defendants Los Angeles Checker Cab. It seeks unspecified damages.

According to the suit, Zito was driving a rented Cadillac STS on March 30, 2011, on Sunset Boulevard near Sunset Plaza Drive when a taxi driven by Bagrat Verdiyan collided with the 2002 Cy Young Award winner’s vehicle.

Zito suffered injuries that have not yet been determined, but will be specified later, according to the suit.

A Checker Cab representative said he had not seen the lawsuit and had no immediate comment.

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