Two goals from Hernandez gives Mexico the win

Jun 22, 2013

When the Confederations Cup started, there were high hopes for the Mexican national team. Sadly for them, they didn’t have a good showing in the first two games of the tournament losing to Italy 2-1 and to Brazil 2-0. They were going to face Japan in their last game in the Confederations Cup and Mexico was not playing for pride and to get some confidence for future games.

The game started with Mexico trying to be more offensive. Their head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre decided to play with another offensive player to play alongside Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez. The first real opportunity to score in the game was for Japan in the fifth minute of the game. Kagawa received the pass and dragged the ball away from a defender. By doing this, the ball slowed down and Kagawa couldn’t shot it comfortably towards goal; he could only kick it with his toe. The ball shot out but Guillermo Ochoa was able to block the ball with his left foot. Even though Mexico was trying to be the aggressor, Japan was the team who seemed to be closer to scoring the first goal. Japan scored the first goal but was nullified by an offside. Japan shot from outside and Okazaki changed the direction of the ball into the net. Japan was about to start celebrating but the line judge had raised his flag ruling an offside.

As the minutes ticked on, Japan seemed to gain more confidence pushing forward in their attack while making Mexico defend themselves much more. When Japan had the ball, they would create spaces and look for a way to attack. When Mexico had the ball they would either turn the ball over quickly or they would just pass the ball around without finding any spaces to create any sort of attack. Mexico finally created something in the 40th minute of the game. Jorge Torres Nilo had the ball on the left flank and crossed the ball towards the box. Andres Guardado dove for the ball and hit it with his head on goal but the ball hit the left post and rattled out. Mexico had finally created something and this seemed to give Mexico some confidence because they started to move forward instead of just waiting for Japan to attack. The half came to a close with Mexico taking the last shot and finally showing some positive plays.

Mexico started a lot better in the second half. They had the ball a lot more in the beginning minutes than Japan and were threatening. They almost scored in the 52nd minute when Raul Jiminez headed the ball on goal but Japan’s goalkeeper, Kawashima, was able to block it. Mexico scored the first goal just two minutes after that play. Guardado crossed the ball towards the near post. “El Chicharito” ran towards the ball and hit the ball into the net scoring the first goal of the match. Mexico came out a lot more aggressive than Japan and justly scored the first goal of the second half.

Giovanni Dos Santos almost scored a goal in the 60th minute. He shot on goal but the ball hit the post again. Japan responded quickly with a shot on their own but the ball hit the outside of the net. Both teams began to find open spaces where they could exploit and find attacking lanes. Mexico scored their second goal in the 66th minute of the game. Dos Santos took the corner kick and crossed it to the near post where Hank Mier headed it back to the far post. “El Chicharito” was there to receive the pass and just head it into the net to score his second goal of the game.

Japan was able to score their first goal in the 86th minute of the game. Kagawa crossed the ball to Endo who was alone on the right side of the box. Endo then crossed it to Okazaki who tapped it over Ochoa and scored Japan’s first goal.

“El Chicharito” manufactured a penalty kick in the 91st minute of the game. He set up the ball and shot low and to the left but Kawashima dove and blocked the shot. He left the rebound and “El Chicharito” had the rebound but he shot it with too much force and it hit the crossbar and bounced out.

The game ended with Mexico winning the game 2-1 with a much better showing from the Mexican national team. The game was a tale of two halves. In the first half Japan dominated the game but couldn’t score. In the second half, Mexico dominated the game and scored two goals. Even though Mexico won this game, it wasn’t in a convincing manner and many questions are still asked for the Mexican national team.

Photo: (Samuel Coronado)

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Galaxy ties 0-0 with a great defensive showing

Jun 19, 2013

Carson City, California- The StubHub Center, June 19, 2013, (Photos: Victor Posadas)

The game between LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers didn’t seem like a special or an “important” game at the beginning of the season. Portland didn’t have a great season last year so much wasn’t expected of them this year, but as the saying goes, games aren’t played on paper. Portland Timbers have had a remarkable reason this season holding a 13 game unbeaten streak as they came into the StubHub Center. The Galaxy on the other hand was having a rough stretch in which they had lost their six out of their last seven matches. They knew they had to win at home against Portland.

The game started with both teams studying themselves. Neither team came out firing on all cylinders but came out to see how they were going to play each other. Most of the play in the first 30 minutes was held in the midfield where neither team could assert themselves and take control of that area. When Portland had the ball they’d drive till the final third were LA Galaxy defense was able to take the ball away. When the Galaxy had the ball, they’d drive to the final third were Portland’s defense would take the ball away. Neither team really had a dangerous play on goal. Galaxy had earned some corners but couldn’t capitalize on them. Portland would cross some balls into the box but Carlos Cudicini was able to get the ball before anyone.

The first real shot on goal came from Darlington Nagbe. He received the ball and was wide open to shot on goal. Cudicini was in perfect position to block the ball from going in. Even though Portland didn’t score, they seem to get some confidence in their game knowing full well they could penetrate the Galaxy defense if they played smartly with the ball. Galaxy responded with a counterattack led by Robbie Rodgers and Landon Donovan that resulted in a corner kick but nothing came from it. Portland seemed to have the upper hand as the half dwindled down. They had more possession of the ball and kept sending in cross after cross into Galaxy’s box, but Galaxy was able to defend them all. The half ended with neither team able to break through and score.

The second half started much differently for the LA Galaxy. They came out more aggressive looking to score early in the half. They almost scored a goal in the 55th minute of the game. Galaxy earned a corner but the Timbers were able to kick it out of the box. The ball went straight to Juninho who centered the ball again. Gyasi Zardes jumped and headed the ball towards the far post but it hit the post and didn’t go in. This was the first time the Galaxy was able to get a good shot on target in the entire game.

The game slowed down after the first 15 minutes of the second half. Both teams started committing more fouls and it stopped any rhythm that the game was developing. Galaxy kept pushing looking to break through and score. They had another chance in the 77th minute of the match. Juninho gave Colin Clark and long pass which he controlled with his chest. He evaded a Timbers defender and shot on goal but Donovan Ricketts was able to block the ball. The game all of a sudden picked up pace and Galaxy was attacking from all sides sending in crosses or shooting from outside but none found their way into the back of the net. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. Galaxy had finally earned a shutout after allowing ten goals in the last three games. The only problem was that they couldn’t score or even create a lot of dangerous plays.

Galaxy’s next game will be on June 23 against Chivas USA.

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Second straight loss for Mexico in the Confederations Cup

Jun 19, 2013

The game between Mexico and Brazil started the way most people thought it was going to begin; with Brazil looking to score early. Within the first 5 minutes, Brazil started playing very close to Mexico’s goal. In the fifth minute Brazil scored a goal but was nullified because of an offside call, but Brazil was just getting confident with their early success. Neymar was offside in the play but he showed his crossing ability finding a wide open Fred who just redirected the ball into the goal. The crowd was about to erupt in celebration but the line judge raised his flag signiling an offside.

Just four minutes after that play, Brazil was able to score a beautiful goal. Dani Alves had the ball on the right flank. He went escaped two defenders and centered it towards Fred. Before Fred was able to head it, Mexico’s central defender, Francisco “El Masa” Rodriguez, was able to reach the ball before Fred. “El Masa” headed the ball out. The ball went straight to where Neymar was waiting for the ball. He kicked it with his left foot without letting the ball bounce and it shot off like a rocket towards the goal. J.J. Corona dove to try to block the ball, but the shot was too fast and Neymar scored the first goal of the game in the ninth minute.

Mexico finally reached Brazil’s goal in the 16th minute. Frank Meir was able to shot towards goal after a scramble for the ball. The ball missed the post and went a tad bit left. For a few minutes after that, Mexico was able to stay close to Brazil’s but they couldn’t create any sort of dangerous play. The only thing Mexico was able to accomplish by that is it slowed down the pace. Brazil didn’t have the same pace it did in the first 15 minutes of the match. Mexico was able to even the gameplay out and stopped being outclassed by Brazil. They began to have more possession of the ball but they still couldn’t break Brazil’s defense.

The second half started the same way the first half started, with Brazil scoring a goal but it again was nullified because of an offside. Neymar crossed the ball into the box. A Brazilian player reached the ball first and he passed it towards his teammate who just redirected the ball in. The line judge ruled that the first Brazilian player who touched the ball was outside so it negated the goal. Even with this nullified goal, Brazil didn’t seem to attack as much as the first half. Mexico started playing more defensive and there was less space for Brazil to find. When they would find space, their passing and speed would allow them to leave their marks but they weren’t precise in the final touch to score their second goal. Mexico had their first chance of the second half when Geo Dos Santos was able to evade his mark and tried centering it to Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez but David Luiz was able to deflect the ball before it reached “El Chicharito”.

The game had opened up in the second half. Both teams started to create spaces with their movement and passing. Both teams were reaching each other’s goal but neither team was able to get that final touch and score a goal. As the game came close to the end, Mexico began to play more desperate and aggressive looking for the game tying goal. They had more possession of the ball and kept sending in crossing looking for “El Chicharito” but none found their mark. Brazil defended themselves perfectly and when they would get the ball, they knew how to hide it and keep it away from Mexico. Neymar helped put the game away in the 93rd minute of the game. He had the ball on the left flank. As he moved closer to the touch line, two Mexican defenders came to defend them. Neymar went through the middle of both and crossed the ball to a wide open Jo who kicked the ball in giving Brazil a 2 goal lead.

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Perfect in three, USA wins 1-0

Jun 18, 2013

(Photo: Samuel Coronado)

The United States Men’s National Soccer team had finally found their step. After starting the hexagonal qualifiers with a loss to Honduras, an unconvincing win versus Costa Rica and a tie with Mexico; they had two games in a row. Their last game versus Panama was the United States best game in the Jurgen Klinsmann era.
The game started with Honduras being the aggressor. They had three early crosses but Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler were there to hit the crosses away. The United States responded right away earning a corner kick. Graham Zusi centered the ball and the first to head the ball was Clint Dempsey. He jumped and headed the ball towards goal but the ball sailed a bit left. The game did not let up after these early chances. Both teams knew what was at stake with a win. For Honduras, it would be second place in the qualifiers. For the US, it would add to their lead and almost securing them a trip to Brazil. In the 17th minute the US had a clear shot at goal. Michael Bradley started the counter attack with a long pass to Zusi. He quickly passed to Dempsey. Dempsey saw Fabian Johnson running freely on the left side. Dempsey passed it to Johnson who quickly centered it to Eddie Johnson. He kicked on goal but Noel Valladares was there to block the ball.

As the game went on, the rhythm of the game went down. Both teams seemed to be affected by the weather. It was a hot day with low humidity. The US was trying to use long balls to break Honduras’ defense. From midfield back, Honduras had 11 players defending themselves when the US had the ball. In the 41st minute of the game Honduras finally had another shot on goal. They had earned a free kick after Jozy Altidore committed a foul. They passed it to one of their players and he shot on goal. The shot flew towards goal but it went wide right. In the 45th minute, Honduras had their clearest scoring opportunity. Besler tried to clear the ball out but he hit it straight to Andy Najar. Najar controlled the ball and ran straight towards Tim Howard. Najar shot hard and low but Howard was in the perfect position to save the shot.

The second half didn’t start like the first half. Both teams came out more cautious in the second half than they did in the first half. In the 55th minute, Zusi crossed the ball after earning a free kick. Besler was able to evade his mark and head the ball on goal. Valladares was able to follow the play and save the ball before it went it. With this play, it seemed to give the United States National team new life. In the 59th minute the US had another scoring chance coming out of a counter attack. Howard stopped a cross from coming in. He threw the ball to E. Johnson who passed the ball to Dempsey. He quickly passed the ball to Altidore and Altidore scored. The only problem was that he was offside.

After that play, the game picked up in intensity. Both teams began to play back in forth looking for the first goal. Honduras had a shot on goal from a free kick but the ball never dropped and went over the cross bar. Dempsey had a shot almost immediately after Honduras’ shot but his shot went wide right. Then the US had a shot after Zusi center the ball towards Dempsey who headed the ball on goal, but Valladares was there to block the shot again.

Jozy was finally able to get a good look at goal and was able to score the first goal of the game. Dempsey passed the ball to Zusi. Zusi had the ball and saw a cutting F. Johnson on the left side. He quickly passed it to F. Johnson with the back of his show. F. Johnson received the ball and ran towards the touch line. Altidore saw what F. Johnson and he backed off and his mark left him. F. Johnson passed it back to Altidore who shot it low and to the right and beat a diving Villadares. This gave the US the partial lead in the 73rd minute.
After the goal, the US began to become more defensive. They knew there was little time left in the game and they had to defend their lead. Honduras couldn’t find any more spaces even after subbing in more offensive minded players. The US defended themselves perfectly in the final minutes and was able to hold off Honduras and win their third straight qualifying game.

Jozy Altidore didn’t have the same type of game he had against Panama. Altidore wasn’t the only player who didn’t play like they played against Panama. The US team wasn’t as precise in their passing or as clinical in their finishing. Even with all this, Altidore was able to come through and give the US the win. It was his third goal in three games. The next game for the United States National team is until September.

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Galaxy travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake

Jun 6, 2013

Galaxy travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday night
at 6:30 p.m. (PT) on TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, June 4, 2013) – Following Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the New England Revolution, the LA Galaxy will look to bounce back this Saturday when they travel to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. The game is a matchup of two of the top four teams in the MLS Western Conference standings, with Salt Lake in second place with a 7-5-3 record for 24 points and the Galaxy four points back in fourth place with a 6-5-2 record for 20 points.

The game, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m., will be carried live in English by Time Warner Cable SportsNet and in Spanish on Time Warner Cable Deportes. It will be the club’s first game on the networks since their 4-1 road win over the Philadelphia Union May 15. Coverage for the game starts at 6 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, with a half-hour “Access SportsNet: Galaxy” pregame show hosted by Chris McGee and studio analyst Clint Mathis, and at 5:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Deportes, with an hour-long edition of “Galaxy en Vivo” pregame show hosted by Enrique Gutierrez along with studio analysts Steve Sampson and Francisco Rivera.

The Galaxy have won each of their last two visits to Rio Tinto Stadium, including a 2-0 win over RSL on April 27 when Mike Magee and Charlie Rugg scored inside the opening 15 minutes and Brian Rowe made eight saves to earn the win. The two sides will meet for the third and final time of the regular season on Saturday, August 17 at the soon-to-be-renamed StubHub Center.

Ahead of Saturday night’s game, the Galaxy will hold three training sessions at The Home Depot Center. All training sessions will be held on University Field #1, with Wednesday and Thursday’s sessions starting at 10 a.m. while Friday’s training session will start at 12 p.m., after which the team will fly to Salt Lake City.

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Bryant Jennings vs Andrey Fedosov

Jun 6, 2013

NBC Sports Network Fight Night
Friday, June 14 – Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Bryant Jennings vs. Andrey Fedosov
Sergey Kovalev vs. Cornelius White
Ronald Cruz vs. Ray Narh

Bryant “By By” Jennings Media Workout – NBCSN FIGHT NIGHT June 14th

Bryant Jennings (16-0, 8 KO’s) held a media workout today in preparation for his June 14th NBC Sports Network Fight Night clash against Andrey Fedosov (24-2, 19 KO’s). The fight is part of a triple header on a 7-bout card that will be held at Sands Casino Resort Bethlem.

Also part of the triple header is a 12-round IBF light heavyweight eliminator showcasing Segey Kovalev (20-0-1, 18 KO’s) vs. Cornelius White (21-1, 16 KO’s) and a 10-round welterweight battle featuring Ronald Cruz (17-1, 12 KO’s) vs. Raymond Narh (25-2, 21 KO’s). The NBC Sports Network telecast begins at 8PM EDT.

Here’s what Jennings shared during the workout today at ABC Gym in Philadelphia:

Why take this fight with Fedosov? Boxing is a business. You have to build yourself, your marketability. This is our business we hit, we get hit, it’s what we do. I’m not gonna just wait around. A lot of it is patience. Patience is very much needed in this sport. As I always say, ‘welcome to the fight game.’

Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com
What do you know about this guy you are going to fight (Fedosov)? I don’t know nothing about him. I very seldom know anything about any of my opponents. That’s my trainer’s job.

Were you trying to add new moves during sparring? No that’s just me. I was trying not to open up against him (sparring partner). Just trying to let him get comfortable punching, just get through the work and conditioning of it. I work on my techniques. We did train early this morning: we did 5 miles, my fastest mile this morning was 6:04; 20 minutes on the pads; then I went in the house and did push-ups, sit ups; drank a smoothie; and then tried to lay down so I could rest up to come back here.

Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com

In sparring are you going for the knockout? No, it’s the push. This way I’ll be able to operate in the later rounds at a high pace, at a fast pace and still be conditioned. And then you go back to the corner, recover for those 30 seconds and come back out and do it all over again. I can do it for 20 rounds.

Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com
When you train you seem to go twice as hard than other opponents – you train all day, put in 6 miles a day instead of 3. Was it that way for this camp and why? It’s that way for every camp. Running is easy for me. You have to remember I started later and didn’t have a big amateur career. I thought I have work twice as hard to get to this point, because I came in the game late. I had to fast track. It’s just my way.

Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com
When you are fighting one of these guys (non American) does it give you any extra incentive to win for America? Yes, in fact sometimes it gives me the extra push. I know how it is for America to have a heavyweight champion, because it hasn’t been here in a long time. I’m a good role model, I have a son and I wouldn’t mind if my son lived the same exact life that I lived, because I don’t do nothing in front of my son or behind closed doors that I wouldn’t have my son do himself when he gets to my age. I just try to be an example for the youth, for the future, just to be that person to look up to. So all in all, being that next heavyweight champion of the world as an American is bigger than anything right now. That’s the goal.

Bryant Jennings and trainer Fred Jenkins
Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com
Obviously being on NBC Sports Network is not as much money as being on HBO, but it’s important to you. Why? You get to be able to showcase on national television. To be able to fight on the national screen is a blessing. People look up to me and NBC Sports like an HBO or Showtime and I feel proud that I can make it appear to be so. Hopefully one day me, my fellow boxers and Main Events can push for that to be as big or even bigger then HBO or Showtime.

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The “new” new era begins with a loss… again

Jun 1, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, June 1, 2013, (Photos: Victor Posadas)

This week started off very good for Chivas USA. They had beaten the L.A. Blues two to one in their first game of the U.S. Open Cup. It seemed that Chivas USA had taken a positive step forward in getting a good result even though it was against a non-MLS team, but almost immediately, they took many steps back. Chivas USA fired their head coach, Jose Luis “Chelis” Sanchez Sola after 12 games. According to Chivas USA, Chelis was not getting positive results even though he had a good enough team to do so. Sacha van der Most was going to be the interim head coach for the game against Seattle Sounders. Chivas USA announced that Jose Luis Real “El Guero Real” was going to be the new head coach but he was going to arrive in Los Angeles later on this upcoming week.
The game started off flat. Both teams lacked sharpness in their passing which impeded them from generating any real attack. Chivas USA created the first opportunity at goal when Jose Correa received a through ball and won the ball between two defenders. When he turned to shot on goal, he didn’t get any real power and the ball rolled safely towards Michael Gspurning, the Seattle goalkeeper.

Seattle Sounders drew first blood in the 22nd minute of the match. Seattle had the ball on the left flank. They passed it to Lamar Neagle who quickly passed it to Obafemi Martins. Martins received the ball and outran Bobby Burling towards goal. Dan Kennedy came out of his line to try to cut off Martins’ run and try to take away any shooting angle, but Martins was too smart for that and he chipped the ball of Kennedy’s head and scored the first goal of the game.

Chivas USA was not playing well at all. It seemed like there was no real clarity in what they were trying to do. They were not creating any space to attack even though they had more possession of the ball. To make matters worse, they helped Seattle increase their lead. In the 33rd minute, Mauro Rosales had the ball and ran down the right flank. He was about to reach the end line but he crossed the ball hoping to find someone in the middle of the box. There was no one there for Seattle. The only two people close to the ball was Kennedy and Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna. Kennedy didn’t go for the ball but de Luna did. It seemed like was wanted to header the ball outside but instead he hit it into his own net. All Kennedy could do was dive to try to block the ball but he was too far. Chivas USA scored Seattle’s second goal giving them a two-nil lead. Chivas USA couldn’t do anything in the first half.

The second half wasn’t any different for Chivas USA. They could create anything. Even after adding more offensive players through their substitutions, they couldn’t find spaces to create open opportunities. If they did get behind Seattle’s defensive line and send crosses into the box, Gspurning was there to catch any crosses. In the 71st minute of the match, Seattle’s Martins received a red card but even after being one man up, Chivas couldn’t do anything. Towards the end of the second half, Chivas started to finally get in some dangerous crosses but none resulted with the ball being in the back of the net. Seattle won the game two-nil.

Chivas USA travels to Canada to face Vancouver Whitecaps F.C. on June 19.

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Galaxy routes Seattle 4-0, Keane scores hat trick, Rodgers debuts

May 27, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, May 26, 2013, (Photos: Samuel Coronado)

The game between LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders was setting up to be a good one. LA had been struggling as of late, losing 3 of their last 4 games. Seattle was beginning to get into form winning their previous games by a hefty margin. This was going to be a good test to see how LA was playing. This game was also going to be special for a different reason. Earlier that week, LA Galaxy had traded Mike Magee to the Chicago Fire for the rights to sign Robbie Rodgers. Rodgers was going to be the first openly gay player to play in a professional team in the United States.

The game began with LA Galaxy coming out very aggressive looking to score early in the game. They were attacking from the wing with Greg Cochrane sending crossing into the box. Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane had scoring chances but none of them were a clear chance. Galaxy’s first goal came in the 12th minute of the game. Galaxy was awarded a corner kick from the left side. Landon Donovan took the corner and centered it. It was cleared from the box but Cochrane was able to recover the ball. He passed it to Keane who took a quick step forward and passed it to Marcelo Sarvas. Sarvas passed it back to Keane who crossed the ball into the middle of the box where Sean Franklin was able to just tap the ball in and score the first goal of the match.
After the goal, Galaxy didn’t let up their aggressive play. Their aggressive play was rewarded again in the 24th minute. They were awarded a corner from the left side. Donovan passed it short to Michael Stephens. He passed it back to Donovan who swung a corner into the box. The ball bounced off the side of a jumping Omar Gonzalez and went straight to a waiting Keane who struck the ball with his right foot. The ball had a clear path towards goal and Keane scored the second goal of the game.

LA Galaxy never let up in the first half. They continued their aggressive play throughout the half always looking for a chance to score more goals. Given their resent struggles to hold leads late in the game and Seattle’s scoring power, LA knew that they couldn’t stop attacking. LA Galaxy scored their third goal of the game in the 32nd minute of the game and this time it came in the form of a penalty. Seattle dropped Zardes inside the box and the referee awarded Galaxy a penalty. Keane was giving the responsibility of taking the penalty shot. Before Keane, Donovan was the man to shot the penalties but after some resent struggles; Coach Bruce Arena decided to give Keane that job. Keane lined up and right before he shot, he hesitated, then shot low and to the left. Seattle Sounders goalkeeper, Michael Gspurning, guessed correctly and blocked the penalty shot. This seemed like the perfect play to get Seattle going but the referee awarded Galaxy a re-kick. Gspurning moved early and a Seattle player crossed the box before Keane shot the ball, and FIFA rules state that the referee must make the team retake the penalty. The second time around, Keane didn’t miss. He shot low and to the right and scored the third goal of the game.

Galaxy had complete control of the first half. They did whatever they wanted to. They were carving Seattle’s defense and creating opportunities left and right. In the 43rd minute of the game, Galaxy scored their fourth goal of the game. Zardes had the ball on the left flank and ran towards goal. As he crossed the box, he centered the ball to Juninho. He was about to shot but Seattle defender, Brad Evans, slide and dropped Juninho inside the box. The referee awarded Galaxy their second penalty of the half. Keane had the honors again, and scored. This time, he shot low and to the left. At the end of the half, LA Galaxy had a comfortable 4-0 lead over Seattle Sounders

Galaxy didn’t come out as aggressive in the second half. LA didn’t come out defending, but they weren’t playing aggressive. They were taking their time looking for openings in Seattles formation, probing left and then probing right. Donovan had a scoring opportunity but Gspurning blocked the shot. Later on in the half, Franklin almost scored his second goal of the match, but he headed the ball just above the cross bar.

In the 77th minute of the game, LA Galaxy made history. It is rare that a team can make history with a substitution, but LA Galaxy did that. They took out Juninho but more importantly, they substituted Robbie Rodgers in. Rodgers became the first openly gay player to play in a professional sport league. As he jogged into the field, the crowd stood up and cheered him on. He almost scored a goal, but his shot hit the post and dinged out.

Galaxy not only won the game 4-0, but played one of their best games of the year. They dominated Seattle throughout the game. They only allowed Seattle to shot twice and none of them were on goal. Galaxy shot 15 times and most of the shots were on goal. Coach Arena said that they finally got a result they deserved. Galaxy needed this win. Especially after losing three of their last four matches.

They travel east and face the Carolina Railhawks in their first U.S. Open Cup game. Last year, LA Galaxy lost to the Railhawks and were eliminated from the U.S Open Cup. They will face them Wednesday and then travel to face New England Revolution in Boston on Sunday.

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Chivas USA thoroughly gets outplayed, losing 4-1 to Real Salt Lake

May 20, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, May 19, 2013, (Photos: Victor Posadas)

Chivas USA finally had a home match after two straight away matches. They wanted to take advantage of being on their home field because they had lost their last two matches. The game didn’t start the way they had planned it because they allowed Real Salt Lake to score an early goal. In the fourth minute of play, Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales had the ball at the top of the box. He tried shooting towards goal but the ball hit the side of his leg. The ball rolled towards Ned Grabavoy. Bobby Burling tried reaching out his leg far enough to stop the ball but couldn’t and Grabavoy had a one v. one against Dan Kennedy. He ran straight at Kennedy and shot the ball low and to the left. Kennedy couldn’t do anything to block it and the goal gave Real Salt Lake a one-nil led.

It took Chivas USA 15 minutes to finally get things going after the goal. They had a corner kick in the 19th minute of the game. They ran a set piece in which the player taking the corner kick passed the ball to the outside of the box instead of crossing it towards the box. A Chivas USA player got the pass and kicked towards goal. The ball was hit a tad bit high and hit the crossbar. After that shot, both teams couldn’t really find any open space to try to create anything. The half ended 1-nil.

Sadly for Chivas USA, the second half did not start any better than the first. It actually started worse because they allowed a goal just three minutes into the second half. Martin Ponce tried kicking the ball away from danger but the ball hit Kyle Beckerman on the face. The ball deflected off his face and headed towards the direction of three players, two being from Chivas USA and one from Real Salt Lake. Joao Plata from Real Salt Lake outraced and beat both Chivas USA defenders to the ball. He ran towards goal, shot, and scored the second goal of the game.

This time Chivas USA responded with a goal of their own in the 55th minute. Gabriel Farfan received a pass from Eric Avila. Farfan then passed it to Edgar Mejia who was on the right flank. He faked the defender covering him. By doing this, Mejia opened up enough space to send a cross towards the far post where Jorge Villafaña headed it and scored Chivas USA’s first goal of the game. The score was 2-1 in favor of Real Salt Lake.

In the 78th minute Real Salt Lake scored their third goal of the game. This goal came off a corner kick. The player taking the corner kick passed it to a Real Salt Lake player who crossed the ball to where Robbie Findley was at. He shot the ball and scored giving Real Salt Lake a two goal advantage again.

Then Real Salt Lake added insult to injury scoring their fourth goal in the 90th minute of the game. Khari Stephenson passed the ball to Grabavoy. He recived the pass and ran towards Kennedy. Grabavoy shot the ball between Kennedy’s legs and scored the fourth goal for Real Salt Lake and his second goal of the match.

Chivas USA lost for the third straight game. In this three game losing streak they have allowed 11 goals while only scoring once. After the game, Chivas USA coach Chelis was asked how can the team fix all the problems that they have showed in this losing streak. He said, “We can’t fix this. This is all we have. The players are giving everything they have and I am very proud of what they have done.” He was then asked why Chivas USA looks completely different than they looked at the beginning of the season when they had success. He answered the question by saying, “The players that we had at the beginning of the season are not the same players we have now.”

Chivas USA will face Colorado Rapids in Colorado on May 25.

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America’s Cup remains on track while review under way

May 17, 2013

San Francisco, May 14, 2013 – America’s Cup organizers have confirmed that this summer’s events remain on track.

In parallel with completing the final arrangements for the America’s Cup, a highly experienced panel of sailing and safety at sea experts has been appointed and charged with reviewing the training and racing of AC72 yachts in the 2013 America’s Cup.

Members of the Committee – have strong backgrounds in the sport at its highest levels.

Iain Murray, the Regatta Director, will chair and lead the Review Committee comprised of:

• Iain Murray (AUS, Chair)
• Sally Lindsay Honey (USA, Deputy Chair)
• John Craig (USA)
• Chuck Hawley (USA)
• Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (FRA)
• Jim Farmer QC (NZL)

The U.S. Coast Guard supports this approach.

Tom Ehman, the Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club (the America’s Cup Trustee), said, “The America’s Cup will go ahead this summer. We will see the world’s best sailors racing at the highest level on one of the most iconic race tracks in sport.”

 

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