México 4 vs. 0 Corea: Internacional Amistoso.

Jan 30, 2014


San Antonio, TX. BereaVision-Como todas las cosas tienen su tiempo, llego la hora del silbato inicial, y así el Arbitro Central Hector Rodriguez, da inicio al encuentro de la noche, en los primeros minutos pocas llegadas al arco, por ambas partes.Minuto 8, por la banda derecha , el capitán del Equipo Coreano, camisa #11 Lee, envía un tiro de derecha, fuera del área, el cual pasa por arriba de la portería de Talavera.Al 11′ Isaac Brizuela entra al área y manda la diagonal de la muerte, a la cual Uribe no alcanza a llegar, y el balón se va por la linea de meta.Nuevamente el Capitán sudcoreano Lee, el cual esta siendo el “coco”de la zaga Mexicana, dispara dentro del área,y Talavera alcanza a desviar. En el 23′ falta casi cerca del tiro de esquina, por parte de los Mexicanos, tiro directo y el #4 Kang logra conectar un cabezazo, el cual sale ligeramente desviado, ante la mirada atonita de Talavera.Al minuto 26 tiro de esquina, en favor de los Coreanos, el #16 Kim remata de cabeza, el cual alcanza a desviar el portero Talavera.Alan Pulido entra al área, quiso enviar un centro, ya sin ángulo, pudo haber disparado a la portería.

Corría el minuto 36 y Ponce #16,manda un centro por la banda izquierda, el cual Uribe Peralta logra controlar y da la media vuelta y a pierna derecha la envía a las redes, ante el lance infructuoso del portero Coreano Kim.El cual mira el balón en las redes y dice “Kim fue”. Mexico 1 Corea 0.Ya para finalizar el medio tiempo, se marca una falta por el lado izquierdo, cerca del tiro de esquina, centro al área, cabezazo de Mexico, que llega al Gulli Peña, el cual encuentra a Alan Pulido #11 el cual remata en dos ocasiones, y así el balón se va nuevamente a las redes.Mexico 2 Corea 0.Da inicio al Segundo tiempo con tres cambios por parte del cuadro Mexicano:#10 Luis Montes;#20 Torres Nilo y #6 Juan Carlos Valenzuela.Ya para el minuto 54 entra por parte de Mexico:con el #5 Enrique Perez;#17 Jesus Zavala y con el #9 Aldo de Nigris.

Poco a poco se va armando el equipo, los cambios empiezan a funcionar, corren por la recuperación del balón, arman buenas jugadas y así al minuto 85, Luis Montes #10,se vapor la banda izquierda, dejando Coreanos a su paso y ya dentro del area, la pone ahi, en el lugar preciso, para que aparezca, nuevamente Alan Pulido y le ponga la firma, así de esta manera Mexico anota el tercer gol de la.noche, y el segundo para la cuenta personal de Alan Pulido, quien voltea a celebrar con sus compañeros, con “cara de yo si fui”.La alegría en las tribunas, Mexico 3 – Corea del Sur 0. Nuevamente Mexico, llega hasta la portería contraria, al minuto 88 y después de dos tiros al arco y tras el rechace del portero, llega Alan Pulido y le pone la cereza al pastel Mexico 4 -Corea del Sur 0. Así con ese marcador termina el partido, que al DT. Miguel Herrera, le deja un grato sabor de boca, al ver que los convocados para este encuentro, le “llenaron el ojo”,como el mismo lo comento en rueda de prensa.

Así como dijo que por el momento, quiere disfrutar este momento, este triunfo.Que debido a la falta de tiempo, todo a sido apresurado, pero que los muchachos entendieron lo que el quería de ellos, y se adaptaron al sistema. Así mismo no quiso adelantar nombres, de los convocados “Europeos” para el próximo encuentro, que será en el mes de Marzo, por que considero que aun falta tiempo para ese encuentro, y que se le hacia una falta de respeto, el mencionar a alguien del ellos. Así de esta forma Mexico, a logrado pasar la primera prueba de una buena manera, aun faltan otras dos pruebas por pasar, la cual será en contra de Nigeria y la tercera en contra de Ecuador.

A comenzado así la preparación, de la Selección Mexicana, con miras al Mundial Brasil 2014.El cual siempre es reconfortante iniciar con una buena victoria. “En hora buena”.

BereaVision/TX.
Naason Dominguez.
Fotos: Gabriel Rios.

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La selección mundialista de Mexico arranca su camino rumbo a Brasil.

Nov 21, 2013

La selección mundialista de Mexico arranca su camino rumbo a Brasil ante la República de Corea el 29 de enero en San Antonio, TX

El Alamodome recibirá el choque de selecciones mundialistas previo a la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014; pre-venta para el partido arranca este viernes por Ticketmaster

NUEVA YORK Y CIUDAD DE MEXICO (Jueves, 21 de noviembre, 2013) – La Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) y Soccer United Marketing (SUM) anunciaron hoy que la selección mundialista de México arranca su camino rumbo a Brasil contra República de Corea, el miércoles, 29 de enero (9:00 p.m. ET) en el Alamodome  de San Antonio, Texas.

 

Una pre-venta de boletos exclusiva de Visa para el primer partido de la doceava gira anual por los Estados Unidos del Tricolor, se iniciará este viernes, 22 de noviembre vía www.Ticketmaster.com o llamando al 1-800-745-3000. Los boletos se pondrán a la venta para el público en general el lunes, 25 de noviembre a las 10:00 a.m. hora local en www.Ticketmaster.com, llamando al 1-800-745-3000 y en todos los puntos de venta de Ticketmaster en el área de San Antonio. La Federación Mexicana de Fútbol invita a los aficionados a comprar sus boletos por adelantado usando sus tarjetas Visa.

 

Los paquetes de boletos VIP también se pondrán a la vente el viernes, 22 de noviembre. Para más información, visite http://www.cidentertainment.com/FMFUSTour/.

 

La última vez que el Tricolor jugó un partido en el Alamodome fue en noviembre de 2004, correspondiente a la gira anual por EE.UU., con una victoria 2-0 sobre Guatemala. El partido en San Antonio será el primero de cinco encuentros en la gira anual de la Selección Mexicana por EE.UU. Mas información sobre la gira 2014 se dará a conocer en una fecha posterior.

 

México y República de Corea se han enfrentado en 10 ocasiones, con un resultado general de cinco victorias para Mexico, dos empates y tres triunfos para República de Corea. La última vez que se enfrentaron fue en la gira por territorio estadounidense en el 2006, partido jugado en el Los Ángeles Memorial Coliseum, con una victoria 1-0 a favor de República de Corea. El equipo asiático fue uno de los primeros países en clasificar a la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Brasil 2014 después de terminar en segundo lugar del Grupo A en la eliminatoria de la zona asiática.

La gira 2014 de la Selección Mexicana por territorio estadounidense es patrocinado por adidas, Allstate, AT&T, Behr, Bud Light, Castrol, Coca-Cola, el Jimador, Frito-Lay, Makita, NAPA Auto Parts, Nature Nutrition, The Home Depot, Unilever, Visa y Wells Fargo.

 

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Brasil 5-0 Honduras: Internacional Amistoso

Nov 16, 2013

Miami-Sábado 16 de Noviembre del 2013, en la Hermosa Ciudad de Miami, el Sunlife Stadium, la casa de los Delfines de Miami, de la NFL, fue escenario del partido amistoso, entre las Selección de Brasil, anfitriona de la Copa Mundial 2014, en contra de la Selección de Honduras, clasificada a dicho  Mundial, y que por tercera ocasión, hace su aparición en la justa Mundialista.Ante 71,124.00 personas , que se dieron cita para este evento, el cual rompió el récord de asistencia.Tras los Himnos Nacionales de cada Pais, dio inicio  al juego, con ambos equipos contando con sus mejores hombres,fue hasta el minuto 22, cuando Bernal, con el #20 en la espalda, marco el primer tanto Brasileño.Ya para la segunda mitad, al minuto 55 de tiempo corrido, y  tras una falta sobre Robinho #7,vino Neymar #10 con un centro a la olla, y Dante #20 anotaba el segundo de la noche. Transcurría el minuto 65, cuando aparece Maikon # 15,y pone el marcador 3-0 en favor de la verde amarilla  al minuto 66, sale Neymar #10, y entra Hulk #19, el cual al minuto 69 manda un centro desde la banda izquierda y esta vez William #9,pone el marcador de 4-0,ante la alegría del publico, y la tristeza de la gente Hondureña.Minutos mas tarde una jugada de lujo, por parte de los brasileños, dos pases de “taconcito” dentro del área, y Hulk con un gran zurdazo, envía el balón a las redes, ante el lance del guardameta Hondureño; Brasil 5 -0 Honduras. Así culmino el encuentro donde, tanto Hondureños, como Brasileños se preparan con miras a estar de la mejor manera para el Mundial Brasil 2014.

Alineaciones Brasil vs Honduras 

HONDURAS: Noel Valladares; Emilio Izaguirre, Víctor Bernárdez, Maynor Figueroa, Arnold Peralta; Roger Espinoza, Wilson Palacios, Jorge Claros, Boniek García; Jerry Bengtson y Carlo Costly. Seleccionador: Luis Fernando Suárez.

BRASIL: Victor; Daniel Alves, David Luiz, Dante, Maxwell; Lucas Leiva, Paulinho, Oscar, Willian; Neymar y Jô. Seleccionador: Luiz Felipe Scolari.

 

BereaVision/Miami

Autor: Naason Dominguez./ Texas.

Fotos: Gabriel Hernández/ Indiana

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Argentina 0-0 Ecuador Partido Amistoso.

Nov 15, 2013

 

 

Nueva York.- BereaVision estuvo presente en el encuentro entre Argentina vs Ecuador, un partido muy parejo y muy emocionante , donde Ecuador a sido el equipo que esta proponiendo en el primer tiempo,  se mira con mas deseo de ganar con un Valencia inspirado, Montero y Caicedo de la misma manera , partido limpio en general una amarilla nada mas para Facundo Roncaglia al minuto 14″ ; las estadísticas no mienten son 11 tiros a puerta de Ecuador contra solo tres de Argentina el estadio se ve pintado de amarillo pareciera que Ecuador es el local.

No obstante en el segundo tiempo las cosas mejoraron para Argentina con mas dominio sobre el balón con llegadas al arco de rival pero sin  llegadas de peligro, para los ecuatorianos, aunque Ecuador firme con sus defensas, no provoco mas llegas de peligro sobre el arco de Argentina, en el partido no hubo goles pero la afición aun si muy contentos por el resultado 0-0, mas aya de un resultado estaban muy contentos  de ver  a sus selecciones jugar, ya que ambas selecciones han clasificado para el Mundial de Brasil 2014, se esperaba la presencia de el Jugador mas valioso en la Historia, como lo es Leo Messi el cual no pudo venir, tras sufrir una lesión que lo pondrá fuera del terreno de juego por lo menos dos meses, así lo anunciaron fuentes oficiales.

La pregunta del día de hoy: Leo Messi hubiera hecho la diferencia del gol?

Esperaremos la respuesta para este 18 de Noviembre cuando Argentina se enfrente a su similar de Bosnia en un partido amistoso en el  Busch Stadium, St. Louis – Nov. 18, 2013 @ 7:30pm y si no hay goles pues nos tocara ver al astro de Barcelona de España jugar en el Mundial de Fútbol Brasil 2014.

Estas son las Alineaciones de los equipos por Argentina :
1. Sergio Romero 2.Ezequiel Garay 3.Lucas Orban 7.Angel Di Maria 9.Gonzalo Higuaín 13.Facundo Roncaglia 14.Javier Mascherano (capitán) 16.Ricardo Alvarez 17.Federico Fernandez 19.Ever Banega   22.Ezequiel Lavezzi.
La Alineación de Ecuador:
22.Alexander Dominguez 2.Jorge Guagua 3.Frickson Erazo 4.Juan Carlos Paredes 6.Christian Novoa 8.Felipe Caicedo 9.Jefferson Montero 10.Walter Ayovi 14.Segundo Castillo 16.Antonio Valencia (capitán)
13.Enner Valencia.

 

 

 

BereaVision/Nueva york.

David Calderon

Reportero: Levi Morales

Fotos Video: Manuel Mendieta.

 

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Portland Timbers demolish Chivas USA in the final game of the regular season

Oct 27, 2013

Carson City, California- October 26, 2013 (Photos: Samuel Coronado

The last game of the season for Chivas USA was against the Portland Timbers. For Chivas USA, this game meant nothing. They were eliminated from the playoffs many fixtures ago. They were going to be the last place team in the Western Conference and second to the last team in the MLS. For Chivas USA, this was a game to see what they had for next season. Portland Timbers on the other hand, had many things riding on this game. If they won, they would be the number one seed in the Western Conference. If they lost, they would give the Los Angeles Galaxy the opportunity to jump them in the standings for second place and gain home field advantage in the playoffs.

The game began in a very sloppy manner for both teams. They were both very imprecise in their passing and they couldn’t really build anything in their attack. But as the minutes went on, the Timbers began finding their rhythm and it didn’t take that long for them to open up the scoreboard. In the 16th minute of the game, the Portland Timbers were able to score the first goal of the game. Jose Adolfo Valencia had the ball for the Portland Timbers. He was about to shot on goal but the Chivas USA defense was able to kick the ball out. The only problem was that they didn’t clear the ball out far enough. The ball landed right outside the 18 yard box and right on Diego Valeri’s feet. He took a few steps with the ball and shot on goal. Four Chivas USA defenders tried to get to Valeri’s shot but they couldn’t and all they did was deflect the shot. Tim Melia, the Chivas USA goalkeeper, couldn’t do anything to stop the deflection.

Then in the 29th minute, Valeri struck again. Jaime Frias, a Chivas USA defender, had the ball on the left flank. It seemed like he wanted to pass the ball to the middle of the field but he pass went directly to Valeri. Valeri broke into a sprint towards goal and Frias tried following him. As soon as he got close to Valeri, Valeri quickly changed direction and was able escape Frias. He turned and shot towards the far post. His shot went in and he gave the Portland Timbers a two-nil lead.

Valeri struck again, but this time it came in the form of an assist. Jack Jewsbury had the ball on his side of the pitch. He saw that Valeri was going to make a run on the right flank and he gave him a long pass. Valeri was able to beat Josue Soto to the ball and he ran towards the touch line. Soto tried to do everything is his power to stop Valeri. He even tried to foul him but Valeri was able to evade him. He saw that Rodney Wallace was making a run down the middle of the box and he crossed the ball towards him. All Wallace had to do was guide the ball towards goal with his foot and Wallace was able to score the third goal for Portland Timbers. The half ended with Portland Timbers leading Chivas USA three-nil.

The second half didn’t start any better than the way the first half ended. Portland had total control of the game. They were able to score their fourth goal in the 72nd minute of the match. Wallace had the ball on the left side of the box and he shot towards goal. Melia was able to dive and make the save. He tried pushing the ball away from the goal but the ball went straight to Ryan Johnson’s feet. Johnson shot towards goal and Melia tried to recover but was only able to touch the ball after it crossed the goal line. His defenders left him high and dry by not marking their man and letting Johnson go into the box by himself.

Portland was able to score the final goal of the game just four minutes after their fourth goal. This time, Portland scored their fifth goal through a free kick. They were able to earn one just outside the 18 yard box. Will Johnson set up the ball the way he wanted it. He ran up to it and shot it right next to the wall. Melia wasn’t guarding his post well and the ball sneaked in between his hand and the post. That goal gave Portland a five-nil lead. The game ended with Portland destroying Chivas USA at home with a score of five-nil.

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Adiós Liguilla

Oct 26, 2013

 

Club Tijuana 0 – 0 Tigres UANL

Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente y Tigres UANL igualaron sin goles en la cancha del Estadio Caliente, en juego correspondiente a la jornada 15, del torneo Apertura 2013. Con este resultado ambos conjuntos ven muy lejanas sus posibilidades de alcanzar un boleto en la fiesta grande del Futbol Mexicano.

Durante la primera parte ambos conjuntos fueron incapaces de mostrar su mejor fútbol, misma razón por la cual no pudieron hacer daño en el marco contrario. Los locales fueron los que tuvieron la mayor posesión de balón, e intentaron mas. Dario Benedetto fue el hombre de Xolos quien tuvo las dos jugadas mas claras, pero en la primera Enrique Palos resolvió muy bien, y en la segunda su remate salio por encima del marco. Por su parte los regios tuvieron varias oportunidades a balón parado, mismas que sus elementos alcanzaron a rematar a gol, pero con testarazos muy incómodos y fácil de atajar para Cirilo.

Ya para la parte complementaria saltaron los mismos 22 elementos que iniciaron el cotejo, pero 15 minutos después ambos entrenadores comenzaron a mover sus piezas para en busca del triunfo, sin embargo todo quedo en intentos. Fueron muy pocas las emociones, y esporádicas, y nuevamente Xolos dejo ir en varias ocasiones la posibilidad de hacerse de los tres puntos.

El cuadro regio ha visitado el Estadio Caliente en tres ocasiones, y aun no conoce lo que es una victoria en ese césped artificial.

Ahora el cuadro fronterizo buscara cerrar el certamen de la manera para poder retomar confianza y la próxima semana recibe a Atlante en casa y para la ultima fecha visitara a los Esmeraldas de León en el Nou Camp. Por su parte Tigres disputara un partido Pendiente de la fecha uno ante America el día martes en el Estadio Universitario.

Cristian Carrera | Fotógrafo | Bereavision.
Cesar Barrientos | Berea Deportes | San Diego.

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LA Galaxy manhandles Chivas USA to win 5-0

Oct 7, 2013

Carson City, California- The StubHub! Center, October 6, 2013 (Photos: Samuel Coronado)

This Sunday, LA Galaxy and Chivas USA were going to play the final installment of the SuperClassico this season. They tied the first game one-one and the Galaxy was able to win the second game in the slightest of margins, one-nil. Many things had happen since their last game. Chivas USA was now officially eliminated from the playoffs. Galaxy was still in the playoffs but at the start of the game was in fifth place. It was a must-win game for both teams but for different reason. Chivas USA needed this win to salvage another season of disappointment. They knew that if they could beat their hometown rivals, it would be a big boost from this young team next season. Galaxy needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. At the beginning of the game, they were just one point ahead of the sixth place San Jose Earthquake and San Jose had been playing well recently. The Galaxy had to win the remaining games to make sure they made it into the playoffs.

The Galaxy almost scored the first goal of the game from the get-go. Gyasi Zardes had the ball on the left flank. He ran towards the touch line and right before he crossed the line he crossed the ball towards the middle of the box. Robbie Keane was running down the middle of the box and he slid to try to put the ball into the net but he touch was off course and the ball missed wide right. Then in the 5th minute of the game, Galaxy was able to open up the scoreboard. Gyasi had the ball on the left flank again as he was getting closer to the box. He crossed the ball to the other side of the box were Landon Donovan was at. He brought down the ball but Dan Kennedy came out to meet him and close down any shooting angel that Donovan had. Instead of shooting, Donovan passed the ball back towards the middle of the box where all Keane had to do was shoot the ball towards goal. This goal gave the Galaxy a one-nil lead.
The Galaxy was able to increase their lead in the 23rd minute of the game. Just like their previous two dangerous opportunities the play happened on the left flank. Zardes had the ball on the flank and did the same thing; he cut and ran towards the touch line. He then crossed the ball low and to the far post right where Donovan was making his run. All Donovan had to do was guide the ball towards the back of the net with his foot and he did that expertly. This goal gave the Galaxy a commanding two-nil lead.

Galaxy extended their lead even more in the 26th minute of the game. Zardes had the ball on the left flank again. He cut in towards the top of the box and passed the ball to a wide open Keane. Keane received the ball and tried shooting at goal but a Chivas USA defender was able to get in front of the shot and block the ball. The rebound landed on Zardes’ feet, he turned, and shot towards goal. He was able to beat Kennedy and score the third goal for Galaxy. The Galaxy now led three-nil.

The Galaxy was not done when it came to scoring in the first half. Donovan had the ball on his side of the pitch. He passed the ball to Keane who was in the middle of the field. Keane one-timed it to Pablo Mastroeni. He stopped the ball with his chest and volleyed the pass to a running Donovan towards goal. Donovan beat his defender and smartly chipped it over Kennedy to score his second goal of the game. With that goal, Donovan was able to match Jeff Cunningham’s all time record for goals scored in the MLS with 134 goals.

The second half didn’t have as much fire power as the first half. It would be very difficult for the Galaxy to match what they did in the first half. The Galaxy weren’t as dangerous in the second half but they weren’t attacking with the same aggressive mindset like they did in the first half. They were able to score another goal. This goal came in the 90th minute of the game. Laurent Courtois had the ball. He saw that Keane was making his run towards the box. Courtois passed the ball to Keane and Keane controlled the ball with his chest. He took a few steps, turned and shot on goal. He was able to score Galaxy’s fifth goal of the game and his second. The referee whistled for the end of the game one minute later and the Galaxy were able to win easily.

Galaxy stays home to play Montreal Impact on October 16.

Chivas USA travel to Utah to play Real Salt Lake.

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Team’s mistake causes Chivas USA from playing the spoiler role against San Jose

Sep 30, 2013

Carson City, California- The StubHub! Center, September 29, 2013 (Photos: Samuel Coronado)

Chivas USA knew that they were out of contention for the playoffs. They had been eliminated for a few weeks now but now they were playing a new role. They were the dreaded spoiler team in the Western Conference. Realistically all the teams in the West minus Chivas USA still had a chance of making the playoffs. San Jose needed to win this game to get within one point of fourth place and keep their playoff hopes alive. Chivas USA on the other hand, wanted to make their presence known in the West. They didn’t want to be the push-over team but show that their game was increasing. The best way to show this was by beating teams still fighting for a playoff spot and making their opponents final weeks a lot harder.

In the first half neither team did anything. They couldn’t crack each other’s defense and had to pass the ball from side to side looking to create some sort of opening to attack. The most action came in the 39th minute when San Jose’s player Steven Lenhart and Chivas USA’s Steve Purdy seemed to hit each other while jumping for a ball. In the replay it seemed like Lenhart elbowed Purdy in the face. Purdy got up from the hit but looked disorientated like if he had a concussion. He was subbed out immediately for Jaime Frias.

The second half almost started off with a bang. It seemed like San Jose was able to open up the scoreboard just one minute into the second half. They were able to earn a corner kick after a mistake by Carlos Borja. Shea Salinas was the one who was in charge of executing the corner kick. He whipped the ball into the middle of the box and Lenhart was able to head the ball in. The referee didn’t even allow San Jose to celebrate because he signaled an infraction immediately nullifying the first goal of the match.

After that nullified goal it seemed to spark something in Chivas USA because they started to attack more. In the 52nd minute of the game, Matthew Fondy was substituted into the game and immediately made an impact. He almost scored a goal on his first touch but he wasn’t able to get much on his header. Then Chivas USA got a break in the in the 81st minute when Lenhart received a second yellow and consequently a red card. He recklessly jumped into Dan Kennedy as Kennedy was going up for the ball.

Even though Chivas USA went a man up, they couldn’t score a goal. They were the ones who gave up a goal in the 87th minute. The goal came from a counter attack. Cordell Cato brought the ball out from his own goal. He jogged by himself all the way to the middle of the field before one Chivas USA defender got to him. He passed the ball to Alan Gordon who turned around and went towards goal. He ran to the top of the box and again no Chivas USA defender pressured him so he was able to take a shot on goal. His shot was blocked by Kennedy but Kennedy let the rebound go. No Chivas USA defender went after the rebound so all Chris Wondolowski had to do was tap it over Kennedy and score the only goal of the match. San Jose was able to pull off the win and go home with the much needed three points. In Kennedy’s defense, the ball seemed to bounce right in front of him so he had to make sure the ball didn’t get past him but no defender went to make it harder for Wondolowski to score.

After the match, Jose Luis “El Guero” Real said that it wasn’t just Kennedy’s mistake that caused the goal. He said it was the entire team’s mistake and he is right. Kennedy did leave a costly rebound right in front of the net which is a huge “no-no” for any goalkeeper, but no one blocked Wondolowski from making his run to the ball. No one blocked Cato from running by himself to the middle of the field. No one made Gordon think twice about his shot or make him take another step. Chivas USA played well against San Jose and for most of the second half had San Jose on the ropes but they couldn’t finish the game. It’s a running theme with Chivas USA this year. They don’t get outplayed at all; they just make a costly mistake late in a game and lose the game.

Chivas USA’s next game is away at the StubHub! Center against L.A. Galaxy in the final edition of the SuperClassico on Sunday October 6th.

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Galaxy gives up another set piece goal but able to tie the game

Sep 21, 2013

Carson City, California- The StubHub! Center, September 21, 2013 (Photos: Samuel Coronado)

Every time the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders faceoff, it is an exciting game. These two teams have begun growing a rivalry in the recent years especially since they’ve also had to face off many times in the playoffs. It’s safe to say these two teams don’t like each other. This time around, this game had a lot riding on it. Seattle was leading the Western Conference and wanted to increase their lead. Galaxy wanted to go up in the standings and have a more favorable playoff experience. This game also a different element; for the first time ever, Landon Donovan was going to go against Clint Dempsey in a MLS match. Many people circled this game in their calendar ever since Dempsey joined the Seattle Sounders. Sadly, neither Donovan nor Dempsey played this game because of injury.

The game began with both teams studying each other. Neither team wanted to throw to many men forward into their attack because both teams were very dangerous when it came to the counter-attack. Most of the game was being played in the midfield because each team’s attack would end before they could get a quality look or even shot on goal. The first real dangerous shot on goal came in the 19th minute of the game. Robbie Keane had the ball at top of the box and was trying to create his own shot but he couldn’t create a shooting window. He instead tried passing the ball towards Gyasi Zardas but he didn’t put enough power into his pass. Luckily for Galaxy, DeAndre Yedlin missed the ball as he tried clearing it and landed on Zardes’ feet. He turned towards goal and tried shooting it to the top left corner of the goal but Seattle’s goalkeeper, Michael Gspurning, was able to block the ball.

Seattle was able to open up the scoreboard on their first corner kick of the game. Mauro Rosales was the one in charge of taking the corner. He whipped it into the middle of the box straight towards a jumping Eddie Johnson. Omar Gonzalez was the one that was marking Johnson but right was Johnson was making his run, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado not only set a pick on Gonzalez but also grabbed on to him to not let hom move. This gave Johnson enough space to make his way towards the direction of the ball by himself. All he had to do was make sure he hit the ball squarely with his head and the ball would shoot straight towards goal and that’s exactly what happened. Jamie Penedo couldn’t do anything to try to save the shot. Johnson gave Seattle a one-nil lead in the 25th minute of the game.

The Galaxy tried responding right away to try to even the score but they couldn’t find the back of the net. It seemed like Seattle was going to go into the locker rooms at half time with all the momentum since they were leading on the road. Then in the final minutes of the half, Galaxy was able to tie the game in a superb fashion. The Galaxy was able to earn a free kick thanks to Jose Villarreal making his defender drop him. Juninho was the one in charge of taking the free kick. He set up and kicked the ball on goal. His shot was able to curl over the wall and sneaked in between Gspurning outstretched arm and bottom left corner of the pole. The referee whistled the half over and the Galaxy was able to turn the momentum to their side. The half ended tied one-one.

The Galaxy came out in the second half trying to take the lead but it seemed like they had some heavy legs. They couldn’t do the same runs and were giving up more turnovers than they did in the first half. They were able to score another goal but it was nullified because of a foul. The only problem with that nullification of the goal was that the pick that set Gonzalez free was almost an exact replica of the pick that set Johnson free in Seattle’s lone goal. The Galaxy also had some chances in the final minutes of the game to score but they just couldn’t find that final touch to make the ball go into the net.

After the game, Galaxy’s head coach, Bruce Arena said that he thought that the team played well. The only thing missing was the team’s ability of finishing in the final third. When he was asked about the officiating, he thought that it was very inconsistent stating that if their goal was nullified, then Seattle’s goal should have been nullified first.

The Galaxy travel to Costa Rica to face off against CS Cartegines on September 25 then travel to Portland to face the Timbers on September 29.

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Courtois gives the Galaxy the win in a sloppy game

Sep 18, 2013

Carson City, California- The StubHub! Center, September 18, 2013 (Photos: Samuel Coronado)

The Galaxy began an important four game stretch Wednesday against the Salvadorian team, Isidro Metapan. The Galaxy was then going to play the Seattle Sounders at home on Saturday, travel to San Jose to play midweek against Cartagines and finally travel to play the Portland Timbers. They were going be playing not only for their CONCACAF Champions League berth into the next stage of the competition but also for a playoff berth in the MLS. They knew they had to win these next four games if they wanted to keep their hopes alive of winning the MLS cup for a third time in a row and to win the COCACAF Champions League.

Since the Galaxy was going to have to play four games in the span of two weeks, they decided to field a “B” team against Metapan. The only player that had started plenty of the MLS regular season games was Jose Villarreal. The inexperience and the lack of minutes showed up early and often for the Galaxy. They had many errant passes and turnovers in dangerous spots. The backline would also lose track of their man and let them get behind their backs. Luckily for the Galaxy, Metapan was very imprecise when it came to the final touch. They had a few scoring opportunities but they were either off the mark or Brian Rowe, the Galaxy goalkeeper, made the save.

The Galaxy was able to capitalize in their first shot on goal. The shot came in the sixth minute of the game. Jose Villarreal had the ball inside the box. He passed the ball to Laurent Courtois. Courtois received the ball and shot towards goal. The ball just made it inside the far post and went into the net. Courtois’ goal gave the LA Galaxy a one-nil lead. In the first half, both teams had scoring opportunities but only the Galaxy was able to make one count.

The second half was sloppier than the first half. Both teams would lose the ball because of errant passes and both teams couldn’t convert any scoring opportunities they were able to create. The game ended in a one-nil victory for the LA Galaxy. According to the Galaxy’s game day captain, Pablo Mastroeni, even though it was a sloppy win, it was still a win. That is a very true statement that Mastroeni gave because the Galaxy needed to win this game to keep their fate in their hands. All they have to do is go to San Jose, Costa Rica and so they can qualify for the next step of the CONCACAF Champions League.

The LA Galaxy will stay home and play the Seattle Sounders on September 21.

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