Oh, happy day!!! After the LA Galaxy failed to get any points at home during the 1st leg of the Western Conference Semifinal, they confidently went up to San Jose, to face the league’s “best” team during the regular season and took care of business winning 3-1, ousting San Jose from the playoffs on a 3-2 aggregate score. The Earthquakes hadn’t lost at home since last year and they hadn’t lost against the LA Galaxy all year but that was all reversed by a team with great determination and a decent enough game plan to get out of there with a win and continue on the MLS playoffs. David Beckham wasn’t his usual self which can only be a good thing because we still managed to win even through that malaise. Moving forward, goalkeeper Josh Saunders needs a shot of confidence from somewhere and he needs to be sharper on goal. Marcelo Sarvas needs to figure out that he’s not Messi and that he needs to pass the ball a bit more in order to keep possession and Landon Donovan needs to be the player he was yesterday. Who knows, I may be watching this Galaxy team in MLS Cup after all. Next up we’ll face the winner of tonight’s match between the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake. I don’t care which team advances, bring it on!! Oh and I hope Houston keeps winning on the East coast, that will mean we get to host MLS Cup here in Los Angeles
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I’m not going to say much regarding the actual game itself because I’ve had very little to complain about regarding the Galaxy’s recent form. They’ve been playing great, the Donovan-Keane partnership upfront has been very successful and Beckham has been putting himself in the right place on the pitch to make the most damage possible. The Galaxy is climbing up the Western conference and playing against Chivas I wasn’t going to take anything less than three points. I’m glad they managed as such.
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The Major League Soccer season finally came to an end after an extremely successful campaign on the part of my Los Angeles Galaxy. At the beginning of the season I somewhat predicted that the Galaxy would win MLS Cup over Sporting Kansas City. Sporting KC only made it to their conference final and it was Houston who instead advanced, but regardless, the Galaxy took care of business and brought home another championship. MLS Cup was a magnificent event to partake of. Even though I’ve been a fan since day one and even though the Galaxy have been very successful throughout the years, I had actually never seen them win anything in person. I had attended 3 different MLS Cups in the past, Cups that were held here in L.A., but unfortunately the Galaxy had never made it to those finals. My buddy Dave and I were there to witness the domination over Houston and to take in the glee of winning a Cup. Thanks to all those who in bittersweet manner accompanied me to past Cups, only to see some other team win. We still represented even though our team wasn’t on the field but it was all restored as the Galaxy lifted the Cup. Thanks for a great season and here’s hoping for an even better season next year!
So the whole of the soccer/football mania continues to be in full swing. I guess it was best encapsulated this past weekend when my LA Galaxy won with goals from Landon Donovan and David Beckham. It then continued with one of the greatest soccer matches I’ve ever seen as the US Women defeated Brazil in the Womens World Cup after playing for 120 minutes and settling it all in PKs. USA went down a player in regular time and then went down a goal in extra time before tying it with about a minute of play time left in the second frame of extra time, about 122 minutes in. It was an exhilarating, memorable game to say the least, one which released elation that reverberated all over Twitter. The soccer spectrum came full circle after Colombia also defeated Bolivia and became the first team to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa America. This whole soccer mania will continue as MLS continues its season and the EPL teams make their way here to the US for their pre-season tours and of course, as The FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia kicks off at month’s end. The beautiful game just continues to be so.
Finally!!!! After a long off-season, the 2011 Major League Soccer season kicks off with my Los Angeles Galaxy visiting the Seattle Sounders FC for the first game of the season. Expectations are doubly high this season and yes, lack of championships, is going to be a huge disappointment. We’ve added some interesting pieces to the team, including Colombia’s own Juan Pablo Angel. I can’t wait for Sunday the 20th for the first game at home, hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on a new Angel jersey. Here’s my breakdown of what I’m expecting this season as far as actual finishing order and beyond.
West Playoffs: Real Salt Lake, Los Angeles, FC Dallas, Seattle
West Bubble Team: San Jose
West Outside Looking In: Chivas USA, Portland, Vancouver, Colorado
East Playoffs: New York (Supporters Shield), Sporting KC, Philadelphia, Houston
East Bubble Team: DC United
East Outside Looking In: Chicago, New England, Columbus, Toronto FC
With all of my hoping and desire, I’m anticipating and wishing for the Galaxy to make it to MLS Cup and in turn beat Sporting KC in MLS Cup 2011.