LA Galaxy @ Real Salt Lake (6/8)

LA Galaxy @ Real Salt Lake

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Rio Tinto Stadium

Kick-off: 6:30 p.m

Things did not go as expected this past Sunday for the LA Galaxy. Coming off a huge 4-0 victory at home against Seattle, the Galaxy traveled to the East coast to face New England and look to continue their winning ways. Having to play without Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane always seemed like a difficult task for the Galaxy, but nobody could have predicted the final score. The Galaxy ended up losing 5-0, one of the worst results in recent years.

Despite being the better team in the early stages of the game LA found itself down 1-0 midway through the first half. The game was still 1-0 around the 70th minute, but from there things fell apart for the Galaxy. The defeat ties the record for the worst loss in Galaxy history along with the 5-0 defeat to the MetroStars in 2002.

After a very disappointing performance the Galaxy will once again hit the road to visit Rio Tinto Stadium for the second time this season. Just a little over a month ago the Galaxy went into Rio Tinto and defeated RSL 2-0 with goals from Mike Magee and Charlie Rugg. The most impressive performance of the night belonged to Brian Rowe, one of many youngsters starting for the Galaxy that day. After the shutout the young goalkeeper returned to the bench to make space for Carlo Cudicini, who has been criticized frequently over his performances so far this season.

Real Salt Lake will host the Galaxy after defeating fellow Western Conference opponent San Jose by a 3-0 score. Since the last meeting between Real and the Galaxy, RSL has gone lost just one out of seven games played in all competitions. Just like the Galaxy will be without Keane and Gonzalez once again, RSL will be without their leading-goal scorer Alvaro Saborio, who was called up to take part in Costa Rica’s World Cup Qualifying matchups.

THIS IS LA!

LA Galaxy:

20 points, 21 GF, 15 GA

6-5-2, 4th in Western Conference

Home Record: 4-1-1

Away Record: 2-4-1

Previous Games:

(6/2) NE Revolution 5-0 LA Galaxy

(5/26) LA Galaxy 4-0 Houston Dynamo

(5/19) NY Red Bulls 1-0 LA Galaxy

(5/15) Philadelphia Union 1-4 LA Galaxy

(5/11) Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 LA Galaxy

Real Salt Lake:

24 points, 21 GF, 15 GA

7-5-3, 2nd in Western Conference

Home Record: 4-1-2

Away Record: 3-4-1

Previous Games:

(6/1) Real Salt Lake 3-0 SJ Earthquakes

(5/25) Real Salt Lake 1-1 Chicago Fire

(5/19) Chivas USA 1-4 Real Salt Lake

(5/11) Montreal Impact 3-2 Real Salt Lake

(5/8) NE Revolution 1-2 Real Salt Lake

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