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LA Galaxy @ Chivas USA (8/12)LA Galaxy @ Chivas USA
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Home Depot Center
Kick-off: 8:00 p.m
The Galaxy and Chivas USA will meet for the third and final time this season on Sunday in a game that has more importance than any other between the two has had in quite some time. In their respective home games, the goats and the Galaxy each obtained a victory against the other, meaning this game will decide who takes the season series. More importantly, though, the Galaxy need the victory to distance themselves from the red and white, who are currently seven points behind with four games in hand.
This past Sunday LA visited CenturyLink field and had the opportunity to take third place in the Western Conference if they defeated the Sounders. The loss to Seattle snapped the Galaxy’s five game unbeaten run, giving LA their first defeat in a month. If the Vancouver Whitecaps fail to get a win over Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy can move up to fourth place in the conference standings by defeating the goats.
Since their meeting a few weeks ago, few things have changed for both the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. The two teams still remain in the same position they were in on July 21st, when the Galaxy (in fifth place) defeated the goats (in sixth) 3-1. After that game, Chivas only played against Portland, while the Galaxy has played against Dallas and Seattle, as well as friendlies against Tottenham and Real Madrid.
In a surprising move to many, Chivas acquired midfielder Shalrie Joseph from the New England Revolution. Joseph could possibly make his debut against the Galaxy, while midfielder Oswaldo Minda may also return to action against LA this Sunday. LA will be without David Beckham, who will be taking part in the London Olympics’ closing ceremonies.
33 points, 39 GF, 39 GA
10-11-3, 5th in Western Conference
Home Record: 5-5-1
Away Record: 5-6-2
26 points, 14 GF, 21 GA
7-8-5, 6th in Western Conference
Home Record: 3-6-2
Away Record: 4-2-3
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Man we have to beat Chivas after our trouncing at Seattle to build morale and cement the playoff spot,
I hope Arena addresses defense during practice, our defense just looks so slow and unaware during counter pushes,
Todd Dunivant played 90 mins in the reserve league game against chivas, looked good out there. He should be back in the starting eleven on Sunday.
I hope we see:
Dunivant has missed four games, including friendlies against Tottenham and Real Madrid, and his presence can only help a backline that has struggled the past week while dealing with chemistry issues. Dunivant’s replacement, rookie Bryan Gaul struggled, against Seattle in particular.
“It's still a work in progress, without a doubt,” Dunivant said. “We have had a consistent, solid four [until the past month], and we need to keep working at that. But we need to get it right. ... [The defensive play in the past two games is] not encouraging, but it's not something where we're throwing our hands up and it's the end of the world. But it is a dip in from, and it can't happen. It's easy goals and it's early goals we've given up. We have to be smarter there and have to do a better job early on in the game.”
Dunivant said he's ready to step into the lineup against Chivas, but it's “obviously up to Bruce and see how training goes, but I felt good today in the 90, and keep pushing this week.”
$5 says lopes startsWhat's the difference between a chimichanga, a chalupa, and a tostada? Call me back asap . . . it's urgent.
08-10-2012 #5Edson Buddle had intended to make his return to the field after knee surgery in Tuesday’s Reserve League match against Chivas USA, but ultimately swelling his right knee ended his hopes. But the 31-year-old forward believes that he’ll be able to suit up for the LA Galaxy sooner rather than later.
“I’m just getting a little more treatment,” said Buddle. “I’m being cautious with the training staff and making sure that my knee is right. A little more information on it, makes the trainer cautious about what’s going on inside [my knee] so I just have to listen to them and do what’s best.”
08-10-2012 #6Last season, the defense anchored by goalkeeper Josh Saunders, right back Sean Franklin, center backs A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez and left back Todd Dunivant formed one of the fiercest backlines in MLS history.
However, this season, injuries—particularly to Gonzalez and Dunivant—have kept the 2011 group from suiting up together even once in 2012. But with Gonzalez and Dunivant both healthy and an important match against Chivas USA looming this Sunday, head coach Bruce Arena admits that the club is considering tinkering the backline.
“We haven’t had our back four together this year. That’s a long time not to have your back four back,” said Arena after training on Thursday. “It’s made for a lot of tinkering and obviously as we’re getting healthy, we’re able to go with a more consistent group. It’s all part of it, nothing you can do about it.”
Tinkering may be necessary for Arena after a difficult performance against the Sounders. In particular, rookie left back Bryan Gaul and defender David Junior Lopes struggled against a dynamic Seattle attack leading to calls for the a return of the back four of 2011.
Defensive struggles have become a main talking point this season as the Galaxy have conceded 39 goals in 24 games. By comparison, LA notched 22 competitive shutouts and allowed just 28 goals in 34 league matches in 2011. During the Galaxy’s run to the MLS Cup, the back four of Franklin-DeLaGarza-Gonzalez-Dunivant was the backline of choice, with the quartet starting 17 matches last season including all four playoff games.Gonzalez was quick to echo the sentiments of his longtime teammate.
“There has been some chemistry issues, Gaul’s new back there, Lopes is new back there and me and A.J. were the only guys that have played together,” said Gonzalez, who has played with DeLaGarza since their days at the University of Maryland. “Of course, I’d love playing with him. I’ve been saying it for the past three years and even before that I love playing with him. I’d like to see it again.”
After Seattle I really hope the G's take their anger out on the Chivas. Mowing them over will be good for morale. This is kind of a big deal because a lot of morale and regaining momentum rests on this game. I feel like the break/friendlies were really damaging and ruining the momentum we had on our winning streak....
Losing 5-1 to who-ever is not good for a teams morale or harmony.
With that said: Fuck Friendlies. I hope the results and effects on normal season are clear.
Believe it or not, this is almost a must win for us if you consider that Shitvas has 4 games in hand and are only about 6 points behind us for the last playoff spot. Some of us say it's a dead rivalry but it just got interesting if you bring that into focus.
Any updates on where we'll be parking and congregating before the game?
Thanks for the info.
Hate to think positively about an Earthquakes win, but SJ kept the Sounders within reach.
We need a win...badly. Probably the biggest thing I'm looking forward to is seeing our 2011 defense back together for the first time since the MLS Cup Final. I'm sick of the Lopes experiment. I thought Gaul was coming around fairly well, but he certainly struggled against Seattle who were playing out of their minds on that counter attack. That's asking a lot of a rookie left back so I'm not really blaming him. Dunnivant, however, is a far better pick.An exclamation one might say if one were to meet a dragon: "Draco!!!! Strectus, Strectus, Strectus. Mortimus Sum!"
Dragon!!!! Shit, Shit, Shit. I'm going to die!
So in conclusion, NO MORE AJ ON THE RIGHT!!!!! Stick him in the middle with Smash and watch the defense win us the cup again.An exclamation one might say if one were to meet a dragon: "Draco!!!! Strectus, Strectus, Strectus. Mortimus Sum!"
Dragon!!!! Shit, Shit, Shit. I'm going to die!
WOOH! Now that was refreshing! What a fantastic game to watch, the midfield shone for me this game. The offense played well if not giving away some clear chances. The defense was fairly stable with a few lapses (which thankfully were saved, again and again.) Without Kennedy and a sharper front line it would have been like 7-0!