Sunday, August 25, 2013

Galaxy beat Whitecaps with the help of Donovan

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Landon Donovan had a goal in the third minute as the Los Angeles Galaxy held on to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

Donovan got his fourth goal in the last three matches to help the Galaxy (12-9-4) secure sole possession of second place in the Western Conference.

Donovan scored after A.J. DeLaGarza's pass hit Whitecaps central defender Johnny Leveron and came to him. The Galaxy captain planted a high shot in the left corner of the net over Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted.

Donovan needs four more goals to become the all-time leading scorer in MLS history.

Los Angeles goalkeeper Jaime Penedo recorded his first MLS shutout in only his second career league appearance and third overall with the Galaxy.

The Whitecaps (10-9-6) lost their second straight overall and just their second at home this season.

Usually prolific offensively at home, Vancouver struggled against Los Angeles. Whitecaps striker Camilo, who entered the game tied for the MLS scoring lead with 14 goals, began the game on the bench due to a slight groin strain sustained last weekend against Colorado, and stayed there throughout.

Los Angeles had a chance to increase its lead in the 25th minute, but Keane's shot off a throw-in went just over the crossbar. The Irish international had another chance from just outside Vancouver's box after a giveaway about seven minutes later, but his left-footed shot went just wide of the right post.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

LA Galaxy Beat Real Salt Lake 4-2

A big comeback in the second-half helped the LA Galaxy to a 4-2 win over Real Salt Lake. Robbie Keane was the star, with Omar Gonzalez in a fine supporting role.

The teams traded early second-half goals after a scoreless first. Joao Plata, set up by a nice Ned Grabavoy touch, showed a quick burst of pace and good close finishing to put RSL on the board, but Robbie Keane had it equal shortly after, displaying physicality and silky skill to finish from just outside the area.

Tha Galaxy nearly took the lead soon after, but Landon Donovan's incisive effort was saved on the line by the chest of Chris Wingert.

They eventually did get a seond, through Robbie Keane in the 66th. The Irishman propelled himself into substitute Sean Franklin's fast-break cross and Nick Rimando was helpless in goal.

The Galaxy put daylight behind them with a goal from newly-signed Designated Player Omar Gonzalez in the 75th, as the towering defender outjumped Nat Borchers to head home Donovan's corner.

Keane rubbed salt in the would when he completed his hat trick a few minutes from time. Taking a ball over the top, the veteran chipped an onrushing Nick Rimando at the edge of the penalty area.

RSL pulled one back late, Robbie Findley bundling home following a free kick, but it was only a consolation on a night that was all about the Galaxy.

Despite the result, the Royals remain top of MLS with 41 points. The Galaxy climb into fourth in the West, with 37.

Manchester United starts 2013-14 season with a big win

Manchester United

Defending champion Manchester United started the 2013-14 season with a huge 4-1 victory over Swansea City in the debut of their new manager David Moyes.

The match started out evenly, though United had the better chances in the opening minutes. Phil Jones had the first good shot of the afternoon with a stinging volley in the 8th minute that required a save by Michel Vorm. Danny Welbeck looked a bit dangerous as well and forced Vorm into another, though less difficult, save in the 18th minute.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Galaxy, FC Dallas draw 3-3

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FRISCO, Texas  -- Landon Donovan tried to rally the Los Angeles Galaxy for a win but fall short as Blas Perez score two goals to lift FC Dallas into a 3-3 tie with the Galaxy on Sunday night draw.

Donovan scored twice within nine minutes to give Los Angeles a 3-2 lead in the 82nd minute, but Perez notched his team-leading eighth goal of the season four minutes later.

Dallas nearly won it in stoppage time when Jackson launched a 40-yard shot that went off the right post.

The draw lifted the Galaxy (10-9-4) into a fifth-place tie with Seattle in the Western Conference.
Dallas (8-6-9), which had its winless streak extended to 10 matches (0-4-6), remains one point behind.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Jason Sudeikis as Coach Lasso: Premier League Spoof

An American Coach in London:

For the upcoming Premier League season, NBC Sports featured comedian Jason Sudeikis to play Coach Ted Lasso. Coach Ted Lasso is an American football coach who has just been named the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

2013 Week 23 MLS Power Rankings

19. Columbus Crew (6-11-5): New ownership alone is not saving Columbus. They were barely a professional team down at Houston this past Saturday.

18. DC United (3-15-4): Of course, the TV feed would cut out right as DC was burying the goal that put Montreal away for good. That's just how United's season has gone.

17. Chivas USA (4-13-5): Way too wasteful in the attacking third at SJ, Chivas just don't have the talent to let any team in the league off the hook. It's going to be a long three months for this team.

16. New England Revolution (8-8-6): Remember that 1-0 home loss to Toronto, Revs supporters, if your beloved side fails to finish in the top five of the MLS East table.

15. Toronto FC (4-10-8): They're still an absolute disaster, but at least Toronto is finally on 20 points. Don't look now, but they've gone three straight without a loss.

14. FC Dallas (8-6-8): There are zero signs that Dallas is turning things around anytime soon. They easily could have lost 6-0 at Seattle this past Saturday.

13. Philadelphia Union (9-7-7): Philly continues to be unable to consistently go in the right direction. Winning in Vancouver was nice, but it has essentially been erased by a home defeat to Chicago.

12. Chicago Fire (8-9-4): It's another week of "Mike Magee for MVP" cries. Chicago failing to make the playoffs may not even prevent Magee from winning the award.

11. Seattle Sounders (9-7-4): Let's all calm down before we crown Seattle champions. Signing Clint Dempsey is admittedly huge for both the club and for the league, but the Sounders wouldn't be a playoff side if the season ended today.

10. San Jose Earthquakes (8-9-6): I joked last week about SJ not needing Wondo. Then he goes and notches a brace. He sure showed me.

9. Houston Dynamo (9-6-6): Reclaiming that home form that made them unbeatable in Houston could be the key for the Dynamo's postseason hopes.

8. Vancouver Whitecaps (9-7-6): It was vital that Vancouver stops the bleeding with at least a draw at Portland. They've got two games in hand over Colorado, but it sure looks like Seattle will be climbing into the top five of the conference table sooner than later.

7. Sporting Kansas City (10-7-6): First it was Montreal, and now it's New York. I don't want to say KC is getting a reputation for playing dirty when they are frustrated, but...

6. Montreal Impact (10-6-5): You don't want to overreact about one result. Montreal is still atop the points-per-game table. Being outplayed by the worst team in the league, though, is a bad sign for any supposed title contender.

5. LA Galaxy (10-9-3): They get a bump from other results, not their win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup.

4. Portland Timbers (8-3-11): There are conflicting ways to summarize Portland; that they are nearly impossible to beat, or that the amount of points they've dropped throughout the season is eventually going to cost them big time.

3. Colorado Rapids (9-7-8): The Rocky Mountain Cup is Colorado's for the first time in seven years. Congrats to the Rapids and to their fans.

2. Real Salt Lake (11-7-5): RSL picked up a solid point on a dark and stormy night in Colorado. That game was a reminder that Nick Rimando remains the best goalkeeper in the league.

1. New York Red Bulls (11-7-5): With no Tim Cahill and with Thierry Henry having an unremarkable game, New York went into KC and picked up the biggest result of the Mike Petke era. I thought the Red Bulls were supposed to be in the middle of a "summer swoon" by now.