LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution | MLS Match Preview

LA GALAXY vs NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
STUBHUB CENTER, Carson, Calif.
July 16, 2014 (WEEK 19, MLS Game #171)
7:30 p.m. PT (TWCS-LA/TWCD; CSN-NE)
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A pair of teams heading in opposite directions meet on Wednesday evening when the LA Galaxy face the New England Revolution at StubHub Center. The Galaxy extended their current undefeated streak to seven games over the weekend, defeating Real Salt Lake 1-0 in Carson. The Revolution saw their current losing run stretched to five games over the weekend, falling 1-0 at home to the Chicago Fire.

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REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Mike Kampmeinert; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal
Salazar MLS Career: 189 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 54; pens: 67

SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: LA: Dan Gargan
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NE: Lee Nguyen, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (37 meetings): Galaxy 16 wins (2 shootout), 55 goals … Revolution 15 wins (1 shootout), 55 goals … Ties 6
AT LA (19 meetings): Galaxy 10 wins (0 shootout), 30 goals … Revolution 5 wins (0 shootout), 21 goals … Ties 4

LAST YEAR (MLS)
6/2: NE 5, LA 0 (Sene 33; Nguyen 71; Fagundez 87; Barrett 91+; Rowe 94+)

  • The Revolution defeated the Galaxy 5-0 in the only meeting a year ago, June 2 at Gillette Stadium – the biggest margin of victory in the all-time series that began in the MLS inaugural season of 1996.
  • The Revolution have won the last two meetings between the teams, ending a string of three winless meetings with the Galaxy in Carson with a 3-1 victory on their last trip in 2012.
  • Coaches record: Jay Heaps vs. LA: P2 W2 L0 D0 … Bruce Arena v NE: P26 W13 L10 D3

LA GALAXY
The LA Galaxy extended their undefeated run to seven games, getting the game’s only goal for a victory against Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening at StubHub Center. The Galaxy sit in sixth place in the Western Conference with 24 points from 15 games.

LAST MATCH

  • The game's lone goal came in the 20th minute. Marcelo Sarvas carried the ball out of the Galaxy end up the right wing and cut the ball across the top of the RSL box. Landon Donovan played a dummy and an onrushing Gyasi Zardes lashed a shot from 20 yards that struck the left post and bounded across the goalmouth and inside the right post.
  • The Galaxy had a glorious chance to double their lead in stoppage time when referee Silviu Petrescu awarded a penalty, but Real goalkeeper Nick Rimando saved his third penalty kick in three attempts this season – two against LA – stopping Sarvas' chance.
  • Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was credited with six saves in recording the clean sheet.
  • Galaxy coach Bruce Arena made one change to the team that came back for a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers at StubHub Center. Baggio Husidic came back into the midfield in place of Stefan Ishizaki.
  • LA GALAXY (4-4-2): Jaime Penedo - Dan Gargan, Tommy Meyer, A.J. DeLaGarza, Robbie Rogers - Baggio Husidic (Stefan Ishizaki 79), Marcelo Sarvas, Juninho (Kenney Walker 90) – Landon Donovan - Gyasi Zardes, Robbie Keane (Leonardo 90).

TEAM NEWS

  • While the Galaxy extended their undefeated run to seven games (4-0-3), it was their first win in a home game since a 4-1 defeat of Philadelphia Union on May 25 at StubHub Center.
  • “It’s good for us to win a game like this. It’s what I would call a good ugly game against a good team. We did a job good on the defensive end of the field. That was encouraging,” said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. “Anytime you get a shutout speaks volumes for the whole team. I think for the most part we played well and deserved to get the three points tonight. We know we need to get a little bit better. That’s certainly not a perfect performance.”
  • Said Landon Donovan: “There is something to be said for us being the only team in the league that’s lost three games now, and a lot of that goes down to our defending well. When we concentrate over 90 minutes, we’re going to create chances. We create chances in every game we play; we never go through a game where we don’t create chances. So if we concentrate and focus for 90 minutes on every play, more often then, we’re not going to get scored on.”
  • Gyasi Zardes scored his third goal over the last four matches. A Zardes goal has been the only goal of the game in each of those contests, two of them 1-0 victories (also the victory at San Jose on June 28).
  • “Part of becoming a mature player and a real professional is being effective; and he’s been effective,” said Donovan. “You don’t look at him and say he was the most exciting third on the field, or he had all of these great chances, but he was effective, he ran hard, he defended well, he stretched them, put them under pressure, and when he got his chance to score, he scored and that’s all you can ask for.”
  • Said A.J. DeLaGarza: “He has the skills and the talent. He can play in the midfield and up top. He is deadly, he is dangerous, and now he is scoring goals. He is coming to his own. I think right now he is pretty consistent, scoring goals, not too much you can ask for him right now.”
  • Marcelo Sarvas has all three of his assists and his lone league goal on the season in the last four games, after setting up Zardes for the Galaxy goal. All three of Sarvas’s assists have come on Zardes goals.
  • While Omar Gonzalez returned from the U.S. national team and the FIFA World Cup, he was kept out of the team while still nursing an ankle injury suffered in the USA’s final game, vs. Belgium.
  • “I think defensively we’ve been very good this year. In most games we shouldn’t have allowed goals and we’re getting back to having a really good defensive mentality,” said Donovan. “Having Omar [Gonzalez] there will help us, and attacking wise, we’re starting to get better. We’ve had a lot of different guys coming in and out of the lineups, so that sort of hurts with continuity. … We’re playing well on that end of the field, but if we keep defending like that we are going to be hard to beat.”
  • Donovan again featured in an attacking midfield role behind the front two of Zardes and Robbie Keane, as he has for the last three games.
  • “I think our best games as a team, and my best games have come with me playing there. I think that the guys around me, like having me there,” said Donovan. “I like running from a deep position, I like facing the field when I get the ball, and it’s good to have two good really good attacking players ahead of me that I can get the ball to. I think, hopefully, that is a spot that I can continue to play. I think we’ve done well there.”
  • Said Arena: “They did all right. We could be better. We were playing against three good players in [Kyle] Beckerman, [Nat] Borchers and [Chris] Schuler. It was a good battle for 90 minutes, but I think they did well.”

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution had their losing streak extended to five games, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 23 points from 17 games.

LAST MATCH

  • The Fire took the lead after just three minutes. Mike Magee sent a pass up over the Revolution back line and into the box, where Quincy Amarikwa held off a defender and sent a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
  • The Revs were gift-wrapped the opportunity to equalize after Jerry Bengtson was brought down in the box in the 84th minute and referee Jose Carlos Rivero pointed to the spot. But Chris Tierney saw his penalty stopped by Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson to preserve the shutout.
  • Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made three changes to the team that fell 2-1 to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Andy Dorman and Teal Bunbury came back into the side in place of Darrius Barnes and Lee Nguyen.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney - Andy Dorman (Scott Caldwell 29) - Teal Bunbury, Daigo Kobayashi (Steve Neumann 75), Kelyn Rowe (Jerry Bengtson 65), Diego Fagundez - Patrick Mullins.

TEAM NEWS

  • The Revolution saw their losing streak extended to five games. It matches the club’s longest losing streak since losing six games in a row in a 2001, the Revolution’s longest ever in the post-shootout era (the club record is nine losses in a row, in 1997 and ‘98).
  • “I don’t know if there were positives in all those four (previous games), some losses were worse than others, I believe,” said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. “But it’s really raw right now. ... You’re trying to probe and pick teams apart. It’s unfortunate, but you’ve got to use the positives and just keep going. You’ve got to dig even deeper now.”
  • Said defender Andrew Farrell: “Every time we have scored a goal first this season we’ve won. It’s tough to get scored on in the first three minutes. Our back line gave up some sloppy goals, and we need to stop that. We carried the majority of the game later on in the first half and the second half but when you make a mental mistake like that and put the whole team behind it’s really tough. ... We’ve gotten down a goal in the last couple of games, and that really needs to stop.”
  • There was a significant injury blow when Andy Dorman went down with an apparent right knee injury before the game was a half-hour old.
  • Scott Caldwell came on to replace Dorman in the holding midfield role, his first league appearance since May 24. A.J. Soares, who played in that position in the Real Salt Lake match July 4 when Dorman was suspended, remained in central defense.
  • “It was significant. Andy’s a tough guy, so we’ll find out more in the next couple days,” said Heaps. “In terms of Scottie (Caldwell), I thought Scottie did a great job. Scottie came in and had no warm-up time and went in and really was chomping and biting and trying to make plays.”
  • Jerry Bengtson made his first MLS and Revolution appearance since April 26, coming on in the 65th minute in his first game since his return from the Honduras national team and the FIFA World Cup.
  • “I thought that we definitely had more chances (in the second half). I thought Jerry (Bengtson) did a great job coming in and impacting the game and I thought Steve Neumann did a good job, as well,” Heaps said. “It was a little bit of a change to a 3-5-2, it helped out our attack. It would have been nice to punch one in there.”
  • Lee Nguyen was out of the Revolution team for the first time since the season opener, serving a one-game suspension levied by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
  • “(Lee Nguyen) is one of our playmakers and someone we look to to facilitate our attack. At the same time, I thought we have enough firepower to create,” Heaps said. “Right now it’s a really tough run. We have to dig ourselves out. We have a penalty kick in the 85th minute and I thought it was well deserved. I thought it was earned. I thought we were trying and we were doing everything we could, but sometimes we’ve just got to make our stamp on the game.”