Kevin Muscat is of the opinion that the Australian A-League has to become much more attractive in order to become the best football league in the side of the world. After the tremendous winning came to an end with the loss against Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory have the chance to close the gap on Melbourne City in the next few weeks. City are only two points ahead in the third place. Even though this was a frustrating result for the team, Kevin Muscat says that he was quite disappointed with the defensive approach of Perth Glory.
Manchester United new signings RomeluLukaku and Victor Lindelof have joined the rest of the Red Devils squad for training.
United are set to clash with Los Angeles Galaxy in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
The clash with the MLS side is slated for the StubHubCenter. The game would be an opportunity for manager Jose Mourinho to try out some tactics and the new additions. The team arrived in the United States for their pre-season training and five game tour at the weekend.
Each member of the squad is working on getting into top level shape and enjoying the best of their time in the US. There are planned games against Real Salt Lake and Manchester City as well.
LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole is set to spend more than a month away from the team after injuring his calf.
The former Arsenal player sustained the injury in a friendly match against Real Salt Lake. The LA Galaxy coach said that the injury is not that severe as previously expected and it is believed that the player will be missing the first three games of the MLS season.
This is the third major player that will be out of the team with Robbie Rogers and Zardes already out of the team. Rogers is out following a surgery on his ankle back in December, and Zardes just had surgery this month.
LA Galaxy coach said that the injury to Ashley Cole would be a massive loss for the team especially with other defenders out of the team. However, he believes that there is enough quality in the team to cover for these absences and he thinks that the team will be able to cope.
The LA Galaxy have acquired the rights to midfielder Jermaine Jones from the Colorado Rapids, the team announced on Tuesday.
Jones, 35, has been a key figure in the U.S. men’s national team since 2010, and he joined MLS in 2014 after a 14 – year career in Germany. His family has been living in Los Angeles since his arrival in the States.
The Galaxy sent their first-round pick in the 2017 MLS Super Draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2018 draft to the Rapids in exchange for his MLS rights. He still has to come to terms with the club, and it’s unclear whether he’ll secure a Designated Player deal, such as the one he had with the New England Revolution.
He took a significant pay cut to join the Rapids but expressed a desire for a more lucrative deal in the aftermath of the club’s elimination in the Western Conference final.
After having qualified for the 2016 MLS Cup, there is little pressure on LA Galaxy in the remaining matches of the regular season.
As a result, manager Bruce Arena decided to field a number of reserve players in the goalless draw with FC Dallas. The last two games of the regular season will merely serve as opportunities for the manager to give some game time to the reserve players. After having secured a draw with FC Dallas, the club will be hoping for a strong start to the play-off campaign with a win against Real Salt Lake in the finals.
Since there was little to play, both teams did not go with the best eleven but it was clear after the game that FC Dallas were the disappointed of the two. Dallas were hoping that they would continue their form at the top of the table. A.J. DeLaGarza, meanwhile, claimed that it was Dallas who had approached the game in a defensive manner. As it is, fans witnessed only three shots on target from both teams and it was an extremely boring affair. Dave Romney and Rafael Garcia are some of the names who have managed to benefit from Arena changing the team for the game.
LA Galaxy made it six games without a victory after only managing a 0-0 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps.
The team has not managed a victory since the 2-1 success over Portland Timbers towards the end of July. After more than a month without a victory, pressure has been increasing on manager Bruce Arena. Despite possessing players like Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane, the team has been unable to make any impact in terms of attacking play. One of the major struggles for LA Galaxy has been scoring goals, as they have managed only four in the last five games.
Thankfully, the form of the teams in and around them has also been equally poor. As a result, LA Galaxy are still fourth in the table and only three points behind Real Salt Lake, who occupy the final play-off spot. Only the top two teams qualify for the play-off rounds and LA Galaxy are almost expected to be in this position as one of the top clubs in the MLS over the last decade. Further, Arena is one of the experienced managers in the MLS and also the most successful as well. The sudden availability of Sigi Schmid could force LA Galaxy into thinking that they may very well replace Arena and get another top manager on-board.
Those who are fans of LA Galaxy will certainly be on a high.
They are near the top of the MLS rankings as they gear up to face the Seattle Sounders FC which will be held on July 9th. There is enough reason for the team to party as well as their fans. A viewing party is being held by the team that would be at El Torito. The venue is at Orange and it would be in the afternoon. Here the fans are being invited to watch LA Galaxy take on their rivals of the Western Conference, Seattle Sounders FC. The sales proceeds, excluding sales of alcohol, would be donated to the Galaxy Foundation. There is a lot to look forward to at the viewing party. Here one can mingle with other supporters of the squad as well as meet the mascot as well as the star squad members. Most fans are eagerly waiting for the July 9th party to begin.
This team has definitely a lot of excitement coming up and opportunities that it should grab in order to get the victory that they wish for.
With the upcoming US Open Cup moves to the quarter finals, LA Galaxy has been able to secure a position where they will be facing Seattle Sounders FC in the quarterfinal round. This round will be held on 20th July at the StubHub center. Located in Carson, California, this is similar to home ground for the team that should provide them an advantage in playing the game. The time of the kickoff for the game is yet to be announced.
Seattle Sounders qualified for the quarter finals when they won against Real Salt Lake. This game took place on Tuesday evening. The win was through a penalty kick where the shootout secured them the victory. Since they have joined MLS the Sounders FC stands on a score of 22-2-4. They have won the US Open Cup in many consecutive years like 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. Sounders have often tied up with Chicago Fire. Hence, LA Galaxy definitely has a formidable opponent to win over in the forthcoming quarter finals. LA Galaxy on the other hand, defeated the Portland Timbers at a score of 1-0 which was held on Wednesday night at the Providence Park venue. Getting an opportunity to win this Cup tournament has become a top priority for LA Galaxy this time.
Luis Hernandez said that dos Santos made the right decision in choosing to play for LA Galaxy.
The former Mexico striker who also played for LA Galaxy believes that playing in the MLS will allow dos Santos to get more playing time than what he was having in Europe.
Giovani dos Santos has yet to cement a place in the Mexican team since his selection has been on and off. The last time he played for Mexico was in the Gold Cup last year and has yet to be selected for the national team this year. However, he has been announced in the 40-players selection for the Copa America.
Luis Hernandez stated that it is not easy to adapt to the MLS. Although it is not glamorous as the Spanish or Brazilian league, not all players succeed in it. He has praised dos Santos adaptation and believes that he can still progress as a player. He believes that playing regularly will allow Giovani dos Santos to stay in form and also improve his sharpness.
MLS side giants, LA Galaxy were held to a goal-less encounter over the weekend by Vancouver Whitecaps. LA Galaxy were unable to finally crack the 10-man opposition, so settled for the draw.
The Whitecaps player, Matias Laba was shown the way out during the encounter as early as the 28th minute. The Los Angeles based side couldn’t employ their advantage to salvage a draw if not an outright win. LA Galaxy star player Steven Gerrard missed the game due to an injury.
The red card elicited a lot of reactions. The card was controversial and it greatly influenced the turn of events during the game. During the early-season encounter, Matias Laba was sent off for a sliding tackle on LA Galaxy’s Mike Magee. The referee deemed the defender’s tackle too much, even though the defender won the ball with the tackle. The studs of the defender were showing during the tackle, hence the referee, Jair Marrufo, gave him the matching orders even though it was just before the half-hour mark. The Whitecaps fans were visibly pissed at the decision of the referee. The fact that the Whitecaps had striker Masato Kudo suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee prior to the encounter, made the straight red card more painful.
There were at least three other red cards issued during the weekend round of games at the MLS. Surprisingly, LA Galaxy head coach, Bruce Arena condemned the straight red card.
The Major League Soccer has had an ongoing tendency of attracting veteran high profile players to the American League and LA Galaxy is on the verge of signing a few well known performers during this winter transfer window.
Ashley Cole recently terminated his contract with As.Roma and the experienced defender is rumored to be in the wish-list of LA Galaxy and a deal is believed to be in the works. If reports are indeed true then Ashley Cole should be able to wear the jersey of LA Galaxy and represent the American club within the next few days.
The 35 year old defender was not able to snatch consistent playing time with As.Roma and he decided to part ways with the Italian club. At such an elevated age, Ashle Cole wants to spend his time with a club that he can play an important role and be a regular starter, this wasn’t happening for him with As.Roma as he was a substitute player.
Ac.Milan’s Nigel de Jong is another one of the players who isnt getting much time in the pitch with his club and LA Galaxy are setting their sights in the Dutch midfielder.
Nigel de Jong has a contract with Ac.Milan which runs until 2018 but considering how much he has fallen down in the pecking order of the Italian club, a move away from San Siro could indeed occur.