Well from all of us here at VAVEL USA, we thank you for joining us for this MLS Western Conference clash. The Los Angeles Galaxy were able to comeback and defeat Real Salt Lake 5-2 at the StubHub Center on perfect Saturday night, this is Jorge Belon signing off.
FT: The Galaxy score late to end the match 5-2. However, the second half belonged to RSL as they created 17 of their 21 shots in the final 45 minutes. Rowe denied RSL five times to keep them stuck at two goals. The Galaxy give RSL their first lost of the season in the process.
'90: The Galaxy make their final change of the match as Magee comes out, and Jamieson IV enters the game
'90: GOAL!!!!!! Gerrard puts on a dancing clinic as his footwork eludes both Beckerman and Olave. Gerrard then carefully slots the ball past Rimando to restore the three goal lead for LA (5-2)
'89: The Galaxy have bunkered in and are allowing RSL to have the ball. Once in a while the home side will launch a counter
'88: Gerrard fouls Beltran on on the left hand side of the pitch
'85: Movsisyan takes a close range half volley shot but Rowe makes the save (4-2)
'83: RSL is in control of the match as they keep producing chances but the third goal is still not there. They will need to hurry up as time is starting to run out for the last undefeated club of MLS
'82: Zardes and Cole execute a give and go that leads Cole with a shot in the box. However, the Englishman's shot was saved by Rimando (4-2)
'80: RSL's sub Garcia already was able to get off a shot on target. However, Rowe was able to handle the tricky shot (4-2)
'79: LA is making their second sub of the match with Rogers coming for DeLaGarza
'78: RSL make their final substitution of the match with Garcia replacing Allen
'77: The offense of LA is need of a boost. Bringing in Lassiter or Jamieson IV might be an option for the home side
'76: Nothing comes from the set piece for LA (4-2)
'75: The Galaxy makes their first sub of the match with Larentowicz entering the match for Husidic
'74: Magee's work ethic picks rewards LA with a set piece on the right hand side
'73: The corner ends in a foul in the Galaxy's favor
'72: RSL is starting to build up steam as they earn another corner.
'71:GOAL!!!!! Morales cuts LA's lead in half as he converts the penalty (4-2)
'70: Penalty for RSL as Movsisyan went down in the box after light contact from Steres
'68: Morales set piece fails to get passed the wall. As Husidic stops the shot
'67: Van Damme picks up a yellow card for fouling an RSL player just outside the box
'66: The fans are starting to do the wave
'65: Dos Santos nearly picks up an assist, but Zardes first touch in the box was on the heavy side and the opportunity was lost with Rimando controlling the ball (4-1)
'64: The Galaxy are starting to wake up as Gerrard lined up a low long range shot. His attempt was on target but directly to the hands of Rimando (4-1)
'61: Gerrard takes the free kick, but places the ball high over the cross bar for a goal kick (4-1)
'60: Olave picks up a yellow card for a hand ball. LA has a set piece less then 25-yards-out for goal
'58: The Galaxy finally get off their first shot in the half with a well placed long range bomb from Husidic, but Rimando makes the save (4-1)
'56: RSL's Beltran receives a yellow card
'55: The Galaxy have taken their foot off the gas this half. LA has yet to create a shot.
'52: RSL fail to register an attempt on goal with the corner as the Galaxy clear the danger (4-1)
'51: Steres sloppy pass gets intercepted by Beckerman and RSL take off. However, right before Beckerman was able to connect the through ball to his teammate in the box the pass deflected for a corner
'49: RSL has started the half with more energy producing chances but Rowe and the defense have been frustrating the visitors
'48: Beckerman takes a curling powerful volley just outside the box. However, Rowe is there to make the save (4-1)
'47: Right away Morales gets a set piece at the top of the box but the shot goes out for a corner kick (4-1)
'45: Morales enters the match for RSL at the halftime break. He replaces Stertzer in the midfield for RSL's second sub of the match.
'45: RSL will kick of the second half down three goals (4-1)
HT: The Galaxy come roaring back in the first half after going down a goal to respond with four unanswered goals. Dos Santos, Zardes, Magee and Boateng have scored for LA. The star of the half for the Galaxy is the speedster Boateng. His pace and crossing ability has set up two goals along with the goal he scored himself. LA so far seem like they are not slowing down and RSL is attempting to catch their breath. Another half like this and the final score can easily be eight to one (4-1).
'44: GOAL!!!!!!!!!! Giovani has arrived!!!! The Mexican international chips the ball over Rimando's outstretch hands. To place the ball into the top right hand corner of the net to give LA a commanding 4-1 lead
'42: LA is in complete control of the match. After Manuel Martinez left the match for RSL the Galaxy has taken over the game. The attack of RSL is a one man show now with Movsisyan leading the charge.
'40: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Boateng taps the ball into the back of the net to complete a series of passes in the penalty box. A total of three players touched the ball before the speedster double the Galaxy's lead (3-1)
'39: The game is starting to get physical as both clubs have started to land some rough tackles
'37: Zardes picks up a yellow card after landing his arm on the RSL players back in a challenge to win a ball
'35: Mulholland takes a set piece near the left hand corner flag but Rowe soared in the air to kill the play (2-1)
'33:The tempo of the match has settled down and RSL is starting to connect some passes
'31: RSL take a corner but nothing comes from it but a Galaxy clearance (2-1)
'28: A massive response from LA as they climbed back with two goals in 10 minutes. Now RSL needs to respond quickly or else the Galaxy can run away with the match
'25: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Magee gives the Galaxy the 2-1 lead with a clinical volley finish in the box. Boateng started the play with a cross into the box and Magee finished the play
'23: RSL make their first substitution with Manuel Martinez leaving the match and Philips entering
'21: The game is back on and both teams are running at each other relentlessly.
'19:GOAL!!!!!!!! LA's Zardes responds back with a curving bullet from right outside the box. The ball zipped through the air and ripped the back of the net to level the match 1-1
'18: Nothing comes from it but a soft header and an easy save from Rowe (0-1)
'18: RSL have a free kick on the left hand side of the pitch and Mullholland will take it
'15: GOAL!!!!!!!! RSL's Manuel Martinez soars over DeLaGarza in the air to hammer the ball with his head into the bottom left hand post (0-1)
'13: RSL's Beckerman picks up the first yellow card of the game
'12: After a series of three misses the score is still scoreless. The first was Dos Santos smacking the left hand post, follow by Magee shots being deflected of the chest of Olave. Then the play ended with Husidic blasting the ball wide left. The Galaxy have been creating chances but somehow the game is still tied. (0-0)
'10: Boateng has been a busy bee, running down the flanks and sending crosses into the penalty box.
'9: Regardless of the penalty miss Gerrard is still keeping busy by taking on defenders and crossing the ball
'8: Nothing comes from the corner but clearance from RSL (0-0)
'7: The Galaxy are keeping up the pressure by earning their second in corner in two minutes.
'6: Gerrard steps up and poorly hits the ball down the left hand corner and Rimando makes the save to deny the penalty (0-0)
'5: RSL's defender Stertzer pushed down Dos Santos in the box and the referee has awarded LA with a penalty
'4: Zardes and Gerrard one two combo fall just short in the middle of the penalty box
'2: Neither club has been able to keep possession for that long. After a few passes they turnover the ball
'1: The Galaxy kick off the game with the ball
The national anthem has been sung and the atmosphere is electric filled with excitement
The players are walking onto the pitch, kick is now just minutes away
The StubHub Center is filling up.
It is turning out to be a perfect Saturday night. Not too cold or hot.
The referee for this match is Edvin Jurisevic
Real Salt Lake starting XI: Rimando; Beltran, Olave, Maund, Wingert; Beckerman, Stertzer, Mulholland; Martinez, Movsisyan, Allen
Los Angeles Galaxy starting XI: Rowe; DLG, Steres, Van Damme, Cole; Gerrard, Husidic; Magee, Dos Santos, Boateng; Zardes
Now let’s see what will unfold on Saturday night at the StubHub Center, between these two Western Conference rivals.
With the Galaxy’s captain Robbie Keane out of action till May as he recovers from a knee surgery. The usual consistent goal scoring department can easily dry up. The main solution for this problem is the Mexican international and and the U.S. international. If they fail to score goals then Arena will be desperate to find a new finisher till the Irish international returns.
If the Royals cannot slow down the Galaxy then Sebastian Lletget, Dos Santos, Gerrard and Zardes will easily overwhelm RSL. LA has to spread the ball around the pitch and force Salt Lake to get out of their defensive shell. Los Angeles’ head coach and general manager Bruce Arena will be hoping that Zardes and Dos Santos continuing their scoring ways on Saturday.
However, a key factor for Real Salt Lake in this match will be Morales and Kyle Beckerman winning the battle of the midfield. U.S. international Beckerman will have to slow down the Galaxy’s offense on Saturday and then quickly start RSL attack. Morales will have the responsibility of connecting passes to Movsisyan and Juan Manuel Martínez in the dangerous spaces around the penalty box.
The Royals can only pick up a result in this match Yura Movsisyan picking the effort in the scoring department. RSL’s leading scorer Joao Plata has been ruled out of this match with a left quad injury. The Armenian international has still not found his goal scoring form that he displayed in his time in Europe. In six matches played for Salt Lake he has only been able to register one goal in the process.
The last time these two sides met came last season where Real Salt Lake ran wild at the Rio Tinto Stadium. They punished a woeful Galaxy backline for three goals in a dominating display. On that day, Devon Sandoval scored a brace while Javier Morales converted from 12 yards out.
Dos Santos and Gerrard are going to be instrumental once more for the Galaxy against Real Salt Lake. The former’s instincts in the final third of the pitch are among the best in MLS as they always looks for an opening. Dos Santos’ technical ability is on another level as well, he has the composure to control the ball in tight areas before freeing up a bit of space for himself. When Steven Gerrard is on his game, he is one of the best passers in the league and will need to be deadly accurate against a good RSL defensive unit.
This was a classic LA showing. The attacking midfielder moved around constantly in the final third of the pitch. They searched for any opening in the defense, and found it. Having the former Liverpool captain back helped as well. He was able to rifle long balls over the top to find his Mexican international teammate.
For the Galaxy, they are on a bit of an unbeaten streak as well, having not lost any of their last four matches. In this same time span, Los Angeles also managed to win away from the StubHub Center. No, it was not against the ten men Vancouver Whitecaps side, but the victory came in Houston. At the BBVA Compass Stadium, the road club stormed out of the gates. Dos Santos scored twice in the opening 31 minutes as he returned to excellent form. Then, Baggio Husidic sandwiched the two Giovani Dos Santos goals before Gyasi Zardes rounded off the scoring four minutes after the halftime interval.
Away from home though, is where RSL struggle just a little bit. Against Orlando City SC in the opening match of the season, they gave up two late goals in stoppage time to surrender a sure victory. Then, against the Portland Timbers, Fernando Adi scored twice inside the final eleven minutes to steal a point.
Heading into this clash with the Galaxy, Real remain the only unbeaten team in the league. Coming into tonight, they have a record of (W-D-L) 4-2-0, dropping a total of four points out of a total of 16. This bodes well for any side heading into the summer months and beyond knowing that they can pick up points at home and on the road.
Currently, RSL are sitting in second, two points behind FC Dallas in the Western Conference. For the visiting side tonight, though, they have played two less matches. With this in mind, they could overtake the Hoops sooner, rather than later if their fine form continues for a few more weeks.
Los Angeles and Salt Lake will meet for the 32nd time in their storied history. What is very crazy about the stat though, is the fact that these two clubs have both won 12 times – drawing the remaining seven. It shows how even these two teams are and how well they know each other. Form does not matter when it comes to this match, what matters is who is up for the task.
Hello, my name is Jorge Belon, and welcome to VAVEL USA’s Live coverage of Major League Soccer. Tonight, the Los Angeles Galaxy play hosts to Real Salt Lake. The match kicks off at the StubHub Center at 10:30 PM Est. Stay tuned for pre-match, live comments and post-match coverage throughout the evening.