Reserves show their Value for Galaxy in CCL match

Posted on 30 August 2012 by iyeo

Having won a hard fought match on Sunday against FC Dallas and with another big match against the Vancouver Whitecaps looming on Saturday, Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena sent out the reserves for Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League matchup against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

The move paid off, as goals from four different players enabled the Galaxy to collect three points in its final home match of the competition and thus sit in first place in the group courtesy of a 4-0 win over the Islanders at the Home Depot Center.

We chose a lineup we thought could win the game,” Arena said. “I thought they played really well, I was real pleased with our young players who got the opportunity to play.”

The Galaxy struck seven minutes in, as Jack McBean earned LA a corner, Kenney Walker sent the corner into the box and Tommy Meyer headed the ball past Islanders keeper Richard Martin at the far post area to open the Galaxy’s scoring account. LA blew the game open in the second half, starting just a minute into the half, as Jose Villareal chased down a ball headed forward by McBean, drawing out Martin as well as defenders Richard Martinez and Anthony Vasquez. Villareal beat all three of them to the ball and shot a soft left-footer that made its way across the goal line. Villareal paid a price for the goal however, as he was kneed in the head by Martinez and laid on the ground for a few minutes. Villareal eventually collected himself, though he was subbed out for Sean Franklin in the 52nd minute.

“I thought Jose and myself played very well tonight,” McBean said. “We worked really hard in the first half and held our own.”

The Galaxy put the game away in the 80th and 82nd minutes. Goal number three came when Michael Stephens crossed a ball into the box, McBean volley a shot first touch, but was blocked by Martinez, but the ball went back to McBean and his rebound attempt beat Martin to the upper netting. Stephens finished off the scoring for LA two minutes later when he pounced on a poor clearance in the box and his point-blank attempt beat Martin left post to finish off the night for the Galaxy.

“We’ve been playing together the whole year throughout the reserve league and we’ve done well,” Stephens said. “That’s the reason we got the opportunity tonight and we did well.”

The Galaxy jump back into MLS play on Saturday, starting with its match against Vancouver, who are currently just three points back of LA for fourth place in the Western Conference standings

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