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MLS Goal of the Week Week 10

Posted on 14 May 2012 by Kyle Alm

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 8: Rookie takes honors after big performance for the Reds

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

It was an odd week in Major League Soccer. Defenders continue to snuff out the impact of the league’s attacking all-stars (Marcos Mondaini of Chivas USA took out Javier Morales of RSL this past week) and it feels like the league as a whole was punished. On Saturday, when Morales went down with a broken ankle, five out of seven games that day finished in a tie of the 0-0, 1-1 variety. The best game of the week – a tie between Los Angeles and New York – could only muster two goals between the star-studded casts of each side. Regardless, new attacking talent still made itself known in a 5’3″ rookie, inserted to help a struggling Toronto FC squad find the net and he delivered.

ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 8

GK: Kevin Hartman, FC Dallas

Hartman delivered when called upon and for Dallas that was the second half. The veteran netminder – remember all that drama between Kansas City seasons ago? – stonewalled Charlie Davies not once, but twice, to keep a clean sheet at RFK Stadium. His shot stopping ability, never disputed, made sure the Hoops could leave the Nation’s Capital with their unbeaten streak intact (2-0-1).

DEF: Josip Mikulic, Chicago

Helped to limit Vancouver’s target man Eric Hassli and the whole Whitecaps attack to only one attempt on goal. In the process, the Fire’s back line secured their first shutout of the season only to watch to their attack squander chance after chance. The Fire settled for a tie but Mikulic is showing signs of being the consistent defensive presence they need to build a long-term solid defense off of.

DEF: Mamadou “Futty” Danso, Portland

Danso, a standout last year in USL Division 2 play, supplied the Timbers only goal late in their tilt against Philadelphia. It proved to be the only goal Portland would need as they won their fourth consecutive regular season home game, 1-0. The big Gambian got on the end of a Jack Jewsbury set piece to make sure the Union left JELD-WEN without a point. This is his first selection on the Best XI.

DEF: Heath Pearce, Chivas USA

His move to centerback has done wonders for a Chivas USA backline that was leaking goals early in the season. Faced with a little less than 60 minutes of 9-man soccer against Real Salt Lake of all teams, Pearce held the Goats’ defense together only conceding with three minutes to go. It’s Pearce’s second selection in the Best XI since his move to centerback.

DEF: Tim Ream, New York

Made key plays in the back against a strong Los Angeles side. His most important, however, was a goal-saving, line clearance on Landon Donovan that kept the Galaxy from winning all three points. Ream’s partnership with Marquez is quickly becoming one of the best in the league and the prospect of Ream allows Marquez to take more chances in the tackle.

MID: Will Johnson, Real Salt Lake

Johnson gets the nod for finally punishing a 9 -man Chivas USA squad that, in losing to Mondaini and Boyens through red cards, thought they could escape with a point. Johnson did much more than just scoring the gamewinner but after watching Javier Morales lose his whole 2011 season to an atrocious Mondaini tackle, the home crowd wanted punishment and Johnson delivered.

MID: Andy Najar, DC United

It was the Josh Wolff/Charlie Davies show midweek against Seattle but they cooled off during the weekend encore vs. FC Dallas. Najar was effective in both games and starting to show signs of a return to 2010 season form. He was more than just two secondary assists against Seattle. Early on, things weren’t working and the youngster adapted. Against Dallas, he was the most dangerous person on the field.

MID: David Beckham, Los Angeles

Go through it all again – pinpoint long balls, great vision, tireless work ethic. Beckham’s move to central midfield has been the best move Bruce Arena has made all season and it showed against the Red Bulls. It was Beckham’s corner kick that found the head of Landon Donovan – of all people – to equalize for the Galaxy. Gave Juan Pablo Angel quite a few chances to put the Galaxy ahead and end his scoring slump but the Colombian wasn’t able to convert. Surprisingly, this is Beckham’s first selection in the Best XI so far this season.

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FWD: Joao Plata, Toronto FC *ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK*

‘Carpe diem’ must be Plata’s mantra as the diminutive forward was given a chance and  hewasted no time in making his mark on Toronto FC’s starting eleven. One start, one goal, one assist. Not bad for a young Major League Soccer career. Plata scored in the 50th minute on a penalty kick and supplied the through ball that iced the win for the Reds. He’s technically gifted, pacy, and creative – a combination that Toronto FC only really had in DeRosario. Can Plata keep it up?

FWD: Thierry Henry, New York

Scored the first goal of the game – his fourth of the season – and was dangerous throughout. Henry didn’t waste any time announcing himself to the Galaxy faithful, scoring a goal in the fourth minute. The Frenchman started slow this season but he has since started chipping away at the expectations that all Red Bull fans have for his time in New York. This is Thierry’s third selection in the Best XI this season.

FWD: Charlie Davies, DC United

A budding partnership is developing between MLS vet Josh Wolff and Charlie Davies as they connected to sink Seattle midweek. Davies, however, could have walked away with more than just one tally – missing on several opportunities to add to the scoreline. He slowed down a bit against FC Dallas but his showing against Seattle was enough to warrant his 2nd appearance on ASN’s Best XI.

Bench: Kasey Keller (Seattle), Juninho (Los Angeles), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Bouna Coundoul (RBNY), Nick LaBrocca (Chivas USA), Julian De Guzman (Toronto FC), Servando Carrasco (Seattle), Perry Kitchen (DC United), Josh Wolff (DC United), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas)

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Game #8 Preview: Los Angeles at Philadelphia

Posted on 10 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Union return to PPL Park after a loss at JELD-WEN Field this past Friday night. A Futty Danso goal on yet another set piece sunk the Union but in essence, the Philadelphia defense – even with the absence of Harvey and Califf – did their job. The Union offense, however, did not. It was Philly’s sixth 1-0 scoreline in seven games this season. Could a possible changes spur the Union attack or will Ruiz, Le Toux and company finally gel? Or will it be all defense in Philadelphia’s rematch with Landon Donovan and the Galaxy?

Los Angeles Galaxy (4-2-4) at Philadelphia Union (4-2-1)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 7:30PM EST, TCN
PPL Park, Philadelphia, PA

Los Angeles Galaxy Probable Starting XI

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Franklin———–Gonzalez———–DeLaGarza—–Dunivant

Donovan———–Beckham———-Juninho———–Magee

———————–Angel————-Barrett——————–

OUT: DF Leonardo (R knee ACL/LCL tear); DF Sean Alvarado (R knee ACL strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Gregg Berhalter (L knee MCL sprain); FW Adam Cristman (L knee surgery); MF Miguel Lopez (L knee contusion)

Philadelphia Union Probable Starting XI

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Williams————Califf—————-Valdes————Harvey

———————-Carroll————–Okugo———————-

Le Toux———————————————————Daniel

———————-Mwanga————-C. Ruiz———————

OUT: GK Thorne Holder (concussion); PROBABLE: MF Stefani Miglioranzi (R groin strain)

Game Notes:

If you feel like it hasn’t been too long since we’ve seen the Galaxy, you would be right. The Union were dealt their first loss of the season, 1-0, at the Home Depot Center a little more than 5 weeks ago (April 2). Aside from the Leonardo gamewinner off of a Galaxy set piece (sounds familiar right? Danso anybody?), the Union defense looked solid even away from home. The inability for the Union offense to find net – even with a man advantage – and one real let down on the set piece sent the Union back to Philadelphia with nothing. If we’re still comparing seasons, however, a 1-0 loss is palatable when compared to that 3-1 drubbing in 2010?

Unfortunately, the only thing rosy about the Union’s all-time performance against the Galaxy is their last two meetings – both 1-0 losses. Los Angeles leads the all-time series 3-0-0. The first goal will be vital for each team. Both are 4-0-1 when scoring first.  

The Galaxy are coming off of a 1-1 tie with Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls in a match that proved to be one of the most entertaining of the new season. Henry struck first before Donovan equalized. Several near misses and great play from both teams kept things interesting until the very end. That game, however, played late Saturday night and the cross country travel for a mid-week fixture could have an effect on the Galaxy players.

Jordan Harvey will be back from suspension which should see the back four back in action – Williams, Califf, Valdes, and Harvey. Michael Farfan, in his two appearances, showed big promise for future playing time and may have even worked his way into future lineups. Harvey is considered an iron man when it comes to minutes so unfortunately, something would have to happen to the veteran for Farfan to take over that left flank.

David Beckham has looked impressive in his central role, orchestrating the Galaxy’s offense with pinpoint through balls and switches. Landon Donovan has disappeared in games but always seems to come to life when the Galaxy most need him. Angel has looked increasingly more dangerous as the games go on and he gels with the Galaxy offensive set-up. Still, over 500 minutes and only one goal for the Red Bulls’ all-time leading scorer.

Assistant Coach John Hackworth will be the one barking orders from the touchline vs. Los Angeles. Piotr Nowak is in Poland for a “Match of Stars” Charity Event with the likes of Lothar Mattheus, Davor Suker, and Hristo Stoichkov held in Poznan. He will return in time for the Union’s trip this Saturday, May 12th, to Pizza Hut Park.

The Union fell to #6 in MLSSoccer.com’s Power Rankings. The Galaxy remained at #3.

Birnis Adames, a Camden, NJ native, won this year’s installment of Sueno MLS and a spot in the Union’s youth academy. The 18 year old scored four goals in the final round held in Dallas, Texas making him a clear favorite to win. It wasn’t confirmed until announced on Republica Deportiva this past Sunday. Check out Birnis’ profile here from the tryouts in Philadelphia. Another Jorge Flores in the making?

By the way, the Philadelphia Union/Broad Street Run Photo Contest has a winner! And it is Crissie Prescott! Quick post to come! Faced by the good problem of having a team to run with, Crissie had to get creative. We’re talking college party, Sharpie-fun creative! $25 gift card heading to her and congrats on the PR. As we weren’t able to get as many participants as we had hoped, only a first prize will be given out this time around. We will be sure to give more time before next year’s Broad Street Run. Thanks to all that participated!

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Freddie Ljungberg

Posted on 25 May 2010 by Kyle Alm

Although this is not the first time Freddie Ljungberg has been questioned about his on pitch demeanor by fans or commentators, this is the first time that any of the Sounders has been criticized so harshly by Coach Sigi Schmid. Ljungberg has higher expectation than any player at the club with possible exceptions being Kasey Keller and Fredy Montero. The expectations on Keller may be lower given his age and past performances for the US Men’s National Team. Montero has high expectations that are based on “potential.” Ljungberg’s expectations are rooted in his status as a Designated Player and his large, by MLS standards, salary on the happy side of $1 million.

Ljungberg’s multiple outbursts directed at referee Alex Prus on Saturday while a good game was going on indicated that the Swede is far from happy on the pitch in Seattle. Ljungberg shouts at his teammates, argues with the officials, and recently he was on the sidelines arguing with Schmid. Ljungberg’s demonstrations on the pitch on Saturday had to be seen to believed. He totally lost his cool as he shook his fist at an opposing player after complaining to Prus about not getting foul called. But there is a reason why Freddie Ljungberg doesn’t get every call.

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There is a school of thought, that basketball fans will surely recognize, that dictates that if you foul enough you will get away with enough fouls to have effectively changed the pace and tempo of a game to your favor. Ljungberg is the most second most fouled player in MLS currently after leading the league in 2009. He gets that call more than anyone in the league and he’s complaining that he doesn’t get enough calls?

In defense of Ljungberg, he’s the second most fouled player in the league currently after leading the league in 2009. The sheer volume of which are enough to believe they are part of a deliberate and cynical defensive strategic against Ljungberg and Montero. Ljungberg has missed games due to injury a few different times after getting roughed up by opposing players. It’s a frustrating game where you take 18 shots and can’t score. When you don’t connect passes with teammates well or when you have only scored on goal in your Sounders career, and have yet to score a goal at Qwest it must be very frustrating. Especially when you are the team’s captain, highest paid player and should be the best player on the team. I doubt very seriously that Arsene Wenger would tolerate that kind of behavior for Arsenal, but it’s OK for the Sigi and for the Sounders. That d of attitude doesn’t carry much water in my opinion. The fans deserve better than what they have been getting from Ljungberg he’s a professional athlete, not a petulant child, and it’s time showed some maturity.

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“I played on the biggest teams in the world and you need to get upset if the ref is not doing the right thing,” Ljungberg said. “If you lose your passion, you won’t play. I don’t agree on that.”

You know who else quipped about their pedigree like that? David Beckham. It’s indefensible Euro-snobbery. Freddie, you play for Sounders FC currently. Played is the right word, because it is played out. Played, as in used to play? Players who talk about the past aren’t passionate, they are complacent. How many times has a referee ever reversed a call on the pitch? Exactly zero. None. Plus I don’t think that was what your coach was saying to you.

“You need to have your passion to play and I think that’s what the fans want to see as well. People that care, reaction if there is something that happens.”

Wrong again. Passion to “play” is not what fans want to see. Fans want see a passion to compete and to win. Not to “play.” Kids “play.” Professionals compete to win. What Ljungberg did on the pitch did nothing to help his team win. Did nothing to help him get a call. Do you know how many times I have seen a referee reverse a call? Exactly zero.

Pretty good advice from the other Sounders captain. Sounds like he gave it yesterday instead of pre-2009, maybe it will finally sink in.

PS How about a goal Freddie? Score a goal. At home in front of your fans.. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t believe that you have done that. Perhaps that should be your focus.

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Tuesday audio news update

Posted on 27 April 2010 by ASN Staff

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Wednesday audio news update

Posted on 03 March 2010 by ASN Staff

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Get ready for Becks

Posted on 16 July 2009 by arozsa

Sure, I could take the high road.

I could take a critical, thoughtful look at Thursday night’s MLS match-up between New York and Los Angeles and talk about lineups and tactics. I could compare and contrast Juan Carlos Osorio’s methods and signings with those of his predecessor Bruce Arena, who coincidentally will be prowling the opposite sideline tomorrow night.

Reams of virtual pages could be filled with chatter about the abrasive and sarcastic Long Island native, and how after being jettisoned from the East Coast he quickly built a team around former regular and fringe U.S. internationals that was capable of grinding out results while missing the best two players in the league. Arena’s team would certainly make for an interesting study in juxtaposition with Osorio’s squad of third rate internationals.

However, as any of my old college professors would certainly attest to if prompted, I’m not here to take the high road.

Listen: The New York Red Bulls are in the midst of an 11 game league winless streak. They are about to embark on what is sure to be a comprehensively embarrassing journey in the CONCACAF Champions League. Every single member of the organization; coaches, players, trainers, baggage handlers etc, are rightfully questioning whether or not they’ll be around to see that beautiful new facility in Harrison. Before now, when people told you that the MLS season was meaningless, they never used to really mean it.

The fact is, the season can’t end soon enough.

Now before you close your browser in disgust, let me stress that I will also not be taking a trip through the gutter, either. If you’re interested in hearing more about the limp-wristed slap fight that is the Donovan-Beckham saga, I suggest you tune in to the E! Channel.

No, I’m here to talk about something entirely different.

Many, many years ago, back in August of 2007, when a young Jozy Altidore still roamed the confines of Giants Stadium and Juan Pablo Angel had the all the exuberance of a man that didn’t look like he needed a hip replacement, a game was played. But it wasn’t just any game; it was one of the caliber that immediately demanded its transcription into the thin ledger of MLS lore.

I remember. I was there.

There were only two things fuller than the stands that night: the press box, and my stomach after the complimentary media lounge buffet (Meal tickets? Not while Team Beckham is in town). The on-field product didn’t disappoint either, as we all remember.

But get this. Here’s what made the biggest impression on me that night: even though the 60,000 plus in the crowd that night was heavily augmented by screaming Beatlemaniacs and schoolboys providing free Herbalife adverts, something incredible happened. Something unexpected. Something decisively “New York.”

They booed Beckham. They did it roughly a year and a half before most of America discovered what a tool-bag he was. And when the Red Bulls prevailed at the end, that hatred and spite, that which can only be spawned from sitting for an hour on the GW Bridge or from sardine-can rides on the 7 train, turned into pure, unadulterated rapture.

If the Red Bulls are to salvage anything from this season, if they are to identify with the fans in this area before their move to the shiny new palace along the Path, it’s not going to come from watching the exquisite technique of Khano Smith, or the sparkling can-do attitude of Jorge Rojas.

New Yorkers (and New Jersians) love nothing more than beating a villain. Come Thursday night, they’ll have their chance to do it again. And if they succeed, maybe the season won’t seem like such a lost cause after all.

If only for a little while.

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He’s ba-ack!

Posted on 14 July 2009 by iyeo

Not even Becks could have anticipated the drama this offseason

After spending the first half of the year in Milan Italy, midfielder David Beckham finally makes his return to the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he will do so against the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium on Thursday night.

You’d have to be living under a rock the past six months if you don’t know about the three-way drama surrounding Beckham and the two clubs, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Serie A powerhouse AC Milan. Toward the end of last season, as the Galaxy were about to ponder a third straight year without a postseason berth, it was discovered that Beckham had secured a loan deal with AC Milan that would allow him to train and feature in matches with the Italian club for the first couple of months of 2009. The Galaxy approved the deal, albeit reluctantly.

Beckham made an immediate impact for his temporary club, scoring two goals in his first four matches and piling up assists as well. His strong performance led to immediate speculation that he might try to extend his stay at the San Siro, which Beckham himself confirmed on February 4. The Galaxy were adamant however that Beckham must retrun to the Galaxy for the start of the MLS season. Finally, just days before the loan was supposed to end on March 9, both teams reached an agreement that would allow Beckham to remain with AC Milan for the remainder of the Serie A season before rejoining the Galaxy. In return, AC Milan will travel to Los Angeles for a friendly match with the Galaxy, which will be on Sunday night. Los Angeles also recieved cash compensation belived to be around 10 million dollars.

Oh and if that wasn’t enough drama, just weeks before Beckham’s return, excerpts from a book titled “The Beckham Experiment,” written by Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl, were released that contained quotes from teammates Landon Donovan and Chris Klein that questioned Beckham’s leadership abilities. While Donovan didn’t back down from his comments, he later expressed regret over having the proverbial dirty laundry aired out in public as opposed to addressing them privately and face-to-face with Beckham. Beckham on Saturday called Donovan’s comments “unprofessional” before the two met to talk after Galaxy practice yesterday.

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Los Angeles has been up and down throughout the first half of the season. It went 0-1-4 to start the season, got its first win on May 2, oddly enough, against the New York Red Bulls, then played to draws in five straight matches, with Los Angeles needing to equalize each time just to split points. LA lost two out of three, but has started to heat up, winning three straight matches. The Galaxy (5-3-9, 24 points) are currently tied with the Colorado Rapids for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Lost in all the Galaxy drama is the fact that Beckham probably won’t be the only midfielder making his debut for Los Angeles. Thurday night could also mean some serious time for Chris Birchall. The Trinidad and Tobago midfielder, who last played at Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. in England’s League One, was signed by the Galaxy last week and is avaiable for Thursday’s match. Arena describes Birchall as a midfielder who can play any of the midfield positions.

Oh, and did I mention the Galaxy were facing the New York Red Bulls? A year removed from an unlikely trip to the MLS Cup Final, the Red Bulls are in the midst of perhaps its worst season in franchise history. The Red Bulls are currently in last place in MLS with a record of 2-13-4 and only 10 points. The team’s struggles led to a meeting between Red Bull management and sporting director Erik Stover and technical director Jeff Agoos. Still, it appears that everyone in the organization, including head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, will remain in New York for Thursday’s match.

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ASN poll: Do you plan to ‘boo’ Beckham?

Posted on 01 July 2009 by ASN Staff

After last season’s back and forth (and back again) between the L.A. Galaxy and AC Milan, David Beckham is finally due to rejoin the Galaxy next week. His stay in purgatory is expected to be short–presumably just until the end of the season, at which point he will turn his back on Major League Soccer for good. No less an authority than U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said Beckham could expect a hostile reaction from fans upon his return. How do you, the fan, expect to treat Becks upon his return? And how do you feel about this whole “timeshare” arrangement anyway? Vote in the poll and sound off in the comment fields below.

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Earthquakes Look to Prevent Series Sweep

Posted on 31 July 2008 by Evan White

For the first time since June 10, the Earthquakes will have the luxury of playing two home games in a row. Although this week’s “home” game will be played at McAfee Coliseum on Sunday at noon, the San Jose players haven’t spent this much time in the Bay Area in months. Unfortunately the LA Galaxy will feel right at home in Oakland. This will be the second LA-SJ matchup in the Quakes three games in at McAfee Coliseum. Between the on-field familiarity and frenetic faithful, the Los Angeles Galaxy will have an unusual level of comfort for a road game. Aside from the throngs of David Beckham fans, the Earthquakes must be ready for the media circus set to roll in to town.

While the playoff hopes might be dashed, the Earthquakes have plenty to play for in the chance to salvage one game from their bitter rivals. So far the Galaxy have controlled the season series, winning both of the previous games. The latest match ended in a 3-0 romp for LA, as Edson Buddle completed his second hat trick of the season to route the Quakes. Despite the tough loss, the David Beckham attention tidal wave did spur the largest Earthquake home crowd in history, with an attendance of 39,872.

It has been a busy week for San Jose’s players and front office. On Sunday they returned home with a few fresh faces to take on the New York Red Bulls. The defense did not allow a goal, but the game still ended in a 1-1 tie. Four minutes in to the game, Red Bull Dave van den Bergh sent a non-threatening long cross in to the San Jose box. Defender Eric Denton attempted to head the ball back to keeper Joe Cannon, but the ball slipped over Cannon for the own goal. The rest of the game was nearly spotless for San Jose, as they played what Yallop referred to as one of their best efforts in the post-game press conference.

“The first half was probably the best that we’ve played this year. We obviously gave them an early goal, but throughout the game, I never felt threatened even though they had, I think, one of the best players in the league on the field. Finishing is the thing that we are struggling with right now, but that will come.”

Just nine minutes after their own goal, the Earthquakes were able to equalize off a Ronnie O’Brien throw in. The new acquisitions did not wait long to have a major impact, as Scott Sealy received the O’Brien throw in with his back to the goal. Sealy’s quick shot was deflected away by keeper Jon Conway, but the rebound was quickly throttled by Darren Huckerby for the first goal of his MLS career. The two have started to forge an early chemistry, as Huckerby was able to adjust his play off of Sealy’s tendencies.

“I have been watching Scott [Sealy], he tends to turn and shoot pretty early so I knew he was going to shoot, but I didn’t know if the goalkeeper was going to drop it or not. He dropped it and I don’t tend to score many tap-ins, but it counts the same as a long shot, so I’m pretty pleased with it.”

San Jose brought in another big name this week, acquiring Arturo Alvarez from FC Dallas for a first round pick in the 2009 SuperDraft and allocation money. This will be Alvarez’s second tour of duty with the Earthquakes, as he was originally drafted by them in 2003. In press release John Doyle displayed his excitement for the new addition, and the multitude of positives he brings with him.
“Arturo is a dynamic attacking player who should fit in well with our team… He can play both in midfield and at forward so he also has great versatility, which is important for us as we continue to build our team.”

Alvarez scored 11 goals and had 11 assists in 86 appearances for FC Dallas, establishing himself as a young weapon who will contribute for many years to come. As San Jose has been acquiring forwards throughout the season, they traded one away this week as well.
Forward Kei Kamara was sent to Houston in exchange for allocation money and a 2009 SuperDraft first round pick. The Sierra Leone native has scored two goals for the Earthquakes in 12 games, including 11 starts.

The Galaxy are coming off a 4-0 loss at the hands of FC Dallas, who were able to slow the Los Angeles attack. Kenny Cooper provided two goals for Dallas, while Dominic Oduro and Abe Thompson each slotted a goal of their own.

The game was an all around poor performance by the Galaxy, providing a sentiment of frustration that the Earthquakes are hoping to replicate. David Beckham tore in to his team in a press release after their loss to FC Dallas, clearly unhappy with the club’s effort.
“We didn’t deserve to win, we didn’t play well, we didn’t start the game well and our effort was bad to start the game. So there’s nothing really positive to take from the game. The best team won on the day and congratulations to them but we’ve got a lot to work on. We have to forget this game now and try to think positive about the game next weekend.”

San Jose’s defense has been especially spectacular lately, and will need to continue as so against one of the league’s most potent offenses. The Earthquake backline has allowed only 3 opponent goals in the past 5 games. If the new additions can make continue to make big contributions, the Quakes will finally get their first win at “home field” McAfee Coliseum.

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