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Galaxy defeats Juventus at Dodger Stadium

Posted on 04 August 2013 by iyeo

Playing in one of Los Angeles’ most iconic stadiums against one of Eurpoe’s top teams, the Los Angeles Galaxy got big performances from its big time players.

The Galaxy put on quite a show in its first game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. Goals from Center Back Omar Gonzalez, Landon Donovan, fresh off his impressive run of form in the Gold Cup and striker Robbie Keane as the two-time MLS Cup Champions defeated two-time Serie A champions in the second round of the Guinness International Championship Cup.

“I think that our team played well,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “The result isn’t going to change anything in this world. It’s an exhibition, but I thought our team had a good attitude about the game tonight. They played well against a very good team tonight. We understand though that we’re playing in an exhibition, I don’t want to play them (Juventus) when it really counts.”

The Galaxy surged ahead in the 36th minute due to some crisp passing and awareness. Omar Gonzalez played a ball to midfielder Michael Stephens, who then touched it back to midfielder Juninho. Gonzalez meanwhile made an overlapping run into the Juventus penalty area, Juninho sent a perfectly timed through ball to the sprinting Gonzalez and he chipped keeper Gianuigi Buffon, beating him far post to put LA ahead. The lead though lasted only three minutes, as Juventus got the equalizer when Paolo De Cegile crossed a ball into the penalty area to Fabio Quagliarella, the striker fought off Gonzalez in the six-yard box, then fired a shot that was initially parried away by Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe, but Alessandro Matri got the ball and buried in the rebound chance to level the match.

LA though wasn’t fazed, and went back ahead in the 60th minute thanks to some Juventus misfortune. Galaxy Midfielder Marcelo Sarvas dispossessed Arturo Vidal Pardo deep inside Juventus’ side of the field and striker Robbie Keane chased down the loose ball into the Juventus penalty area. Juventus’ backup keeper Maro Storari, who had replaced Buffon at the start of the second half, looked to cover Keane’s run, but the striker alertly played a ball to a streaking Donovan, who then fired a shot past the scrambling Storari into the back net to give LA the lead again. The Galaxy sealed the win in the 89th minute due another Juventus turnover, and it came from an unlikely source, as Andrea Pirlo played a ball back towards his backline, but didn’t notice Keane was back there as well. Keane again ran down the ball into the penalty area, stuttered, then chipped a ball past Storari into the back net.

“Robbie played well,” Arend said. “He’s been out three weeks and our plan all along was to give him some minutes, most likely on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, and we thought about giving him 30 minutes tonight, but gave him the start in the second half. If he had to come out then we would have taken him out. I was pleased that he was able to get 45 minutes.”

The tournament moves to Miami for matches at Sun Life Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Galaxy will play for Wednesday. LA will play on Wednesday, though its opponent has yet to be determined.

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