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Galaxy aiming to bounce back from disappointing cup exit

Milos Markovic in Editorial, MLS 22 Jun 2018

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Los Angeles Galaxy must put the disappointment of their exit from the US Open Cup behind them when they return to Major League Soccer action on June 30.

Galaxy were beaten 1-0 by Portland Timbers last Friday, with Sebastian Blanco’s 30th minute goal proving to be the difference between the two sides.

LA’s exit from the tournament could potentially be compounded by other losses on the night, as both Ola Kamara and Emmanuel Boateng were forced out of the match due to injuries.

“It’s disappointing, obviously it’s a one-off game and we’re out of the tournament,” midfielder Perry Kitchen told ProSoccerUSA. “Saying that, I thought the second half was much better than the first.

“We created more chances and they weren’t nearly as dangerous in the second half. Overall, disappointing. So we get over it now, as we’re out of the campaign.”

Galaxy return to league action with a trip to face San Jose Earthquakes, before returning home on Wednesday, July 4, to meet D.C. United.

Their squad has been bolstered by the recent signing of defender Sheanon Williams. The 28-year-old joins the club after making 192 MLS appearances during stints with the Philadelphia Union, Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Galaxy will hope that Williams can help shore up a defence that has conceded 23 goals in 15 league matches this season.

LA currently lie eighth in the Western Conference, although they are just four points behind local rivals Los Angeles FC in third place.

Their trip to face San Jose at the end of June offers a perfect chance to get another victory on the board.

Romain Alessandrini scored in the 82nd minute as Galaxy defeated the Earthquakes 1-0 at the end of May. In regular season meetings between the two sides Los Angeles has won 31 times, San Jose 22, with 13 draws, since 1996.

Galaxy are back in action the following Wednesday at home to D.C. United and it looks another excellent opportunity to pick up three points.

If you need a hotel room close to the Stubhub Center, the Hampton Inn Carson or the Holiday Inn Torrance are recommended options. Rates start from around $150 according to LosAngelesHotels.org. Tickets for the game are available from about $30 at the official LA Galaxy website.

The Washington-based side are currently bottom of the Eastern Conference having won just twice in the league this season.

Galaxy have lost just two of their last 15 meetings with United in all competitions, although last year’s corresponding fixture ended up as a goalless draw.

Head coach Sigi Schmid will hope Alessandrini and Sebastian Lletget have recovered from their respective injuries for Galaxy’s next two games, but he will be without Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos who are on World Cup duty with Mexico.

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich should also be available for selection after being snubbed by Sweden for the tournament.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Milos Markovic


Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia Sportske.net, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently Soccernews.com and Futbolgrad.com. His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.

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