Landon Donovan’s 88th minute equalizer allowed LA to split the spoils with Toronto (2-2) and thanks to the away goals rule it also gave his squad the slightest advantage in this CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals match up.
It was a tremendous evening as over 47,000 fans created an overwhelming atmosphere at the Rogers Centre, but it was a similar story in Toronto. Incredible support from the TFC fans who walk away yet again with little to smile about.
It all seemed so different early on as after just 11 minutes in Ryan Johnson’s well measured volley punished the Galaxy defense for making a complete mess of a Torsten Frings corner kick.
An upset looked to be in the making just seven minutes later when rookie Luis Silva brilliantly measured his header from the top of the 18, as the Galaxy failed to deal with another high ball sent into the box.
One could only wonder how different the first 20 minutes might have been if Omar Gonzalez was marshaling the Galaxy back-line, but Joao Plata was running the Galaxy ragged down the left while Frings was carrying the ball out of the back to keep possession for the home side.
Despite going down two goals, the Galaxy always looked positive going forward. Edson Buddle and Robbie Keane looked dangerous in their movement up top. Buddle in particular had some deft touches in combination which led to chances for his strike partner.no comments
In addition to bringing in an increasing number of proven players, MLS teams are becoming better at developing young stars on their own. Between the addition of Homegrown signings, the “Young-DP” salary cap relief, and improved scouting operations, more young players are making an impact around the league than ever before. Though a long list of youngsters could be highlighted for their bright futures, a few players stand out as they will be particularly intriguing to follow this season.
With First Kick drawing closer, this continuation of the "Five-to-Watch" series will profile five young players who will be looking to break through to stardom in 2012.
5. Luis Gil (18-years-old), Attacking Midfielder, Real Salt Lake
Though this past off-season may not be remembered for big name "celebrity" player signings, a number of proven players have joined the league, and are likely to make big contributions to their new clubs in 2012. Though dozens of quality players signed MLS contracts since last December, several stand out as especially significant additions.
Below is a guide to the top five newcomers I believe will make the biggest impact in 2012.
It was an eventful weekend for Americans Abroad as multiple Yanks found the back of net. Check out all the highlights below...
Clint Dempsey scored twice in Fulham's 5-0 thrashing of Wolves at Craven Cottage. Dempsey's brace ups his goal-scoring tally to 18 goalasos across all competitions.
Check out Clint's 2nd goal vs. Wolves and more highlights after the break....
The US U-23 Men’s National Team capped off their final training camp before Olympic qualifying with a 2-0 win against Mexico’s U-23 squad Wednesday night at FC Dallas Stadium. With goals from Juan Agudelo and Mix Diskerud the Olympic hopefuls put together a complete 90-minute performance to claim supremacy over their well established CONCACAF rival.
US coach Caleb Porter selected a squad consistent with the lineup he has used in previous friendlies with the core of the team remaining in tact. Opara, Sarkodie, Kitchen and Valentin made up the back four while Adu, Diskerud, Joe Corona, Juan Agudelo, Joe Gyau and Alfredo Morales rounded out the starting eleven.
A 4-3-3 formation was deployed by the US, which troubled the young Mexicans who looked a step slow throughout the match. The Yanks dominated possession and play, especially in the first half where the US scored two goals 1 minute apart. There were strong performances throughout the park from the US U-23s, as Wednesday was a night were the players seemed to enjoy the beautiful game and could do no wrong.
Impressive showings from Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud in the middle of the pitch helped set things up for the dynamic front-man Juan Agudelo and wingers Freddy Adu and Joe Gyau. Adu and Agudelo both played with distinction and used a combination of youth and experience to impose their force on the match. Recent experiences playing for the senior side has helped both these players grow tremendously.
On the opposite end of the pitch the US back four continue to look strong no matter who’s playing in goal. However, this is not an indication of the Americans weakness in goal, as the goalie position is probably the Yanks strongest spot on the pitch. Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson continue to give Caleb Porter a selection headache. Both young guns played a near perfect half of football Wednesday night to add to Porter's upcoming nightmare selection of who to start in qualifying. Their play during these qualifying matches should give Porter a final idea on who the US number one will be if the squad makes it to London.