Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Galaxy upends bumbling Wizards
by Ridge Mahoney, September 28th, 2007 11:36AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

Kansas City took the principle of squandering chances to the extreme Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium, and plunged both its short- and long-term prospects into doubt. With a record Arrowhead MLS crowd of 32,867 in attendance, the Wizards (10-11-6) could have picked up three valuable points in the standings and also built some momentum at the gate. Instead, the fans saw two Kansas City players sent off, Eddie Johnson and his mates flub numerous chances, and the Galaxy steal out of town with a 1-0 win courtesy of a Gavin Glinton header. Big crowd, big letdown.

Johnson hit the post and narrowly missed two other opportunities and Eloy Colombano fired into the side netting after rounding keeper Joe Cannon, who twice saved sharply on misdirected clearances by teammate Troy Roberts.

Cursed by bad luck with injuries and other factors many times this season, this time the Galaxy parlayed a few breaks into three points. It took one shot on goal and made it count.

Referee Baldomero Toledo handed out straight red cards to Jimmy Conrad and Davy Arnaud for studs-up tackles on Galaxy midfielder Pete Vagenas (what did he ever do to them to warrant such treatment?), and it was while playing 11 against 10 with Conrad out of the match Los Angeles (6-13-6) got its goal.

Mike Randolph, who started the game at left back and moved up to midfield when Ante Jazic entered the game after Conrad's ejection, hit a cross from the left flank that nicked off Kerry Zavagnin and looped into the goalmouth for Glinton to nod home. One of Conrad's strengths is clearing crosses and balls in the air, but in his absence Glinton found a seam.

Kansas City sits seventh in the overall standings with 36 points, five more than ninth-place Columbus, but must play D.C. United Oct. 5 without Conrad and Arnaud in its final home game, then closes out the season at New York and Dallas.

If it fails to win any of those final three games, two pursuing teams could edge it out of the playoff octet, including Los Angeles (24 points), which has five more games to play.

During the run-up to David Beckham's arrival, the odds he could spark a playoff push provoked great debate. His twisted knee all but killed off that talk, except within certain sections of the Galaxy organization directly controlled by Coach Frank Yallop.

If the Galaxy can win in Columbus Sunday, its postseason chances will still be scant, but the debate will rage anew.

Sept. 27 in Kansas City
Kansas City 0 Los Angeles 1.
Goal: Glinton (Randolph) 80.
Kansas City - Hartman, Jewsbury, Conrad, Garcia, Harrington, Arnaud, Marinelli, Zavagnin (John, 89), Burciaga Jr. (Watson, 85), Johnson, Colombano (Victorine, 65).
Los Angeles - Cannon, Klein, Harden, Roberts, Randolph, Martino (Jazic, 62), Tudela, Vagenas, Jones (Glinton, 71), Donovan, Gordon (Pavon, 77).
Yellow Card: Los Angeles - Harden 76.
Red Cards: Kansas City - Conrad 57, Arnaud 82.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo.
Att.: 32,867.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Mercy asked for Chandler after red card    
Timmy Chandler could be looking at an early Christmas as he was red carded in Eintracht ...
What They're Saying: Leonardo Santiago    
"We have the MLS rights throughout central and north Florida, so any discussion of another franchise ...
MLS Cup Countdown: 'Amazing night' expected    
Saturday's MLS Cup shapes up as one of the best in league history with arguably the ...
Coaching: New NSCAA course on LGBT Inclusion     
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has launched a free online course to help ...
What They're Saying: Don Garber    
"If you could wave a magic wand and not have to address things like: What do ...
MLS Moves: 'Caps re-sign Hurtado, renew 11 options     
A day after announcing it had declined the option on midfielder Pedro Morales, Vancouver finalized its ...
TV: Fox Sports will air MLS Cup in VR    
For the first time since its launch in 1996, MLS will not air its final on ...
Video Pick: Bundesliga goalkeeper bloopers    
As part of its annual advent calendar series, Bundesliga YouTube presents the Top 10 most "catastrophic" ...
U.S. Abroad: Bob Bradley to critics: 'Hit the road'    
With just one win and five points in seven games as Swansea City's manager, Bob Bradley ...
Soccer in December in Toronto -- who'd have thought?    
It may surprise a lot of people to realize that Seattle is farther north than Toronto. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives