Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Blanco outshines Beckham, so does Rolfe
September 26th, 2008 10AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] The league's two biggest foreign stars faced off when the Los Angeles Galaxy traveled to Chicago, and in front of a sellout crowd of 20,156, Cuauhtemoc Blanco stole the show from David Beckham in a 3-1 Fire win. Blanco was involved in the passing sequences that led to both of Chris Rolfe's goals and the Mexican scored one himself in between.

Rolfe opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a well-placed left-footed shot from 18 yards out, signaling that Chicago was ready to bounce back from last weekend's 4-1 loss to Dallas.

Los Angeles, which broke its 12-game unbeaten streak last weekend with a 5-2 win over D.C. United and is hoping to avoid a third-straight absence from the playoffs, equalized in the 35th minute. League-leading scorer Landon Donovan sent Chris Klein down the wing with a nice looping pass and Eddie Lewis clipped Klein's cross into the goal with his left foot.

Blanco, the second biggest fan draw in MLS after Beckham, exploited the blundering of Galaxy keeper Josh Wicks and defender Troy Roberts to score in the 57th minute. The 35-year-old Blanco outpaced Roberts, 25, as they raced toward a through ball from Rolfe. When Wicks failed to handle the ball 15 yards outside his penalty area and Roberts fell to the ground, Blanco hurdled Roberts and stroked the ball into an empty net from 25 yards out.

Two minutes later, Blanco received a pass at midfield and relayed it to Gonzalo Segares with a clever back-heel pass. Segares sent the ball to the streaking Rolfe, whose 18-yard shot deflected of Wicks' right hand and into the goal. It was Rolfe's sixth goal of the season.

Donovan, who has scored 19 goals this season, squandered a golden chance in the 71st minute when he volleyed over the net from seven yards.

The win improved Chicago's record to 12-9-5 and keeps it in third place in the East, six points ahead of the New York Red Bulls.

The Galaxy (7-11-8) is tied for last place in the West on 29 points with San Jose, which has two games in hand.

"We played really well the other day and the confidence maybe was too high going into this game," Beckham said. "We need to pick ourselves up from this because we're running out of games now. We just need to start winning games, that's the biggest thing. It's easier said than done at the moment."

Blanco now has 5 goals and 8 assists for the Fire. Beckham has 5 goals and 9 assists for the Galaxy.

The pair joined MLS in 2007 as under the new Designated Player rule, which allows club owners to sign players for salaries above the league limit. Blanco's MLS career totals are: 37 games, 9 goals, 15 assists; Beckham: 28 games, 5 goals, 11 assists.

The game marked Chicago's the second sellout of the season at Toyota Park.

GAME SUMMARY
Chicago 3 Los Angeles 1.
Goals: Rolfe (Thorrington) 13, Blanco 57, Rolfe (Segares 2, Blanco) 59; Lewis (Klein, Donovan) 35.
Los Angeles -- Wicks, Klein, Franklin, Roberts, Jazic, Beckham, Donovan Vanney (McDonald, 80), Lewis, Gordon (Vagenas, 63), Buddle (Jordan, 77).
Chicago -- Busch, Prideaux, Conde, Soumare, Segares, Mapp (Banner, 79), Thorrington, Blanco (Gutierrez, 89), Pause, Rolfe (King, 84), McBride.
Yellow cards: Chicago -- Soumare 72; Los Angeles -- McDonald 88, Roberts 90.
Referee: Alex Prus
Att.: 20,156

 



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Fire goes out with late win over Houston    
[MLS: Friday] Frenchman Florent Sinama-Pongolle made sure Chicago did not finish the MLS season with another ...
James' skills highlight Real Madrid pre-clasico practice    
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] The Real Madrid-Barcelona clasico delivers entertainment even before kickoff. Here's a 40-second peek ...
What They're Saying: Luis Suarez    
"Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out ...
Ft. Lauderdale is ready for challenge against red-hot Eddies    
[NASL: Week 16] Minnesota United FC and the 2013 champion New York Cosmos played to a ...
Finlay signs new deal with Columbus    
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] For helping drive Columbus into the playoffs after a two-year absence, midfielder Ethan Finlay ...
Referee suspended after felony arrest on fraud charges    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Referee Jose Carlos Rivero, who has worked 17 MLS matches in 2014, has been ...
Wambach nominated for Women's Player of the Year    
[AWARDS] Abby Wambach, who leads the U.S. women with 10 goals but was limited to just ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Thursday] Seyi Adekoya teamed up with fellow freshman Chase Gasper to break a 1-1 tie ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"None of this is personal. Some things could have been phrased differently because the actual opinions ...
AEG antes up at StubHub Center    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The LA Galaxy's owner, AEG, will invest over $15 million to improve facilities and ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives