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
Teen star Villarreal rescues Galaxy with golazo
by Paul Kennedy, July 19th, 2012 1:29AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[VIDEO PICK] The Los Angeles Galaxy looked to be headed to defeat at the Vancouver Whitecaps after going two goals down in the first half hour, but it rallied for two goals in the last nine minutes to earn a 2-2 tie. David Beckham scored the first goal, but the second was scored by 18-year-old Jose Villareal, playing just second MLS game.

Villarreal, a homegrown signing, collected the ball on the right side of the penalty area, eluded Gershon Koffie and cut back before launching a shot with his left foot that beat Joe Cannon to the far post.

“He's been doing it week in and week out in training," said Beckham. "He works hard, he's a young kid, he likes to learn, and he listens to the older players.”

Villarreal joined the Galaxy academy program from 2011 Development Academy champion Pateadores last summer but wasn't eligible until July to play for the Galaxy in MLS action. Surgery to repair bilateral lower-leg compartment syndrome sidelined Villarreal in preseason.

"Bruce Arena just told me to go out there and 'do what you do,' just score,” Villarreal said in a postgame interview on KDOC's coverage. “I've been doing it in practice, and things have been going well for me. I'm happy about that.”

Villarreal's goal capped a wild finish to the game between the Western Conference contenders.

After Beckham cut the deficit to 2-1, the Caps had shots by Koffie and Scotsman Barry Robson hit the bar.



3 comments
  1. Jack Aldridge
    commented on: July 19, 2012 at 1:05 p.m.
    As a Whitecaps fan at the game, this was painful. The third such game this season where the Caps have gone ahead only to let the other team back into it.Congrats to your Villareal though. Well done lad.

  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: July 19, 2012 at 4:36 p.m.
    Villareal's goal was a "CRACKER" last night!!! Wow! The Galaxy 18 year old made a MASSIVE statement regarding what youngsters are out there! "Play the KIDS" Professional Soccer in America! Well done Jose...keep it going!

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: July 19, 2012 at 10:03 p.m.
    Villareal's movement prior to the shot was a breath of fresh air which rarely happens in MLS.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Business Reporter: Union teams up with Dogfish Head    
The Philadelphia Union will open a new destination beer garden with Dogfish Head Brewery at PPL ...
Columbus switches USL PRO affiliations    
The Columbus Crew will team up with the Austin Aztex to send players from its first ...
Lee Nguyen: Sitting back is not in Revs' DNA    
The New England Revolution tied an MLS record when it scored nine goals in its first ...
What They're Saying: Jerome Valcke    
"It is easy to destroy a reputation, it takes one second, it takes years to build ...
Champions League scenarios: 11 teams for five spots    
Eleven teams have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League, and 11 more teams, ...
Video Pick: Bend it like Uesato    
Our favorite free kick goal of the week comes from J-League 2, where Consadole Sapporo's Kazumasa ...
Breaking down the NCAA Division I women's quarterfinals    
The NCAA Division I Women's Tournament moves into the quarterfinals with three games on Friday and ...
A back-heel sombrero from Greek boy     
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Greek youth soccer, in a game between AO Ioannina and Agia Eleousa, delivers ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"Obviously they must be very sad with the result but when we lose against a team ...
Report: W-League champion Pali Blues are folding    
The LA Blues won W-League titles as the Pali Blues in 2009, 2009 and 2013 and ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives