He's mentioned in the headline. That's all on David Beckham
, who should sit out Thursday's D.C. United-Los
Angeles game (TV: ESPN2, 7 pm ET).
The Galaxy scraped out a 0-0 tie in Toronto Sunday despite being outshot, 14-2. It beat Pachuca, 2-1, in its SuperLiga opener July 24 despite being
bombarded, 23-9. It jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 20 minutes against FC Dallas last week in the SuperLiga and had to hang on for a 6-5 victory that pushed it into a semifinal against D.C.
United next Wednesday at Home Depot Center.
With this game and a date in New England Sunday, the Galaxy (3-5-5, 14 points) will hit the halfway point of its season. It has barely more than
one-half of the points of the team (Columbus, with 26) that would be the lowest-seeded playoff team. As June Carter
and Johnny Cash
sang so many years ago, "Time's a-wastin'."
Coach Frank Yallop
has plenty of injury concerns beyond that of a gimpy
English midfielder. Defenders Troy Roberts
(ankle) and Chris Albright
(hamstring) are out of this one, as is
midfielder Cobi Jones
(hip). Alan Gordon
, after scoring three goals in the SuperLiga without having played a minute
in MLS this season, struggled against TFC, and Carlos Pavon
replaced him in the 64th minute.
Somebody needs to lead the line and carve open space
for Landon Donovan
and left back Ante Jazic
to get into the attacking third. Yallop has designed a 4-3-3 system to
accommodate the talents of Donovan and Beckham and the team started that way against Toronto but sputtered badly. Maybe using Gordon and Pavon together up top or one of them with Edson Buddle
can kick-start the attack, and get Chris Klein
Yallop started the same 11 players
against TFC that ran all over FC Dallas and they barely tested a team missing six starters with an on-loan keeper who'd been signed three days before the game. It's time to try something else.
United thumped New England, 3-0, at Gillette Stadium Sunday without Christian Gomez
, who has since come off the injured list, and Fred,
who was suspended. A pair of goals by Luciano Emilio
, whose finishing has recently been augmented by some astutely
timed runs, has moved him atop the scoring charts alongside Eddie Johnson
with 12 goals.
Emilio's movement and timing will test Galaxy defender
, whose experience is helping rookie Ty Harden
handle the pro game somewhat better. The D.C. midfield is also
more attuned to supporting the attack and shielding the back line -- with four players rather than five -- than it was earlier in the season when head coach Tom
elected to change the system to a four-man back line.
Left back Marc Burch
has adapted so well that Soehn moved Josh Gros
to the right side, and Gros scored the first goal for the Revs. With Gomez and Fred available, as well as defender Greg Vanney
and Devon McTavish
in good form, Soehn will have more players available than he has in quite a while.
wrenched his back against New England after coming on as a sub so he might start this one on the bench as well. Among ailing international
midfielders he won't be alone.