Man United humbles Galaxy 7-0 before 86,432 fans

[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Manchester United showed it had no problem adapting to the system of new Dutch manager Louis van Gaal, pounding the LA Galaxy, 7-0, before 86,432 fans at the Rose Bowl. Both teams subbed liberally and most of the goals came late in the two halves, but the result demonstrated the enormous difference in the depths of the two clubs. Of the five EPL-MLS matchups, the best result for the home team was the Columbus Crew's 2-2 tie with Crystal Palace.

Wayne Rooney, 20-year-old Reece James and Ashley Young each had two goals for United, which was playing with three center backs in the same 3-4-1-2 formation van Gaal employed at the World Cup with the Netherlands. United got a big game from new Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, who tore apart the young Galaxy late in the game.

After the game, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena told reporters the game was a good lesson for his players.

"We’ve done this for a number of years against quality clubs," he said, "and have always been able to hang in a lot better than we did tonight, so I think it’s a good lesson for our team.”

Arena added that the game showed the difference between the United young players on the fringe of the first team and his youngsters.

“If they aspire to be top flight professionals" he said, "they see some of the top flight professionals and the way they conduct themselves on the field and speed of play. Our young players -- a number of our players -- still are not quality passers. And one thing you saw tonight, the passing by Manchester United was quick and crisp; it was of quality. We have too many players who are technically deficient right now, and it’s something they should learn. It’s also speed of thought. Quickness in moving, winning tackles, running off the ball … all the simple things we frequently talk about but unless you see it live and in real life it’s sometimes hard to have a picture of it, and they got a great picture of it tonight.”

Elsewhere ...

Daniel Paladini's tying goal in the 80th held up to earn the Crew a draw with Crystal Palace, which was playing the first of three games on its U.S. tour. Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter gave three Homegrown players -- midfielder Matt Walker, defenders Ross Friedman and Matt Wiet -- their debuts for the Crew.

Sporting Kansas City lost for the first time in four games against English Premier League clubs when the MLS champion dropped a 4-1 decision to English champion Manchester City. In other EPL-MLS matchups, Tottenham held off Toronto FC, 3-2, and Aston Villa beat FC Dallas, 2-0.

C.J. Sapong canceled out Argentine Bruno Zuculini's early goal for Manchester City, but Dedryck Boyata scored right before the end of the half to give City the lead it never relinquished.  Late goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and Nigerian teenager Kelechi Ihenacho sealed the win.

Tottenham beat on Andros Townsend's goal in the 85th minute. Toronto has come back from 2-0 down to tie the score on goals by Andrew Wiedeman and Homegrown signing Jordan Hamilton, recalled from the Wilmington Hammerheads, where he has been playing on loan since May.

-- Marco Borriello's goal in the 90th minute gave Roma 1-0 win over Liverpool in front of a sell-out crowd at Boston's Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, the Reds' sister club.

While van Gaal bemoaned the heavy travel that limited the time he had to work with his new team, Roma coach Rudi Garcia said he could live with the inconveniences of touring the United States.

"If we play in such tournaments, it means we're a big club," he said, "so I hope we play in these matches for a long time to come."

Roma is one of eight teams entered in the Guinness International Champions Cup that begins Thursday at another baseball park. AC Milan plays Olympiacos at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

-- Bayern Munich confirmed that its German World Cup champions, along with Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and Dante of Brazil, will join the squad in Portland for the AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Aug. 6 but will not be with the team for the match against Guadalajara six days earlier at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

-- Teenager Gideon Zelalem, who was raised in Maryland, was included in the Arsenal squad for the Gunners' match at New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

International Friendlies, This Week:
July 21 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Republic FC 0 West Bromwich (England) 1.
Att.: 7,461.
July 21 in Victoria, B.C.
Victoria Highlanders 1 Rangers (Scotland) 2
Att.: 5,735.
July 23 in Boston
Roma (Italy) 1 Liverpool (England) 0
Att.: 37,000.
July 23 in Ottawa, Ont.
Ottawa Fury 0 Rangers (Scotland) 1
Att.: 8,643.
July 23 in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Crew 2 Crystal Palace (England) 2
Att.: 10,011.
July 23 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas 0 Aston Villa (England) 2
July 23 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting KC 1 Man. City (England) 4
Att.: 18,484.
July 23 in Miami, Fla.
**Monaco (France) 4 Atletico Nacional (Colombia) 2
Att.: 15,102.
July 23 in Pasadena, Calif.
LA Galaxy vs. Man. United (England) 7
Att.: 86,432.
July 23 in Toronto
Toronto FC 2 Tottenham (England) 3.
Att.: 22,591.
July 24 in Flushing, N.Y.
*Olympiacos (Greece) vs. AC Milan (Italy)
July 25 in Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union vs. Crystal Palace (England)
July 25 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. West Bromwich (England)
July 26 in Harrison, N.J.
New York Red Bulls vs. Arsenal (England)
July 26 in Jacksonville, Fla.
D.C. United vs. Fulham (England)
July 26 in Houston
Houston Dynamo vs. Aston Villa (England)
July 26 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire vs. Tottenham (England)
July 26 in Denver
*Man. United (England) vs. Roma (Italy)
July 26 in Berkeley, Calif.
*Real Madrid (Spain) vs. Inter Milan (Italy)
July 27 in Chicago
*Liverpool (England) vs. Olympiacos (Greece)
July 27 in Pittsburgh
*Manchester City (England) vs. AC Milan (Italy)
July 27 in San Francisco

**San Jose Earthquakes vs. Atletico Madrid (Spain)

International Friendlies, Results:
July 15 in Oxnard, Calif.
Ventura County Fusion 3 Rangers (Scotland) 1
Att.: 1,500.
July 16 in Milwaukee
Guadalajara (Mexico) 1 Swansea City (Wales) 1
Att.: 31,237.
July 19 in Blaine, Minn.
Minnesota United 2 Swansea City (Wales) 0
Att.: 9,064.
July 19 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Republic FC 1 Rangers (Scotland) 2.
Att.: 8,000.
July 19 in Seattle
Seattle Sounders 3 Tottenham (England) 3
Att.: 55,349.

International Friendlies, On Deck:
July 28 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond Kickers vs. Crystal Palace (England)
July 29 in Landover, Md.
*Man. United (England) vs. Inter Milan (Italy)
July 29 in Dallas
*Real Madrid (Spain) vs. Roma (Italy)
July 30 in Bronx, N.Y.
*Liverpool (England) vs. Man. City (England)
July 31 in Harrison, N.J.
Bayern Munich (Germany) vs. Guadalajara (Mexico)
August 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
*Real Madrid (Spain) vs. Man. United (England)
August 2 in Philadelphia
*Inter Milan (Italy) vs.  Roma (Italy)
August 2 in Minneapolis, Minn.
*Olympiacos (Greece) vs. M­an. City (England)
August 2 in Charlotte, N.C.
*Liverpool (England) vs. AC Milan (Italy)
Aug. 4 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
*Guinness International Champions Cup Final
Aug. 6 in Portland, Ore.
MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich (Germany)
Aug. 6 in Houston
Guadalajara (Mexico) vs. AC Milan (Italy)
Aug. 12 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake vs. Tijuana (Mexico)
*Guinness International Champions Cup.
**Copa EuroAmericana.
13 comments about "Man United humbles Galaxy 7-0 before 86,432 fans".
  1. ROBERT BOND, July 24, 2014 at 8:27 a.m.

    you deleted my post on that yesterday about Bayern-did not know you guys even read the posts till then......

  2. Gus Keri, July 24, 2014 at 8:43 a.m.

    Two corrections: 1- Borriello didn't score Roma's goal against Liverpool. the ball played by Agger and touched Phillips before ending up in the net. It was an own goal. 2- The opening game of the Guinness International Champions Cup between AC Milan and Olympiacos will be in Toronto, not NYC.

  3. Alberto Mora, July 24, 2014 at 8:56 a.m.

    Good lesson not only for the players but mainly for the Coach, the USA coaches have a long way to learn.

  4. David Mont, July 24, 2014 at 10:33 a.m.

    Alberto Mora: this is the coach who took a huge underdog US team to the quarterfinal of the 2002 WC and outplayed Germany in that quarterfinal losing only to Hugh Dallas. Another US coach won the group at WC-10. It's not the coach, it's the players. Galaxy just doesn't have the players Man Utd does.

  5. BJ Genovese, July 24, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.

    Coach Arena, arent all those things that manu did well, things you are supposed to be teaching your players and picking your players for. No, MLS is quite content with the product they have right now. They show it in there academies and are very unwilling to pick technical players over strong MLS style players that can bang up and down the field and knock around to get wows out of rabid outcast fans that are looking for a good drumbeat...

  6. Andrea Hana, July 24, 2014 at 3:14 p.m.

    Man, Galaxy SUCKED! Couldn't even score a goal, much less pull a tie!

  7. Winston Reyes, July 24, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.

    the coachs are second rate in the MLS,ManU didn't make the UEFA

  8. Alberto Mora, July 25, 2014 at 9:50 a.m.

    David Mozeshtam: My critic is for all domestic US coaches that don't have a clue in how futbol has to coached including Arena of course, don't try to educate me about his record (no bad for a hockey coach). The point is that thru the years exist a rejection to foreign born coaches unless they are English and they are not good either. The Best European Coaching Schools are the Dutch and the German,the Manchester United coach is Dutch and I'm attended that school.

  9. beautiful game, July 25, 2014 at 10:13 a.m.

    Speed of thought, technical efficacy, presence, recognition and delivery; all compressed into 'time and space". The better players do it, the mediocre ones don't. These qualities are visible at the U-10 and up, problem is, safety first coaching mentality deteriorates player development.

  10. Albert Harris, July 25, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.

    Just to inject some facts into the discussion. Last years wage bill for Man U. was over 300 million dollars as opposed to the Galaxy's 15 million. Could this possibly have anything to do with the disparity in player skills? Just a thought.

  11. beautiful game, July 26, 2014 at 9:22 a.m.

    A.H. What's your point. Of course money talks; but the U.S. development system is not working.

  12. Albert Harris, July 26, 2014 at 9:36 a.m.

    I w: My point was mainly aimed at the folks fulminating about Arena being a poor coach. There are better coaches than Bruce of course and a lot worse, but coaches can only work with what they're given on the professional level, and a 20 to 1 disparity in wages just gives an idea of the resources available to MLS coaches. I have no problem at all with your comments about technique, et al, and about safety first coaching, particularly at the development level. I would hope we would look more to the German or Spanish training models than the "muscular" British take on the game that's dominated the youth soccer model for the past generation.

  13. G O, July 26, 2014 at 12:55 p.m.

    Mr. Harris, I would say that the money sums are relative. We all know that player salaries in the EPL, La Liga, Serie A etc are grossly out of proportion with the actual skill, self discipline, dedication, and overall very key professionalism of MOST (not all) players. Now, that stated, I am not for salary caps. I am a "Let the market decide" believer. But a player with the Galaxy earning $240,000 per year with some bonuses that might kick in with MLS successes, CONCACAF Champions League qualification, national cup advancement, etc. lives pretty good in our society. That's a lot of money for a 27 or 28 year old to have the chance to earn ... for just playing a sport that is really the realm of the stage of life we call youth. If a Galaxy player has a season salary of $178,000 that places him in the top 1% earners for his age bracket in life, an elite person, if you will. So: I don't really agree with your assertion. Some Colombian, Chilean, and Costa Rican players at this recent World Cup just showed that salary disparities are not what divides good, mediocre, and more superlative play(ers).

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