1. Gerrard has arrived, will join Galaxy training next week.
The Galaxy will introduce English midfielder Steven Gerrard at StubHub Center Saturday during its game against Toronto FC.
Gerrard, 35, arrived in Southern California during the weekend and his first day of formal training with the team is scheduled for next Tuesday. He may play in a friendly against Club America July 11. The Galaxy resumes league play July 17 against San Jose, which administered a 3-1 thumping at Stanford Stadium last weekend.
He is expected to play centrally with Juninho, with recent arrival Sebastian Lletget probably first-choice to take one of the wide slots. The other outside slot is for grabs between Stefan Ishizaki and Baggio Husidic. Another central option is Mika Vayrynen, who signed as a free agent in March and has started 10 of 16 games without registered a goal or assist.
2. Sporting KC chasing Marko Marin.
Sporting Kansas City president Robb Heinemann is probably the most active team executive on social media. He’s informed his fan base and the rest of the soccer world that one of SKC’s summer targets is Chelsea winger Marko Marin, who has played little since transferring from Werder Bremen three years ago.
Marin, 26, went out on loan to Sevilla and Fiorentina and most recently to Anderlecht, where he was a teammate of U.S. and Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan. Anderlecht declined to exercise an option that would converted the loan into a transfer. Marin is one of two players that Heinemann said would visit with SKC this week to discuss possible deals.
“That's mainly what we're looking for, someone who can bring some punch to the final third. We've got a number of central defenders that are in as well, but I think for me we need one more attacking piece and we think Marin could really be a good one for us.”
3. Galaxy road woes continue, but Omar is OK.
Losing in the Cali Clasico yet again -- this time by a 3-1 scoreline after taking an early lead -- at Stanford Stadium Saturday preserves the Galaxy’s winless road mark this season.
The defeat in the annual fireworks game between the teams dropped the Galaxy’s record in away games to 0-5-5. Only Columbus (0-4-4) and Chicago (0-5-2) have also failed to win a road game in 2015.
The Galaxy lost centerback Omar Gonzalez for the second half. A collision late in the first half with Quakes defender Clarence Goodson, who eventually scored the winning goal, prompted the Galaxy stuff to replace him at halftime with former Maryland teammate A.J. DeLaGarza. Goodson evaded Gyasi Zardes on a corner kick to head home a serve from Matias Perez Garcia for the winner.
According to a Galaxy spokesman, Gonzalez felt ill before the game but has recovered from his illness as well as the collision with Goodson. He left Los Angeles as scheduled Monday night to join up with the U.S. team, which is training in Nashville for a Gold Cup warmup game against Guatemala Friday.
4. Weekend rivalry games sell out, Wednesday and Friday games don’t.
When the weekend actually begins depends on your definition of same, but at least for MLS, selling out many rivalry games is still a Saturday and Sunday thing.
All three sellouts during Rivalry Week -- out of five games billed as such -- occurred during the weekend. On Sunday, Yankee Stadium was packed (48,047) for a 3-1 Red Bulls’ defeat of New York City FC, and for the 78th consecutive time Providence Park reverberated to a full house (21,114) as the Timbers overpowered the shorthanded Sounders. On Saturday, the Quakes again filled up Stanford Stadium (50,422) for their annual fireworks game against the Galaxy.
At an expanded BMO Field (capacity 30,000) on Wednesday, Toronto FC drew 24,985 fans to see a 3-1 defeat of Montreal; a midweek drive of between five and six hours (one-way) is a lot to ask, and the attendance would have easily filled the previous capacity of 22,591 prior to renovations.
A drive from Houston to Dallas takes about three and a half hours under decent conditions but Friday traffic snarls in those cities would significantly increase travel time. A pregame storm that pushed back the kickoff more than hour cut into the crowd of 15,037 that turned up to see a 2-0 FCD victory that snapped a six-game winless streak and ensured the El Capitan trophy will stay in Frisco.
5. Adi doubles up, as usual.
Timbers fans probably wish Fanendo Adi could be more consistent but scoring twice when he does score is a quirk they can probably tolerate.
For the third time this season and the seventh time in his MLS career, Adi hit a pair of goals as the Timbers pulverized archrival Seattle, 4-1, Sunday at Providence Park. After Darlington Nagbe ended his 2014 goal drought for Portland and Lamar Neagle equalized for the Sounders, Adi cashed in a pair of Nagbe feeds and the thus did the Timbers post their first MLS victory over Seattle in 20 months. His first goal broke the 1-1 tie in the 74th minute and he scored again two minutes later.
Of his team-high eight goals this season, Adi has rolled pairs three times. (Nobody else on the team has more than three.) Of his nine goals last year, the only single-game straggler came in a 3-2 loss to Toronto FC. So to sum up, just five of his 17 MLS goals have been singletons. On six other occasions he’s struck twice in the same game.