GALAXY: Jimenez is OK, Gaul isn't
June, 1, 2012
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
The Galaxy got some very good news after examining Hector Jimenez's left knee. The word on Bryan Gaul wasn't so positive.
Jimenez, who had to be carried off the field after he was hurt near the end of the first half in Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup loss to the second-division Carolina RailHawks, will be listed as questionable on the Galaxy's injury report with a hematoma at the quadriceps above the knee.
Gaul sustained a broken bone below his right eye during an aerial battle in the second half of the game in Cary, N.C. There is no timeline for his return.
Jimenez, making just his fourth first-team start, was taken down by a RailHawks player in the 41st minute and had to be helped off the field by Galaxy trainer Armando Rivas and RailHawks midfielder Amir Lowery. Jimenez was unable to place weight on his left leg, sparking concern that he had suffered a major knee injury.
He had started the play that led to Pat Noonan's goal just three minutes earlier, intercepting an Austen King pass and feeding Chad Barrett on the right flank. Noonan scored from Barrett's cross to give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead.
Gaul, a rookie defender, was hit in the face while jumping for a ball in the Galaxy's box in the 66th minute. He was making his third successive start for L.A. and fourth of the season.
Jimenez, a second-year midfielder from Bell Gardens, made his first MLS appearance this season in the loss eight days ago to San Jose. He scored his first league goal in the third minute but was red-carded for a rash challenge 14 minutes into the second half and was suspended two games. He's to serve the second game of that suspension when L.A. returns to action June 17 against Portland at Home Depot Center.
The Galaxy also have lost midfielders Mike Magee and Michael Stephens for the game against the Timbers. They were fined and suspended by MLS's disciplinary committee for infractions in last weekend's loss at Houston.
WORTH NOTING: The Galaxy's MLS Reserve League game Saturday night at Portland will be webcast on the Timbers' website. ... Rumors of Ronaldinho's arrival in MLS are again on the front foot after his contract with Brazilian power Flamengo was terminated. The 32-year-old Brazilian superstar was linked with the Galaxy in media reports the past two seasons. ... L.A. has lost its Open Cup opener three times, also falling in 2004 to second-division Minnesota Thunder in the fourth round and in 2007 to second-division Richmond Kickers in the third round. The Galaxy won two qualifying games before the '07 loss, and they failed to reach the 2008 and 2009 tournaments, dropping qualifying openers to Colorado. ... The Galaxy are 22-12-1 (with a win on penalties) all-time in the Cup, 12-3-0 against lower-division teams, and 2-1-1 (with a loss on penalties) in MLS qualifiers. Since reaching the 2006 final, which the Chicago Fire won, L.A. is 2-5-0 in the tournament, with both wins against lower-level clubs (second-division AC St. Louis in 2010, third-division L.A. Blues last year). ... David Beckham is in the U.K., where he will be honored at England's game Saturday against Belgium at Wembley. ... Houston's Tally Hall was up for MLS Save of the Week, but did not win, for a stop on a Beckham free kick.