Monday, October 10, 2011
Robinson debuts as SuperClasico begins
By Scott French
CARSON -- Dasan Robinson finally got some game time for the Galaxy, going the full 90 in his first appearance, a 2-1 loss Monday to Chivas USA as SuperClasico week began with an MLS Reserve League match.
Robinson, who played in central defense, was acquired from Toronto FC in mid-September, but a groin strain has limited his availability.
“I was pretty excited,” he acknowledged after the game, played on the Galaxy's University Field 1 training ground at Home Depot Center. “I knew this was an opportunity to get some minutes playing for the team. ... I felt it went really well -- this game really helped me see the style the Galaxy plays and where I can fit in.”
Robinson, who can play in the middle or on the flank, was brought in to add experienced depth to a backline that's been beset by injuries, which has required several players to slog through a heavy stretch of games without break.
“Hopefully,” Robinson said, “I can contribute in some way the next couple of games.”
Next up is the real SuperClasico, on Sunday at HDC. The game means nothing to either team -- L.A. has clinched the Supporters' Shield as league champion, Chivas USA is out of postseason contention -- but, as always, is an important clash.
“You just never want to lose to Chivas,” said defender Omar Gonzalez, who did not play in the reserve game. “That's the main thing.”
QUICK GOALS: Chivas took charge Monday with second-half goals three minutes apart by Marcos Mondaini and, from Michael Lahoud's perfect cross, Victor Estupiņan. The victory sent the Goats (2-3-3) to fourth in the six-team West Division; the Galaxy (1-6-2) is last. Seattle (7-1-0) clinched the divisional title a couple of months ago.
Hector Jimenez scored the Galaxy goal in the 25th minute, finishing a fine feed by teen forward Jack McBean after intercepting a Blair Gavin pass at midfield to start a quick sequence.
WORTH NOTING: Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee suffered an injury to his right knee while battling Chivas goalkeeper Zach Thornton for the ball in the Goats' box in the 16th minute. No word yet on severity. ... Donovan Ricketts, who returned last week from a quad injury, went the full 90 in the nets for L.A. Frankie Hejduk, normally a right back, lined up on the left, and midfielder Chris Birchall stepped in at right back. ... Jorge Flores, a starter on the right side of midfield for much of the season, played at left back for Chivas, which also started former U.S. U-17 residency midfielder Marco Delgado, from West Covina. Two more academy players -- Ben Spencer and Eric Gonzalez -- also played for the Goats. ... The Galaxy used one academy player, bringing on Santa Monica's Javan Torre in the 80th minute.
Home Depot Center University Field 1 (Carson)
Galaxy 1, Chivas USA 2 LA -- Hector Jimenez (Jack McBean) 25
C -- Marcos Mondaini (Jorge Flores) 58
C -- Victor Estupiņan (Michael Lahoud, Mariano Trujillo) 61
Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts; Chris Birchall (Javan Torre, 80), Dustin McCarty (Michael Stephens, 66), Dasan Robinson, Frankie Hejduk; Hector Jimenez, Jovan Kirovski, Dan Keat, Mike Magee (Paolo Cardozo, 19); Adam Cristman (Chad Barrett, 46), Jack McBean (Miguel Lopez, 62). Unused subs: Brian Perk.
Chivas USA: Zach Thornton (Sergio Arias, 46); Mariano Trujillo, Andy Boyens, Zarek Valentin, Jorge Flores; Michael Lahoud, Blair Gavin, Marco Delgado (Eric Gonzalez, 80), Marcos Mondaini (Laurent Courtois, 66); Victor Estupiņan, Chris Cortez (Ben Spencer, 72). Unused subs: Esteban Rodriguez.