Sunday, March 4, 2012
GALAXY: Another trophy for L.A.
By Scott French
The goal, Bruce Arena was saying earlier in preseason preparations, is to win every trophy the Galaxy competes for in 2012: MLS Cup, Supporters' Shield, CONCACAF Champions Cup, U.S. Open Cup.
They claimed a different one Saturday night in Tucson, winning the four-team Desert Diamond Cup exhibition event by beating the New England Revolution on penalties.
Brian Perk, playing for the first time this preseason, made two stops in the shootout and Marcelo Sarvas made the decisive kick to give L.A. a 4-2 triumph after 90 scoreless minutes.
Arena used a mixture of first-choice players and reserves, with Best XI left back Todd Dunivant, central midfielders Sarvas and Juninho, and forward Chad Barrett -- making his first start and second appearance since returning from a dislocated foot -- representing experience. New England countered with a starting side that was unable to find the net, just the second shutout the Galaxy has posted in nine preseason matches.
Perk, who missed most of preseason because of an injury suffered while with the U.S. under-23 national team in January, stopped Ryan Guy on New England's first penalty and Benny Feilhaber with the last. Paolo Cardozo, Hector Jimenez and rookie Kenney Walker -- still unsigned -- converted before Sarvas' winner.
The Galaxy end preseason with a 3-5-1 record (2-5-1 against Major League Soccer opposition). They were outscored, 17-16, but seven of their goals came in their opener, a rout of third-tier USL Pro club L.A. Blues. Adam Cristman, who did not play Saturday, led the team with three goals and three assists.
The Galaxy were set to return late Saturday night to Los Angeles, train in the morning at Home Depot Center, then depart Monday for Toronto, where they'll open the season Wednesday in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg.
WORTH NOTING: Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy's opening-day foe (March 10 at Home Depot Center) won the consolation title, beating New York, 1-0, on Chris Wingert's 28th-minute goal. … Vancouver claimed the Disney Pro Soccer Classic title in Orlando, Fla., beating Toronto FC, 1-0, in the final of the eight-team tournament. Camilo scored the goal. … Two other preseason tournaments of note: D.C. United won the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, S.C.; Saturday's final games were washed out by heavy storms. AIK, from Sweden, is atop the Portland Timbers' tournament standings heading into tomorrow's round-robin finales.
DESERT DIAMOND CUP
Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium (Tucson, Ariz.)
Galaxy 0, New England 0
(Galaxy wins title on penalties, 4-2)
Galaxy: Brian Perk; Dan Keat (Justin Davies, 64), Tommy Meyer, Brian Gaul, Todd Dunivant (J.T. Murray, 46); Michael Stephens, Juninho (Kenney Walker, 69), Marcelo Sarvas, Pat Noonan (Paolo Cardozo, 66); Chad Barrett (Hector Jimenez, 61), Jack McBean.
New England: Matt Reis; Kevin Alston, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares (John Lozano, 46), Chris Tierney (Darrius Barnes, 46); Kelyn Rowe (Ryan Guy, 79), Clyde Simms (Austin da Luz, 71), Shalrie Joseph, Benny Feilhaber; Säer Sene, Blake Brettschneider (Fernando Cardenas, 66).
Penalties: Galaxy -- Cardozo G, Stephens saved, Jimenez G, Walker G, Sarvas G; New England -- Guy saved, Reis G, Joseph G, Feilhaber saved.
Yellow cards: Joseph 46+.
Referee: Kevin Stott. Att.: NA.
Record: 3-5-1; vs. MLS: 2-5-1
Feb. 3 vs. L.A. Blues (USL Pro): W, 7-2 (Sarvas pen. 12, Dunivant 29, Cristman 36, 45, Cardozo 42, McBean 63, Nakazawa pen. 85)
Feb. 7 vs. Portland: L ,1-4 (Keat 80)
Feb. 10 vs. Houston: L, 0-1
Feb. 14 vs. Montreal: L, 0-3
Feb. 16 vs. Chivas USA: W, 3-2 (Noonan 21, Cristman 31, Keat 40)
Feb. 22 vs. New England: L, 2-3 (Buddle 31, Magee 38)
Feb. 25 vs. Real Salt Lake: W, 2-0 (Cardozo 80, Magee 86)
Feb. 29 vs. New York: L, 1-2 (Sarvas 78)
March 3 vs. New England: T, 0-0 (win on penalties, 4-2)