Los Angeles Soccer: Ellis McLoughlin

GALAXY: Davies debuts, injured in Reserve clash

June, 7, 2011
Another game, another central defender down with an injury.

This time it's newcomer Kyle Davies, signed last month off waivers from FC Dallas. He lasted just 16 minutes of the Galaxy's 3-0 MLS Reserve League loss Monday at San Jose, hobbling off because of an ankle injury in his debut for the club.

The good news: It doesn't appear to be severe. The Galaxy's backline depth has been tested considerably with starter Leonardo and backup Sean Alvarado out for the season because of torn anterior cruciate ligaments and Gregg Berhalter missing most of preseason and the first couple of months in the season because of a sprained knee.

Berhalter, also a Galaxy assistant coach, on Monday went 90 minutes for the first time since returning from his injury, signaling he's ready for first-team action. L.A.'s backline leader had played a half-hour in the previous reserve game, a month ago against Chivas USA, and has been on the 18-man game rosters the past six matches.

Goalkeeper Brian Perk made his Reserve League debut, and forward Adam Cristman, coming off a knee injury, returned to the field for the first time since that May 3 reserve game against Chivas.

ANOTHER LOSS: The defeat, on two first-half goals by Turkish trialist Sercan Guvenisik and another in second-half stoppage -- a 30-yard rocket to the upper corner -- by Ellis McLoughlin, left the Galaxy at the bottom of the West Division with a 0-3-0 record. They've surrendered three goals in all three losses.

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MLS Quick Look: San Jose Earthquakes

February, 7, 2011

The San Jose Earthquakes arrived Sunday for a week of training at Oxnard College, and they've got scrimmages planned against Chivas USA, the Galaxy and the Ventura County Fusion.

The Quakes meet Chivas on Monday afternoon at Home Depot Center Field 4, west of the main stadium. They'll face the Galaxy on Thursday at the HDC track and field stadium and take on the Premier Development League's Fusion on Friday at Oxnard College.

Here's a quick look at the Earthquakes:


The Galaxy's former No. 1 rival, before Chivas USA arrived and MLS's original Clash/Quakes hightailed it to Houston after the 2005 season. This model returned to MLS in 2008, with Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff (encouraged by super soccer fan/A's GM Billy Beane) putting up the money, former star center back John Doyle as GM and the return of coach Frank Yallop, who guided the previous Quakes to MLS titles in 2001 and 2003. They reached the playoffs last year, knocking off Eastern Conference champ New York to make it to the MLS Cup semifinals.


Yallop is no stranger to these parts. The English-born Canadian former defender was the Galaxy's head coach the last part of 2006 and during that wasted 2007 campaign, unfairly jettisoned afterward with the Quakes asking for his hand.

Yallop, who's one of the really good guys in MLS, spent 13 seasons with Ipswich Town, played in Tampa Bay in the first three MLS seasons, then worked for the Mutiny and then at D.C. United before taking over in San Jose in 2001. After three seasons and two MLS Cup titles, he became Canada's national team coach, a post he left for the Galaxy job after failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.


The closest thing San Jose has to a star is forward/midfielder Chris Wondolowski, who burst into everyone's consciousness last year (his sixth in MLS) with 18 goals, 10 of them in the final eight games, to swipe the Golden Boot from L.A.'s Edson Buddle on the final day of the season.

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