Los Angeles Soccer: Sercan Guvenisik
More significant, perhaps, was Hector Jimenez's performance in a new position.
The second-year winger from Bell Gardens was terrific as right back, teaming with Michael Stephens on the flank as L.A. dictated terms nearly the entire match before settling for a 1-1 draw on the Galaxy's training field at Home Depot Center.
Jimenez, who would be playing decent first-team time with a lot of Major League Soccer clubs but is caught behind L.A.'s deep, veteran midfield core, said he'd played as an outside back “toward the end of last year in a reserve game for a few minutes” but that this was otherwise a debut.
“I felt good,” he said. “I thought offensively I got involved a lot, it's just the defensive part, where I need to get used to checking the [restraining] line and stuff like that, but I thought I played good for the 90 minutes.”
Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo, who runs the reserve side, agreed.
“The interesting thing sometimes in sport is when through injury and that sort of stuff you end up shifting things around, and sometimes all of a sudden something pops up that maybe you haven't seen. And I think that's the case.
“If you look at his game and you compare it to when he plays in midfield, he had just as much an influence going forward -- or maybe even more. The combination of Mikey Stephens coming inside and [Jimenez] overlapping, I thought was good. Would have liked to see more goals from it. It was a game where we possessed and had really the majority of possession, the majority of play. It's a game where you think you're going to get three points from.”
The New England Revolution thought so much of Kelyn Rowe, they thought they'd won the SuperDraft when they snagged him with the No. 3 overall selection earlier this month.
Maybe they did.
Rowe, who signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS after his sophomore season at UCLA, enjoyed a sensational debut in the Revs' preseason opener Saturday night in Casa Grande, Ariz. His cross set up Sainey Nyassi's 38th-minute goal to start a 2-1 victory over Premier Development League side FC Tucson.
Rowe's service from the flank was outstanding all game, and the opportunity to play -- in two 35-minute periods that opened the 115-minute game -- provided a real introduction to the MLS game.
“It was definitely hard,” Rowe, who started the match, told the league's website. “We’re playing with a bunch of new guys, we haven’t played together that much, this is the first time the starting lineup played together. So the first 35, we just kind of got used to each other, found spacing in between, and you saw it work together in the second half. I’ve been working on my crossing, and definitely it’s been something I’ve showed that I can do well here.”
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.
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.