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BY JONATHAN VERA CARSON, Calif.-- The last time Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy competed for a trophy, it was the 2009 MLS Cup FInal and RSL took the championship. History did not repeat itself on Sunday as this time they lost to the Galaxy on Sunday in a Western Conference final filled with missed opportunities. "We both created a bunch of chances and they were able to convert two more than we did," explained Captain Kyle Beckerman. "We created the chances and there were a number of saves that Saunders made. It just wasn't our night." For the most... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at Soccer By Ives
By JONATHAN VERA CARSON, Calif. – The Western Conference final second leg between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls certainly lived up to its much-anticipated hype. Aggression was high, tempers flared and drama unfolded after a quick start by the Red Bulls, but in the end, New York took the long plane ride home broken and defeated. Luke Rodgers set the tone early on. Immediately after scoring a shock goal in the fourth minute, he was booked after taking down David Beckham right after the restart. The mercurial New York striker soon after turned 20,000 fans against... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at Soccer By Ives
Photo by Michael Janosz/ By JONATHAN VERA CARSON, Calif. – Juan Pablo Angel may have been in a slump with the Los Angeles Galaxy earlier this season, but at Chivas USA the 35-year-old stiker has proven once again that he still has quality minutes left in his tank. Why are the Rojiblancos a better fit for Angel? "It's hard to tell," Angel said. "I participate a little more here in the game in places that I know I'm good at. I know what I've been doing in my career and it hasn't changed. And here, I am proving it again... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at Soccer By Ives
Photo by David Bernal/ By JONATHAN VERA When the 2011 MLS season began, veteran Zach Thornton had a hold on the starting goalkeeper job with Chivas USA. After some early struggles by Thornton, Dan Kennedy has taken over the starting role. “We didn’t see [Kennedy] that much in preseason because he was hurt,” said head coach Robin Fraser. “So we got a lot of looks at Zach.” In the two league games Thornton started, he faced combined total of six shots on target from Kansas City and Colorado. Of those shots, four found the net. During the Rojiblancos' match against... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Soccer By Ives
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