LA Galaxy unbeaten in 6 games, tie Earthquakes 0-0

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — David Bingham made two saves to help the LA Galaxy to a scoreless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night.

The Galaxy (4-3-3) stretched their unbeaten streak to six but had their four-match win streak snapped. Los Angeles has outscored opponents 11-4 during the stretch.

San Jose (2-4-4) hasn’t won since returning from the MLS is Back tournament, losing three of five matches, including a 7-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Thursday night.

Andy Rios’ goal in the 89th minute for San Jose was called back due to offsides. Jackson Yueill had a clear shot in the 34th from inside the 18-yard box, but Bingham deflected the ball away. Guram Kashia had the Earthquakes’ only other shot on target.

Daniel Vega made two saves for the Earthquakes. Vega stopped Sebastian Lletget’s near-post header from the center of the 6-yard box. Lletget scored twice in the Galaxy’s 3-0 over Los Angeles FC on Sept. 6.

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LAFC snaps out of two-game losing skid with win over Portland

  • Los Angeles FC midfielder Brian Rodriguez #17 fights for the ball against Portland Timbers defender Jorge Villafana #4 during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Danny Musovski #16 battles Portland Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson #30 during the second half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Los Angeles FC forward Danny Musovski #16 reacts after scoring a goal against the Portland Timbers during the second half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Danny Musovski #16 reacts after scoring a goal against the Portland Timbers during the second half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi #9] brings the ball up the field against Portland Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson #30 during the second half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC defender Eddie Segura #4 brings the ball up the field against Portland Timbers forward Jaroslaw Niezgoda #11 during the second half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC defender Andy Najar #24 moves the ball up the pitch during the second half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Bradley Wright-Phillips #66, Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri #8, Los Angeles FC defender Diego Palacios #12 and teammate midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye #14 take a knee before the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC midfielder Brian Rodriguez #17 takes on Portland Timbers defender Pablo Bonilla #28 and midfielder Eryk Williamson #30 during the second half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega #23 makes a save against the Portland Timbers during the second half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Bradley Wright-Phillips #66 goes up for a header against Portland Timbers defender Dario Zuparic #13 during the second half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese # looks on during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Danny Musovski #16 makes a goal against the Portland Timbers during the second half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC head coach Bob Bradley looks on during the second half of a Major League Soccer match against the Portland Timbers at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. Los Angeles FC defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC defender Diego Palacios #12 headers the ball against a Portland Timbers defender during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Latif Blessing #7 fights for header against Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria #44 during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Bradley Wright-Phillips #66 takes a shot on goal against the Portland Timbers during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC midfielder Jose Cifuentes #11 look for an open teammate against Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria #44 during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi #9 gets tangled up with Portland Timbers defender Julio Cascante #18 during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye #14 vie for the ball against Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria #44 during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye #14 gives a thumbs up to his bench after scoring a goal against the Portland Timbers during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles FC midfielder Francisco Ginella #8 battles against a Portland Timbers defender during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday September 13, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

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After a wild first half that saw five goals scored in 20 minutes, the Los Angeles Football Club had to buckle down against the Portland Timbers in the second.

That’s just what it did and finally after Danny Musovski’s goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time, LAFC (4-4-3, 15 points) was able to exhale and celebrate a 4-2 victory at Banc of California Stadium.

The win snapped a two-game losing skid that saw LAFC get shut out in both games (Galaxy and Real Salt Lake).

The win moves LAFC into a tie fourth place in the Western Conference with the Galaxy.

“First and foremost, I’m really happy for the players,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley said. “When you go through a little bit of adversary, you have to find ways to play out of it. In the first 20-25 minutes, you can see the tempo of the passing pick up balls moving quickly, the right number of touches.

“I liked the fact that at halftime we regrouped quickly. And then in the second half we didn’t give up a goal. That’s important for us as we continue to try to just regain confidence. And then we finished it off with a good goal at the end.”

It was a crazy first half that saw LAFC go into halftime with a 3-2 lead.

After falling behind in the 20th minute, LAFC scored three consecutive goals from Mark-Anthony Kaye (37th minute), Diego Rossi (41st) and Bradley Wright-Phillips in the first minute of stoppage time for what appeared to be a safe 3-1 lead.

In the final minute of stoppage time, Portland got a goal back as Jeremy Ebobisse scored on a header that was perfectly placed over the outstretched arm of LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega to make it 3-2.

That’s where the game remained until Musovski scored to put the game away.

“I mean, I think Bob (Bradley) said it. We just need to play through it,” Musovski said. “That’s the only thing we can do. We were in a bit of a rough stretch and we just want to bounce back. The only way you can do that is game-by-game. So that’s the only thing we can do and I think we did a good job of that today.”

Eduard Atuesta entered the game as a sub in the 80th minute. It was first action since July 23. He had been sidelined due to a knee injury suffered in the MLS is Back Tournament, when the teams played to a 2-2 draw.

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Galaxy extends win streak to 3 by knocking off Timbers

PORTLAND, Ore. -— Cristian Pavon scored his fifth goal of the season and the L.A. Galaxy defeated the Portland Timbers 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Efrain Alvarez and Joe Corona also scored for the Galaxy, who have won three straight.

Portland’s Diego Valeri scored in stoppage time, becoming only the third player in MLS history to reach 80 career goals and 80 assists.

The Galaxy were knocked out of this summer’s MLS is Back tournament in the group stage, but beat both LAFC and San Jose after the league returned to play in local markets.

After winning the MLS is Back tournament title, the Timbers lost to rival Seattle then played to a 4-4 draw to Real Salt Lake last weekend.

Because of the condensed schedule, the Timbers had their regular starters on the bench.

That paved the way for goalkeeper Jeff Attinella to make his first start since shoulder surgery last year.

The Galaxy went ahead in the 15th minute when 18-year-old Alvarez scored his first MLS goal in his first start of the season. Pavon added his goal in the 50th.

Felipe Mora closed the gap for the Timbers with a goal in the 67th minute, but Corona answered for the Galaxy less than five minute later.

Jeremy Ebobisse appeared to score for Portland on a header in the 80th minute, but it was flagged as offside and video review did not overturn the close call.

Valeri scored his 80th career goal as Portland scrambled to overcome the deficit. Valeri also has 83 assists. The only two other MLS players to reach the 80-80 mark are Landon Donovan and Jaime Moreno.

The Timbers won the last meeting between the teams 2-1 at the MLS is Back tournament.

The Galaxy were still without Javier Hernandez, better known as Chicharito, who has been out since mid-July because of a calf injury. Coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said this week he believes Chicharito will return soon.

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Jordan Morris scores twice, Sounders return home and top LAFC

SEATTLE (AP) — Jordan Morris scored two goals less than a minute apart early in the second half, and Seattle rolled past Los Angeles FC 3-1 on Sunday night in the Sounders first home match in 5½ months.

Playing in an eerily empty CenturyLink Field, Morris scored 59 seconds apart in the opening moments of the second half as Seattle gained a bit of revenge after LAFC’s 4-1 thumping of the Sounders during the MLS is Back tournament in Florida.

In the past, two goals that close together would have sent Seattle’s home crowd into a frenzy. But it was instead met with a murmur of piped-in crowd noise as the stadium is expected to remain empty for the rest of the MLS season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think everyone is obviously missing the fans. but it was still nice to be back playing at home,” Morris said. “We’ve obviously never played without fans before but we still feel like this is our home stadium and we feel very confident but of course we miss the fans and we feel their support from afar.”

It was a decidedly un-Seattle atmosphere for the Sounders’ first home match since March 7. Instead of the normal, with nearly 40,000 fans in attendance, some of the lower bowl seats were replaced by tarps with advertisements.

“The Brougham End,” where Seattle’s most rabid fans of the “Emerald City Supporters” normally stand and chant the entire 90 minutes, was replaced by a smattering of banners, including a large “Black Lives Matter,” banner directly behind the goal.

“It’s different without fans. But for what we had to work with, or what we’re dealing with with this COVID-19, I thought it was good. It was a good start,” Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said.

It was at that end of the stadium where Morris scored his two goals. On the first, Morris collected a long pass from Nicolas Lodeiro and dribbled around LAFC goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer, who was late coming out from goal. Morris finished easily into the open net.

Moments after restarting, Seattle’s João Paulo sent a cross into the box and Morris was unmarked, giving Seattle a 3-0 lead.

Raúl Ruidíaz scored in the first half with a stunning 35-yard left-footed shot that caught Vermeer by surprise and out of position. Ruidíaz was subbed off at halftime for precautionary reasons due to a heel contusion.

Diego Rossi scored in the 60th minute but LAFC lost consecutive matches for the first time since the 2018 season. It was the first match for LAFC since learning league MVP Carlos Vela is out indefinitely with a left knee injury.

“(It’s) a tough stretch for us and you can just see with so many guys confidence, mentality, and performance, things we’ve got to find a way to get back,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley said.

Both teams had midweek matches postponed after players made a collective statement against racial injustice.

The Sounders last home match in early March came as the COVID-19 pandemic was in its initial outbreak in the United States and with the Seattle region as the epicenter. The Sounders played to a 1-1 draw with Columbus before an announced crowd of 33,080. It was the smallest crowd for a Sounders home match since its inaugural season of 2009.

At the time, there had been 16 deaths and 102 diagnosed coronavirus cases in Washington state. Now, there have been more than 74,000 confirmed cases and 1,900 deaths attributed to the virus in the state, according to the Washington Department of Health.

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Alexander: A resounding, dominant result for LAFC

  • Los Angeles FC forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (66) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the LA Galaxy, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • LA Galaxy forward Cristian Pavon, center, attempts to shoot on goal as Los Angeles FC defender Eddie Segura, left, defends during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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  • LA Galaxy forward Cristian Pavon, center, is congratulated by midfielders Sebastian Lletget (17) and Emil Cuello (27) after scoring on a penalty kick during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Los Angeles FC, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles FC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega argues a call by an official during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the LA Galaxy, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • LA Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher, right, kicks the ball in front of Los Angeles FC defender Diego Palacios (12) during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • LA Galaxy forward Cristian Pavon, center, is congratulated by midfielders Sebastian Lletget (17) and Emil Cuello (27) after scoring on a penalty kick during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the Los Angeles FC, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget (17) competes for the ball with Los Angeles FC midfielder Eduard Atuesta (20) and defender Eddie Segura (4) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi (9) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the LA Galaxy, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles FC defender Dejan Jakovic (5) and LA Galaxy forward Cristian Pavon compete for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • LA Galaxy midfielder Joe Corona (15) flies through the air after being separated from the ball by Los Angeles FC defender Dejan Jakovic (5) during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (66) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the LA Galaxy, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • LA Galaxy midfielder Joe Corona (15) wins a header in front of Los Angeles FC forward Latif Blessing (7) during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, back, scores a goal past LA Galaxy defender Giancarlo Gonzalez during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • LA Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham (1) reacts after giving up a goal to Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi during the second half of an MLS soccer match, early Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • LA Galaxy forward Cristian Pavon celebrates after Los Angeles FC forward Latif Blessing scored an own goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi celebrates after scoring a goal past LA Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham, below, during the second half of an MLS soccer match, early Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Galaxy fans may have been prescient, nervously so, before their team’s latest match with LAFC Saturday night.

An hour before kickoff in Orlando, Fla., this was posted on the “LA Galaxy Rumors” twitter feed:

“Hey @ibra_official, can you get to Orlando in an hour? We need you. #LAGalaxy.”

Hey @Ibra_official, can you get to Orlando in an hour? We need you. #LAGalaxy

— LA Galaxy Rumors (@LAG_Rumors) July 19, 2020

Well, Zlatan Ibrahimović apparently is going to be available again, his departure from AC Milan said to be imminent. But I’m not sure that’s even going to help the Galaxy, considering the turn that El Tráfico has taken.

The commentators on ESPN’s coverage of Saturday night’s resumption of L.A.’s MLS rivalry nailed it at the beginning of the evening. LAFC has an identity that is fairly evident. The Galaxy still seems to be searching for one.

And so it was that Diego Rossi filled the superstar void more than adequately on another steamy night in Florida. Rossi’s four goals – a penalty, a rebound of a Bradley Wright-Phillips shot, a finish of a Mark-Anthony Kaye pass off a 2-on-1 and a tap-in of Francisco Ginella’s shot in second-half stoppage time – accentuated a 6-2 LAFC victory that pretty well assured it a spot in the knockout round of the MLS Is Back tournament.

Scoring-wise, it was even more dominant than it looked. It was tied 2-2 at halftime, mainly because the Galaxy had bottled up LAFC’s midfield progress, but the two Galaxy goals were an own-goal (Latif Blessing deflected Cristian Pavón’s shot past goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega) and a penalty (Pavón beating Sisniega on a second try after Sisniega came off the line on the first save).

In the second half, the guys from downtown just wore down the guys from Carson. That could have been a consequence of the heat (81 degrees at the 10:30 local time kickoff) and humidity, or it could be a pattern.

The comeback from a two-goal deficit in the late stages Monday night against Houston would suggest the latter, but coach Bob Bradley noted these were two different types of games.

“Against Houston we pushed forward and created chances,” Bradley said on the Zoom conference following Saturday’s game. “Tonight in terms of fluidity and finding ways to connect passes in the first half, as I said, (it) was poor. So, a different kind of game. It’s expected in a derby and (Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s) experience in derbies and his way of getting his team prepared, we know. So we had to fight through, honestly, a poor half. We were very pleased to get the equalizer before halftime. And then I think at halftime we were able to iron out a few things, and then, of course, it’s hard for them to keep that up.”

It was a weird rivalry game in some ways, given not only the conditions (no fans and that Florida weather) but the circumstances. Not only was there no Carlos Vela, but there was no Chicharito; Javier Hernández was ruled out by the Galaxy shortly before the game because of a calf injury suffered in training Thursday. And LAFC changed goalkeepers, maybe because of those three first-half goals Monday night by Houston; Sisniega made his seventh MLS start and Kenneth Vermeer went to the bench.

But others stepped up. Pavón assumed the striker’s role with Chicharito on the bench, and he had a part in both Galaxy goals, had yet another waved off in the second half on an offside call and created several other opportunities.

So did Rossi.

“I think he’s in excellent form,” Bradley said. “We saw it early in the season, and he worked very hard during the period when we couldn’t train, and you could see as we got back into team training how sharp he was.

“He continues to grow as a player – his maturity, obviously his speed, but also his movement, his way of coming away from defenders, his threat to go deep, those are all things you can see. And his finishing just gets better and better.”

As befits a Los Angeles rivalry, then, there is no shortage of stars, or potential stars, or at least players capable of taking a star turn.

And while the setting and atmosphere were far different than the previous iterations of this matchup, it was truly a derby in one sense: Seven yellow cards, and a lot of players hitting the turf. I think it’s safe to say that with fans or without, LAFC and the Galaxy bring out the best, and the worst, in each other. Isn’t that what a rivalry is all about?

“This is different to play any game without fans,” Rossi said. “When we play in our stadium every game is full, every game the fans are with us, and that is something that’s really important for us because they push us in a good way. So obviously this is different.

“But you have to be smart. The group has to be really focused on what is going on. Yeah, it is different, but it is the new life that we have, and we have to be ready for this.”

LAFC at least has adapted well, after starting out 0-2-3 in this rivalry but ending the jinx with a victory in the Western Conference semifinal last October. Just off of the small sample size this season, two MLS games pre-pandemic and this tournament, LAFC is in a much better place than the Galaxy, with stars or without.

That was underlined Saturday night. And no, Galaxy fans, Zlatan is not walking through that door.

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El Trafico updates: LAFC, LA Galaxy compete in MLS in Back tournament

The LA Galaxy and LAFC will write the next chapter in the El Trafico rivalry as part of the MLS is Back Tournament in Florida.

The local teams will square off in a key Group F clash tonight at 7:30 PM PT.

The Galaxy fell 2-1 to the Portland Timbers on Monday, while LAFC finished in a 3-3 tie with the Houston Dynamo.

Each team will also be without notable players that headlined previous games between the opposing teams.

Absent from the first El Trafico of 2020 are LAFC’s Carlos Vela, who chose to opt out of the tournament, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who left the Galaxy in the offseason to play with AC Milan.

 

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Galaxy unable to get on track, drops MLS is Back Tournament opener

  • LA Galaxy forward Cristian Pavon (10) controls the ball in front of Portland Timbers defender Jorge Villafana, front, midfielder Diego Chara (21) and midfielder Eryk Williamson during the second half of an MLS soccer match Monday, July 13, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria, right, follows through on a shot at the goal in front of LA Galaxy midfielder Sacha Kljestan during the first half of an MLS soccer match Monday, July 13, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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  • Portland Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark, left, makes a save as defender Larrys Mabiala (33) stands nearby during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the LA Galaxy, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse (17) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second half of the team’s MLS soccer match against the LA Galaxy, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • LA Galaxy defender Daniel Steres wins a header over Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse (17) during the second half of an MLS soccer match Monday, July 13, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri, left, and LA Galaxy defender Perry Kitchen (2) compete for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match Monday, July 13, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Portland Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark (12) makes a save in front of LA Galaxy defender Giancarlo Gonzalez (21) during the second half of an MLS soccer match Monday, July 13, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • LA Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher (25) attempts a header toward the goal during the second half of the team’s MLS soccer match against the Portland Timbers, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco, right, attempts a shot in front of LA Galaxy defender Daniel Steres during the first half of an MLS soccer match Monday, July 13, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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The Galaxy opened the MLS is Back tournament looking a lot like the team that started the 2020 season back in February.

Unfortunately for the Galaxy, that wasn’t good enough as it suffered a 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers to open Group F play at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Monday.

After missing a penalty kick in the first half, Chicharito Hernandez scored his first MLS and Galaxy goal, cutting the score in half in the 88th minute.

The Galaxy played the final 15 minutes of the game with a man advantage as Dario Zuparic received his second yellow card.

Frustratingly for the Galaxy, it scored two goals, in the second half, but both were ruled offside in the run-up to the play, including a goal from Gordon Wild in the 81st minute, just moments after entering play as a substitute.

“I told the lads, this one is on me,” Chicharito said. “Soccer is about momentum …We need to be mentally strong, even myself to overcome these things.”

Meanwhile, Portland took care of its two chances in the second half, scoring in the 59th (Jeremy Ebobisse) and 66th minute (Sebastian Blanco) and that was all the Timbers needed.

“I thought the start was decent, we won a penalty early and in the first half they didn’t have any chances other than a set piece,” Galaxy midfielder Perry Kitchen said. “We had our chances and didn’t capitalize.”

Who knows how the night would have turned out if the Chicharito had converted his penalty kick attempt in the 13th minute.

After a handball was called on Zuparic, Chicharito stepped up, but his attempt was saved by Steve Clark. Clark also was able to get back to his feet and stop Sacha Kljestan’s rebound attempt.

“We didn’t deserve to lose today,” Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. “We gave them the opportunities to score the goals.”

The Galaxy will continue tournament play Saturday against LAFC (7:30 p.m.).

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U.S. women’s soccer players ask for equal pay appeal, trial delay

American women’s soccer players want to delay a trial until after an appellate court reviews last week’s decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay while allowing allegations of discriminatory work conditions to move forward.

Lawyers for the women filed a motion Friday night asking U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles to enter a final judgment on his decision to dismiss their pay claim, which would allow them to take the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Players asked Klausner to stay the trial, currently set to start June 16. The U.S. Soccer Federation agreed not to oppose the requests but did not agree with some of the characterizations made by the players’ lawyers.

If Klausner signs the order, a trial probably would be delayed until 2021 at the earliest. That would allow more time for settlement negotiations under new USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone — a former national team player — and for talks on a labor deal to replace the collective bargaining agreement that expires on Dec. 31, 2021.

“Equal pay means paying women players the same rate for winning a game as men get paid. The argument that women are paid enough if they make close to the same amount as men while winning more than twice as often is not equal pay,” Molly Levinson, spokeswomen for the players, said in a statement.

Players sued in March 2018 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they asked for more than $66 million in damages.

Klauser ruled May 1 they could not prove discrimination over pay and granted in part the USSF’s motion for a partial summary judgment. He said the union for the women’s national team rejected an offer to be paid under the same pay-to-play structure as the men’s national team’s collective bargaining agreement and the women accepted guaranteed salaries and greater benefits along with a different bonus structure.

He also refused to let go to trial allegations the women were discriminated against because they played more games on artificial turf.

Klausner left intact claims the USSF discriminated in its use of charter aircraft, and in the money it spent on commercial airfare, hotel accommodations, and medical and training support services.

Klausner wrote the women outearned the men $24.5 million to $18.5 million during the period in dispute. The women were far more successful with two World Cup titles, while the men failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup

“The argument that maternity leave is some sort of substitute for paying women players the same rate for winning as men is not valid, nor fair, nor equal,” Levinson said. “The argument that women gave up a right to equal pay by accepting the best collective bargaining agreement possible in response to the federation’s refusal to put equal pay on the table is not a legitimate reason for continuing to discriminate against them.”

If Klausner enters a final judgment on the thrown-out claims, his ruling would be reviewed by a three-judge panel. The 9th Circuit says civil cases take about 12-to-20 months from the filing of the notice of appeal until oral argument, and another 3-to-12 months in most cases between oral argument and a decision.

“Allowing an appeal to proceed to the 9th Circuit now would conserve resources for both the parties and the court and could accelerate the ultimate resolution of this dispute,” the players’ lawyers wrote in their filing. “Allowing an appeal now would also avoid the risk of needing to conduct a second trial involving the same trial participants, in the event that the dismissal is reversed.”

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Alexander: LAFC had a great regular season, but it’s not enough

LOS ANGELES — Strange things happen in the playoffs. LAFC was reminded of that again Tuesday night, in brutal fashion.

Brutal, as in the way Carlos Vela was banged, bounced, jolted and otherwise had his path impeded by the Seattle Sounders, who came in with a game plan to disrupt LAFC’s explosiveness and particularly its best player, and performed it brilliantly. Brutal, as in Latif Blessing being helped off the field twice late in the first half and eventually subbed out because of a leg injury.

Brutal, as many in Banc of California Stadium – including a lot of players wearing black jerseys – considered the eyesight of referee Jair Maruffo, pointing to two particular instances of apparent handballs that were overlooked by the eyes on hand and weren’t corrected, in their opinion, by the Video Assisted Refereeing system that is supposed to rectify such errors.

Brutal? It also describes the way L.A. fans have too often seen magnificent seasons end.

This time it was LAFC’s turn. It was overwhelmingly the best team in Major League Soccer during the regular season, setting records for standings points and goal differential. But in the unforgiving world of the postseason, the only numbers that counted were those on the scoreboard Tuesday night: Seattle 3, LAFC 1.

“Nobody expected this end to our season,” said Vela, the likely MLS MVP who was limited to one shot on Tuesday. “But we know in the playoffs it’s one game. And if they make some better plays than you, you’re out.

“I think in the end we have to be proud of (what) we’ve done all year, and learn. We have to learn. We’re just two years (as) a club, and there are a lot of things to improve. But I think we are in a good way. We have to see what happened. We have to change some things, get strong, come back next year and be better.”

It’s hard to imagine many things that needed changing throughout the first 38 games of 2019. But Tuesday night’s slog of a performance brought back memories of the first-round elimination by Real Salt Lake that ended their first season, or the club’s elimination by Portland in the U.S. Open Cup this past July, both also one-and-done situations.

The postseason is mercurial in any event. Walker Zimmerman talked earlier in the week about his experience in Dallas in 2016, when that club won the Supporters Shield for the best regular-season record but was ousted by Seattle in the Western Conference semifinals.

That was a two-leg series. Dallas gave up three goals in eight minutes of the second half of the first game in Seattle and wound up losing the series 4-2 on aggregate goals.

“Anything can happen in this game, especially in a one-game series – one bad bounce, one thing going their way,” Zimmerman noted earlier in the week. “But our job is to do our best to control every moment that we can, do everything we can to make sure none of those things happen.”

So what happened Tuesday night? Two Seattle goals in four minutes of the first half, by Raúl Ruidiaz and Nicolás Lodiero, and suddenly LAFC was in trouble. Ruidiaz scored again in the 64th minute and the Sounders were in complete control.

“We did well to get the lead (on Eduard Atuesta’s goal in the 17th minute), but I thought we gave up two soft goals,” midfielder Lee Nguyen said. “Credit Seattle for coming out with a game plan that made it tough for us. We spent the whole second half trying to chase the game. … If we hadn’t given up that third goal, I felt like we were pressuring and we were going to get that tying goal. That one kind of deflated us.”

This probably shouldn’t be as surprising as it seemed. Of the last 10 teams to win the Supporters Shield, just two have gone on to win the MLS Cup: the Galaxy in 2011 and Toronto FC in 2017.

This year’s change to a single-elimination format throughout the postseason, with the higher seed always at home, was born of necessity as a way to work around international play without killing the momentum of the playoffs. It has turned out to be a benefit competitively as well, although those in attendance Tuesday night might not agree. (Especially those who threw what appeared to be beer onto the field as things slipped away in the second half.)

The fact is, there should be pressure, and tension, and the risk of losing it all in 90 minutes. That’s the beauty of the North American postseason system. If you survive, you’ve earned it, and it means you were the best team when it mattered most, with the stakes at their highest.

“Anywhere else in the world you wouldn’t have anything like this, unless you’re fighting for promotion,” LAFC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye said. “So it’s a different game when you enter the playoffs.

“We didn’t necessarily do the right things all the time, but I think we still tried to play our football, which is a positive thing. We didn’t try to stray from what we’re good at. But in games like this, you can’t let yourself go behind the game too early, because then you’re just trying to claw back the whole time and it’s a stressful period.

“… If we play this game 10 times, we probably win nine out of 10. But the playoffs are just different.”

There was some concern going in that LAFC, having survived a mega-intense battle with the crosstown rival Galaxy last Thursday to reach the conference semifinal, might let down its guard a little bit emotionally. That might have been a factor, though it was helped along by the Sounders’ intensity and physicality.

“It wasn’t a surprise to us at all,” Kaye said. “We knew coming into the game what it was going to be like, and we just didn’t match it enough throughout the game, even though we possessed the majority of the ball.”

It was a hard lesson. A team that some thought might be the best in MLS history instead left the field wondering what had hit them.

By then, again, a visiting team was celebrating on an L.A. field. Sometimes the postseason is simply cruel.

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Whicker: Adama Diomande’s return helps LAFC outlast nemesis Galaxy

LOS ANGELES — Adama Diomande was on the sideline, stretching, getting ready to change a game that had already changed drastically.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had just dribbled a goal through Tyler Miller. The Galaxy had just tied LAFC 2-2 early in the second half of their MLS Western Conference semifinal.

It was done with urgency, as if the Galaxy knew who was coming in, and what he would be bringing. Either way, two goals weren’t enough.

“I was ticked,” Diomande said, approximately. “But I had a lot of energy.”

After Diego Rossi had drilled a smart, low shot into the far corner to make it 3-2, Diomande made two strong runs down the middle for goals that made it 4-2 and 5-3.

At that point, it resembled an NBA All-Star Game, with goals oozing through the turf, but when it ended LAFC had won its first-ever game against the Galaxy in six tries, 5-3, a scalp the organization desperately wanted even though there are two games left to win for the MLS Cup.

“It was nice to win this game, finally, finally,” Diomande said.

“Our guys watched them beat Minnesota (Sunday) and it was pretty clear they wanted the Galaxy,” Coach Bob Bradley said. “This was our time.”

This is past time for Diomande.

In September he entered the league’s voluntary program for substance abuse and behavioral problems. He was reinstated last week. He had scored eight goals with seven assists previously. To get him back for this match was like a prized bauble at some sort of trade deadline.

Diomande repeated that his problems weren’t chemical. “I don’t do alcohol, I don’t use drugs,” he said. “There were personal issues. I have a clearer mind now. I’m more motivated than I was when I left the team. I’d been working out all along, I haven’t lost anything since I left.”

Almost everyone in soccer is within six degrees of Bradley, the LAFC coach. He coached Diomande at Stabaek, a club team in Oslo, Norway, in 2015. Diomande scored 25 goals in 25 games. He is Norwegian, of parents who are from the Ivory Coast, but his extended family definitely includes Bradley.

“He’s like my father because my real father really wasn’t around,” Diomande said. “We’ve talked a lot during the last few weeks. He always gives me a lot of details about how to be better on the pitch. It’s great to have his support.”

“The last part of last year and the first part of this year, he was moodier than usual,” Bradley said. “Whenever someone has personal problems, it’s a challenge. What I think about is the support he’s had from his teammates. He’s a good guy, and it was a great thing to see him out there, and not just because he had two great goals.”

Would there be a chance for Diomande to get into the starting lineup?

“I think having Carlos (Vela) and Diego (Rossi) and Brian Rodriguez, we’re pretty interesting up front,” Bradley said.

A lot of teams find their offensive mojo against the Galaxy, a team that allowed 15 goals in its final four games and ends the season with a minus-3 goal differential. Ibrahimovic, who has more than once mentioned that he, not Vela, is best suited to be the league’s MVP, took a back seat to the LAFC star on Thursday, as Tristan Blackmon had most of the defensive responsibility against Zlatan.

Bradley said he told Blackmon “not to press” the Swedish striker so much because “The Lion” is so effective with balls in the air. But he also has encouraged Blackmon to “trust his instincts” and “be brave” when it comes time to make a play.

Most believe this was Ibrahimovic’s final game in MLS. No question he colorized the league with his startling play. He had 30 regular-season goals in 29 games during the season, at age 38.

He also left a frontal personality that, as he said, will be missed by reporters “who won’t have as much to write about.” The fact that he also left Banc of California Stadium with a crotch grab, directed toward LAFC fans, is part of the accompaniment.

Vela scored the first two goals, but he also assisted Rossi on the official game-winner after picking himself off the turf. Midfielders Latif Blessing and Lee Nguyen also were on point.

But even if the best team in the league didn’t need a fresh-legged pick-me-up, it has one now.

“There was a lot of room out there on the pitch,” Diomande said, and even when there wasn’t, he made his own.

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