Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy take on Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United in the Chevrolet Cup today at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. Last season, Man United finished 19-7-12 (64 points), good enough for seventh place in the Premier League. In Major League Soccer this season, Los Angeles have a record of 7-4-6 (27 points), good enough for fourth place in the MLS Western Conference.
“It’s always nice to play in the Rose Bowl,” Arena told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “Hopefully there will be a great crowd, always a great setting there. Field is in great shape typically this time of year, should make for a great environment.”
“It will be very similar [to those matches against the Spanish clubs]. I expect that the game is going to look like a real soccer game,” said midfielderLandon Donovan. “I don’t imagine Manchester United coming here with new players and a new manager to just go through the motions. I think every one of them is clearly playing for a spot on the team, and it’s going to make for a very good game on Wednesday.”
“The game on Wednesday is going to be a storied event,” said Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez. “Just being at the Rose Bowl and at such storied venue and playing against such a famous club is going to be great. The Galaxy have a lot of history too so it’s going to be a great day.”
“I have seen the facilities at StubHub Center which were great and now we get a chance to play at the Rose Bowl which is also great,” van Gaal said. “I was here in 1994 during the World Cup so I’m very happy to be here.”
Hear from Louis van Gaal, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera at their training session on July 22, 2014.
Kickoff at the Rose Bowl is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports 1. The Live Blog will begin at approximately 6 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Keep it right here on the MLS Multiplex for continuing coverage of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.
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T-120: Welcome to the Live Blog between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Manchester United, live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. My name is Jo-Ryan Salazar, co-editor of the MLS Multiplex with Chase Ruttig. Shaan Franchi will provide you with a recap of the action from this game. As for me, I will give you a words-eye view of the action as it happens right now. So sit back, have some crisps, and follow along with the action on Fox Sports 1, which will broadcast this game in HD.
This should be a sellout crowd between the Galaxy and Red Devils. Already one section of the stadium is getting filled up quickly, and we’re just two hours to kickoff here.
T-117: Let’s take a look at the traveling roster for Manchester United.
2014 Manchester United U.S. Tour Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): David De Gea (Spain), Anders Lindegaard, (Denmark), Ben Amos (England), Sam Johnstone (England)
DEFENDERS (7): Rafael (Brazil), Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland), Chris Smalling (England), Phil Jones (England), Luke Shaw (England), Tyler Blackett (England), Michael Keane (Republic of Ireland)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Matty James (England), Ander Herrera (Spain), Tom Cleverley (England), Darren Fletcher (Scotland), Shinji Kagawa (Japan), Juan Mata (Spain), Jesse Lingard (England), Antonio Valencia (Ecuador), Nani (Portugal), Wilfried Zaha (England), Ashley Young (England)
FORWARDS (4): Javier Hernandez (Mexico), Danny Welbeck (England), Wayne Rooney (England), William Keane (England)
T-115: The 2013-14 Premier League Standings…
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Manchester City (C)||38||27||5||6||102||37||+65||86||2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage|
|4||Arsenal||38||24||7||7||68||41||+27||79||2014–15 UEFA Champions League play-off round|
|5||Everton||38||21||9||8||61||39||+22||72||2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage 1|
|6||Tottenham Hotspur||38||21||6||11||55||51||+4||69||2014–15 UEFA Europa League play-off round 1|
|13||West Ham United||38||11||7||20||40||51||−11||40|
|16||Hull City||38||10||7||21||38||53||−15||37||2014–15 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||38||7||15||16||43||59||−16||36|
|18||Norwich City (R)||38||8||9||21||28||62||−34||33||Relegation to 2014–15 Football League Championship|
|20||Cardiff City (R)||38||7||9||22||32||74||−42||30|
Source: Barclays Premier League Official League Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Since the winners of 2013–14 FA Cup and 2013–14 Football League Cup (Arsenal and Manchester City) qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, the 5th and 6th placed teams qualified for the group stageand the play-off round of 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.
2 Hull City qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round as runners-up of the 2013–14 FA Cup since winners Arsenal qualified for 2014–15 UEFA Champions League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
T-112: The current MLS Western Conference standings…
|1||Seattle Sounders FC||38||18||2.11||12||4||2||35||24||11||18||11||17||0|
|3||Real Salt Lake||29||19||1.53||7||4||8||28||25||3||13||4||15||-1|
|9||San Jose Earthquakes||17||17||1||4||8||5||17||19||-2||12||1||5||-3|
T-110: Final score from BMO Field…Tottenham Hotspur 3, Toronto FC 2.
T-109: Crystal Palace also lead the Columbus Crew, 2-1, in the 70th minute of play.
T-90: We are 90 minutes from kickoff.
T-88: A live score…Manchester City 1, Sporting Kansas City 0…and a final at Crew Stadium: Columbus Crew 2, Crystal Palace 2.
T-83: Both teams are set to begin warmups.
T-81: I like Ander Herrera’s chances of leaving a good impression on van Gaal. Now I talked with one of the Manchester United staff members and he told me that Javier Hernandez may not be playing this game. This is a surprise because he was a late addition to the team and the hope was that he would start or at least get some time. Stay tuned…
T-75: Take a look at the Daily Mail’s dissection of what happened Tuesday.
T-70: Look out, here comes Sporting. C.J. Sapong makes it 1-1 between Sporting and Manchester City.
T-67: There is one league match playing today: San Jose vs. Chicago at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
T-60: One hour to go. Apparently, both teams were ready yet to begin warmups, but they have suited up and should be out for a final runthrough momentarily.
T-52: Manchester United have entered the pitch, and listen to the crowd. Wow.
T-50: July heat in Pasadena, but at the time of the match, the temperature should drop a bit and make the conditions tolerable.
T-48: On Twitter, be sure to use the hashtags #LAvsMAN and #ChevroletCup to tweet about the match.
T-45: It’s halftime at Sporting Park, and Manchester City regained the lead over Sporting KC, 2-1.
T-42: “We want to put on a good show,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “And I know the Manchester United players are going to be playing real hard to try and impress their new manager.”
T-40: Check out this trailer on the evolution on Man United’s kit.
T-36: Lineups will be coming shortly.
T-33: Well, it doesn’t look like we are going to see a completely packed house, more like a crowd of 60K minimum, but a good turnout nonetheless.
T-2\7: Lineups. There will be mass subs at halftime, as this is an international friendly.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
18 Jaime Penedo
33 Dan Gargan —- 22 Leonardo —- 21 Tommy Meyer —– 20 A.J. DeLaGarza
6 Baggio Husidic —- 19 Juninho —- 8 Marcelo Sarvas —- 24 Stefan Ishizaki
7 Robbie Keane [C] —- 11 Gyasi Zardes
1 David De Gea
4 Phil Jones —- 6 Jonny Evans —- 12 Chris Smalling —- 28 Luke Shaw
8 Juan Mata —- 24 Darren Fletcher [C] —- 25 Antonio Valencia —- 21 Ander Herrera
19 Danny Welbeck —- 10 Wayne Rooney
T-26: So, it is confirmed…Javier Hernandez is not a go for this game. That’s what happens when you bring unneeded drama.
T-18: “It’s never easy,” Donovan told Morgan regarding David Moyes’s poor season at Man United.. “I’m not a manager; I don’t know what it’s like to go through something like that. For me David was, first and foremost, a great man, a great human being. He believed in me and he believes in his players.
“Sometimes things don’t go your way. Sometimes results don’t go your way. That’s part of life, and you have to deal with that. But I have no doubt that he’ll eventually land on his feet.
“He didn’t become a terrible manager in one season.”
T-15: Avicii on the tannoy as we hit 15 minutes to go.
T-13: Both teams wrap up warmups.
T-12: Your match referee is Baldomero Toledo. The linesmen are Fabio Tovar and Eduardo Mariscal and the fourth official is Alex Chilowicz.
T-10: 10 minutes to go here at the Rose Bowl.
T-8: National anthem time.
T-5: The Angel City Brigade is here, swaying and rocking.
T-2: Well. There may be patches of empty seats at this stadium as that plagiarism of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” plays again.
T-0: Both teams reenter the pitch. Landon Donovan is on the sidelines.
Fox Sports 1′s broadcast is now live. Player introductions now.
FIRST HALF START: 8:09 P.M. PT/11:09 P.M. ET
1′ – The first half begins. What Manchester United need to do is counter the direct pressing attack that Los Angeles will bring because the Galaxy want to get a good prep in for Monday’s match with the Seattle Sounders. With the current XI on the pitch for the Red Devils, you can expect that.
2′ – Jaime Penedo will play it forward to Leonardo. Now here’s Tommy Meyer. Gyasi Zardes watches that pass by. Robbie Keane now. Out for a goal kick to David De Gea. Jonny Evans for Man U. Corner now for the designated hosts, taken short.
3′ – Galaxy, being cautious while moving the ball around. Stefan Ishizakis attempt misses wide left.
4′ – Long pass to Zardes is too long, throw-in for Luke Shaw, one of the new guys.
5′ – There’s Ander Herrera with a blistering volley. We tabbed him to score in the Bold Predictions.
6′ - Corner is cleared. Here’s De Gea to play this forward. Jonny Evans now. Really good pace on these balls from the Man U midfield.
7′ – Chris Smalling plays it forward for Man United. Longball mania early.
8′ – A side-footer from Danny Welbeck, another player I tabbed in the Bold Predictions. Here’s Leonardo again.
9′ – Evans clears that chance for Robbie Keane. A shot from Gyasi Zardes is saved by De Gea.
10′ – So Penedo and De Gea are showing their goalkeeping pedigree early. When will the others step up to the plate?
11′ – Shaw is taking his time to find someone. Back to Penedo after a scramble.
12′ – Robbie Keane is double-teamed. There are two other Keanes in this game: Will Keane and Michael Keane, from Manchester United. Not related, I would think.
13′ – GOAL! Manchester United 19 Danny Welbeck
Well, there’s one prediction gone right. Good English right there from the Englishman.
14′ – Off to a flyer 13 minutes in. Danny Welbeck is looking to add to his totals from last year.
15′ – Good dispossession right there from the Galaxy, but the long ball for Gyasi Zardes missed everything. Goal kick, David De Gea.
16′ – Toledo calls for a foul after a ball possession battle. Galaxy winning the ball this minute.
17′ – The LA backline is trying to find some way to move it pass this vaunted midfield of Manchester United. De Gea will set things right.
18′ – Good flow here from Man U. Disrupting the Galaxy’s flow rather easily.
19′ – Evans now for Manchester United. Herrera moves it forward. A chance. Cleared for a corner.
20′ – Juan Mata to take this corner for Man U and it’s cleared. Zardes passed that into a red minefield.
21′ — Wayne Rooney is hoping his team can string something together this half. A.J. DeLaGarza’s shot took a deflection and is collected by De Gea.
22′ - That looked dangerous there but it will be a throw to Los Angeles. The Galaxy lack the first touch and the connection and Man United have exposed their weaknesses this season on the field here in the first half.
23′ – Tommy Meyer took a hit to his eye. He’ll need some stitches after Rooney gave him the business.
24′ – Did you know? Wayne’s brother John used to play for the New York Red Bulls. Ironically, another brother, Bradley Wright-Phillips, brother of Shawn, is scoring goals at will for New York.
25′ – A collection from Penedo and Keane is slowed down. Here’s the counter.
26′ – United are piling up the possession in this minute. Everyone is getting a touch.
27′ – Long pass for Rooney does not connect. Back to Penedo for LA’s next series.
28′ – This is a system that is working well for Man U. Breaking up LA’s passes like a machine and winning possession like clockwork.
29′ – Free kick for LA. And that went as well as it would go . Goal kick, David De Gea.
30′ – Robbie Keane is not going to win that argument; advantage Man United. Yes, Keano, you should understand the plan here.
31′ – Juninho misses wide right. Typical Juninho, readers.
32′ – Chris Smalling is a bit shaken up. The Mexican wave is up and about.
33′ – If you’re just joining us, Man United leads LA Galaxy 1-0 on a goal from Danny Welbeck.
34′ – We have a big chance here for Man United after a foul outside the box.
35′ – Mata will take this free, or Rooney.
36′ – Juan Mata wins a corner for the Red Devils. Collected by Jaime Penedo.
37′ – Danny Welbeck can also play defense, as young Gyasi Zardes discovered. Darren Fletcher, the Man U captain, sets things up. Toledo doesn’t see something he likes. Offsides.
38′ – As this is a friendly, you won’t see the running stats like with MLS matches, so bear with us. Keane on the run.
39′ – A cross from Zardes is collected by De Gea.
40′ – A bend-but-don’t-break defense. Man U will be relying on its resiliency in Premie League play.
41′ - Fletcher sets things up again.
42′ – This is trouble for LA…Welbeck wins a penalty.
43′ – GOAL! Manchester United 10 Wayne Rooney
Easy as you like. There’s another bold prediction on the spot.
44′ – Good margin here for Manchester United heading into the break, but Man U would love to open the floodgates this late in the half. Ander Herrera now. Too long for Zardes.
45′ – Let’s see how many minutes we will get here. Phil Jones denies Zardes.
45′ + 1′ – GOAL! Manchester United 10 Wayne Rooney
A hilarious spill from Jaime Penedo and a gaffe by Tommy Meyer. Yep, this LA Galaxy team is doomed against Seattle on Monday.
45′ + 2′ – Halftime then.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
And that second goal from Rooney would have been a goal for Hernandez, but Hernandez is not on the start list, so instead Rooney will fill in. Just for all intents and purposes.
In other action…Manchester City rout Sporting Kansas City 4-1. Meanwhile in league play, the San Jose Earthquakes lead the Chicago Fire 1-0, and it’s the second half over there.
There should be mass substitutions at the half. Stay tuned on this Live Blog.
SECOND HALF START: 9:11 P.M. PT/12:11 A.M. ET
46′ – The second half begins. From what I can tell is that Kofi Opare is now on the field for Los Angeles.
47′ – That was a great chance for Los Angeles. Just missed wide right. Also, Bradford Jamieson IV is testing the waters against the mighty United.
49′ – Yellow card 7 Robbie Keane
Los Angeles Galaxy
And things go from bad to worse for LA.
50′ – De Gea plays it forward for Man United. With the lead in hand, Man United don’t really have to run it up but you never know with Louis van Gaal and his big plans for this big team.
51′ – A shot for the Galaxy is cleared by Anders Lindegaard.
52′ – Rooney has been subbed off and Nani is now playing this half, along with Ashley Young.
54′ – Toledo calls for a foul. A free kick awarded to the Galaxy from about 35 out.
55′ – Back come Man U. This is the second string. Free kick from Young.
56′ – Take…two. Cleared.
57′ – Michael Keane gets a touch. No relation to Robbie.
58′ – The backups are getting touches. Good football, as always, from Man United.
59′ – We have a player for LA who may have twisted his ankle. Might be DeLaGarza.
60′ – Rafael with a shot. Corner for Ashley Young. Cleared.
61′ - Some more substitutions coming in for LA, and some of the fans are beating postgame traffic.
62′ – GOAL! Manchester United 41 Reese James
Didn’t expect this person to score for Man U. Watch out for this James.
63′ - There’s another James on this teams, #47 James Wilson, but he’s not on there. Ashley Young got the assist.
64′ – Here’s Rafael Garcia, looking to salvage some sort of pride for this team.
66′ – Perhaps that is Man United’s response to James Rodriguez joining Real Madrid. James must be a pretty popular football name. Good chance there for LA, and now the counter. LA clear. Excellent pace on that counter.
67′ – Reese James is a former Under-21 for Man U, making his debut for the RedDevils.
68′ – Substitution Los Angeles Galaxy
IN 27 Charlie Rugg
OUT 31 Kyle Venter
69′ – Rowe will collect that, but Manchester United regain possession. This is essentially Los Dos that they’re facing. Big difference.
70′ – Toledo calls a foul, and LA have advantage. That was a quick advantage for the Galaxy, though.
71′ – That through ball for Herrera is called back for offsides. A free kick now for LA.
72′ – Not a good free kick. Lindegaard will play this forward.
73′ – I forgot, De Gea already called it a shift. Lindegaard is in goal. The corrections have been made.
74′ – Rafael, and Rowe plays it forward.
75′ – This is now a game of keepaway, with the Man U Reserves picking their poison against Brian Rowe and LosDos.
76′ – Kofi Opare tries a delivery. No dice.
77′ – Corner for Los Angeles. Poor corner. Manchester United clear. Lindegaard with the collection.
78′ – Ander Herrera is as advertised tonight. He hasn’t scored in this game, but he has the gift. That’s why he’s here…with Manchester United.
79′ – Oscar Sorto now for LA. Here’s Opare. A bad from Garcia, and this is why there is a big gulf in class between these two teams.
80′ – LA are ballwatching this game. A chance for Man United misses.
81′ – Rowe says, “Not so fast, Ashley Young.” Collected.
82′ – 86,432 in attendance. Good turnout.
83′ – Close call for Shinji Kagawa. Still rusty from the World Cup in representing Japan.
84′ – To put it in perspective, Seattle’s performance against Manchester United was a whole lot worse…
85′ – GOAL! Manchester United 41 Reese James
Okay, it’s official. The Red Devils found their own James Rodriguez. It’s Reese James. The end.
86′ – There go the fans, heading for the exits. They’ve seen enough.
87′ – I think the backups for Man U are looking to do the Germany treatment.
88′ - GOAL! Manchester United 18 Ashley Young
Rowe made a terrible mistake is going off his line, and this is academic at this point.
89′ – If this were a boxing match, the game would be called after all 90 are up, and that’s what I believe will happen.
90′ - GOAL! Manchester United 18 Ashley Young
Okay, the Galaxy are just as good as Seattle when it comes to Manchester United.
90′ + 1′ – And that’s a wrap.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0
MANCHESTER UNITED 7
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