Tour rivals Galaxy hit the heights
- 04 July 2011 12:03
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Happy Fourth of July to our upcoming North American tour opponents Los Angeles Galaxy - Independence Day finds coach Bruce Arena's team on top of their world.
Not even the loss of two goalkeepers during their dramatic weekend match at San Jose could scupper a magnificent unbeaten run or topple them from the Western Conference leadership.
Their goalless draw against the Earthquakes stretched their record to five wins and five draws since Galaxy's last defeat on 1 May at Dallas, one of only two losses this season.
Volunteer keeper Magee emerged the hero after Jamaica's Donovan Ricketts broke his arm in the 24th minute and then deputy Josh Saunders was shown a straight red card just before half time.
He admitted: “I had no idea that after half-time I'd be back out there. Then it hit me I was going back in goal, and that was pretty nervewracking. But Bruce gave me all the confidence I needed.”
Former Bradford City keeper Ricketts, who needed surgery, will be out at least a month and so misses the Herbalife Challenge against City in the Blues' third game of the pre-season trip.
While Galaxy lead the pack, a point ahead of Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps find themselves in last place and struggling to find form
Our tour opponents on 18 July won only one match last month, pipping Philadelphia 1-0 while losing to Salt Lake and Kansas City, and suffered a further blow to their pride this Canada Day long weekend.
Toronto completed a 3-2 aggregate win to land the Canadian Championship and with it the final place in the CONCACAF Cup qualifiers against Nicaraguan outfit Real Esteli.