LA Galaxy came back from a goal down to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 at the StubHub Center on Saturday night.
Vancouver took an early lead through Camilo Sanvezzo but the Galaxy got goals from Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes to hand Los Angeles all three points and 3rd place in the Western Conference.
Sanvezzo got things started in the 19th minute when Lee Young-Pyo pinged a diagonal ball from the right side of midfield through the middle. Russell Teibert knicked the ball on with his head and it split the Galaxy defense. Sanvezzo latched onto it with a full head of steam and cooly slotted home to the far post past Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.
For Sanvezzo, it was his 10th goal in eight matches, taking his MLS leading total to 13 goals on the season.
Ten minutes later and the Galaxy had their equalizer. Juninho stepped up to a free kick 35 yards out on the left side of the pitch and curled in a beautiful ball that Omar Gonzalez rose high to redirect for Villareal to dink it home.
Controversy ensued as linesman Jeremy Hanson initially flagged LA for offside, believing Zardes had headed it to Villareal. If Zardes had touched the ball, it would have been offsides but referee Chris Penso confirmed that no touch was made, and Villareal had his second goal of the season.
Twelve minutes into the second half and Zardes gave the Galaxy what would be the game-winning goal. The Cal State Bakersfield product chased down a Todd Dunivant long ball on the left byline. As Brad Rusin rushed in to close Zardes down the 21 year old cheekily flicked the ball to one side of Rusin and ran around the other side before ripping a low shot past Brad Knighton.
It was Zardes third goal of the season and his first with his feet.
With the victory the Galaxy leap-frog the Whitecaps into 3rd place in the Western Conference. Next up for Bruce Arena’s men is a July 27th away match against the Colorado Rapids while Vancouver returns home for a date with the Philadelphia Union.
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.