Playing in the second soccer game ever at Dodger Stadium, the LA Galaxy defeated Juventus 3-1 and in the process showed off the various ways the Galaxy can outplay teams. It was a pre-season form Italian side but with goals from Omar Gonzalez, Landon Donovan, and Robbie Keane it was a star led affair for the Los Angeles soccer club.
The goal that ended up the match winner started with a nice tackle from Marcelo Sarvas. Robbie Keane ended up with the ball on the left wing and sent in a ball on the ground that Donovan calmly tapped in. Donovan was awarded Man of the Match honors for the goal.
The third goal came when Robbie Kaene intercepted a back back and slotted it past the keeper. It was a classic Keane goal outsmarting the defense to get an easy goal. Omar Gonzalez scored the match opener, smashing home a ball in the penalty area.
There's not much to analyze from a friendly, but players who have needed to show well did so. Michael Stephens looked good out there in a start. Robbie Rogers was engaged, Landon Donovan continued his Gold Cup form. Robbie Keane showed he was still quick out there even if coming off a hip flexor injury.
There was also fuel added to the keeper controversy fire, with Brian Rowe getting the start over Carlo Cudicini. It almost feels like the position is open for competition again, and with Brian Perk looking like a season ending injury that could mean a number of posibilities.
The Galaxy will have to play one more match in the Guinness International Champions Cup, in Miami on
August sixth (UPDATE: the ICC has updated their schedule and now has the Galaxy in the 3rd place game August 7th) against a not yet known opponent. However, it's the weekend match against a struggling FC Dallas which will see them begin the playoff push in earnest.