LA Galaxy forward Chad Barrett is going to miss MLS Cup 2011 after dislocating his right ankle in training on Thursday. The former Toronto Forward had started all three of the post-season games for the Galaxy, playing 211 minutes. He finished second on the Galaxy with seven goals in the regular season while also adding five assists in 27 games.
Adam Serrano of Soccer By Ives was at training, and got this quote from Bruce Arena:
"We are disappointed for Chad," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "He has been a great addition to our team in 2011 and we hope for a speedy recovery."
It's likely either Landon Donovan or Mike Magee will have to step up to pair with Robbie Keane. Donovan got turned lose toward the end of the match against Real Salt Lake, and can still run against any back four. If the Galaxy do go with Mike Magee, they'll be turning a hot player loose. Since August, Magee has found the net seven times in ten MLS appearances. This includes a goal in each of three playoff appearances.
It's been light and day for Magee, who before August 1st had just one goal in thirteen shots. Since then, it's been seven goals in fourteen shots. What changed? On August 15th, Robbie Keane came to the Galaxy and Juan Pablo Angel was traded to Chivas USA. Landon Donovan recovered from his injuries suffered during the Gold Cup. There was a newfound confidence in Magee after he stepped up in goal. Or maybe like Bruce Arena said:
"He’s scoring clutch goals. Maybe it’s the luck of the Irish."
Lastly, the Galaxy confirmed what Don Garber said this morning in his State of the League address, the Galaxy are releasing more tickets for MLS Cup 2011. These tickets will all be located in the Northeast and Southeast corners of the stadium, the stands that face Avalon Blvd. They will be priced at $40 a piece. Whether these will be standing tickets or if some sort of temporary stand is being built is unclear.
Guests will be allowed to park for free and shuttle in from the South Bay Galleria or Artesia Transit Center like in the match against New York.