Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match day Commentary

Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match day Commentary

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Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The CONCACAF Champions league kicks off tonight as the Los Angeles Galaxy host the USL Puerto Rico Islanders at the Home Depot Center. 

The Puerto Rico Islanders are currently in last place in their respective division while the Galaxy are currently the tops in Major League Soccer. The Islanders will look to add the Galaxy to their list of impressive MLS scalps that includes clubs like Toronto FC and Cruz Azul to advance to the CONCACAF Champion's League Group stage for the third time in three years. This is the first Champions League game for the Galaxy since 2006.  

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump): 

FINAL – The Galaxy's dreams of the CONCACAF Champions League are in flames tonight after a complete demolition at hands of the Puerto Rico Islanders as boos rain down on the field. The Island club, nicknamed the Grave Diggers, didn't get many chances tonight, but converted on every chance that they had. The match is the first time since  September 12th, 2009 in a 6-3 loss to FC Dallas was the last time that LA gave up four or more goals. It will be back to the drawing board for LA who will need to rebound and win by a 4 goal result if they are going to advance. The Final is Puerto Rico Islanders 4 Los Angeles Galaxy 1

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90th Minute – The Galaxy are going to need a 3-0 result after this result in Puerto Rico to go through. Two minutes of stoppage

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88th Minute – The night gets a bit worse as Buddle goes down and gets up with a bit of a limp. LA pressing for the second goal. Juninho goes down after a hockey style check from the Islanders. No call there as the Islanders get a free kick. 

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87th Minute – Stephens gets open in the box, but fires yet another ball into the air. Terrible shooting by LA in this match. 

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85th Minute – Kendall Jagdeosingh with a few great moves against Stephens as the Galaxy try to push up. 

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83rd Minute – Buddle takes it up and fires a week effort that deflects off of Richard Martinez for the goal. It's now 4-1 Puerto Rico. 

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82nd Minute – GOAL!!! GALAXY! EDSON BUDDLE WITH THE G0AL

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81st Minute – Terrible defending right there. Lewis was caught completely out of position and Leonardo attempts to cover for Lewis and allows Addlery to fire in a goal from distance. 

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80th Minute – ADDLERY ON THE BREAK AWAY AND HE PUTS IT IN. FOUR TO ZERO FOR THE ISLANDERS. WHAT A RESULT!

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78th Minute – Going to say that all flights to Houston should be canceled after this result. I can't imagine any of the Galaxy players taking part after this one. 

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77th Minute – Bowen with a weak shot that goes out for a free kick at the Riot Squad end. 

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75th Minute- WHAT A SAVE GUADETTE OFF THE JUNINHO FREE KICK. FINE ONE HANDED SAVE!

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74th Minute – Remember folks, Puerto Rico has had an abysmal season this year bringing up the rear in their respective conference. This is effectively their season right here and they have delivered tonight. 

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72nd Minute – Los Angeles has been in need of a good wake up game after getting by on close results for a few weeks. I would imagine that this could be the wake up call that the team needs at the moment. 

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70th Minute – Birchall with a close range shot that leads to a corner. The Trinidadian gets another chance off the corner, but Foley clears the effort. 

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68th Minute – Lewis nearly buries it into his own net, but the Islanders earn the corner. 

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66th Minute – Here's a telling stat for you. The Galaxy have given up 11 goals in 6 games in all competitions when they had 14 shuts in the 17 previous matches (includes all competitions and friendlies)

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64th Minute – The Double Sub is in. Bowen and Cazumba go in and Berhalter and Gordon come out. 

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63rd Minute – Buddle serves up a great pass to Lewis, but he fires it OVER the net. terrible shot. 

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62nd Minute – Donovan with a header near the goal line, but Guadette makes the save!

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61st Minute – Stunned faces on the Galaxy bench right now as a pair of subs are about to come on. Cazumba and Bowen. 

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59th Minute – As one writer noted in the press box. This would be an epic comeback…

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56th Minute – The Ball goes off the post, but its a fantastic shot by the ex Galaxy player to the Islanders up by THREE goals. Shocking just shocking. 

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55th Minute – THE GRAVE DIGGERS ARE HERE!! PUERTO RICO WITH A THIRD!!HANSEN WITH THE GOAL!!

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54th Minute – A lot of clammering for Bowen right now, but against this tightly organized defense, I don't know how his speed will help break the Islanders.  

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52nd Minute – Fans of the All-Star game with every passing moment your chances of seeing a Galaxy player in the All-Star game are quickly dwindling. 

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51st Minute – No changes at the half, but Kirovski and Kovalenko are up getting ready. 

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45th Minute – And We're off. 

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HALFTIME- Boos rain down on the Home Depot Center field as the Galaxy hand their heads and head into the dressing room. Poor defense and disappointing passing are currently dooming the Galaxy right now.  The Islanders did a great job of weathering the storm and caught the Galaxy sleeping on two chances. At the Half Islanders 2 Galaxy 0. 

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45th Minute – Jones with the cross and Berhalter caught sleeping on that play as Addlery fires it in. 2-0 to the Islanders. WOW. For all wondering. There is an away goals rule. 

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45th Minute – GOAL!!! PUERTO RICO!!! ADDLERY!!!

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44th Minute – Poor corner kick from Donovan which is way too high for Buddle.  Arena will probably be giving this team the hairdryer treatment in the dressing room at the half. 

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42nd Minute – Dangerous free kick right now for the Galaxy. Donovan to take it. 

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41st Minute – The Islanders are in a jovial mood. They've got what they wanted and are now dropping six men into the box during any Galaxy attack.  They're doing an exceptional job closing up space on the Galaxy attackers and pushing them off the ball. Going to be a hard nut to crack today. 

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39th Minute – Michael Stephens comes on for AJ DeLaGarza as Franklin will drop back to right back with Stephens taking over.

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38th Minute – A bit more pressure from the Galaxy who are unable to string together the last pass. Michael Stephens is about to come on. Bruce Arena will have no more of this line up. 

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35th Minute – Franklin all alone on the shot, but he fires it deep into the stands. Horribly disappointing. 

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34th Minute – The Galaxy look a bit frustrated as Michael Stephens gets up. I would expect him to come on shortly. LA is finding out fairly quickly why the Islanders are known as the "Sepultureros" or the Grave Diggers.

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31st Minute – WOW! Franklin with a great shot, but Horst clears the ball as it was approaching the line. Great few minutes from the Islanders. 

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30th Minute – Inexcusable that the Galaxy defense are caught napping on that play. Foley was all alone off the rebound and there was nothing that Saunders could do on that play. 

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28th Minute – Hansen with a corner into Horst who sends in a great shot that DeLaGarza clears off the line. Foley takes the rebound and punches it in. 1-0 to the Islanders. 

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26th Minute – PUERTO RICO GOAL!! FOLEY!!!

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23rd Minute – Poorly taken corner and Berhalter with a poor header and the effort goes over the bar. Rare poor effort by Berhalter. 

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22nd Minute – The effort goes through the box, but off an Islander. Corner on the opposite end. 

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21st Minute – Donovan with a dangerous corner. Look for the goal to come soon. 

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19th Minute – Donovan with a dangerous free kick that bounces around and goes out for a Galaxy throw in. 

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15th Minute – Not a huge crowd on hand tonight but the Angel City Brigade and the Riot Squad are bringing the noise as always, along with the Galaxians. 

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14th Minute – Gordon gets a great ball from Lewis, but he fires a point blank shot just wide of net. Ouch. He should have scored on that one. 

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12th Minute – The Juninho effort goes just above the post. Beautifully taken effort. The Islanders force a free kick deep in the Galaxy zone. 

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10th Minute – Free kick set up just outside the box. Juninho lining up to take it.

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7th Minute –  Both teams doing a bit of exploring right now. Trying to feel each other out. I would expect the Galaxy to find holes in the Islanders defense soon. 

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3rd Minute – The Puerto Rico Islanders keeper Gaudette makes a nice save. The Galaxy are attacking to the left of your computer screen. 

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1st Minute – And We're off in LA!
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PUERTO RICO ISLANDERS

————Addlery———Foley————–

Telesford—–Nurse——Hansen—-Delgado

Martinez—-Horst——Velez——-Jones

———————-Guadette————————–


LOS ANGELES GALAXY

————Gordon———Buddle—————

Donovan———-Juninho————Franklin

———————Birchall———————

Lewis—-Leonardo——-Berhalter——DeLaGarza

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