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SBI MLS Team of the Week: LA Galaxy

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Entering the weekend level with visiting Real Salt Lake, the LA Galaxy were looking to make a statement on their way to the Western Conference finals.

A statement is exactly what the Galaxy made by overwhelming the hapless visitors to the tune of a 5-0 scoreline to earn recognition as SBI MLS Team of the Week.

Led by Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, the Galaxy scored early and often against an RSL defense that struggled to cope with wave after wave of attacks. With creative attacks aplenty and stout defense that maintained a clean sheet, the Galaxy sent a message to the rest of the league on their way to a Western Conference final rematch with the Supporters’ Shield winning Seattle Sounders.

The Galaxy beat out the New England Revolution for this week’s honors.

What did you make of the Galaxy’s performance? Which team impressed you most in the conference semifinals?

Share your thoughts below.

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    • Probably true from a stadium-environment perspective. Seattle really has the fan aesthetic down to a science, and it’s a good advertisement for the league. But considering TV markets, LA vs. NYRB would probably fetch the most viewers, and that’s where the money is. The Seattle-Tacoma TV market is 14th largest, compared to #1 NY and #2 LA.

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  1. Yep, Bruce knows what he’s doing. Juninho came in to support Beckham’s roaming. Now, Juni supports Sarvas’ pressing and destroying. And, they both start the transition that Landon, Gyasi & Keane live off of. It’s quite beautiful.

    Go Galaxy!

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  2. As a fan without a favorite team, I am rooting for a Galaxy-Revolution final. They have been the two most aesthetically pleasing teams on a consistent basis in MLS this season

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  3. I think Juninho and Sarvas are the most underrated central mid combination in MLS. Juninho has really matured into an excellent MLS player. On Sunday his cross field ball that led to the first goal was awesome. Sarvas has added some important goals to his resume this year but his work rate and pressing are crazy good.

    These are great examples of real value for money signings for the Galaxy by Bruce Arena. Great examples of putting solid B players alongside the DP’s, it’s those players that win the championships. Bruce is grumpy but he’s the best MLS Manager ever.

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    • Agree with everything you said. The difference between LAG and many other teams with DPs is that LA have brought in and (most importantly) kept a great supporting cast who seem to buy into the team concept.

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    • Managers are supposed to be grumpy. And preferably unintelligible. Case in point: SAF. Polite managers with sensible things to say are no fun at all.

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  4. I know he didn’t score, but I really enjoyed watching Zardes’ runs and overall movement from the forward spot the other night. I am convince that he can only get better from here.

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      • I thought there were a few runs he made where he wasn’t rewarded with the pass. Plus, he seemed to open up a lot of space for other players. Overall, it was a truly excellent team effort by the Galaxy, one of the best I’ve seen in MLS, ever.

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