AC St. Louis went to LA and played the big boys of American soccer, the LA Galaxy, and held them scoreless for almost 70 minutes before finally succumbing 2-0. The Galaxy took the game seriously. They rested a few starters but had such players with World Cup experience such as Eddie Lewis and Clint Mathis in their starting lineup Tuesday, along with longtime veterans with many national team caps such as Jovan Kirovski and St. Louisan Chris Klein, who scored the opening goal. Klein’s goal may have taken a deflection, and Juninho’s late goal for LA definetely took a deflection off of Jack Traynor to get past Alec Dufty and into back of the net. AC St. Louis looked lively on offense, especially in the first half, but were unable to finish.
I am very proud of our AC St. Louis team. Coach Dale Schilly has them looking brighter offensively, although the goals have yet to come. Defensively, AC St. Louis has had over 425 consecutive minutes of shutout ball before Klein’s goal last night. That’s fantastic work on the backline and the goal. This team showed its spirit and determination in Los Angeles last night, and I am looking forward to seeing them at AB Soccer Park this coming Saturday evening against the Carolina RailHawks. Let’s get another unbeaten streak going !!!
Thanks to the LA Galaxy for featuring a running commentary on the game last night on their website, and posting comments from AC St. Louis fans. The Galaxy commentator had some nice things to say about our young team. Apparently Brad Stisser had his own cheering sections there. Awesome. I’ll leave you with some thoughts from Mike Barna, Dillon’s dad, who travelled from Phoenix to the Home Depot Center. GO AC !!!
“At the game we had AC St. Louis shirts and scarves on…after the game we were approached by a minimum of 12 Galaxy fans that complimented the team…wished the team well….even one guy said he hopes the team survives and continues. All of the people talked were gracious and just made us feel even more proud of this team. The atmoshere was great, the air was cool and the crowd of about 100 people cheering for AC St. Louis was exciting. The game started off with the offense that you spoke of for about 10 minutes then the defense took over. Bruce Arena sat on the bench and worried, complained to the 4th ref most of the game.” Thanks Mike for the first hand account.
Again, congratulations to AC St. Louis and Coach Schilly for a fine effort. In other US Open Cup action last night, the Columbus Crew dropped the Rochester Rhinos 2-1, Chivas USA beat the Austin Aztex 1-0, the Houston Dynamo beat Miami FC by the same score…and in two big upsets, USL-2 teams Harrisburg City Islanders and the Charleston Battery won…..Harrisburg beat the NY RedBulls at home and the Battery beat the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play. Tonight, the Richmond Kickers play DC United, and the Portland Timbers host the Seattle Sounders in a big derby match that will be shown on Fox Sports Northwest (CH 687 on DirecTV and 426 on Dish) at 9:30 pm CDT.