If you watched the home opener on Sunday, which because you’re a fan you were there or were watching it on television, you saw Mike Magee net his first career hat trick and help the Galaxy defeat the Chicago Fire, 4-0. Captain Robbie Keane netted the fourth goal and because you watched it you heard this from ACB: Magee, Magee, Magee is on fire! Couldn’t sum that up better now could we? It was fantastic start to the very long, very busy season ahead.
My first player to watch from this last match was Goalkeeper, Carlo Cudicini. He was tested a few times and made a great save off of a free kick. He had one shot almost get by him when the defense didn’t catch the Fire attack quickly enough but his debut for the Galaxy was indeed successful and I expect to see him tested more and perform well.
My second player to watch from the game was Captain Robbie Keane. Do I think he performed well? One word sums up how I feel: YES! He netted the 4th goal of the match and assisted in the set pieces that got the other goals. With a faster pace being played by the team it shows him at his best.
Now, because I didn’t have either of them on the list of players to watch: Leonardo made his first start for the Galaxy since multiple injuries have kept him out of action for the better part of two seasons. His presence in the back compliments the height of Omar Gonzalez well and he showed how well he could play this weekend. The other of course is Mike Magee. If you would have told me last week that Magee would have his first career hat trick in a 4-0 win over Chicago, I’d be skeptical. Anything is possible but not probable. Magee went on the pitch with a purpose on Sunday and for that he won the MLS Player of the Week award.
Focus is now on CONCACAF Champions League play against CS Herediano in Costa Rica. The Galaxy have a tough team in Herediano to face in a two leg format. The team needs to focus on defense and pace. The altitude will affect each player differently and they are aware of what they need to do to push early and keep the pressure on. We will see what damage the Galaxy can do to the Costa Rican side.
So, with that being said, the season is officially under way and from Section 121, the view looks great. Hope to hear a loud stadium like this past weekend for every home game.
Until next time…