LA Galaxy faced Seattle Sounders in the quarterfinals of the Open Cup last night and looked as if they were heading out of the competition until the 74th minute.
LA Galaxy were trailing 2-1 at the time before coach Bruce Arena made a double substitution in the 74th minute. He brought on Mexican striker Giovani Dos Santos and Zardes for Alan Gordon and a shattered Mike Magee. It was the best move that the manager had made all season as LA brought it level minutes later, and guess who, though? That’s right, Dos Santos. Zardes was also massively involved in the last 15 minutes, starting off the attack to make it 3-2 and assisting the final game which killed the game off.
LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena has this to say after the game: ‘You roll the dice sometimes. But the other thing you have to think about is you might be playing 120 minutes. Obviously, we injected those players into the game to get a goal and obviously we got three. Dos Santos did a hell of a job and Zardes and were fortunate.’
Sebastian Lletget got two goals on the night which played a massive part in their progression to the next round of the competition. He is someone that hasn’t had a lot of playing time of large and was interviewed before the game. He came out saying that he doesn’t want to disappoint and that he is being given the chance to show what he can bring to the team. There is no doubt he impressed, and it could be the start of a great future at the club for the player.
Throughout the 90 minutes, he looked like one of the most aggressive players, not just for Galaxy, but on the pitch. There was a lot of energy and flair about him which made a real statement for himself.
Bruce was pleasantly impressed with him performance, stating: ‘Sebastian hasn’t had a regular shift for a while. So it was right for him. He did a good job. It’s a good experience for him, and hopefully, it gives him the confidence to help contribute as we move into the second half of the season.