Perk as Goal Keeper in the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders 4th of July Match - Photo Credit: Diane Scavuzzo
Pro Soccer News: LA Galaxy New Keeper Stars in MLS Game Against Seattle Sounders
The big news was on the field all night. It was not the 0-0 game or the back and forth action. It was the hot new goalkeeper for the LA Galaxy whose performance against the Seattle Sounders was as exciting as the fireworks on the 4th of July.
On his MLS debut, Los Angeles Goalkeeper, Brian Perk, pulled off a great penalty kick save from Seattle’s Fredy Montero and help the Galaxy to a shutout and a share of the points.
17 minutes into the game a Montero overhead kick deflected of off Omar Gonzalez’s arm and referee Ricardo Salazar pointed to the spot. Montero stepped up and hit a low drive to Perk’s right but the young keeper was up to the task and pushed the ball away to safety.
The game developed into a midfield battle with both teams failing to finish off promising attacks. With about ten minutes to play in the first half Juan Pablo Angel had arguably the best Galaxy chance as he collected the ball about six yards from goal but hurried his shot and screwed it past the upright.
The second half was more of the same promising build-ups but no end product. Perk showed a lot of maturity as the game drew to a close coming off his line several times to snuff out Seattle attacks considering he had lost two of his back four to injuries and played a large part of the game with a depleted backline.
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was not unhappy with his teams performance and had this to say.” I think the final score is a fair result. That was a game that was pretty even. I would have liked had the chance to make a couple of other substitutions in the second half, but obviously we had to make changes to the center backs that’s difficult. The first change to A.J. DeLaGarza] was going to have us hampered in the second half. The issue with Omar Gonzalez, that was difficult. Having said that, I think Brian Perk did very well for his first game in the league. I think the adjustments our team made losing two center backs was pretty good, but certainly the best chance out of the run of play was Juan Pablo Angel’s and obviously the chance in the game was the penalty kick. Having said all that, I think it was a fair result at the end of the game. I give Perk game a lot of credit in his first game. I don’t think he was tested a whole lot, but a penalty kick is as much as a test as you are every going to face. A lot of credit to Brian.”
Seattle coach Sigi Schmid also was happy with his team’s performance.
“It was an exciting game, obviously there were a couple of things that could have influenced the game Kasey Keller makes a big save at the end there on Juan Pablo Angel, Freddy Montero misses a penalty kick. Those are key plays that could change the game,” said Schmid.
LA GALAXY vs SEATTLE SOUNDERS GAME REPORT
SEA – Erik Friberg (Yellow Card) 55’
LA – Landon Donovan (Yellow Card) 93+
LA Galaxy: Brian Perk; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez (Bryan Jordan 79’), A.J. DeLaGarza (Gregg Berhalter 24’), Todd Dunivant©; Juninho, Chris Birchall, Landon Donovan©, Mike Magee (David Beckham 68’); Chad Barrett, Juan Pablo Angel.
Subs Not Used: Kevin Guppy, Jovan Kirovski, Paolo Cardozo, Miguel Lopez.
Seattle Sounders FC: Kasey Keller©; James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl; Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Mauro Rosales (Lamar Neagle 92+), Alvaro Fernandez (Pat Noonan 71’); Roger Levesque, Fredy Montero (Brad Evans 61’).
Subs Not Used: Terry Boss, Patrick Ianni, Zach Scott, Nate Jaqua.
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants Peter Manikowski and Colin Arblaster
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
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is a well known and admired soccer coach. As a Youth, Tony Bruce played soccer in Scotland for Drumchapel Amateurs, Partick Thistle and then in England for Leeds United, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers. As an adult, Bruce played for Los Angeles Aztecs, San Diego Jaws and in the NASL for California Sunshine. In the ASL, Bruce played soccer for 14 years in the Greater Los Angeles professional league for San Pedro Yugoslavs, Montebello Armenians, San Pedro Croatia, L.A. Gauchos, So. Bay United, Maccabee.
Bruce has coached college, high school and competitive club soccer in the San Diego Orange county and Los Angeles areas. Currently, Bruce coaches for La Jolla High, San Diego Surf Soccer as College Director and JR Academy Director and holds USSF National A, B, C, Youth, Goalkeeping licenses as well as NSCAA Level 1 GK and Brazilian National B and C as well as NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching, California State Component Coaching Licenses. Bruce is also admired for his coaching with Cal South's Olympic Development Program (ODP). This year, Bruce will coach the U.S. Academy for San Diego Surf Soccer Club