CARSON, Calif. – Growing up playing soccer on the blacktop in Hawthorne, Gyasi Zardes emulated the slick moves of French soccer star Thierry Henry then as a rookie, the young forward struggled in front of net as the LA Galaxy slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Henry’s New York Red Bulls.
Now amid is breakout second season in MLS, Zardes appears poised to challenge his former idol as one of the chief leaders of a Galaxy offense that ranks among the top in the league. Zardes has enjoyed a stellar second season, scoring 15 goals for the Galaxy, but despite all his success, the 23-year-old is excited to play against his childhood idol.
“I used to watch Thierry Henry growing up as a kid when he was playing with Arsenal,” Zardes said. “He’s a phenomenal striker and he’s definitely a guy that I looked up to. It’ll be great to play against him.
“They’re a great attacking squad that is full of dangerous players who are very talented. I expect them to come out and try to play,” Zardes added. “We’re both great teams and it’ll be a great game.”
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to put the clamps on the league’s leading goal scorer on Sunday when English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips leads the New York Red Bulls to StubHub Center.
The brother of Manchester City mainstay Shaun Wright-Phillips and son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Wright-Phillips as enjoyed a banner season with New York notching 23 goals in an MVP-type season for a Red Bulls side in the midst of the playoff race.
As LA look to shutdown Wright-Phillips, Galaxy captain Robbie Keane –himself an MVP candidate as well –admits that the Englishman has always had the capability to be a dangerous goal scorer.
“I’ve known him a long time. He’s a proper goal scorer who doesn’t get too involved in the play by coming deep. He’s a threat inside the box and he has an eye for goal,” said Keane. “Everyone always has a season though don’t they? It’s about whether or not you can continue that run over a few years, but he’s having a tremendous run this year. He’s a goal scorer and if you give him a chance in the box then he’ll score goals.”
But despite Wright-Phillips goal scoring ability, the Galaxy understand that he’s not the only weapon that the Red Bulls will bring on Sunday.
“He’s got pace and he’s strong. That’s always dangerous with someone that’s so confident. We have to be aware of him at all times and be aware of him,” said defender A.J. DeLaGarza. “Obviously though, they have a bunch of guys who can connect play with them. Guys like Henry, Cahill, Sam, Sene, and you can go on and on with the list, but they’re a dangerous team so we need to be organized and ready.”
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on the New York Red Bulls on Sunday in a vital league match that could help LA continue their pursuit of the Supporters' Shield.
Check out LAGalaxy.com's video preview of the match below.
Two of the most productive Designated Players in MLS history will face off at StubHub Center on Sunday evening when the LA Galaxy take on the New York Red Bulls.
Galaxy striker Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry will try to lead their team to victory on Sunday, but both have enjoyed stellar careers in MLS.
However which one of the two European striker's has enjoyed the best career in MLS?
Check out my breakdown of the two players below.
CARSON, Calif. -- Bradford Jamieson IV enjoyed a stellar season in USL PRO, but it was not good enough to win the 2014 Rookie of the Year award.
USL PRO announced their 2014 awards and Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper John McCarthy was awarded the Rookie of the Year award and the Goalkeeper of the Year honor for his season with Rochester. During his first season in USL PRO, McCarthy recorded an impressive 10 shutouts in 18 appearances for the Rhinos. By comparison, Jamieson tallied five goals for Los Dos in their first season.
In addition to McCarthy winning the two honors Orlando City SC's Kevin Molino took home Most Valuable Player, Sacramento Republic's Nemanja Vukovic won Defender of the Year while Republic head coach Preki won Coach of the Year.
After the announcement of the awards, Jamieson commended McCarthy on his performance on Twitter.
LA Galaxy Academy defender Hugo Arellano has been named to U.S. U-17 head coach Richie Williams' 20-man roster for the upcoming Panama U-17 International Tournament from Oct. 1 to Oct. 5, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday.
During the tournament, the U.S. U-17's will face Costa Rica on Oct. 1 before taking on Canada on Oct. 3 and host nation Panama on Oct. 5. All games will take place at the Estadio Maracaná in Panama City, Panama.
Also named to the squad is one-time Galaxy Academy player Haji Wright.
The complete roster is below.
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes came in fourth in MLSsoccer.com's annual 24 Under 24 list, which was released in its entirety on Thursday morning.
Zardes, who has 15 goals and two assists this season, finished behind FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo, Chivas USA's Erick "Cubo" Torres, and first place finisher Seattle Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin. The 23-year-old Galaxy striker who currently leads all American MLS players in goals is the only LA player to be named to the list as well as the initial short list which was determined by select media and MLSsoccer.com's editors.
Zardes, who was ranked No. 7 last year, boasts the highest ranking of a Galaxy player on the 24 Under 24 list since Omar Gonzalez came in second to former Sounders striker Fredy Montero in 2010.
Pleased with Zardes' placement? Think that other LA Galaxy youngsters deserved to be ranked to the short lsit?
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The LA Galaxy spent Monday out on the links at the Trump National Golf Course.
Chris Klein won the event that raised a considerable sum for the LA Galaxy Foundation. My piece for LAGalaxy.com can be found here.
Below is a video of LA's performance out on the links.
CARSON, Calif. – Two titans of MLS will likely play their final match against one another on Sunday when Landon Donovan’s LA Galaxy faces off against Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls.
The similarities for the two players are easy to see: both players are stars for their club teams and the leading goal scorers for their respective national sides. While Donovan has pledged to hang up his boots at the end of the 2014 season, speculation has swirled that Henry will end his own storied career at the end of the year—a fact that he has denied.
Even if Henry stays with New York another year, Donovan says that he is relishing what may be his final chance to face the French maestro.
“Sometimes we forget how special his career has been. When you’re caught up in the moment and you’re caught up in the game, you just see him as an opponent to stop. But when you think about it historically, it’s pretty special that we get to play against him,” said Donovan. “We’re certainly not in awe of him when we’re playing, but when you step back and take a look at his career, it’s special that we get to play against a player of his caliber.”
But will Sunday’s match be the last time that the Red Bulls face the Galaxy this year? Donovan hopes not.
“Hopefully, it’s not the last time. Hopefully they see us again in December,” Donovan said. “We’ve had very different careers, but he’s meant a lot to French Football, Arsenal and the Red Bulls. He’s brought them back to prominence after a longtime of not being a prominent team on the national scope. It’s been impressive what they’ve done with him and I’m going to try to enjoy the last encounter.”
Make no mistake, Steve Ralston is hoping that Landon Donovan will not break his MLS all-time assist record, but even if he does lose the honor, he "won't lose sleep over it."
Donovan currently sits at 132 assists and has just five matches left to pull level with Ralston's all-time mark of 135. Ralston, a mainstay with the New England Revolution during his career, who is now an assistant coach with the Houston Dynamo was frank in a conversation with MLSsoccer.com's Darrell Lovell when asked about Donovan's pursuit of the record.
“People keep asking me ‘What do you think?’ I think he’s at least going to tie it and probably break it,” Ralston told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday. “Do I want him to break it? No, not really. The only person I’d want to break my record would be my son. People that say they want their records broken, they’re liars. Who doesn’t want to keep it?
“At the same time, if he breaks it I’m not going to lose sleep over it. He’s Landon Donovan. He’s arguably the greatest player in US soccer history. If someone’s going to break it, and it’s Landon Donovan, that’s fine with me.”
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