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11 April 11:13 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to right the ship against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but even though LA’s duel with Seattle always has the fans attention, some with the Galaxy disagree.

The two top teams in Major League Soccer since 2009, the Galaxy and Seattle have been responsible for some epic matches over the last several years including a pair of matches in October and November that determined both the Supporters’ Shield winner and the Western Conference Championship.

Given all that history, is the match a special occasion for the Galaxy?

“It’s a rivalry because we’re one of the best two teams of the league,” said midfielder Stefan Ishizaki. “They got the Supporters’ Shield, and we wanted that. Then we got the MLS Cup, and they wanted that. Obviously, this year, we’re hoping to get both. But we have to start playing better and what better time than to do so against Seattle.”

Not everyone agrees, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was quick to scoff at the past between the two teams will impact Sunday’s result.

“All that stuff is in the past. If you’re worried about all that stuff then you’re head is full of a lot of crap all the time. Last year is last year. If last year wasn’t over, everything would be good, and we’d be champions,” Arena said. “Is it a rivalry? Everyone is our rival. Now that Chivas is gone, we don’t have any rivals... .Maybe the team that was in our building was a rival, but the other teams are just games in our conference and our league.”

 

11 April 8:30 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Major League Soccer's finest rivalry will kick off again this Sunday when the LA Galaxy face Seattle Sounders FC.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Juninho's stellar showings agaisnt Seattle.

Check it out below.

10 April 2:41 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Friday that injured midfielder Jose Villarreal is expected to be “available” for Sunday’s clash with Seattle Sounders FC.

The 21-year-old left midfielder missed LA’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC a week ago with a hamstring injury, but returned to training earlier this week.

“He’ll be alright,” Arena said. “He’ll be available.”

Arena also chimed in about Mika Vayrynen (calf) noting that the Finnish midfielder “looked alright” at training on Friday. 

10 April 12:12 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Since 2009, the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC have set the gold standard for Major League Soccer.

Over the last six years, the Galaxy and Seattle have accounted for three of the last six MLS Cup winners (all Galaxy), four of the last six U.S. Open Cup winners (all Seattle), and three of the last six Supporters' Shield winners. All the while, both sides have enjoyed the two highest winning percentages in Major League Soccer. 

Ahead of Sunday's clash between the two teams, MLSsoccer.com has provided a breakdown on the rivalry in the infographic below. 

10 April 10:20 am


 

LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes has made himself quite at home with the U.S. National Team in the past few months, and with international appearances come certain perks. 

During the USMNT's recent tour of FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Zardes and international teammate Miguel Ibarra were featured in FIFA's Crossbar Challenge. The two U.S. National Team players had 10 chances to hit the crossbar, with the winner rattling the frame more than the other. 

Check out who won in the video above.

09 April 3:20 pm

Robbie Keane has developed into an international star but more than a decade ago, he was just a young kid with a soccer dream. 

A couple weeks ago, Keane's first team Crumlin United tweeted out a photo of Keane scoring his first penalty for the Irish squad. Keane's trademark goalscoring form doesn't appear to have changed since his first goal with Crumlin but there's no word if he broke out in his trademark somersault after the goal. 

Check out the photo below. 

09 April 9:56 am

Landon Donovan throws the First Pitch at Dodgers game

Landon Donovan is not lining up in the midfield for the LA Galaxy anymore, but the recently retired soccer star is keeping busy as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday before the Los Angeles Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres.  

The all-time leading goal scorer for MLS and the U.S. Men’s National Team has enjoyed quite a life since hanging up his boots after his MLS Cup triumph in December. Since retiring, Donovan has announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend Hannah, traveled across the globe and has even begun to pursue a college degree by attending classes at a local community college.

Wednesday was the second time that Donovan has taken part in pregame ceremonies at Dodger Stadium as the U.S. Soccer legend once threw out the first pitch in 2010 before joining the U.S. National Team ahead of the World Cup in South Africa. 

A self-professed diehard fan of Los Angeles sports, Donovan was overjoyed about his latest Dodger Stadium experience.

“I grew up watching the Dodgers and listening to the Dodgers on the radio. I met Tommy Lasorda,” Donovan told reporters on Wednesday. “As a Dodgers fan, he’s the cream of the crop.”

Watch Donovan's first pitch below.

 
08 April 3:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Like the changing of the seasons, the LA Galaxy have once again found themselves in another slow start. 

In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I examine the Galaxy's record in championship years and the years following an MLS Cup title. To follow up on the article and find out why the Galaxy have been such notorious slow starters over the years, I spoke to Associate head coach Dave Sarachan who offered an explanation. 

"I wish I could tell you the exact answer because as coaches, we monitor our training, we think the training has been good and we think that the energy has been good as well," Sarachan said. "What I think sometimes gets overlooked is that every team gets better and every team sets their sights on us, so from a soccer standpoint.. where we've been is pretty good. Along with that, there's always going to be interchanging personnel, we have a few new bodies and we're still adjusting from a few absences from last year. We're not far off, but we're not complete."

08 April 1:55 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II will host a U.S Open Cup match at StubHub Center's Track and Field Stadium on May 20, U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday

Just who Los Dos will face on that Wednesday evening is still up in the air as Galaxy II's opponent will face either Cal FC (USASA), San Francisco City FC (US Club Soccer) or the Ventura County Fusion (PDL). Cal FC will face San Francisco at Kezar Stadium on April 25 with the winner traveling south to take on the Ventura County Fusion on May 19 at Ventura College SportsPlex. 

MLS teams will enter the tournament during the fourth round which is scheduled to begin June 16 and June 17. 

07 April 6:06 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy aren't hitting the panic button after starting the 2015 season with a 1-2-2 record, but they admit that they're ready to return home after two straight defeats away from StubHub Center.

Last Saturday's defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC extended LA's winless run away from StubHub Center to nine games. However for all their struggles away from home, StubHub Center has been a bastion of success for the Galaxy, with the team riding an impressive 21-game unbeaten run.

Now that the Galaxy are back at StubHub Center for their next two matches, they're confident that they can turn their season around.

"We’re at home and we know what we can do there. If we’re not going to get any points on the road then we need to win every single game at home," A.J. DeLaGarza said after LA's defeat in Vancouver last week. We have to start with Seattle and then Kansas City the week after. These are as big a games as you can have this early into the year."

Juninho, the hero who helped the Galaxy advanced past the Sounders in last year's postseason, agreed. 

"Against Seattle is a perfect time to get back on track," Juninho said. "It's the biggest rivalry in the league right now and they have very good players so we'll have to do our best."