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22 November 11:48 am

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has endorsed former teammate Mike Magee for a potential call-up to Ireland if he’s eligible.

In an interview posted by the tabloid the Ireland Herald, Keane stresses that new Irish head coach Martin O’Neill should consider the Chicago Fire striker who tallied 20 goals during his 2013 season. 

“His whole family is Irish. His grandfather or father. He's not an international. I'd say he would [accept the call-up]. He definitely would like to but he's probably waiting for that American call-up. How he hasn't got it I don't know,” Keane told the publication. “He was a left-winger for us, a very clever footballer. Technically he's very good. He didn't start playing until he was 16. He never played as a kid. If he [O'Neill] asked me about him, I certainly would but I'm sure [assistant manager Roy Keane] and people would be fully aware of all the players available to them."

Keane has pushed for Magee to receive a U.S. call-up in the past even stating that Magee’s family ancestry is Irish, but whether he’ll be able to represent Ireland remains to be seen. 

The Irish Independent also posted Keane's thoughts on Magee's eligibility for Ireland as well as his musings on Twitter, life in Los Angeles, and of course, turf.

22 November 11:27 am

The dreams of College Cup were extinguished for the Loyola Marymount Lions on Thursday as they were bounced from the NCAA Tournament by the Stanford Cardinal in a thrilling penalty kick shootout.

Former LA Galaxy Academy forward Christian Alvarado went 106 minutes during the match as Stanford advanced into the second round of the tournament by winning a penalty kick shootout three to two.

The victory by the Cardinal sets up a contest pitting the alma maters of multiple Galaxy players against one another as defender Todd Dunivant will take on Cal-State Northridge on Nov. 24 which produced LA defender Sean Franklin and midfielder Rafael Garcia. 

Meanwhile, UCLA which boast multiple Galaxy Academy products will face Elon on Nov. 24 in Westwood while U.C. Santa Barbara and their two LA Academy alums host Penn State on Nov. 24. 

21 November 7:16 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Tommy Meyer endured the dreaded “sophomore slump” in his second year with the LA Galaxy, but the rookie is confident that he has the tools to put his career back on track.

In my latest LA Galaxy Insider Year in Review, I look back at Meyer’s season that saw him make just 11 appearances for the club. Meyer, who is hopeful of returning the Galaxy in 2014, admitted that his up and down form was largely attributed to confidence as he failed to lock down consistent minutes throughout the season.

But that isn’t the only thing that Meyer hopes to tighten up heading into 2014.

“If you play a consistent number of games at a time then you’re going to have that confidence and be able to build upon the game before as well as learn from your mistakes," Meyer said after admitting that he lacked confidence at time in 2013. "I also think that I’ll need to work on defending restarts, for sure, that’s a big key going into next year."

21 November 5:54 pm

Courtesy of LAGalaxy.com, the story of former LA Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman told through photos. 

21 November 12:28 pm

Former LA Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman announced his retirement on Sunday ending a 17-year career that saw him become the league's all-time leader in minutes played.

Hartman who played for the Galaxy from 1997 to 2006 was a key component in a Galaxy side that won two MLS Cups, two U.S. Open Cups, and two Supporters' Shields during his tenure. Following his time with the Galaxy, Hartman had stops with the Kansas City Wizards, FC Dallas, and finally the New York Red Bulls. Known as "El Gato" or "The Cat", Hartman ends his career with the all-time leads in minutes played (37,260), saves (1,474), wins (180), and shutouts (112).

A video provided by the league is below... 

Following the annoucement, Galaxy fans took to Twitter to celebrate Hartman's career.  A few select responses are below...

21 November 9:39 am

CARSON, Calif. – The road to the 2013 College Cup kicks off on Thursday and there will be a sizeable LA Galaxy Academy presence when the tournament begins.

There is a sizeable Galaxy contingent on Loyola Marymount who will take on Stanford after winning their first outright West Coast Conference Championship. The Lions face Stanford in Palo Alto on Thursday evening at Sunday.  LMU boast three LA Galaxy Academy players Christian Alvarado, Vince Paldino, and Billy Thompson. Of the three players Alvarado is the lone major contributor as he made 19 appearances with 15 starts and one assist for the Lions in 2014.

Meanwhile, several LA Galaxy Academy players will be suiting up for teams with first-round byes. U.C. Irvine, who have sophomore defender Matt Tiley on their roster will face the winner of North Carolina vs. South Florida on Nov. 24 at Anteater Stadium in Irvine. No. 10 U.C. Santa Barbara who boast midfielder Drew Murphy and goalkeeper Josh McNeely will return to action on Nov. 24 against the winner of Penn State vs. St. Francis Brooklyn. Murphy made 19 appearances earning one goal and eight assists while McNeely has played 18 games while starting every match in goal for the Gauchos since Sept. 13.

Lastly, No. 1 UCLA take on the winner of the Elon vs. Clemson match on Nov. 24 at Drake Stadium. The Bruins have six former Galaxy academy players in goalkeeper Juan Cervantes, defenders Javan Torre and Nathan Smith, and midfielders Grady Howe, Brian lloski, and Willie Raygoza. Howe leads all Galaxy academy alums in appearances for the Bruins by making 18 appearances in his sophomore season. Meanwhile, Smith made 14 appearances earning 13 starts tallying one goal and two assists while Torre made 13 appearances in 2013. Raygoza, IIoski and Cervantes each tallied less than eight appearances for the Bruins.

20 November 11:50 am

Do you remember where you were on November 20th, 2011? Well, if you answered correctly, you’ll have said that you were at The Home Depot Center for the 2011 MLS Cup watching the LA Galaxy defeat the Houston Dynamo to win their third league championship.

I was in attendance for that rainy night in Carson—writing for my former outlet Soccer by Ives— with a prime seat in the auxiliary press box located on the south roof of the stadium. Like most of the fans, media and players in attendance, I left the match drenched, but it was well worth it for a highly entertaining match that saw Houston give the Galaxy a run for their money until a beautiful sequence in the 72nd minute that led to Landon Donovan’s goal. That game also saw the real emergence of the partnership of Donovan and Robbie Keane as forward partners, which is something that has remained a fixture for the Galaxy throughout the 2013 season. 

As we look back on the second anniversary of LA’s third MLS title, check out the highlights from the match below as well as the locker room celebration and interviews courtesy of LAGalaxy.com. 

Highlights

Locker room celebration

"Road to the Championship" interviews

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What are your memories of the game? Do you remember when they played "Beautiful People" by Chris Brown at the end of the game? Cause I do.

Share your thoughts below. 

20 November 11:21 am

CARSON, Calif. – Major League Soccer announced their end of the season awards on Wednesday which were headlined by Robbie Keane earning a place as a finalist for the Most Valuable Player award.

Keane tallied 16 goals and 11 assists while starting 22 of his 23 appearances with the LA Galaxy en route to his first finalist nod. The Galaxy captain was joined by Montreal forward Marco Di Vaio and former LA Galaxy forward and current Chicago Fire player Mike Magee.  The award will be announced on Dec. 5 at the MLS Cup venue site.

Omar Gonzalez was also selected as finalist for MLS Defender of the Year.  Gonzalez, who won the award in 2011 made 27 appearances tallying a goal and two assists. The Galaxy defender was joined by Matt Besler of Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution’s Jose Goncalves. Defender of the Year will be presented on Nov. 26

LA was also nominated as a finalist for the “Xbox Team Fair Play” award which is given based on fewest fouls committed, cards received, and on a subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior. The fair play award will be issued on Nov. 25.

MLS also announced that their 2013 MLS Best XI will be announced on Dec. 3. Both Keane and Gonzalez are contenders for inclusion for that award.

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Thoughts on the honors? Think Keane will win MVP?

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19 November 6:08 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Laurent Courtois had a brief stint with the LA Galaxy in 2013, but he’s hopeful that he can remain with the club for yet another season.

In my latest LA Galaxy Year in Review, I discuss Courtois’ season that he split between LA and Chivas USA.  During this time with the Galaxy, the 35-year-old Courtois tallied two goals and one assist while making 10 appearances in his more than four months with the team.

Although Courtois admitted that he would have liked to have done more for LA, he’s optimistic that he’ll be able to latch on with the Galaxy for another season as he looks to prolong his career.

“I’m hopeful that there will be more. I don’t know, but I know that we’ll have some meetings to discuss. I hope to be a part of [the team next year],” said Courtois. “I have an option, but hopefully we’ll find an agreement. I still want to play and I think that I can help. …I still enjoy the feeling of playing and really think that I can do well.” 

19 November 1:44 pm

Omar Gonzalez and the United States dropped their final match of the year on Tuesday as they fell 1-0 to Austria in Vienna.

Gonzalez started and went 90 minutes in a losing effort as Marc Janko scored the lone goal for the Austrians in the 33rd minute that held up as the game winning goal. Gonzalez ends a successful 2013 with the U.S. that saw him start 13 of his 14 appearances for Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad.

Meanwhile, Robbie Keane was not on the game day roster for Ireland as they played Poland to a scoreless draw in Poznan. Earlier in the week, Keane stated that he was planning to see a specialist next week to evaluate his nagging Achilles injury.