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04 March 4:01 pm

It's no secret that Edson Buddle will be joining the LA Galaxy, but LA boss Bruce Arena expects the veteran forward to contribute in the upcoming season. 

Arena revealed on Monday that the Galaxy will be signing the forward before the end of week after a successful preseason training stint with the club. Buddle will look to return to form with the Galaxy after two difficult seasons with the Colorado Rapids, but despite his difficulties with the Rapids, Arena has full confidence in Buddle to perform in 2015. 

"He's an experienced forward. He's scored 100 goals in this league and there's no reason to believe that he can't score a few more," he said. "He's a good experienced forward. He can hold the ball up, he's hard to play against. He's going to play a role for us this year. We're going to have a lot of games this year and it's going to help having an experienced forward on the field." 

THE GALAXY WANT TO MAKE STUBHUB CENTER A FORTRESS

The LA Galaxy had a nearly unblemished record at StubHub Center in 2015, and if the club is to repeat as MLS Cup champions, the belief is that they must continue to dominate at home. 

A year ago, the Galaxy went a stunning 15-1-4 at home in all MLS competitions with their  lone loss came in club's season opener way back on March 8, 2014. As the Galaxy prepare for the upcoming season, team captain Robbie Keane believes that staying perfect at home is key for LA's hopes of another title. 

"We need to continue to do the same [thing we did last year]," said Robbie Keane. "We need to make sure that this place is difficult for players and teams to come. We want them to not enjoy coming here and know that it'll be a difficult game when you play against the LA Galaxy." 

BRUCE ARENA: LA GALAXY AREN'T "DEFENDING" ANYTHING IN 2015

The LA Galaxy will enter the 2015 season as the defending champions of Major League Soccer, but Galaxy boss Bruce Arena has a qualm with the use of the  word "defending." 

"We're not defending anything," said Arena. "Its' a new season. We're trying to win a championship, we're not defending one."

03 March 1:13 pm

The kings of MLS finally have their rings.

The LA Galaxy players and coaches received their 2014 MLS Cup championship rings on Monday at a private ceremony at WP24 in Downtown Los Angeles. The rings which were designed by Tiffany and Co. feature the Galaxy crest emblazoned in diamonds with a special touch of gold prominently showcasing their record fifth MLS Cup title. Along the frame of the ring, the player's name and the final score of the 2014 MLS Cup are shown while at the bottom, the Galaxy's playoff rallying cry "First To Five" is engraved.

"It was breathtaking," said Gyasi Zardes. "That's my first ring ever and it was just crazy to see my name engraved on the side of it. Oh my goodness." 

Added A.J. DeLaGarza who now has three MLS Cup title rings in his possession, "I love them all, but this ring is pretty sick." 

Galaxy fans will have a chance to have a ring ceremony of their own on April 12 when the club holds a replica ring giveaway when LA hosts Seattle Sounders FC. The first 15,000 fans through the StubHub Center gates will receive replica rings honoring the 2014 MLS Cup champions courtesy of Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Below are select social media posts from Galaxy players showcasing their rings.

 

Nice little gift before the season kicks off.... ☺️ #firsttofive #champs

A photo posted by Baggio Husidic (@ba66io) on

 

Another beaut to add to the collection.

A photo posted by Omar Gonzalez (@ogonzal1) on

 

Juuuuust the way I like it. @lagalaxy #firsttofive #champions

A video posted by Omar Gonzalez (@ogonzal1) on

 

#noogie

A photo posted by Omar Gonzalez (@ogonzal1) on

02 March 7:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy open the 2015 MLS regular season on Friday, and will do so with a near clean bill of health. 

First team regulars A.J. DeLaGarza, Baggio Husidic, Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes as well as trialist Edson Buddle missed out on the Galaxy's final preseason game of 2015 on Saturday, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says that the team will be close to full health when they open the season on Friday against the Chicago Fire. 

"I think that we're in good shape heading into the first game. We've been very conservative with our players this preseason. Given that we had such a long year last year, we didn't want to kill anybody. We're just taking it in stride. We'll be fine... They're all here training."   

TIME TO CHANGE THE SCHEDULE FOR THE CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SAYS ARENA

The Galaxy will not begin their CONCACAF Champions League campaign for nearly five months, but Bruce Arena says that the club will do their best to win the continental tournament.

Currently, MLS entrants D.C. United and the Montreal Impact are long shots to reach the semifinals of the now rebranded Scotia Bank CONCACAF Champions League which may force MLS to wait another year for the a team to challenge for the regional championship. During the 2015-16 tournament, the Galaxy will be joined by D.C. United, Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC who will attempt to become the first team to win the title.

Winning the Champions League has been a tall order for MLS clubs, and according to Arena, it will continue to be a challenge for MLS teams if the schedule remains the same.

“We want to win it,” said Arena. “Unfortunately for our league, it’s not fair for our teams to play this competition in February. We’re put behind the eight ball right away. It’s the job of U.S. Soccer and MLS to work with CONCACAF and provide some dates that allow us to be more competitive in the competition.

BRUCE ARENA TELLS MLS TO "BRING IT ON" AS LA LOOK TO REPEAT

The LA Galaxy will begin their MLS regular season campaign on Friday with 19 teams gunning to take away their title as MLS Cup champions. Typically that places a bulls-eye on the winning team, but that's of little matter to Bruce Arena.

When asked on Monday if the Galaxy will face considerable pressure this season to repeat as champions, the LA head coach and general manager responded in his typically glib manner. 

"Yeah, bring it on. Whatever. I think that's what I signed up for," Arena said. 

Even if the Galaxy will head into the season as the favorites to repeat as MLS Cup champions, Arena is eager to get the season started.

"We don't need anymore preseason," Arena said. "I'm sick of it. I'd rather be criticized right away." 

02 March 2:20 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Edson Buddle will be a member of the LA Galaxy again by the end of the week.

Buddle has been sidelined recently with an injury, but head coach and general manager Bruce Arena confirmed that the 33-year-old forward will be joining the club by the start of the 2015 season. 

"We'll get that done this week," Arena told reporters after practice on Monday. 

The veteran forward will be joining the Galaxy for a third time having spent time with the club from 2007-10 and again in 2012. Buddle has a total of 99 appearances for the Galaxy in all MLS competitions, having scored 32 goals and six assists in two stints for the Galaxy. 

Buddle is one of eight players in MLS history to score 100 regular goals in his career. 

28 February 9:14 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The LA Galaxy were without several key pieces when they ended the preseason  with a 3-2 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes, but head coach Bruce Arena expects the full team in training next week.

Galaxy regulars Baggio Husidic, Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes as well as trialist Edson Buddle missed out on the club’s final preseason preseason match due to unspecified injuries, but according to Arena, they’ll be on the training field on Monday when the club ramps up their preparations for Friday’s MLS regular season opener against the Chicago Fire.

“All our guys will be back next week,” said Arena.

The Galaxy boss was also optimistic about the status of defender A.J. DeLaGarza who has missed the entire preseason with a bone bruise in his left leg.

“He’ll be in full training on Monday,” Arena said afterward.

28 February 10:57 am

MLS Insider has dropped a sensational piece on the LA Galaxy's "First to Five" championship run. 

The video piece features interviews from players like Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan while also providing inside looks at the team during their MLS Cup final victory over the New England Revolution. 

Check it out above.

28 February 9:52 am

LA Galaxy Academy defender Hugo Arellano scored as the U.S. U-17's demolished Cuba 5-0 in their Group A opener at the 2015 U-17 CONCACAF Championship. 

Joe Gallardo scored three times while Alejandro Zendejas and Arellano rounded out the scoring for Richie Williams' squad. Midfielders Christian Pulisic and Luca de La Torre each tallied two assists in the Americans' confident victory. 

Arellano needed just five minutes to put the U.S. ahead as the U-17 captain smashed a Pulisic corner into the back of the net for the opening goal. In the 40th minute, Pulisic played the distributor again as he found Joe Gallardo from close range for the irst of his three on the evening. Just three minutes later, Zendejas pounced on a failed Cuban defensive clearance and tallied his fourth goal of his U-17 career. 

Once the second half began, Gallardo left no doubt of the Americans dominance as he combined with de la Torre twice for goals in the 65th and 88th minutes to seal the win. 

The U.S. return to action on Monday when they face Trinidad and Tobago at 3 p.m. PT. 

27 February 3:15 pm

LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza has provided us with our final sneak peak of the club’s new Blue on Blue secondary jersey.

In the final reveal of the week, DeLaGarza’s photo depicts the jersey’s sleeve which contains the new Major League Soccer logo color-coordinated in the club’s colors and on a field of blue.

The Galaxy’s new secondary kit will be revealed on Monday at 10 am PT

26 February 4:23 pm

LA Galaxy defender Dan Gargan has provided us our latest sneak peak of the new Galaxy secondary kit via Twitter on Thursday.

Gargan's photo displays the LA Galaxy logo on the new kit's crest. The new "Blue on Blue" jersey will be officially unveiled by the club on March 2 through a digital campaign. 

The final jersey sneak peak will be revealed on Friday. 

26 February 2:16 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Ramon Martin Del Campo and Daniel Keller were released from the LA Galaxy's preseason camp, LA head coach Bruce Arena confirmed on Thursday. 

Keller, 22, was drafted by the Galaxy out of the University of Louisville with the 62nd overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft and appeared in four preseason matches. Meanwhile, Martin Del Campo was an undrafted trialist out of UC Davis and played in two preseason games for the Galaxy. Martin Del Campo also trained with Galaxy II brief, but has since departed to pursue opportunities abroad while Arena said that Keller "wasn't interested" in playing for Los Dos.

The Galaxy boss also told reporters that the club's final SuperDraft selection goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton is still dealing with an injury that is preventing him joining the club's preseason camp. 

TRIALIST ANDRE AURAS STILL TRAINING WITH THE LA GALAXY

LA Galaxy II stalwart Andre Auras remains in training with the Galaxy first team, but don’t expect a decision on the 2014 Los Dos breakout star any time soon.

Auras has appeared in all but one Galaxy match this preseason, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says that the club is still undecided on whether the Frenchman will be offered  a first team deal.

“He’s signed with Galaxy II right now so that’s not that critical at this point,” Arena said. 

LA GALAXY II DEFEAT CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS IN PRESEASON SCRIMMAGE

LA Galaxy II picked up another preseason victory by defeating Cal State Dominguez Hills 5-2 on Wednesday. 

Galaxy Under-18 player Mark Cruz scored two goals while Adonis Amaya, Travis Bowen and Jason Bli scored for Los Dos

First teamers Ignacio Maganto, Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal played in the scrimmage.

BRUCE ARENA: TALK OF MLS CUP "COMICAL" IN PRESEASON

 The LA Galaxy may be a week away from starting their 2015 campaign, but don’t tell LA head coach Bruce Arena about repeating just yet.

When asked if his team has the mettle to repeat as champions, Arena scoffed at reporters talking of titles in February.

“It’s certainly not a thought at this point. I think it’s comical when I see teams talk about that It doesn’t make any sense to talk about winning the MLS Cup because it’s a long way away.”