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02 May 12:44 pm

CARSON, Calif. –Bruce Arena and Dominic Kinnear are two of the finest coaches in MLS and on Sunday, the two will duel as the LA Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo at The Home Depot Center.

Both coaches rank among the top five in most overall wins with Arena sitting at number two while Kinnear is in fourth. The two coaches account for four of the 18 MLS Coach of the Year awards handed out in MLS history as well as appearances 11 MLS Cup titles in total.  Arena has won four MLS Cup trophies as a head coach while Kinnear has two MLS Cup titles of his own.

The pair may be two of the most dominant coaches in MLS history, but Arena has had the edge over his Houston counterpart with a 5-4-1 regular season record (4-3-1 while with the Galaxy) against Kinnear while holding a 3-0-0 record in the postseason including two MLS Cup titles.

Ahead of their first and only –regular season—clash, Arena offered his thoughts of his coaching counterpart.

“It’s certainly Dominic’s team. Dominic is that franchise.  He’s built it from scratch, they moved it from San Jose, but that’s all Dominic,” Arena told reporters, also stating that he’s known Kinnear since before the 1994 World Cup. “His outstanding qualities as a coach, although he’s not technically he’s not called general manager, he’s fully responsible for putting that team together. He does an outstanding job and his record speaks for itself. He’s won championships, he’s been in God knows how many finals [Six all-time as a coach and four as a head coach]. He’s really done an outstanding coaching job.” 

01 May 10:25 pm

It was a comeback for the ages as Monterrey won their third consecutive CONCACAF Champions League Final with a 4-2 victory over Santos Laguna.

Santos Laguna was up by two goals heading into the last half hour after strikes from Carlos Quintero and Felipe Beloy, but it was not to be for Santos. Los Rayados roared back with four goals in the last 30 minutes with two from Aldo De Nigris as well as strikes from Neri Cardozo and Humberto Suazo. The title sealed Monterrey's third consecutive victory and their second straight over Santos, who they defeated in the 2011/2012 edition of the tournament. 

As we flip the script to the 2013/2014 edition of the tournament, the Montreal Impact eliminated Toronto FC in the semifinals of the 2013 Amway Canadian Championship by overcoming a 2-0 first leg deficit to win 6-0 at Stade Saputo. They'll face Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who defeated NASL side FC Edmonton 2-0 at BC Place to advance 5-3 on aggregate.

Montreal will host Vancouver in the first leg of the Canadian Championship on May 15 before the second leg at BC Place on May 29. 

01 May 3:42 pm

The Houston Dynamo will be without their chief playmaker Brad Davis for their MLS Cup rematch against the LA Galaxy.

An independent review panel rejected an appeal filed by the Dynamo after Davis was given a red card for a foul committed in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time in an April 28 game against the Colorado Rapids. 

In order for a call to be overturned, the panel must be unanimous in its decision that the red card issued was an error.

Video of the play is below...

01 May 2:56 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Jack McBean underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured left clavicle suffered during the LA Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake last Saturday and according to LA head coach Bruce Arena, the injury may sideline the 18-year-old forward till mid-summer.

The injury occurred in the 51st minute of LA’s road win over RSL when McBean collided with RSL center back Nat Borchers. Prior to the injury, McBean had appeared in ten matches across all competitions while scoring two goals and tallying two assists.

Following training on Wednesday, Arena confirmed that McBean’s surgery was a success.

“Everything was good. My understanding was that it was a clean break, they surgically repaired it and we’re optimistic that he’ll have a speedy recovery,” Arena said.

As for a timeline for McBean’s return, Arena told reporters that he may return sometime in July.

“I think it is six to eight weeks,” said Arena. “I think they periodically check and see how the break is healing. Everyone is a little bit different, but that’s something where we would think that he would be ready at July in some point.

The injury will almost certainly rule McBean out of contention for the U.S. U-20 roster for the U-20 World Cup in Turkey roster as the tournament will take place from June 21 to July 13.

Despite the severity of the injuries, Arena admitted that injuries “are part of the game” and he had no ill will towards Borchers for the foul that led to the injuries.

“I’ve never seen that kind of injury on contact from behind on a shoulder blade,” said Arena. “I would have thought that you would have gotten a dislocation or a separation not a break like that so it was surprising. Borchers went in hard for the ball, so fair play.” 

01 May 1:50 pm

 CARSON, Calif. –Former LA Galaxy Academy player Jeffrey Payeras may be a key member of Guatemalan giants Municipal, but the defender believes that he gained plenty during his time with LA.

Payeras was a key member of the club’s academy and also played several games with the club’s reserve squad making his Reserve League debut in July of 2011. It was during his academy days with the Galaxy and youth club Pateadores that he became close friends with LA Homegrown players Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal, who also attended Amino Leadership High School.

The native of Hawthorne, California parlayed his success with LA’s Academy into a tryout and then deal with Municipal where he has the chance to play in the birth country of his parents.

Last week, Payeras spent a week with the U.S. Under-20 team during their camp at The Home Depot Center and drew high marks from head coach Tab Ramos.  The center back started in both scrimmages that the U-20’s held during the week with the first team and appears to be a contender to earn a spot at the 2013 World Cup in Turkey later this year.

During the camp, Payeras spoke briefly with LA Galaxy Insider and other reporters as he refelcted on his time with LA, his new experience in Guatemala and the U.S. U-20's.

The conversation with the Galaxy Academy alum is below…

(On how he got the call to the U.S. U-20 camp…)

PAYERAS: “I got the call up [in mid-April]. I’m very excited and very happy and all thanks to God because everything is happening right now and I got signed with my team over there in Guatemala and I got called up here. Now, I just want to work hard and hopefully become a part of the team.”

(On how he chose Municipal…)

PAYERAS:  “I went over in December and tried out for two weeks then they decided to sign me and offered me a contract so I decided to stay. Not only is my family from there, but I felt good staying there.”

(On whether he ever faced off against fellow Hawthorne native and Leuzinger High School grad Gyasi Zardes…)

PAYERAS: “No, I didn’t. He was a year younger than me. He went a different high school, but my brother played against him.”

(On how his game is growing in Guatemala…)

PAYERAS: “It’s a little bit different, but I’m just learning from the guys over there and the way that they play there.  It’s different to the way that we play here, but I’m just adapting and getting used to it.”

PAYERAS: “It’s a little bit different, but I’m just learning from the guys over there and the way that they play there.  It’s different to the way that we play here, but I’m just adapting and getting used to it.”

(On his conversations with head coach Tab Ramos…)

 PAYERAS: “We haven’t really talked, but he told us about the tournament and hopefully I’m a part of the team.”

(On whether coming to the Galaxy as a Homegrown Player was ever in option…)

PAYERAS: “I’m just happy that I was with them when I was and if it would have happened then I would have been excited too, but I’m excited where I am right now.”

(On what he gained with the LA Galaxy Academy…)

 PAYERAS: “You learn from professionals and I learned how they played and being professional as a person on the field and off the field.”

(On his living experience in Guatemala…)

PAYERAS: “I have an apartment and I live with three teammates over there. It’s good. It’s 10 minutes away from the training facility and it’s good. It’s in the city.”

(On where his family is from in Guatemala…)

PAYERAS: “They’re from a city called Santa Rosa, which is an hour and a half away. I visit there every once in a while. my dad was there this past month and my uncle’s and my grandma are there.”

(On his thoughts about coming to MLS…)

PAYERAS: “It’s up to what happens in the future. I would love to be here in the U.S.A and play here, but for now I’m over there and who knows if the opportunity comes then I would love to.”

30 April 5:53 pm

LAGalaxy.com videographer Paolo Ferrari joined in during Tuesday's media scrum and has provided a video reaction of Robbie Rogers training with the LA Galaxy.

The clip includes a few shots of Rogers training with the team. 

Check it out below. 

30 April 5:13 pm

CARSON, Calif. –LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed on Tuesday that Jack McBean underwent surgery for a fractured left clavicle suffered during the 51st minute of the LA Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

The injury occurred after McBean collided with RSL center back Nat Borchers leading him to be substituted for fellow Homegrown forward Gyasi Zardes two minutes later. No timetable has been set for McBean’s return. 

The 18-year-old forward had become a regular in the Galaxy rotation by appearing in ten matches across all competitions including five starts all coming in MLS play. McBean even began to contribute on the scoresheet as he notched two goals and two assists, one of which came in LA’s win over RSL.

On Tuesday in the club’s first training session since the victory, Landon Donovan expressed his disappointment for McBean.

“I was bummed for Jack, he’s played really well,” He’s been here a couple of years now and trained well, played well for the reserve team, now he’s getting his chance to play. It was a bummer for him, but it is part of the game, but he’ll come back and be ready.”

When asked if McBean’s injury may provide the youngster with an smidgen of perspective after his run of form, Donovan agreed.

“He’s young and he just wants to keep playing and playing and it’s frustrating when he’s doing well so and that happens. He’ll be fine and sometimes it’s good to take a step back, I agree, but we know that he’ll come back and be ready.” 

30 April 3:58 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Rogers may be training with the LA Galaxy, but the team that owns his rights, the Chicago Fire are clearly in interested in adding him to their club.

In an interview with reporters on Tuesday, Chicago head coach Frank Klopas stated that the Fire would be interested in bringing him to the Fire. Rogers rights were acquired by the Fire in the offseason from the Columbus Crew.

“It's great, with his home in LA, for him to go back and play, that's great news,” Klopas said. “Before he came out, we made that move because we believe Robbie Rogers is a very good player and we knew at some point that he was leaving his team in England. That hasn't changed.

"It's great that he came out, that's all great, and a lot of people support him. We are, too. He's a young guy, it's great for him to come back and play. That's why we took his rights.”

Klopas also admitted that he had not heard from Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena about a potential deal for Rogers’ rights.

“At some point I’m sure they will,” said Klopas. “For us, he’s a very good player. We’d like to have him here with us.”

30 April 1:33 pm

CARSON, Calif. – For the first time since his announcement that he is gay, Robbie Rogers trained with a professional soccer team on Tuesday, training with the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center.

According to head coach Bruce Arena, the Galaxy have been in discussions with Rogers for some time to allow him to train with the club.  The 25-year-old Southern California native revealed that he is gay in February and promptly retired from the game of soccer.

A potential Rogers return would be historic as no publically gay player has ever played in American sports. But apart from the historic implications, how did Rogers look on the field on Tuesday?

“It’s preseason for him. You could tell he was a little nervous,” said Magee, who has been friends with Rogers for nearly 10 years. “I spoke to him after and he was saying that he was feeling like an old man and I told him that I know how he feels.”

Should Rogers choose to resume is professional career in MLS, his rights are owned by the Chicago Fire, who acquired him during preseason in a trade with the Columbus Crew. Rogers spent five years with Columbus before departing for England where he spent time with Leeds United and Stevenage.

Galaxy veteran Landon Donovan told reporters that it was exciting to play with Rogers, who is still looking to regain fitness and admitted that he hopes that the Galaxy can work out a deal with Chicago.

“It was fun to play with him. He’s been out awhile so it’s going to take him awhile to get back into it and he would admit that,” said Donovan. “Hopefully he does well, my personal hope is that we can sign him and we can work out a way to work out a trade with Chicago.

“I think that beyond the immediate soccer part, I think there’s much bigger positive consequences that could come from that and we’re all hopeful that he can get fit and Bruce wants to sign him.”

If LA were to be interested in Rogers, which was a subject that Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena did not address on Tuesday, a trade would need to be worked out for his rights. There would likely be other teams interested in the U.S. international as Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters on Tuesday that he’d be interested in acquiring Rogers from Chicago.

However, there’s no doubt for Magee that Rogers would fit in well with the Galaxy locker room.

“I think that he’s coming into the perfect locker room where,” Magee said. “Everyone is secure in our jobs and our environment is first class and our organization is first class. There are no egg shells, nobody is dodging subjects or watching what they say. We joked with him and tried to make him feel comfortable. I think our locker room is so easy going that it was easy for him (today). For him personally, it was great to overcome that fear of what would guys would say or do. I think it’s great, he reacted well and fits right into the group.”

29 April 7:41 pm

With an assist in a 89 minute shift in the LA Galaxy's 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, Galaxy midfielder Hector Jimenez is up for FutbolMLS.com's Latino de la Jornada.

Vote for Jimenez here.

Jimenez's pass to Rugg for the second LA Galaxy goal is below...