ALLSTON, Mass. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media on Saturday during the club’s training session at Harvard University.
Arena’s comments are below…
(On the lineup…)
ARENA: “We’ll see tomorrow. We have a couple of guys that we have to check on tonight and make sure that they’re going to be ready to play. We’ll be ready to play, that’s all that I can tell you.”
(On the turf and the high temperatures forecasted for Sunday’s game…)
ARENA: “It is a factor. Again, it’s almost impossible to explain to this league that you can’t be playing afternoon games in the summer on turf. They don’t kind of understand it, but it’ll be an issue for both teams. In the month of June, in the north east, it starts getting hot and these surfaces make it more difficult. It’ll be a little bit of an issue in the game.”
(On the last week of Robbie Rogers hoopla…)
ARENA: “It’s business as usual…it’s business as usual. We’ve not any more attention or any less attention than we’re accustom to be honest. As I said, it’s business as usual.”
(On New England…)
ARENA: “Good team. They’ve obviously won their last couple of games. They’re a team that started off the season alright, but the last two games have put them in good position. They’re a team with a lot of confidence and we’re going to have to play well to get a win.”
(On what the youngsters gained in the U.S. Open Cup defeat…)
ARENA: “You gain something from every experience. It’s not something specific, but every game for young players, in particular, should be a learning experience. They may have learned that, that was a game where they were well positioned to go into the second half and get some kind of result and fell short. Hopefully, that’s an experience that they can build on in the future.”
(On where Rogers is in terms of fitness…)
ARENA: “I don’t know. I don’t think anyone ever knows the answers to those things. You just play and figure out where they should go. Every athlete is different. He’s generally a fit athlete so I would guess at his age that he should move along pretty quickly.”
(On what he wants from him in terms of sharpness…)
ARENA: “We’re just going to get him involved as much as we can and hopefully as we get into the month of July that he is more ready to play on a consistent basis.”
(On how Rogers width can help LA…)
ARENA: “Remains to be seen. There aren’t any answers to these questions. You have to go out and play and see how everything pieces itself together. Certainly to provide width on both sides of the field will help our team.”
(On Arena’s impression of Lee Nguyen…)
ARENA: “He’s a good player. He’s a good busy player and like any of those kind of players, the players in those areas have got do a good job around him. He moves all over the field, he’s not in one particular spot, but he’s a pretty good player.”
Courtesy of LAGalaxy.com's videographer Paolo Ferrari, head coach Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and A.J. DeLaGarza preview Sunday's clash with the New England Revolution.
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In the latest edition of View from the Booth, Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino analyze the LA Galaxy's match with the New England Revolution
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The U.S. National Team won't be traveling to Southern California during their Gold Cup campaign, but you'll have a chance to see them if you take a quick to trip down to San Diego on July 5.
The U.S. will complete their preparations for the Gold Cup with a match against Guatemala on July 5 at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. The match may include Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who was named to the U.S. team's preliminary roster on Friday.
"This is a very important opportunity for us to get in a good game before the start of the Gold Cup," said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a statement. "It is our goal to win the tournament, and the chance to play Guatemala will be good preparation for our group. We are thrilled to get back to San Diego which has such an outstanding soccer tradition."
Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez were named by U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to the nation's preliminary roster for the 2013 Gold Cup, CONCACAF announced on Friday.
Donovan last played for the U.S. on August 15, 2012 in U.S. 1-0 friendly victory over Mexico while Gonzalez is currently on U.S. National Team duty.
What are your thoughts about Donovan and Gonzalez being named to the preliminary roster? Hope that he returns to the U.S.? Hope that he stays with the Galaxy?
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LA Galaxy aggressive yet patient in pursuit of third Designated Player says club President Chris Klein
Yes, the LA Galaxy are still looking for a Designated Player, but does the club need one right away? No.
In a brief recent conversation that I had with Galaxy President Chris Klein, I asked about the club’s pursuit to fill their vacant third Designated Player spot. While Klein admits that the team is still searching for a player to fill that void, they’re searching for the right fit, rather than the quick one.
“We’ll continue to be aggressive in the Designated Player market and if someone comes along and it fits us and fits what we need then we’ll be aggressive in pursuing that,” Chris Klein recently told LA Galaxy Insider.
Klein also spoke to Joe Tutino's Galaxy All-Access Podcast and reiterated his position while also sheding some light on the club's recent connections to English midfielder Frank Lampard, who recently signed a one-year contract extention with Chelsea.
"We are going to be aggressive in the Designated Player market," Klein told the Galaxy All-Access Podcast. "Frank Lampard's name had been talked about and I think that, at the end of the day, he wanted to stay in a club where he's a legend. The coach [Jose Mourinho] that he's very close to is rumored to be coming back to the club and I think that played into a decision for him to sign another year at Chelsea. We never had anything done with Frank Lampard. He was one of many that we considered and continue to consider.
"We will be patient. We feel no need to sign a Designated Player because we think that have to. We'd like to add one or two pieces to our team. I think that if you look at our group, we have a very solid group and we will be fine going forward. In saying that, if we do come to an agreement with one player that we have been looking at then we will be excited to do so, but we're not going to rush into anything."
Listen to Klein’s complete interview with Tutino below…
The MLS Displcinary Committee added a game to the suspension of Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Shalrie Joseph for his red card foul on LA Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas in the 87th minute of LA's 4-0 win over Seattle on Wednesday.
Joseph will now miss Seattle's next two matches: Saturday at Chivas USA and June 8 against Vancovuer Whitecaps FC. The veteran midfielder was particularly nasty during the Sounders defeat as Sarvas was left with multiple visible marks on his face after his encounter with Joseph.
Joseph's foul can be seen below.
Good Morning from Boston!
Above is a photo that I snapped this morning of a sweltering Boston -- the temperatures are expected to reach the low 90s -- overlooking the Charles River.
On the right you can see the city of Cambridge, which is all aflutter after the commencement at Harvard University on Thursday. In the center is the Harvard bridge which connects Cambridge with the Boston neighborhood of Back Bay. As we slide to the right, you can see Boston University.
Now that our little tour of Boston is complete, a few notable notes and links from the morning:
*Via Twitter, LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza
*Club Tijuana crashed out of the Copa Libertadores on Thursday with a 2-2 draw to Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro.
*Chivas USA Academy director Sacha van der Most will serve as Chivas USA's head coach for Saturday's match with Seattle Sounders FC.
*Former LA Galaxy midfielder Dan Keat gave an interview in Swedish on his memories of playing with Robbie Keane and David Beckham in MLS.
The LA Galaxy are out of the U.S. Open Cup in the third round for a second straight year after falling to the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday.
I'm calling on all your opinions about the Open Cup defeat and how that will impact the team going forward.
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BOSTON -- The LA Galaxy arrived in Boston on Thursday to begin preparations for Sunday's match against the New England Revolution.
Before we further analyze the defeat to the RailHawks, a few notes from the past day.
*Chivas USA parted aways with colorful head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola also known as "Chelis" on Wednesday evening.
*The MLS All-Stars will take on AS Roma at Sporting Park in Kansas City on July 31.
*Omar Gonzalez went 90 minutes in the U.S. National Team's 4-2 defeat to Belgium in Cleveland on Wednesday.
*Meanwhile, Robbie Keane went 61 minutes for Ireland in their 1-1 draw with England at Wembley.
*The U.S. Under-20's are now 0-2-0 at the Toulon Tournament after falling 2-1 to Colombia on Thursday.