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30 October 12:46 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane was a threat throughout the LA Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but despite numerous chances to score, the Irishman wasn't able to find the back of the net. But perhaps a testement to his stellar season, Keane found a way to get on the scoresheet in another way, by dishing a pass to Mike Magee for the lone goal of the match. 

Keane may not have scored a goal on Sunday, but following the match, he was awarded with the club's Most Valuable Player honor as well as the team's Golden Boot for his 16 goals and nine assists this season. 

"It’s obviously nice to be recognized, in my first full season," said Keane. "You never take awards lightly, it’s a great achievement, it’s great to get them and it’s great to be recognized by people."

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was especially pleased about Keane earning the Most Valuable Player award, even though it came from the club's local media, a frequent object of his scorn.

"I think that it’s an honor that he really deserves. He’s clearly had an outstanding year for us and once he returned from the European Championships, he’s been as good as any player in this league. He’s been outstanding," said Arena with a smirk. "I hate to say this; I think that award was voted on by the sportswriters, which is amazing that you guys got that right. I agree completely, well done."

 
30 October 9:06 am

Romanian-Canadian referee Silviu Petrescu has been assigned to referee Thursday's Knockout Round match according to a release by the Professional Referee Organization.

Petrescu was assigned to two LA Galaxy matches this season, LA's 2-2 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 18 at BC Place, where he dished out four yellows, and LA's 2-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo on May 26, a match where he also issued four yellows. Apart from July's Galaxy and Whitecaps match, Petrescu was in charge of three other Vancouver matches, including the Whitecaps scoreless draw with the Seattle Sounders on Sept. 29, the Whitecaps 2-0 defeat to Seattle on Aug. 18, the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship on May 23 (where he issued two reds -- one to Whitecaps' Sebastien Le Toux) and Vancouver's 4-1 loss to New England Revolution on May 12, 

Petrescu's complete crew is below... 

REFEREE: SILVIU PETRESCU

ASST 1: Daniel Belleau

ASST 2: Darren Clark

4TH: Ricardo Salazar

29 October 8:12 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Attendance caps at The Home Depot Center had become an unfortunate occurrence during midweek games over the past year, but Thursday's Knockout Round game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC is a different case.

Last week, the Galaxy and Cal State Dominguez Hills reached an agreement for the team to sell the all of 20,000 tickets in The HDC' s lower bowl. If that allotment is sold, the club's might then begin to sell seats in the stadium's upper deck and grass berm area. In the past, midweek attendance has been capped due to an agreement that The Home Depot Center's location on the campus of Cal-State Dominguez Hills that prevents more than 7,500 tickets from being sold for games that fall on school nights. 

The agreement was met with joy among many fans and media as well as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who was quick to laud the deal. 

"The 7,500 [attendance cap] doesn’t work, it doesn’t produce the type of atmosphere that we think that we need to have," said Arena in his post game press conference following Sunday's 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders. " I don’t think we’ve lost any games where we’ve played in the 7,500 capacity [LA are 2-0-1 since 2011 with capped attendance], but I think it’s important that we get good support on Thursday and it’ll help with the team." 

29 October 6:31 pm

From LAGalaxy.com, a video reaction of Sunday's 1-0 LA Galaxy victory over Seattle Sounders FC. 

29 October 4:32 pm

 

AEG Sports and LA Galaxy Chief Operating Officer Chris McGowan is departing from AEG to become the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Basketball Association's Portland Trailblazers, the NBA club announced on Monday.

A longtime executive with the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings, McGowan joined the Galaxy earlier in the year during a reshuffling of the club's front office. After the announcement, McGowan issued the following statement addressing his departure from AEG.

“Upon my departure, I'd like to thank Phil Anschutz and Tim Leiweke for allowing me to be part of AEG for the past 17 years," said McGowan. "The experience that I have gained will be invaluable as I transition to the next phase of my career. AEG is a first class organization and I wish everyone associated with the company nothing but success in the future. I am excited to be joining Paul Allen and his management team, in particular Bert Kolde, Peter McLoughlin and Neil Olshey.” 

AEG's President and CEO Tim Leiweke also addressed McGowan's depature in a statement:

“I have had the good fortune of working closely with Chris and being a part of his career and life for over 20 years.  He came to us early on and was part of, not only the vision for STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE, but the Kings and eventually the Galaxy.  He has been an important part of everything we do here," said Leiweke. "He has helped us shape our vision, create our passion and establish AEG as one of the top sports and entertainment organizations in the country.  He will certainly be missed, but there are only a handful of these positions in sports, and this is truly a lifetime opportunity for him.  With our facility management division operating the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, we look forward to continuing to work with him.  We wish him and his family the very best and thank him immensely for everything he has done for the Kings, the Galaxy and AEG."

29 October 3:44 pm

Earlier in the day, MLS released their schedule for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The release in full is below (All times, Pacific): 

Knockout Round

(Home teams listed first):

·         Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo – Wed., Oct. 31, 6 p.m. PT (ESPN2/Deportes, TSN2)

·         LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Thurs., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. PT (NBCSN, TSN)

Eastern Conference Semifinals

First Leg (Home teams listed first):

·         New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United – Sat., Nov. 3, 5 p.m. PT (NBCSN)

o    CHI or HOU vs. Sporting Kansas City – Sun., Nov. 4, 12:30 p.m. PT (NBC)

Second Leg (Home teams listed first):

·         D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls – Wed., Nov. 7, 5 p.m. PT (NBCSN, TSN2)

o    Sporting Kansas City vs. CHI or HOU – Wed., Nov. 7, 6 p.m. PT (MLS Live, Direct Kick)

Western Conference Semifinals

First Leg (Home teams listed first):

·         Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake -- Fri., Nov. 2, 4 p.m. PT (NBCSN)

o    LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes – Sun., Nov. 4, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN/Deportes, TSN2)

OR

o    Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes – Sun., Nov. 4, P:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2/Deportes, TSN2)

Second Leg (Home teams listed first):

·         Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC – Thu., Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2/Deportes or MLS Live/UDN, TSN2)

o    San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA – Wed., Nov. 7, 8 p.m. PT (ESPN2/Deportes, TSN2)

OR

o    San Jose Earthquakes vs. VAN – Wed. Nov. 7, Time TBD (MLS Live/TSN2)

Conference Championships

First Leg (at lower seed)

·         Eastern Conference – Sat., Nov. 10, 12:30 p.m. PT (NBC)

·         Western Conference – Sun., Nov. 11, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN/Deportes, TSN2)

OR if at Seattle: Mon., Nov 12, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2/Deportes, TSN2)

Second Leg (at higher seed)

·         TBD – Sat., Nov. 17 or Sun., Nov. 18, Time TBD (NBCSN, TSN2)

·         TBD – Sun., Nov. 18, 6 p.m. PT (ESPN/Deportes, TSN2)

MLS Cup 2012

Saturday, December 1 (hosted by finalist with best regular season record)

v  7:30 p.m. PT (ESPN, TeleFutura, TSN) Site TBD

29 October 2:59 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Once again, when the LA Galaxy needed him, Mike Magee was able to step up and deliver a timely goal. 

Magee's goal in the 82nd minute -- which is up for Goal of the Week --  gave LA a 1-0 victory in Sunday's MLS Regular Season Finale against the Seattle Sounders, allowing the club to head into Thursday's Knockout Round game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a winning note. The goal was Magee's fifth of the season and could be an important one as the versatile midfielder-turned-forward-turned-midfielder looks to fight for minutes in a highly-competitive Galaxy attack. The 28-year-old's clutch goal against Seattle is one that LA hopes is a sign of things to come as Magee tallied three of LA's four postseason matches during the Galaxy's run to MLS Cup last season. 

Below Galaxy attacker discusses the victory, his goal and the role of his teammates like Josh Saunders...

MAGEE: "Momentum-wise, it’s huge, because this league you always see the teams doing well at the end of the year get in the playoffs. Having said that, we all know the real game’s on Thursday, so we all aren’t going to lose sight of that...I wouldn’t call it too clutch. I think if I do that again on Thursday, I’ll be a lot more happy. But we’ll take it, we always want to win, especially against a team that we’re hoping to see in a couple of weeks.

(On the intense nature of the match with Seattle...)

MAGEE: "No. I think every time we’ve played them it’s definitely been intense. They had to win tonight, obviously we didn’t but we didn’t want to give them any psychological advantage. We never want to lay down in front of our fans or anything like that, so it ‘s always going to be heated, no matter what the importance."

(On the play of Saunders...)

MAGEE: "Josh was ridiculous tonight. If it weren’t for him, I think we’re not winning tonight’s game. That’s how we need Josh, and that’s the Josh we know. That’s what we expect out of him, even though he’s making saves out of his ass."

29 October 10:59 am

A look at the LA Galaxy's Regular Season by the numbers...

0 - Number of goals the Galaxy allowed to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at The Home Depot Center this season.

2 - Number of LA Galaxy players (Leonardo and Brian Rowe) with zero league minutes this season . Rafael Garcia played five minutes, lowest mark of those with one game appearance.

3 - Three games, the LA Galaxy's longest losing streak of the season from May 19 - May 26.

4 - Four games, the LA Galaxy's longest winning streak of the season from Aug. 26 - Sept. 22.

5 - Number of games the LA Galaxy must traverse to get to the MLS Cup Final.

6 - Six goals, number of game-winning-goals by Robbie Keane.

7 - Seven games, the LA Galaxy's longest unbeaten streak of the season from Aug. 13 - Sept. 30.

7 - Seven games, the LA Galaxy's longest winless streak of the season from Apr. 28 - May 26.

9 - Shutouts by the Galaxy, all earned by starting goalkeeper Josh Saunders. The Galaxy goalkeeper had eight last season, the team mark was 16.

13 - Number of starts by Omar Gonzalez. Gonzalez played 14 games and started 12 of LA's last 13 regular season games.

14 - Number of assists by Landon Donovan. Highest on the LA Galaxy and second-highest mark in MLS.

14 - Number of LA Galaxy players with at least one goal. 

16 - Number of goals by Robbie Keane. Highest mark on the Galaxy.

16 - Number of LA Galaxy players with at least one assist. 

47 - Goals allowed by the LA Galaxy.

49 - Fouls suffered by Marcelo Sarvas, most on LA Galaxy. 

54 - Points earned by the LA Galaxy in 2012 season, eighth-highest mark in MLS Regular Season. LA finished with 67 points last season.

57 - Fouls committed by Marcelo Sarvas, most on LA Galaxy. 

59 - Goals scored by the LA Galaxy. Second-highest in MLS to San Jose Earthquakes, who had 72.

61 - Number of assists by the LA Galaxy. Second-highest in MLS to San Jose Earthquakes, who had 73. 

80 - Number of saves by Josh Saunders.

94 - Number of shots for Robbie Keane.

108 - Days since the founding of the LA Galaxy Insider Blog. 

188 - Corner kicks by the LA Galaxy. Second-highest in MLS to Sporting KC, who had 199. 

391 - Fouls suffered by the LA Galaxy. 14th in MLS. 

421 - Fouls committed by the LA Galaxy. 10th in MLS. 

2937- Number of regular season minutes played by Sean Franklin, the most on the team.

6-9-2: The LA Galaxy's record against all postseason teams (Eastern and Western Conference). Wins came against Seattle (1), Vancouver (2), Chicago (1), Real Salt Lake (1), D.C. United (1). Ties against Vancouver and San Jose.

28 October 10:57 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- It was a rare sight to see the LA Galaxy's 2012 Regular Season minutes played leader Sean Franklin removed at the half of LA's 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Thursday but LA's coaching staff and Franklin are optimistic that he'll be back in time for Thursday's match. 

Franklin was substituted at the 45 minute mark in favor of rookie Bryan Gaul, due to what Franklin described as "tightness in his left hamstring." The match was just the second time that Franklin -- who accrued 2937 minutes this season -- had been subbed out of a match, the first coming during LA's 4-0 defeat to Seattle on Aug. 5.  

"Just feeling little tight. Knowing the more important game is Thursday, it's good to be smart about it. I could have gone the (second) half, but its better not to go and be safer for Thursday," said Franklin. "We were going to be in fourth place and we know we were going to play Vancouver, so it wasn't that big a difference to miss the second half."

 
Head coach Bruce Arena was in agreement, stressing that it is important to have Franklin back in time for Thursday's match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. 
 
"He just felt a little tight at halftime. We were definitely going to make the change with Beckham and felt that let’s just be smart about it; it wouldn’t be wise to lose a player," said Arena. "Once we made the Beckham substitution and another one that Sean is playing...f we had to do it at half time then we’d really regret that. It was really a precautionary move to make sure that he’s ready for Thursday."
28 October 10:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Head Coach Bruce Arena may not have expected to give Landon Donovan a full 90 minute run out in Sunday night's 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders, but he admitted that he was happy to give it to the LA Galaxy captain.

The match involved a different role for Donovan as the Galaxy captain, who is still dealing with the effects of a left knee bone bruise that kept him from appearing in last week's 2-2 draw in San Jose, started in midfield for the first game since June 17. With Christian Wilhelmsson on his opposite flank, Donovan and the Galaxy created numerous scoring opportunities -- albeit allowing many for Seattle -- throughout the action. Following the match, Arena admitted that he did not expect Donovan to go 90, but was pleased with his contributions.

"I told him that I wanted him to play a minimum of 60 minutes and gave him the call on whether to keep going and he was fine," said Arena. "Landon generally needs a half to get fit and he is one of those rare breeds and I think that the 90 minutes was good for him."

Donovan was quick to agree when asked about his injury, saying with a smile he'd rather not be asked about injuries any longer.

"Knee’s great, thanks for asking. Let’s not talk about it anymore, I'll be fine. We got a deal? No one asks me about injuries? I’ll be fine," Donovan said with a smirk. " When Sean came out, it put us a little bit behind the eight ball, so I was fine, I was a little tired but I was fine otherwise. We have enough days now, I haven’t played in a while, so I have enough days to get ready for Thursday, so it was good to get 90 in."

With the Knockout Round match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC looming on Thursday, Donovan admitted that Sunday's win was a major confidence boost for LA. 

"I think the thought process behind Bruce putting out a real lineup as opposed to resting a bunch of guys was we wanted to get some rhythm and some continuity heading into the playoffs," said Donovan. "We certainly weren’t perfect, we were maybe a little lucky at times and Josh made some goods saves, but I thought we played, actually, pretty well and I think we feel good now going into the playoffs."