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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 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's Latino de la Jornada.

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

29 April 4:47 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy Academy alum and UCLA defender Javan Torre is continuing to develop as a center back and he may get the opportunity of a lifetime as a member of the U.S. Under-20 side at the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Following a successful freshman season that saw him play in 12 matches for the Bruins, Torre made three appearances for the U.S. U-20’s during the U-20 CONCACAF Championship in March. Several weeks later, Torre was one of the Galaxy’s standouts during their participation in the Gordon Jago Super Group at the Dallas Cup youth tournament in March.  

As Torre continues to progress as a center back, he admits that the Dallas Cup was vital for his progression.

“I was able to get games in and played at a high level against professionals, who take every day very seriously,” Torre told LA Galaxy Insider. “When we compete against them, it makes us better.”

Following a successful camp with the U.S. U-20’s that included appearances in a scrimmage against Cal FC as well as an intrasquad scrimmage last week, Torre is hopeful that he has done enough to preserve his spot on the team.

 Although he’ll have plenty of competition including former Galaxy Academy teammate Jeffrey Payeras, Torre believes that he’ll be in the mix for a ticket to the World Cup.  

“This was just a camp like any other even if there are more players that I’m competing with. I just have to come out and try to play my game,” Torre said. “I think I’ve done pretty well. I could do a little bit better with my fitness, but it’s not bad.”

29 April 2:37 pm

SANDY, Utah – At long last, Gyasi Zardes had the chance to step onto the field. The 21-year-old Homegrown forward made his professional debut by going 37 minutes in the LA Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake last Saturday. 

The moment was a tad bittersweet, however, as Zardes checked into the match at the 53rd minute for the injured Jack McBean, who was discovered to have a broken left clavicle following the match.  Once Zardes stepped onto the field, he became the third Galaxy player to make his professional debut in the 2-0 victory, joining starters Brian Rowe and Charlie Rugg. The last time that three Galaxy players made their MLS debuts was March 22, 2009 when A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez and Kyle Patterson participated in LA's 2-2 draw with D.C. United. 

“It was amazing,” Zardes told LA Galaxy Insider of his professional debut. “Just to have the opportunity to come onto the field and to contribute to the team felt great. They put me in for a reason so I just had confidence from the get go.”

A day later, Zardes went 45 minutes in the Galaxy’s 1-0 Reserve League defeat to Real Salt Lake. Dangerous from the outset, fatigue set in late in the first half as the forward was unable to create many chances for a Galaxy attack that struggled throughout.

But the fitness gained in the Reserve League match was a major boost for the rookie forward.

“I have to get my fitness up to par because I have been out for two months,” Zardes said. “To have my second [reserve] game is great. Fitness is the main key.”

With McBean injured, Zardes is expected to contend for minutes up top along with the likes of Jose Villarreal, Charlie Rugg, Robbie Keane, Chandler Hoffman, and Landon Donovan. Fighting for minutes with that distinguished group will be a challenge, but Zardes is eager to prove his worth.

“It sucks Jack got hurt, I take opportunity there is and there is an opportunity available,” Zardes said. “We have players like Jose [Villarreal] and other forwards, but I’m going to work hard and try to establish a role into the team. I really have to work hard in training and get my fitness up because the only thing that I want to do is contribute and help the team get better. ”

29 April 1:42 pm


CARSON, Calif.Should Mike Magee be a member of the U.S. National Team? The versatile Galaxy attacker has notched six goals in seven games this season.

During LA’s Time Warner Deportes’ postgame show, former Galaxy and U.S. national team turned analyst Steve Sampson posed the question to LA’s current head coach –and Sampson’s replacement as U.S. national team head coach back in 1998 –Bruce Arena if Magee should be considered for national team duty.

However, Arena was quick to leave the decision to current U.S. National Team boss Jurgen Klinsmann.

“Steve, you and I both know that a national team coach has a lot of pressure and a lot of critics. I think the national team has coach has to make those decisions," Arena said on the broadcast. "Right now, I’m going to relax and let the coach makes all those kind of decisions because as we know, they’re never easy.”


Should Magee be considered for national team duty? Will Klinsmann call up Magee?

Share your thoughts below. 

29 April 9:54 am

For the first time since March 22, 2009, two LA Galaxy players made their MLS debut in the starting lineup. Forward Charlie Rugg notched a goal and goalkeeper Brian Rowe held a shutout with seven saves as the Galaxy defeated Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Saturday. 

Following the match, I wrote a pair of sidebars on the two starters, which you can read below.

Brian Rowe puts in masterful performance to seal LA Galaxy win over RSL

*Charlie Rugg confident after scoring to seal 2-0 LA Galaxy victory in MLS debut

I ask the question, however, which player had the best appearance and has the biggest upside?


Share your thoughts below.