CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will return to a stadium that has been a house of horrors for them in recent years on Saturday when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes at Stanford Stadium.
At Stanford, the Galaxy have slumped to a 0-2-0 record despite playing the Earthquakes to a pair of highly-entertaining results that saw San Jose win 4-3 in 2012 and 3-2 in 2013. In both instances, the Galaxy earned a two goal lead only to surrender it late and see the crowd at The Farm erupt into bedlam as the Earthquakes emerged victorious.
“It’s a hostile environment where the fans are right on top of you. The field is small and when you have 40,000 fans rooting for the other team, it’s always difficult,” DeLaGarza said of the matches at Stanford. “Those are the games that you get up for though and those are the crowds that you want to play in front of than other stadiums in this league. It’s exciting and always fun when you get to play at such a unique situation.”
With the Galaxy coming off a disappointing 1-0 Extra Time defeat to the Carolina RailHawks that saw them bounced from the U.S. Open Cup, DeLaGarza believes that the time is now for LA to get a victory down on the Farm.
“We’ve been up several times and they’ve come back and beat us,” said DeLaGarza. “We need to be strong and really dig deep.”
The LA Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes renew their hostilities on Saturday at Stanford Stadium as the MLS returns to full swing.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the team's match against San Jose.
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Count Robbie Keane among those LA Galaxy players who have work to do in order to return to full fitness ahead of the return to MLS competition.
In addition to fellow Designated Player Landon Donovan, Keane is among the Galaxy’s walking wounded heading into their game against the San Jose Earthquakes.
“I think that I did okay playing 120 minutes [against Carolina] just four days after getting back from [Ireland],” said Keane after LA's extra time U.S. Open Cup loss to the Carolina RailHawks earlier this week. “It’s not ideal to play 120 minutes, but it is what it is, but you deal with what happens and you get on with it.
Following training on Thursday, LA head coach Bruce Arena asserted that Keane—and Donovan—are dealing with knocks ahead of the California Clasico match.
"They've been behind our group for a long time, in terms of that," Arena said. "They've got a little catching up to do."
Omar Gonzalez shined as the United States advanced to the round of 16 with a 1-0 defeat to Germany and now the defender is hoping to leave an even greater imprint on the team’s tournament hopes.
Against Germany, Gonzalez enjoyed one of his strongest performances with the U.S. as his positioning and aerial ability helped silence the agile German attack for wide stretches of the game. While Gonzalez was leading the U.S. to qualification, his family was in a far different locale, stranded due to the rain watching his performance on a small phone.
“[Omar’s wife Erica] told me that [his family] were all huddled around some phones streaming the game,” Gonzalez told reporters in Recife. “And so it was a pretty cool experience for them even they though weren’t here. They were all watching and biting their nails in front of this little phone.”
The true measure of Gonzalez’s impact will be measured on Tuesday when Gonzalez may return to the U.S. lineup in the Round of 16 match against Belgium.
Whether or not he gets the start against the Red Devils, however, Gonzalez is pleased with his first showing on the world’s biggest stage.
“My first 90 minutes in a World Cup, there was a lot of emotions there, there were a lot of things going through my head,” said Gonzalez. “But I just wanted to take it one play at a time and just move on from there and if I did mess up, focus on the next play. I was just focused on doing my job and helping this team.”
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Landon Donovan may not be in Brazil with the U.S. National Team, but he was among those excited about their advancement to the knockout round on Thursday.
Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez started and went 90 minutes as the U.S. lost 1-0 to Germany, but still reached the last 16 as Group G runners-up to the Germans. Following Galaxy practice, Donovan spoke to LAGalaxy.com about the teams performance on Thursday.
Watch it below.
The United States will play Belgium in the Round of 16.
For finishing second in Group G, they will get to face Belgium in Salvador on July 1st. The last time the U.S. took on Belgium, they fell 4-2 last May.
The United States has not reached the quarterfinals since the 2002 edition of the tournament. If the U.S. advance, they'll take on the winner of Argentina vs. Switzerland.
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LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez will be starting for the U.S. National Team against Germany.
Gonzalez will be making his first start since he picked up a left knee injury in May during a Galaxy match against the Colorado Rapids.
The complete USA lineup is below.
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The day is here.
The United States takes on Germany in a decisive group stage match that will decide if the U.S. reach the knockout stages.
Check out the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By The Numbers."
The U.S. National Team will be playing for their World Cup destiny on Thursday when they take on Germany in their final group stage match.
A win or a draw assures the Americans a spot in the last 16, but even if they fall to Germany, they could still book passage to the knockout stages.
Ahead of the match, a hype video made by Ted Harrison is garnering loads of attention. Check it out below.
Landon Donovan's U.S. national team career may continue after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the LA Galaxy forward admits that he's unlikely to represent the U.S. once the 2018 edition in Russia rolls around.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated media reporter Richard Deitsch, Donovan talked about his broadcasting prospects and his future with the U.S. National Team after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Donovan admitted that he's unsure whether he'll continue after the tournament concludes, but regardless of his national team future, he doubts that he'll play at his fourth World Cup in four years time .
“There are not many guys who play at 36 or over,” Donovan told SI.com. “I try to never say never, but at this point it is pretty unlikely that I would be a part of that team based on how my body feels and based on how good our team has been. If I am playing in four years, that means we have not progressed enough, to be quite honest. As much as I would love to be there and play in Russia, I think it is better for our national team if I am not there.”
As for a broadcasting career, Donovan told reporters last week that he was enjoying the gig with ESPN and reiterated that to Deitsch.
“Obviously I have to balance it with my real job, which is playing soccer,” said Donovan. “That takes priority now, but we have already had quite a few discussions with different people about post-career stuff. I’m not quite there yet, but it is good to know people are interested and I am hopeful that interest continues.”