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14 August 9:08 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will be up against an old friend and an unfamiliar foe when they take on the Columbus Crew on Saturday at Crew Stadium.

LA will be facing a Crew team that currently finds itself in the thick of the postseason chance with 27 points which is good enough for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Leading the Crew is former Galaxy center back and assistant coach Gregg Berhalter, who took the top job with Columbus in the offseason.

“They started off pretty strong, but they hit a little bit of a lull and have come back as of late and have played better,” said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. “They’re a certainly a team that goes forward and attacks. As you look at them, you can see that their attacking scheme is built around [Fredrico Higuian] and rightfully so because he’s a terrific player and a great play maker.”

While Arena focused on the specific strengths that Columbus boast, Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan made a broader claim about the difficulties of facing Eastern Conference competition.

“The east games present a different challenge [because] stylistically [because the team’s play is different and we have to make sure that we are well prepared which we will be for Saturday,” said Donovan. “I think inn the west, teams put more emphasis on possession while the teams in the east are more direct.

“When I watch the [Eastern Conference] games, there’s not the same flow to the games as there is in the Western Conference games, it’s different, but we have to adjust.”

LA must use the match against Columbus as a chance to adapt to a different style of play as the club will play five of their last 14 games of the season against Eastern Conference opponents. As Arena’s side seeks to challenge for the Supporters’ Shield, the Galaxy boss believes that taking full points from their  Eastern Conference is vital.

“It’s important that we take advantage of those kinds of games,” said Arena. “Because it’s likely that most of our opponents in the west are not getting three points. That’s just probability. 

13 August 3:27 pm

CARSON, Calif. –  Landon Donovan will be honored by the Columbus Crew prior to kick-off of the LA Galaxy’s match on Saturday at Crew Stadium.

Such recognition ceremonies are common place in the MLB and NBA, but Donovan will be the first retiring MLS player to be honored by an opposing team. Donovan’s honor comes as no surprise as the forward has enjoyed plenty of success at Columbus Crew Stadium with the U.S. National Team, the Galaxy and the MLS All-Stars.

Although Donovan doesn’t expect tributes prior to each match like retiring New York Yankee great Derek Jeter, he is honored by the gesture.  

“It’s very respectful and it’s not necessarily my personality to want that stuff, but it still feels good. It’s nice as a human being. I’m very grateful that they’re going to do that,” said Donovan. “I just think that when teams around the World do it for their own players, it’s nice and it’s respectful.

“I think that we live in a society where we’re always so quick to move onto the next and we forget about what people have done so that to me is a big statement and I appreciate it. They certainly aren’t obligated to do so and it’s a nice gesture. I certainly hope that it is a trend that continues. When guys spend their career here and grow the league then they deserve it, there are guys that deserved it before I came into the league and I’m sure there will be guys who will deserve it after.” 

12 August 5:12 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Count LA Galaxy right back Dan Gargan as the latest Galaxy player to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge. 

Gargan completed the challenge which is designed to bring awareness to the fight against  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis on Tuesday along with Equipment Coordinator assistant Igor Pierra and challenged a number of U.S. Soccer luminaries including Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey. Pierra also issued his own challenge as he called upon new Galaxy addition Alan Gordon to complete the task.

The video is below. 

 

12 August 8:25 am

Foot Locker has tried to make viral gold with their new "Short Memory" series featuring NBA star James Harden and in their latest episode, they feature LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan. 

In the video, Donovan doesn't remember the fact that he was omitted from the U.S. National Team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and repeatedly refers to himself as the team's captain. It's worth mentioning that Donovan has never been the captain for the USMNT over a prolonged period of time. 

11 August 7:58 pm

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy held their second annual Galaxy Town Hall meeting at the Time Warner Cable SportsNet studios. 

Galaxy president Chris Klein, head coach and general manager Bruce Arena, and defender Omar Gonzalez participated in the hour long question and answer session with fans. 

A few twitter highlights from the meeting are below. 

11 August 2:25 pm

It appears that LA Galaxy stalwarts Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane may  have a chance to face one another at the international level in November.

The Irish FA announced on Monday that the U.S. National Team will take on Ireland on Nov. 19 in a friendly at Dublin's Aviva Stadium. Whether the two Galaxy players take part in the friendlies will likely depend on the team's status in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs.  Ireland last face the U.S. in April 2002 when they defeated the Americans 2-1 as defender Eddie Pope scored the lone goal for the Stars and Stripes. 

Ireland begin their Euro 2016 qualification campaign on Sept. 7 against Georgia before taking on Scotland on Nov. 15 just four days before they face the USMNT. Qualification won't be easy for Keane's charges as Ireland will be joined in the group by defending World Cup champions Germany, Poland as well as Scotland and Georgia. 

Interesting side note: with Miroslav Klose's announcement of retirement from international football, Keane is now the highest scoring active player in international play with a total of 62 goals for his country. 

11 August 2:06 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy bolstered their attack on Monday by acquiring veteran forward Alan Gordon.

LA acquired the forward from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money, the club announced on Monday. Gordon has 180 appearances and 39 goals as well as 26 assists in his 11 years in MLS. 

“Alan is a proven MLS player who adds another scoring threat to our roster going forward,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena in a statement. “We are pleased to welcome him back as a member of the Galaxy.”

Gordon joins a Galaxy strike force that includes Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes, Rob Friend and Chandler Hoffman. 

11 August 1:23 pm

Robbie Keane never backs down from a challenge and he proved that the infamous “ice bucket challenge” is no different.

Keane was challenged by former Galaxy player Mike Magee earlier last week to complete the challenge which has gained internet notoriety as a way to increase awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  The Galaxy captain completed the task on Sunday as his wife Claudine soaked the Irishman with a bucket of ice water.

The video is below. 

 

 

09 August 1:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. — Omar Gonzalez found the back of the net for the first time in 2014 during Friday’s 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes, but the LA Galaxy center back was smiling after the result.  

Despite a comprehensive performance against their archrivals, the Galaxy were forced to battle back from a pair of deficits after a pair of quick transition goals by San Jose. During both San Jose tallies, Gonzalez—and the rest of the Galaxy defense— were caught out of position as the Earthquakes notched a pair of counterattack goals.

“[It was] not one of his better games,” said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena of Gonzalez’s performance after the draw. “I think he could’ve defended a little bit better on the two goals, but they obviously weren’t too dangerous going forward and somehow we managed to concede two goals. That’s the story line.”

Gonzalez redeemed himself in the 49th minute when he broke free of Atiba Harris on a corner kick and placed a Stefan Ishizaki effort off the pitch and into the bottom corner of the Earthquakes net. Set piece finishes have become a specialty of Gonzalez, who has drawn considerable pressure from opposing defenses since his memorable tally in the 2012 MLS Cup final.

“I finally got my goal,” said Gonzalez. “When players don’t hold on to me [on set pieces], I can find the ball, so I’m happy that I could get open, and get my head on the ball.”

Even though he broke free against San Jose, Gonzalez doesn’t expect to be as open in the future.

“I definitely expect the [defenders] to be holding me. That’s the way it is,” said Gonzalez. “My job is to make the run, and it’s up to the referee to see that. I will just keep on doing that, and I’m sure I will keep getting held.”

09 August 11:43 am

The result wasn't the best for the LA Galaxy against the San Jose Earthquakes, but these photos courtesy of Mora Photography are fantastic.

Check them out below.