CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane will remain a member of the LA Galaxy for the long haul.
The Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they have signed the 2014 Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player to a contract extension. Per club and MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 34-year-old has been limited to just seven appearances for the club in 2015 due to a nagging groin injury that cost him eight games early on. Keane is currently away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland. The striker has tallied 55 goals in just 91 league appearances for the Galaxy, and has been an intergral part in three MLS Cup championships since arriving in August 2011.
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Alan Gordon, Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes named to USMNT provisional roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy stalwarts Alan Gordon, Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes have been named to the 35-man 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup provisional roster by U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
If called to the full group, Gordon could make his first U.S. appearance since he came on as a substitute against Antigua and Barbuda in 2012. The 33-year-old was also called in once for a match against Mexico in 2013 but did not appear. Gonzalez has been a regular for Klinsmann over the past two years while Zardes has been a frequent call-up for the USMNT in 2015.
Klinsmann will trim his list down from 35 to 23 in the next three weeks. Gold Cup rules state that teams are allowed to bring in new players for the knockout rounds but the replacement players must come from the initial 35-man list.
The complete squad is below.
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal is targeting a return to the field this Saturday against Columbus Crew SC less than two weeks after suffering a left shoulder sprain.
The 21-year-old attacker has trained in full since last Friday but was unable to suit up against Vancouver Whitecaps FC due to the shoulder sprain suffered days earlier against New England. With the Galaxy training staff keeping close tabs on his shoulder, Villarreal has made a quick recovery, and could be in line to play as early as Saturday.
“I feel good. It was a hard [training] session on Monday and today, and I feel great. I’m going to continue to work to get ready and hopefully be back this weekend against Columbus,” Villarreal said. “My shoulder is a little sore but I’m going to keep on icing it which causes the pain to ease. … It’s definitely getting better.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena echoes Villarreal’s optimism stating that “it’s possible” that he can be available for Saturday’s match in Columbus.
“I always try to help the team in any way that I can,” said Villarreal. “This has been frustrating with all the injuries that I’ve had and I want to get back to playing normally.”
LA Galaxy II midfielder Raul Mendiola named to USL Team of the Week after goal against Orange County Blues
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II attacker Raul Mendiola has been named to USL Team of the Week for the 12th week of the 2015 USL season.
Mendiola scored the opener in Los Dos' 2-1 victory over Orange County, helping Galaxy II earn their sixth game in seven matches. This season, Mendiola has been one of the stars of USL notching three goals and seven assists for Galaxy II.
The complete USL Team of the Week is below.
WATCH: LA Galaxy and USMNT legend Landon Donovan hits an inside-the-park home run at Dodgers charity game
Retired LA Galaxy and U.S. National Team legend Landon Donovan tried his hand at softball on Saturday by participating in the Los Angeles Dodgers' annual Hollywood Stars Game.
Playing alongside such Hollywood celebrities as Larry King, Alan Thicke and James Van Der Beek, Donovan showed off his baseball prowess by hitting an inside-the-park home run. In addition to hitting a round-tripper, Donovan also showed off his fielding prowess with a Willie Mays-esque catch while playing left field.
Highlights from the game are above. You can watch Landon's home run at the 1:20 mark.
CARSON, Calif. -- Jose Villarreal looked like he may be sidelined for an extended period after exiting the LA Galaxy's 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution last month, but the 21-year-old striker is already back on the training ground and hoping to make a return as soon as next week's match with Columbus Crew.
Villarreal suffered a left shoulder sprain after a hard fall on the turf in the early stages of LA's 2-2 draw at Gillete Stadium with a but not before delivering a backheel assist on Gyasi Zardes' opener. Less than a week later, Villarreal was back on the training field on Friday, and already hopeful of making an early return.
"I'm definitely going to be cautious but I feel good about it. [On Friday] I came out and did a little running, passing, and 5v2 which felt really good," Villarreal told LA Galaxy Insider on Friday. "I feel like I'm on the right track to get back early. The way things are looking, I'll be back training and hopefully get ready for Columbus."
After suffering a frustrating hamstring injury that hampered his early season success, Villarreal is confident that he can re-gain his poised touch if he gets a chance to play against the Crew.
"For me, injuries happen and it doesn't have to mean that you're not fit. This was just something that happened that I couldn't avoid. I think that I just need to focus and prepare the right way, and if I do that, I think that I can be ready for Columbus. There's no doubt in my mind that with the training staff that we have that I can't come back quickly."
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers made a major step forward in his injury recovery by going 61 minutes with LA Galaxy II in their 2-1 victory over Orange County Blues on Saturday.
Playing in his first match since suffering an ankle injury against FC Dallas on May 9, Rogers was solid at left back for Los Dos as they locked up their fourth win in five USL games. Galaxy II's win extended their winning streak against Orange County to five games all-time.
With his extended stint with Galaxy II in the books, Rogers is likely to be contention to appear for the first team when they make the trip to face the Columbus Crew next Saturday.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the club's 1-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
On having zero shots on goal:
ARENA: “I don’t think it was from a lack of effort, we should have shot a few more times. They did a good job, got a lot of players behind the ball, made it tough in and around the penalty area to their credit.”
On tonight’s match:
ARENA: “Conceding that goal in the first half, it was tailor made for their team. The way they play, and with their speed on the counter, and we gave away a ball in our middle third of the field and they got a goal. They certainly did a very good job having good numbers behind the ball, and countering us in the second half. We had some chances to have a little bit better quality, perhaps create a few dangerous chances, but we fell short.”
On Vancouver’s center defense:
ARENA: “They played well. Obviously they are very good in the air and they dominated us there. We weren’t good enough on the ball to play around them.”
On Robbie Keane’s fitness:
ARENA: “Well he is just coming back from being away for two months. I think we’re doing the best we can; it’s been a little bit of a patchwork job in the first half of the season. That’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes. No excuses, but we’re a little bit short handed in a lot of the spots on the field and it shows with some of our quality. He’d probably tell you that the last 20 minutes were pretty rough for him. We had to be aggressive with our substitutions to try and get a goal. I decided to keep Robbie out there. It might have been a little too much for him, but it’s probably good for him to get the 90 minutes in.”
On starting Edson Buddle:
ARENA: “Well, got 60 minutes out of him. I think between he and Alan we are trying to get 90 minutes out of that position. It’s going to take Edson some time too, he’s missed most of the first half of the season. So you know, we’re a little bit short handed right now, and it takes away from our effectiveness.”
On Kekuta Manneh:
ARENA: “He was pretty much their dangerous player in the first half. A couple times, he burned us and we got caught on the goal. He is a good player. Perhaps we could have been a little bit better on a few of those plays. We stopped him a couple times, but the goal, give him credit. He did well to get the goal.”
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to extend their unbeaten streak at StubHub Center to 28 games on Saturday when they face Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
In my look ahead to the match, I provide a little pregame reading, matchups to watch, and a score prediction.
*However, the LA Galaxy will be without Jose Villarreal for Saturday’s match. Might this help Edson Buddle return to goal scoring ways?
*With Jaime Penedo away on international duty, Brian Rowe will get the start in goal.
*Training Notebook: updates on Robbie Rogers, Alan Gordon and new goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton.
*In the latest edition of By the Numbers, we look at Robbie Keane’s strike rate against Vancouver.
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan provides the Drink O4 Water match preview.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Octavio Rivero vs. Omar Gonzalez
Omar Gonzalez has been the star of the LA Galaxy season to date but he’ll have his hands full when he faces off against Octavio Rivero. Positioning will be vital for Gonzalez as Rivero has shown an ability to exploit space and make defenses pay.
Robbie Keane vs. Kendal Waston
It looks like Robbie Keane is back to full fitness, and that means the Irishman is ready to test a Vancouver backline that has conceded many goals to the LA Galaxy captain.
Juninho vs. Pedro Morales
The most important matchup will take place in the center of the park as the two South Americans battle for superiority. Look for Juninho to press Morales early and often to avoid the kind of pressure that sunk the Galaxy in April.
LA Galaxy 3 (Keane, Buddle, Maganto), Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 (Rivero)
CARSON, Calif. – If Edson Buddle wants to continue to see minutes for the LA Galaxy, the 34-year-old striker knows that he’s going to have to start finding the back of the net.
The 34-year-old forward has not scored since Aug. 20, 2014 when he scored on the Galaxy for the Colorado Rapids. Since rejoining the club in preseason, Buddle has been limited to just six appearances due to injury.
Buddle looked incredibly sharp during training on Friday but the veteran goal scorer knows that it’s time for him to find the back of the net in an actual game.
“I want to get going. When you’re not scoring, you’re reminded of how great it feels to score and find the back of the net,” said Buddle. It’s always felt great to score a goal, but especially to score a goal for this club because it means a lot more to score for the Galaxy than anywhere else.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena agreed that he expects plenty more from the veteran striker—especially with the club hurting for numbers with injuries to Alan Gordon and Jose Villarreal.
“[He has to] play well,” Arena said when asked about what he needs to see from the forward. “Edson is one of the few players who have scored 100 goals in this league so we want to see him be a dangerous forward and be a threat to goal.”
And Buddle, ever the professional, understands exactly what his coach wants.
“When it comes from Bruce, that’s what it means. Score goals. That’s what I have to do. It’s a 90 minutes, there are other little things that you can do to help the team but at the end of the day, what is most important is scoring goals.”