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23 February 5:00 pm

Club Tijuana’s run of dominance at the Estadio Caliente came to screeching halt on Friday when the Xolos dropped a disappointing 3-0 result to Chiapas Jaguar, ending their home unbeaten streak at 17 games.

Carlos Ochoa led the charge for Chiapas with two first half goals before  Luis Robles added a third to put the match out of reach for the Xolos.  The defeat was Tijuana’s first at home since April 20, 2013 when they dropped a 2-1 result to Monarcas Morelia in the week 15 of the 2013 Clausura Tournament.

From the opening whistle, Tijuana struggled to deal with the physical Chiapas side who carved up the Xolos defense in the first half. Up three goals after the first 45 minutes, Tijuana was afforded more room to operate in the attack, but could not break through a compact and organized Chiapas defense.

The Xolos finest chance came in the 86th minute when second half substitute Herculez Gomez launched a free kick that rattled the crossbar as Tijuana’s rally fell way short.

Tijuana returns to action next Saturday when they attempt to snap their 18 game road winless streak against former Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola’s Tiburones Rojos side in Veracruz. 

23 February 1:14 am

CARSON, Calif. – Two goals, an assist and another major step forward for LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane.

The Irishman put in a 70 minute shift in LA’s 3-0 victory over LA Galaxy II, tallying twice in what was his longest appearance to date this preseason. Against the USL PRO side, Keane was a threat each time he touched the ball, but his finest moment came just seconds into the contest when he launched a chip from beyond 35 yards that caught Galaxy II goalkeeper Cody Laurendi off his line for the easy finish.

Following the match, Keane was pleased with his fitness and that feeling was echoed by head coach Bruce Arena.

“Robbie Keane needs to work hard in the next couple of weeks to be ready and he is getting there. He did a good job tonight,” said head coach Bruce Arena. “The first goal was unbelievable. I don’t know how he quite saw that, it was ridiculous. That’s why we are paying him the big bucks.”

View Keane’s two goals below. 

23 February 12:51 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy defeated LA Galaxy II 3-0 in the first-annual “White vs. Blue” game on Saturday evening.

Below are a few notes from the match.

The Galaxy should have the services of starting goalkeeper Jaime Penedo ahead of the final two weeks of preseason. Penedo, who appeared in LA’s first four matches this preseason, has not appeared for LA since their closed-door scrimmage with Pumas UNAM on Feb. 11 in Mexico.  Following the victory over Galaxy II, Arena gave Penedo the all-clear to train in the next couple of weeks.

“He’s going to be fine over the next couple of weeks. He’s ready to go,” said Arena.

LA should also have the services of Stefan Ishizaki who was reduced to a substitute’s role against Galaxy II. The Swede was left off the roster entirely in Wednesday’s victory over UCLA.

“He is doing well,” Arena said. “We have to push him as he is behind fitness wise, but we are going to get him going.”

Arena also mentioned to a yet-to-be finalized match remaining on the preseason docket. According to reports, LA will face Minnesota United at some point next week. 

22 February 11:16 pm

The LA Galaxy picked up a 3-0 victory in their inaugural "White vs. Blue" match at StubHub Center against their USL PRO counterparts LA Galaxy II

LA is now 5-1-1 this preseason. 

Check a photo gallery provided by LAGalaxy.com is below.  

 

 

22 February 12:05 pm

Former LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens is close to continuing his career in Europe. 

Sources confirmed to LA Galaxy Insider that Stephens is in Oslo and close to finalizing a deal with Norwegian Tippeligaen club Stabæk. The 24-year-old spent the last three seasons with the LA Galaxy, compiling 94 league appearances with two goals and 12 assists. If signed, Stephens will be the fifth American to play for the club, joining the likes of Ricardo Clark and Mikkel Diskerud. 

Stabæk are led by former U.S. National Team head coach Bob Bradley who took the reins in January after his contract to manage Egypt's national side was not renewed. Bradley is the first American head coach to lead a top division European club. 

After being relegated following a seven year stay in the top-flight, De blaa (The Blue Ones) achieved promotion in 2013 with a second place finish in the Adeccoligaen. Stabæk open their 2014 campaign on March 30 against Sogndal. 

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21 February 2:12 pm

We've been discussing the LA Galaxy's rivalry with Club Tijuana in a number of different ways, but now, we get serious. 

For our latest "Road to Morocco" piece, I compare the tacos from famed Tijuana hotspot Tacos Salceados and Los Angeles' famous Guisados. 

Just be warned, my verdict may shock you. 

Check my review below and remember to check out Tacos Salceados and Guisados for yourself. 

20 February 7:57 pm

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane is on the mend and with the MLS regular season fast approaching, he will not be participating in Ireland’s upcoming match against Serbia.

The Ireland captain was left off the roster by head coach Martin O’Neill ahead of the March 5 match in Dublin against Serbia.

In their release, the Ireland Football Association states that O’Neill has spoken with Keane and omitted the striker so that he may focus on the Galaxy’s season opener against Real Salt Lake on March 8.

20 February 7:27 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy have added yet another Homegrown Player. 

On Thursday, LA announced the signing of 19-year-old Raul Mendiola who becomes the seventh Galaxy Academy signing in club history. A three-time Developmental Academy Starting XI, Mendiola won back-to-back U-16 Development Academy Player of the Year awards in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 season. Mendiola has been a regular with the Galaxy reserves since 2012. 

“It’s been a long journey and I thank everyone that supported me on the way,” Mendiola told LA Galaxy Insider. “This is just the beginning and I know that I still have to work but I’m excited to get to this point and be part of this team.”

20 February 2:24 pm

The LA Galaxy's in-stadium rivals C.D. Chivas USA are getting a new name and a new owner. 

On Thursday, MLS announced that the league had purchased Chivas USA from Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes effective immediately. According to the league release, the team will play the 2014 season as Chivas USA, but will operate under a new name and new logo in 2015 in connection with new ownership. The release goes on to state that MLS is intent on keeping the team in Los Angeles in a new stadium and has already spoken to several ownership groups with the hopes of announcing an owner by the end of the year.

“We thank Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes for their significant commitment to Major League Soccer,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “Jorge was an early believer in the league and he and Angelica have been great partners in MLS. “We collectively agreed that it is best to sell the club to new owners who are committed to securing a new stadium and providing MLS with a strong rival for the LA Galaxy.”

Said Vergara, the owner of Mexican giant C.D. Guadalajara, in the statement “When Angelica and I gained full operational control of the team for the first time 15 months ago, we were hopeful we would be able to turn it around. However, there is only one Chivas de Guadalajara, and we have realized that it will require more time, further resources, and a level of commitment that would divert too much of our focus from our other business interests. We explored opportunities to sell to other groups, but we believe selling the franchise to MLS on an expedited basis is in the best interests of all parties, including the team’s players and its dedicated fans. MLS has assured us they are committed to keeping the club in Los Angeles and finding the right owners to make the team successful in the future. We greatly appreciate the leadership and collaboration of Don Garber and his colleagues at MLS, which resulted in an efficient transaction that benefits all the parties involved.”

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Chime in on your thoughts on the news. Where will Chivas USA move to? What will they be called in 2015?

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20 February 1:47 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy announced on Thursday that they have signed their latest Homegrown Player, Bradford Jamieson IV. 

A Los Angeles native from Culver City, Jamieson is a former U.S. youth international and NSCAA All-American who has scored three goals in 11 appearances for the Galaxy U-18 side during the 2013-14 U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy season. Prior to signing with the Galaxy, the 17-year-old had committed to the University of California, Berkeley. 

“We are thrilled to add Bradford Jamieson IV to our roster and continue our tradition of signing local players to the Galaxy,” LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said in a club statement. “Bradford is a talented forward who will continue to develop and grow as a player within our system.”

My conversation with Jamieson for LAGalaxy.com is below.