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04 February 2:32 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Add another right back into the mix for the LA Galaxy. 

Veteran right back James Riley has joined training camp and joins trialists Dan Gargan and Matheau Hall who have been with the team since the start of training camp. According to a source, the 31-year-old attack-minded full back received a call from the Galaxy over the weekend and has just begun to train with the club over the past two days.

A nine-year veteran in MLS, Riley has made a total of 211 appearances for a total of five clubs. Riley spent the 2013 season with D.C. United, making 21 appearances in league play while helping the team win the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, but was released by the team through the league's Re-Entry Draft process. The defender has also made stops with the New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, and Chivas USA

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Thoughts on Riley?

 

04 February 1:26 pm

Last week, myself and the rest of the LAGalaxy.com team had the privilege of  receiving a first hand look at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's latest exhibit entitled "Futbol: The Beautiful Game."

The exhibit is currently running now and will be at LACMA until July 20th. 

Below are a series of social media highlights for the tour. 

I was also lucky enough to get to chat with the exhibit's curator and a number of the artists which you can check out below. .

03 February 5:48 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II will play their first ever match on Feb. 13 against the Fresno Fuego at Chukchansi Park at 7:00pm. 

The USL PRO team which was announced last week will play the match in tandem with the first team's "Central California Cup" tilt on Feb. 15 against the San Jose Earthquakes. LA Galaxy II will suit up again a week later against the first team in the "Blue and White Game" on Feb. 22 at StubHub Center

Tickets can be purchased at ticketreturn.com or at the Chukchansi Park Box Office.

03 February 4:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy announced on Monday that the LA first team will take on USL PRO side LA Galaxy II in the "Blue and White Game" on Feb. 22 as part of "Legends Night" at StubHub Center. 

The match will begin at 7:30pm PT is open to the public with free parking being provided for all attendees. The Blue and White Game will also conclude "Legends Night," which allows fans to meet players, take part in an wine-tasting in the Champions Lounge and observe a discussion with Bruce Arena and Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo on the implications of the USL PRO project for a $50 donation to the LA Galaxy Foundation.

During the game -- which has roots in college football preseason traditions -- the Galaxy will don their white kits while Galaxy II will wear blue uniforms.

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03 February 2:44 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Preseason is typically loaded with battles for positions, but no competition will be more closely watched this season than the fight to start up top alongside LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane.

The two top contenders vying for head coach Bruce Arena’s attention are Canadian target man Rob Friend and Brazilian striker Samuel, both of whom were brought in last month to add height and physicality to the Galaxy forward line.  Each carries their own traits to the tussle as the 6-foot-5 Friend brings more than a decade of European experience with him while Samuel is considered a highly-touted prospect by LA brass.

Although Friend acknowledges the competition between the two similar players is beneficial for the Galaxy, he believes that two players should push each other over the long season.  

 “I don’t think that [Samuel] is exactly like me. I’m more of a straight up target man and he roams a little bit as well,” said Friend. “We’re all different players and I think that we can bring something. It’s a long season and it gives Bruce the option to use different players with different qualities up front.”

Who do you think should start alongside Keane?

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03 February 10:12 am

Club Tijuana's road woes continued as they dropped a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Pumas UNAM on Sunday afternoon in Mexico City.

UNAM took the lead after just 15 minutes with Daniel Ludueña screamer from 30 yards out that sailed into the Xolos net. Pumas doubled their margin in the 34th minute when defender Diego Veron found himself unmarked on the far post and cooly placed a header past Xolos goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo.  In the second half, Tijuana attempted to cut the lead to one, but the home side added a third less than four minutes from full time as Pumas midfielder Martin Bravo dashed up field and fired a well-timed cross to David Cabera who buried a leaping header into the back of the net. 

The LA Galaxy's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal opponents are now winless in their last 17 matches away from Estadio Caliente and have taken just four away points out of a possible 51 over the past year. Three Americans earned the start for Xolos as Herculez Gomez, Edgar Castillo and Paul Arriola each started in the defeat. 

The Galaxy will face Pumas next week in a closed-door scrimmage in Mexico City. 

Highlights of Tijuana's defeat are below.

01 February 9:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The U.S. National Team completed their tenth January camp in Carson on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Korea Republic, but before next year’s 11th edition changes may be coming.

Following a Chris Wondolowski-fueled victory over Korea, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann noted that he may hit the reset button on the camp in 2015. In particular, Klinsmann stated that while this particular camp was vital for his team with the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, future January camps may have a different a different makeup.

 “Maybe in the future…it’ll be more likely used as a developmental camp. Maybe we cut it down to younger players and see how we can develop those younger players because it shouldn’t be our job to cut their season shorter and get them fit, that’s actually the job of MLS,” said Klinsmann in his press conference following the U.S. victory. “I always mention that I would like to see the MLS season getting lengthened now we’re going to get more teams in 2015, so hopefully that happens.  

“We will kind of rethink the January camp in a non-World Cup year,” Klinsmann added. “Maybe we change some things with this camp because of the possibility of looking at the next generation of players coming through the ranks.”

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Should January camp change?

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01 February 8:07 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Jose Villarreal made his first appearance in a Cruz Azul kit on Saturday as he scored a goal for the team’s U-20 side in a 1-1 draw with the Chivas de Guadalajara U-20’s.

Villarreal’s goal came five minutes into the match and comes less than a week after he made his first appearance for the team as a whole in a friendly against a non-professional team from the Mexican Armed Forces. 

The Galaxy attacker was joined in the lineup by San Diego-native Michael Farfan who also made his first showing for the Cruz Azul U-20 side. 

01 February 6:42 pm

The StubHub Center was packed to the brim with 27,000 for the U.S. National Team’s 2-0 victory over Korea Republic on Saturday. The crowd was the first sell-out for the U.S. at the StubHub Center and just the second time that the national team had sold out the venue.

The last time that the U.S. sold out the stadiun?  Nearly seven years prior on June 9, 2007 for a CONCACAF Gold Cup match between the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago.

Whether it was the boisterous American Outlaws U.S. Supporters Group or the loyal fans of Korea, the stadium was rocking for a complete 90 minutes—a fact that did not go unnoticed by the players on the pitch.

 “I was surprised to be honest,” said LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan. “I thought that the energy was great, the national anthem was great. It’s a lot of fun to play in that environment especially in my home stadium. It was just great.”

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando agreed: “It was a great crowd. I've never played here with the U.S. team when it was sold out like this. It was fantastic to see everyone come out and support us.” 

01 February 6:25 pm

The U.S. National Team defeated Korea Republic 2-0 on Saturday in front of 27,000 at StubHub Center. 

Below is a photo gallery of the event.