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18 April 11:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters after the club's 2-1 victory.

Arena's comments are below. 

(On the game...)

ARENA: "When you play hard and hang in there, once in a while you get a little bit lucky and the ball bounces your way. We’ve been on the short end of those a few times. I think things balance out. I think our second half we played better. We were much more aggressive, competed a little bit better, our game was a little bit better. On the night I think we played well considering a little bit of a makeshift lineup. I’m real pleased with our players. We’ve played two games in a row without Robbie Keane, and tonight not starting with Omar [Gonzalez] and Gyasi [Zardes] and getting a result is very impress.”

(On Bradford Jamison’s first start...)

ARENA: “A player who played with a lot of convinced. He was aggressive. We told him that when in doubt run. His pace, I think, was a factor in the game. We lacked a little of speed, so having him in the lineup was important. At the end of the game, him and Gyasi, they were threats. They put Kansas City on their heels at times. It was a pretty impressive game for him.”

(On the team’s performance...)

ARENA: “I think we did good. This league is a unique league in the fact that every game is a battle. Teams are pretty even in MLS. Any time you win a game, you have to take it, especially when it’s against a good team like Sporting Kansas City. It’s obviously a great result. We were a little bit fortunate at the end, but I think we played really hard. We conditioned ourselves to get a break. We put a lot of pressure on them in the last ten, fifteen minutes and we were lucky that the ball bounced our way.”

(On Tommy Meyer’s performance...)

ARENA: “He did a good job. I think, their goal we made a few mistakes. But on the night, I don’t think Jaime [Penedo] was tested a whole lot. I could be wrong, but there were a couple of saves that he had to come off his line. He jumped on some balls. He played behind our line. For the most part, I think we did a good job. They are a good team. The combination of Dwyer up top and Espinoza and Feilhaber—it’s a good trio of players and they are dangerous. I think for the most part we did a good job.”

(On if Zardes and Gonzalez provided a spark off the bench...)

ARENA: "A spark? Well, Gyasi did well, and Omar scored the winning goal, if you want to call that a spark or whatever, then you can. I think they contributed greatly tonight." 

17 April 5:20 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The last two MLS Cup winners will face off on Saturday at StubHub Center when the LA Galaxy take on Sporting Kansas City. 

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at the two teams record since Sporting's rebrand and rise to prominence back in 2011.

Check it out below.

17 April 3:36 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy stalwarts Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes returned to training on Friday after a brief spell with the U.S. National Team. 

Two days after going 90 minutes in the USMNT's 2-0 victory over rival Mexico in San Antonio, the duo returned to the training pitch with the team in full preparation for Saturday's match with Sporting Kansas City. Just what role that the national team players will have is still in question, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has told reporters that he will wait until matchday before making a decision on if they'll start against Sporting.

Even though he went 90 minutes on the harsh grass surface at the Alamo Dome on Wednesday, Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes says that he’s ready to start on Saturday if needed.

"The surface in San Antonio was very tough to play on. ... My legs worked really hard over the last couple of days so I just have to do a good job of taking care of them," Zardes said. "I feel like I'm ready to go if needed, if he decides to start me then I'll just prepare my body. If Bruce puts me in then I'm going to play to my full potential."

16 April 4:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane is back on the training field but his status is still in question heading into Saturday’s match with Sporting Kansas City.

Keane recently returned to training after missing out on the LA Galaxy’s victory over Seattle Sounders FC due to a groin strain. Finally on the mend from the injury which was suffered during the late stages of the Galaxy’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC earlier this month, Keane is taking a cautious approach to his availability for Saturday.

“I feel good. I trained for the first time today,” Keane told reporters on Thursday. “I just have to assess [before] the game on Saturday over the next two days to see if there’s no reaction. If there’s no reaction, I’ll be ready to go but we have to see how these next two days are.”

Although Keane is noncommittal about his availability, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said that the forward is a "possibility" for Saturday

15 April 4:28 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was back out at training on Wednesday ahead of the club's match against Sporting KC this weekend. 

During the portion of the training session open to the media, Keane was spotted training off to the side with a member of the club's training staff. When asked about the condition of his captain, who missed out on last weekend's match with Seattle Sounders FC due to a groin strain, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena responded in typical Arena fashion. 

"He's running around out there," Arena told reporters. 

While Keane's status is still up in the air heading into Saturday's match, Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal told LAGalaxy.com that he is moving forward in his recovery from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for LA's fixture in Vancouver and relegated him to bench duty a week ago. 

"I feel good. I feel like I'm moving forward little by little. I'm not trying to push it too much but I have trainers who are trying to help me out," said Villarreal. "Hopefully, I'll be back in full training soon and ready for the upcoming games. I'm still moving forward and seeing how it reacts [to the training]. I'm just focusing on how I feel day by day. .. I just need to focus on getting better."

15 April 8:53 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will be participating in the 2015 International Champions Cup North America this summer. 

The Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they will be among 10 teams participating in the exhibition tournament that will run from July 11 to August 5. Joining the Galaxy in the competition are powers from around the world including FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Club America, and others. The specific matchups and venues will be announced on April 28.

After taking part in the inaugural ICC back in 2013, the Galaxy will be joined by two other MLS sides this time around as the New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes take part in the summer showcase. According to the release, each MLS team is guaranteed to host one match. 

“The Galaxy are honored to once again be a representative of Major League Soccer against the world’s top teams in the International Champions Cup,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein in a statement. “This is the most storied and successful club in MLS and competing in this tournament gives our fans an opportunity to see the Galaxy face the most successful clubs from other leagues around the world. We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing global soccer to Southern California this summer.”

The news of the Galaxy's participation in the ICC comes amid a Washington Post report that LA will host FC Barcelona at the Rose Bowl on August 1

In other international friendly news, the MLS All-Stars will face off against Tottenham Hotspur on July 29 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. The MLS All-Star Game will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and UniMas in the United States. 

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Who do you want to see the Galaxy face in the ICC this time around?

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15 April 7:28 am

The LA Galaxy may be returning to the Rose Bowl for another international friendly this summer. 

The Washington Post's Steven Goff reported on Tuesday that the LA Galaxy will host Spanish giants FC Barcelona on August 1 at the Rose Bowl. If the report is correct, the Galaxy would need to reschedule a league match against the Colorado Rapids which is currently slated for the same day. 

If the Galaxy do host FC Barcelona, it'll be the second ever meeting between the two teams. The first meeting came back in 2009 as the Galaxy fell 2-1 to Barça in front of 93,137 at the Rose Bowl. 

LA dropped a 7-0 result to English power Manchester United at the Rose Bowl in 2014. 

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Excited to see the Galaxy face Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and company? 

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14 April 3:46 pm

U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis announced her 23 player roster for the upcoming 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, and players from California will make up the backbone of the squad's effort for a third World Cup title. 

Six of the 23 players named to Ellis' squad for the World Cup are California natives which is the most of any state. Among the five Southern Californians on the squad are regular contributors Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) and Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.). 

The complete roster is below with the Californians noted in bold. 

GOALKEEPERS: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
 
DEFENDERS: Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
 
MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif./Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif./Seattle Reign FC)
 
FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Calif./Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)
14 April 2:44 pm

LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and the Guam National Team learned that they'll their opponents for their first-ever foray into World Cup qualifying as the Asian Federation announced the eight groups that will 40 teams that will complete in the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifying. 

DeLaGarza and Guam find themselves placed in Group D alongside Iran, India, Oman and Turkmenistan. The winner of each group receives an automatic berth to the next round of World Cup qualifying and will be joined by the top four second place teams across the eight groups. The remaining teams that do not continue in the quest for a place in the World Cup will enter various levels of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

The Matao open their first-ever World Cup qualifying campaign with two home matches as they host Turkmenistan on June 11 in Guam before taking on India on June 16. Should DeLaGarza join the squad for the start of World Cup qualifying, he'd likely miss the Galaxy's June 13 road match against the Columbus Crew.

14 April 12:42 pm
 

My m8 Robbie Keane having a sing-a-long in the car! 'Go on Robbie!

Posted by Boy George & Culture Club on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy have the day off on Tuesday so it's a bit of a slow news day around the StubHub Center, but that doesn't mean that all's quiet in the LA Galaxy universe. 

Noted Pop Star and LA Galaxy Supporter Boy George posted a video of Robbie Keane singing his 1983 hit "Karma Chameleon" in his car. The Culture Club star and the Galaxy captain have been friends since the Irish goal king's days in the English Premier League.

Like Robbie's singing? Prefer the original song?

Check out Keane's singing in the video above.