It was impossible to get news on MLS today without hearing about the launch of EA Sports' popular soccer video game "FIFA 13"
LA Galaxy players A.J. DeLaGarza, Sean Franklin, Bryan Gaul and Bryan Jordan took part in the festivities on Tuesday afternoon participating in a demonstration of FIFA 13 via gaming network Machinima. Earlier today, I broke down the Galaxy's ratings on the game and those who have already got a copy of the game can obtain a downloadable cover featuring Landon Donovan downloadable here.
Not being a gamer myself, I decided to ask DeLaGarza about the role that FIFA 13 plays in his connections with his teammates as well as fans and ask him about his own gaming skills.
.Below are DeLaGarza's thoughts...
(On being in a video game…)
DELAGARZA: “It’s exciting, especially as a rookie to see yourself in a video game. It’s humbling and you’re just kind of in awe that you’re in a video game. It’s awesome because everyone plays FIFA. We all get together and have tournaments and probably set it up in our [players] lounge. It should be exciting.”
(On playing against fans…)
DELAGARZA: “It’s fun to be on their level, not that it’s lower or anything, but just let them feel like I’m a part of them and they’re a part of me. It’s also fun to play against people that you know instead of random people online, who you can’t talk trash to afterwards.”
(On whether or not he wins most games against fans…)
DELAGARZA: “A couple Riot Squad guys, I beat all the time—Chris Tucker, no names, but—I’m not very good. I’m not a very good gamer. I have games, I play them, but I’m awful. Serious. I think I have ADD. That’s why."
A new feature began on Tuesday on LAGalaxy.com as I will be providing an updated look at the playoff chase as it relates to the LA Galaxy following each match.
While it is understandable for some to put greater emphasis on LA's brutal October schedule (where they'll face off against Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders), Landon Donovan told reporters after Saturday's match that the game against Colorado is just as, if not more important for the Galaxy.
“To be honest, I think the most important game is going to be the Colorado game because I don’t doubt that we’ll be ready for Salt Lake and Seattle and San Jose,” said Donovan. “Those are big games and teams we can likely play in the playoffs. But the Colorado game is a game where we’re playing a team at their home field with nothing to lose, so we’ve got to make sure that we’re ready next week to play and try to get three points there.”
CARSON, Calif. -- With his two goal performance on Saturday, Robbie Keane moved to second place on the MLS goal scoring charts behind San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski.
The Irish forward has scored 14 goals this season, which ties him with Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio and New York Red Bulls forward Kenny Cooper, but Keane holds the edge due to his eight assists. Since returning from the European Championships in June, Keane has been on fire, scoring 11 goals while tallying six assists.
Although it is unlikely that Keane will catch Wondolowski, who is eight goals ahead, the Irish forward admits that he is putting little interest in his place on the scoring charts.
KEANE: “Not really, no. It’s always nice to score goals, but I’m not one that needs to look at charts and stuff like that. I find out most of my information from you guys so thank you…I’ve never set out targets because as a player, playing so long, you can get injuries along the way and setbacks so I think when you stop jumping the gun, I’m one of these players that never thinks too far ahead.”
CARSON, Calif. – David Beckham was back at LA Galaxy training on Tuesday.
For the first time since picking up a left ankle sprain during LA’s 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sept. 1, Beckham was out at training with the entire team taking part in full training, which included a short-sided game as well as a brief jogging period. (I snapped a pic of that below)
After the training session, the Englishman took a moment to shake hands and sign autographs for the U.S. Army Men’s Soccer team that was in attendance during practice today. Beckham even offered his cleats to one lucky serviceman.
Bruce Arena told reporters following practice that while it was “nice to have David” back on the field, his status for Sunday’s game vs. the Colorado Rapids is “day to day.”
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) September 25, 2012
In honor of last Saturday's commeration of the LA Galaxy's 2002 MLS Cup winning side, I decided to write a feature about the experiences of the first Galaxy side to hoist the MLS Cup.
While the last two features that I've done have looked at players for the future, this one was a blast from the past with a three part oral history of the LA Galaxy 2002 MLS Cup title win. I spoke to various former players, media and fans to get a broad perspective of that event.
Be sure to leave your thoughts about the feature in the comments section below.
U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy play continued last Saturday with the LA Galaxy Under-16 and Under-18 splitting results.
The Galaxy U-16's fell 2-1 to Temecula-based Arsenal FC with Christian Chavez from Fontana scoring the lone goal for LA. LA's goal wasn't the only note of interest from the match as Galaxy academy starlet Raul Mendiola's brother Jonathan tallied a goal for Arsenal. Meanwhile, LA's U-18's picked up a dramatic 3-2 victory in a match that featured temperatures in the triple digits at Riverside Community College. Galaxy Homegrown player Jack McBean scored twice for the Galaxy with Mendiola rounding out the scoring for the LA U-18's against his former youth club. The match served as the season debut for right back Oscar Sorto, who has spent considerable time training with LA's first squad this summer.
Although LA's Academy players participated in tough matches in the morning, many were called into action during the Galaxy Alumni game hours later with the Academy players picking up a victory over the LA legends.
Juninho and Robbie Keane each scored two goals in last Saturday's 4-2 LA Galaxy victory over Toronto FC and now both players are up for Goal of the Week honors.
Juninho's second goal, a blistering shot from distance as well as Keane's second -- one that I dubbed "the shake and bake'' -- are available for selection.
View all the nominated goals below and vote for your favorite here.
Good morning all,
Scoreboard watching has become part of the LA Galaxy's regular routine as of late as the club looks to rise up the Western Conference standings in the hopes of securing a spot among the West's top three. On Sunday, the Galaxy reserves did some scoreboard watching of their own when the San Jose Earthquakes reserves fell 3-0 to the Seattle Sounders reserves.
LA's reserve squad are currently in second place in the West Division, one point behind the Earthquakes and with Seattle's victory, need only a win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on October 12th to clinch the West Division title. Remember, that neither LA nor SJ can clinch the "Reserve League Championship" as the honor is awarded to the team with the highest point total among MLS' three conferences.
I'll have more on Saturday's action (including the Alumni vs. Under-18 match) and my latest feature on LAGalaxy.com as the day goes on.
CARSON, Calif. -- LAGalaxy.com spoke to Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas following Saturday's 4-2 victory over Toronto FC.
In his interview with LAGalaxy.com, Sarvas discusses LA's motivation looking into the playoffs, the play of his compatriot Juninho and the role of the midfield in the win over TFC.
Check out the interview below...
CARSON, Calif. -- We'll have more from Saturday night's 4-2 LA Galaxy victory later tonight.
Below is a video of Bruce Arena's press conference following the win over TFC. It was a very introspective presser for Arena, who discussed his role in LA's early season slide as well as the play of Juninho and Robbie Keane as of late.