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28 November 5:30 pm

On this day for giving thanks, I'd like to wish all of the readers of the LA Galaxy Insider a Happy Thanksgiving. 

This year has been quite an exciting ride and I'm looking forward to many more.

Below is a special Thanksgiving video from members of the LA Galaxy. 

Check it out. 

27 November 3:45 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane underwent surgery in London on Wednesday to repair nagging injuries in both of his Achilles.

According to a Galaxy spokesman, the surgery was a success and the LA captain is expected be ready to go by the preseason.  Keane is expected to complete his rehabilitation in Ireland before returning to Southern California in January.

During a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Keane revealed that once the procedure takes place, he’ll be focusing solely on returning to fitness in time for the start of preseason.  

“I'll get that done, and then it’s rest and a lot of rehab, so that's mainly what I'll be doing [this offseason],” said Keane. 

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Expect Keane back to full fitness by preseaso?

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27 November 1:18 pm

Three members of the LA Galaxy have been nominated for the first annual CONCACAF year-end awards. 

Landon Donovan has been nominated for Player of the Year for his stellar 2013 that saw him take home the Golden Ball (tournament's MVP) and the Golden Boot (tournament's top scorer) at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup in addition to a 10 goal and nine assist performance for the Galaxy. LA goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year after a stellar 2013 that saw him lead the Panamanian national team to the final of the Gold Cup while winning the Golden Gloves award for the tournament's best goalkeeper. Penedo also led Panama to within minutes of qualifying for a berth in a World Cup playoff. 

Finally, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has been nominated for Coach of the Year. 

Vote for them here

27 November 10:07 am

It's the final day to vote for LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and his astounding "Superman" save against Vancouver Whitecaps FC for MLSsoccer.com's Save of the Year. 

Vote for Penedo save below. 

27 November 9:37 am

CARSON, Calif. – Count LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez as one of the MLS-based U.S. National Team players unlikely to head on an offseason loan this winter.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has stated that he’d like his MLS-based players to head on loan this January as the nation prepares for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but while Gonzalez admitted that he is “pretty much open to anything” at the moment, he is expecting to take a breather for the next few weeks before he begins preparation for the U.S.’ annual January camp.

“I'm still dealing with a little pain from my groin,” Gonzalez admitted during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. “I just recently got done with the [U.S. national team's final 2013] games, and so right now I'm just relaxing, trying to let this groin heal up, and when it gets closer to January, got to start getting fit and whether I'm here in California with the national team for January camp or something else comes along, we'll figure that out. But as of right now, I'm just planning on the January camp.”

The groin injury that Gonzalez mentioned has plagued him since the 2012 MLS Cup and flared up at times during the Galaxy’s 2013 campaign. Gonzalez has experience with offseason loans after going on loan in January 2012 with German Bundesliga club FC Nurnberg where he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his first training session with the team.

That experience did not sour Gonzalez to the prospect of an offseason loan, but for now, he’s simply waiting to see what types of offers emerge.

“Once it gets closer to January, once these club teams start actually asking about certain players, and whether or not these opportunities are real,” said Gonzalez. “As of right now, my plan is just to go to January camp. At the end of the day, it's also the Galaxy and the league's decision whether they want me to go, as well.”

26 November 5:53 pm

LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan made his debut as a television analyst this week with appearances on Fox Sports 1. 

Donovan looked extremely polished and confidence on air as he analyzed Tuesday's UEFA Champions League slate.  One moment received a lot of attention as Donovan was asked about his U.S. National Team teammate Jermaine Jones' Schalke and their match against Steaua Bucuresti, which ultimately ended in a scoreless draw.

Check out the video and a series of tweets below. 

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What did you think about Donovan's performance?

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26 November 11:23 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy announced their annual team awards on Tuesday with Robbie Keane taking home team MVP honors.

Keane enjoyed an MLS MVP-type season with 16 goals and 11 assists in 23 games played earning the team MVP and team Golden Boot. Meanwhile, Omar Gonzalez earned the club defender of the year award after a strong season that saw him finish fourth for the league honor.

Galaxy defender Sean Franklin won the club’s Humanitarian of the Year award for his work with the community.

26 November 10:32 am

LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez finished third in MLS Defender of the Year voting as New England Revolution defender Jose Goncalves took home the award. 

Gonzalez earned 18.37 percent of the club vote, 7.79 percent of the media vote and 15.07 percent of the player vote for a weighted total of 41.23. Coming in second was Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler with New York Red Bulls center back Jamison Olave coming in fourth. 

The award for the league's top defender wasn't the only awards issued on Tuesday as Hilario Grajeda was voted Referee of the Year and Kermit Quisenberry was voted the Assistant Referee of the Year. 

25 November 6:43 pm

The LA Galaxy held their 10th annual Foundation's Feast on Monday at StubHub Center providing a Thanksgiving dinner for 250 needy children and families. 

A photo gallery of the event is below. 

25 November 4:07 pm

LA Galaxy Academy forward Jesus Nunez (pictured above) has been called up to the U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team for their upcoming U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Winter Showcase in Florida.

Nunez has scored eight goals in 10 games for the Galaxy U-16s this season, which is nearly one third of the team's 28 total goals. The tournament will take place from Dec. 11-15 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. with the head coach Hugo Perez's squad taking on U-15/16 New York Red Bulls on Dec. 12, DeAnza Force on Dec. 13 and Weston FC on Dec. 16. 

Six of the players taking part are from California. 

The complete roster is below..

GOALKEEPERS (2): David Abonce (FC Dallas; The Colony, Texas), Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas)

DEFENDERS (4): McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Philadelphia Union; Saddle River, N.J.), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Alfaro (Chicago Magic PSG; West Chicago, Ill.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Ernesto Espinoza (Club Tijuana; San Ysidro, Calif.), Roberto Hernandez (Texas Rush; Houston, Texas), Nicholas Taitague (FC Richmond Magic; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)

FORWARDS (6): Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Jesus Nunez (LA Galaxy; Anaheim, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.)