COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The LA Galaxy take the field this evening at Dick's Sporting Goods Park when they take on the Colorado Rapids.
LINKS AND NOTES
*Saturday's match will be an emotional one for Pablo Mastroeni who will take on his former club, the Colorado Rapids. Mastroeni, who admits that he's discovered a new "spark" with LA, will be facing one of his former teams for the first time in his 16 year MLS career.
*Carlo Cudicini is quietly entering his best form this season, but can he build on it against Colorado.
*The question of who fills in for center back Omar Gonzalez has been a major one around the Galaxy camp this week, but it appears that Tommy Meyer will get the nod.
*Gyasi Zardes scored a highlight reel goal in the win against Vancouver, but he'll be asked to put in another solid performance against Colorado
*LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan offers his preview to the match.
*Lastly, my Three Points to the game
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
DILLON POWERS vs. PABLO MASTROENI
The young gun against the old salt. Mastroeni was an important mentor for Powers prior to being dealt to LA and he’ll face off against the young midfielder on Saturday. Expect Mastroeni to be physical with his former midfield apprentice as he looks to limit any chances that he has going forward.
GYASI ZARDES vs. DREW MOOR
Gyasi Zardes has displayed a penchant for getting involved in the attack as of late as he’s rattled off plenty of shots in recent starts, but with a goal under his belt last week, he may be on the cusp of breaking out. Look for Moor to attempt to limit Zardes’ chances as he is particularly astute with his positioning and will seek to cut out any potential shot opportunities.
MARCELO SARVAS vs. MARVELL WYNNE
A battle of technical ability and sheer athleticism will likely determine the Galaxy’s ability to create down the left side. Sarvas’ ball skills far and away outweigh Wynne’s but the right back’s sheer breakneck speed make him a tough challenge for the Galaxy attacker.
Cudicini; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Meyer, Dunivant; Jimenez, Juninho, Mastroeni, Sarvas; Villarreal, Zardes
In a preview for LAGalaxy.com, head coach Bruce Arena, midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, defender Tommy Meyer, and forward Jose Villarreal preview Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids.
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The U.S. National Team will be without Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final on Sunday against Panama after a CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee suspended the U.S. boss for his actions in the closing minutes of the Americans' semifinal victory over Honduras.
The Disciplinary Committee made their ruling on Friday evening after evaluating the referee report following the semifinal. According to CONCACAF, the suspension levied by the Disciplinary Committee can not be appealed.
Without Klinsmann, Southern California resident and U.S. assistant Martin Vasquez will take the reins for the Americans in the final.
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The streak is alive for Landon Donovan.
On Friday, the LA Galaxy and MLS announced that MLS Commissioner Don Garber has selected Donovan as an injury replacement for LA forward Robbie Keane. Donovan will be making his league-record 13th consecutive MLS All-Star appearances, dating back to 2001.
“Landon (Donovan) is a great addition to the MLS All-Star team. Obviously his form is fantastic right now and his impact and representation of Major League Soccer throughout his career is immeasurable,” All-Star head coach Peter Vermes said.
The fact that Keane has pulled out of MLS All-Star Game places a serious doubt on whether he'll be available for selection for this Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids or next week's Guinness International Championship Cup matches.
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aOn Thursday, the rosters for the participating teams in the 2013 Guinness International Championship Cup were announced. The tournament will make a stop in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 when Real Madrid, Juventus, Everton, and the LA Galaxy take the field at iconic Dodger Stadium.
Each of the four teams brings their own star power to the tournament as Real Madrid will have the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Iker Casillas while Italian giants Juventus boast a collection of talent that includes Italian soccer legend Andrea Pirlo and Argentine forward Carlos Tevez.
English Premier League side Everton boasts U.S. National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard, Belgian international Marouane Fellaini, and Spanish youth star Gerard Deulofeu. Not to be outdone, the Galaxy will boast a squad that includes Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Robbie Rogers, as well as Homegrown stars Gyasi Zardes, Jack McBean, and Jose Villarreal.
The complete roster list is below. The four teams that will play at Dodger Stadium are in italics.
Goalkeepers: Antonio Adan, Iker Casillas, Diego Lopez
Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa, Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Nacho
Midfielders: Angel Di Maria, Casemiro, Isco, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Kaka, Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil, Asier Illarramendi
Forwards: Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jese Rodriguez
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
Goalkeepers: Christian Abbiati, Marco Amelia, Gabriel
Defenders: Luca Antonini, Daniele Bonera, Kevin Constant, Phillipe Mexes, Bartosz Salomon, Didac Vila, Cristian Zaccardo, Cristian Zapata, Mattia De Sciglio
Midfielders: Kevin-Prince Boateng, Bryan Cristante, Nigel De Jong, Urby Emanuelson, Sulley Ali Muntari, Ricardo Montolivo, Antonio Nocerino, Riccardo Saponara, Rodney Strasser, Bakaye Traore
Forwards: Mario Balotelli, Giacomo Beretta, Robinho, Stephan El Shaarawy, M'Baye Niang, Nmandi Oduamadi, Andrea Petagna
Manager: Massimiliano Allegri
Goalkeepers: Diego Alves, Vicente Guaita, Yeray Lopez
Defenders: Adil Rami, Victor Ruiz, Joao Pereira, Antonio Barragan, Ricardo Costa, Jeremy Mathieu, Aly Cissokho
Midfielders: Oriol Romeu, Sofiane Feghouli, Ever Banega, Juan Bernat, Javier Fuego, Michel, Andres Guardado, Dani Parejo
Forwards: Jonas Goncalves, Roberto Soldado, Pablo Piatti, Jonathan Viera, Paco Alcacer, Roberto Ibanez, Fede Cartabia
Manager: Miroslav Djukic
Goalkeepers: Carlo Cudicini, Brian Rowe, Brian Perk
Defenders: Todd Dunivant, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin, Bryan Gaul, A.J. DeLaGarza, Tommy Meyer, Leonardo, Kofi Opare, Greg Cochrane, Oscar Sorto
Midfielders: Pablo Mastroeni, Marcelo Sarvas, Landon Donovan, Colin Clark, Robbie Rogers, Hector Jimenez, Juninho, Rafael Garcia, Michael Stephens, Kenney Walker, Laurent Courtois
Robbie Keane, Charlie Rugg, Gyasi Zardes, Chandler Hoffman, Jack McBean, Jose Villarreal
Manager: Bruce Arena
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, Mark Schwarzer, Jamal Blackman
Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thomas Kalas, Ryan Bertrand
Midfielders: Michael Essien, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Oscar, John Obi Mikel, Kevin De Bruyne, Mako van Ginkel, Eden Hazard
Forwards: Fernando Torres, Victor Moses, Andre Schurrle, Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Goalkeepers: Samir Handanovic, Juan Pablo Carrizo, Luca Castellazzi
Defenders: Hugo Campagnaro, Marco Andreolli, Walter Samuel, Andrea Ranocchia, Christian Chivu, Juan
Midfielders: Ibrahima, Mbaye, Jonathan, Yuto Nagatomo, Alvaro Pereira, Esteban Cambiasso, Fredy Guarin, Ricardo Alvarez, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Patrick Olsen, Gabi Mudingayi, Diego Laxalt, Joel Obi
Forwards: Alessandro Capello, Ishak Belfodil, Rodrigo Palacio, Mauro Icardi
Manager: Walter Mazzarri
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon, Marco Storari, Rubinho, Leonardo Citti
Defenders: Giorgio Chiellini, Martin Caceres, Angelo Ogbonna, Paolo De Ceglie, Federico Peluso, Andrea Barzagli, Marco Motta, Leonardo Bonucci, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Pol Garcia, Filippo Penna
Midfielders: Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba, Luca Marrone, Fausto Rossi, Simone Padoin, Andrea Pirlo, Kwadwo Asamoah, Arturo Vidal, Mauricio Isla, Marcel Buchel
Forwards: Mirko Vucinic, Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Fabio Quagliarella, Alessandro Matri, Sebastian Giovinco
Manager: Antonio Conte
Goalkeepers: Joel Robles, Tim Howard
Defenders: Leighton Baines, John Heitinga, Phil Jagielka, Antolin Alcaraz, John Stones
Midfielders: Darren Gibson, Gerard Deulofeu, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Seamus Coleman, Marouane Fellaini, John Lundstram
Forwards: Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone, Steven Naismith, Apostolos Vellios, Victor Anichebe
Manager: Roberto Martinez
CARSON, Calif. – When the U.S. National Team takes on Panama in the final of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, they may do so without head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
The U.S. headman was sent off by referee Walter Quesada in the closing stages of their 3-1 semifinal victory over Honduras on Tuesday, leaving his status in question for the final on Sunday. Klinsmann’s fate will be decided by a CONCACAF disciplinary committee, who are expected to issue a ruling by Friday.
Following LA Galaxy training on Thursday, Galaxy head coach—and former U.S. boss—Bruce Arena issued his support for Klinsmann. After all, he had to watch the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Panama from the stands after being sent off in semifinal match against Honduras. The U.S. eventually defeated Los Canaleros on penalties back in 2005, but Arena is not keen on the new U.S. manager suffering the same fate that he did.
“I was suspended too. I actually didn't say anything, they got something wrong in that game. Hopefully, U.S. Soccer is lobbying hard enough to get Jurgen back in the game," said Arena. "I have a feeling that he'll be found able to coach in the game somehow. [Late in the match], I don't know think you throw a coach out of a game. I don't think that's necessary, but whatever."
On Access SportsNet: Galaxy, Robbie Rogers says that he expects to return to full training next week
CARSON, Calif. – It looks like the LA Galaxy will be without the services of Robbie Rogers for another week.
In an interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s Andy Adler on "Access SportsNet: Galaxy" on Wednesday, the 26-year-old midfielder admitted that he hopes to return to full training next week as he looks to recover from a right hamstring injury.
Rogers was ruled out of last weekend’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and will likely be unavailable for Saturday’s clash with the Colorado Rapids.
“[On Thursday], I got to run again, I’m doing a lot of weights and treatment every day. [Thursday] will be my first day back at yoga,” said Rogers. “I should be ready to start training full on next week and hopefully play in the games next week. I’m excited. It sucks just to watch [games], when you’re an athlete and you’re injured, you just feel a bit worthless and you want to help your team or just train. I’m just happy to soon be back training.”
When asked about the status of Rogers and Robbie Keane following Thursday’s training session, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena stated that “we’ll know more tomorrow.”
In the latest edition of "View From the Booth," Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones analyze the LA Galaxy's match against the Colorado Rapids.
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Landon Donovan simply can not be stopped right now.
The LA Galaxy midfielder scored two goals and one assist as the U.S. defeated Honduras 3-1 to advance to the final of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Donovan's big night began in the 11th minute when he assisted on Eddie Johnson's opening goal. He'd add one of his own just 16 minutes later off a dish from Alejandro Bedoya. Honduras would the cut lead to one in the 52nd minute off a header by Nery Media, but Donovan put the match out of reach with his just a minute later.
Donovan now has five goals and seven assists in the Gold Cup. The U.S. will now face Panama at Soldier Field in Chicago, but may do so without head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was sent off late in the match and might miss the final.
Highlights are below.
CARSON, Calif. – A week ago, Gyasi Zardes sealed a 2-1 victory for the LA Galaxy against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, now the forward is looking to build on that effort with another performance against the Colorado Rapids.
Zardes could be expected to pick up the offensive slack again with Robbie Keane yet to train so far this week for LA. If Keane is unable to go, one can expect Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena to opt for the forward tandem of Jose Villarreal and Zardes yet again.
“It’s another opportunity to show my potential and help out my team. If Bruce gives me another opportunity then I’m going to make it worthwhile,” Zardes said. “My mentality is that I’ll work hard for my teammates. My teammates give me that drive, we have great chemistry and we were well with each other. They always push me and yell at me, so once I hear them yelling at me, I just want to give it my all. It’s like another burst of energy that comes out of nowhere.”
As showcased in his breathtaking goal against Vancouver, Zardes’ physical abilities are a key part of his game, but the forward will be tested on Saturday as he will be forced to deal with the Colorado altitude. The altitude in the Commerce City typically diminishes speedsters like Zardes, but the LA forward believes that with a solid pregame workout that he can limit the effects.
“I played in Colorado in college and the altitude is dreadful, when you’re running, it’s like you’re winded. It’s important to get a good workout in,” said Zardes. “I’m just going to listen to [Strength and Fitness coach Ben Yauss] and really warm up. I want to be as prepared as possible to go in [to Colorado] and give it my all.”