CARSON, Calif. – Pablo Mastroeni will be making an emotional return on Saturday to his old stomping grounds at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park when the LA Galaxy take on the Colorado Rapids.
Prior to being traded to LA last month, Mastroeni spent 12 seasons in Colorado where he amassed team records in appearances and starts while also leading the Rapids to their lone MLS Cup title in 2010.
Since the deal, Mastroeni has made five appearances, but made his first start in last week’s 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC. With that first start under his belt, Mastroeni admits that his fitness is coming along as he looks to contribute to LA's efforts during the second half of the season.
“I feel good physically. Knock on wood, I've been here five weeks and I haven't had anything more than soreness. I started a weight program, I got back into my yoga routine, and physically I feel really good,” said Mastroeni. “If this game was all about how feel, it'd be different you have to be mentally tuned in and want to play for something bigger than yourself. I feel the spark of trying to improve myself again amongst a new group of players, new team, and new organization. That’s what keeps me going.”
CARSON, Calif. –After a 10-day sojourn with Swedish Superettan club Hammarby, Bryan Gaul, Charlie Rugg and Kenney Walker are back with the Galaxy.
All three players returned last week to Southern California and participated in Monday’s 4-1 MLS Reserve League victory over Chivas USA.
Although the Galaxy had noted that there was a possibility that the training stint could turn into a loan deal, Arena noted on Tuesday that the players were not of use to Hammarby.
“They decided that they didn’t need them. It’s that simple. That was up to that club to decide whether they could utilize the players,” said Arena. “We thought that we sent them three players that they needed to look at and consider, but at the end of the day, they need to make that decision. [Former LA Galaxy defender and current Hammarby head coach Gregg Berhalter] felt that at this time, he couldn’t utilize those players.”
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Rogers and Robbie Keane were not present during the last 15 minutes of training on Tuesday, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is “optimistically hopeful” that they will be available for Saturday’s match against the Colorado Rapids.
Both players missed out on Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC with injuries as Rogers is currently suffering a right hamstring issue while Keane is dealing with a left hip flexor strain. When asked if they could be available for Saturday, Arena stated that “we will see.”
“We’re hopeful,” said Arena. “We’re hopefully optimistic that they can train and play this weekend.”
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LA Galaxy Academy product Brian Iloski was named to the U.S. Under-18’s squad for the upcoming Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
U.S. U-18 head coach Javier Perez named his squad on Monday for the team that will participate in the tournament, which runs from July 29 to August 2. During the tournament, the U.S. will face Mexico, Northern Ireland, and Denmark.
The Escondido, Calif. Native joined the Galaxy academy during the 2012-13 season and tallied 10 appearances while scoring once for the LA U-18’s.
The complete U.S. U-18 squad is below.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jordan Allen (Empire Revolution; Rochester, N.Y.), Michael Amick (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Trevor Haberkorn (Furman; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Brian Iloski (LA Galaxy; Escondido, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Piakai Henkel (Unattached; Arcata, Calif.), Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls; Morganville, N.J.), Andrija Novakovich (Chicago Magic PSG; Muskego, Wis.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.)
CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas has been a consistent presence for the LA Galaxy in the center of midfield, but on Saturday, he was given a new place to roam—on the left flank.
With Robbie Rogers out due to a right hamstring injury, the Galaxy shuffled the midfield with Pablo Mastroeni taking Sarvas' spot while the Brazilian was pushed wide. Playing along the left side of midfield, Sarvas was a threat going forward in LA's 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC as he frequently tucked into the center, which allowed LA to outman and overpower the Whitecaps midfield.
By the end of his 70 minute shift, the stats showed yet another tidy performance for Sarvas who completed 30 of 40 of his passes -- one of them setting up a scoring chance --while also firing off two shots on frame, both of which were stopped by Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton.
“It was just a starting point for me. I played much more inside and I received the ball to my inside,” said Sarvas of his stint outwide. “When I had the ball, it was good. Of course if we lost the ball, it was a long run [back field], but it was enjoyable.”
The midfielder was eventually removed in the 70th minute of play, but LA head coach Bruce Arena attests that was more about his yellow card situation—he’s just one yellow card from a one-game suspension—than his performance.
“We played Marcelo a bit out of position, but I thought that he did a good job,” said Arena. “I removed him from the game, simply because I wanted to protect him because of [yellow cards].”
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Landon Donovan had a pretty great day on Sunday, that's no doubt.
After all, he scored one goal and tallied three assists en route to a 5-1 U.S. victory over El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, a day later, it wasn't his goals or assists that drew the headlines, but a fun moment that Donovan had with second linesman Ricardo Louisville in the closing minutes of the match. Donovan found a pair of sunglasses and before handing them over to the linesman, chose to put them on.
A great photo of Donovan's fun little poke at the linesman can be found below as well as a video of Donovan talking about his performance against El Salvador.
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) July 22, 2013
If there was any doubt that Landon Donovan is back to his old tricks with the U.S. National Team, the LA Galaxy midfielder put those to rest on Wednesday.
Donovan tallied a goal and three assists as the U.S. defeated El Salvador 5-1 in their Gold Cup quarterfinal match. Clarence Goodson, Joe Corona, Eddie Johnson, and Mix Diskerud added the other goals for the U.S. while Rodolfo Zelaya scored for El Salvador. The Galaxy midfielder now has three goals and six assists in the tournament.
Due to the U.S. victory, Omar Gonzalez will join up with the squad in Dallas ahead of their Gold Cup semifinal match. If the U.S. reach the final then Gonzalez will miss out on Saturday's Galaxy clash against the Colorado Rapids.
Highlights of the match are below...
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy were without the services of Robbie Rogers during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC due to a right hamstring injury, but the 26-year-old midfielder is not expected to miss substantial time.
When asked if Rogers is expected to return to training soon, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena seemed optimistic, stating that "he should be fine."
Rogers' absence snapped the midfielder's streak of nine consecutive appearances for LA. The midfielder has one assist for the Galaxy this season.
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CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena’s comments following LA’s 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Arena’s thoughts are below…
ARENA: “I wouldn’t say that it was dominant because we obviously conceded a goal in the first 20 minutes and didn’t make it easy on ourselves. “I thought the goal that they allowed for us was an excellent decision by the officiating crew. We thought that Gyasi didn’t touch the ball and to be able to communicate that and get it right was, obviously, a big play in the game. Second half, outstanding individual effort by Gyasi on the second goal, but I thought that the team played pretty solid throughout the night. Not exactly where we need to be, but I hope that we’ve learned our lesson from previous games because we really have been giving away a lot of points at the end of games this year. I’m happy that we could hang on tonight. That’s good for the players’ confidence. It’s an important win. I thought that we got a very good effort out of our back line again. Carlo [Cudicini] made a big save towards the end of the game, which was important. Our two young players up top did a good job. I thought [Hector] Jimenez played well. Our midfield played well and I thought the players that came in did a good job. An important three points for our team tonight so I’m pleased.”
(On the team’s performance in the last 15 minutes…)
ARENA: “Everyone knows what you have to do at the end of the game, but you just have to do it. It wasn’t perfect; a better performance is getting a third goal, and really placing Vancouver in a difficult position. We let them hang around, which is a lesson to be learned as well. I thought for the most part our guys played well and certainly in the last 15 minutes, keeping Vancouver off the scoreboard was important.”
(On his thoughts on Vancouver’s goal…)
ARENA: “The ball got deflected [off Russell Teibert], those things happen. A.J. [DeLaGarza] fell off the line which is a tactical mistake. The finish was excellent. That was probably their first shot of the half, not that that means anything, but I thought that it was a little bit of a fluke play. But Camilo did a remarkable job taking the ball down and getting it in the back of the net. What more can you say? Give them credit.”
(On the defensive success…)
ARENA: “We’ve been like that most of the year. Last week in Portland, we were better defensively. Portland had very few chances at the end of the game; however, we conceded a goal at the end of the first half on a free kick. We played better defensively last Saturday. As we back track over the last five or six games, I think that we’ve been excellent in the defense.”
(On Villarreal’s performance…)
ARENA: “He worked really hard. Obviously got a little tired towards the end, but I think that he played well.”
(On the switching that he did in midfield…)
ARENA: “They did a good job. It was an important game for Pablo [Mastroeni], he played in the reserve game last week and we gave him 75 minutes tonight, which was good. We played Marcelo a bit out of position, but I thought that he did a good job. I removed him from the game, simply because I wanted to protect him because of [yellow cards]. Juni had a good game, made a few mistakes later, but they played well. [Hector Jimenez] did well, so it was a good effort. Then Mike Stephens did a good job filling in nicely as did Courtois and Garcia.”
(On whether Gyasi Zardes is showing better shot selection…)
ARENA: “Shot selection? I’m not sure of that, but he got a goal tonight with his feet. I don’t think his issue is necessarily shot selection, but being a bit better technically in the penalty area. The goal was an important goal and it’s going to take a little time.”
(On whether the Galaxy have a deep enough team for their upcoming competitions…)
ARENA: “We’re going to find out. We should. We’ll have Keane coming back, we’ll have Donovan back. We should have a big enough squad, we played a bunch of players this year in the back line with [Tommy] Meyer and [Greg] Cochrane, Leonardo is coming back and is healthy. Now that we have Pablo, we have a little extra depth in central midfield as well as Rogers and Clark in the left side of the midfield; we have a little bit more depth. We’re going to find out. I can’t answer that question right now. I can probably answer it a little bit later in the year.”