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.
Check it out below.
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.”
CARSON, Calif. – Ever steadily, Carlo Cudicini is enjoying some of his best form since joining the LA Galaxy
Since Brian Rowe was given the start against Real Salt Lake on June 8, Cudicini has started the last seven matches while leading LA to a 4-2-1 record with 15 saves. In this interview for LAGalaxy.com, Cudicini admits that sitting during Real Salt Lake was one of the turning points in his season.
As he looks to continue his hot streak in Saturday’s match against the Colorado Rapids, Cudicini discusses his experience in the first half of the season and his transition to MLS.
“[When] you move from a new league, you don’t expect to travel as much— the longest flight you had in England was 45 minutes. [In the U.S.], you can fly six hours then you have to travel to Costa Rica, then come back, then go to New York. It can be hectic for a guy that’s never traveled that much in his career. You need to get used to certain things," said Cudicini. "Also in my last couple of seasons I haven’t played consistently, and when you arrive here and you have to play Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday.
“I was expecting more from me, like probably our coach and our supporters,” Cudicini added. "But in my career, when you commit yourself to what you want to do, then in the end, you always get results. Slowly, slowly we’re getting those results.”
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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