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30 January 7:20 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Forward Charlie Rugg spent all of 2014 with LA Galaxy II, but as the third-year striker heads into the third year of his professional career, he's looking to carve out a role for the first team. 

Rugg earned a start along the left side of midfield during the club's first match of 2015, a closed-door scrimmage against Ventura County Fusion and performed well in helping LA to a 2-0 victory. With the Galaxy lacking depth along the left side of midfield with the departure of Landon Donovan in the offseason and Baggio Husidic's likely move to the center of the park in light of Marcelo Sarvas' trade to Colorado Rapids, Rugg may have a chance to work his way back into Bruce Arena's plans. 

"I enjoyed playing there. It's been a couple months since I played and it was good to play," said Rugg. "It takes a little getting used to when you change any position, but I like it and I think that I could get used to it. I think that I can use my speed on the wing. ... I'm ready to help in any way that I can and I like to play whereever I can."

29 January 7:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy supporters will have an opportunity to see two of their players face off on Feb. 8 when the U.S. National Team take on Panama on Feb. 8 at StubHub Center.

Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was officially named to the 21-man Panama squad for their match against Gyasi Zardes and the USMNT on Thursday.  Also included in the squad are fellow MLS players Blas Perez and Gabriel Torres.

The complete roster is below.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy, USA), Jose Calderon (Deportivo Coatepeque, GUA)

DEFENDERS (7): Leonel Parris (Tauro FC), Fidel Escobar (Sporting San Miguelito), Harold Cummings (Santa Fe, COL), Luis Ovalle (Zamora FC , VEN), Eric Davis (Sporting San Miguelito), Chin Hormechea (Arabe Unido), Michael Murillo (San Francisco FC).

MIDFIELDERS (6): Anibal Godoy (Budapest Honved FC, HUN), Marco Sanchez (Táchira, VEN), Jhamal Rodríguez ( Chorrillo FC), Luis Pereira (Arabe Unido), Ricardo Buitrago (Plaza Amador), Hécgar Murillo (Tauro FC).

FORWARDS (6): Blas Perez (FC Dallas, USA), Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids, USA), Rolando Blackburn (Communications, GUA), Ismael Diaz (Tauro FC), Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo FC), Jairo Glaize (Sportin San Miguelito).

29 January 5:27 pm

CARSON, Calif.  – LA Galaxy II bolstered their attack on Sunday by signing Ariel Lassiter who is the son of former MLS goal scoring legend Roy Lassiter.

The 20-year-old attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2013 where he appeared in 21 games, tallying five goals and four assists. Lassiter’s efforts helped him earn the Big West Conference All-Freshman team. A year later, Lassiter made the move to Sweden with Superettan side GAIS where he made 12 appearances with a single goal.

But before he was succeeding in Europe, Onalfo noticed during his time at Cal Poly that Lassiter had the talent to contribute on not only a USL PRO level, but an MLS level as well.

“He’s a talented attacking player who is very fast. He’s very polished and when I watched him play in college two years ago, he came on as a reserve, and as soon he stepped on the field, I thought ‘whoa who is this kid,’” Onalfo recalled to LA Galaxy Insider. “Soon I realized that he was Roy’s son. You could just see that he has all the physical and technical tools to be a big time player. Now it’s just about teaching him the right way to do it and watching him progress.

“The kid is very talented and it’s going to be exciting project to watch him grow and watch him develop.” 

29 January 5:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy opened the preseason with a 2-0 victory over Ventura County Fusion on Wednesday. 

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28 January 6:00 pm

LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Gyasi Zardes made his international debut on Wednesday going 22 minutes for the U.S. National Team in their 3-2 defeat to Chile in Rancagua.

Brek Shea put the U.S. up with an early goal only six minutes into the match, but the Chileans soon equalized as Roberto Gutiérrez scored just four minutes later. New Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore gave the Americans the lead after 31 minutes to give hope to Jurgen Klinsmann’s side heading into the second half.

The lead did not hold, however, as Mark González found the back of the net in the 66th minute after a flurry of chances for the home side were turned away by USMNT goalkeeper Nick Rimando. After the Chileans brought the score level, Klinsmann opted to insert Zardes to create some offensive punch, but La Roja’s attack proved too strong as they edged ahead on another tally from Gonzalez in the 75th minute.

The U.S. National Team will play their second and final match of their annual January camp on Feb. 8 at StubHub Center. 

28 January 5:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy’s pursuit of U.S. international Sacha Kljestan officially fell short on Wednesday as the midfielder signed with the New York Red Bulls.

The Galaxy traded up to the third spot in the league’s allocation order earlier this year in what was reported to be a move to acquire the former Chivas USA attacker. However, the script changed on Tuesday when the Red Bulls climbed to the top of the allocation order after completing a trade with the Montreal Impact.

After the Galaxy’s 2-0 closed-door scrimmage victory over Ventura County Fusion on Wednesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that LA are still looking to acquire players and only plan on using their allocation spot if the right fit comes along.

“I would anticipate that we get a player or two,” Arena who also confirmed that the Galaxy were interested in acquiring Kljestan told reporters. “But it doesn’t necessarily need to be an allocated player.” 

27 January 4:36 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Whatever plans that the LA Galaxy had for their third spot in allocation order may have changed on Tuesday due to a blockbuster deal between the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact.

The Red Bulls dealt Ambroise Oyongo, midfielder Eric Alexander, allocation money and a 2015 international roster spot to Montreal for Felipe and the top spot in the allocation order.  If reports are to be believed, New York are after reported Galaxy target Sacha Kljestan and with the top spot in the allocation order, they will have first choice should U.S. international return to Major League Soccer.

After Galaxy practice on Tuesday, LA head coach and general manager Bruce Arena said that the Red Bulls move up the order may change things for his team’s plans.  

“Well certainly it changes the pecking order on players that are available. That’ll likely be the case that maybe our first preferred choice we wouldn’t get and we get somebody else,” Arena told LA Galaxy Insider. “We’re confident where we are we’re going to get a good player to match our needs. In all honesty I don’t think it matters whether we get our first choice player, second choice player or third choice player. We’re in good shape.”

 Although New York’s move up to queue may put a wrench in LA’s reported plans for Kljestan, Arena is adamant that his club will wait until the right player comes along even if it is not in this transfer window.   

“We don’t need to [sign anyone] in this transfer window,” said Arena. “We’ll bring someone in sometime and I would say certainly before July. We’ll try to bring in somebody in February or March. If we can’t do that now then maybe a little bit later.”

27 January 3:38 pm

Steven Gerrard and Liverpool FC fell short of their dreams of reaching the League Cup final on Tuesday as they fell 1-0 in extra time to Premier League rivals Chelsea to drop their series 2-1 on aggregate. 

The new LA Galaxy Designated Player who will arrive at StubHub Center in July started the match and went the full 120 minutes as Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic scored the series-winner in the 94th minute of play. After both sides split the glories at Anfield with a 1-1 draw, Gerrard and Liverpool found themselves embroiled in a physical contest at Stamford Bridge that was even until Invanovic's winning free kick. 

Although they were bounced from the League Cup, Gerrard and the rest of the Reds still have hope for silverware this year in the FA Cup. Liverpool are scheduled to take on Bolton in their fourth-round replay match at Macron Stadium on Feb. 4.

26 January 6:49 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Former LA Galaxy striker Edson Buddle had a pair of lean years with the Colorado Rapids, but now he’s back with LA eager to rediscover his form.

After leaving the Galaxy in 2012, Buddle struggled mightily with the Rapids notching only seven goals and four assists in 42 appearances across two seasons. The 33-year-old who is one of eight players to score 100 goals in MLS had his finest season with the Galaxy back in 2010 when scored 17 times en route to a berth on the U.S. National Team’s roster at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

As Buddle looks to earn a deal with LA, head coach Bruce Arena said that the forward will have every opportunity to lock down a contract with the Galaxy.

“We’ll see where he is physically and how he fits into the group,” said Arena. “Three days in, we don’t have all these decisions made. There’s plenty of time to see where everything is in place. We’re going to let this evolve and see where we stand. Everyone that is here has a chance to make our team.”

26 January 5:17 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane has served as the LA Galaxy captain for two seasons and according to the Irishman that will not change with this summer's arrival of Steven Gerrard. 

The Galaxy signed the longtime England international this summer after he had spent nearly two decades with English giants Liverpool -- 10 of which were as captain. Keane, a teammate of Gerrard's at Liverpool from 2008-09, noted during his first training session with the Galaxy this year, that he'd be open to the Englishman serving as his vice-captain when he arrives in July. 

"That's up to Bruce. If Bruce is happy with him enough to be vice-captain than no problem, but we have Omar here as well," said Keane. "I think that Stevie just wants to come here play and enjoy his football. We're not worried about that kind of stuff. This is a new challenge for him and completely different from what he's used to, but as I said, he's looking forward to it. 

"I'm sure that when he comes in, he'll settle in quickly Good players settle quickly."