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01 June 6:06 pm

The LA Galaxy's path to the knockout stages of the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League will run through a pair of unfamiliar locations in Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago. 

The defending MLS Cup champions were drawn into Group D alongside Guatemalan champions C.S.D. Comunicaciones and 2015 Caribbean Football Union title winners Central FC. LA's draw is considered favorable as the club avoided trips to potentially problematic Costa Rica and El Salvador.  The schedule for the tournament which runs from August to October will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Comunicaciones bring a strong pedigree to the tournament, having won the won Guatemala's domestic league a record 30 times. Meanwhile, Central FC are a relatively new club having been founded in 2012 by Trinidad and Tobago World Cup veteran Brent Sancho. 

01 June 12:18 pm

LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez has enjoyed a stellar 2015 campaign, and on Monday, the defender was named to MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week.

Gonzalez’s aerial play and timely tackles were instrumental in helping the Galaxy take four points from two matches this week. On Sunday during the club’s 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution, Gonzalez once again enjoyed another strong performance as he helped the Galaxy keep a point after a late flourish by the defending Eastern Conference Champions.

Rookie Ignacio Maganto was named to the Team of the Week’s substitutes bench after scoring a goal and an assist in LA’s draw with the Revolution.

31 May 7:30 pm

FOXBROUGH, Mass. –  LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the club’s 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution.

(On the point…)

“It was a good point on the road. This game tonight was hectic, crazy, out of control, and I give our guys credit for coming back after going down a goal in the opening minutes, and getting a point against a good team. It was the end of a good week with two wins and a draw.

(On the month of May…)

ARENA: “It’s been a difficult month for sure, and I don’t think that it’s going to get any easier. It’s been a good experience for us.”

(On Maganto's play...)

ARENA: “Good young player, he took his goal well and he was pretty consistent for 90 minutes so it was good to see that.”

(On injuries…)

ARENA: “There were difficult conditions for players to play on tonight. We’ve had a lot of injuries on turf this year. I think that if your body is not conditioned it’s difficult.”

(On Gargan’s injury….)

ARENA: “It was his groin.”

(On Oscar Sorto’s play…)

ARENA: “A very poor opening 15 minutes for Oscar, and then, I thought that he played well in the second half. If he wants to become a real player in this league on our team, he’s got to start games better and have more confidence. That’s obviously partly due to not having enough experience but he’s going to get his chances this year, and he’s got to grow each and every game.”

(On Gyasi Zardes’ goal…)

ARENA: “Gyasi needed the goal. Technically, he needed to be a little bit better, but he was a handful for defenders tonight.”

(On the defensive showing late….)

ARENA: “It’s 2-2, we’ve been in that situation a couple of times this year and fell short so we got the point, so that’s good.”

(On Alan Gordon’s injury…)

ARENA: “He strained his calf.” 

31 May 12:26 pm

BOSTON – The LA Galaxy will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they face the New England Revolution in a rematch of the 2014 MLS Cup final.

The Galaxy will be seeking their first road win in 13 tries dating back to last August.

Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and my prediction for Sunday’s match.

LINKS:

*The Galaxy will be without injured outside backs Robbie Rogers, A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant for yet another week.

*Will Robbie Keane feature in some way for the Galaxy?

*In “By the Numbers,” we look at wild score lines between LA and New England in their last regular season meetings.

*In the latest edition of “Insider on Location,” we speak with goalkeeper coach Matt Reis on his return to Boston.

*Lastly, I check in from Galaxy practice at Harvard to provide the Match Preview Presnted by O4 Water.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

OMAR GONZALEZ vs. CHARLIE DAVIES

Brawn vs. Speed will be the matchup when these two U.S. internationals face off. Davies is currently the Revolution’s leading goal scorer and will look to hassle Gonzalez from the get-go.

JUNINHO vs. SCOTT CALDWELL

Jermaine Jones earns the headlines for the Revolution but Caldwell’s abilities to not only break up play but also spark counterattacks will force Juninho to keep a keen eye on the Revs midfielder.

GYASI ZARDES vs. JOSE GONCALVES

Gyasi Zardes is in need of a goal to spark a Galaxy attack that has been too reliant on Alan Gordon as of late, but he’ll face a tough test from the former MLS defender of the Year.

PREDICTION:

New England Revolution 1 (Davies) LA Galaxy 0 

31 May 9:00 am

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In the latest edition of Insider on Location, I speak to the LA Galaxy ahead of their MLS Cup rematch with the New England Revolution. 

Check out the video above.

30 May 10:15 am

CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane made his longest LA Galaxy shift since April during the club’s 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake earlier this week, but whether he’ll suit up for the Galaxy’s clash with the New England Revolution on Sunday still remains to be seen.

Keane went 45 minutes in the Galaxy’s win over RSL on Wednesday, which was the Irishman’s second consecutive appearance after missing seven games with a groin strain. Whether Keane makes a third straight appearance—and possibly even a start—against the Revolution still remains to be seen.

“It’s always going to take a bit of time to certainly get to 100 percent, but these minutes [against RSL] certainly do help. ... I’ll just get stronger and stronger. I literally just started training on last Tuesday,” Keane said on Wednesday. “Just eight days so I’ve got in nearly 90 minutes in a week, after being out for seven weeks so I’m going to get stronger. I just continue to progress and keep working hard off the field, and on the training field, and getting the minutes in.”

While Keane admits that he’s starting to get healthy, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena told reporters on Thursday before the team departed for New England that no decisions had been made on Keane’s status.

“We’ll see. We’ll figure it out. We haven’t made any figured out any of this stuff,” said Arena. “Turf is a consideration all the time when players are injured or coming back from an injury.” 

30 May 7:04 am

BOSTON -- When the LA Galaxy and the New England Revolution face off, fireworks are guaranteed. 

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the incredible scoring tally in the last two regular season games between the Galaxy and the Revolution. 

29 May 8:31 am

Graduating is a surreal experience.

With one simple handshake and a piece of paper, you find yourself either thrust from a bubble to a world that includes college, the job market, and an infinite amount of exciting miscellany. All that being said, no one says when that moment comes, you can't have a little fun.

Tristan Pitones took that to heart on Thursday when he graduated from Palmdale's Knight High School. Immediately after accepting his diploma, he marked the momentous occasion with a flawless Robbie Keane cartwheel celebration.

Check out the video below and let me know what you think of the grad's cartwheel in the comment section.

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28 May 1:09 pm

The next time that you play FIFA, you'll have the opportunity to play as U.S. Women's National Team superstars Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan and Christen Press. 

EA Sports announced on Thursday that 12 Women's National Teams including the USWNT will be included in the upcoming edition of FIFA 16, marking the first time that female players will be playable characters in the video game. The news comes just days before the start of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada which is slated to run from June 6 to July 5. 

The U.S. squad will be joined by playable teams by squads from Germany, Mexico, France, Sweden, England, Canada, Australia, China, Italy, Spain, and Brazil. All 12 teams will be available in both online and offline functions but the teams will only be able to play against other women's teams. 

A video trailer for the game feature can be seen above. 

27 May 11:09 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

Arena's quotes are below

(On playing yet another different lineup this game...)

ARENA: It’s been difficult. This has been a very difficult start of the season. The injuries, the schedule, the untimely suspensions with it as well, it’s been patchwork since game one. It hasn’t been easy. I give our guys a lot of credit.

(On Real Salt Lake’s performance...)

ARENA: They are a good team. Generally, teams that are down a goal and have some minutes to go in a game are going to get aggressive and put players in forward positions. They did a pretty good job. They put us under pressure at times; however, on the night they didn’t get that many great chances. I think [Joao] Plata had that one at the end and Omar [Gonzalez] made a terrific plan cutting off his cross. For the most part, we defended well. The chances we got, we were a little bit sloppy on. We might have snuck in another goal there, but we weren’t good in front of the goal. Gyasi’s [Zardes] header was pretty good. [Ignacio] Maganto could have done a little bit better with his chance. For the most part, it’s the kind of game that you have to hang on and win. The other two games in the league tonight were 1-0. Our league, right now, with teams so even and so much pressure on teams—games are looking a lot like the games tonight.

(On Ignacio Maganto’s performance...)

ARENA: He had a very good game I thought. The original plan was that he was going to come out at halftime, but I thought his first have he played very well.  I decided to change it. We were going to play Robbie [Keane] at the start of the half regardless. He was going to come in. Our players knew that obviously someone was coming out at halftime. When we sized everything up, I think Jose [Villarreal] was the best choice because Maganto was playing very well. I wanted to keep him in.

(On Baggio Husidic playing left back...)

ARENA:He did a good job. He’s played two games in his life as a left back. He did a good job managing. He did a good job. We are just lacking players in the backline and there is nothing we can do about it. Baggio is such a smart player, such a good team player, that you can position him anywhere on the field and he’ll get the job done.

(On the team’s overall performance...)

ARENA: They are going to turn a little bit better as we get to the end of July and August. Once June comes around, we deal with all these national team call ups and that’s all a mess. It’s very awkward and difficult for us .We’ll lose some players on a date that’s not an international fixture date, and that will be difficult—the Vancouver game. Then we have to deal with the Gold Cup, World Cup qualifiers with a bunch of players and we have to decide where they are going and when. June’s going to be hectic and July’s not going to get any easier. It’s going to be difficult couple of months. When we get to August, we’ll finally have our team together, and then the Champions League comes in and all that. It’s going to be a pretty challenging year.

(On Robbie Keane...)

ARENA:It’s great to have him back. As you can see, he’s going to need some time. He’s worked really hard to get to this point. Now we just have to be a little bit patient and let him get his minutes in and let him get his touch back and his confidence. I would think in a matter of weeks Robbie’s going to be back in pretty good form.

(On Juninho’s penalty kick...)

ARENA:I think it was great. As long as he wanted that ball, I was OK. I just wanted to make sure he was good for that. The other option we had on PKs when Robbie Keane’s not in is Gyasi. But, Juninho grabbed the ball and he wanted it. I would have bet Nick was going to go to his right this time, and he went back to his left and that surprised me there. I think Juninho did well.

(On the Galaxy’s shutout...)

ARENA:It’s good. I think right now where we are at with the patchwork with the backline a little bit and the whole team to get a couple of shutouts against teams in our conference is important.

(On the Galaxy’s leadership...)

ARENA: Omar is beginning to understand his responsibility as a leader. He’s done a good job. Alan Gordon and Dan Gargan, in the absence of Robbie in the last few months, have been excellent leaders. AJ [DeLaGarza] has always been there in the group. [Jaime] Penedo has stepped up big time. I think Jaime’s last couple of months has been good. He’s done well. We’ve had a bunch of guys that have stepped up and dealt with all the issues we’ve had. It’s not easy every game playing with someone different. Our young guys, Maganto tonight, I think he did terrific job. Everyone did a good job. Jose’s coming back. We got Edson back on the field. We’ll get a couple of other players back on the game on Sunday and the following the week. Hopefully, we can hang in there and keep our head above water.