16 March 10:26 am

The LA Galaxy Academy may have two players in this fall’s U-17 FIFA World Cup as the United States’ Hugo Arellano and Mexico’s Abraham Romero helped their respective teams qualify over the weekend.

Arellano and the Americans booked their ticket on Sunday with a thrilling penalty kick shootout victory over Jamaica after their playoff game ended in a scoreless stalemate. Arellano was joined on the squad by U-17 star Haji Wright who has spent time with the Galaxy Academy over the past year. Meanwhile Romero, who has suited up for the U.S. and Mexico, served as El Tri’s goalkeeper throughout the competition and helped Mexico win their second consecutive U-17 CONCACAF Championship

The 2015 U-17 World Cup takes place in Chile from Oct. 17 to Nov. 8.   

15 March 8:21 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. – Brian Rowe earned his second consecutive start in goal for the LA Galaxy in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers, but the young goalkeeper was less than pleased with his showing.

Rowe appeared confident despite tough conditions that forced the Oregon native to frequently come off his line to stifle Timbers’ forays into the penalty area. However, the wind also led to some inopportune moments as several of the 26-year-old’s clearances were brushed backward due to the blustery conditions.

Rowe’s lowest moment of the afternoon came on the Timbers’ second goal as he rushed to clear a Darlington Nagbe run, only to leave the net wide open for Fanendo Adi who easily finished his second from close range.  In the end, however, Alan Gordon’s late goal stole a point for the Galaxy, and offered Rowe some confidence after a less than stellar performance in Portland.

“I thought I did alright, I expect better of myself on that last one. We did a great job fighting back and getting the tying goal at 1-1 and just sort of as you get to those closing minutes on the road you just have to be able to close it out,” said Rowe. “So personally I expect better of myself at that second one, just to be able to clean it out and do a little better but a little magic by way of Alan Gordon and fortunately we were able to steal a point and get out of here.”

Jaime Penedo is once again expected to test Rowe for the starting job as the club looks ahead to next week’s match against the Houston Dynamo. However, Rowe has little concern about getting pulled into a goalkeeper battle.

“I feel comfortable out there. I feel confident,” Rowe said. “I’m just trying to keep it going in training every week, keep the consistency going and just try to keep pushing myself to get better.”

15 March 7:57 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the club's 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Sunday.

Arena's thoughts are below.

(On getting a point on the road…)

ARENA: We played well today. It would have been awful not to get a point out of this game. Our team was very good over the last 60 minutes today.

(On the overall game outcome…)

ARENA: “We played well. We really did. Give credit to them. They got two goals out of this, to their credit. We had to fight real hard to get a point out of this but we deserve the point.”

(On Alan Gordon’s stoppage time goal…)

ARENA: “Great goal. What else can you say?”

(On newcomer Mika Vayrynen’s performance…)

ARENA: “Mika played very well. Obviously it’s going to take him some time to get acclaimed and adjusted to our team but it was a very impressive showing on his part today.”

On Midfielder Jose Villarreal’s performance…

ARENA: “Jose was very good, very good. He got a little tired at the end. I took him off, maybe we could have kept him on a little longer but he played very well.”

(On Goalie Brian Rowe’s performance…)

ARENA: “He did a good job. I think a little bit more experience maybe he’s a little better on that second goal. He’s got to come out and jump on that ball.”

(On how this game may look down the stretch…)

ARENA: “Don’t worry about September and October. We’re worried about next Saturday now. I’m happy you all have us ready for September and October but we have a lot of games ahead to make our team better.”

15 March 12:27 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. –Ahead of the LA Galaxy’s match with the Portland Timbers (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes 4 p.m. PDT), let’s take a look at some required reading, matchups to watch, and my prediction for Sunday's match.


*The biggest question of the week is who plays in goal for the Galaxy on Sunday? Brian Rowe or Jaime Penedo.

*Jose Villarreal made a major mark along the left side of midfield in the Galaxy's win against the Chicago Fire, and he'll be aiming to do the same against the Timbers.

*Could the LA Galaxy have a new Scanadivanian connection? As newcomer Mika Vayrynen looks to make his debut against the Timbers, Stefan Ishizaki is hoping to have a great sophomore season with the Galaxy.

*LA bolstered their squad this week with the signing of rookie midfielder Ignacio Maganto who is eager to make an impact for the first team.

*In the latest edition of By the Numbers, we take a look at LA’s frustrating record in Bridgetown.

* reporter Larry Morgan checks in with a preview on the Galaxy’s trip to Portland.

*The 2013 MLS Referee of the Year Hilario Grajeda will serve as the head official for Sunday's match.

*In the latest edition of 90 in 90, Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino provide their insight to the game in Portland.  

*Lastly, check out my video for LA Galaxy TV previewing the match.


"It's always a tough place to go. Great fans and great atmosphere. I'm sure, it will be raining again, like it is every year we’re there. I really enjoy the atmoswphere there."

- Robbie Keane on the trip to Portland. 



The midfield battle will be decided between the two international stars who will look to set the tempo for their respective club. Expect plenty of hard challenges on the small field at Providence Park


The LA Galaxy may have only one win all-time in Portland, but the Rose City has proven to be a boon town for Robbie Keane. The Irishman has three goals and one assist in four career matches at Providence Park, and will look to find the back of the net again on Sunday.


The biggest question for the Galaxy, however, is who starts in goal for Bruce Arena’s squad. Brian Rowe was rarely tested during LA’s 2-0 shutout of the Fire, but 2014 incumbent netminder Jaime Penedo will be eager to get the nod in goal.  


LA Galaxy 2 (Robbie Keane, Baggio Husidic) Portland Timbers 2 (Darlington Nagbe, Fernando Adi)

14 March 7:17 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Drama is par the course when the LA Galaxy travel to the Rose City to take the Portland Timbers, and LA expect another barnburner when the two teams face off on Sunday.

 The last time the Galaxy set foot on the turf pitch at Providence Park, the two teams saved the scoring for the dying moments as a Diego Valeri strike in stoppage time negated a Robbie Keane goal moments later. Late game flare-ups are common when the two teams face off as 15 of 39 goals scored in the series all-time have been scored between the 61st and 90+ minutes.

With those late game goals common especially when LA travel to Portland, the question has to be asked, why the added intrigue every time the Galaxy head to Bridgetown?

“When you add a short field with a big crowd, it makes a difference,” Juninho said. “Portland is very good at home. They know that they have to play well at home, and against us, they want to give everything.  We need to be aware of that.”

As his team prepares for the challenge ahead, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says his group must be calm and smart to prevent any further dramatics. 

“One of our objectives this season is to be a better team on the road,” Arena said. “Hopefully, we can set the tone, play smart and bring home three points.” 

14 March 3:49 pm
The annual trip to the Rose City has not been kind to the LA Galaxy, but the defending MLS Cup champions will look to turn their luck around on Sunday when they take on the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.
In the latest edition of’s By the Numbers, I take a look at LA’s record all-time in Portland. Even though it may be a bit grim, there is a silver lining as Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has three goals and one assist in four total games in Portland.  
13 March 1:04 pm


FIFA 15 will be holding a special tournament celebrating St. Patricks Day, and if you win the tourney, you'll have a chance to win a special edition Robbie Keane item.

"Green Keane" as FIFA calls it, will be available from March 13 to March 18. 


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12 March 6:28 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane will be joining Jaime Penedo on international duty during the same weekend that their LA Galaxy teammates will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on D.C. United. 

Keane was named to the Republic of Ireland's 35-man provisional squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on March 29 in Dublin. Irish manager Martin O'Neill will reduce his squad before they convene on March 22, but the LA Galaxy captain is a certain lock to be on the roster for their match against the Group D leaders. 

Ireland are currently in a three-way tie (with Germany and Scotland) for second in Group D, but would find themselves out of contention due to goal differential. The top two teams from each of the nine groups automatically qualify for the tournament in France. The third place team with the highest point total will also qualify for the tournament while the other eight third place teams will face off in playoffs for the competition's final four slots.

12 March 4:35 pm

Steven Gerrard is steadily wrapping up his time with Liverpool FC before joining the LA Galaxy in July, but before he leaves England, the legendary Liverpool man will play in the Liverpool All-Star Charity match on March 29 against a team fellow Reds talisman Jamie Carragher at Anfield.

The two captains held a mini-draft on Thursday to divide up some of the star players that will be participating in the game, and during the brief interaction, Carragher couldn’t help but crack a joke about Gerrard’s impending move to the Galaxy.

As the two Anfield legends set up their squads, Carragher chuckled when Gerrard stated that he intended to play the “experienced” tandem of himself and Xabi Alonso in central midfield.  The former Liverpool central defender jokingly referred to Gerrard and Alonso as “has-beens” before Gerrard shot back at his former teammate stating that “you can’t buy experience.”

However, it was Carragher who had the laugh by quipping, “LA Galaxy did.”


The complete video is above.

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12 March 12:07 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has been fined an undisclosed amount by the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee, the league announced on Thursday.

The league’s disciplinary body cited “unprofessional conduct” as the rationale behind their fine of the Galaxy forward. Although it is not stated in the press release, the fine is likely due to a gesture made by the striker after scoring late during the Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.

Following training on Thursday, Keane cited “passion” as the reason that he celebrated in that manner.

“If you don’t play with passion like I’ve always done, that’s how I play and that’s how I get the best out of myself and out of players,” said Keane who noted that it was ‘one million percent not directed at fans. “I want to win all the time; I always want things to be better. I do things to get people going in a different way. I’ll do that on the training field or on the field of play, I’ll always continue to do that.

“I know why I did it, it’s to get a reaction from someone else and if it’s going to make us a better team than my job is done.”