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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters following the team's 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers.
Check his thoughts below.
(On the team’s performance in the win….)
ARENA: “It wasn’t similar to the other day. We fell behind a goal. It’s good for our team to be in a hard game against a good team. We prevailed, obviously. The goal at the end of the first half was big. Second half, they came at us with a little bit more energy and created a couple of chances. Obviously, the Keane goal was the difference. But I thought overall it was a good 90 minutes for our team. We were sloppy at times in the first half. We could have been a little bit cleaner. Technically, in and around the goal area, we could have create another goal or two, but overall it was a good performance. We are on a good run, and hopefully we keep getting better.”
(On success of Gyasi Zardes…)
ARENA: “He’s doing well. Big goal obviously. A lot of little things, he’s getting better. He’s running off the ball better .He’s holding the ball better. He’s passing better. Everything’s improved and I think playing next to Robbie [Keane] is important. Robbie’s doing a good job helping him move along .Landon [Donovan] had another good effort tonight. Backline performed well.”
(On Robbie Rogers playing left back…)
ARENA: “I think that coming from a deeper position is good for him. But the thing about Robbie in that position is he’s an excellent defender, which is the number one box you need to check when you are going to play as a defender. He does that exceptionally well. The other stuff like going forward is icing on the cake.”
(On coming back from behind to win…)
ARENA: “I think anytime you win a game when you are trailing is important. It shows character. The goal came against run of play. [Stefan] Ishizaki got his head onto the ball and deflected it. Then end up getting a goal. Probably their only shot of the first half. It was a little bit against run of play.”
(On the team’s performance so far this season…)
ARENA: “We are, what, second place now in the Western Conference, against teams that have a couple games in hand on us. We have the best defensive record in the league. We are probably in the top three or four in attacking categories. We are getting healthier. I give the team a B plus. [For] the coach [i give] a C-minus goes with my grade point average in college.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Jose Villarreal is returning to the LA Galaxy.
The Galaxy announced on Friday that Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal is returning to the team from his loan to Liga MX side Cruz Azul and is being loaned to USL PRO affiliate Galaxy II. Villarreal is in Pittsburgh and will be available for the team's match against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. PT.
Villarreal, 20, was reduced to appearances for the Cruz Azul Under-21 side and Cruz Azul-Hidalgo during his stint with La Maquina during an unsuccessful loan stint with the Mexican club. Villarreal made 22 appearances with 12 starts as well as two goals and one assist for the Galaxy in 2013.
He'll join his younger brother Jaime, who is also with Galaxy II.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on the Portland Timbers on Saturday in a brunch time 11:30 a.m. PT match.
In the latest edition of "By the Numbers," we look at the Galaxy's success against Portland at home.
Check it out below.
LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Oscar Sorto has been selected for the U.S. Under-23 team's upcoming training camp in the Bahamas which will run from Aug. 3-7 in Nassau and feature a match against the Bahamas senior team on Aug. 6.
Sorto has been loaned to USL PRO side LA Galaxy II since the start of the season and has been a vital role in the plans of head coach Curt Onalfo. To date, the native of South Central Los Angeles has made 16 appearances for Galaxy II.
In addition to Sorto, there are several other Southern California connections on the squad as Pasadena's Daniel Flores (Leon), Garden Grove's Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake) Chula Vista's Ramon Del Campo (San Jose Earthquakes), and Riverside's Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca) were selected.
The complete roster is below.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): AJ Cochran (Houston Dynamo; St. Louis, Mo.), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Ramon Martin del Campo (San Jose Earthquakes; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bryan Gallego (Arizona United; Kinnelon, N.J.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), William Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Dennis Flores (León; Pasadena, Calif.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids; Jackson, Miss.), Benji Joya (Chicago Fire; San Jose, Calif.)
FORWARDS (5): Daniel Cuevas (CF Lobos BUAP; Sacramento, Calif.), Alfred Koroma Shams (Internacional; Southlake, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Victor Pineda (Indy Eleven; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; El Paso, Texas)
Training Update: Bruce Arena impressed with Omar Gonzalez performance against Seattle; says Todd Dunivant returning from injury
CARSON, Calif. -- Ever steadily, the LA Galaxy are returning to full fitness.
LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez and left back Robbie Rogers each made their return from ankle injuries in LA's 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Monday. Both players were instrumental in the shutout, but Gonzalez's performance, in particular, was impressive as the central defender was making his first appearance since the U.S. National Team's Round of 16 defeat to Belgium on July 1.
Steady when he was tested, Gonzalez drew high marks for his performance against the Sounders from head coach Bruce Arena who was impressed by the defender's fitness.
"He played well," said Arena. "I think that a couple more games would be good for his fitness, but he played better than I anticipated."
Arena also provided an update on the status of left back Todd Dunivant, who recently returned training as he looks to overcome an abdominal injury that he suffered in April that forced him to undergo surgery, but did not confirm if he'll suit up for USL PRO affiliate LA Galaxy II before making his return to action.
"He’s doing well," Arena said. "He had a good training session, but I haven't decided yet [when he'll return]."
Think Dunivant will play for Galaxy II? Will he make the Galaxy first game day roster before then?
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CARSON, Calif. - LA Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena offered no comment on the reports linking the Galaxy with U.S. international Sacha Kljestan, but he did shed some light on the team's actions ahead of the Aug. 6 transfer deadline.
Following training on Thursday, the Galaxy boss revealed that the team has been in talks with the two teams ahead of them on the allocation order -- the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas -- about moving up from the third spot that they acquired in a deal with D.C. United for defender Kofi Opare and a draft pick.
"I don't make public how I go about doing our business, but, obviously, you talk to those teams; isn't that common sense?" Arena told reporters.
Although Arena offered some clarification on what the Galaxy may do, he did not offer a timeline for when any deal might get done.
"If we make a move and get it accomplished," said Arena. "[People] will know."
LOS ANGELES -- The LA Galaxy visited Children's Hospital Los Angeles on Thursday as part of the team's partnership with the hospital.
During the visit, Landon Donovan and six other players (A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant, Rob Friend, Baggio Husidic, Tommy Meyer, and Gyasi Zardes) visited with patients and received an in-depth tour of the facilities. CHLA will serve as the title sponsor for "This is LA" day StubHub Center on Saturday that will see 15,000 fans receive special 'This is LA" t-shirt presented by CHLA.
WIthout a doubt, the highlight of the visit was Donovan's participation in a puppet show with Audrey, a four-year-old patient at CHLA.
Check it out below.
SEATTLE – Robbie Rogers has been searching for a position to call home with the LA Galaxy after a vagabond first season with the club, but it appears that the defender has, at last, found his place at left back.
Back for the first time since early-July after overcoming an ankle injury, Rogers provided needed width along the left side of the defense while also aiding the Galaxy attack with piercing runs forward. After playing his sixth match across all competitions along the left side of defense, Rogers went as far to admit that he feels as though he has become a full-fledged left back.
“It felt great, especially the first half. My ankle still feels sore, so I didn’t know if I was going to be ready to play, but I’ve played through injuries and I really wanted to play in this one,” Rogers told LA Galaxy Insider. “I really wanted to play in the Kansas City game, but I wasn’t ready and I tried to train and be ready for that but I’ve really enjoyed playing left back and right back when I played against Chicago.
“I feel more comfortable [at the [position] the more games I play,” he added. “I was happy to participate and contribute, but I still think that I can improve a lot more.
In arguably his best performance along the flank, Rogers worked well with midfielder Landon Donovan to shut down the Sounders right sided attackers while also making overlapping runs that pinned Seattle back in their own end. Following the match, Rogers’ stat sheet was indicative of his efforts as he finished the game with an impressive stat line that included seven interceptions and seven recoveries.
Rogers’ quick ability to adapt to his new defensive role has led some to compare him to DaMarcus Beasley, another former midfielder who extended his career several years by making the move to the back line.
Quite familiar with Beasley’s game due to their time on the U.S. national team, Rogers admits that the move may look similar to the new Houston Dynamo Designated Player’s change on the surface, but he shrugged of any comparisons.
“DaMarcus and I are just different. Even when we played left wing we were different,” said Rogers. “Even though they are the same position, I wouldn't compare the way that we play. I don’t think that the way that we play is similar.”
Five members of the LA Galaxy Academy will join 54 other stars from MLS academies to take part in the Generation adidas ESP Event in Portland starting this Friday.
Among the five players selected are Jose Enrique Bustamante and Ethan Zubak who played a major role in the Galaxy Under-16 side that won the U-15/16 U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy title defeating Real Salt Lake AZ earlier this month. Joining Bustamante and Zubak are fellow U-16’s Kevin Diaz and Tyson Griffin as well as Under-14 academy goalkeeper Jordan Aldama.
The Galaxy players and the rest of the MLS contingent will not only face each other in a series of matches, but also take on the FC Bayern Munich U-16 team as part of the festivities that will lead up to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game that will see the MLSers take on the Bayern Munich first team.
SEATTLE— It had been quite some time since Omar Gonzalez donned the LA Galaxy uniform, but the center back made sure that his first stint for LA since May was a successful one as he helped the Galaxy keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC.
In his first appearance back, Gonzalez and center back partner A.J. DeLaGarza were rarely tested as the Galaxy sought to maintain possession and press the Sounders early. When Seattle did push forward, outside backs Robbie Rogers and Dan Gargan limited the Sounders’ service in wide position allowing Gonzalez and DeLaGarza to focus solely on containing the likes of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.
It’s been maybe like three months since I’ve worn the Galaxy jersey and been out there with my teammates and so coming out here tonight in beautiful Seattle, in front of so many fans, was just a great feeling. Specifically getting three points and doing it in the fashion that we did was just amazing,” Gonzalez said. “[Getting the shutout] meant everything to us. There were a couple of times when even Robbie [Keane] and Landon [Donovan] were saying [to the team] ‘we don’t give up a goal.’
“And that just goes to show how committed we were to really making a statement and showing that this is the second half of the season and we’re ready. And even though we were up 3-0, but we didn’t want to give any goals.”
Despite all the optimistic surrounding the victory, Gonzalez insisted that the Galaxy back four still had plenty of work left to accomplish if they’re to make a push for the Supporters’ Shield during the stretch run.
“I think we still need a little bit of work, going forward I think there are some things that we need to work on but tonight I thought we did well,” said Gonzalez. “Seattle didn’t have much going [forward]; I don’t think they got a shot [on goal] until maybe the 70th minute or something, so if we can keep on doing that, we’re going to be in a good spot.”