It's MLS preview season and the latest of interest is this funny -- and informative -- exchange between Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman for their "Big Head Red Head" feature on ESPNFC.com.
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Happy Landon Donovan Day!
It’s an American soccer holiday as LA Galaxy and U.S. National Team superstar Landon Donovan celebrates his 32nd birthday today.
Donovan’s resume is not short of accolades and on the occasion of his 32nd birthday, one of my favorite sites Complex Magazine crowned him as the Best American Soccer Player ever. There’s little surprise that Donovan would be the choice as he is currently the U.S. National Team’s leading goal scorer and one goal short of becoming the all-time leader in MLS regular season goals.
At 32, Donovan is expected to play a major role in the fortunes of the U.S. National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer and ahead of that tournament, Donovan spoke about his World Cup experience –and his future— to MLSsoccer.com.
Check out the video below.
The MLS season is almost upon us.
When the LA Galaxy took the training pitch on Monday, they did so with the season opener against Real Salt Lake less than a month away. Following training, Bruce Arena provided an injury update on the likes of Todd Dunivant and Jaime Penedo, who the Galaxy boss says are approaching full fitness. Meanwhile, Robbie Rogers remains on the mend with Arena stating that he’s “getting closer to returning to the field.”
Even though the Galaxy are turning their focus to RSL, that does not mean that they’ve forgotten the issues of that led to the team’s downfall a year ago. In a conversation with reporters on Monday, midfielder Marcelo Sarvas eloquently laid out the team’s issues in 2013 and how exactly they hope to correct them this season.
“What we expect to see different than last year is that first: when we’re leading we need to be able to hold for results. Secondly, we conceded many goals on corners and fouls and we need to play differently [this year],” said Sarvas. “Third, we need to have presence in the box and have the ability to put the ball inside [the penalty area]. If we did this last season then we could be champions. The game is the same for us, we’re going to be building from the back, try to find the last pass and let just simply let our guys play.”
CARSON, Calif. – With the unveiling of the new LA Galaxy kits on Monday, several players will be donning new jersey numbers.
Midfielder Gyasi Zardes will be wearing the No. 11 in 2014 after wearing No. 29 a year ago while goalkeeper Brian Perk will wear No. 1 after wearing No. 24 last season.
As for the new additions Rob Friend will be wearing No. 16, Baggio Hušidić is donning No. 6, Stefan Ishizaki will wear No. 24, Bradford Jamieson IV will don the No. 38, Raul Mendiola will wear No. 40, while new Brazilian forward Samuel will wear the No. 9 kit. Of the potential new signings defender James Riley has worn the No. 26 this preseason while Dan Gargan has donned the No. 33 which was formerly worn by Jose Villarreal.
Zardes is excited for the move to a lower number and hopes that the switch leads to more confidence on the field in his second year with the club.
“I’m just trying to be more confident," said Zardes. "I've got one year under my belt to build upon so I know how it is to go through a season as a professional. I’m just trying to use my experiences to my advantage."
Planning to get your new kit with some of these numbers? Think Zardes is ready for No. 11?
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The new kits feature the same traits that we saw during the reveals that were on LA Galaxy Insider all of last week. Below are a series of interesting videos related to the jerseys including a shot from adidas which describes the kit and one from the Galaxy with statements from LA legends, fans, players from all Galaxy teams.
Remember you can already purchase the kit at the TeamLA Store at StubHub Center and on MLSgear.com.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy dealt defender Greg Cochrane to the Chicago Fire on Monday in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
Cochrane made just a single start for the Galaxy this preseason (during their 2-1 victory over F.C. Shirak) after making a total of 15 showings in all competitions during 2013 campaign. Despite an injury to regular left back Todd Dunivant, Cochrane had fallen behind expected signing James Riley in the depth chart.
The deal to trade Cochrane could bode well for veteran trialist Dan Gargan who has been with the club throughout the preseason. LA released defender Brian Gaul last week.
Thoughts on the Cochrane trade?
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The new LA Galaxy jersey will be revealed later today, but first the U.S. National Team unveiled their new primary kit for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The kit, which will be worn by both the USMNT and the U.S. women's team, features an all-white design with gray horizontal pinstripes throughout the body and the sleeves. Meanwhile, on the inside of the back collar is a blue pennant design that features the 13 stars from the original American flag.
The jersey will be available world-wide on Wednesday, but is already for sale at Nike stores and nike.com on preorder.
Check it out below.
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was named the Republic of Ireland's Senior International Player of the Year on Sunday in a ceremony at the RTE Television Studios in Dublin.
Keane tallied eight goals internationally to boost his all-time Ireland national team record to 62 goals.The Ireland captain's international tally is fourth among European international goal scorers behind Ferenc Puskás (89 goals for Hungary and Spain), Sándor Kocsis (75 goals for Hungary), Gerd Müller, and Miroslav Klose (both with 68 goals for Germany).
The 33-year-old has now won Ireland's Senior International Player of the Year award two times and the FAI Young International Player of the Year award twice.
Although the award is certainly an honor for Keane, it is his acceptance video that is a must-see.
Check it out below.
The wait is almost over, the LA Galaxy's new primary kit will be unveiled on Monday morning.
The jersey is set to be officially released on LAGalaxy.com at 11:11 am and be immediately available for purchase. In the final look at the jersey, we can see the "This is LA" blue-and-gold jock tag placed on the bottom of the kit. As you know, the tag is also on the team's current secondary jerseys.
Remember that you can pick up the jersey tomorrow at the Team LA Store and at MLSGear online. Season ticket holders will also be able to use their discounts to purchase the kit at the StubHub Center's Team LA Store.
Excited for the new kit? Below are the other four jersey reveals.
Jersey Look #1: Back collar
Jersey Look #2: Logo
Jersey Look #3: Sash stripes
Club Tijuana came within 10 minutes of their first road victory in over a year, but a late goal by Liber Quiñones sealed a 1-1 draw for the Xolos against Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz, and extended Tijuana's road winless streak to 19 games.
Midfielder Christian Pellerano gave Tijuana the lead six minutes into the match as a failed Veracruz clearance of a Xolos' corner fell perfectly for the Argentine who slotted it past the goalkeeper for the finish. Tijuana went down a man in the 78th minute as Pellerano was sent off for his second yellow leaving the Xolos to play with 10 for the remainder of the game. Up a man, Veracruz made Xolos pay three minutes later when the Tiburones Rojos (Red Sharks) took advantage of some shambolic Tijuana defending as Angel Reyna floated a pass over the visitors back-line to a waiting Quiñones who easily fired a shot past Cirilo Saucedo for the equalizer.
Former Galaxy striker Herculez Gomez and Texas-native Greg Garza started and fellow American Joe Corona came on midway through the first half due to a shoulder injury to Fernando Arce. Paul Arriola and recent U.S. National team call-up Edgar Castillo were not on the game day roster.
Highlights of the draw are below.