Mexican national team star and Manchester United forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez landed in Los Angeles last night, but whether he plays in Wednesday's Chevrolet Cup between United and the LA Galaxy is still up in the air.
United manager Louis van Gaal entertained several questions about unsettled striker who is currently rumored to be close to a move away from the club. While speculation has been high about Hernandez's next move, van Gaal was quick to note that Hernandez will be given an opportunity to impress the new boss this preseason.
“I have to see if he performs how I want, and now, I can only see what he has shown under the guidance of another trainer and coach,” van Gaal said on Tuesday during a press conference that was delayed nearly 45 minutes after United found themselves stuck in rush hour traffic. “He will arrive and then I will meet him, we will train, and after that, he will perform in a match and only after that, I can say anything about it.”
Although van Gaal's words bode well for Chicharito's short term future with the club, his insistence on having him train before playing in a match may see him play limited -- if any -- minutes during Wednesday's match at the Rose Bowl Stadium against the Galaxy.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 23, 2014
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PASADENA, Calif. – Manchester United have been in Los Angeles for less than a week, but on Tuesday they received a true Southern California experience—getting stuck in rush hour traffic.
United were 45 minutes for their open training session at the Rose Bowl Stadium as their team bus found itself stuck in L.A. traffic driving from their base hotel in Beverly Hills in Pasadena. Despite the inconvenience, United manager Louis van Gaal was chipper upon his team’s arrival at the stadium’s press room.
“Of course, we were late. It was the first time that I was late for a press conference, but Los Angeles traffic,” van Gaal told reporters.
On Wednesday, the Dutchman and his side will face a stiffer test when they take on the Galaxy in the Chevrolet Cup at the world-famous Pasadena venue. Although Europeans are traditionally criticized for their blasé attitude toward friendlies with MLS sides, van Gaal insists that he’s done his homework on the Galaxy.
“We have analyzed the Galaxy and I expect a very organized and technical team that is aggressive in attack,” said van Gaal. “They are already in the rhythm of the season and we started just three days ago. We are not well prepared, we are not fit yet, but I hope that we can give a good performance and it’s a process.
“The preparation time is a process, so I hope that we can make every [preseason] match a step in that progress, but I'm also anxious to see how we do it tomorrow against the Galaxy.”
LA Galaxy Academy goalkeepers Eric Lopez and Abraham Romero called into international camps for upcoming tournaments
Two LA Galaxy goalkeepers Eric Lopez and Abraham Romero will be on international duty for the United States and Mexico next month as they are set to participate in a pair of upcoming youth international tournaments.
Lopez, who has been part of the U.S. U-17 residency program for the past semester, was among the 18 players who will participate in the Open Nordic Tournament in Denmark. The U.S. will face Denmark on July 28 before taking on Norway on July 29, the Faroe Islands on July 31, and playing in a placement match two days later.
Meanwhile Romero earned the call for Mexico for the Copa Mexico de Naciones, a setup which he has been a part of off and on for the past two years. The Galaxy goalkeeper has also represented the U.S. U-17’s as well as Mexico. The Mexican squad will play Ecuador on Aug. 2, Honduras on Aug. 3, and Scotland on Aug. 4. Mexico will also play three additional games on Aug. 6, Aug. 8 and a placement match on Aug. 10.
Named to the U.S. squad for the Copa Mexico de Naciones was Galaxy Academy product Haji Wright, who was listed as unattached to an academy in a U.S. Soccer press release. Wright trained earlier this year with the Galaxy first team, but has also been linked with a move to Germany where giants Schalke are a rumored suitor.
Adonis Amaya wins West Player of the Year award; Galaxy Academy takes home Best Club honor in Developmental Academy awards
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy Under-18 forward Adonis Amaya was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s West Player of the Year and the Galaxy Academy earned a host of other honors in the USSDA’s end of season awards last Saturday.
Amaya earned the Player of the Year nod after scoring 25 goals for the Galaxy U-18 side while helping them finish at the top of the Southwest Division. The Galaxy Academy striker is committed to U.C. Santa Barbara where he will play his college soccer this fall.
The Galaxy Academy also took home the honor of the best overall club in the West after a successful season that saw the team’s U-14 side excel in their first campaign, the U-16’s win the Developmental Academy title and the U-18’s win the Southwest Division.
In addition to the overall honors, the champion Galaxy U-16’s had two players (defender Malcolm Jones and midfielder Rey Ortiz) named to the West Best XI. On the U-18 side Amaya was joined on the West Best XI by forward Jamie Villarreal.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to test themselves against one of the world’s largest clubs on Wednesday when they take on English powerhouse Manchester United at the Rose Bowl Stadium (7:30 p.m. PT, Fox Sports 1).
LA has a lengthy history of international matches having played a total of 90 exhibitions in their history while carrying a 40-25-29 record. LA’s greatest high profile win in such a friendly came just a year ago when the Galaxy defeated Italian giants Juventus in an exhibition at Dodger Stadium.
Such friendlies have become part and parcel of MLS since its inception and although they've become a yearly staple, they still provide plenty of excitement for LA's squad.
“It's a friendly game, so preparation for them for their upcoming season. For us we're in the mix of a season halfway through,” said Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. “I think it will be a good test for the younger players, good experience to play against top players. I know they're looking forward to it. And of course I am [looking forward to] seeing players I've played against for a long time. I'm looking forward to it.”
Added Omar Gonzalez, "A Lot of these fans here [in Southern California] don't have the money or the time to go all the way to England watch United live. For United do to this tour and come play here it's great for the fans and great for the continued growth of football.
"We want to give the fans a great game."
CARSON, Calif. – Don’t count on LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez making a move in the summer transfer window. At least that was the message from the defender on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s match against Manchester United.
The defender will be looking to make his return on Wednesday from a right ankle injury that he suffered during his participation with the U.S. National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While other USMNT players have dealt with post-World Cup transfer speculation, there has been little chatter surrounding Gonzalez and on Monday, the defender said that while Europe is a dream of his, he’s committed to LA.
“I still want to ply my trade in Europe, but right now I’m committed to the Galaxy,” said Gonzalez who signed a new Designated Player contract a year ago. “That’s something that my agent handles, but right now I’m looking to get back to full fitness and I’m looking to get a result against United and go to Seattle and have a tough game.”
Although the Galaxy currently boast three Designated Players, the unsettled club situation of Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez has led to some speculation that he may be bound for a move to MLS. However, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena refused to entertain any speculation about a move for the El Tri star.
“You don’t talk about other players that are under contract with other clubs,” said Arena. “We don’t talk about that stuff publicly.”
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after scoring three goals last week.
Keane tallied two goals in LA's 5-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Wednesday and then added another in LA's 2-1 road defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. With his three goals, Keane has now scored 10 goals this season which gives him a double digit goal total for the third consecutive season.
In addition to Keane meaning the Team of the Week, Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes was placed on the bench after notching a brace of his own against New England.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 21, 2014
17 games played and 17 games to go for the LA Galaxy.
Currently, the team finds themselves him third place in the Western Conference with a 7-4-6 record and 27 points. At this point of the season, the Galaxy are currently first in the league in fewest goals allowed with just 16 while the club has scored 26 times which is third-lowest in the West. Although the results may not be ideal, but they are an improvement from the team's 2013 record at the midway point of the season when the club registered a 7-7-4 record with 25 points.
Robbie Keane currently leads the Galaxy in scoring with 10 goals and six assists so far in the season. Gyasi Zardes is second in goals scored with six while Landon Donovan and Stefan Ishizaki are second to Keane in assists with four apiece.
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Robbie Keane pulled the LA Galaxy to within a single goal late in their 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City, but the Irishman could help but think about one shot that got away from the goal scorer.
The event occurred in the 54th minute with the Sporting up by a single goal when Keane barreled down on the Sporting KC goal and collided hard with SKC goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum before unleashing a shot that flew just over the bar. Despite the hard challenge, referee Allen Chapman refused to award a foul on the play and seven minutes later, the home side found their eventual game winner on Lawerence Olum’s goal.
“If you’d have seen my leg, you’d have thought it was a foul. Seeing the replay, it doesn’t matter if I had an opportunity to score,” said Keane who now has 10 regular season goals for a third consecutive season. “The fact is if [the keeper] isn’t there, it’s a goal probably. I didn’t think I was going to be doing that kind of cartwheel today, I’ll tell you that.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena also had pointed words for Chapman.
“I think it should have been a foul [on Gruenebaum],” said Arena.” I don’t think it’s a red card but if a field player passes a ball and a player goes through, it’s a foul. So it’s a foul on the play; it’s a free kick. It doesn’t need to be a red card. But it’s a foul and it has to be a free kick. Like the foul they had that they scored a goal on—those are fouls. And the referee needs to call them.”
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media following the team's 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
The defeat snapped LA's eight game unbeaten run.