CARSON, Calif. – There is no timetable for the return of injured LA Galaxy outside backs Todd Dunivant and James Riley, but the pair is moving forward in their rehabilitation.
Both players have been sidelined since April with Riley undergoing knee surgery while Dunivant has been sidelined with an abdominal tear that later required surgery of its own. In recent days, the pair has been spotted running on the sidelines while their teammates train, but following training on Tuesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena stated that both players are nearing a return to training.
“[Dunivant] is making good progress. He will probably get back on the field next week,” said Arena. “Meanwhile [Riley] will get back on the field soon. He is doing very well.”
For Dunivant, The recovery has been a difficult one as he was forced to undergo surgery after his abdominal tear did not show signs of healing. Following the surgery, which took place early last month, Dunivant was confined to five weeks of rest that prevented him from working out with the team and made sleeping, laughing, and even talking loudly a chore.
“Having to sit around do nothing, I have never experienced anything like that. If you want to talk about torture for an athlete that is it—not being able to do anything,” said Dunivant. “You can sit around talk to the guys, but you can’t ride a bike, and can’t do anything. From that side of it, it was hard. But having the world cup break kind of helped, and we haven’t had many games at almost the third of the season, so we still have plenty of soccer to be played.”
Dunivant is being eased back into action by participating in extensive fitness protocol that will allow him to build up his game strength before he ever touches a ball. A method that the left back hopes will allow him to return to action injury free.
“We will start building that up and eventually we will be doing ball work,” said Dunivant. “Obviously, at some point getting some games with [LA Galaxy II] and go from there. It’s good, that’s what we have, and another huge benefit of that team is to help the guys like me out. It’s exciting.”
LA Galaxy U-16 head coach Mike Munoz says there's still work to be done ahead of Finals Week after Vardar win
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy Under-16's advanced to the Developmental Academy Finals Week with a 4-2 victory over Michigan-based youth club Vardar on Tuesday in their U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Playoffs quarterfinal at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.
Ethan Zubak and Rey Ortiz each tallied a brace while Dylan Smith rounded out the scoring in the come-from-behind victory. Zubak scored twice in the first half to put LA ahead, but Vardar clawed their way back into the game and took the lead with three goals at the start of the second half before goals by Ortiz and Smith sealed the win for the Galaxy U-16's.
LA will now participate in the Developmental Academy Finals Week which will be held at StubHub Center at July 17-19.
"It was a fantastic result for the boys because they've worked for 11 months for this moment," Galaxy U-16 head coach Mike Munoz told LA Galaxy Insider. "We knew that Vardar was going to be extremely difficult and they're a team that never gifts up. We lost ourselves for the first 20 minutes of the second half and were punished, but credit to my guys because they found a way to fight back from that. I'm really happy with the way that things turned out, but at the same time, we're going to have to be better going forward."
While there may still be things to work on, Munoz is confident that his Under-16 team can compete for a title during Finals Week.
"It's not easy to get here to be the one of the final four teams in the country," said Munoz. "This is an achievement in itself, but one of our goals is to be national champions and there are still two matches to get there. It's so far so good but we've got another week of training to prepare us and then we need to get after it."
LA Galaxy Homegrown Players Bradford Jamieson IV and Gyasi Zardes have been selected to the roster for the inaugural Chipotle Homegrown Player Game against the Portland Timbers Under-23's at JELD-WEN Field ahead of the MLS All-Star Game on August 4 at 7:00 p.m. PT.
Jamieson has been a revelation for LA Galaxy II with five goals for the the team's USL PRO affiliate while Zardes has begun to solidify a regular place in LA's starting XI with three goals. There will be a total of 20 players from 12 teams who will participate in the match.
The roster is below.
Goalkeeper: Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Matt Lampson (Columbus Crew)
Defenders: Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Karl W. Ouimette (Montreal Impact), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Steven Evans (Portland Timbers), Wandrille Lefevre (Montreal Impact), Chris Ritter (Chicago Fire), Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)
Forwards: Caleb Calvert (Chivas USA), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders FC), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
CARSON, Calif. -- Other MLS players are attracting interest from abroad, but LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez says that his focus is on helping LA compete for MLS Cup.
In an interview with Time Warner Cable Deportes' Elmur Souza, the Galaxy defender said that he has not received any offers from foreign clubs and is simply putting his focus in LA's 2014 MLS campaign. The statement comes amid speculation from Goal.com's Ives Galarcep that Gonzalez has interest from LigaMX club Cruz Azul.
When asked later about his teammates interest abroad and his goals for the remainder of the season, Gonzalez said that his sole focus is on the Galaxy.
"My goals right now are to get back on the field with the LA Galaxy and hit the ground running so that I can continue with the way that I'm playing," said Gonzalez. "I'm just looking to win another MLS Cup that's the only thing that is on my mind."
— Elmur Souza (@elmursouza) July 8, 2014
LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez showed his mettle during the U.S. National Team’s campaign at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and now, he’s sharing much more.
Gonzalez has been featured in ESPN the Magazine’s annual Body Issue along with U.S. Women’s International Megan Rapione. In addition to baring all for the magazine, Gonzalez spoke to ESPN reporter Morty Ain about his fitness strategy, his College football scholarship offers in high school, recovering from ACL surgery in 2012 and, of course, his epic Thanksgiving day Saxophone session.
"Being in the Body Issue is a new experience for me. I don't usually hang out naked," said Gonzalez after training on Tuesday. "It was really fun and I'm happy that I did it. It's turning out pretty good and hopefully the fans enjoy it."
The ESPN the Body Issue hits newsstands on July 11.
— Omar Gonzalez (@Omar4Gonzalez) July 8, 2014
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV is bold. Just one look at his new Neymar-inspired hairdo and you can find that out.
So it's no surprise that the LA Galaxy II star winger has set his sights on making his first team debut by the end of the 2014 season.
To date, Jamieson has managed five goals for Los Dos, which is second only behind Chandler Hoffman who has hit the back of the net eight times for the Galaxy USL PRO affiliate. While Hoffman and fellow Homegrown signing Raul Mendiola have seen time with the first team, Jamieson has yet to make an appearance despite being a key asset for head coach Curt Onalfo's side.
"I'd like to think that I can reach the first team before the season is over," Jamieson told LA Galaxy Insider after scoring his fifth goal in Los Dos' 4-1 win over Arizona United SC last week. "There are definitely games for our younger players where I can show what I have to give. I think that Bruce Arena and Curt have belief in the younger players because they wouldn't have the Galaxy II system if the end goal wasn't for us to all be up there."
Until he reaches that pinnacle however, the precocious teenager is focusing on how he can improve his game so that once that call comes he's ready.
"I've felt really positive lately," said Jamieson. "Finishing chances helps me know that I'm going in the right direction and after every game, I'm analyzing what I need to do so that I can pinpoint the places that I can be dangerous."
When the LA Galaxy take on Manchester United on July 23rd at the Rose Bowl, they'll face the Red Devils in their brand-new Chevrolet adorned uniforms, which the English club unveiled on Monday.
The friendly against the Galaxy will not only be the first match for the kits but also the debut of new United manager Louis Van Gaal, who is currently the manager of the Netherlands. The Dutchman will join the Red Devils for their preseason preparations once his nation's participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup is complete.
United is expected to have their full compliment of stars once when arrive in Southern California as The Guardian reported on Monday that Van Gaal has requested that England internationals Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, and Chris Smalling participate in the tour.
LA Galaxy and U.S. legend Cobi Jones raves about Costa Rica's World Cup spirit ahead of quarterfinal
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy and U.S. National Team legend Cobi Jones knows all about the spirit of the Costa Rican national team and he isn't surprised in the slightest about their showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Ticos have been the underdogs of the tournament by winning a Group D that included three past World Cup champions in Italy, England and Uruguay and then reached the quarterfinals for the first time in their nation's history by defeating Greece in a thrilling penalty kick shootout. They'll now take on Netherlands for a chance to be the first CONCACAF team to reach the semifinals in the tournament's modern era.
While many have been shocked about the Ticos's showing, Jones who tallied 164 caps for the U.S. while scoring 15 goals -- one of which came against the Ticos -- has been impressed by the fight that Costa Rica has displayed against the globe's soccer powers.
"I’m supporting Costa Rica. They are from CONCACAF so I’m supporting Costa Rica all the way. Their defense has been so strong, especially in the midfield where they’ve gotten a lot of credit. That’s where it is really starting," Jones told LA Galaxy Insider. "[Yeltsin] Tejada is doing an excellent job, [Christian] Bolanos as well. Winning the ball at the midfield and starting the attack early on has been something to see. What I like about it, the team like Costa Rica, Colombia and Chile and even Switzerland, they are going for it. They have gone all out. Some have been knocked out, some are still going, but they are saying “if we are going to go doing, we are going down swinging.” There is going modern style, more offensive and more attacks, and I like it, it’s great to see. It’s good for TV."
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters following the team's 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Friday.
Check out his quotes below.
(On Baggio Husidic’s substitution...)
ARENA: “I don’t think Baggio [Husidic] opened up the game but he was a fresh player and he did his job; helped create a couple chances for us there for sure… He did a good job.”
(On the team giving up the lead...)
ARENA: “Hard game, I think we were sloppy throughout the game, the effort was not consistent over the 90 minutes, for us to have that kind of energy in the last 15 minutes to get an equalizer and not have that energy for the entire game is a little disappointing I think we lost our concentration a little bit, we did a real sloppy job in defending on a couple of crosses that cost us goals and to their credit they did a good job. I think the referee missed a few calls there; cards he didn’t do a good job in that regard, but maybe had no impact on the game; we were inconsistent tonight. However the effort to get a point out of the game was terrific, the team did a real good job there.”
(On Landon Donovan not being awarded two penalty kicks...)
ARENA: “The second one I think is a red card because he’s going to goal and I don’t think the last defender matters, he’s denying a goal scoring opportunity. Plus he allowed that player to get away with not getting carded previous to that when he fouled someone from behind in the other half of the field and the referee let it go. The other one with Landon [Donovan] and [Danny] O'Rourke, I can’t see from my angle whether there’s contact or not so I don’t know…”
Jaime Villarreal's tenure as a member of the LA Galaxy Academy came to an end when the U-18's failed to qualify for the U.S. Developmental Academy Finals Week, but the future is bright for the young forward from Inglewood.
U.S. Soccer profiled the younger brother of Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal in their latest video in their "Youth National Team Influence" series . Villarreal earned his first call-up to the U.S. Under-20 National Team earlier this year.
Check out the video below.