CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy center back Leonardo took plenty of flak his second half defensive error in LA’s draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but the Brazilian defender believes that he’ll rebound.
Following training, I asked Arena about how Leonardo moves forward and whether he simply needs to have a short memory or should focus on correcting the concentration error. The response from the Galaxy boss was worth noting.
“It has to be a little of both. I’m sure you’ve made mistakes in your life. Fell off your tricycle at some point and had to learn from that. You put the Band-Aid on and you get on with business,” Arena said. “That’s basically what we’re doing. It’s all part of life, but unfortunately for athletes especially defenders or goalkeepers, when they make a mistake, everyone is an expert and has it all figured out. Leo was involved in a lot of plays in that game where he was excellent. However, he did make a crucial error; we learn from it and move on.”
As for Leonardo, the center back is bullish about his ability to recover from performances like the match against the Whitecaps and the Club Tijuana defeat earlier in the year.
“It happens to players,” Leonardo admitted. “I think the thing to understand that when we face more complicated games you learn from your mistakes.”
CARSON, Calif. – A year ago, Jack McBean was a notable omission from U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos’ World Cup qualifying campaign, but with the United States beginning their prepraations for the 2016 Olympic Games, McBean has been welcomed back into the fold.
"He is one of the guy that we called right away, because we think there is some potential," Ramos told reporters earlier in the week. "He has to continue to improve. He has to continue to better and better at the club level obviously being one of the guys left in the end. This is still an early part of the process, and we are going to look at as many players as we can.
McBean attests that the minutes that he’s received with Galaxy II are aiding his progression and have served as a “stepping stone” to his time with the national team, but he admits that there is still much work to be done before he develops into a regular with Ramos’ squads.
“We’ll see. These short camps are always physically demanding,” said McBean. “I’m hoping to keep to keep progressing.” we’ll see. It’s always physically demanding and tomorrow we have a game against Tijuana so I guess it will be interesting to see how the guys get on. I’m looking forward to it."
CARSON, Calif. – Jose Villarreal admits that he’s still adapting to the style of play and the elevation in Mexico, but the LA Galaxy Homegrown Player says that he has no regrets about going on a year-long loan to Liga MX side Cruz Azul.
Villarreal, who is participating in the United States U-21 training camp, is currently with Cruz Azul’s Liga de Ascenso club Cruz Azul Hidalgo for the duration of the 2014 Clausura tournament. While the 20-year-old admits that the season has been a “frustrating” experience, he’s confident that he can get into Cruz Azul’s first team during the Apertura tournament later this year.
“It’s a different level of soccer, you just have to adjust and deal with whatever comes up,” said Villarreal who admits that he’s been playing primarily with the team’s U-20 team as well as Hidalgo. “I’ve been in and out of the rotation, but I’m looking to get back with the first team. This season has been tough to get minutes; I just want to work hard as I look toward the next preseason so that I can get in with their first team and get more minutes.”
But does he think that he'll be staying with Cruz Azul when loan deal expires at the end of the year?
“No regrets at all with the move. I felt like I needed to do it. I'll always be a Galaxy player,” said Villarreal. “There's curveballs but I'll expect it to play out. Hopefully I'll get some minutes and if It happens that I stay then I'll stay but if I don't then I’ll bring whatever I can once I get back to LA.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters a week ago that left back Todd Dunivant will be back on the training pitch this week, but whether or not that will happen still remains to be seen.
Dunivant has been sidelined with an abdominal injury since LA's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA as A.J. DeLaGarza has filled in for the veteran along the left side of defense. With yet another week off for the Galaxy until they return to action on May 3 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against the Colorado Rapids, Arena expects the extra rest to help Dunivant move forward in his recovery, but gave no assurances that the defender will be back soon.
"Anyone that's injured, you get more time to get better," said Arena. "I don't know yet though [about Dunivant's status]."
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was in New York City this afternoon on a media tour and took a moment to speak to Dan Patrick about his career, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the LA Galaxy.
During his interview, Patrick asks Donovan about any chance that he'd suit up for David Beckham's new side in Miami and while the Galaxy striker doesn't say never, one would doubt that he'd ever suit up for an MLS team other than the Galaxy in his career.
Check out the full interview below.
CARSON, Calif. -- The Villarreal family may have yet another talented son starring for the LA Galaxy soon.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, Galaxy U-18 forward Jaime Villarreal talks about his recent academy success and his older brother -- and LA Galaxy Homegrown Player -- Jose backs him for success. But the elder Villarreal isn't the only player to heap praise on Jaime as his Galaxy Academy and Galaxy II teammate Oscar Sorto is also very high on Jaime.
"I think that he's a good player. He's smart with the ball and playing really well," Sorto told LA Galaxy Insider after training with the U.S. Under-21 team on Tuesday at StubHub Center. "His attitude has changed from when I first met him because he seems to want it more now. He's in shape and taking his soccer more seriously. I think that he has a great future ahead of him."
But does Sorto think that Jaime is a bit better than his older brother?
"I don't know yet. Jose has way more experience right now than Jaime, but you never know. In the future, the younger brother is always stronger," Sorto said with a smile.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II returned to winning ways on Saturday with their 3-1 victory over the Orange County Blues and on Tuesday, two players were honored by being named to the USL PRO Team of the Week.
Forward Chandler Hoffman earned his second Team of the Week nod while defender Daniel Steres earned his third nod. Hoffman scored his third goal in the victory, which is tops in USL PRO while Steres helped the team shut down the Blues defensively. Meanwhile, Jack McBean and Rafael Garcia were honorable mentions on the USL PRO list.
Galaxy II return to action with two away games this weekend with matches against Arizona United on April 25 and Orange County Blues FC at Anteater Stadium at UC Irvine on April 27.
Another week, another MLSsoccer.com Save of the Week nomination for LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
Penedo was nominated for his quick reaction stop of a Pedro Morales deflected shot in the first half of LA’s 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Dan Gargan looks like he’s here to stay on the right-side of the LA Galaxy defense.
The 31-year-old put forth another strong performance on Saturday as he notched his second assist in three starts. Gargan’s two helpers place him in a four-way tie for the team lead.
Gargan’s brightest moment came in the 38th minute when he launched a diagonal ball onto the head of Baggio Husidic who knocked it toward Stefan Ishizaki, who nodded a shot past Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted for the game’s first goal.
“It’s something that Bruce has encouraged for me to get involved in the attack and take the space when it’s available. When that opportunity opens up, I want to do whatever I can help,”Gargan told reporters after the game. “If that’s pushing forward and being an option then great, but if nothing else, then I’d like to pull teams wide and give Robbie [Keane] and Landon [Donovan] options going forward.”
The veteran defender also excelled on the defensive side of the ball as he made five recoveries, two clearances and one interception during the draw. Despite his success, head coach Bruce Arena admitted that the Galaxy have yet to see the best that the defender has to offer.
"Dan had a solid game,” the Galaxy coach said. “We're moving him along, he needs a few games to get full match fitness, but he's doing well."
TWCSN's Kelli Tennant soldiers on with telecast despite taking a ball to the head prior to Vancouver Whitecaps match
Those Time Warner Cable SportsNet pregame and postgame shows are getting mighty interesting.
A week after Landon Donovan videobombed my own live hit during the TWCSN postgame show, Galaxy sideline reporter Kelli Tennant had a little unintentional fun of her own during the pregame show when she was knocked in the head by an errant Vancouver Whitecaps shot ahead of the LA Galaxy's 2-2 draw last Saturday. It appears that TWCSN producer Joel Bengoa attempted to block the shot from colliding with Tennant, but his outstretched arm was unable to make the stop.
Tennant's composed reaction made international news and you can see the video below.