Bruce Arena provides LA Galaxy injury update; says he's undecided on Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez's role for Saturday
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy have dealt with the injury bug over the last several weeks, and now head coach Bruce Arena will have to evaluate the statuses of returning internationals Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes ahead of the weekend clash with Sporting Kansas City .
The Galaxy duo both went a full 90 minutes in the U.S. National Team’s 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico in San Antonio on Wednesday. Both players returned to Southern California on Thursday but according to Arena, he’ll have some thinking to do when he decides whether to slot the pair in the starting lineup for the match with Sporting.
“We have players that have been injured over the last two or three weeks, going to likely return. Jose Villarreal, Robbie Keane is a possibility, Mika Vayaynen is a possibility, AJ DeLaGarza is coming back from a slight injury, Edson Buddle’s probably going to be available. A number of players. That makes for a good week," Arena told reporters on Thrusday. "However, we have to be cautious with players that played with the U.S. team last night. That will be their third game in a week. We gotta make a decision on whether they’re going to be involved with our team on Saturday.”
Like many, Arena did not take too much from the Americans latest 2-0 win over Mexico, remarking that the pitiful field conditions took away from the overall product.
“I don’t think it’s a game you could say a whole lot about," Arena said. "The playing conditions were so poor, Mexico put out a good team that certainly is not their team. I don’t know what you make out of that. On the night the US was certainly the better team and deserved to win.”
Robbie Keane trains ahead of Sporting Kansas City match; Jose Villarreal moving forward in injury recovery
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was back out at training on Wednesday ahead of the club's match against Sporting KC this weekend.
During the portion of the training session open to the media, Keane was spotted training off to the side with a member of the club's training staff. When asked about the condition of his captain, who missed out on last weekend's match with Seattle Sounders FC due to a groin strain, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena responded in typical Arena fashion.
"He's running around out there," Arena told reporters.
While Keane's status is still up in the air heading into Saturday's match, Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal told LAGalaxy.com that he is moving forward in his recovery from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for LA's fixture in Vancouver and relegated him to bench duty a week ago.
"I feel good. I feel like I'm moving forward little by little. I'm not trying to push it too much but I have trainers who are trying to help me out," said Villarreal. "Hopefully, I'll be back in full training soon and ready for the upcoming games. I'm still moving forward and seeing how it reacts [to the training]. I'm just focusing on how I feel day by day. .. I just need to focus on getting better."
U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis announced her 23 player roster for the upcoming 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, and players from California will make up the backbone of the squad's effort for a third World Cup title.
Six of the 23 players named to Ellis' squad for the World Cup are California natives which is the most of any state. Among the five Southern Californians on the squad are regular contributors Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) and Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.).
The complete roster is below with the Californians noted in bold.
LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and Guam learn their opponents for AFC's 2018 World Cup Qualifiers
LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and the Guam National Team learned that they'll their opponents for their first-ever foray into World Cup qualifying as the Asian Federation announced the eight groups that will 40 teams that will complete in the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifying.
DeLaGarza and Guam find themselves placed in Group D alongside Iran, India, Oman and Turkmenistan. The winner of each group receives an automatic berth to the next round of World Cup qualifying and will be joined by the top four second place teams across the eight groups. The remaining teams that do not continue in the quest for a place in the World Cup will enter various levels of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
The Matao open their first-ever World Cup qualifying campaign with two home matches as they host Turkmenistan on June 11 in Guam before taking on India on June 16. Should DeLaGarza join the squad for the start of World Cup qualifying, he'd likely miss the Galaxy's June 13 road match against the Columbus Crew.
Robbie Keane shows off his singing chops by singing Boy George and the Culture Club's hit Karma Chameleon
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy have the day off on Tuesday so it's a bit of a slow news day around the StubHub Center, but that doesn't mean that all's quiet in the LA Galaxy universe.
Noted Pop Star and LA Galaxy Supporter Boy George posted a video of Robbie Keane singing his 1983 hit "Karma Chameleon" in his car. The Culture Club star and the Galaxy captain have been friends since the Irish goal king's days in the English Premier League.
Like Robbie's singing? Prefer the original song?
Check out Keane's singing in the video above.
LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo named MLS Player of the Week for 10 save performance against Sounders
CARSON, Calif. -- The honors keep coming for LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper set a career-high in saves on Sunday as he made 10 stops to preserve the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC. Penedo becomes the first goalkeeper in a year to win the award. The last goalkeeper to win the honors was Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando last April.
The LA Galaxy goalkeeper is also up for FutbolMLS' Latino de la Journada (Latino of the Week) award. You can vote for Penedo here.
LA Galaxy II goalkeeper Eric Lopez and LA Galaxy Academy duo called into U.S. U-15 squad for Tournament Delle Nazioni
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II Eric Lopez and Galaxy Academy stalwarts Jake Artega and Zico Bailey were named to the U.S. National Team U-15 squad for the upcoming Tournament Delle Nazioni which will take place in Italy and Slovenia from April 21 to May 2.
Head coach John Hackworth's group has been drawn into Group C, and will face off against the hosts Slovenia, CONCACAF rival Costa Rica and Croatia. Lopez, a Galaxy II goalkeeper who has spent time training with the first team, is the squad's lone professional player.
The complete roster is below.
CARSON, Calif. -- In an announcement that shocked absolutely no one, LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after his stellar performance against Seattle Sounders FC.
Penedo made an MLS career-high 10 saves as he led the Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Sounders, helping the Galaxy to their second win of the season. The Panamanian goalkeeper was joined by defender Omar Gonzalez who was named to the Week 6 squad's bench. The nod was the first time this season that a Galaxy player has been named to the league website's Team of the Week.
The complete squad is below.
WATCH: Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy gets into the LA Galaxy spirit with a signature goal call
— James Worthy (@JamesWorthy42) April 13, 2015
Everyone at Time Warner Cable SportsNet is getting in the LA Galaxy frame of mine, including Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy.
On Sunday, following the Lakers' 59th loss of the season, Worthy joined TWCSN host Jamie Maggio with a little signature goal call of his own as Maggio read the highlight of Alan Gordon's finish. Does Worthy have the chops to give Joe Tutino a run for his money? I'll let you decide in the video above.
I'll say this to Big Game James, if you're up to it, why not join Pete Vagenas and myself for Rapid Fire Tweets starting next week against Sporting KC?
Should Worthy join the Galaxy telecast? Share your thoughts below.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday.
His comments are below.
(On the play of Jaime Penedo...)
ARENA: He had an excellent performance today. Real big saves in the first half, got off his line well on a couple of occasions in the second half. Made some big saves, played very well. Stefan Frei made some important saves as well. The goalkeepers played well today for both teams.
(On Rafael Garcia's showing...)
ARENA: "He played very well. I don’t know how much he’s played with us in the past, but he put in an excellent shift today. A very good night. He’s been with us a number of years now, so he’s quite capable of stepping in and performing.
(On Jaime Penedo stepping up...)
ARENA: "His stepping up today was critical. Leonardo has been out, Robbie’s not in today, Jose and Mika didn’t train all week. We were really short-handed and guys stepped up. Gordon was a real man today. Obviously the winning goal, played strong the entire 90 minutes. I think he played quite well. You gotta win these kinds of games. It won’t go down as a classic by any means, but you have to grind it out and we got a critical three points."
(On the team's depth...)
ARENA: "We were a little thin in the week, the concentration and commitment by our team today was excellent. It’s great to get three points."
(On the status of Robbie Keane...)
ARENA: "Keane should be ready next week."
(On when he knew Keane would miss the Seattle game...)
ARENA: "Saturday in Vancouver."