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16 April 10:21 am

CARSON, Calif. --  Tommy Meyer was hindered by left hamstring strain for much of the preseason, but fully fit yet again, the defender has made a pair of appearances over the last three days that may have him in contention for a starting spot yet again. 

The second year center back went 90 minutes in the Galaxy's 1-1 Reserve League draw with Seattle Sounders just two days after putting in a 26 minute shift in LA's 1-0 defeat to FC Dallas. Meyer is expected to be an option -- along with A.J. DeLaGarza -- for head coach Bruce Arena to place in central defense next to Omar Gonzalez with Leonardo suspended for the April 20 match against Sporting KC. 

I had a lively debate on this subject with a pair of other writers during Monday's Reserve League game, but now I want your opinion: If the Galaxy had all of their players available, who should start alongside Omar Gonzalez in central defense?

Vote below. 

15 April 5:19 pm

Reports in the Miami Herald, Sports Illustrated and Sports Business Journal state that the LA Galaxy will play in the first International Champions Cup. An annual knockout round tournament that will include several top clubs from across the world.

The Miami Herald reported that an announcement was expected to take place on Tuesday, but and further details will be released on Thursday. According to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, Real Madrid and Juventus will be among the teams to participating.

According to the Miami Herald, the event would begin in late July in Europe before moving on to the U.S. for seven days of matches on both coasts. The tournament would then end on Aug. 6-7 with all eight clubs playing at Sun Life Stadium in Miami with the winner receiving a $1-million dollar prize.

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15 April 4:36 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Four LA Galaxy Youth Academy players suited up for LA in their 1-1 Reserve League draw with Seattle Sounders FC.

Oscar Sorto, Paul Arriola, and Raul Mendiola each made appearances for LA in their draw. Academy starlets Nathan Smith and Drew Murphy were on the roster, but did not make an appearance.

Mendiola, who trained with LA’s first team in 2012, is coming off a successful appearance at the Dallas Cup tournament and provided several dangerous through balls during his 12 minute shift. Last season, Mendiola impressed with his speed and enthusiasm to go forward, but on Monday, he appeared to be a far more composed player with as focused on sending in service from his central midfield role while also providing cover in defensive situations.

Following the match, Galaxy assistant coach and Reserve League head coach Curt Onalfo thought Mendiola showed growth in his performance against Seattle.

“He looks stronger; you can see that he’s gotten physically stronger,” said Onalfo “He’s a guy that creates things in the final third so in the end of a game when you need a goal, he’s a guy that is a good option for us. We’re watching him closely in his development.”

One of Mendiola’s teammates on Monday, midfield Michael Stephens admitted that the youth player did well, but must develop both sides of his game.

“He’s been in and out with our first team and the Academy, but I've always enjoyed playing with him,” said Stephens of Mendiola. “It’s just a matter of him putting in complete games, but offensively, he’s very good.”

15 April 4:09 pm

CARSON, Calif. – A left thigh strain caused Todd Dunivant to miss out on the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to FC Dallas allowing rookie Greg Cochrane to make his professional debut.

The rookie from Louisville was one of the club’s bright spots in the defeat and Dunivant, who was watching from the stands at FC Dallas Stadium, was quite impressed Cochrane’s performance.

“He did a great job,” Dunivant told reporters following LA’s 1-1 Reserve League draw against Seattle Sounders FC on Monday. “Greg’s been good. He’s been playing well throughout preseason and played in a lot of those games. He brings a lot of energy and he’s been good for us on the left side…He was great.

“He likes to get up and down the field and he did a good job defensively too,” Dunivant added. “He went up against Jackson, who is one of the hottest players in the league right now and came in [into the with a lot of confidence by saying a couple comments about Leonardo and our whole club took offense to that.  It was a great performance and he shut him down…he was clued in the whole time, he was excited to play and it showed. He made a difference.” 

15 April 3:52 pm

CARSON, Calif. – A congested schedule with commitments in two competitions has taken its toll on the LA Galaxy ahead of this weekend’s clash against Sporting Kansas City.

Head coach Bruce Arena rested Todd Dunivant, Sean Franklin and Robbie Keane in their 1-0 defeat to FC Dallas due to knocks suffered in their CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal second leg against C.F. Monterrey.

Following the club’s 1-1 Reserve League draw with Seattle Sounders FC on Monday, Dunivant told reporters that he has been battling a left thigh strain that first occurred prior to LA’s CCL semifinal series.  Dunivant pushed through the injury in the first leg, but exited the second leg defeat in Mexico midway through the second half before sitting out against FCD.

The club also provided an update on Keane, who is currently suffering a left ankle injury and Jose Villarreal, who took a knock on his left shoulder during the Reserve League match and was forced to exit during the 40th minute.

The injury list may seem numerous at the moment, but Dunivant is quick to preach caution by saying that it is simply a part of the season’s grind.

“It’s a never ending thing,” said Dunivant. “Especially with so many games, we've had through preseason and these first few weeks, there’s been a lot  so it’s not too surprising that there are a couple of guys nicked up here or there, but we’ll deal with it.”

15 April 1:31 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy opened their Reserve League slate on Monday with a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders FC reserves. 

Eriq Zavaleta opened the scoring for Seattle with a header from a corner kick in the seventh minute of play, but LA equalized in the 29th minute with a penalty kick goal by Hector Jimenez. The penalty was set up by rookie Charlie Rugg, who was brought down in the 18-yard box by Seattle defender Zach Scott. 

After starting off the game slowly, LA controlled the run of play for a majority of the match and created several dangerous opportunties. Although LA was unable to find the go-ahead goal, the mood was by and large a positive one after the draw. 

"I thought as I looked at this game, my concern going into it was that I thought that we would lack sharpness and physically get tired because we haven't played in so long. Most of these guys haven't played 90 minutes since preseason because of our congested schedule and that's how it's gone. We started out not sharp at all, I thought we had a very slow start," Assistant coach and Reserve League head coach Curt Onalfo told reporters. "We talked about not giving away unnecessary free kicks and corner kicks away and we give away a corner kick that we didn't need to give away. [On the goal], they had more height than we did and they took advantage of it early. Having said that, we found our feet and we started moving the ball how we like to play. I thought we were really good for the rest of the first half and created chances, but too bad we didn't get more than one goal because I thought we deserved to. 

"The second half was kind of choppy, [Seattle] did better job to find their shape and the field was no longer slick and the ball kind of caught up on us and we weren't sharp in the final third where we needed to be. The guys plugged away and fought through it," Onalfo added. "Overall, for the first reserve game with the fact that we haven't played a reserve game in quite while, I'm fairly pleased. We just need to take some things away from it so that we're that much better." 

LA resume their Reserve League slate on Sunday April 28 against Real Salt Lake at America First Field in Sandy, UT. 

14 April 4:54 pm

One of the lone bright spots in the LA Galaxy's 1-0 defeat to FC Dallas was the play of rookie Greg Cochrane. 

I spoke to Cochrane about his peformance in the piece below....

Greg Cochrane’s MLS debut the lone bright spot in LA's loss to FC Dallas

14 April 12:28 pm

 

Could the LA Galaxy be closing in on a third Designated Player?

During Saturday’s broadcast of the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to FC Dallas, NBC Sports Network play-by-play man Arlo White publicized details of a conversation that he had with Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena on the subject of Designated Players.

“Really interesting talking to Bruce Arena yesterday," White revealed at the beginning of the second half. "We asked him about the possibility and timeframe of a Designated Player ... and he said it should be finalized in the next couple of weeks. Perhaps early May.

"We couldn't get any more information out of him. … He said it's down to one. And I asked him have both parties agreed and he said, 'I know one of us has.' So they're waiting for the word."

The Galaxy have been linked to a number of players for their third Designated Player slot including Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and Real Madrid attacker Kaka.

14 April 7:37 am

FRISCO, Texas - The LA Galaxy suffered their first defeat of their MLS schedule on Saturday as they fell 1-0 to FC Dallas on Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium. 

My Three Points to the match, which includes my analysis on a stellar night for rookie Greg Cochrane can be found below.

Three Points: LA Galaxy fall 1-0 to FC Dallas

Now for some more notes on the match....

*Greg Cochrane made his first start of his professional career. 

*On the other end of the spectrum, A.J. DeLaGarza made his 100th career MLS start of his career.

*Landon Donovan made his first start of the 2013 MLS regular season.

*The Galaxy have now conceded eight goals in all competitions in 2013 and  seven have come in the final 10 minutes of games. 

*The match was LA's first defeat to FC Dallas since May 1, 2011. 

14 April 7:08 am

The LA Galaxy will hold Landon Donovan bobblehead night on May 5 when 10,000 fans will receive bobbleheads as LA take on the Houston Dynamo in an MLS Cup rematch. 

Check out the design of the bobblehead below...

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