CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy twitter account refers to it as "Tiki Taco" but you can just refer to the 26-pass that led to Baggio Husidic's goal in the club's 4-1 rout of D.C. United as a stunning passing display.
LA's goal was part of a stellar passing performance by the Galaxy against United as the club made 563 passes with a completion percentage of 85 percent. Throughout the victory, the Galaxy's deft passing seem to befuddle the United leading to a 55.5 to 44.5 advantage in possession that seemed far more than the numbers seemed to dictate.
"The third goal for us tonight was probably one of the best goals of the year," said defender Omar Gonzalez. "I think we had the ball for maybe a minute and a half or two minutes before that, ending with a goal. That’s just beautiful soccer right there and it’s a lot of fun playing right now."
Added Landon Donovan, "When we pass and move that way, you see teams get dejected. They can’t get around the ball, it’s frustrating for them, and for us it gives us energy, it gives us confidence and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Such advantages in passing is nothing new for this Galaxy team that currently tied with FC Dallas in the league lead for total goals scored with 45, but the performance displayed against United was something far different -- even drawing some comparisons to the dominant 2011 LA Galaxy side which is a comparison that this current Galaxy side welcomes.
“I think we know that when we play a certain way, more often than not, we score goals and we win games," said Donovan.
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) August 28, 2014
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan's farewell tour pulled into StubHub Center on Wednesday as the LA Galaxy legend received several gifts from D.C. United ahead of LA's 4-1 victory over the Eastern Conference side.
Prior to the match, Donovan was presented with a seat from RFK Stadium, a place where he notched 10 goals in 18 career appearances. The gifts didn't end there, however, as he was also presented with a framed photo from the U.S. National Team's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica in 2009 and a paddleboard.
When prompted about the gifts after the game, Donovan couldn't help but flash a smile at his newest toys.
"I'm going to sit in my chair [from RFK] and paddle," Donovan joked after the game. "I've paddleboarded once in Bora, Bora. It was sweet."
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane was unavailable for Wednesday's 4-1 win over D.C. United but according to LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, he may be back for Sunday's SuperClasico against Chivas USA.
At the outset of the game, it was revealed that the Galaxy were opting to rest Keane due to the team's recent schedule congestion, but during the post game press conference, Arena confirmed that the Galaxy forward had been dealing with a knock since last Saturday.
"Well, obviously, you don't want to lose a player of Robbie's quality, but I think the players are confident that we can play when we lose some players," said Arena. "That has been the case a number of times this year, and I think their response tonight was outstanding. Robbie is day-to-day now, he might be available on Sunday, it was from the last game, so hopefully he will be ready to go on Sunday, but I am not announcing any medical updates."
Getting Keane back could be a major boost for the in-form Galaxy as the Irishman has enjoyed plenty of support against the Rojiblancos with five goals and two assists during his tenure with LA.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach addressed reporters following LA's 4-1 victory over D.C. United.
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(On the play of Landon Donovan tonight and the last few games...)
"Landon is obviously committed to completing his career in the right manor, his leadership and quality tonight was terrific, what more can you say. He has been a great one, his attitude has been terrific over the last two or three weeks after his announcement. We are really happy for him, and certainly he has been an important part of our success over the last couple months."
(On Alan Gordon rejoining the Galaxy...)
ARENA: "He is an improved player from the last time we saw him at the Los Angeles Galaxy, his experiences in San Jose were good, he is a good player. I thought he and (Gyasi) Zardes worked very well together tonight, for the first time, they had never played with each other, I think that was a real positive. I think Alan has two goals in the last three games, that is all good stuff."
(On the first half tonight...)
ARENA: "We played well, I thought DC United came out real hard, put a lot of pressure on us in the middle third of the field, it was a little difficult in the early going, but once we got the ball moving a little bit better we were able to create some chances. Obviously the first goal is big again and then the goal right before half was critical. I am at fault for telling them to take their foot of the gas a little bit in the second half because we wanted to avoid any injuries, and that wasn't easy. A couple guys got clipped and it could have set them back, but we wanted to make sure we didn't exert to much energy so we can have enough gas left in the tank to play Sunday, and I think that was accomplished, our guys will be ready to go."
(On the play of Leonardo and if he's a liability...)
ARENA: "There couldn't be a more inaccurate statement than to say that he's a liability. He's a center back in statistically the best defense in the league. He's been pretty good."
(On the defense only allowing three shots on goal tonight...)
ARENA: "We played well, and were fortunate, I think they created some good chances, but you know we played well. Our back line has played very well. Eddie Johnson was a handful tonight, he is a good player. DC United had some of the same issues we had coming into this game, they have an important game on Sunday, they need to travel back across country. We tweaked the lineup a little bit, we gave (Dan) Gargan a rest tonight, but our line has played well all year, it has been a really good year to date for them. Omar is playing well, I think this was Todd's first 90 minute game, since, maybe, March, so it has been a long time, it is good to get him back in. It was a combination of these things, but our entire group of players have been involved in the back line, and our midfield effort we are getting out of Juninho and Marcelo defensively has been outstanding job there, so it is a collective effort by our guys."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on an old friend on Wednesday in former LA defender Sean Franklin.
Drafted by the Galaxy in 2008, Franklin spent the last six years with the club and played a major role in the Galaxy sides that won back to back MLS Cups in 2011 and 2012, before joining D.C. United via the Re-Entry Draft process last December. Franklin won't be the only familiar face in Black-and-Red on Wednesday as he'll be joined by defender Kofi Opare who was dealt to D.C. United last month from LA, but is not expected to play a role against the Galaxy.
"It'll be nice if I get the chance to go up against him. I did get the chance to play against him in the All-Star Game which was nice because he did really, really well. We're all really happy for him."
Added Omar Gonzalez, "It's going to be fun to see him. He's been having a great season and I'm very happy for him, but hopefully we can shut him down tomorrow."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will test themselves against Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United on Wednesday in a match that may boost the club's Supporters' Shield hopes.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at the Galaxy career of D.C. United defender Sean Franklin.
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The LA Galaxy take on D.C. United in a match with major Supporters' Shield implications on Wednesday evening.
In the latest preview for LAGalaxy.com, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Bruce Arena preview the match.
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CARSON, Calif. -- After missing the LA Galaxy's last two matches with a quadriceps injury, Robbie Rogers is expecting to be available for Wednesday's clash with D.C. United, but returning to the starting XI is a different story.
Rogers aggravated a nagging left quadriceps injury during the second half of the Galaxy's 4-1 loss to the Columbus Crew on Aug. 16 and has been on the shelf since. On Monday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that he was expecting Rogers -- and Stefan Ishizaki -- to be available for Wednesday's match against United.
"I'm feeling a lot better," said Rogers. "I've gotten some treatment and some rest so I feel like I can be part of the team on Wednesday and going forward. I'm not quite sure what Bruce's plan is, but I'll probably just be part of the team."
The 27 year-old midfielder turned left back insists that he has not lost any fitness despite missing two matches, but expects that he'll be back contending for a starting spot during Sunday's SuperClasico match with Chivas USA.
"I definitely have my eyes set on that game," said Rogers.
Landon Donovan will get his farewell lap for the U.S. National Team after all.
U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that the federation's all-time leading goal scorer will be called up for the upcoming Oct. 10 friendly against Ecuador in Hartford, Conn. Donovan, who was excluded from the U.S. squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has not played for the national team since an April 2 exhibition against Mexico in Arizona.
The match against Ecuador will cap a stellar international career for Donovan. During his tenure with the national team, Donovan tallied 157 goals -- five of those at the World Cup -- while appearing in three World Cups for the United States.
"Playing for the U.S. National Team has been a huge part of my career and I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for my country one last time,” said Donovan in a statement. “I'm so grateful to all the fans that have supported me and this game will give me the chance to say thank you to all of them. I look forward to a great evening and I'm thankful to U.S. Soccer for making this happen."
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LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says Stefan Ishizaki and Robbie Rogers moving forward in injury recoveries
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Rogers and Stefan Ishizaki are on the mend, but according to LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the two players are inching closer to a return to action.
Rogers has missed the last two games due to quadriceps injury that he aggravated during the second half of the Galaxy's 4-1 loss to the Columbus Crew on Aug. 16 while Ishizaki was unavailable for the club's 2-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC last Saturday after suffering an injury in Wednesday's win in Colorado.
When asked about the pair following Monday's training session, Arena confirmed that both are moving forward in their recoveries stating that "he would think" both players will be available for Wednesday's match against D.C. United.
With the Galaxy preparing their fourth game in 12 days and players like Rogers returning from injury even more rotation is expected heading into the match against United.
"Bruce has made it pretty clear that he's going to need everyone to be ready and healthy for these games," said forward Alan Gordon. "He's going to make a couple of adjustments each game if need be. If not, everyone still stays ready to play on the bench. We're going to have a full squad ready for this game."