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.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are throwing out the records when they take on the Portland Timbers on the Fourth of July.
Both the Galaxy (5-3-5) and Portland (4-5-8) have endured frustrating seasons that featured up-and-down form that has the two sides are currently outside the five Western Conference playoff places. For all the Timbers struggles, they still boast one of the league's most talented attacks that includes Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe and Fanedo Adi.
Against the Timbers, the Galaxy will look to extend their league unbeaten run to five games and build upon last Saturday's 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
"[Portland Timbers] are a little bit of a tricky team to scout. If you watch them last week against Kansas City, they lost the game, but you see so many flashes of greatness which is what you saw last year," said Landon Donovan. "It's dangerous because they're a team that if they turn it on then they're a very good team and they can beat you. We don't know what we're going to get, but we expect a really good game."
The LA Galaxy return home for a three-game home stand on Friday when they take on the Portland Timbers.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By The Numbers" we break down the Galaxy's Fourth of July contest.
Check it out below.
Club president Chris Klein reiterates LA Galaxy commitment to Designated Players to Corner of the Galaxy
Don't expect the LA Galaxy to be bringing in a new Designated Player any time soon.
Just don't rule it out either.
That was the message that Galaxy club president Chris Klein gave during his 10 minute interview with the Corner of the Galaxy podcast on Wednesday. Klein discussed several topics while also reiterating the club’s commitment to having three Designated Players.
“We've made a conscious decision right now that the three (Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez) that we have right now are the best path for us to a championship. If that changes and there’s significant interest in Omar and he gets sold now or in a year or two years, we're going to get another guy,” Klein told Corner of the Galaxy podcast. “It’s a constant discussion that we have and something that we're always going to be involved in. By no means does Kaka going to Orlando mean that LA is out of the Designated Player market. We're always in there and we're very aggressive in the space but we're going to do what is best and gives us our best chance to win.”
Klein also was quick to reiterate that the team is still a headline destination despite not currently having any vacant Designated Player slots.
“We'll always be in those conversations. We're very clear that we're always going to have three designated players if that’s what the rules are in this league,” said Klein. “I think what you're seeing now is that there are more teams that are willing to do what we have done. Like Orlando signing Kaka or New York City FC getting David Villa. We're always going to be in the discussion for designated players and we're going to continue to have them both internally and outside.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Omar Gonzalez will be returning later this week to Southern California after playing three matches for the U.S. National Team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but don't expect him to suit up during the LA Galaxy's match against the Portland Timbers on Friday.
After practice on Wednesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that even if Gonzalez asked to play against the Timbers then he would not be placed into action.
"Wisdom would be that he doesn't play on Friday," said Arena.
The Galaxy boss did have a positive assessment of Gonzalez's performance particularly during his two starts against Germany and Belgium.
"He played well during his two [starts]," said Arena. "Those are good experiences for Omar and hopefully he can build on that, not only with the Galaxy, but during his future years with the national team."