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26 January 1:46 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Fourth-year midfielder Rafael Garcia is returning to the LA Galaxy. 

Head coach and general manager Bruce Arena confirmed on Monday morning that the team has signed Garcia who had his contract option declined after the 2014 season. Garcia, a 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft selection, has spent three years with the club and spent the entirety of 2014 with the club's USL PRO affiliate LA Galaxy II. The club later announced the signing officially during the afternoon. 

Garcia has made 11 appearances for the first team in his third year tenure while making 23 appearance and scoring two goals with three assists for Los Dos

"I had the opportunity to stay here and I'm very happy that I'm back," Garcia told LA Galaxy Insider. "The opportunity was given to me to continue my career and I'm happy to be here. I still come in with the same mentality that I came in during my first preseason which is to work hard. I know the coaching staff likes me and I know what they're asking of me. I'm more than capable of working out here."

Although the 25-year-old had interest from other MLS clubs, Garcia opted to stay with the Galaxy with an eye on staying with the first team. 

"Last year, the circumstances were different because we were a very deep team with a lot of players in the midfield, but players come and go and now it's just up to me to make the most of my opportunities when they're given to me," Garcia said. "I had a great time with Los Dos last year and that only helped me become a better player. The goal is to stay here and break into the 18. For me, I want to be ready for that opportunity when it's given." 

23 January 3:51 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- There were several new faces as the LA Galaxy returned to the training ground on Friday. 

The most notable new face was former Galaxy forward Edson Buddle who spent four years with the club from 2007 to 2010 and then again in 2012. Buddle was not the only newcomer training with the team as he was joined by Galaxy II stalwarts midfielder Andre Auras and defender Daniel Steres. Joining the two Los Dos stars and the club’s MLS draft selections was U.C. Davis defender Ramon Martin del Campo who went undrafted in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

While the rookies may be something of an unknown, Arena believes that the coaching staff has a grasp of what the likes of Auras and Steres can contribute heading into the preseason.

“They’re good solid players and they trained with us last year at times so we brought them into preseason to see how they fit with our group," said head coach Bruce Arena.

Veteran defender Todd Dunivant who is now the longest tenured player on the Galaxy admitted that he was happy to see the first team attempt to bring in some of the talent from Los Dos

“It’s great because that’s the idea behind Galaxy II," Dunivant said. "We want the guys to earn their way here and we also want to be able to reward them and give them that opportunity."

 

23 January 2:03 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Marcelo Sarvas is no longer a member of the LA Galaxy, but the Brazilian midfielder who was a major part in two MLS Cup titles spoke to LAGalaxy.com about his tenure with the team. 

In my exclusive sit down with Sarvas, the Brazilian speaks about his arrival and what brought him to the club as well as his relationship with the fans and teammates. However, not every bit was included in my own written piece or the video interview.  

Below were some excerpts from my exclusive sit down with Sarvas. 

(On replacing David Beckham in the midfield…)

SARVAS: I came to a team that was a championship and where every player was good especially in the midfield where we had Beckham and Juni. I worked so hard to get a spot but that year, I found my spot on the team because of the Olympic games where David was very busy. Then I started to play and the team started to win games—not because of me but because we were good. We then reached the playoffs and I started to play more and get more credit. That was year was the last year for David and then me and Juni started to play every game. It was a pleasure to replace David but, of course, it’s hard to fill his shoes. You can’t say anything about David and what he made for soccer. Then me and Juni started to work together and people started to see how we work together. This year was the best year for me for sure.

(On his mindset and why he was such a fan favorite…)

SARVAS: There are a lot of people who pay to make that day special for their family and their kids and that means that you have to give everything that you have. That doesn’t mean that you’re perfect every day, but they have to see that you’re trying and you fight for them. Now I go to Colorado with the same mentality to play for the people over there.

(On the goal against Seattle…)

SARVAS: I don’t know if I was preparing myself to leave the club because no one knows how negotiations can go. But things started to build up during and after the season and I was starting to feel like this was my last year with the Galaxy.  When I scored that goal, it was like I was saying good bye to everyone and that’s why I felt that emotion. Even though we were going to the final, on my mind was that it was probably my last goal. Everything came very fast.”

(On when he started to feel like he was going to leave…)

SARVAS: Everyone knows the salary cap situation in MLS and everyone wishes for more which is normal. You have a team that is successful and every player wants more because your price rises. That’s normal in every club, but we know how it is here. We know that the Galaxy are always working with a tight budget so in my mind, I felt like we couldn’t reach what we wanted. Also, I think that every player and athlete needs a challenge. “Every player and every athlete needs a new challenge. I’ve been here for three years and while it’s natural to get settled, I always try to look over those emotions. It was time for a new challenge to get the best for me. Last year, I showed my best here and now I think I need something more to get the best from me. This move came at a good time for me.

(On the importance of getting a new contract…)

SARVAS: I think that with a contract you have to fight for the best for you and your family and that’s what I did. I’m 33, it’s no secret and I know that I’m going to be retired in three or four or five years. I’m prepared to play more with the way that I take care of myself, but the end will come soon, and my family has to be settled. Soccer doesn’t give the same opportunities to all players that are financially secure so I had to fight for my family.

(On what it’ll be like playing the Galaxy…)

SARVAS: “I don’t know. It’ll be nice to play against the guys that I know and it’ll be a real special moment for me.”

22 January 2:36 pm

CARSON, Calif. – U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann says that he’s open to having a conversation with LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers about his return to the U.S. National Team.

In an interview with reporters earlier this week, Rogers said that he has yet to speak with Klinsmann since he came out in January 2013, despite reaching out to the coach after making the announcement.  During his chat, Rogers noted that he was hoping to have a "life conversation" with the coach at some time. 

However on Thursday, Klinsmann told media after the U.S. National Team’s training camp that he is certainly open to having a conversation with Rogers about his place within the national team setup.

“We can have that any time," Klinsmann said. "No problem at all. He dropped me a note and I absolutely respect that, but this is his privacy so I felt that there was no need to respond. No, I can give him a call and we can have a nice cup of coffee any time."

22 January 2:17 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- U.S. Soccer have chosen to award their highest honor to LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. 

On Thursday, the Galaxy boss was named the 2014 receipient of the Werner Fricker Builder Award. The award is the highest honor that an individual can receive from the U.S. Soccer Federation and is given only to those who have "worked tirelessly on furthering the interest of the sport of soccer without regard to personal recognition or advaancement."

“Every year we are presented with examples of extraordinary individuals who have developed the game of soccer in this country and this year we are extremely pleased to honor Bruce Arena with the Werner Fricker Builder Award,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati in a statement. “Bruce’s contribution to soccer in the United States began as a coach at Virginia 37 years ago and during that time he has guided college, professional and National Teams to national and international titles. The path he paved certainly set the bar higher and the legacy he created will last for future generations.”
 
Arena is by far the most celebrated U.S. head coach with five MLS Cups to his credit  and is the winningest all-time head coach in U.S. National Team history. The New York native led the U.S. to two FIFA World Cups including the team's best finish in team history during the 2002 tournament.
 
“I am honored to receive the Werner Fricker Builder Award from U.S. Soccer,” said Arena in a U.S. Soccer issued release. “I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to build the sport of soccer in the United States over the last 40 years. I am humbled by this honor and proud to be amongst the prestigious company of the other Werner Fricker Soccer Builder Award Winners.”

 

21 January 6:44 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy made a splash last week when they moved into the third spot in the MLS allocation order by dealing fan favorite Marcelo Sarvas to the Colorado Rapids, but with preseason training camp scheduled to begin later this week, LA have yet to make a move to bolster their roster. 

In an interview with MLSsoccer.com's Scott French, Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena was mum on the team's plans to add a new piece to the puzzle, simply stating that he is "looking to make the team better." 

“Every time we make a move, in principle it's to make our team better,” Arena told MLSsoccer.com. “Whether that means it enables us to acquire another player or a number of players remains to be seen, but we will try to make our team stronger. That's the goal.”
 
Arena told French that the club had no specific plans for what to do with the allocation order placement, but that "we have thoughts on what we need to do."
 
The Galaxy have been linked through various reports with 29-year-old U.S. international Sacha Kljestan who is a Huntington Beach native and has been with Belgian giants Anderlecht since 2010. Amid the rumors of a possible return stateside, Kljestan notched his first brace for the club on Tuesday as he scored two goals and one assist in a win over Zulte-Waregem. 
 
21 January 4:29 pm

LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV played the hero with a late goal that put the U.S. Under-20 national team through to the U-20 CONCACAF Championship playoff stage. 

The young American squad struggled offensively throughout the match with Jamieson even having a chance saved off the line in the 49th minute. However, Jamieson came through in the end as he found himself on the end of a Paul Arriola cross after a U.S. breakaway that gave Tab Ramos' squad second place in Group A. The Americans finish second in Group A behind Panama. 

"I'm very excited obviously. A lot of us put our heads together and we won the game," Jamieson told Fox Sports after the match. "In the end, I think that we were rewarded for our hard work."

The U.S. will now play either Honduras or El Salvador on Jan. 24 with a spot in the this summer's U-20 World Cup on the line. 

21 January 12:52 pm

The annual Major League Soccer All-Star Game is heading to the Rockies.

The league announced on Wednesday in Denver that the 20th annual MLS All-Star Game will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the home of the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, Colorado on July 29th. The opposition for the MLS All-Stars has yet to be confirmed. Colorado last hosted the All-Star Game in 2007 when the MLS All-Stars defeated Scottish side Celtic 2-0.  

Unlike past years, the date of the All-Star Game could benefit the Galaxy who play their final match before the All-Star break on the road against the Houston Dynamo on July 25 before returning to action on Aug. 1 in Commerce City against the Rapids.

 

20 January 6:39 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Dan Gargan entered the 2014 preseason unsure if he'll have a job and now a year later, he's signed a deal that will keep him in LA another year. 

The club announced that they have re-signed the 32-year-old defender twho played in a total of 35 games in all competitions as the Galaxy won a fifth MLS Cup title, to a multi-year deal. A veteran outside back, Gargan played primarily on the right side of defense in 2014 while also seeing some action along the left side when needed. 

Once preseason begins, Gargan will again likely slot in as the back-up right back behind fellow veteran A.J. DeLaGarza while serving as the primary right back when DeLaGarza is placed in the middle. Unlikely last year, however, he'll likely face compeition from youngster Oscar Sorto who is currently in camp with the U.S. National Team. 

20 January 11:25 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The 2015 MLS SuperDraft concluded on Tuesday with the LA Galaxy making two selections, nabbing Louisville defender Daniel Keller and Penn State goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton with their picks in the third and fourth rounds of the draft. 

The Galaxy nabbed Keller, a central defender who spent four years with the Cardinals, with the 62nd overall selection in the third round. A regular starter in his last two years with Louisville, Keller scored three goals and tallied two assists while making a total of 52 appearances for the Cardinals. 

With their final selection, the Galaxy drafted goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton out of Penn State University. A four year starter with the Nittany Lions, Wolverton maintained a record of 38-23-8 during his time with Penn State while also making 225 saves and keeping 32 shutouts.