The LA Galaxy are off for Seattle this afternoon in preperation for this weekend's clash against the Seattle Sounders.
Above is a flight that was snapped at the terminal just prior to departure. The LA Galaxy have one interesting passenger on the plane with them to Seattle as the team is on the same plane with Seattle Sounders minority owner -- and former Galaxy season ticker holder -- Drew Carey. That may add a bit more spice to this flight.
CARSON, Calif. – First appearance, first start for Chad Barrett with Norwegian club Vålerenga.
After departing the LA Galaxy on loan earlier in the week, Barrett was in the starting lineup for the club for their 4-2 defeat to FK Haugesund on Friday. The 27-year-old striker nearly tallied twice for Vålerenga, but was unable to get on the score sheet during his 55 minutes of action.
Barrett’s club is now in sixth place with 18 Tippeligaen matches left on the docket, but will face off against Manchester United in a friendly on Sunday.
CARSON, Calif. -- Hungry after a disappointing showing during the USSDA Development Academy Playoffs, the LA Galaxy youth academy is hoping for a strong showing in the upcoming Generation Adidas Cup.
The tournament takes place from August 3rd to August 9th in Seattle, Washington with games taking place at Valley Ridge Park Soccer Fields and Starfire Sports Complex. The U17s enter as reigning GA Cup champions and find themselves in Group B alongside USSDA Champions FC Dallas, D.C. United and Toronto FC. Meanwhile the Galaxy U15s are in Group B with the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and Philadelphia Union.
The U15s began their schedule on Friday morning against the Union and continue with matches against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at 2pm and the Fire on Monday at 11am. The U17s start their tournament on Friday afternoon at 3pm against Toronto FC. The reigning GA Cup champions then take on D.C. United on Saturday at 8pm before closing the tournament against FC Dallas at 4pm. The match against FCD promises to be a tantizling one as the two teams faced off for the championship last year with the Galaxy defeating Dallas, 2-0.
We'll have more updates as the tournament progresses.
We're just hours away from tonight's friendly between the LA Galaxy and Real Madrid so here are a few links and reminders ahead of tonight's clash.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to the match due to the massive crowds expected.
Before heading to The HDC, remember to check out my Three Points to the game.
For more coverage on the match check out LAGalaxy.com's Match Report.
PREDICTED LINEUP vs. Real Madrid: GK: Saunders; RB: DeLaGarza, CB: Gonzalez, CB: Lopes; LB: Gaul; RM: Franklin, CM: Juninho, CM: Beckham, LM: Magee; F: Donovan, F: Keane
During a slow start to the season, the LA Galaxy needed someone to step up to lead the club back into the playoff chase and in the month of July, Robbie Keane delivered.
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that Keane was voted as MLS' Player of the Month for July by the North American Soccer Reporters. After returning from European Championship duty with Ireland, Keane went on a tear during the month of July tallying five goals while notching four assists during the Galaxy's 4-1-1 run. Keane and the Galaxy's other Designated Players were integral during the club's run in the month of July as Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Keane combined for 11 goals and 11 assists in July.
The award is Keane's first MLS Player of the Month and the first for a Galaxy player during the 2012 season.
The LA Galaxy are asking fans to arrive to The Home Depot Center early for Thursday's friendly with Real Madrid as a potential record-breaking crowd is expected.
With the parking lots expected to reach capacity due to the expected crowd of over 30,000, fans are being asked to arrive early or utilize public transportation when traveling to the game. The Galaxy have also teamed up with the Artesia Transit Center and South Bay Pavilion to offer shuttles to The HDC from those locations. Shuttle buses began running at Artesia -- fine location, I've traveled from there several times -- at 10 a.m. and will do so until 3 a.m on Friday morning while shuttles will run from South Bay Pavilion from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m on Friday.
For those fans that arrive early, The HDC will provide $2 hot dogs and $5 beers from the time that the gates open at 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
A couple of other notes and links on Tonight's game below:
* The Galaxy will be wearing their "Punjab" kits against Real Madrid, who are expected to wear their iconic all-whites.
A video preview of the match is below:
The LA Galaxy are still three weeks away from the start of their CONCACAF Champions League campaign, but the rest of Group 5 is already in full swing.
On Wednesday, A.D. Isidro Metapán (El Salvador) defeated the Puerto Rico Islanders, 3-1 at the Estadio Jorge Calero Suárez in Metapán, El Salvador.
Puerto Rico struck first blood in the 25th minute with a goal by Islanders' Nicolas Addlery, but allowed Metapán back in the match when the Islanders went down to 10 men after Jay Needham was sent off in the 35th minute. With a man advantage, Metapán's Nicolás Muñoz tallied three second half goals to lead the Salvadoran club to victory.
The LA Galaxy start CCL play when they host Metapán at The Home Depot Center on August 23rd.
Despite "terrible" timing of Real Madrid friendly, Keane motivated to lead Galaxy over Spanish giants
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy are ready for Thursday’s friendly against Real Madrid, but admit that the friendly could not have come at a more difficult time for the club.
In the middle of their league schedule—with their third game in ten days—and with CONCACAF Champions League dates on the horizon, the Galaxy will host the Spanish giants while simultaneously preparing for a vital league game against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday. Although each Galaxy player admitted that the friendlies serve a valuable purpose for the club, when asked about the timing of the friendly, forward Robbie Keane provided an honest response.
“Terrible. That’s being totally honest with you,” said Keane. “We have a game on Sunday, which is obviously more important than [Thursday’s] game. The timing in these situations are never great because we have games on the weekend so the only time that we can fit them in during the week.
“It’s a friendly game, this game is probably more for Real Madrid then us to be honest with you. It’s for them for the preseason,” Keane added later. “We’re not going to win the championship by beating Real Madrid tomorrow. For us, it’s a great honor and great privilege against a massive club and great players, but like I said our bread and butter is Sunday against teams that we can do something, which is Seattle. If we get three points, it pushes further up the table.”
However, despite the difficult scheduling, Keane told reporters that he and the rest of his Galaxy teammates are not planning to just roll over for Real Madrid.
“Of course, every player wants to win regardless of when you’re playing,” said Keane. “Listen, we’re not going into tomorrow’s game thinking that we’re going to do Real Madrid a favor and just let them pass the ball around and get their fitness out in preparation for their season. The players that haven’t been playing a lot of minutes, it’ll be good for them. Listen, every game that we want to play, we want to win.”
While Keane admitted that the timing of the friendly is difficult for the Galaxy, he is confident that head coach Bruce Arena will regulate minutes to ensure that players do not overspend themselves with the important match against Seattle looming.
“It’ll be one of those things that I don’t think anybody will be playing 90 minutes so a lot of players will play 45 minutes,” said Keane. “So I’m sure that it won’t be too bad.”
LOS ANGELES— A pair of Arizona Diamondbacks got a chance to take in a Real Madrid training session on Monday and test the baseball skill of the Spanish giants.
Diamondbacks players’ catcher Miguel Montero and outfielder Gerardo Parra observed Real Madrid’s training session on Monday prior to their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. After taking photos, both players played a game of baseball with several members of Los Blancos.
For the two natives of Venezuela, the chance to see the Spanish giants was an exciting experience.
Quotes from Montero below…
MONTERO: “It was great, I grew up watching a lot of soccer and I was checking the website and the schedule because I know that every year, they do a US tour so it worked out pretty good. I saw that they were going to come [to Los Angeles] the same time that we do and I talked to our PR guy to see if we could go see them and [Monday] it was a great experience.”
(On what he and Parra did during the Madrid training session…)
MONTERO: “We got to meet the guys, take a couple of pictures and they played around with a baseball bat, a glove and a baseball. It was great just to be there and shake their hands.”
(On the Real Madrid player with the best baseball skill...)
MONTERO: “Xabi Alonso. He was pretty good man, he impressed me. We talked and he said that he had been in a baseball game one time and after that, he got to hit a bit then he went to find a batting cage. He went there and he took some extra swings and it looked like he did. I didn’t get him a deal, but he’s pretty good.”
(On the player that he was most excited to see…)
MONTERO: “Iker Casillas. My family is from Spain, my dad and mom were born and raised in Spain so I always followed soccer. I played a little bit, but I was born in Venezuela and the national time is baseball, but I always kept watching. I always watch the World Cup, Euro Cup and growing up; I watched Real Madrid and Barcelona.”
LOS ANGELES --The members of the LA Galaxy are excited to face Spanish giants Real Madrid this Thursday at The Home Depot Center and according to Madrid's star defender Pepe, the excitement goes both ways.
Thursday's match will be the third consecutive year that Los Blancos have faced the Galaxy in Southern California and according to the Portuguese International, the Spanish giants are increasingly impressed with the rising level of MLS. During Tuesday's press conference on the campus of UCLA, Pepe told reporters that he is excited about the chance to face the Galaxy.
Pepe's quotes below...
PEPE: “It’s the third year that I’ve come here [for preseason] to the United States and the truth is that every year that goes by, the players here have more quality and are much more competitive. Soccer is a universal sport and with certainty, this [match against the Galaxy] will be a difficult game for us."
(On an apparent injury to Xabi Alonso in a Tuesday morning training session...)
PEPE: “It is normal that these things happen in a training session. There has been a test and he is already with the doctor, but I believe he will be in the afternoon session."