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17 November 12:48 pm

The Professional Referee Organization announced on Monday that veteran official Kevin Stott will preside over Sunday’s Western Conference Championship first leg between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC.

This season, Stott called an average of 24.25 fouls per game (388 in all) while awarding a total of 42 yellow cards (2.6 per game), three red cards and calling for nine penalty kicks.  The 47-year-old refereed three Galaxy games (Sept 14 v. FC Dallas, Aug. 27 v. D.C. United and Aug. 2 vs. Portland) this season and one match involving the Sounders (Sept. 12 vs. Real Salt Lake).

LA hold a 10-0-0 record in the last 10 games with Stott officiating—a list that includes playoff victories against San Jose in 2012 and Real Salt Lake in 2013—while Seattle are 5-1-4.

The refereeing team for Sunday’s match is below.

REFEREE: KEVIN STOTT

AR1: Adam Wienckowski

AR2: Greg Barkey

4TH: Ricardo Salazar

17 November 12:07 pm
 

A.J. DeLaGarza went 90  minutes but Guam’s dreams of reaching the 2015 EAFF Asian Cup took a major hit on Sunday when the Pacific Island nation fell 5-1 to North Korea at the Taipei Memorial Stadium.

The North Koreans took an early lead on a goal in the 13th minute by Jong Il-gwan but Guam pulled one back in the 58th minute when Jason Cunliffe tallied. However, the 2010 FIFA World Cup participants soon took charge soon after.

In the 69th minute, Jong put the Chollima ahead for good with a half-volley before Ri Sang-Choi added to the lead less than 10 minutes later. Ri added another in the 85th minute before Song Hyok tallied in stoppage time to complete the rout.  

North Korea needs only to avoid defeat in their match against winless Chinese Taipei to clinch a berth in the competition. Due to the upcoming Western Conference Championship, DeLaGarza is not expected to be available for Guam’s final match against Hong Kong on Wednesday. 

17 November 11:16 am

The LA Galaxy have long been one of the banner clubs in MLS and it’s no surprise that they were  well-represented in MLSsoccer.com’s All-Time Playoff XI.

The league’s website released their list on Monday with the Conference Championships starting later this week. Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy MLS Cup champion in 2005, 2011, 2012) leads the charge for the Galaxy contingent which includes Chris Armas (LA Galaxy MLS Cup finalist in 1996), Todd Dunivant (LA Galaxy MLS Cup champion in 2005, 2011, 2012), and Brian Mullan (LA Galaxy MLS Cup champion in 2002).

Included in the list of honorable mentions are LA legends Mauricio Cienfuegos, Kevin Hartman and Cobi Jones as well as Galaxy MLS Cup winners Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Ned Grabavoy.

 If you disagree, feel free to leave a comment below. 

14 November 1:56 pm

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane went 12 minutes as the Republic of Ireland fell 1-0 to rival Scotland in their Euro 2016 qualifying match at Celtic Park in Glasgow. 

Keane started off the match on the bench as the two teams played to a tense scoreless draw until Shaun Mahoney's remarkable curling shot put the Scots up in the 74th minute. The Galaxy captain came on 74th minute, but was unable to help the Irish earn a draw. With the result, the Irish are now second in Group D behind top ranked Poland. 

The Republic of Ireland return to action next week when they take on the United States on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Whether or not Keane participates in that match or returns to the Galaxy remains to be seen. 

14 November 11:51 am

The LA Galaxy received the 16th selection in the 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft for former players of Chivas USA.

A weighted lottery was held on Monday with FC Dallas winning the top selection in next week's Dispersal Draft. Following the top selection, New York City  FC and Sporting Kansas City will hold the second and third picks in the draft which will distribute former Chivas USA players around the league. 

According to MLSsoccer.com, picks in the Dispersal Draft can not be traded. 

Chivas USA Dispersal Draft order:

  1. FC Dallas
  2. New York City FC
  3. Sporting Kansas City
  4. DC United
  5. New England Revolution
  6. Montreal Impact
  7. Orlando City SC
  8. Colorado Rapids
  9. San Jose Earthquakes
  10. Real Salt Lake
  11. Houston Dynamo
  12. Portland Timbers
  13. Chicago Fire
  14. Toronto FC
  15. Columbus Crew SC
  16. LA Galaxy
  17. Philadelphia Union
  18. New York Red Bulls
  19. Seattle Sounders FC
  20. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

14 November 11:36 am

LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers made American sports history a year ago when he became the first athlete in a major professional sport to come out as a gay man. 

The announcement led to considerable scrutiny and media pressure in his difficult first season with the club, but now a year later, things have changed consdierably. Rogers has solidified himself as one of the top left backs in MLS and on Thursday, he was rewarded with a new multi-year contract extension by the Galaxy. 

As his professional life has come together, Rogers' has personal life has flourished as well as the 27-year-old will be releasing his biography "Coming Out to Play." on Nov. 25. On Thursday, Rogers celebrated the book's release with a private event in West Hollywood. 

"It was an amazing event and I'm so happy to see the support from everyone," Rogers said.

Photos of the event are below. 

 

 

13 November 2:38 pm

There's no feeling better than scoring a goal in the playoffs. 

Ahead of the LA Galaxy's Western Conference Championship contest against Seattle Sounders FC, I joined Galaxy TV to look at the top five playoff goals in club history. 

Check it out the video above and if you disagree with any of my selections, leave a comment below. 

13 November 1:02 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Rogers is staying with the LA Galaxy for the long run. 

The Galaxy announced on Thursday that the team has signed Rogers to a new multi-year contract extension. Per club and league rules, the details of the contact were not released. After a frustrating 2013 season with the Galaxy, Rogers has found new life in 2014 as a left back, making 19 appearances and 15 starts for LA. 

“We are excited that Robbie will remain a part of our organization going forward,” LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena said in a release. “He has proven to be a dynamic player in our League and an integral part of our success this year. We look forward to his continued contributions in the years to come.”
 
13 November 9:01 am

LA Galaxy center back A.J. DeLaGarza started and went 90 minutes as Guam defeated host nation Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) 2-1 in their 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup preliminary round two match.

A penalty kick goal by former Santa Clara soccer star Jason Cunliffe in the 14th minute gave Matao an early advantage that was doubled just three minutes before half time when Shane Malcolm scored. Chen Hao-wei scored for Chinese Taipei in the 57th minute, but the DeLaGarza-led Guam defense held firm to prevent a comeback.

Guam will take on group stage favorite North Korea on Sunday in a match that will likely decide which team advances to the 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup. North Korea started the qualifying group off on a high note on Thursday with a 2-1 victory over Hong Kong.

12 November 6:27 pm

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was forced to exit Seattle’s scoreless draw with FC Dallas with a hamstring strain, but despite the injury, the Sounders are confident that their midfield engine will be back in time for the Western Conference Championship series with the LA Galaxy.

The injury came in the 56th minute when Alonso crumbled to the ground, clutching his leg after a seemingly harmless play in midfield. Minutes later, the Cuban midfielder was removed and replaced by Micheal Azira.

According to reports out of Seattle, Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid noted that Alonso is unlikely to train for the remainder of the week, but should be back in time for the first leg of the Western Conference Championship at StubHub Center on Nov. 23.

"We'll know more as we move forward each day," Schmid told reporters after practice on Tuesday. "But our expectation is that he'll be able to make it back for the game in LA. We'll go through the protocol and obviously the rest of this week we're going to keep him off the field, try to get the treatment in and hopefully back on the field next week."