25 July 4:53 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- After their first practice since their 7-0 Chevrolet Cup defeat to Manchester United, the LA Galaxy were defiant that there will be no "post-friendly hangover" as they look ahead to their pivotal match against Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Monday. 

The Galaxy reaction to their disappointing defeat was pointed and the social media response was even greater, but despite the frustration, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena shrugged off any concerns that his team could be unprepared for Monday. 

"We don't worry about these exhibitions whether we're on the positive side or the negative side. They are exhibitions," said  Arena. "They're to entertain the people that attended. They're not to decide how good you are or how bad how they are. 

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane -- who was by far the most frank after the defeat -- admitted that the Galaxy will need to put the loss behind them quickly, if they'll complete with a Sounders team that is currently at the top of the MLS standings. 

"As far as I'm concerned it's gone anyway. It's no reflection of how we've been doing and the hope is that the players forget about it," said Keane. "After all, what's the point? We didn't win anything, we didn't lose anything, we lost the game, but we couldn't any points from it so in that respect, it didn't really matter."

25 July 1:19 pm

The LA Galaxy will be playing Seattle Sounders FC in Monday night Soccer action at CenturyLink Field early next week. 

Ahead of the match, check out this video that repurposed the MLS ad for the game to the music from Monday Night Football, the video had everything except for some of MNF's colliding and exploding helmets that were so emblematic of their coverage over the past 25 years.

24 July 2:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy II announced the signing of Jaime Villarreal on Thursday, making the forward the team’s first signing for the LA Galaxy Academy.

Villarreal, the younger brother of Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal, has been one of the Academy’s rising stars for the better part of two years with over 30 goals for the Under-16 and Under-18 set-ups. The 19-year-old has already made several appearances for Los Dos since the start of the season after tallying 10 goals for LA’s Southwest Division-winning U-18 side.

“Jaime’s signing highlights the commitment of AEG and the Galaxy to having the best developmental structure for our youth players to become professionals,” said Galaxy President Chris Klein in a release. “From our Galaxy Under-12 Academy teams to our Galaxy Academy Under-18 squads, it is important for us to continue to develop Southern California’s top young talent. We’re proud to have Jaime join the professional ranks with LA Galaxy II as the first player to come through our Academy to our Galaxy II side.”

The younger Villarreal has also enjoyed success in major tournaments for the Galaxy Academy tallying three goals in their participation in Dallas Cup earlier this year while also earning a call-up to the U.S. National Team Under-20 set-up in May.

Galaxy II return to action on Saturday when they take on Orange County Blues at Anteater Stadium in Irvine at 7:00 p.m.PT. 

24 July 12:30 pm

PASADENA, Calif. – The LA Galaxy admitted that they received a major lesson in the “little things” in their 7-0 defeat to Manchester United at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Throughout the defeat—which was LA’s largest defeat in a friendly match— United. Following the match, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and captain Robbie Keane stressed that LA could learn plenty from the crisp passing and quick movement that United displayed throughout their runaway victory.

A lesson that second-year Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes took to heart.

“I felt like we learned that when the pressure is on that we have to deal with it,” said Zardes after the defeat. “We can definitely learn from United who are a fast team whose speed of play is superb. We can definitely start working on our own speed of play…I still feel like this was a good game going into our Seattle game so we get prepared mentally and physically.”  

But for Landon Donovan, it’ll be important that the players apply those lessons heading into the all-important match against Seattle Sounders FC on Monday.

“You see what happens at higher level [where] everything happens at least a second or two faster. The speed of thought, the speed of play, the way they move, the way they react to things—technically, tactically, all those things,” said Landon Donovan.  “And you hope when you come out of the game, especially the young guys, that they are not saying ‘Oh my god, they were so amazing,’ but ‘they do all the little things right’ and ‘how can I be better individually.’”

24 July 1:20 am

PASADENA, Calif. -- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal opened up his tenure at the helm of United with a convincing 7-0 victory over the LA Galaxy. 

Below is his postgame press conference after United's Chevrolet Cup win.

On Javier Hernandez not playing in the match:

“He arrived yesterday evening so he didn’t train. If you are not training, you will never be in the lineup. He was on holiday after the World Cup. Everybody at Manchester United has had three weeks but he was in the round of 16 against us [Holland]. You have to count 21 days and then he will join the team. I gave him permission to come directly from Mexico. He has to train, then he can play. He has to train for a week, then he can participate. He can play 45 minutes like the other players because the other players only trained three days.”

On starting off his career with Manchester United with a win:

“I think the result always matters because with such a result you gain confidence in the new system because we introduced a new system in the training sessions. We have played 11 v. 11 twice with the new system, which may not be that much, but the boys are willing to pick up all the information we have given them. They performed fantastic today.”

On the team’s performance:

“Last week I wasn’t at Manchester United and 10 players who played tonight were not at the training complex. When you see us train, you can expect something but not 7-0, that was also a surprise to me. They were all not just beautiful football goals but they were out of beautiful attacks.”

On the new system he is bringing to Manchester United:

“When you want to change a system you have to start at once because we don’t have time to prepare other things. The other system Man United can play is 4-3-3; they have played this system for many years. I can change this system when it doesn’t work. With the quality of the players I have I think we can play better with this system because we have four strikers. For example, when we play 4-3-3, then I have three strikers on the bench and I think that is not good.  That is why I want to play with two strikers.  Also, we have four number tens, so the selection is not balanced in my eyes. Because of that, I have decided to play in this system. Only because of the quality of the players, but when that doesn’t work I’ll change it to a 4-3-3.”   


24 July 12:31 am

PASADENA, Calif. – After his club’s impressive 7-0 Chevrolet Cup victory over the LA Galaxy, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refused to discuss the performance of new signing Ander Herrera, but he was at the tip of the tongue of LA’s players following the match.

The 24-year-old Spaniard was one of only two United players to play the full 90 minutes in the seven goal thrashing and provided two assists as he pulled the strings for the Red Devils throughout.  Herrera, who was signed in the offseason from Atletico Bilbao, overwhelmed the Galaxy and assisted twice on United’s final two tallies by Ashley Young late in the second half.

“I thought he was fantastic,” said Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. “I thought he was the best player on the pitch by far.”

Added midfielder Stefan Ishizaki, "“I saw him play in Athletic Bilbao the last couple of years, and I thought he was a really good player. It’s a good signing for Manchester and he is dominating.”

LA head coach Bruce Arena was even more complimentary of the Spaniard who figures to play a major role in United's English Premier League campaign once it starts next month.

“Technically good…he and [Juan] Mata and [Darren] Fletcher I thought were very good in the middle of the field,” said Arena. “I think in the first half that was a big part of them owning the game in the middle third of the field they were terrific, not only with their passing, but winning some tackles, and picking up some second balls I was very impressed with that. I hadn’t seen much of that player but he’s a good player.”

24 July 12:00 am

PASADENA, Calif. -- The result wasn't what the LA Galaxy wanted by any stretch of the imagination, but the crowd of 86,432 was reason to smile.

The Galaxy's crowd of nearly 90,000 for their 7-0 Chevrolet Cup defeat to English powerhouse Manchester United was the sixth largest crowd in U.S. club soccer history. Although his team fell in a disappointing loss, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was amazed by the crowd.

“I think that the crowd was great. I have nothing but the greatest respect for the show that Man U put on," said Arena. "A bunch of guys out there fighting for jobs and it looked that way. First half I don’t think was a 3-0 game but being as professional as they are and the quality that they had they punished us on every mistake. So it’s a good lesson for all players…certainly the second half was a bit of the same.

However, Galaxy captain Robbie Keane took a different view stating that it was embarrassing to lose so convincingly in front of such a large crowd.

"Losing 7-0…no chance," said Keane when he asked if it was fun to play in front of a large crowd. "I felt like it [would be better] if it was only five people left to see that instead of [80,000-plus], but we have to move on, simple as that." 

But United midfielder Juan Mata was impressed by the crowd that supported United in droves. 

"It was unbelievable. It was crazy," said Mata. "We are so grateful." 

23 July 11:32 pm

PASADENA, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media following his team's 7-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Chevrolet Cup at the Rose Bowl.

(On Crowd…)

ARENA: “I think that the crowd was great. I have nothing but the greatest respect for the show that Man U put on. A bunch of guys out there fighting for jobs and it looked that way. First half I don’t think was a 3-0 game but being as professional as they are and the quality that they had they punished us on every mistake. So it’s a good lesson for all players…certainly the second half was a bit of the same.”

(On what they got out of tonight’s game…)

ARENA: “I think a real lesson for a lot of our players. You talk a lot about some of the things that happened tonight that they very rarely see and tonight being on the field and getting punished for mistakes and really getting a lesson on speed of play. It was there, it was all out there for them. I think we can actually use this as a positive, obviously there was a lot I wasn’t pleased with but I think really a good lesson. We’ve done this for a number of years against quality clubs, and have always been able to hang in a lot better than we did tonight, so I think it’s a good lesson for our team.”

(On Man United’s game…)

ARENA: “This time last year we beat Juventus, and we weren’t proclaiming that we were better than any team in Italy. This game tonight is not going to give an indication where they’re going to stand in the premiership. Their style is obviously different. They’re playing a style that their manager’s very comfortable and familiar with in his career. They’re playing a back 3 and some version of a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-3, and that’s a big change for a Manchester United club that’s traditionally played 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 at times, so it’s a different style but it looks tactically a lot like what we saw out of the Dutch team in the World Cup. That’s his style of play and I’m sure he’s going to get some new players and be even a little more dangerous going forward, and get the players that fit those tactics in the right way. They’re certainly going to be a good team this year; it’s going to be a great campaign in the premiership. There are some outstanding teams and they’re going to be fighting from the first week on and it’ll be interesting but I think that’s a quality team.”

(On Omar not playing…)

ARENA: “Not ready to play yet. He’s still coming back from an injury. Anything could happen on Monday.”

(On value of game to young Galaxy players…)

ARENA:  “If they aspire to be top flight professionals they see some of the top fligh professionals and the way they conduct themselves on the field and speed of play. Our young players and a number of our players still are not quality passers. And one thing you saw tonight, the passing by Manchester United was quick and crisp; it was of quality. We have too many players who are technically deficient right now, and it’s something they should learn. It’s also speed of thought. Quickness in moving, winning tackles, running off the ball…all the simple things we frequently talk about but unless you see it live and in real life it’s sometimes hard to have a picture of it, and they got a great picture of it tonight.”

(On Ander Herrera…)

ARENA: “Technically good…he and Mata and Fletcher I thought were very good in the middle of the field. I think in the first half that was a big part of them owning the game in the middle third of the field they were terrific, not only with their passing, but winning some tackles, and picking up some second balls I was very impressed with that. I hadn’t seen much of that player but he’s a good player.

23 July 10:12 am

Mexican national team star and Manchester United forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez landed in Los Angeles last night, but whether he plays in Wednesday's Chevrolet Cup between United and the LA Galaxy is still up in the air.  

United manager Louis van Gaal entertained several questions about unsettled striker who is currently rumored to be close to a move away from the club. While speculation has been high about Hernandez's next move, van Gaal was quick to note that Hernandez will be given an opportunity to impress the new boss this preseason. 

“I have to see if he performs how I want, and now, I can only see what he has shown under the guidance of another trainer and coach,” van Gaal said on Tuesday during a press conference that was delayed nearly 45 minutes after United found themselves stuck in rush hour traffic. “He will arrive and then I will meet him, we will train, and after that, he will perform in a match and only after that, I can say anything about it.”

Although van Gaal's words bode well for Chicharito's short term future with the club, his insistence on having him train before playing in a match may see him play limited -- if any -- minutes during Wednesday's match at the Rose Bowl Stadium against the Galaxy.

-- Do you think that Chicharito will play? Are you excited to see him play in Pasadena?

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22 July 8:27 pm

PASADENA, Calif. – Manchester United have been in Los Angeles for less than a week, but on Tuesday they received a true Southern California experience—getting stuck in rush hour traffic.

United were 45 minutes for their open training session at the Rose Bowl Stadium as their team bus found itself stuck in L.A. traffic driving from their base hotel in Beverly Hills in Pasadena.  Despite the inconvenience, United manager Louis van Gaal was chipper upon his team’s arrival at the stadium’s press room.

“Of course, we were late. It was the first time that I was late for a press conference, but Los Angeles traffic,” van Gaal told reporters.  

On Wednesday, the Dutchman and his side will face a stiffer test when they take on the Galaxy in the Chevrolet Cup at the world-famous Pasadena venue. Although Europeans are traditionally criticized for their blasé attitude toward friendlies with MLS sides, van Gaal insists that he’s done his homework on the Galaxy.

“We have analyzed the Galaxy and I expect a very organized and technical team that is aggressive in attack,” said van Gaal. “They are already in the rhythm of the season and we started just three days ago. We are not well prepared, we are not fit yet, but I hope that we can give a good performance and it’s a process.

“The preparation time is a process, so I hope that we can make every [preseason] match a step in that progress, but I'm also anxious to see how we do it tomorrow against the Galaxy.”