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28 July 2:46 pm

It was a banner Gold Cup tournament for Landon Donovan and one that ended in a championship.

Donovan provided the assist on Brek Shea’s goal in the 68th minute minute to seal the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and the 11th straight victory for the U.S with a 1-0 victory over Panama.   For his five goals and seven assists, Donovan was awarded the tournament’s Golden Ball while also tying for the Golden Boot with Panama's Gabriel Torres and U.S. forward Chris Wondolowski. 

Omar Gonzalez also made a brief appearance in the match, coming on in the 89th as the U.S. closed out the game. 

Donovan and Gonzalez will now head to Kansas City for the MLS All-Star Game before rejoining the Galaxy at sometime next week. 

Highlights of the game are below. 

28 July 6:23 am

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – It was different, it was unique, and it was even a little surreal at times, but Pablo Mastroeni made his return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, not in the burgundy of the Colorado Rapids, but the blue-white-and-gold of the LA Galaxy.

The 36-year-old midfielder went 77 minutes in the 2-0 Galaxy defeat and exited to cheers as well as few standing ovations from the Rapids faithful.  It wasn’t the midfielder’s finest performance as LA’s midfield struggled to take charge of the game and Mastroeni picked up a first half yellow card from referee Juan Guzman for dissent.

Mastroeni admitted after the LA defeat that the experience was a strange one, even for a player as experienced as he is.

“After 12 years at this club, it's kind of surreal. I had a hard time sleeping thinking about it. I actually woke up in the middle of the night thinking that I had a game with the Rapids,” said Mastroeni. “It was the most bizarre, surreal kind of experience, but I think when the whistle blows, everything kind of goes out the window. It's all that anticipation stuff that's emotional and unsettling.

“Once the whistle blew, we had a job to do, and I didn't even think about it for a second,” Mastroeni added. “It was good to get out there and get through this process that was inevitable, and move on.”

As he looks ahead to the second half of the season with his new team, Mastroeni has a recommendation on what LA must fix in order to improve.

“We made our own job more difficult [against Colorado]. I think overall the effort was there,” said Mastroeni. “We've just got to clean up a few things and keep working on concentrating on set pieces.”

27 July 9:53 pm

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- A few notes and links following the LA Galaxy's 2-0 defeat to the Colorado Rapids. 

My Three Points to the match can be found here while my sidebar on the result and LA's road struggles is here.

Match notes are below...

*The Galaxy are 3-8-1 away from home this season. When you eliminate their match against Chivas USA, they are 2-8-1 away from StubHub Center. 

*LA's last win away from StubHub Center came on May 15 against the Philadelphia Union

*LA has conceded seven goals on set pieces this year (Four off indirect free kicks and three off corners). 

* Former Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni faced off against one of his former clubs (Miami Fusion or Colorado Rapids) for the first time in his 16-year MLS career. 

*LA are 3-2-0 in their last five games. 

*The Galaxy are 2-7-0 when allowing the first goal. 

*The Galaxy take on the Rapids reserves on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT.

*LA will now take a two-week break from MLS play due to the Guinness International Championship Cup. 

27 July 8:13 pm

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- There were no smiles in the LA Galaxy locker room after their 2-0 defeat to the Colorado, but following the defeat, LA head coach Bruce Arena took a moment to hand former LA forward Edson Buddle with his 2012 MLS Cup Championship ring.

Buddle performed well against his former club in a 90 minute shift that saw him set up Dillon Powers' goal in the 41st minute. Although Buddle led his current team to victory over his old side, he admitted after the game that facing LA didn't factor into his thinking. 

"I take every game seriously. It was good to see familiar faces, but it always feels good to win," said Buddle. "We did what we're supposed to tonight, which is win on our home field. I think that the team is motivated and we're glad to get three points." 

A photo with Buddle and his ring is below..

27 July 11:11 am

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The LA Galaxy take the field this evening at Dick's Sporting Goods Park when they take on the Colorado Rapids. 

LINKS AND NOTES

*Saturday's match will be an emotional one for Pablo Mastroeni who will take on his former club, the Colorado Rapids. Mastroeni, who admits that he's discovered a new "spark" with LA, will be facing one of his former teams for the first time in his 16 year MLS career.

*Carlo Cudicini is quietly entering his best form this season, but can he build on it against Colorado. 

*The question of who fills in for center back Omar Gonzalez has been a major one around the Galaxy camp this week, but it appears that Tommy Meyer will get the nod

*With Robbie Rogers likely out for Saturday, it seems that Marcelo Sarvas will step into his spot on the wide yet again

*Gyasi Zardes scored a highlight reel goal in the win against Vancouver, but he'll be asked to put in another solid performance against Colorado

*LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan offers his preview to the match

*Lastly, my Three Points to the game

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

DILLON POWERS vs. PABLO MASTROENI

The young gun against the old salt. Mastroeni was an important mentor for Powers prior to being dealt to LA and he’ll face off against the young midfielder on Saturday. Expect Mastroeni to be physical with his former midfield apprentice as he looks to limit any chances that he has going forward.

GYASI ZARDES vs. DREW MOOR

Gyasi Zardes has displayed a penchant for getting involved in the attack as of late as he’s rattled off plenty of shots in recent starts, but with a goal under his belt last week, he may be on the cusp of breaking out. Look for Moor to attempt to limit Zardes’ chances as he is particularly astute with his positioning and will seek to cut out any potential shot opportunities.

MARCELO SARVAS vs. MARVELL WYNNE

A battle of technical ability and sheer athleticism will likely determine the Galaxy’s ability to create down the left side. Sarvas’ ball skills far and away outweigh Wynne’s but the right back’s sheer breakneck speed make him a tough challenge for the Galaxy attacker.     

PREDICTED LINEUP

Cudicini; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Meyer, Dunivant; Jimenez, Juninho, Mastroeni, Sarvas; Villarreal, Zardes

 

27 July 8:08 am

In a preview for LAGalaxy.com, head coach Bruce Arena, midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, defender Tommy Meyer, and forward Jose Villarreal preview Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids.

Check it out below...

26 July 7:15 pm

The U.S. National Team will be without Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final on Sunday against Panama after a CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee suspended the U.S. boss for his actions in the closing minutes of the Americans'  semifinal victory over Honduras

The Disciplinary Committee made their ruling on Friday evening after evaluating the referee report following the semifinal. According to CONCACAF, the suspension levied by the Disciplinary Committee can not be appealed

Without Klinsmann, Southern California resident and U.S. assistant Martin Vasquez will take the reins for the Americans in the final. 

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26 July 8:21 am

The streak is alive for Landon Donovan.

On Friday, the LA Galaxy and MLS announced that MLS Commissioner Don Garber has selected Donovan as an injury replacement for LA forward Robbie Keane. Donovan will be making his league-record 13th consecutive MLS All-Star appearances, dating back to 2001. 

“Landon (Donovan) is a great addition to the MLS All-Star team. Obviously his form is fantastic right now and his impact and representation of Major League Soccer throughout his career is immeasurable,” All-Star head coach Peter Vermes said. 

The fact that Keane has pulled out of MLS All-Star Game places a serious doubt on whether he'll be available for selection for this Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids or next week's Guinness International Championship Cup matches. 

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Proud to see Donovan make the squad? Think Keane will play on Saturday or next week?

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25 July 4:33 pm

aOn Thursday, the rosters for the participating teams in the 2013 Guinness International Championship Cup were announced. The tournament will make a stop in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 when Real Madrid, Juventus, Everton, and the LA Galaxy take the field at iconic Dodger Stadium.

Each of the four teams brings their own star power to the tournament as Real Madrid will have the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Iker Casillas while Italian giants Juventus boast a collection of talent that includes Italian soccer legend Andrea Pirlo and Argentine forward Carlos Tevez.

English Premier League side Everton boasts U.S. National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard, Belgian international Marouane Fellaini, and Spanish youth star Gerard Deulofeu. Not to be outdone, the Galaxy will boast a squad that includes Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Robbie Rogers, as well as Homegrown stars Gyasi Zardes, Jack McBean, and Jose Villarreal.

The complete roster list is below. The four teams that will play at Dodger Stadium are in italics. 

Real Madrid

Goalkeepers: Antonio Adan, Iker Casillas, Diego Lopez

Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa, Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Nacho

Midfielders: Angel Di Maria, Casemiro, Isco, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Kaka, Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil, Asier Illarramendi

Forwards: Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jese Rodriguez 

Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

A.C. Milan

Goalkeepers: Christian Abbiati, Marco Amelia, Gabriel

Defenders: Luca Antonini, Daniele Bonera, Kevin Constant, Phillipe Mexes, Bartosz Salomon, Didac Vila, Cristian Zaccardo, Cristian Zapata, Mattia De Sciglio

Midfielders: Kevin-Prince Boateng, Bryan Cristante, Nigel De Jong, Urby Emanuelson, Sulley Ali Muntari, Ricardo Montolivo, Antonio Nocerino, Riccardo Saponara, Rodney Strasser, Bakaye Traore

Forwards: Mario Balotelli, Giacomo Beretta, Robinho, Stephan El Shaarawy, M'Baye Niang, Nmandi Oduamadi, Andrea Petagna

Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

Valencia

Goalkeepers: Diego Alves, Vicente Guaita, Yeray Lopez

Defenders: Adil Rami, Victor Ruiz, Joao Pereira, Antonio Barragan, Ricardo Costa, Jeremy Mathieu, Aly Cissokho

Midfielders: Oriol Romeu, Sofiane Feghouli, Ever Banega, Juan Bernat, Javier Fuego, Michel, Andres Guardado, Dani Parejo

Forwards: Jonas Goncalves, Roberto Soldado, Pablo Piatti, Jonathan Viera, Paco Alcacer, Roberto Ibanez, Fede Cartabia

Manager: Miroslav Djukic

LA Galaxy

Goalkeepers: Carlo Cudicini, Brian Rowe, Brian Perk

Defenders: Todd Dunivant, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin, Bryan Gaul, A.J. DeLaGarza, Tommy Meyer, Leonardo, Kofi Opare, Greg Cochrane, Oscar Sorto

Midfielders: Pablo Mastroeni, Marcelo Sarvas, Landon Donovan, Colin Clark, Robbie Rogers, Hector Jimenez, Juninho, Rafael Garcia, Michael Stephens, Kenney Walker, Laurent Courtois

Robbie Keane, Charlie Rugg, Gyasi Zardes, Chandler Hoffman, Jack McBean, Jose Villarreal

Manager: Bruce Arena

Chelsea

Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, Mark Schwarzer, Jamal Blackman

Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thomas Kalas, Ryan Bertrand

Midfielders: Michael Essien, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Oscar, John Obi Mikel, Kevin De Bruyne, Mako van Ginkel, Eden Hazard

Forwards: Fernando Torres, Victor Moses, Andre Schurrle, Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Inter Milan

Goalkeepers: Samir Handanovic, Juan Pablo Carrizo, Luca Castellazzi

Defenders: Hugo Campagnaro, Marco Andreolli, Walter Samuel, Andrea Ranocchia, Christian Chivu, Juan

Midfielders: Ibrahima, Mbaye, Jonathan, Yuto Nagatomo, Alvaro Pereira, Esteban Cambiasso, Fredy Guarin, Ricardo Alvarez, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Patrick Olsen, Gabi Mudingayi, Diego Laxalt, Joel Obi

Forwards: Alessandro Capello, Ishak Belfodil, Rodrigo Palacio, Mauro Icardi

Manager: Walter Mazzarri

Juventus

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon, Marco Storari, Rubinho, Leonardo Citti

Defenders: Giorgio Chiellini, Martin Caceres, Angelo Ogbonna, Paolo De Ceglie, Federico Peluso, Andrea Barzagli, Marco Motta, Leonardo Bonucci, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Pol Garcia, Filippo Penna

Midfielders: Claudio Marchisio,  Paul Pogba, Luca Marrone, Fausto Rossi, Simone Padoin, Andrea Pirlo, Kwadwo Asamoah, Arturo Vidal, Mauricio Isla, Marcel Buchel

Forwards: Mirko Vucinic, Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Fabio Quagliarella, Alessandro Matri, Sebastian Giovinco

Manager: Antonio Conte

Everton

Goalkeepers: Joel Robles, Tim Howard

Defenders: Leighton Baines, John Heitinga, Phil Jagielka, Antolin Alcaraz, John Stones

Midfielders: Darren Gibson, Gerard Deulofeu, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Seamus Coleman, Marouane Fellaini, John Lundstram

Forwards: Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone, Steven Naismith, Apostolos Vellios, Victor Anichebe

Manager: Roberto Martinez

25 July 2:19 pm

CARSON, Calif. – When the U.S. National Team takes on Panama in the final of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, they may do so without head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

The U.S. headman was sent off by referee Walter Quesada in the closing stages of their 3-1 semifinal victory over Honduras on Tuesday, leaving his status in question for the final on Sunday. Klinsmann’s fate will be decided by a CONCACAF disciplinary committee, who are expected to issue a ruling by Friday.

Following LA Galaxy training on Thursday, Galaxy head coach—and former U.S. boss—Bruce Arena issued his support for Klinsmann. After all, he had to watch the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Panama from the stands after being sent off in semifinal match against Honduras. The U.S. eventually defeated Los Canaleros on penalties back in 2005, but Arena is not keen on the new U.S. manager suffering the same fate that he did.

“I was suspended too. I actually didn't say anything, they got something wrong in that game. Hopefully, U.S. Soccer is lobbying hard enough to get Jurgen back in the game," said Arena. "I have a feeling that he'll be found able to coach in the game somehow. [Late in the match], I don't know think you throw a coach out of a game. I don't think that's necessary, but whatever."