CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy left back Todd Dunivant tested himself for the first time on Wednesday as he looks to return from a hip pointer injury that prevented him from appearing in last Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake.
According to Dunivant, the injury first surfaced during LA's 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids last month as he experienced a large welt after the match. Although the left back admitted to being sore, it was not until the beginning of the Galaxy's training session last Thursday that Dunivant experienced an issue in his oblique muscles that he described as feeling like "someone was stabbing me in the gut." The injury ultimately forced him from action against RSL -- as Bryan Gaul got the nod at left back -- but even though the injury sounds severe, Dunivant was back on the training ground on Wednesday as he looks to return to full fitness ahead of LA's next match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Oct. 21.
Following his first real soccer fitness work out, Dunivant admitted that it is still "day to day" before he engages in full training as he has been limited to predominantly gym work as he works through his injury. After training on Wednesday, head coach Bruce Arena sounded optimistic stating that he believed Dunivant would be on the field very shortly" as he is "moving along fine."
Even though the left back believes that he will not be ready for Friday's Reserve League match, he is optimistic about this recovery.
DUNIVANT: “I’m progressing. It’s only really been about a week now, a week as of tomorrow. It’s still been a pretty short amount of time, but today, I started doing more dynamic stuff. I’ve done straight forward jogging till now, so to do more dynamic stuff like weaves and more explosive stuff. I still don’t have full range so it’s not fully there yet, but it’s getting there so I’m definitely optimistic to be available for next week."
(On how the injury first occurred...)
DUNIVANT: "It was a play in the Colorado game; I had a huge welt on the side of my hip. I didn’t know where it came from, but I remember being sore, but sometimes that happens and your adrenaline is going and you don’t realize it. I was able to train the next day, but with the swelling, it was actually deep enough that it pulled on my oblique and I ended up straining that so it’s all in the same area. Kind of two things to deal with at once, a nice weird injury, but fortunately, we have a bye this week so that gives me a little extra time."
(On his experience during last Thursday's training session...)
"I trained Wednesday and I felt the hip pointer, which obviously was a little sore, but I was able to get through training fine and the first thing on Thursday, the first real soccer movement, the oblique went because it was so tight and there was a lot of swelling and bleeding in there, that pulled that muscle and threw everything of balance. It’s one of those weird freak things, but something that I can deal with."
(On how a schedule to return to full training...)
DUNIVANT: "It’s going to be day to day, today was our first day of really pushing any sort of dynamic stuff and it went fairly well. I could tell that I don’t have the full range yet, but it’ll be ready soon and we’ll try again tomorrow and see how that goes and see how it responds to today because it was quite a bit of a big load on it today so we’ll take it day by day now, and we’ll take it from there. Fortunately, it’s still early in this week and we’ve obviously got all of next week. I want to get back as soon as possible so I can get fit and get back in the rhythm."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy Reserves will play their final Reserve League game of the season on Friday against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves for a chance to win the West Division championship, but while a title will be a nice reward for the club's reserve squad, their true reward has been measured in the development that they have experienced this season.
Among those that has developed immensely this season has been rookie midfielder Kenny Walker. Drafted with the second round of the MLS SuperDraft with the 38th overall pick, the 23-year-old rookie from the University of Louisville has seen considerable time for the club's reserves this season appearing in all nine games this season. The Reserve League showings have been a boon for Walker, who has also made one start for the first team as well as two appearances in CONCACAF Champions League play.
During his time with the Galaxy Reserves, Walker has formed a solid midfield partnership with rookie Rafael Garcia, whose ability to go forward at times, balances Walker's defensive abilties.
Although his career is still in its beginning stages, Walker admits it has been a "blast" and a "dream come true" playing with the Reserve League squad.
WALKER: "Development wise, learning the speed of play and from the first team guys and building a team with the second team guys has been a blast and a dream come true pretty much...I've grown in the speed of play, it's a lot different from college because you have to know what you're going to do before you get the ball and your first touch has to be 10 times better than it was in college and even thought you work on it everyday, it takes a little bit to develop it. So getting into [Reserve] games as well as going against the first team everyday and comparing yourself against some of the best players in the world-- guys like David [Beckham], Robbie [Keane] and Landon [Donovan] is good."
(On the chance to win a Reserve League West Division title...)
WALKER: "It's been a long couple weeks, just training so it's nice to have a game to look forward to so it's just fun being able to get ready for something and play for a championship. It's just the Reserve League, but it's big to us so it's going to be fun...it's been excellent coming out here and playing with these guys in training and building up with the Reserve team. We've done very well so we'd like to cap it off with a win.
The United States Under-20's dropped the first match in the Marbella Cup on Wednesday, 2-1 to Canada.
LA Galaxy youth product Javan Torre started the match and Jose Villarreal came on at the start of the second half as former Galaxy youth player Mario Rodriguez scored the lone goal for the young Americans. . The start was a surprising one for Torre as he was thrown immediately into the lineup by U-20 head coach Tab Ramos, just hours after being called into the squad.
For those unfamiliar with the UCLA freshman defender's Galaxy credentials, Torre was a regular for the Galaxy Under-18's last year, playing 25 times for the U-18's, in addition, to a pair of appearances for the Reserve League squad. Torre has made six appearances and one start for the Bruins this season.
CARSON,Calif. -- Landon Donovan is back in Southern California and set to be evaluated by the LA Galaxy's team physician Dr. Bert Mandelbaum on Wednesday according to head coach Bruce Arena.
Donovan was forced to withdraw from the U.S. national team squad ahead of two World Cup Qualifiers due to an apparent knee injury that the Galaxy captain suffered in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake.
Following practice on Wednesday, head coach Bruce Arena said that he is optimistic that Donovan's injury is not serious.
ARENA: "I don't believe that it is anything serious and we will see him back again...We're hopeful that it is nothing serious and we're optimistic."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy's digs are a bit nicer these days after the unveiling of the new team's new players' lounge on Monday morning.
What began as an initative to install a functioning sink in the team's players' lounge turned into a complete remodel funded by Galaxy Presenting Partner Herbalife. A video on the unveiling as well my story with thoughts from AEG President Tim Leiweke, Herbalife executives, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and various Galaxy players can be found here.
Below is a series of photos taken from Monday's unveiling of the Herbalife Players' Lounge...
AEG President Tim Leiweke addresses the crowd...
Head Coach Bruce Arena and Herbalife President and CEO Michael Johnson cut the ribbon to the new Herbalife Players Lounge.
Galaxy Players Inspect the new lounge
Arena shows the players an iPad that controls all of the television equipment.
A look at the door to the lounge and the motivational wall
It began with a sink...
The LA Galaxy Reserve League squad will go for the Western Division Championship this Friday against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves.
During the club's weekly training update, the Galaxy released that Friday's Reserve League match is set for 10 am PDT and will take place on U.S. Soccer Field #3. In this map, U.S. Soccer Field #3 is the closest field to Avalon Blvd. and to the left of The Home Depot Center's main entrance. LA can clinch the West Division title with a victory or a tie with Vancouver, but a loss will give the title to the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves.
Ahead of the match, Reserve League head coach Curt Onalfo issued a call to arms for Galaxy fans to attend the match.
ONALFO: "It's exciting, we've proven that we've got a deep roster. We've got some exciting young players and it's a great opportunity for the fans to see players that aren't playing regularly to contribute day in and day out to the success that this team has had over this season and last season. It's a great opportunity for them to see future players that will be stars for the Galaxy and play in games that are fun to watch."
Amid the news of LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan withdrawing from the U.S. National Team squad for this month's World Cup Qualifiers, report by Soccer By Ives' Ives Galarcep revealed that Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez was on the Jurgen Klinsmann's provisional squad as an alternate for the Qualifiers.
Galarcep's tweet is below...
Random USMNT note: Omar Gonzalez was on provisional roster for this camp (He's an alternate). A well-earned spot back on Klinsmann's radar.
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) October 9, 2012
The news is a well-deserved for Gonzalez, who has played an integral role in helping to steady the Galaxy's back four since returning to full fitness in July after undergoing offseason knee surgery. Since Gonzalez returned to fitness, the Galaxy have risen up the Western Conference standings, going an impressive 8-3-2 in the 13 competitive matches (12 league games and one CONCACAF Champions League contest) while tallying five shutouts and allowing just 13 goals with Gonzalez on the field. .
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Landon Donovan will not be participating in the U.S. World Cup qualifiers after all.
U.S. Soccer revealed that Donovan and FC Dallas' midfielder Brek Shea will not be participating in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers after evaluations by the national team's medical staff. The LA Galaxy captain underwent an MRI on Monday according to the Associated Press, but was ruled out on Tuesday afternoon. No replacements were named to the U.S. squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala.
According to the statement issued by U.S. Soccer and a later statement released by the Galaxy, Donovan will return to Los Angeles on Tuesday evening to be evaluated by the club's medical staff. Donovan suffered an apparent knee injury during the latter stages of LA's 2-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake last Saturday.
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CARSON, Calif. -- The road to a top three finish got considerably more diffciult for the LA Galaxy, but the club remain confident that they can finish among the Western Conference's top three.
With their 2-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC's 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers, LA fell into fourth place in the Western Conference. The Galaxy still have two league games remaining against the San Jose Earthquakes on Oct. 21 and against Seattle on Oct. 28, but must win out to remain in contention.
Following the loss to Salt Lake, centerback Omar Gonzalez admitted that the Galaxy are still in the hunt for a top three spot, they must first learn from the mistakes that prevented them from getting three points against RSL.
GONZALEZ: “This game didn’t go the way we wanted it, but we’re still in the playoffs. I think we certainly want the wins, but now is the time to start get the little things right. Just like tonight we got punished on those plays, next game we can’t make those mistake and we’ve got to be on the entire game. So even though we didn’t get the win tonight, I think we can still take a lot from it and grow from it because there’s two more games left in the season and then the true test comes. We’re not going to win Supporters’ Shield so that doesn’t matter, now it’s all about getting it right for the playoffs.”
(On how much the Galaxy are thinking about playoff positioning...)
GONZALEZ: “We certainly don’t want the play-in game. I think right now we’re just trying to get in second or third and it’s looking right now like it’s kind of tough to be second so we’re fighting for that third spot. I think Seattle plays Salt Lake next so hopefully they can help us out there, but we’ve just got to win out.”
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy confirmed on Monday that they will be releasing their new third jersey next season.
LA had planned to reveal the winner of the fan contest that led to the creation of the uniform during the October 6 match against Real Salt Lake, but were forced to push the announcement back to next season.
A club spokesman provided me with the following statement on Monday afternoon, "The contest winner has been informed of the club’s selection, but because of production timeline issues in producing the uniform, we’re unable to have a complete uniform to unveil at this time."