IThe LA Galaxy's playoff hopes are coming to come right down to the wire.
The Galaxy sit in a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with the Colorado, just a point ahead of sixth place San Jose Earthquakes, who are on the outside looking in. The Galaxy and Colorado each have four games remaining while San Jose have three left on their docket. However, the Earthquakes will play the Rapids on Oct. 9 at Buck Shaw Stadium before taking on the LA Galaxy on Oct. 20 at StubHub Center.
Imagine a Knockout Round game between the Galaxy and the Earthquakes? Intense, right?
Now is your chance to vote and offer your thoughts in the comments. Where will the Galaxy finish the season?
Jaime Penedo is up for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week for his 57th minute save in the LA Galaxy's 1-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers on Sunday.
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The phrase "must see goal" gets thrown around too easily, but this Robbie Keane video taken last week is certainly something to see.
The video of Keane's spectacular goal in training first appeared on the Instagram of Galaxy equipment assistant Rafael Verdin before turning up on the LA Galaxy captain's official Facebook page.
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PORTLAND, Ore. – A few notes from the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers.
*The Galaxy have now conceded six of their 36 goals on corner kicks. Stretch it out to include indirect free kicks and LA has conceded 13 on set pieces.
*LA is now 3-9-2 when allowing the first goal. In one goal games, LA’s record is 5-7-0.
*LA Galaxy center back Leonardo did not travel due to left adductor fatigue.
*Landon Donovan made his 300th MLS Regular Season appearance of his career.
*The Galaxy are now 4-9-3 on the road—exclude the match against Chivas USA and the team is 3-9-3.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The LA Galaxy were heated when a Robbie Keane goal was called back in stoppage time due to offside, but the team had no quarrel after the final whistle.
Keane appeared to tie the game in stoppage when he headed a Landon Donovan free kick into the back of the net, but the assistant referee Eric Boria raised his flag, ruling the play offside. The offside call through the Galaxy into a fury after the whistle was blown, but television replays showed that Boria was correct as the Galaxy captain was off once Donovan struck the free kick.
“If the referee is right, more credit to him,” said LA head coach Bruce Arena. “We've been in a lot of games this year where the plays aren't even close and they don't have them right. So, if they had it right, more credit to them."
Despite initial frustration in the heat of the moment, Keane shrugged off any frustration after the match.
“Someone said that I had a shoulder offside,” said Keane. “If it was offside then it was offside.”
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) September 29, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena offered his thoughts following the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers on Sunday.
(Overall thoughts on the match…)
ARENA: “It was a good game. I think given the conditions, both teams played well.”
(On the offside call in second-half stoppage time…)
ARENA: “If the referee is right, more credit to him. We've been in a lot of games this year where the plays aren't even close and they don't have them right. So, if they had it right, more credit to them."
(On the impact of the weather on the match…)
ARENA: “It's not easy. It's the same for both teams, so you can't complain about it. … The conditions never make it easy on these fields. When you combine it with wind and rain then it’ll be far from perfect.”
(On the Western Conference playoff race…)
ARENA: “You have to win enough games and have enough points to get in [the playoffs]. I don’t think that anyone has a playoff position yet? I think there are some teams concerned.”
Ahead of Sunday afternoon's match between the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers, LAGalaxy.com's Paolo Ferrari previews the game.
Check it out below...
PORTLAND, Ore. – The LA Galaxy received their first taste of the wet Pacific Northwest weather that they’ll experience during their match against the Portland Timbers on Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, LA went through an hour-long session at JELD-WEN Field as rain showers poured down upon them. The forecast for Sunday’s match promises for temperatures in the high 50s with heavy wind and rain.
“This is not something that we’re used to in [Southern California],” Todd Dunivant told LA Galaxy Insider. “But training out here today, we saw how fast the field plays so we can try to use that to our advantage and be aware of it.”
Just how can the conditions benefit the Galaxy?
“The biggest thing will just be being smart,” said Dunivant. “Balls are going to be down your throat quickly and there can be mistakes, so you've got to be on your guard and play smart soccer.”
PORTLAND, Ore. –The LA Galaxy have arrived in Portland and the classic Pacific Northwest cold and rain was immediately there to greet them.
Below is a shot from my hotel room looking out at a gray and dreary downtown Portland. The Galaxy will need to grow accustom to the wet weather as the forecast for Sunday’s 12:30pm match against the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field calls for highs in the high 50s with a 100 percent chance of precipitation as well as winds up to 24 MPH.
As for the Galaxy’s regular season record in the rain? The team is 1-3-1 in wet conditions since the start of the 2011 season. LA has played only one game in such inclement weather this season: their 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls on May 19.
CARSON, Calif. – If the LA Galaxy are going to pick up three points on the road against the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field on Sunday afternoon, LA must put the brakes on their midfield maestro Diego Valeri.
The Argentine is currently enjoying an MVP-type season as he is currently tied for the team lead in goals with eight and is leading the Timbers in assists with 12—two of which came against the Galaxy during Portland’s 2-1 win on July 13.
“He’s tricky and clever. He’s a smart player and he knows to find pockets, so if you fall asleep, he’ll punish you. He’s thinking two or three plays ahead,” said defender Todd Dunivant. “We have to be ready for him when he gets on the ball and put pressure on him. If he does get into space, we have to be aware of their runners going behind.”
As for Valeri’s status as an MVP, Galaxy forward Landon Donovan believes that Valeri is certainly among the contenders.
“I think that he’s been fantastic. Outside of Robbie Keane, he’s been the best player in the league this year. I think Robbie’s been the clear MVP, but I’d say that Diego is not too far behind,” said Donovan. “When he plays for them, he’s very good. I know that he’s still [to be determined] because he got hurt last week, so maybe he won’t play, but when he’s in their team, he makes a big difference.”