CARSON, Calif. – Count LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez as one of the MLS-based U.S. National Team players unlikely to head on an offseason loan this winter.
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has stated that he’d like his MLS-based players to head on loan this January as the nation prepares for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but while Gonzalez admitted that he is “pretty much open to anything” at the moment, he is expecting to take a breather for the next few weeks before he begins preparation for the U.S.’ annual January camp.
“I'm still dealing with a little pain from my groin,” Gonzalez admitted during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. “I just recently got done with the [U.S. national team's final 2013] games, and so right now I'm just relaxing, trying to let this groin heal up, and when it gets closer to January, got to start getting fit and whether I'm here in California with the national team for January camp or something else comes along, we'll figure that out. But as of right now, I'm just planning on the January camp.”
The groin injury that Gonzalez mentioned has plagued him since the 2012 MLS Cup and flared up at times during the Galaxy’s 2013 campaign. Gonzalez has experience with offseason loans after going on loan in January 2012 with German Bundesliga club FC Nurnberg where he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his first training session with the team.
That experience did not sour Gonzalez to the prospect of an offseason loan, but for now, he’s simply waiting to see what types of offers emerge.
“Once it gets closer to January, once these club teams start actually asking about certain players, and whether or not these opportunities are real,” said Gonzalez. “As of right now, my plan is just to go to January camp. At the end of the day, it's also the Galaxy and the league's decision whether they want me to go, as well.”
LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan made his debut as a television analyst this week with appearances on Fox Sports 1.
Donovan looked extremely polished and confidence on air as he analyzed Tuesday's UEFA Champions League slate. One moment received a lot of attention as Donovan was asked about his U.S. National Team teammate Jermaine Jones' Schalke and their match against Steaua Bucuresti, which ultimately ended in a scoreless draw.
Check out the video and a series of tweets below.
— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) November 26, 2013
— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) November 26, 2013
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CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy announced their annual team awards on Tuesday with Robbie Keane taking home team MVP honors.
Keane enjoyed an MLS MVP-type season with 16 goals and 11 assists in 23 games played earning the team MVP and team Golden Boot. Meanwhile, Omar Gonzalez earned the club defender of the year award after a strong season that saw him finish fourth for the league honor.
Galaxy defender Sean Franklin won the club’s Humanitarian of the Year award for his work with the community.
LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez finished third in MLS Defender of the Year voting as New England Revolution defender Jose Goncalves took home the award.
Gonzalez earned 18.37 percent of the club vote, 7.79 percent of the media vote and 15.07 percent of the player vote for a weighted total of 41.23. Coming in second was Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler with New York Red Bulls center back Jamison Olave coming in fourth.
The award for the league's top defender wasn't the only awards issued on Tuesday as Hilario Grajeda was voted Referee of the Year and Kermit Quisenberry was voted the Assistant Referee of the Year.
The LA Galaxy held their 10th annual Foundation's Feast on Monday at StubHub Center providing a Thanksgiving dinner for 250 needy children and families.
A photo gallery of the event is below.
LA Galaxy Academy forward Jesus Nunez (pictured above) has been called up to the U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team for their upcoming U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Winter Showcase in Florida.
Nunez has scored eight goals in 10 games for the Galaxy U-16s this season, which is nearly one third of the team's 28 total goals. The tournament will take place from Dec. 11-15 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. with the head coach Hugo Perez's squad taking on U-15/16 New York Red Bulls on Dec. 12, DeAnza Force on Dec. 13 and Weston FC on Dec. 16.
Six of the players taking part are from California.
The complete roster is below..
GOALKEEPERS (2): David Abonce (FC Dallas; The Colony, Texas), Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (4): McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Philadelphia Union; Saddle River, N.J.), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Alfaro (Chicago Magic PSG; West Chicago, Ill.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Ernesto Espinoza (Club Tijuana; San Ysidro, Calif.), Roberto Hernandez (Texas Rush; Houston, Texas), Nicholas Taitague (FC Richmond Magic; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Jesus Nunez (LA Galaxy; Anaheim, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.)
We know the schedule for the 2014 MLS regular season and now here are few musings on the schedule that was released earlier on Monday.
*The countdown begins: Mark your calendars. The Galaxy will open up the season 108 days from now against Real Salt Lake on March 8 at StubHub Center.
*Only one home game against San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA this year: LA will play twice away against three of their heated rivals in Seattle, San Jose and Chivas USA. LA’s first SuperClasico will take place on April 6 with Chivas hosting before LA host their lone match on June 8. The series will end on Aug. 31 with a Chivas home match. Meanwhile, LA take on San Jose for the first time on June 28 at Stanford Stadium. The Galaxy get their lone match against the Quakes at home on August 8 before the series ends with what may be LA’s final trip ever to Buck Shaw Stadium on Sept. 14. The Quakes expect to open up their new digs in 2015.
*Two-week World Cup break: LA will not play a league game between June 9 and June 28 as the league undergoes a two-week break for the group stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Galaxy’s final match before the break will be their home-leg of the SuperClasico against Chivas USA on June 8 before returning to action on June 28 against the Earthquakes at Stanford Stadium.
*LA’s Fourth of July streak continues: The LA Galaxy will extend the longest streak in American Professional Sports of games played on July 4 when they host the Portland Timbers at StubHub Center.
*The LA Galaxy will be on national television 19 times this season: The premier television draw in MLS, the Galaxy will be on the league’s national television partners 19 times. LA will play eight games on NBC or NBC SN including six on ESPN, ESPN 2 or ESPN Deportes. The Galaxy will also play five games on Spanish only networks UniMas or Univision Deportes, but those games will be televised in English locally on TWC SportsNet.
*The LA Galaxy will end the season with a home at home series against Seattle Sounders FC: LA will end the year with a pair of matches against Seattle as they host the Sounders in their final home game on Oct. before traveling to CenturyLink Field on Oct. – where they will end the year. If history means anything, both of these matches should have major playoff seeding implications.
The LA Galaxy are going to have a chance to get revenge for their stunning Western Conference Semifinal defeat to MLS Cup finalist Real Salt Lake right off the bat in 2014.
LA will open the season on March 8 at StubHub Center against 2013 MLS Cup finalist Real Salt Lake before hosting D.C. United on March 15. Both matches are likely to be sandwiched inbetween LA's CONCACAF Champions League participation. The Galaxy will play four of their first five matches at StubHub Center -- three of them being home matches as LA take on Chivas USA in the first SuperClasico on April 6 -- with their first road match being a trip to Rio Tinto Stadium to face RSL on March 22 which will be Salt Lake's home opener.
MLS will take a two-week break during the group phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the last matches before the break taking place on June 11.
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LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes finished fourth in MLS Rookie the Year voting as Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers took home the honors.
Zardes tallied four goals and four assists in 27 appearances during his first season as a professional. Zardes received 16.33 percent of the club voting, 3.9 percent of the media vote and 11.2 percent of player votes for a weighted total of 31.43.
Colorado Rapids forward Deshorn Brown and Seattle Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin finished second and third.
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The LA Galaxy were awarded the Xbox MLS Team Fair Play award on Monday.
The award is selected by MLS based on objective criteria such fewest fouls committed and cards received as well as on the subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior. The Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the award.
LA committed just 386 in the 2013 MLS regular season which was the third fewest amount in the league. Meanwhile, LA earned just 36 yellow cards, the lowest total in MLS. LA was also awarded just a single red card in 2013 after receiving six in the past two years.