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19 May 4:10 pm

Notorious prankster A.J. DeLaGarza may have delivered his magnum opus during the LA Galaxy's recent trip to face the New York Red Bulls. 

Following the club's training session in New Jersey, DeLaGarza snatched one of the plastic wolves that the Red Bulls use to ward off wildlife, and gave Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan the fright of his life.

Is it DeLaGarza's finest prank? Check out the vine above

19 May 3:23 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Los Angeles Football Club made headlines on Monday with they announced their intentions to build a new 22,000 seat stadium in Exposition Park, but the hoopla barely registered during the LA Galaxy’s training session a day later.

LAFC offered some heady talk about their place in the Los Angeles market, stoking the flames of a potential cross-town rivalry. While  Galaxy will not meet LAFC on the field until 2018, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena believes that the two teams will be rivals.

“It will be a rivalry but I can’t tell you what kind of rivalry at this point,” Arena said. “I may be in [Hollywood Forever] Cemetery at that point. … It’s absolutely fabulous that we’ll have another team in L.A., the ownership looks great, and competition is good for everybody.”  

Forward Alan Gordon offered a different thought.

"It's on them, we're here. We're champions. It's on them to create a rivalry," he said. “They’re going to have to take what we have.”

Rather than discuss the buzz that LAFC generated by their stadium announcement, native Angeleno Jose Villarreal offered a different take on the impact that a new soccer-specific venue will have in Exposition Park.

“It’ll lead to a lot of traffic,” Villarreal said. “That’s the biggest thing that will suck for the fans is the traffic. It’s a nice idea but Galaxy is my home. I’m not worried about it.” 

17 May 8:37 pm

Los Angeles Football Club will be announcing their plans to build a $250 million, 22,000 seat stadium on the site of the Sports Arena in Exposition Park. 

The Los Angeles Times broke the news on Sunday night before the LAFC official Twitter account tweeted a photo of the stadium sight renderings. In addition to announcing the stadium details, the L.A. Times article also revealed that the team will not take the field until the 2018 Major League Soccer regular season. The stadium will be the first open-air venue built in the City of Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium back in 1956. LAFC's venue will be the most expensive privately-financed soccer stadium in United States.

According to the LA Times' article, LAFC will not be revealing their official name or colors during their press conference which is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT on Monday.

17 May 6:24 pm

ORLANDO, FL -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the team's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC. 

Arena's comments are below. 

(On the result…)

ARENA: “We were awful on the day. Out of 14 players that played, I thought that three played in an acceptable manner. We were outplayed all over the field, and really, there’s not much more that you can say. When you go into a game and most players lose their battles on the field, you don’t have a chance to win. Then in the second half, we needed to get the first goal, and certainly what I thought was a poor goal called for the penalty, put us out of the game. Orlando played well, give them credit, we were pretty bad.”

(On the offensive disconnect…)

ARENA: “I think that starting two young players in the attack probably didn’t help, but our passing was so poor that for us to connect on anything that was dangerous was next to impossible because of the quality of our passing. We had a majority of players that didn’t play well.”

(On how much the team missed Omar Gonzalez…)

“Of course you miss him, but we basically helped create every one of their goals on the day with our poor passing, and getting dispossessed in the last half of the field. To their credit, they were aggressive, won balls, and Kaka was instrumental in a few plays.”

(On if the game was an aberration…)

ARENA: “It better be an aberration, if not, that’s not a good sign.”

(On the penalty kick call…)

ARENA: “In my opinion, a really poor call by the referee, the goalkeeper did an outstanding job coming out and blocking the shot.”

(On if the lineup was too makeshift…)

ARENA: “Injuries are part of the game. It’s guys’ jobs to step up for players that can’t play, and we didn’t get that done today.”

(On if he’s happy the team’s three game roadtrip is over…)

ARENA: “Yeah. It’ll be nice to be back home [on Friday], but if we play like we played today then we’re not going to get three points.” 

17 May 5:02 pm

ORLANDO, FL. --  The LA Galaxy dropped their worst loss in two years on Sunday when they fell 4-0 to Orlando City SC. 

Eric Avila, Cyle Larin, Kaka, and Darwin Ceren each scored for the expansion side. The Galaxy did not register a shot on goal until the 88th minute of play. 

The club was without the services of four key pieces as Omar Gonzlez, Robbie Keane (groin strain), Robbie Rogers (ankle injury), and Dan Gargan (yellow card suspension) missed the match. A club press official confirmed after the defeat that defender Omar Gonzalez was left out of the starting lineup due to a knee injury.

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17 May 10:04 am

ORLANDO, FL— The LA Galaxy will meet Orlando City SC for the very first time in the two clubs’ history.

Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a predicted score.

LINKS

*The LA Galaxy will be without Robbie Keane (groin) against Orlando City SC, and may have to make do without Robbie Rogers who is dealing with an ankle injury.

*The Galaxy have logged plenty of travel miles in 2015, and we take look at LA’s extensive travel.

*In the newest By the Numbers, we look at Orlando City’s struggles at home where they are winless this season.

*Cobi’s Corner is back! In the first edition of Cobi’s Corner of the year, Cobi Jones speaks with LA Galaxy wunderkind Bradford Jamieson IV.

*In the latest edition of Insider on Location, I speak to the LA Galaxy about their impressions of first-year Orlando City SC.

*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan provides a look at the match in the Match Preview presented by O4 Water.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Juninho vs. Kaká

The most important battle of the evening will see the Brazilians face off in the center of the park. Expect Juninho to look to close down on the Orlando attacking midfielder and prevent him from igniting the Lions attack.

Gyasi Zardes vs. Sean St. Ledger

Zardes will look to spark a scoring streak on Sunday when he goes up against a beat-up Orlando City defense that is already missing Aurelin Colin. If Orlando is to shut down Zardes,, they’ll need a big game from their former Irish international center back.

A.J. DeLaGarza vs. Brek Shea

The Galaxy outside back will have his hands full as he tries to stop the suddenly resurgent Shea in a battle of speed vs. speed. 

PREDICTED SCORE:

Galaxy 2 (Zardes, Jamieson) Orlando City 1 (Shea)

17 May 8:20 am

ORLANDO, FL -- The LA Galaxy will take on Orlando City SC for the first time in club history, when the two teams meet on Sunday. 

In the latest edition of Insider on Location, we look at the Galaxy's impression of the expansion side. 

Check out the video above.

16 May 1:00 pm

New LA Galaxy Designated Player Steven Gerrard played his final game at Anfield for Liverpool FC on Saturday. 

The results did not go the team's way as Liverpool fell 3-1 to Crystal Palace, but the defeat ran secondary to Gerrard's last game at the stadium that has been his home ground for nearly two decades. Gerrard will join the Galaxy this summer after more than 700 appearances for the Reds.

Below are a series of tweets and videos from Gerrard's final day at Anfield as a member of Liverpool FC. 

Thank you my friend for everything. You are truly one of the greatest! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/SSAz1A8x1T

— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) May 16, 2015

STEVEN GERRARD'S FINAL SPEECH AT ANFIELD

 

Steven Gerrard says goodbye to Anfield.#ThanksSteviehttp://gerrard.liverpoolfc.com/

Posted by Liverpool FC on Saturday, May 16, 2015

 

16 May 8:22 am

ORLANDO, FL – Juninho grew up admiring his Brazilian countryman and national soccer legend Kaka, but on Sunday, he’ll have the chance to match wits with the former FIFA Player of the Year when the LA Galaxy meet Orlando City SC at the Citrus Bowl. 

Sunday’s game won’t be the first time that the two Brazilians have faced off before an exhibition when Kaka was still suiting up for Real Madrid, but this time, given the league competition.

In those friendly matches, there is the temptation for MLS players to get a bit starry eyed when facing such accomplished competition but Juninho knows that this situation is much different. When the first ball is kicked at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday, he’ll be focused on shutting down the Brazilian international.

“My mentality is to not leave him alone,” Juninho told LA Galaxy Insider. “I want to be around him most of the time, and just play my game. I know that it’ll be a hard game with Orlando having a full house. We just want to try and score, and not leave Kaka alone to do what he does so well.”

15 May 3:34 pm

ORLANDO, FL -- The LA Galaxy will face Orlando City SC for the first time on Sunday when the two teams meet at the Citrus Bowl.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the difficulties that Orlando City has had this year. 

Check it out below.