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12 April 8:34 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. 

His comments are below.

(On the play of Jaime Penedo...)

ARENA: He had an excellent performance today. Real big saves in the first half, got off his line well on a couple of occasions in the second half. Made some big saves, played very well. Stefan Frei made some important saves as well. The goalkeepers played well today for both teams.

(On Rafael Garcia's showing...)

ARENA: "He played very well. I don’t know how much he’s played with us in the past, but he put in an excellent shift today. A very good night. He’s been with us a number of years now, so he’s quite capable of stepping in and performing.

(On Jaime Penedo stepping up...)

ARENA: "His stepping up today was critical. Leonardo has been out, Robbie’s not in today, Jose and Mika didn’t train all week. We were really short-handed and guys stepped up. Gordon was a real man today. Obviously the winning goal, played strong the entire 90 minutes. I think he played quite well. You gotta win these kinds of games. It won’t go down as a classic by any means, but you have to grind it out and we got a critical three points."

(On the team's depth...)

ARENA: "We were a little thin in the week, the concentration and commitment by our team today was excellent. It’s great to get three points."

(On the status of Robbie Keane...)

ARENA: "Keane should be ready next week."

(On when he knew Keane would miss the Seattle game...)

ARENA: "Saturday in Vancouver." 

12 April 5:19 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes have been called up to the U.S. National Team for their upcoming friendly against Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio, Texas.

If he plays against Mexico, Zardes will earn his fifth cap for the U.S. National Team. Gonzalez, the USMNT call is his first since October of last year when he appeared briefly in Landon Donovan's final U.S. game agaisnt Ecuador.

Both are scheduled to leave following the Galaxy’s match with Seattle Sounders FC and will return to prior to LA's game against Sporting Kansas City on April 18. 

12 April 1:33 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to snap their four game unbeaten run against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. The match will be televised on Fox Sports 1 starting at 4 p.m. PT. 

Below are links, matchups, quotes and a prediction to get you ready for the game.

LINKS:

*Remember that the first 15,000 fans into StubHub Center will receive a commemorative 2014 MLS Cup championship ring

*LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena provides an update on the injured pair of Jose Villarreal and Mika Väyrynen

*After Five Matches: A historical look at the the LA Galaxy's early season form over the years

*Sticking with the infographic theme, MLSsoccer.com provides an in-depth look at the records amassed by the Galaxy and Seattle since 2009

* In the latest edition of "90 in 90," Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino preview the Galaxy's match with Seattle

*Meet the "Supervisor": My feature on LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho and his growing leadership role

*In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Juninho's success against the Sounders.

*Finally in the Match Preview Presented by O4 Water: LAGalaxy.com writer Larry Morgan provides a preview of Sunday's big match.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

Omar Gonzalez vs. Clint Dempsey

A match of U.S. National Team stars, Dempsey's movement and partnership with Obafemi Martins will look to cause trouble for Gonzalez. Positioning will be key for Gonzalez and the Galaxy defense to keep the Sounders at bay. 

Juninho vs. Osvaldo Alonso

In a battle between two of the best defensive midfielders in MLS, both will look to set the tempo and spark their offense forward. 

Stefan Ishizaki vs. Dylan Remick

As the LA Galaxy look to generate offense, look for Bruce Arena's men to lean on Ishizaki as he faces off against the second-year MLS defender out of Brown. 

THEY SAID IT:

"Those two guys up front are really good. You can have two really good guys up there but if they don’t have that connection and play well up there, it’s just two really good players. These two it’s almost like they have Sonar and they exactly where each other are at all times. They’re always dangerous."

- Stefan Ishizaki on the Sounders forward partnership of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins

PREDICTION:

Galaxy 2 (Husidic, Gonzalez) Seattle 1 (Dempsey)

11 April 11:13 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to right the ship against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but even though LA’s duel with Seattle always has the fans attention, some with the Galaxy disagree.

The two top teams in Major League Soccer since 2009, the Galaxy and Seattle have been responsible for some epic matches over the last several years including a pair of matches in October and November that determined both the Supporters’ Shield winner and the Western Conference Championship.

Given all that history, is the match a special occasion for the Galaxy?

“It’s a rivalry because we’re one of the best two teams of the league,” said midfielder Stefan Ishizaki. “They got the Supporters’ Shield, and we wanted that. Then we got the MLS Cup, and they wanted that. Obviously, this year, we’re hoping to get both. But we have to start playing better and what better time than to do so against Seattle.”

Not everyone agrees, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was quick to scoff at the past between the two teams will impact Sunday’s result.

“All that stuff is in the past. If you’re worried about all that stuff then you’re head is full of a lot of crap all the time. Last year is last year. If last year wasn’t over, everything would be good, and we’d be champions,” Arena said. “Is it a rivalry? Everyone is our rival. Now that Chivas is gone, we don’t have any rivals... .Maybe the team that was in our building was a rival, but the other teams are just games in our conference and our league.”

 

11 April 8:30 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Major League Soccer's finest rivalry will kick off again this Sunday when the LA Galaxy face Seattle Sounders FC.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Juninho's stellar showings agaisnt Seattle.

Check it out below.

10 April 2:41 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Friday that injured midfielder Jose Villarreal is expected to be “available” for Sunday’s clash with Seattle Sounders FC.

The 21-year-old left midfielder missed LA’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC a week ago with a hamstring injury, but returned to training earlier this week.

“He’ll be alright,” Arena said. “He’ll be available.”

Arena also chimed in about Mika Vayrynen (calf) noting that the Finnish midfielder “looked alright” at training on Friday. 

10 April 12:12 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Since 2009, the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC have set the gold standard for Major League Soccer.

Over the last six years, the Galaxy and Seattle have accounted for three of the last six MLS Cup winners (all Galaxy), four of the last six U.S. Open Cup winners (all Seattle), and three of the last six Supporters' Shield winners. All the while, both sides have enjoyed the two highest winning percentages in Major League Soccer. 

Ahead of Sunday's clash between the two teams, MLSsoccer.com has provided a breakdown on the rivalry in the infographic below. 

10 April 10:20 am


 

LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes has made himself quite at home with the U.S. National Team in the past few months, and with international appearances come certain perks. 

During the USMNT's recent tour of FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Zardes and international teammate Miguel Ibarra were featured in FIFA's Crossbar Challenge. The two U.S. National Team players had 10 chances to hit the crossbar, with the winner rattling the frame more than the other. 

Check out who won in the video above.

09 April 3:20 pm

Robbie Keane has developed into an international star but more than a decade ago, he was just a young kid with a soccer dream. 

A couple weeks ago, Keane's first team Crumlin United tweeted out a photo of Keane scoring his first penalty for the Irish squad. Keane's trademark goalscoring form doesn't appear to have changed since his first goal with Crumlin but there's no word if he broke out in his trademark somersault after the goal. 

Check out the photo below. 

09 April 9:56 am

Landon Donovan throws the First Pitch at Dodgers game

Landon Donovan is not lining up in the midfield for the LA Galaxy anymore, but the recently retired soccer star is keeping busy as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday before the Los Angeles Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres.  

The all-time leading goal scorer for MLS and the U.S. Men’s National Team has enjoyed quite a life since hanging up his boots after his MLS Cup triumph in December. Since retiring, Donovan has announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend Hannah, traveled across the globe and has even begun to pursue a college degree by attending classes at a local community college.

Wednesday was the second time that Donovan has taken part in pregame ceremonies at Dodger Stadium as the U.S. Soccer legend once threw out the first pitch in 2010 before joining the U.S. National Team ahead of the World Cup in South Africa. 

A self-professed diehard fan of Los Angeles sports, Donovan was overjoyed about his latest Dodger Stadium experience.

“I grew up watching the Dodgers and listening to the Dodgers on the radio. I met Tommy Lasorda,” Donovan told reporters on Wednesday. “As a Dodgers fan, he’s the cream of the crop.”

Watch Donovan's first pitch below.