CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to extend their home unbeaten run to 27 games on Saturday when they host the Colorado Rapids.
Not only have the Galaxy gone unbeaten at home since last March but the club is on a three game unbeaten run despite playing without captain Robbie Keane. The Rapids arrive in Southern California without injured Marcelo Sarvas but boasting a respectable two game unbeaten streak.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's fantastic home record against Colorado.
A.J. DeLaGarza eager to return to CONCACAF Champions League with LA Galaxy after Montreal Impact fall short
CARSON, Calif. -- The Montreal Impact fell short of becoming the first team from Major League Soccer to lift the CONCACAF Champions League by dropping a 5-3 aggregate result to Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League final.
The Impact went into the first half ahead 1-0 but the reigning Liga MX champions roared back with four goals in the second half to lift the contintential trophy for a record sixth time. Even though the league rallying behind the Impact, Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza admits that he was -- somewhat -- pleased that Montreal did not become the first MLS team to win the Champions League.
"I wasn't rooting for them, but I wasn't rooting against them," DeLaGarza said. "I wanted to be the first to five [MLS Cups] and now I want to be the first to win the CONCACAF Champions League. At the same time, they were in a position to win and you wonder if they scored one more goal like they could have, the game would have been different. But America also had their chances so it's a bit of give and take."
DeLaGarza and the Galaxy will have their chance to become the first MLS team to win the CCL this summer when the 2015-16 tournament begins. Although the club is placing a high priority on the tournament, DeLaGarza understands that achieving continential dominence won't be easy.
"I think that we should have always shot. It's always a difficult tournament when it's split up but, at the end of the day, it's a tournament where the Mexicans have had the better of the play for awhile now," said DeLaGarza. "We have to start turning things around as a league to show that we can get better. It won't be easy but we just have to win."
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal are "not likely" to feature in this weekend's clash with the Colorado Rapids.
The Colorado match will be the fourth consecutive game that Keane has missed with a groin strain while Villarreal reinjured his right hamstring during his participation with the U.S. Under-23's last week. In Keane's absence, the Galaxy have performed ablely, complying a 2-0-1 in three matches.
"I'm not spending a whole lot of time worrying about them. When they're ready, they're ready," Arena said on Thursday. "We can't worry about it right now, we'll see. Every day tells us a little bit more."
CARSON, Calif. -- On Wednesday, the LA Galaxy returned to the training ground for the first time this week, but captain Robbie Keane was not with the squad.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed to reporters that Keane did not take part in the team's first session ahead of this Saturday's clash with the Colorado Rapids. Arena revealed that the Irishman will continue to be evalauted throughout the week as he looks to recover from a groin strain that has caused him to miss the last three games.
Although the Galaxy have gone unbeaten in the three games that Keane has missed, Arena admits that the Irishman's absence has been felt particularly due to the fact that LA has started three different forward combinations since the captain went down.
"It is an impact. We don't have any Robbie Keanes sitting on the bench at the moment," Arena said. "When you lose Robbie, you lose some characteristics of your attack but then it takes a little bit of time. But having said that since when Robbie has been out, we've still been able to get points. It is what it is."
While Keane's status is still in doubt, Arena did have positive news regarding Jose Villarreal who the Galaxy boss is, "will be getting back [to practice] soon."
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says MLS teams must compete for CONCACAF Champions League title consistently
CARSON, Calif. -- The eyes of Major League Soccer will turn to Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Wednesday night as the Montreal Impact seek to become the first Major League Soccer club to win the CONCACAF Champions League when they host Liga MX side Club America in the second leg of the CCL Final.
Montreal find themselves level on aggregate with the Mexican giants after earning a crucial 1-1 draw at the Estadio Azteca last week. If the score holds, the Impact would win the series by virtue of their away goal. With the Impact inching closer to a continential title, folks from across MLS have rushed to support the Impact, much like they did back in 2011 when Real Salt Lake fell just short in the CCL final against Monterrey.
After LA Galaxy training on Wednesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who won the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup with D.C. United. was asked if Montreal winning the CCL represented a step forward for MLS.
"It'd be a move forward, I don't know what means but it would be a move forward. I would say that's certainly an argument that you'd have," Arena said. "Personally, I think those things only can be discussed over time not in a short period of time. If we didn't have another team [in the CCL Final] for another 10 years, it wouldn't say a whole lot. It'd be nice to see our league consistently compete to be in the World Club championships."
WATCH: Who is Bradford Jamieson IV? The Soccer Gods talk about the young LA Galaxy forward after his first career MLS goal
Just who is Bradford Jamieson IV? Well, if your name is Chris Duvall or Dax McCarty, you likely have a good idea.
After the 18-year-old wunderkind scored his first career MLS goal on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls, he received the full highlight package treatment from Fusion's "Soccer Gods" show.
Check out the video above.
Bleacher Report honors former LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham's 40th birthday with digital art gallery
David Beckham, the man considered by many to have changed the landscape of Major League Soccer, will be celebrating his 40th birthday this Saturday. And since, you probably can't get on the guest list at his lavish party this weekend, we'll have to commerate Becks' big day in other ways.
In honor of the former LA Galaxy midfielder and global soccer icon's milestone birthday on May 2, Bleacher Report have commissioned a digital art gallery entitled "The Art of David Beckham." The photo set commerates every aspect of Beckham's life both on and off the field. Throughout the gallery, Beckham's journey to iconic status is chronicled: his successes at Manchester United and Real Madrid, his time as the captain of the English National Team, his marriage to his wife Victoria, and of course, his iconic -- and ever changing -- hairstyles.
The piece below was created by MLSsoccer.com's graphic designer Gabriel De Los Rios salutes "the culmination of Beckham's American dream" when he helped lead the LA Galaxy to their MLS Cup titles in 2011 and 2012.
More David Beckham art courtesy of Bleacher Report:
Omar Gonzalez named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after LA Galaxy draw with New York Red Bulls
LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez was rewarded for a strong defensive performance in the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls with a place in MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
Throughout the match Gonzalez stifled New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips, winning several key duels that helped render the Englishman ineffective on the night. Joining Gonzalez on the Team of the Week squad is goalkeeper Jamie Penedo who was placed on the team's bench after his three save performance at Red Bull Arena.
Injury scare for LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho after he suffers a hard challenge against New York Red Bulls
HARRISON, N.J. -- LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho suffered a crunching challenge late in the Galaxy's 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls but the Brazilian midfielder is hopeful that he'll be healthy in time for next week's match with Colorado.
The challenge came in the dying moments of the second half when Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty made a late tackle to prevent the Brazilian from firing a shot on the top of the New York penalty area.
"He was late and everyone saw that. I was ready to make the shot when he came and tackled me," said Juninho. "I think that we should have pressed the referee and tried to convince him to give the red card. ... I'm definitely looking forward to our next game because the Red Bulls are a good rival.
"The draw wasn't a bad result, we have a team to come back and make more points."
After the match, Juninho was spotted speaking the media with an ice pack on his right leg, but was confident that he'll be healthy by next weekend.
"I got a hurt a little bit, the tackle was hard," said Juninho. "But I have all week to get better."
HARRISON, N.J. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after LA's 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls.
Arena's thoughts are below.
(On the result…)
ARENA: "I think this year we've been in a few matches where we walked off the field with a point and today we deserved to get a point out of the game so it's not a perfect result by any means but a well earned point on the road ."
(On Bradford Jamieson IV's play…)
ARENA: "Obviously it was a great goal. He's still a young kid, he had some good moments and some that weren't so good but overall a real good performance by a good young player."
(On doing the little things to get the point…)
ARENA: "We did that things you're supposed to do when you're playing on the road."
(On dealing with RBNY's high pressure…)
ARENA: "They did a good job in the first half, I think the game slowed down in the second half and we got a little bit better. Our passing wasn't real good in the first half. Overall, in the game, it wasn't as good as it needs to be but we survived that. Defensively, I think we did a solid job throughout in preventing too many chances. Over the last fifteen minutes or so I would say we conceded too many set pieces, but we got away with it."
(On goalkeeper Jamie Penedo's play…)
ARENA: "Penedo made a big save on Wright-Phillips. It really was a big save. Jamie did a good job today."
(On referee's decision not to give McCarty a second yellow card…)
ARENA: "The referee was giving away cards like they were candy. At the end of the game you don't want to see any players get sent off, but certainly that tackle merited a yellow card, especially on the day, the way [the referee] gave away cards."
(On how Arena sees Jamieson progressing…)
ARENA: "Who knows, it's a long way away. Let's talk in a couple years on that. He's doing well. Let's wait a while. Let's not get crazy like everybody does every time a young player does something right. This is a long haul in becoming a player. He's many years away from being where we would like him to be and where he's going to be so let's just be patient and see what happens down the road."
(On gaining confidence on the road…)
ARENA: "We're fine on the road. We should win games on the road, and get points on the road so this is just a start and hopefully it gets a little bit better as the year goes on."