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22 March 4:07 pm

LAGalaxy.com's Paolo Ferrari caught up with LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and midfielder Mike Magee to break down Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids.

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22 March 3:41 pm

CARSON, Calif. – For the LA Galaxy to earn a result on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids, LA must slow down Colorado’s newest weapon—speedy forward Deshorn Brown.

The rookie forward from Central Florida has excelled during the first three games of his career tallying a goal and an assist in three starts.  His first career MLS goal was an opportunistic one  as he was able to strip Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler before beating Nick Rimando during Colorado’s 1-1 draw with RSL last week.

“I thought have been very good. He’s definitely a threat with his speed to get behind back lines and that’s how they’ve been utilizing them,” said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. “He scored an opportunistic goal against Salt Lake by stripping a defender and having a great finish. He’s a player that we’re well aware of and he’s really had a great start in the league.”

When it comes to marking Brown, Arena is likely to turn to center back A.J. DeLaGarza to stop the Jamaican. Quick in his own right, DeLaGarza is often deployed by Arena to neutralize faster threats and will likely be partnered with Leonardo in central defense with Omar Gonzalez away on international duty.

Although containing Colorado’s speedy Jamaican, defender Todd Dunivant, who will serve as LA’s captain on Saturday, insists that slowing down the Rapids will be a team effort.

 “From looking at the video, their team is good at sending in penetrating passes so when they break our pressure and have their head up with the ball and time and space to play, their guys are taking off. Not just Brown, but [Tony] Cascio and [Atiba] Harris too,” said Dunivant. “They like to get in behind and they’ve been successful at it. They’ve had a couple of breakaways and really put ourselves in dangerous positions so we have to do a good job of first getting pressure on the ball and second if they break it, then we have to drop our line.”

22 March 2:49 pm

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane enjoyed another strong performance for Ireland as the Irish earned a scoreless draw against Sweden in their World Cup Qualifier match in Stockholm on Friday. 

Keane was one of Ireland's most active players on the night, but was unable to find the back of the net before giving way for Wes Hoolahan in the 77th minute of play. 

With the result, Ireland remain in third place in Group C with seven points just one point behind Sweden for second place. Keane and the Irish return to action on Tuesday against fourth-place Austria in Dublin.

22 March 1:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy’s normal captain Robbie Keane is away on international duty and in his absence, it will be defender Todd Dunivant, who dons the armband.

Head coach Bruce Arena confirmed following Friday’s training session that Dunivant will serve as captain for Saturday’s match against the Colorado Rapids.  Arena was asked if Dunivant is LA's vice captain for the 2013, but did not reveal that fact.  

The match will be the second time that the Colorado-native donned the captain’s armband against the Rapids as the last—and only other—time that he wore the armband, he tallied an assist as LA earned a 3-1 win on June 18, 2011.

“It’ll be cool,” Dunivant told reporters. “It’s the second time that I’ve been captain and the first time was in Colorado.  It’s a great honor and I’ll happily take over the duties for Robbie while he’s gone.”

22 March 9:53 am

Ahead of Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids, Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones analyze the LA Galaxy's next match.

Watch below...

21 March 5:55 pm

CARSON, Calif. - For the second time in two years, the LA Galaxy will visit the White House to celebrate their MLS Cup triumph, but as opposed to last year, the Galaxy will meet President Barack Obama in far better straits than they were a season ago.

In 2012, the club found themselves in seventh place in the nine-team Western Conference with a record of 3-5-2 by the time that the White House visit rolled around in May, but this year, four games into a busy 2013 slate, LA is undefeated in all competitions with a 2-0-2 record. 

The record won't be the only difference as the Galaxy will not meet President Obama along as they will be joined by the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, who are also owned by AEG. 

"It’s a great honor. It’s great for our two teams, the Galaxy and Kings, the champions of their respective leagues and AEG," said Arena. "It’ll be a fabulous day for our organization so we’re looking for it.”

Although The White House trip will serve as a celebration of last season's achievements, one member of the Galaxy believes that once it is over, it may help the team get into the right mindset for the long 2013 season. 

“We got to [visit the White House] last year, but we don’t take things like that for granted so I’m definitely looking forward to it," said Magee. "[The MLS Cup title] is a little fresher in our minds so maybe getting it over with might help us mentally. Last time we were there, we were last place in the world so it’ll be good to put that behind us and get that visit out of the way and focus on this year.”

21 March 5:10 pm

You can re-watch the LA Galaxy Town Hall here, but for a few highlights, check out the tweets below..

 

21 March 4:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan will be returning to the LA Galaxy next week and according to head coach Bruce Arena, the plan is for him to attend the club’s White House visit next Tuesday.

Arena revealed following Thursday’s training session that the club is “planning on Landon going” to the White House visit next week. LA is scheduled to visit the White House on Tuesday along with the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings.

Although Donovan is scheduled to attend the visit, Arena admits that it will take some time for the forward to reach game fitness.

“Naturally, a player of Landon’s caliber would be great to bring back into the team. We need to be patient, it’s going to take some time,” Arena said when asked about Donovan’s integration. “You don’t go from being away to stepping on the field and being ready to play and being up to the level that he left us in December. It’s going to take some time and we need to be patient.”

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21 March 3:44 pm

If you missed the LA Galaxy Town hall, watch the event in its entirety below. 

21 March 3:27 pm

MLS Commissioner Don Garber revealed that the league was looking for ways to soften the fixture blow on MLS clubs competiting in the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals and on Thursday, they delivered.

The league announced on Thursday that the Galaxy's match against the Montreal Impact  at The Home Depot Center, which was originally scheduled for April 6 has been moved to Oct. 16. Meanwhile, Seattle Sounders FC also saw their April 6 match against Chivas USA moved to Sept. 4.

In addition to the league match, the Galaxy's MLS Reserve League opener against the USLPro's LA Blues on April 7 at CSU-Fullerton will also be rescheduled. No date for that match has been set yet. 

Seattle open their CCL semifinal series against Santos Laguna on April 3 at CenturyLink Field while the Galaxy host Monterrey on April 4 at The HDC