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09 March 12:55 am

Two of the LA Galaxy's three supporters groups unveiled impressive tifo displays during the LA Galaxy's 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake. 

Below is a timelapse video courtesy of LAGalaxy.com which shows the impressive effort from the Angel City Brigade. I, for one, am hoping for more like these in the future. 

Check it out. 

The LA Riot Squad also had a tifo unveiled prior to the match, which you can see below.

 

 

 

09 March 12:45 am

 CARSON, Calif. -- The use of replacement officials was a major plot line heading into the first week of MLS action, but according to the LA Galaxy, they made little impact on their 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake.

Replacement head referee Javier Santos and his officiating crew called a total of 42 fouls during the match while also issuing five yellow card cautions. The most scrutinized calls came late in the second half when an RSL goal by Luke Mulholland was negated due to assistant referee Jose Da Silva signaling from an offside on the play. Santos made another key call in the dying moments of the match, when he signaled for a Galaxy penalty due to a foul by an RSL defender on LA forward Rob Friend that was ultimately saved by RSL’s Nick Rimando.

Following the match, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena labeled the officiating "pretty good" noting that he was pleased with the referee’s performances in each of the matches that he observed on Saturday. He wasn't alone in that sentiment after the final whistle. 

"I thought they actually did well to be honest with you," said Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. "The first half especially they did very well. In the second half, there were a few things here or there, which is to be expected. Overall, I thought it was pretty good."

However, Landon Donovan was quick to note that there were some differences from the usual way that MLS matches are officiated.

"I thought that they did a pretty good job, but the only difference is they don't understand our league and how it plays," said Donovan. "I thought there were too many fouls called. They should have let the game go more, but overall, it wasn't a bad job. However, we certainly hope that we get our refs back because we under estimate how good they've become and we want them back as soon as possible.”

09 March 12:24 am

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena’s comments from the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

(On his general thoughts from the game…)

ARENA: “Obviously a disappointing result, but I thought that it was a good game between two good teams. They made the most of their opportunities but we had a couple of good chances as well. I think Rimando was outstanding and certainly saving the penalty in extra time was outstanding and the play of the game. We could have got a goal or two tonight, but I think that both teams played pretty well.”

(On Samuel…)

ARENA: “Samuel had a good night, I thought. His first game in the league and I thought that he worked really hard. I was surprised that he went as long as he did and was as strong as he was on the evening. I’m encouraged by his effort.”

(On James Riley’s play…)

ARENA: “James played well. He’s a good player; we discovered that early in camp. He’s going to be a valuable member of our team this year.”

(On whether the team wasted chances like they did in 2013…)

ARENA: “It was a 1-0 game. They had some good chances, but we did as well. We didn’t finish any of our chances and with the penalty at the end of the game, what more can you say? Those are wasted chances. We should have gotten at least a point out of this game.”

(On Penedo’s play…)

ARENA: “Jaime played well. The two goalkeepers were outstanding tonight.”

(On what the Galaxy did well…)

ARENA: “For the most part, we defended pretty well. At times, our passing was quick and sharp but at other times, it was not. In the first half… there were good chances and there was good ball movement and for the most part, the play was pretty solid. You could see at the end of the game that a couple of our players hit the wall and that we needed to have more energy.” 

08 March 11:31 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Below are photos from the LA Galaxy's disappointing 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake on Saturday. 

Check it out below. 

 
08 March 9:51 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The MLS season may have just started, but LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is already in midseason form.

Check out his impressive stops that he made during the first half of LA's season opener with RSL below. 

08 March 12:03 pm

In the first edition of Cobi's Corner, LA Galaxy legend Cobi Jones speaks to Landon Donovan about the upcoming season, the MLS goalscoring record, the World Cup, and yes, THAT water fountain photo.

Check it out below. 

07 March 6:57 pm

We're just hours away from the start of the LA Galaxy's MLS Regular Season opener against Real Salt Lake, but before we turn the focus to the opener, let's focus on a few quick updates. 

*The LA Galaxy released their official injury report with Robbie Rogers (left ankle) and Kofi Opare (right adductor strain) both labeled as questionable. Neither are expected to be available for Saturday's game against RSL. 

*According to MLSsoccer.com, Real Salt Lake will be without the services of starting center back Chris Schuler as well as forwards Robbie Findley and Devon Sandoval due to injury

*MLS announced their new competition updates on Friday afternoon which include adding the away goals to all MLS Cup Playoff two-leg games. The rule will be active ONLY during the opening 90 minutes as all overtime goals will not be judged based on their location. 

*LA Galaxy II player-coach Laurent Courtois announced on Twitter that he'll be retiring after the 2014 USL PRO season, ending a lengthy career

*Myself and the rest of the LA Galaxy broadcast talent and beat reporters picked the first week of actions in MLS for a new weekly prediction series

07 March 5:38 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Dan Gargan is officially a member of the LA Galaxy.

The team announced on Friday that they have signed the 31-year-old veteran defender who has trained with the team throughout the 2014 preseason. LA are Gargan's sixth team as the defender has spent time with the Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Toronto FC, Chicago Fire and the San Jose Earthquakes. The release states that Gargan will be available for selection for Saturday's MLS regular season opener against Real Salt Lake. 

Gargan is likely to be the third outside back option behind James Riley once the team is completely healthy as A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant are expected to hold the right back and left back positions respectfully. 

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07 March 2:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. – MLS will begin the 2014 MLS Regular Season without its usual referee crews as replacements will be taking over the officiating duties  for opening weekend.

On Friday, the Professional Referee Organization announced that it will lock out its officials after the Professional Soccer Referees Association had rejected a no strike/no lockout agreement. Negotiations have been ongoing between the two sides for several months as they seek to reach their first Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, like all other teams playing in opening weekend, will be affected as they saw their referee assignment changed from 2012 MLS Referee of the Year Silviu Petrescu to veteran CONCACAF official Javier Santos.  A member of FIFA Puerto Rico, the Colombian official was an official during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2013 CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying tournament in Mexico. Santos has also gained substantial experience in the CONCACAF Champions League in the last three years, officiating over eight CONCACAF Champions League matches and even served as the fourth official for LA’s 4-0 loss to Isidro Metapán in CCL group play last year.  

Although the men in the yellow shirts will be different, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena believes that his team and the rest of the clubs in MLS are prepared for the replacement officials.  

“We’ve been aware of it. The referee is going to be the same for both teams. Hopefully they’re all prepared to do their job and we get on with it,” said Arena. “In all fairness, players have to adjust more than the referee. The referee is going to have a style of play and he’s not going to be fully informed on the qualities of MLS. He’s going to referee the way that he’s always refereed and we’re going to have to adjust quickly.”

Veteran defender James Riley, who is expected to start on the left side of defense on Saturday, agrees.

“We just have to control what we can control and not worry about who is assigned to the game, but just go out and do what we can do,” said Riley. “The cadence and rhythm are a bit different. He may call things a bit differently, but I’m sure that he’ll get direction on how the game should be called and he’ll use his ability to do so. We won’t think too much about it and just hope that there is a speedy resolution.

“I think the referees overall do a fantastic job and that’s a very difficult position,” Riley continued. “They’ve been criticized a lot over the years since I’ve been in the league. We know that they’re an integral part of this game and we want it to get better. We want the overall product both on and off the field to get better and they have a significant role in that. We as players support a quick resolution, but the season is going to go on and that’s the reality of it.” 

07 March 1:14 pm

Ahead of the start of the 2014 MLS Regular Season, Landon Donovan spoke to "The Sports Dude" Jeff Garcia of Hip Hop radio station Power 106 to preview the year and provide a little insight into his life. 

The interview has six parts, but you can see the first where Donovan previews the upcoming season below. 

PART TWO: Donovan on the USMNT's World Cup draw

PART THREE: Donovan on his relationship with Mexican soccer fans

PART FOUR: Donovan on who he would pick in his dream 3 on 3 team.

PART FIVE: Donovan says that his pink eye was worst than NBC's Bob Costas.