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28 September 7:43 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the Galaxy's 4-0 victory over New England Revolution. 

Arena's comments are below.

(On Landon Donovan’s performance...)

ARENA: “He was a key figure in the first goal. In the second half, I thought he was outstanding. He showed his quality in the second half. Our team, in general, played quite well in second half. Give the Red Bulls credit, they had a good 15, 20 minutes in the first half where they put a lot of pressure on the team. We got better in the second half.”

(On Robbie Keane’s performance...)

ARENA: “Good performance. Two important goals. Obviously, the first one was a classic Keane goal. Spectacular goal. Overall, very good game.”

(On Jaime Penedo’s performance...)

ARENA: “He’s improved. I think over the last six weeks he’s played very well. Tonight, I think, he made a bunch of key saves in the first half to prevent the Red Bulls from getting back into the game. Like anyone else, [Jaime had to improve] a little bit in every area. He’s just gotten better. His confidence has improved. He’s feet have gotten better. He’s very good coming off his line on a couple of plays tonight.”

(On Landon Donovan tying the all-time assist record...)

ARENA: “Rarely do you see a player with the combination of being able to score goals and create goals. Those qualities are excellent. He used to be, I thought, purely a goal scorer. He’s a much better creator now. He’s a good passer of the ball. He’s improved. He’s gotten better. Him and Robbie [Keane] have been responsible for bring Gyasi [Zardes] along. I think their ability to pass and move is critical to our success.”

(On the remaining games of the season...)

ARENA: “I don’t want to do anything differently. We want to try and keep getting better as a team. There is certainly a bunch of challenging games ahead. We are playing teams to close out the season that all are important. Toronto is fighting for a playoff spot. Dallas is jocking for a good position. And obviously, Seattle is with us battling for the first spot. All these games mean something.” 

28 September 9:47 am

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane and New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips are among the league leaders in scoring, but just which one has been the most valuable player to his team?

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the impact that both players have had this season. 

26 September 3:52 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on the New York Red Bulls on Sunday in a vital league match that could help LA continue their pursuit of the Supporters' Shield.

Check out LAGalaxy.com's video preview of the match below.

26 September 3:00 pm

Two of the most productive Designated Players in MLS history will face off at StubHub Center on Sunday evening when the LA Galaxy take on the New York Red Bulls. 

Galaxy striker Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry will try to lead their team to victory on Sunday, but both have enjoyed stellar careers in MLS.

However which one of the two European striker's has enjoyed the best career in MLS?

Check out my breakdown of the two players below. 

26 September 2:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Bradford Jamieson IV enjoyed a stellar season in USL PRO, but it was not good enough to win the 2014 Rookie of the Year award. 

USL PRO announced their 2014 awards and Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper John McCarthy was awarded the Rookie of the Year award and the Goalkeeper of the Year honor for his season with Rochester. During his first season in USL PRO, McCarthy recorded an impressive 10 shutouts in 18 appearances for the Rhinos. By comparison, Jamieson tallied five goals for Los Dos in their first season. 

In addition to McCarthy winning the two honors Orlando City SC's Kevin Molino took home Most Valuable Player, Sacramento Republic's Nemanja Vukovic won Defender of the Year while Republic head coach Preki won Coach of the Year. 

After the announcement of the awards, Jamieson commended McCarthy on his performance on Twitter. 

26 September 2:04 pm

LA Galaxy Academy defender Hugo Arellano has been named to U.S. U-17 head coach Richie Williams' 20-man roster for the upcoming Panama U-17 International Tournament from Oct. 1 to Oct. 5, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday. 

During the tournament, the U.S. U-17's will face Costa Rica on Oct. 1 before taking on Canada on Oct. 3 and host nation Panama on Oct. 5. All games will take place at the Estadio Maracaná in Panama City, Panama. 

Also named to the squad is one-time Galaxy Academy player Haji Wright. 

The complete roster is below. 

GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (7):  Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
 
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.)
 
FORWARDS (6):  Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas
25 September 9:23 am

LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes came in fourth in MLSsoccer.com's annual 24 Under 24 list, which was released in its entirety on Thursday morning.

Zardes, who has 15 goals and two assists this season, finished behind FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo, Chivas USA's Erick "Cubo" Torres, and first place finisher Seattle Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin. The 23-year-old Galaxy striker who currently leads all American MLS players in goals is the only LA player to be named to the list as well as the initial short list which was determined by select media and MLSsoccer.com's editors. 

Zardes, who was ranked No. 7 last year, boasts the highest ranking of a Galaxy player on the 24 Under 24 list since Omar Gonzalez came in second to former Sounders striker Fredy Montero in 2010. 

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Pleased with Zardes' placement? Think that other LA Galaxy youngsters deserved to be ranked to the short lsit?

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24 September 6:13 pm

The LA Galaxy spent Monday out on the links at the Trump National Golf Course. 

Chris Klein won the event that raised a considerable sum for the LA Galaxy Foundation. My piece for LAGalaxy.com can be found here

Below is a video of LA's performance out on the links. 

24 September 3:53 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Two titans of MLS will likely play their final match against one another on Sunday when Landon Donovan’s LA Galaxy faces off against Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls.  

The similarities for the two players are easy to see: both players are stars for their club teams and the leading goal scorers for their respective national sides. While Donovan has pledged to hang up his boots at the end of the 2014 season, speculation has swirled that Henry will end his own storied career at the end of the year—a fact that he has denied.

Even if Henry stays with New York another year, Donovan says that he is relishing what may be his final chance to face the French maestro.

“Sometimes we forget how special his career has been. When you’re caught up in the moment and you’re caught up in the game, you just see him as an opponent to stop. But when you think about it historically, it’s pretty special that we get to play against him,” said Donovan. “We’re certainly not in awe of him when we’re playing, but when you step back and take a look at his career, it’s special that we get to play against a player of his caliber.”

But will Sunday’s match be the last time that the Red Bulls face the Galaxy this year? Donovan hopes not.

“Hopefully, it’s not the last time. Hopefully they see us again in December,” Donovan said. “We’ve had very different careers, but he’s meant a lot to French Football, Arsenal and the Red Bulls. He’s brought them back to prominence after a longtime of not being a prominent team on the national scope. It’s been impressive what they’ve done with him and I’m going to try to enjoy the last encounter.” 

23 September 3:31 pm

Make no mistake, Steve Ralston is hoping that Landon Donovan will not break his MLS all-time assist record, but even if he does lose the honor, he "won't lose sleep over it."

Donovan currently sits at 132 assists and has just five matches left to pull level with Ralston's all-time mark of 135. Ralston, a mainstay with the New England Revolution during his career, who is now an assistant coach with the Houston Dynamo was frank in a conversation with MLSsoccer.com's Darrell Lovell when asked about Donovan's pursuit of the record. 

“People keep asking me ‘What do you think?’ I think he’s at least going to tie it and probably break it,” Ralston told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday. “Do I want him to break it? No, not really. The only person I’d want to break my record would be my son. People that say they want their records broken, they’re liars. Who doesn’t want to keep it?

“At the same time, if he breaks it I’m not going to lose sleep over it. He’s Landon Donovan. He’s arguably the greatest player in US soccer history. If someone’s going to break it, and it’s Landon Donovan, that’s fine with me.”

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