CARSON, Calif. -- Edson Buddle will be a member of the LA Galaxy again by the end of the week.
Buddle has been sidelined recently with an injury, but head coach and general manager Bruce Arena confirmed that the 33-year-old forward will be joining the club by the start of the 2015 season.
"We'll get that done this week," Arena told reporters after practice on Monday.
The veteran forward will be joining the Galaxy for a third time having spent time with the club from 2007-10 and again in 2012. Buddle has a total of 99 appearances for the Galaxy in all MLS competitions, having scored 32 goals and six assists in two stints for the Galaxy.
Buddle is one of eight players in MLS history to score 100 regular goals in his career.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The LA Galaxy were without several key pieces when they ended the preseason with a 3-2 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes, but head coach Bruce Arena expects the full team in training next week.
Galaxy regulars Baggio Husidic, Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes as well as trialist Edson Buddle missed out on the club’s final preseason preseason match due to unspecified injuries, but according to Arena, they’ll be on the training field on Monday when the club ramps up their preparations for Friday’s MLS regular season opener against the Chicago Fire.
“All our guys will be back next week,” said Arena.
The Galaxy boss was also optimistic about the status of defender A.J. DeLaGarza who has missed the entire preseason with a bone bruise in his left leg.
“He’ll be in full training on Monday,” Arena said afterward.
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LA Galaxy Academy product Hugo Arellano scores as U.S. U-17's thrash Cuba at 2015 U-17 CONCACAF Championship
LA Galaxy Academy defender Hugo Arellano scored as the U.S. U-17's demolished Cuba 5-0 in their Group A opener at the 2015 U-17 CONCACAF Championship.
Joe Gallardo scored three times while Alejandro Zendejas and Arellano rounded out the scoring for Richie Williams' squad. Midfielders Christian Pulisic and Luca de La Torre each tallied two assists in the Americans' confident victory.
Arellano needed just five minutes to put the U.S. ahead as the U-17 captain smashed a Pulisic corner into the back of the net for the opening goal. In the 40th minute, Pulisic played the distributor again as he found Joe Gallardo from close range for the irst of his three on the evening. Just three minutes later, Zendejas pounced on a failed Cuban defensive clearance and tallied his fourth goal of his U-17 career.
Once the second half began, Gallardo left no doubt of the Americans dominance as he combined with de la Torre twice for goals in the 65th and 88th minutes to seal the win.
The U.S. return to action on Monday when they face Trinidad and Tobago at 3 p.m. PT.
A.J. DeLaGarza reveals the final sneak peak of the new LA Galaxy blue on blue secondary kit on Twitter
— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) February 27, 2015
LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza has provided us with our final sneak peak of the club’s new Blue on Blue secondary jersey.
In the final reveal of the week, DeLaGarza’s photo depicts the jersey’s sleeve which contains the new Major League Soccer logo color-coordinated in the club’s colors and on a field of blue.
The Galaxy’s new secondary kit will be revealed on Monday at 10 am PT
— Daniel Gargan (@HeyDanGargan) February 26, 2015
LA Galaxy defender Dan Gargan has provided us our latest sneak peak of the new Galaxy secondary kit via Twitter on Thursday.
Gargan's photo displays the LA Galaxy logo on the new kit's crest. The new "Blue on Blue" jersey will be officially unveiled by the club on March 2 through a digital campaign.
The final jersey sneak peak will be revealed on Friday.
Preseason Notes: Daniel Keller and Ramon Martin Del Campo released from preseason camp; Galaxy II win scrimmage
CARSON, Calif. -- Ramon Martin Del Campo and Daniel Keller were released from the LA Galaxy's preseason camp, LA head coach Bruce Arena confirmed on Thursday.
Keller, 22, was drafted by the Galaxy out of the University of Louisville with the 62nd overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft and appeared in four preseason matches. Meanwhile, Martin Del Campo was an undrafted trialist out of UC Davis and played in two preseason games for the Galaxy. Martin Del Campo also trained with Galaxy II brief, but has since departed to pursue opportunities abroad while Arena said that Keller "wasn't interested" in playing for Los Dos.
The Galaxy boss also told reporters that the club's final SuperDraft selection goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton is still dealing with an injury that is preventing him joining the club's preseason camp.
TRIALIST ANDRE AURAS STILL TRAINING WITH THE LA GALAXY
LA Galaxy II stalwart Andre Auras remains in training with the Galaxy first team, but don’t expect a decision on the 2014 Los Dos breakout star any time soon.
Auras has appeared in all but one Galaxy match this preseason, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says that the club is still undecided on whether the Frenchman will be offered a first team deal.
“He’s signed with Galaxy II right now so that’s not that critical at this point,” Arena said.
LA GALAXY II DEFEAT CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS IN PRESEASON SCRIMMAGE
LA Galaxy II picked up another preseason victory by defeating Cal State Dominguez Hills 5-2 on Wednesday.
Galaxy Under-18 player Mark Cruz scored two goals while Adonis Amaya, Travis Bowen and Jason Bli scored for Los Dos.
First teamers Ignacio Maganto, Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal played in the scrimmage.
BRUCE ARENA: TALK OF MLS CUP "COMICAL" IN PRESEASON
The LA Galaxy may be a week away from starting their 2015 campaign, but don’t tell LA head coach Bruce Arena about repeating just yet.
When asked if his team has the mettle to repeat as champions, Arena scoffed at reporters talking of titles in February.
“It’s certainly not a thought at this point. I think it’s comical when I see teams talk about that It doesn’t make any sense to talk about winning the MLS Cup because it’s a long way away.”
Bruce Arena says LA Galaxy hoping to sign Edson Buddle; claims team still interested in Mika Väyrynen
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is close to finalizing his roster for the upcoming 2015 campaign, and trialists Edson Buddle and Mika Väyrynen appear to be closing in on roster spots for the year ahead.
Buddle, 33, has trained with the club since the start of the preseason, but missed out on the team's 1-0 preseason victory over Shamrock Rovers due to injury. Although Buddle missed out on the club's penultimate preseason match, Arena still seems set on bringing the veteran forward back for a third stint with the Galaxy.
"Buddle is here training and we hope to be able to sign him," said Arena after the club's first training session in Southern California in two weeks. "We haven't done anything else on any other [trialists] yet. When we have an answer, we'll let you know."
Väyrynen was not present on Wednesday as he remains in Scandinavia after spending most of the Galaxy's European trip training with the club. The 33-year-old former Finnish international played in both LA preseason matches in Europe, and scored the game-winning goal in the team's win over Rovers last weekend.
Even though Väyrynen is not currently training with the club, Arena is open to bringing the midfielder to Southern California for another look.
"He's a good experienced player," said Arena. "It's a possibility [he could return]. We haven't finalized anything yet."
After training, Arena's captain Robbie Keane echoed his manager's sentiments on both trialists.
"I was impressed by [Väyrynen]He was good and he's technically very, very good," said Keane. "And we know what Edson is about. He'd certainly be a good addition to the squad."
A day after Brian Rowe showed us a peak of the new LA Galaxy secondary jersey, another Galaxy player offered an exclusive look.
This time, it was Robbie Rogers who posted a preview of the new kit on Instagram on Tuesday morning. The photo depicts a lenticular Galaxy crest on a blue field that includes light dark blue horizontal lines and includes just a glance of one of the club's five stars.
According to a Major League Soccer press release, the Galaxy will unveil the new jersey digitally on March 2 around 10 am PT.
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LA Galaxy Academy defender Hugo Arellano included in U.S. Under-17 squad for 2015 U-17 CONCACAF Championship
LA Galaxy Academy defender Hugo Arellano has been selected for the U.S. Under-17 squad as they look to qualify for this summer's U-17 World Cup in Chile.
Arellano has been a mainstay in Richie Williams' squad and will join the 20-man group as they head to Honduras for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Joining Arellano on the squad is former Galaxy Academy starlet Haji Wright who has been training recently with German club Schalke.
The tournament begins from Feb. 27 through March 15, and will see four teams from two groups qualify for Chile. The Americans open the tournament on Friday against Group A opponents Cuba. They'll be joined in Group A by Jamaica, Guatemala, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Like the U-20 tournament earlier this year, the top team from each group will qualify while the second-and-third place sides will play in a one-game knockout match to determine the rest of CONCACAF's participants.
The complete roster is below.
Goalkeepers: William Pulisic (Richmond United/USA); Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy/USA)
Defenders: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls/USA); Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy/USA); Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion FC/ENG); Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Arizona/USA); John Nelson (Internationals Soccer Club/USA); Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls/USA); Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf/USA)
Midfielders: Eric Calvillo (Real SoCal/USA); Lucas de la Torre (Fulham FC/ENG); Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy/USA); Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER); Alejandro Zendejas Saavedra (FC Dallas/USA)
Forwards: Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC/USA); Orrin Gaines II (Lonestar SC/USA); Joe Gallardo Jr (Monterrey/MEX); Joshua Perez (unattached); Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana/MEX); Haji Wright (unattached)