Sigi Schmid to Landon Donovan: "I think the Open Cup is a trophy. I’m sorry the Galaxy hasn’t won a lot of them."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy may need a victory in their clash against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday to win the club's fifth Supporters' Shield, but they insist the pressure is all on the home side.
Robbie Keane was quick to note following the team's training session on Thursday that the Galaxy were completely relaxed heading into their match. After all, the Galaxy have had considerable success in Seattle and carry a 4-3-2 record on the road all-time across all MLS competitions.
Fellow Designated Player Landon Donovan agreed, stating that Seattle has not only not had success against the Galaxy, but have also struggled to win important matches.
During Sounders practice on Friday, head coach Sigi Schmid responded to Donovan's comments even opting to cite his own history with the Galaxy.
"I think Landon was a little bit critical of us, saying that we don’t win trophies, they win trophies, we only win the U.S. Open Cup. I think the Open Cup is a trophy. I’m sorry the Galaxy hasn’t won a lot of them," said Schmid. "But on the same token we realize our shortcomings. I was at the Galaxy,and the Galaxy didn’t win a league trophy for a while. They won the Supporters Shield I think in ’98, but from ’96 until we won the MLS championship in 2002 we didn’t win an MLS championship. We’re in our sixth year, so hopefully that sixth year is the charm."
By the Numbers: LA Galaxy prepare to take on Seattle Sounders FC in Supporters' Shield deciding clash
SEATTLE - The LA Galaxy need a victory against Seattle Sounders FC to keep their Supporters' Shield dreams alive in their pivotal match on Saturday afternoon.
In the latest edition of LA Galaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins' success at the international and club levels.
Check it out below.
It was the day that Edson Buddle truly lived up to his famous namesake.
LAGalaxy.com took a look back at Buddle's stunning strike in the 2010 Western Conference Semifinal on the club's social channels as part of a "Throwback Thursday" post. The goal itself -- which is my favorite Galaxy goal in club history -- came in the 38th minute of the club's 1-0 victory over Seattle on Halloween night in the 2010 Western Conference Semifinal. LA eventually went on to win the two-leg series 3-1 on aggregate, but according to former Sounder turned Galaxy defender James Riley, the goal was one of the key moments in the rivalry between the two clubs.
"This has always been a series between two of the best teams in MLS but the play that I remember most from the rivary was Edson Buddle’s trap, chest and volley from a place that you wouldn’t think that anyone would shoot from," said Riley. "Then we were just standing around thinking, ‘did that really just happen?’"
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy head to CenturyLink Field on Saturday to take on Seattle Sounders FC needing a win to keep their Supporters' Shield dreams alive and LA captain Robbie Keane is bullish that they can accomplish that very goal.
LA have had plenty of success in Seattle since the Sounders entered MLS in 2009, boasting an impressive 4-3-2 record in all MLS competitions. Keane has been at the forefront of much of that success with two goals in all competitions against the Sounders including a lovely finish that helped LA earn a 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field last October.
"It’s a tough place to go, but there’s no reason why we can’t go there and win," Keane said on Thursday. "No pressure on us. It’s theirs to lose. I would say to the players go out and enjoy yourself. As players it’s a normal game. It’s theirs to throw away. The pressure’s on them."
A win will not only assure that the Galaxy win their fifth Supporters' Shield in club history -- a league record -- but also clinch home-field advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs including the final.
With so much on the line, Keane says the mission is simple:,"Make no mistake, we’re going to Seattle to win the game. No question about that.
"The pressure’s on them. They have the points and the wins already. Are you going to go and sit back? I don’t think they have that kind of team really," added Keane. "It will be interesting to see how they play. We know we have to go and play. I think we’re better suited when we know that’s the case. I think the pressure’s 100 percent on them.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy announced that the club has signed defender A.J. DeLaGarza to a multi-year deal on Wednesday.
DeLaGarza, 26, told reporters on Wednesday that his new deal will keep him with the Galaxy for the next four years. In 2014, the versatile defender has enjoyed yet another strong season that has included him winning the team's Defender of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year honors.
"There's no other place that I'd rather be," DeLaGarza said bluntly after training on Wednesday.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy's chase for the Supporters' Shield will come down to the final day when they travel to face Seattle Sounders FC.
While a Supporters' Shield chase going down to the final match may seem like a rarity in MLS, it has actually taken place five other times throughout the course of league history. In the last instance that involved the Galaxy surrounded their 2010 side that clinched the shield with 59 points over Real Salt Lake after a victory over FC Dallas in the season's final day.
Below are a series of instances when the league's regular season title was decided on the final day.
2013: New York Red Bulls (59pts) over Sporting Kansas City (58pts), Portland Timbers (57pts), Real Salt Lake (56pts)
Red Bulls win against Fire to clinch
2010: LA Galaxy (59pts) over Real Salt Lake (58pts)
Galaxy defeat FC Dallas to clinch shield
2004: Columbus Crew (49pts) over Kansas City Wizards (49pts)
Crew tie vs. Colorado Rapids to clinch Shield on goals scored tiebreaker
2001: Miami Fusion (53pts) over Chicago Fire(53pts)
Fusion defeat D.C. United to overtake Chicago, who drew. Clinch Shield due two wins over Fire on head-to-head tiebreaker
2000: Kansas City Wizards (57pts) over Chicago Fire (57pts), New York/New Jersey MetroStars (54pts)
Wizards draw Tampa Bay Mutiny to clinch Shield on goal differential tiebreaker
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's tenure with the U.S. National Team was profiled by FIFA TV in an exclusive interview with the Galaxy boss.
During the five minute interview, Arena talks about the USMNT's 2002 FIFA World Cup [even saying that "Mexico wasn't going to beat us" on what was an "easy afternoon" for the Americans], the 2006 World Cup, the future of the U.S. National Team and his tenure with the Galaxy.
Check it out above.
LA Galaxy and Galaxy II forward Chandler Hoffman is a force on the field and it appears that he's quite the talented driver as well.
In the first episode of Continental Tire's 'What'Cha Got", Hoffman tests drives a Lamborghini through an autocross course in the StubHub Center parking lot. Hoffman also showcases his own personal garage which includes a Bentley and a Range Rover. Across the series, three players from the Western Conference and three from the Eastern Conference will drive the lambo with the player with the fast time winning the sports car for a year.
Check it out above.
Following the LA Galaxy's 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, the club honored Landon Donovan on the ocassion of his final regular season home game at StubHub Center.
Club president Chris Klein stepped up to the mic to thank Donovan as well as Galaxy supporters, but when the Galaxy star stepped up to mic, he offered a bold guarantee. During his brief thank you message to fans and teammates, Donovan was curt stating that not only will the Galaxy bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Seattle, but the team will "win the Cup" come December.
You can see Donovan's pledge above.
Do you think Donovan is right? Will his guarantee come true?
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CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy didn’t get the win on Landon Donovan’s final regular season game at StubHub Center, but the club legend was honored from start to finish by the 27,244 in attendance for LA’s 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC.
Before the match, Donovan’s close personal friend John Ondrasik of the band “Five for Fighting” serenated the soccer legend with a surprise tribute at midfield. Minutes later, Donovan’s favorite band R&B legends Boyz II Men performed the national anthem which brought the Galaxy midfielder to tears.
Then it was the fans turn as the Angel City Brigade and LA Riot Squad honored him with tifos before the entire crowd got into the act by chanting the name of the MLS all-time leading scorer at the 10th minute. Once the final whistle blew, the two Supporters’ Groups and the Galaxians had a chance to present Donovan with gifts before the Galaxy star made a bold guarantee stating that the Galaxy "were still going to win the MLS Cup" despite the draw.
"The atmosphere was incredible," said Donovan afterward. "It's just, I keep using the word overwhelming because I think I need to go to college and learn some synonyms but I can't figure out a better word. It is incredible, it really is. I am so appreciative of all of it, I certainly dated myself with some of the artists who came out to perform but it was enjoyable for me and really a memory that will definitely last a lifetime."
And it all happened with Donovan being completely in the dark.
"I was not aware that Boyz II Men was there,” he said. “I didn't know that John Ondrasik from Five For Fighting who has become a really good friend and mentor to me, was going to do that pre-game so those were incredible.”