The LA Galaxy have arrived in the Bay Area ahead of Saturday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Above is a shot that I snapped of the team arriving at the San Jose International Airport.
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane has declared himself fit and ready to play in Saturday’s California Clásico against the San Jose Earthquakes.
A day after not being present for the LA Galaxy’s on-field training, Keane told reporters on Friday that he missed Thursday’s training session due to a nagging neck spasm.
“I had a spasm in my neck so I had to go to the doctor at the hospital to get some stuff done with it. It feels a lot better. I got a couple injections in it, so it feels a lot better today,” said Keane. “It was just a spasm. You literally can’t do anything about it, you just have to wait for it to get better, and it didn’t better. So we went to the hospital and got a couple of injections into it and it feels a lot better today.”
The LA captain has the green light from Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who revealed that he expects Keane to be in the lineup on Saturday. The presence of Keane will be vital for LA as they take on the Earthquakes in what promises to be a heated match on Saturday at Stanford Stadium.
“It’s a rivalry isn’t it? They’re always tough games against them certainly since I’ve been here. It’s always good to go there because it’s a good atmosphere and we certainly look forward to it,” said Keane. “The history between both teams has been good. There have been a few tough games and heated games and it’s always good to play against them. We’re coming off a good win against another rival, so hopefully it can be the same outcome.”
CARSON, Calif. -- The San Jose Earthquakes may not be the barnstorming team that they were in 2012 when they won the Supporters' Shield, but San Jose will be at full strength for Saturday's match against the LA Galaxy.
San Jose will have reigning MLS MVP Chris Wondolowski, who missed last week's match against D.C. United with a leg contusion, available for the match, as well as forwards Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart. Joining the attacking trio in the lineup will be Honduran defender Victor Bernardez, who is expected to start alongside Jason Hernandez in central defense.
The additions to the lineup isn't the only news in San Jose this week as the Earthquakes announced on Friday that they have signed defender Clarence Goodson. The U.S. international will join up with the Earthquakes following the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
CARSON, Calif. -- Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones analyze the LA Galaxy's California Clasico match against the San Jose Earthquakes below.
The U.S. Under-20's dream at the 2013 U-20 World Cup ended with a 4-1 defeat at Ghana, but LA Galaxy right back Oscar Sorto believes that he gained plenty from the experience.
A right back for the Galaxy, Sorto started in right midfield for the U.S. against Turkey and earned an assist when his cross was finished by Shane O’Neill for the lone U.S. goal of the match. Sorto made two appearances for the U.S. during the tournament and drew positive reviews, but he was unable to help the Americans defeat the Black Satellites on Thursday.
“It was a game we had to win. Unfortunately we made some mistakes, and up top we didn’t take our chances. They countered us well," said Sorto to USSoccer.com. "It was a good team, as well, and I thought the mistakes killed us. It was a hard game, back and forth. They were quick, too.”
Although the U.S. was unable to get past the group stage, Sorto was pleased with the opportunity to represent his country in Turkey.
“For me especially, it was the biggest experience. Two months ago I didn’t know if I was going to come here because of my injury. I just want to thank Tab and all the coaches for giving me a second chance,” said Sorto. “And for the team, it was amazing. Everyone is a good player. No one gave up for 90 minutes. I have no words for this team – we were fighting. Unfortunately we couldn’t make it to the second round.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Omar Gonzalez was not on the 23-man U.S. roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t play for the U.S. during the continental championship
After being placed on the 35-man provisional roster for the Gold Cup, Gonzalez is eligible to be one of U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s four roster changes following the group stage after an agreement was reached between U.S. Soccer and MLS earlier in the year. Klinsmann will have 24 hours following the final group stage match to make changes to his team. The agreement allowed players called up for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in June to be eligible for their club teams during the weekend of May 25 in exchange for availability during the knockout rounds of the Gold Cup.
If Klinsmann does call Gonzalez up after the group stage then the 24-year-old center back believes that he’ll be ready.
“That was always the plan. I know the guys will do great in the group stages and if he decides to call me up then great,” said Gonzalez. “I want to be with the team, so we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
And based on his comments during Thursday’s teleconference with reporters following the Gold Cup roster announcement, it seems probable that Klinsmann will make changes following the group stage—but it all depends on his squad’s performance.
“It’s very likely the case. Looking today, but maybe things go extremely well with all 23 now,” said Klinsmann.” No injuries, no issues, it’s down to the 23 players to make their mark and make their case and then we’ll see how we want to switch things around after the group stage.”
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan’s absence from the U.S. National Team is over and now the LA Galaxy forward is eager to lead the U.S. to victory at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
More from Donovan below…
(On how much he missed being a part of the U.S. squad…)
DONOVAN: “I think that once that I get back in then I’ll realize how much that I miss it. I’ve been here for a long time consistently so it goes to the back of your mind. Once I get back in then I’ll be excited and I’m excited to have the opportunity again.”
(On what it will be like with the U.S. team…)
DONOVAN: “Who knows? I’m just going to worry about going in and playing in and enjoying it. I’m at a point where I really want to enjoy each day. Whether it is here or with the U.S. team, we’ll let the chips fall where they may.”
(On the Gold Cup…)
DONOVAN: This tournament will be a little bit different because a lot teams that are in qualifying are going to send rosters that are a little bit different. I can’t imagine that Mexico will send a lot of the players that you’ve seen over the last two months in all these different competitions. Same with some other teams. For us, the goal is always the same. Get out of the group and try to win the tournament and it’s a tournament that we feel like we have a good chance to win so we always approach it that way.”
(On the importance of the Gold Cup with a spot in the playoff for a 2017 Confederations Cup berth on the line …)
DONOVAN: “There’s no question. For a lot of us that are using this as an opportunity, there’s a lot of meaning anyway. But the added meaning for U.S. Soccer as a whole is potentially very big. We’re going to take it very seriously.”
Robbie Keane "likely" to be available for Saturday's match against San Jose after training indoors on Thursday
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane did not train with the LA Galaxy on Thursday as he was given the day off from on-the-field training according to head coach Bruce Arena.
Arena said that Keane is “fine” while noting that the Galaxy captain trained indoors on Thursday and will “likely” be available for Saturday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Keane played the full 90 minutes in LA’s 1-0 victory over Chivas USA last week.
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Ghana once again knocked the United States out of a World Cup, this time at the U-20 level.
The Black Satellites knocked the U.S. out of the U-20 World Cup on Thursday with a 4-1 victory in Kayseri, Turkey. Ghana's Ebenezer Assifuah scored a brace while France Acheampong and Kennedy Ashia rounded out the goals for the African. Colorado Rapids Homegrown defender Shane O'Neill scored the lone goal for the Americans.
Galaxy Homegrowns Jose Villarreal and Oscar Sorto each started for the U.S. and went 90 minutes. Fellow Galaxy Academy graduate forward Mario Rodriguez went 79 minutes in defeat while defender Javan Torre was an unused substitute.
On Thursday, Real Salt Lake noted on their official website that midfielder Luis Gil is expected to be available for their match against the Philadelphia Union on July 3. Using that as a test case, one would imagine that Villarreal and Sorto will be back in training later early next week and and will likely be available for selection for LA's match against the Columbus Crew on July 4.
Landon Donovan’s hiatus from the U.S. National Team has officially come to an end.
The LA Galaxy forward was named to the 23-man U.S. roster for next month’s 2013 Gold Cup on Thursday. The call-up ends a near year-long absence from the national team for Donovan’s as his last appearance came in a 1-0 victory at Mexico last August.
According to a press release by the LA Galaxy, Donovan will join up with the U.S. team on July 1 in San Diego ahead of their lone preparation match against Guatemala on July 5. Donovan will be vital to Klinsmann’s efforts for the continental championship as he leads the squad in appearances (28) and goals (13) in Gold Cup play.
In a Q&A with the federation’s website, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann noted that he was pleased to have the U.S. all-time leading goal scorer back in the fold as he looks to earn his way back to the full squad.
“When Landon came back in the end of March after the long break, he needed time to get back in a rhythm, get back in shape and work on his game again. I think now the process is on a good roll,” said Klinsmann. “He’s getting sharper every game and every week. We’ve watched his games and believe now is a good time to get him back into the National Team and give him the opportunity to prove his point.
“He knows that the group that played the World Cup Qualifiers is ahead of the curve and have a very strong position right now, and that he’s been observed by us and has to rebuild his case,” added Klinsman. “We have all respect for what he has done in the past, but sports are about the present and about the future, and that’s what we are building on. We are really happy to have him back in the group, and he has the opportunity now to show where he’s at.”
The complete roster is below.
GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsinborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde FK), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Tigres)
FORWARDS: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)