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08 May 12:36 pm

FRISCO, Texas. -- The LA Galaxy announced the signing of former U.S. youth international midfielder Sebastian Lletget on Friday

A 22-year-old left-footed midfielder, Lletget spent the last five years with West Ham United making just a single first appearance in an FA Cup match a year ago. Although Northern California native was mostly limited U-21 matches with the Hammers, Lletget does boast considerable youth international experience having suited up for the U.S. U-17's, U-20's and U-23's. 

To acquire Lletget, the Galaxy sent $50,000 in allocation money to the New England Revolution for the player's discovery rights.  

"He's a good young player who is going to help us in the midfield. He can play on the inside or out wide. He's a player that will obviously help our depth in the midfield and hopefully, he can develop into a good player in our league," Arena said on Friday. "We'll obviously need to see him in our environment for a while before we can determine where he's going to fit in but he's a player with good potential."

06 May 11:05 pm

SANDY, Utah -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after his team's scoreless draw to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.

Arena's thoughts on the match are below. 

(On the match overall...)

ARENA: “You know the game wasn’t crazy, it wasn’t very good. But it wasn’t crazy.”

(On His feelings on the defensive performance of his team…)

ARENA: “Yes for the most part but at the end but with some fatigue and we made some mistakes so that wasn’t good. The guys fought for 90 minutes. It was a tough night with all the circumstances around the conditions. Nothing great. We’re not going to market this one.”

(On the game’s ending..)

ARENA: “We’ll take the point and get out of here.

(On if he was disappointed with Juninho missing the penalty…)

ARENA: “Whatever.”

(On Omar Gonzalez’s performance…)

ARENA: “Omar did well; we had a bunch of guys playing hurt. We’re missing a lot of players so to come here and battle while dealing with the altitude and conditions, and to get a point, I can’t complain. We’ll get a couple guys back for Saturday, and I expect the same kind of effort.” 

06 May 2:57 pm

LA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter was named to USL Team of the Week for week seven after his late goal against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 gave Los Dos their third consecutive victory. 

Lassiter's finish came in impressive fashion in the 87th minute as the forward scooped up a turnover at midfield and then fired a long pass to Raul Mendiola, who found streaked up field before finding Lassiter waiting on the back post. The goal was Lassiter's team-leading third of the 2015 season. 

The complete Team of the Week squad is below. 

06 May 1:02 pm

The LA Galaxy may finally be adding another attacking midfielder to their arsenal. 

Goal.com's Ives Galarcep reported on Wednesday morning that the former U.S. youth international Sebastian Lletget will be signing with the Galaxy on a free transfer from English club West Ham. To sign Lletget, Galarcep reports that the Galaxy will need to send allocation money to the New England Revolution who placed a discovery claim on the 22-year-old mifielder. 

A native of San Francisco, California, Lletget spent the last five years with the Hammers but was unable to make an English Premier League appearance for the club. Lletget's lone first team showing came in the 2014 FA Cup competition. Although Lletget did not feature much for West Ham, the midfielder boasts U.S. youth international experience at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. 

A central midfielder who can also play out wide, Lletget's reported signing could bring depth to a Galaxy attack that has dealt with injuries to Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal in recent weeks. 

05 May 7:36 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Ignacio Maganto impressed many in his first MLS start against the Colorado Rapids, but now the young Spanish midfielder is hoping for more as the LA Galaxy embark on an eight day, two game road trip. 

In his first ever regular season appearance for the Galaxy, the 23-year-old was incredibly active against Colorado providing energy for a Galaxy attack that was otherwise listless until Alan Gordon's late goal. After the match, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena had high praise for the youngster stating that he played exceptionally well in his first start

Although his debut earned him plenty of plaudits from the team and media alike, Maganto knows that he can improve. 

"I felt comfortable against Colorado, but I know that I can do better. I want to keep improving every day," Maganto said. "I want to be more dangerous in front of goal and get some chances in front of the net." 

As he looks to build upon his showing against Colorado, Maganto is confident that he can have an impact against Real Salt Lake if given a chance to feature on Wednesday.

"I have a lot of confidence," he said. "I'm going to do my best to make the team even more confident so that I can play more and help the team get wins."

04 May 4:31 pm

CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy have played their last four games without captain Robbie Keane due to a groin strain, and may be in line to play two more matches with their Irish forward out of the lineup.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Monday that no decisions have been made on Keane’s status for the team’s upcoming eight day road trip that will feature matches against Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.

“I haven’t decided our travel roster yet,” Arena said.

The Galaxy’s last four matches without the Irishman haven’t always featured the finest displays of attacking soccer but the team has earned results as LA have racked up a 2-0-2 record with the captain on the shelf.  Although the Galaxy readily admit that they’ve missed their captain, defender Dan Gargan says that Keane’s absence is no excuse for their form as of late.

“Obviously, he changes the game when he’s on the field. But it’s not an excuse as to why we put 11 players on the field and we’re not playing up to our potential,” Gargan said. "I think our game changes with him on the field and vice versa with him off the field. I think we’re good enough to get results as we have done. But we’re also good enough to find a better form than what we’re putting out right now.”

04 May 2:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Count Jose Villarreal out of the LA Galaxy's upcoming eight day road trip. 

The Galaxy midfielder told reporters on Monday that due to his nagging left hamstring strain, he'd be unable to participate in the club's upcoming road trip. After a sizzling start to the season, the last month has been a frustrating one for the 21-year-old as he has twice dealt with a left hamstring strain that resurfaced once more during the U.S U-23 match with the Mexico U-23's on April 22. 

Villarreal admitted after that match that he may have rushed himself back from injury by not getting a proper warm-up before taking the field for the U.S. U-23 squad, but now the young midfielder is determined to be patient and heal properly. 

"I hope that next week, I'll be in full training but this week is going to be about getting fit and building my base back up again. It looks I'll be good in two weeks," said Villarreal who expects to rehab with Galaxy II while the first team is away. "I'm not trying to push it to where I can re-injure it and then be out for another month. We're taking things pretty slowly here."

03 May 5:03 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Midfielder Mika Vayrynen was left wanting much more from himself after making his first start in a month in the LA Galaxy’s bland 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids.

In his first match back from a calf injury that limited to second half cameos in the Galaxy’s last two minutes, Vayrynen went 58 minutes as the Galaxy struggled against a feisty Rapids squad.

With midfield regular Juninho being rested, Vayrynen was placed alongside Rafael Garcia, and was given the responsibility of moving the attack forward, but quickly ran into trouble against a Rapids squad that was content to flood the midfield and break up any Galaxy forays up field.

As Colorado packing the center of the park, Vayrynen saw his impact wane as he was unable to use his superior passing ability to connect with forwards Bradford Jamieson IV and Gyasi Zardes.

“That was my first game back in the starting lineup in a few weeks, which was a bit of a struggle,” he said. “I didn’t get the passing I involved that I would like to bring to the team. So it wasn’t the best, but hopefully I get a couple more games and get back to being in form again.”

02 May 11:30 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the club's 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids. 

(On the game...)

ARENA: “The game was lousy, and everything with it was lousy.” 

(On the lineup changes...)

ARENA: "We wanted to give Maganto a start. We’re going to need those guys, not only this month but June and Jully we have a very heavy schedule, so we have to give other guys playing. Leonardo came back from an injury, he’s been about a month. We wanted to give him a start. We need to get Mika on the field. Those are the reasons. And obviously we have some other games coming up."

(On Gordon’s Goal...)

ARENA: “Good goal. Alan certainly knows how to come into a game, and that’s a real skill. He continues to do it, so I give him a lot of credit.”

(On Ignacio Maganto...)

ARENA: “I thought he played with a lot of confidence, he was aggressive on the ball. He was somebody that they had to focus on. He did a good job, didn’t play conservative and was pretty aggressive.”

(On Rafael Garcia...)

ARENA: “I thought he had a good game. He always does a good job for us, but again I think it’s important that our whole team be ready to play. Over the last three or four weeks he has gotten some time, which  I think will give him confidence and have him to prepare to play as we get into the last 25 games or so of the season.” 

(On the substitutions...) 

ARENA: I think they did a good job. We pushed to try and win the game. Colorado did a good job slowing the game down. I don’t think the referee really had a clue as to what was going on (laughs). Really really slowed the game and tried to get out of here with a point. Give them credit, they got out of here with what they wanted.

02 May 10:30 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are unbeaten in their last four matches without the injured Robbie Keane but despite the unbeaten run, LA's offense has been lacking without the reigning Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player in the lineup. 

Since Keane went down with a groin strain in LA's defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC back on April 4, the Galaxy have racked up a 2-0-2 record but have only once scored more than two goals. In Saturday's 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids, the Galaxy attack appeared listless as the visitors high pressure prevented LA's midfield from connecting with strikers Bradford Jamieson IV and Gyasi Zardes. In the end, it was Alan Gordon once again playing the saivour as he notched a goal in the 75th minute to help LA earn the result. 

Although the Galaxy were able to get a point against the Rapids, the question must be asked, do they miss Robbie Keane? After the match, Zardes provided an answer. 

"Robbie is a phoenomonal player and, yes, he's gone but at the same time, we're professionals. As he's gone we're training with the guys we have. ... Which ever 11 that we have on the field, we're prepared to play."

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