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29 April 3:51 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- On Wednesday, the LA Galaxy returned to the training ground for the first time this week, but captain Robbie Keane was not with the squad. 

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed to reporters that Keane did not take part in the team's first session ahead of this Saturday's clash with the Colorado Rapids. Arena revealed that the Irishman will continue to be evalauted throughout the week as he looks to recover from a groin strain that has caused him to miss the last three games.

Although the Galaxy have gone unbeaten in the three games that Keane has missed, Arena admits that the Irishman's absence has been felt particularly due to the fact that LA has started three different forward combinations since the captain went down. 

"It is an impact. We don't have any Robbie Keanes sitting on the bench at the  moment," Arena said. "When you lose Robbie, you lose some characteristics of your attack but then it takes a little bit of time. But having said that since when Robbie has been out, we've still been able to get points. It is what it is."

While Keane's status is still in doubt, Arena did have positive news regarding Jose Villarreal who the Galaxy boss is, "will be getting back [to practice] soon." 

29 April 2:03 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The eyes of Major League Soccer will turn to Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Wednesday night as the Montreal Impact seek to become the first Major League Soccer club to win the CONCACAF Champions League when they host Liga MX side Club America in the second leg of the CCL Final. 

Montreal find themselves level on aggregate with the Mexican giants after earning a crucial 1-1 draw at the Estadio Azteca last week. If the score holds, the Impact would win the series by virtue of their away goal. With the Impact inching closer to a continential title, folks from across MLS have rushed to support the Impact, much like they did back in 2011 when Real Salt Lake fell just short in the CCL final against Monterrey. 

After LA Galaxy training on Wednesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who won the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup with D.C. United. was asked if Montreal winning the CCL represented a step forward for MLS. 

"It'd be a move forward, I don't know what means but it would be a move forward. I would say that's certainly an argument that you'd have," Arena said. "Personally, I think those things only can be discussed over time not in a short period of time. If we didn't have another team [in the CCL Final] for another 10 years, it wouldn't say a whole lot. It'd be nice to see our league consistently compete to be in the World Club championships." 

28 April 5:38 pm

Just who is Bradford Jamieson IV? Well, if your name is Chris Duvall or Dax McCarty, you likely have a good idea.

After the 18-year-old wunderkind scored his first career MLS goal on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls, he received the full highlight package treatment from Fusion's "Soccer Gods" show.

Check out the video above. 

28 April 12:30 pm

David Beckham, the man considered by many to have changed the landscape of Major League Soccer, will be celebrating his 40th birthday this Saturday. And since, you probably can't get on the guest list at his lavish party this weekend, we'll have to commerate Becks' big day in other ways. 

In honor of the former LA Galaxy midfielder and global soccer icon's milestone birthday on May 2, Bleacher Report have commissioned a digital art gallery entitled "The Art of David Beckham." The photo set commerates every aspect of Beckham's life both on and off the field. Throughout the gallery, Beckham's journey to iconic status is chronicled: his successes at Manchester United and Real Madrid, his time as the captain of the English National Team, his marriage to his wife Victoria, and of course, his iconic -- and ever changing -- hairstyles. 

The piece below was created by MLSsoccer.com's graphic designer Gabriel De Los Rios salutes "the culmination of Beckham's American dream" when he helped lead the LA Galaxy to their MLS Cup titles in 2011 and 2012. 


More David Beckham art courtesy of Bleacher Report:

 

27 April 4:19 pm

LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez was rewarded for a strong defensive performance in the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls with a place in MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week, the league announced on Monday. 

Throughout the match Gonzalez stifled New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips, winning several key duels that helped render the Englishman ineffective on the night. Joining Gonzalez on the Team of the Week squad is goalkeeper Jamie Penedo who was placed on the team's bench after his three save performance at Red Bull Arena. 

Not included was 18-year-old goal scorer Bradford Jamieson IV, but the teenager's brilliant first career MLS goal is up for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week.

26 April 7:43 pm

HARRISON, N.J. -- LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho suffered a crunching challenge late in the Galaxy's 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls but the Brazilian midfielder is hopeful that he'll be healthy in time for next week's match with Colorado. 

The challenge came in the dying moments of the second half when Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty made a late tackle to prevent the Brazilian from firing a shot on the top of the New York penalty area.

"He was late and everyone saw that. I was ready to make the shot when he came and tackled me," said Juninho. "I think that we should have pressed the referee and tried to convince him to give the red card. ... I'm definitely looking forward to our next game because the Red Bulls are a good rival. 

"The draw wasn't a bad result, we have a team to come back and make more points." 

After the match, Juninho was spotted speaking the media with an ice pack on his right leg, but was confident that he'll be healthy by next weekend.

"I got a hurt a little bit, the tackle was hard," said Juninho. "But I have all week to get better."

26 April 6:15 pm

HARRISON, N.J. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after LA's 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls. 

Arena's thoughts are below.

(On the result…)

ARENA: "I think this year we've been in a few matches where we walked off the field with a point and today we deserved to get a point out of the game so it's not a perfect result by any means but a well earned point on the road ."

(On Bradford Jamieson IV's play…)

ARENA: "Obviously it was a great goal. He's still a young kid, he had some good moments and some that weren't so good but overall a real good performance by a good young player."

(On doing the little things to get the point…)

ARENA: "We did that things you're supposed to do when you're playing on the road."

(On dealing with RBNY's high pressure…)

ARENA: "They did a good job in the first half, I think the game slowed down in the second half and we got a little bit better. Our passing wasn't real good in the first half. Overall, in the game, it wasn't as good as it needs to be but we survived that. Defensively, I think we did a solid job throughout in preventing too many chances. Over the last fifteen minutes or so I would say we conceded too many set pieces, but we got away with it."

(On goalkeeper Jamie Penedo's play…)

ARENA: "Penedo made a big save on Wright-Phillips. It really was a big save. Jamie did a good job today."

(On referee's decision not to give McCarty a second yellow card…)

ARENA: "The referee was giving away cards like they were candy. At the end of the game you don't want to see any players get sent off, but certainly that tackle merited a yellow card, especially on the day, the way [the referee] gave away cards."

(On how Arena sees Jamieson progressing…)

ARENA: "Who knows, it's a long way away. Let's talk in a couple years on that. He's doing well. Let's wait a while. Let's not get crazy like everybody does every time a young player does something right. This is a long haul in becoming a player. He's many years away from being where we would like him to be and where he's going to be so let's just be patient and see what happens down the road."

(On gaining confidence on the road…)

ARENA: "We're fine on the road. We should win games on the road, and get points on the road so this is just a start and hopefully it gets a little bit better as the year goes on."

25 April 2:58 pm

HANOVER, N.J. -- The LA Galaxy will not have Robbie Keane for their clash against New York Red Bulls on Sunday, but with the club in the middle of a two game winning streak, the absence of the reigning MLS MVP is not troubling Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.

Still stricken with a groin strain that will now cost him his third consecutive game, Keane did not make the trip with the Galaxy to New Jersey for Sunday's clash. Keane was limited in training throughout the week and appeared doubtful for Sunday, but Daily Breeze's Nick Green confirmed the worries on Saturday morning

Although the Galaxy will be without their captain for the third straight match, Arena said that his absence changes little about LA's preparations for New York.

"Doesn't change anything. We haven't played with him in the last two games," Arena told LAGalaxy.com after the team's training session at the New York Red Bulls training facility. "It doesn't change anything that we do at all." 

25 April 8:20 am

It’s considered by many to be the most exciting game in Major League Soccer history, and anyone who was watching is unlikely to ever forget the LA Galaxy’s trip to Giants Stadium to face the New York Red Bulls on August 18, 2007.

In David Beckham’s first MLS start, the Galaxy ran into a Red Bulls side bursting with talent that included Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel, teenage wunderkind Jozy Altidore, and head coach Bruce Arena at the helm. And all of that star power faced off in front of 66,237 roaring fans at the Meadowlands.

The match was a back-and-forth affair from the start as New York took an early lead on a finish by Angel but Beckham lifted the Galaxy ahead with two assists on Carlos Pavon goals before the 10th minute of play. LA’s lead did not last, however, as a Clint Mathis' screamer pulled the sides level heading into halftime.

In the second half, New York roared forward as Altidore tallied two brilliant finishes in the 49th and 70th minutes to pull the Red Bulls ahead. The Galaxy were not to be outdone, however, as Landon Donovan scored a minute after Altidore’s second goal, and then Edson Buddle found the back of the net in the last 10 minutes to pull LA level.  

In the end, it was the man who opened the goal fest that gave New York their winner as Angel beat the Galaxy’s Joe Cannon from close range to give the Red Bulls the victory.

In total, nine goals were scored, three players finished with two goals apiece, and Beckham ended his first start with two assists.

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Think will have another dramatic game on Sunday?

Take a look at the highlights from that dramatic game above. 

25 April 7:29 am

The LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls will renew the classic East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry on Sunday when they face off at Red Bull Arena.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at two teams domestic trophy cabinet and examine if the matchup between the Galaxy and Red Bulls is truly a rivalry.

Check it out below.