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.”
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.
After difficult showing against Colorado Rapids, are the LA Galaxy missing the injured Robbie Keane?
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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LA Galaxy II's Eric Lopez and Galaxy Academy duo help lead U.S. U-15 squad to Tournament delle Nazioni title
LA Galaxy II goalkeeper Eric Lopez earned Goalkeeper of the tournament honors as the U.S Under-15's won the presgitious Tournament delle Nazioni on Friday with a 3-2 win over Austria.
Andrew Carleton scored twice for the Americans in the first half before Tim Weah (son of soccer great George Weah) scored the tournament winner to give the U.S. U-15's the victory on Friday in Gradisca d'Isonzo, Italy.. The U.S. qualified for the final by defeating host nation Italy in a penalty kick shootout that featured a save from Lopez to help the Americans best the Italian U-15 squad.
Joining Lopez (center) on the U.S. U-15 squad were fellow Galaxy Academy players, Zico Bailey (pictured left) and defender Jake Arteaga (pictured right).
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to extend their home unbeaten run to 27 games on Saturday when they host the Colorado Rapids.
Not only have the Galaxy gone unbeaten at home since last March but the club is on a three game unbeaten run despite playing without captain Robbie Keane. The Rapids arrive in Southern California without injured Marcelo Sarvas but boasting a respectable two game unbeaten streak.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's fantastic home record against Colorado.
A.J. DeLaGarza eager to return to CONCACAF Champions League with LA Galaxy after Montreal Impact fall short
CARSON, Calif. -- The Montreal Impact fell short of becoming the first team from Major League Soccer to lift the CONCACAF Champions League by dropping a 5-3 aggregate result to Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League final.
The Impact went into the first half ahead 1-0 but the reigning Liga MX champions roared back with four goals in the second half to lift the contintential trophy for a record sixth time. Even though the league rallying behind the Impact, Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza admits that he was -- somewhat -- pleased that Montreal did not become the first MLS team to win the Champions League.
"I wasn't rooting for them, but I wasn't rooting against them," DeLaGarza said. "I wanted to be the first to five [MLS Cups] and now I want to be the first to win the CONCACAF Champions League. At the same time, they were in a position to win and you wonder if they scored one more goal like they could have, the game would have been different. But America also had their chances so it's a bit of give and take."
DeLaGarza and the Galaxy will have their chance to become the first MLS team to win the CCL this summer when the 2015-16 tournament begins. Although the club is placing a high priority on the tournament, DeLaGarza understands that achieving continential dominence won't be easy.
"I think that we should have always shot. It's always a difficult tournament when it's split up but, at the end of the day, it's a tournament where the Mexicans have had the better of the play for awhile now," said DeLaGarza. "We have to start turning things around as a league to show that we can get better. It won't be easy but we just have to win."
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal are "not likely" to feature in this weekend's clash with the Colorado Rapids.
The Colorado match will be the fourth consecutive game that Keane has missed with a groin strain while Villarreal reinjured his right hamstring during his participation with the U.S. Under-23's last week. In Keane's absence, the Galaxy have performed ablely, complying a 2-0-1 in three matches.
"I'm not spending a whole lot of time worrying about them. When they're ready, they're ready," Arena said on Thursday. "We can't worry about it right now, we'll see. Every day tells us a little bit more."
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."
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says MLS teams must compete for CONCACAF Champions League title consistently
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."
WATCH: Who is Bradford Jamieson IV? The Soccer Gods talk about the young LA Galaxy forward after his first career MLS goal
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.