The U.S. Under-20's came razor close to reaching the semifinals of the 2015 U-20 World Cup but were ultimately undone in penalty kicks, falling 6-5 to Serbia.
American goalkeeper Zack Steffen made two saves during the shootout but Nikola Maksimović converted his effort in the sixth round to give the Europeans their second-ever trip to the semifinals. The match was scoreless after an end-to-end 120 minutes resulting in a penalty kick shootout.
Forward Bradford Jamieson IV will now rejoin the LA Galaxy in the coming days after suffering an unspecified injury during the team's Round of 16 match against Colombia.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The LA Galaxy return to action on Saturday when they face Columbus Crew SC.
Ahead of the Galaxy's match with Crew SC, below are a series of links, matchups to watch, and a prediction.
*Gyasi Zardes is back with the LA Galaxy after a stellar showing with the U.S. National Team.
*In the latest edition of By the Numbers, we look at the incredible depth that Bruce Arena has needed this season.
*Reporting from Columbus, I provide a look at how the team is preparing for Crew SC.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Kei Kamara vs. Omar Gonzalez
Gonzalez must keep an eye on Kamara throughout the cross of 90 minutes if the Galaxy are to pick up a win against Crew SC. Expect Kamara to challenge Gonzalez throughout the course of the match.
Baggio Husidic vs. Hector Jimenez
The former LA Galaxy winger has settled well as a right back for the Crew, and will look to press Husidic, and the left side of the Galaxy defense.
Fredrico Higuain vs. Juninho
One of the keys to silencing Kamara will be cutting down his service from Higuain. Look for Juninho to press the Argentine early and often to prevent him from influencing the match.
Columbus Crew SC 2 (Kamara 2), LA Galaxy 3 (Villarreal, Ishizaki, Gordon)
Robbie Keane went 17 minutes in the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Scotland in their 2016 Euro qualifier in Dublin on Saturday.
Ireland took the lead off a goal by Jon Walters despite the forward being offside according to television replays. The lead did not last as the Scots pulled level in the 47th minute when John O'Shea deflected a shot by Shaun Mahoney into the back of the Irish net. Keane was brought in around the 73rd minute to help the Irish pull ahead but the go-ahead goal never came.
With the result, the Irish are fourth in Group D with nine points after six games. The Republic of Ireland will resume qualifying in September with matches against Gibraltar on Sept. 4 in Portugal and Georgia on Sept. 7 in Dublin.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The LA Galaxy will look for their first road win since last August on Saturday when they face a Columbus Crew SC side that is winless in their last five games.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the roster rotation that Bruce Arena has needed to perform this season. On Saturday, the Galaxy are guaranteed to trot out their 17th different lineup this season.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was named to Panama's 23-man roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday.
A mainstay on the Panama squad, the 33-year-old goalkeeper has 103 appearances for his nation. The reigning Golden Gloves holder in the regional tournament, Penedo nearly backstopped Panama to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title before falling to the U.S. National Team in the final.
The 2015 edition of the tournament runs from July 7 to July 26 but Panama is scheduled to convene in preparation for the tournament on June 15. Penedo's participation in the tournament could see him miss as many as six league matches.
The complete roster is below.
A.J. DeLaGarza and Guam pick up first-ever World Cup qualifying win with 1-0 victory over Turkmenistan
A.J. DeLaGarza and Guam made history on Thursday as the U.S. Territory picked up their first-ever victory in a World Cup qualifier after dispatching Turkmenistan 1-0 in a qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
An own goal by Turkmenistan right back Serdar Annaorazow in the 12th minute off a Guam throw-in was all the Matao needed to open their World Cup qualifying campaign with a win. DeLaGarza went 90 minutes in the victory in his longest action since May 17 after missing four matches due to a groin injury.
Guam return to action on June 16 when they face India at the Guam National Football Stadium.
Alan Gordon, Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes named to USMNT provisional roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy stalwarts Alan Gordon, Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes have been named to the 35-man 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup provisional roster by U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
If called to the full group, Gordon could make his first U.S. appearance since he came on as a substitute against Antigua and Barbuda in 2012. The 33-year-old was also called in once for a match against Mexico in 2013 but did not appear. Gonzalez has been a regular for Klinsmann over the past two years while Zardes has been a frequent call-up for the USMNT in 2015.
Klinsmann will trim his list down from 35 to 23 in the next three weeks. Gold Cup rules state that teams are allowed to bring in new players for the knockout rounds but the replacement players must come from the initial 35-man list.
The complete squad is below.
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal is targeting a return to the field this Saturday against Columbus Crew SC less than two weeks after suffering a left shoulder sprain.
The 21-year-old attacker has trained in full since last Friday but was unable to suit up against Vancouver Whitecaps FC due to the shoulder sprain suffered days earlier against New England. With the Galaxy training staff keeping close tabs on his shoulder, Villarreal has made a quick recovery, and could be in line to play as early as Saturday.
“I feel good. It was a hard [training] session on Monday and today, and I feel great. I’m going to continue to work to get ready and hopefully be back this weekend against Columbus,” Villarreal said. “My shoulder is a little sore but I’m going to keep on icing it which causes the pain to ease. … It’s definitely getting better.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena echoes Villarreal’s optimism stating that “it’s possible” that he can be available for Saturday’s match in Columbus.
“I always try to help the team in any way that I can,” said Villarreal. “This has been frustrating with all the injuries that I’ve had and I want to get back to playing normally.”
LA Galaxy II midfielder Raul Mendiola named to USL Team of the Week after goal against Orange County Blues
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II attacker Raul Mendiola has been named to USL Team of the Week for the 12th week of the 2015 USL season.
Mendiola scored the opener in Los Dos' 2-1 victory over Orange County, helping Galaxy II earn their sixth game in seven matches. This season, Mendiola has been one of the stars of USL notching three goals and seven assists for Galaxy II.
The complete USL Team of the Week is below.