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19 April 12:31 am

CARSON, Calif. – After their dramatic 2-1 victory over Sporting KC, the LA Galaxy find themselves riding a two-game winning streak, but what is most impressive about the team’s recent run aren’t the wins themselves, but how they’ve dealt with adversity.

They’ve done it without valuable weapons like Jose Villarreal and Mika Vayrynen. They’ve done it with Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes starting one game on the bench. But most of all, they’ve won with Galaxy captain Robbie Keane missing both matches due to a groin strain.In their absences, players like Rafael Garcia, Baggio Husidic and Bradford Jamieson IV have stepped up and produced for the Galaxy.

Whereas in past seasons a lengthy absence to Keane meant struggles for the Galaxy, this year, they’ve been able to string together a pair of victories while their captain is on the mend.

“This is a team that lined up with a lot of guys out [on injury] and it says a lot about our depth and our character,” said forward Alan Gordon, who has been one of the players who have stepped up in Keane's absence. “We got back to back wins now at home with less than 100 percent roster and guys stepping up each week and filling spots, it’s great and it’s good to see.”

17 April 5:20 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The last two MLS Cup winners will face off on Saturday at StubHub Center when the LA Galaxy take on Sporting Kansas City. 

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at the two teams record since Sporting's rebrand and rise to prominence back in 2011.

Check it out below.

17 April 3:36 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy stalwarts Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes returned to training on Friday after a brief spell with the U.S. National Team. 

Two days after going 90 minutes in the USMNT's 2-0 victory over rival Mexico in San Antonio, the duo returned to the training pitch with the team in full preparation for Saturday's match with Sporting Kansas City. Just what role that the national team players will have is still in question, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has told reporters that he will wait until matchday before making a decision on if they'll start against Sporting.

Even though he went 90 minutes on the harsh grass surface at the Alamo Dome on Wednesday, Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes says that he’s ready to start on Saturday if needed.

"The surface in San Antonio was very tough to play on. ... My legs worked really hard over the last couple of days so I just have to do a good job of taking care of them," Zardes said. "I feel like I'm ready to go if needed, if he decides to start me then I'll just prepare my body. If Bruce puts me in then I'm going to play to my full potential."

16 April 4:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane is back on the training field but his status is still in question heading into Saturday’s match with Sporting Kansas City.

Keane recently returned to training after missing out on the LA Galaxy’s victory over Seattle Sounders FC due to a groin strain. Finally on the mend from the injury which was suffered during the late stages of the Galaxy’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC earlier this month, Keane is taking a cautious approach to his availability for Saturday.

“I feel good. I trained for the first time today,” Keane told reporters on Thursday. “I just have to assess [before] the game on Saturday over the next two days to see if there’s no reaction. If there’s no reaction, I’ll be ready to go but we have to see how these next two days are.”

Although Keane is noncommittal about his availability, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said that the forward is a "possibility" for Saturday

16 April 3:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy have dealt with the injury bug over the last several weeks, and now head coach Bruce Arena will have to evaluate the statuses of returning internationals Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes ahead of the weekend clash with Sporting Kansas City .

The Galaxy duo both went a full 90 minutes in the U.S. National Team’s 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico in San Antonio on Wednesday. Both players returned to Southern California on Thursday but according to Arena, he’ll have some thinking to do when he decides whether to slot the pair in the starting lineup for the match with Sporting.

“We have players that have been injured over the last two or three weeks, going to likely return. Jose Villarreal, Robbie Keane is a possibility, Mika Vayaynen is a possibility, AJ DeLaGarza is coming back from a slight injury, Edson Buddle’s probably going to be available. A number of players. That makes for a good week," Arena told reporters on Thrusday. "However, we have to be cautious with players that played with the U.S. team last night. That will be their third game in a week. We gotta make a decision on whether they’re going to be involved with our team on Saturday.”

Like many, Arena did not take too much from the Americans latest 2-0 win over Mexico, remarking that the pitiful field conditions took away from the overall product.

“I don’t think it’s a game you could say a whole lot about," Arena said. "The playing conditions were so poor, Mexico put out a good team that certainly is not their team. I don’t know what you make out of that. On the night the US was certainly the better team and deserved to win.”

15 April 4:28 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was back out at training on Wednesday ahead of the club's match against Sporting KC this weekend. 

During the portion of the training session open to the media, Keane was spotted training off to the side with a member of the club's training staff. When asked about the condition of his captain, who missed out on last weekend's match with Seattle Sounders FC due to a groin strain, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena responded in typical Arena fashion. 

"He's running around out there," Arena told reporters. 

While Keane's status is still up in the air heading into Saturday's match, Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal told LAGalaxy.com that he is moving forward in his recovery from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for LA's fixture in Vancouver and relegated him to bench duty a week ago. 

"I feel good. I feel like I'm moving forward little by little. I'm not trying to push it too much but I have trainers who are trying to help me out," said Villarreal. "Hopefully, I'll be back in full training soon and ready for the upcoming games. I'm still moving forward and seeing how it reacts [to the training]. I'm just focusing on how I feel day by day. .. I just need to focus on getting better."

14 April 3:46 pm

U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis announced her 23 player roster for the upcoming 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, and players from California will make up the backbone of the squad's effort for a third World Cup title. 

Six of the 23 players named to Ellis' squad for the World Cup are California natives which is the most of any state. Among the five Southern Californians on the squad are regular contributors Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) and Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.). 

The complete roster is below with the Californians noted in bold. 

GOALKEEPERS: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
 
DEFENDERS: Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
 
MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif./Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif./Seattle Reign FC)
 
FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Calif./Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)
14 April 2:44 pm

LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and the Guam National Team learned that they'll their opponents for their first-ever foray into World Cup qualifying as the Asian Federation announced the eight groups that will 40 teams that will complete in the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifying. 

DeLaGarza and Guam find themselves placed in Group D alongside Iran, India, Oman and Turkmenistan. The winner of each group receives an automatic berth to the next round of World Cup qualifying and will be joined by the top four second place teams across the eight groups. The remaining teams that do not continue in the quest for a place in the World Cup will enter various levels of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

The Matao open their first-ever World Cup qualifying campaign with two home matches as they host Turkmenistan on June 11 in Guam before taking on India on June 16. Should DeLaGarza join the squad for the start of World Cup qualifying, he'd likely miss the Galaxy's June 13 road match against the Columbus Crew.

14 April 12:42 pm
 

My m8 Robbie Keane having a sing-a-long in the car! 'Go on Robbie!

Posted by Boy George & Culture Club on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy have the day off on Tuesday so it's a bit of a slow news day around the StubHub Center, but that doesn't mean that all's quiet in the LA Galaxy universe. 

Noted Pop Star and LA Galaxy Supporter Boy George posted a video of Robbie Keane singing his 1983 hit "Karma Chameleon" in his car. The Culture Club star and the Galaxy captain have been friends since the Irish goal king's days in the English Premier League.

Like Robbie's singing? Prefer the original song?

Check out Keane's singing in the video above. 

14 April 10:36 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The honors keep coming for LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

On Tuesday, the Panamanian goalkeeper was voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters for Major League Soccer's Week 6.  

The 33-year-old goalkeeper set a career-high in saves on Sunday as he made 10 stops to preserve the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC. Penedo becomes the first goalkeeper in a year to win the award. The last goalkeeper to win the honors was Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando last April. 

The LA Galaxy goalkeeper is also up for FutbolMLS' Latino de la Journada (Latino of the Week) award. You can vote for Penedo here.