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29 June 12:13 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho has been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for a second conscutive week. 

Juninho has scored in three straight matches including LA's 5-0 victory over the Portland Timbers and their 3-1 defeat to San Jose Earthquakes. Juninho has scored in three straight matches twice during his Galaxy career. 

The rest of the league's Team of the Week can be found below. 

28 June 9:26 am

We're just days away from Steven Gerrard's official arrival with the LA Galaxy. 

As we prepare for Gerrard's Galaxy unveiling, take a look at all of his 186 goals for Liverpool FC. 

Watch above. 

28 June 12:00 am

STANFORD, Calif. -- Juninho scored one of the finest goals of his career on Saturday but his incredible strike offered him no comfort after the LA Galaxy fell 3-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes. 

Juninho gave the Galaxy the lead in the 17th minute but the defending MLS Cup champions conceded three unanswered goals to their archrivals. Despite the result, Juninho was able to extend his scoring streak to three matches for a second time in his Galaxy career. 

Although the Brazilian kept up his torrid scoring pace, the midfielder was less than pleased after the defeat. 

"The team is not all about me. We have a team. We have to go out there and compete as a team," Juninho said." Yes, I’m happy with the goal, but I’m very upset about the result. We’re still conceding second half goals and we’re struggling on the road. We have to get better and play better on the road."

27 June 10:46 pm

STANFORD, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters after the team’s 3-1 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes.

(On what happened in the second half…)

ARENA: “We got out played.”

(On the Galaxy conceding another lead on the road…)

ARENA: “Yeah, whatever. I’m not real thoughtful about that at the moment.

(On if fatigue played a part in the Galaxy’s struggles…)

ARENA: We were bad in the second half. What can you say? Whatever the reasons are. We got out played. Very poor performance on our part.”

(On Juninho scoring his third goal in three straight games.)

ARENA: “Whatever.”

(On playing the third game in eight days…)

ARENA: “It wasn’t going to change no matter what. We had to play the game, right?”

(On San Jose closing spaces in the final third….)

ARENA: “We were crappy. You can come up with all your theories but we stunk in the second half. You can use all your theories that you want. You have no clue; we just couldn’t do anything simple and right. From giving away the ball that led to their first goal, from that point on, we were no good.”

(On how much LA’s failures were on the Quakes good play …)

ARENA: “All parties were involved.”

(On the Earthquakes defense…)

ARENA: “They were alright. We stunk what can I say?” 

27 June 2:36 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy take on the San Jose Earthquakes in the first edition of the California Clasico in 2015 on Saturday at Stanford Stadium. 

Ahead of Saturday's match, I offer my prediction and provide a preview with links and matchups to watch. 

LINKS

*Alan Gordon was a villain to Galaxy fans during his time with the San Jose Earthquakes, but in an interview with LAGalaxy.com, he talks about his motivations in the California Clasico.

*Joe Tutino and I preview Saturday's match in the latest edition of 90 in 90.

*In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's impressive three game run.

*The California Clasico is one of the most heated rivalries in all Major League Soccer, and the latest Insider on Location video, I take a look at the rivalry

*In the Drink O4 Match Preview, we look at Sebastian Lletget's return to Northern California.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

Robbie Keane vs. Victor Bernardez 

A battle of two contentious competitors will highlight the California Clasico as Keane looks to expose the bulky Honduran defender. 

Juninho vs. Matias Perez-Garcia

The Galaxy's Brazilian midfielder will have to keep an eye on the San Jose playmaker who has shined as of late. Look for Juninho and the Galaxy to press Perez-Garcia off his favored left foot. 

Chris Wondolowski vs. Omar Gonzalez

Wondolowski leads San Jose with eight goals this season, and will represent a tough test for the in-form Gonzalez. 

PREDICTION:

LA Galaxy 4 (Lletget, Keane, Zardes, Gonzalez) San Jose 2 (Wondolowski, Perez-Garcia)

26 June 3:54 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The Supreme Court made history on Friday with a landmark decision that legalized marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.  

In a 5-4 decision, the court established a new civil right, while giving gay rights activists their most significant victory yet. For LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, who became the first athlete in a major American professional sport to come out, the news brought considerable joy.    

“It’s pretty special. When I got to the stadium, a lot of the guys were congratulating me and asking me how I felt. When I woke up this morning with my boyfriend, we said that this is a pretty special day,” Rogers told LA Galaxy Insider. “It’s historic and there have been literally thousands and millions of people who have paved the way for this kind of stuff by taking legal actions, rallying or starting non-profits. It’s pretty special. It’s hard to wrap my head around it.

“It was just a year ago that we passed legislation in California so it’s pretty amazing that it’s happened so quickly. At least to me so quickly, for others, not so quickly.”

In his opinion for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy declared that the decision offers same-sex couples “equal dignity in the eyes of the law.” As Rogers digested the news, the Galaxy star could not help but think of the manner in which the country’s perception of gay marriage has changed in such a short time.

“Life has changed so much in just the last three or four years,” Rogers continued. “More people are able to been present around the media and then you’ve seen different celebrities come out, and also have different politicians support this. When that stuff happens, the culture changes and it helps people wrap their head around what this means and what it means to them.

“Usually, it doesn’t mean anything to them but they see that it is not their enemy or going to hurt them. They then have friends who are going to come out to them, and when it becomes personal, people become emotional and find a way to support it. It seemed to happen so quickly but it’s been years and years of people suffering for this. I’m happy to be a gay man in today’s society.”

26 June 11:41 am

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will head north this weekend to take on their bitter rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's recent form during their three straight victories. 

25 June 1:35 pm

Robbie Keane has been nominated for the Best MLS Player of the Year Award at the 2015 ESPYs. 

Keane figures to be a favorite for the award after enjoying a banner 2014 season that saw the Irishman win the 2014 MLS Most Valuable Player award and the 2014 MLS Cup Most Valuable Player honor while leading the Galaxy to their fifth MLS Cup title. This season, Keane has notched three goals and four assists for a suddenly resurgant Galaxy side.

Also nominated alongside Keane  is Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins, 2014 MLS Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips and New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen. 

Vote for Keane here

25 June 12:33 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Are we witnessing the start of another midseason resurgance by the LA Galaxy? It certainly looks like it. 

On Wednesday, five different players scored as the Galaxy flattened 5-0 for their second straight five goal performance. In their last two league games, the Galaxy have scored 10 goals which is the highest output in back-to-back matches since the 1998 season, but when you add in their U.S. Open Cup victory over PSA Elite, the Galaxy have scored a whopping 16 goals in three games while only conceding twice. With their two big wins, the Galaxy now find themselves just a point behind Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, albeit with both teams holding a game in hand on LA. 

But as much success as the Galaxy have had over the last two games, the team still believe that they have another gear to reach. 

“I think everyone knows we can improve on this and we’re still not quite ourselves, but we’re getting better every game," said Robbie Rogers. "We got a shutout this game against a very good attacking team… so I think it’s positive but we still have a lot of improvement.”

Even if the Galaxy still have a few elements of their game to fix, there's little doubt that the team is finally hitting their stride. 

"The team's on fire," said midfielder Sebastian Lletget who scored his fourth goal in as many games on Wednesday. 

24 June 11:34 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after his team's 5-0 win over the Portland Timbers. 

(On tonights game...)

ARENA: "I don't think this was really a five to zero game, but we played really well at times. Portland to start the game was really all over us, and after about ten to twelve minutes we got settled in a little bit and started to play better."

(On the play of Sebastian Lletget...)

ARENA: "Very good performance, in the early minutes of the game he was our best player. He made a bunch of good plays and then ultimately got the first goal."

(On the play of Robbie Rogers...)

ARENA: "He makes a big difference for us, we have missed some important players in the first three or four months of the season so to get him back is really helpful."

(On scoring ten goals in two games...)

ARENA: "There are going to be really good games and some that aren't, that is all part of it."

(On five different players scoring a goal...)

ARENA: "It's all by design, the way we draw it up. No, I wouldn't mind if one player had five goals, it is good to see that everyone is involved in the attack, the ball is moving better."