Just who Los Dos will face on that Wednesday evening is still up in the air as Galaxy II's opponent will face either Cal FC (USASA), San Francisco City FC (US Club Soccer) or the Ventura County Fusion (PDL). Cal FC will face San Francisco at Kezar Stadium on April 25 with the winner traveling south to take on the Ventura County Fusion on May 19 at Ventura College SportsPlex.
MLS teams will enter the tournament during the fourth round which is scheduled to begin June 16 and June 17.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy aren't hitting the panic button after starting the 2015 season with a 1-2-2 record, but they admit that they're ready to return home after two straight defeats away from StubHub Center.
Last Saturday's defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC extended LA's winless run away from StubHub Center to nine games. However for all their struggles away from home, StubHub Center has been a bastion of success for the Galaxy, with the team riding an impressive 21-game unbeaten run.
Now that the Galaxy are back at StubHub Center for their next two matches, they're confident that they can turn their season around.
"We’re at home and we know what we can do there. If we’re not going to get any points on the road then we need to win every single game at home," A.J. DeLaGarza said after LA's defeat in Vancouver last week. We have to start with Seattle and then Kansas City the week after. These are as big a games as you can have this early into the year."
Juninho, the hero who helped the Galaxy advanced past the Sounders in last year's postseason, agreed.
"Against Seattle is a perfect time to get back on track," Juninho said. "It's the biggest rivalry in the league right now and they have very good players so we'll have to do our best."
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena delivered some good news regarding Jose Villarreal and a pair of other injured players as the club began their preparations for this Sunday's match against their archrivals Seattle Sounders FC.
Villarreal was unable to travel to last week’s defeat against Vancouver Whitecaps FC due to a precautionary hamstring injury, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that the 21-year-old is back in training and continuing to make progress ahead of this weekend’s match.
"He’s getting there. He’s making progress," Arena told reporters after training. "The turf [at BC Place] is always a problem, that’s a bad surface and it creates some issues so we have to be careful with certain players."
Arena echoed his comments when asked about Brazilian center back Leonardo who missed out on the match due to a quad strain, stating that he’ll be evaluated prior to Sunday’s game.
The Galaxy boss was more direct regarding Finnish midfielder Mika Väyrynen. The 33-year-old was forced to exit LA’s defeat to Vancouver with a right calf injury, but Arena stated that he believes Väyrynen will be “ready to go” this week.
While none of the answers were too direct, in typical Arena fashion, however, the Galaxy boss is not too concerned with injury news this early in the week.
"The game is Sunday, it's Tuesday," Arena said bluntly. "We've got an entire week to prepare for the game and make those decisions."
LA Galaxy TV crew Albert Lanzillo and Paolo Ferrari chronicled the club's run to the 2014 MLS Cup in a thrilling five-part documentary series that provided a backstage look at the team's run to the title.
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Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 1
Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 2
Western Conference Championship, Leg 1
Western Conference Championship, Leg 2
MLS Cup Final
Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane say they must be better after LA Galaxy fall to Vancouver Whitecaps FC
VANCOUVER, B.C. --The LA Galaxy offense put forth one of their most disappointing showings recent memory during last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Against the Whitecaps, the Galaxy found themselves neutralized as the forward tandem of Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes had little room to operate as Vancouver’s high pressure defense limited their opportunities.The Whitecaps defensive strategy meant that goalkeeper David Ousted had an easy day at the office, with the Galaxy’s lone shot on goal not coming until the 67th minute by virtue of a soft rolling shot by second half substitute Edson Buddle.
Following the match, Zardes told reporters that it was time for LA’s forwards to work on their chemistry after such a lethargic showing at BC Place.
“It’s early, a bunch of us left with our national team, our attacking forwards, it’s hard to come back and just get in the groove of it, but then again there’s no excuses we didn’t show up,” Zardes said. “This week we’re going to work on our chemistry, just getting the ball moving. Usually we outplay teams, we don’t let other teams touch the ball, although tonight we let Vancouver catch a rhythm.”
Keane was quick to disagree, however, stating that LA's struggles were simply based on the impressive defense that Vancouver provided in their convincing victory.
“They played better than us, it’s not about chemistry," Keane said. "Tonight that obviously wasn’t there but you know it wasn’t because we weren’t trying, it was the fact that they were the better team.”
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says no excuses after disappointing defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The LA Galaxy are winless in their last eight matches across all competitions away from StubHub Center, but will look to get their first road victory in seven months on Saturday when they face Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
In the latest Insider on Location video, Galaxy TV speak to A.J. DeLaGarza, Baggio Husidic and Gyasi Zardes about how LA can get an elusive road victory.
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LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo confident that he can maintain his winning ways against Vancouver Whitecaps
Back from international duty, LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is determined to keep up his banner run of form against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Penedo appeared in Panama’s friendly victories over Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica before rejoining the Galaxy on Thursday. After two strong performances in Los Canaleros’ Gold Cup tuneups, Penedo was in high spirits when returning to LA.
“I’m happy, representing your country at the national team level is always an honor and I think we needed the results,” Penedo told LA Galaxy Insider. “Fans in Panama were asking for it and the results make us feel at ease in order to continue to work hard. We had some tough games against Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica.”
In his first match back from national team duty, Penedo will face a team that he has enjoyed plenty of success against since arriving in MLS back in 2013. The Panamanian goalkeeper is unbeaten in four matches with the Whitecaps, compiling a 3-0-1 record.
Given his success against Vancouver, Penedo is confident that the Galaxy can earn their first win of 2015 on Saturday.
“I think that every game is different, that’s what soccer is all about. Vancouver has started the season on the right foot, we have let several points slip by and we need to start adding points both on the road and at home," Penedo said. "It’s going to be a complicated game, we will be playing on turf, and it’s a field they are familiar with. But we have a great team and we have great players to go up against them head to head.”
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The LA Galaxy will look to get their first win away from home in 2015 on Saturday when they take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Jaime Penedo's stellar record against the Whitecaps -- the very team that made delivered his signature MLS moment.
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Robbie Rogers is a pretty stylish guy, and it's no surprise that the men's fashion magazine has chosen to profile the LA Galaxy defender.
In addition to the brief pictoral, Gentleman's Quarterly spoke to Rogers late last year about his career as the first openly gay athlete in a major American professional sport.