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14 June 12:31 am

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. 

13 June 10:05 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after LA's 1-1 draw against Columbus Crew SC.
 
(On LA Galaxy’s performance tonight...)
 
ARENA: It was a good result. Our team played well tonight. Not an easy game, another game on the road, with a weather delay and that’s hard on the players. We lost a couple players with some muscle injuries due to the delay and all of that. So it wasn’t easy, I give our guys a lot of credit. They played hard and to get a point on the road is always good.
 
(On LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget’s performance...)
 
ARENA: He played very well tonight. It was a very impressive showing on his part. He did a good job, held the ball up, his passing was good, get out of tight spaces. He did a good job.
 
(On the change in energy levels between the two halves...)
 
ARENA: Our team did a good job on the night. Never easy, difficult conditions, difficult with the delay. It makes the game difficult to play teams for sure, but certainly as the visiting team it is not easy.
 
(On how the weather delay affected the players...)
 
ARENA: You don’t know when you’re starting, you don’t know. We scrambled around and in the last second we figured out a starting time and the players had fifteen minutes to get ready. That’s about it. We thought the game might have been postponed, actually.
 
(On keeping a tight defensive structure against Columbus Crew SC...)
 
ARENA: It’s important in any game. Defensively, we did a pretty good job. Give [Crew SC] credit, they scored a good goal.
 
13 June 12:27 pm

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. 

LINKS:

*Gyasi Zardes is back with the LA Galaxy after a stellar showing with the U.S. National Team

*Jose Villarreal has declared himself fit and ready to play on Saturday

*LA Galaxy legend Landon Donovan discussed the Galaxy's recent form for Time Warner Cable SportsNet. 

*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

*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan provides a preview of the match presented by Drink 04 Water

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. 

PREDICTION:

Columbus Crew SC 2 (Kamara 2), LA Galaxy 3 (Villarreal, Ishizaki, Gordon)

13 June 11:37 am

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.

12 June 1:33 pm

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. 

11 June 4:11 pm

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.

GOALKEEPERS: Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy), Luis Mejía (Fénix), José Calderón (Coatepeque)
 
DEFENDERS: Román Torres (Millonarios), Harold Cummings (Ind. Santa Fe), Roberto Chen (Málaga), Adolfo Machado (Saprissa), Luis Henríquez (Lech Poznan), Éric Davis (Sporting SM)
 
MIDFIELDERS: Miguel Camargo (Chorrillo), Darwin Pinzón (Sporting SM), Valentín Pimentel (CD Plaza Amador), Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo FC), Aníbal Godoy (Honved Budapest), Gabriel Gómez (CS Herediano), Alberto Quintero (Lobos BUAP), Armando Cooper (St. Pauli)
 
FORWARDS:  Blas Pérez (FC Dallas), Luis Tejada (Juan Aurich), Rolando Blackburn (CSD Comunicaciones), Roberto Nurse (Dorados de Sinaloa), Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids), Abdiel Arroyo (CD Árabe Unido)
11 June 6:03 am

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.

10 June 11:54 am

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.

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
 
Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
 
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
 
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
09 June 4:17 pm

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.” 

09 June 2:46 pm

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.