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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.

13 April 6:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II Eric Lopez and Galaxy Academy stalwarts Jake Artega and Zico Bailey were named to the U.S. National Team U-15 squad for the upcoming Tournament Delle Nazioni which will take place in Italy and Slovenia from April 21 to May 2. 

Head coach John Hackworth's group has been drawn into Group C, and will face off against the hosts Slovenia, CONCACAF rival Costa Rica and Croatia. Lopez, a Galaxy II goalkeeper who has spent time training with the first team, is the squad's lone professional player. 

The complete roster is below.

GOALKEEPERS: Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy II; Westminster, Calif.)
 
DEFENDERS: Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Ks.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
 
MIDFIELDERS: George Acosta (Estudiantes de La Plata; Miami, Fla.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS: Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks; Durham, N.C.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)
13 April 11:50 am

CARSON, Calif. -- In an announcement that shocked absolutely no one, LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after his stellar performance against Seattle Sounders FC

Penedo made an MLS career-high 10 saves as he led the Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Sounders, helping the Galaxy to their second win of the season. The Panamanian goalkeeper was joined by defender Omar Gonzalez who was named to the Week 6 squad's bench. The nod was the first time this season that a Galaxy player has been named to the league website's Team of the Week. 

The complete squad is below. 

13 April 10:51 am

Everyone at Time Warner Cable SportsNet is getting in the LA Galaxy frame of mine, including Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy. 

On Sunday, following the Lakers' 59th loss of the season, Worthy joined TWCSN host Jamie Maggio with a little signature goal call of his own as Maggio read the highlight of Alan Gordon's finish. Does Worthy have the chops to give Joe Tutino a run for his money? I'll let you decide in the video above. 

I'll say this to Big Game James, if you're up to it, why not join Pete Vagenas and myself for Rapid Fire Tweets starting next week against Sporting KC? 

Should Worthy join the Galaxy telecast? Share your thoughts below. 

12 April 8:34 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. 

His comments are below.

(On the play of Jaime Penedo...)

ARENA: He had an excellent performance today. Real big saves in the first half, got off his line well on a couple of occasions in the second half. Made some big saves, played very well. Stefan Frei made some important saves as well. The goalkeepers played well today for both teams.

(On Rafael Garcia's showing...)

ARENA: "He played very well. I don’t know how much he’s played with us in the past, but he put in an excellent shift today. A very good night. He’s been with us a number of years now, so he’s quite capable of stepping in and performing.

(On Jaime Penedo stepping up...)

ARENA: "His stepping up today was critical. Leonardo has been out, Robbie’s not in today, Jose and Mika didn’t train all week. We were really short-handed and guys stepped up. Gordon was a real man today. Obviously the winning goal, played strong the entire 90 minutes. I think he played quite well. You gotta win these kinds of games. It won’t go down as a classic by any means, but you have to grind it out and we got a critical three points."

(On the team's depth...)

ARENA: "We were a little thin in the week, the concentration and commitment by our team today was excellent. It’s great to get three points."

(On the status of Robbie Keane...)

ARENA: "Keane should be ready next week."

(On when he knew Keane would miss the Seattle game...)

ARENA: "Saturday in Vancouver." 

12 April 5:19 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes have been called up to the U.S. National Team for their upcoming friendly against Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio, Texas.

If he plays against Mexico, Zardes will earn his fifth cap for the U.S. National Team. Gonzalez, the USMNT call is his first since October of last year when he appeared briefly in Landon Donovan's final U.S. game agaisnt Ecuador.

Both are scheduled to leave following the Galaxy’s match with Seattle Sounders FC and will return to prior to LA's game against Sporting Kansas City on April 18. 

12 April 1:33 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to snap their four game unbeaten run against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. The match will be televised on Fox Sports 1 starting at 4 p.m. PT. 

Below are links, matchups, quotes and a prediction to get you ready for the game.

LINKS:

*Remember that the first 15,000 fans into StubHub Center will receive a commemorative 2014 MLS Cup championship ring

*LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena provides an update on the injured pair of Jose Villarreal and Mika Väyrynen

*After Five Matches: A historical look at the the LA Galaxy's early season form over the years

*Sticking with the infographic theme, MLSsoccer.com provides an in-depth look at the records amassed by the Galaxy and Seattle since 2009

* In the latest edition of "90 in 90," Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino preview the Galaxy's match with Seattle

*Meet the "Supervisor": My feature on LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho and his growing leadership role

*In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Juninho's success against the Sounders.

*Finally in the Match Preview Presented by O4 Water: LAGalaxy.com writer Larry Morgan provides a preview of Sunday's big match.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

Omar Gonzalez vs. Clint Dempsey

A match of U.S. National Team stars, Dempsey's movement and partnership with Obafemi Martins will look to cause trouble for Gonzalez. Positioning will be key for Gonzalez and the Galaxy defense to keep the Sounders at bay. 

Juninho vs. Osvaldo Alonso

In a battle between two of the best defensive midfielders in MLS, both will look to set the tempo and spark their offense forward. 

Stefan Ishizaki vs. Dylan Remick

As the LA Galaxy look to generate offense, look for Bruce Arena's men to lean on Ishizaki as he faces off against the second-year MLS defender out of Brown. 

THEY SAID IT:

"Those two guys up front are really good. You can have two really good guys up there but if they don’t have that connection and play well up there, it’s just two really good players. These two it’s almost like they have Sonar and they exactly where each other are at all times. They’re always dangerous."

- Stefan Ishizaki on the Sounders forward partnership of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins

PREDICTION:

Galaxy 2 (Husidic, Gonzalez) Seattle 1 (Dempsey)

11 April 11:13 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to right the ship against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but even though LA’s duel with Seattle always has the fans attention, some with the Galaxy disagree.

The two top teams in Major League Soccer since 2009, the Galaxy and Seattle have been responsible for some epic matches over the last several years including a pair of matches in October and November that determined both the Supporters’ Shield winner and the Western Conference Championship.

Given all that history, is the match a special occasion for the Galaxy?

“It’s a rivalry because we’re one of the best two teams of the league,” said midfielder Stefan Ishizaki. “They got the Supporters’ Shield, and we wanted that. Then we got the MLS Cup, and they wanted that. Obviously, this year, we’re hoping to get both. But we have to start playing better and what better time than to do so against Seattle.”

Not everyone agrees, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was quick to scoff at the past between the two teams will impact Sunday’s result.

“All that stuff is in the past. If you’re worried about all that stuff then you’re head is full of a lot of crap all the time. Last year is last year. If last year wasn’t over, everything would be good, and we’d be champions,” Arena said. “Is it a rivalry? Everyone is our rival. Now that Chivas is gone, we don’t have any rivals... .Maybe the team that was in our building was a rival, but the other teams are just games in our conference and our league.”