CARSON, Calif. – Chandler Hoffman admits that things haven’t quite worked out the way that he wanted when he first joined the LA Galaxy back in March , however, things may be looking up for the 23-year-old forward.
Hoffman has not seen the field in MLS or CONCACAF Champions League play, but he expects that to change when LA takes on Isidro Metapán. The former UCLA striker has lit up the MLS Reserve League with six goals in nine appearances—seven of those being starts and is excited about the chance of contributing against Metapan.
“This could be a big week for me especially with the important game against Seattle this weekend and it might be a chance for me to make an impact so I’m preparing mentally like I’m going to be a part of the game on Wednesday,” said Hoffman, who made his lone appearance for LA this season as a substitute in their U.S. Open Cup defeat in May. “I’ve just been trying to learn and play well in the reserve games to show that I can score goals so I’m hoping that it translates. “
Although the minutes have come in reserve league or in training, Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan admits that the team is noticing positive growth from the young striker.
“Chandler has progressed since he’s been with us. Everything about his game has improved. The only thing that he lacks is really game minutes this year, but in training, we’ve seen a guy that finds himself in the right spots quite often,” said Sarachan. “He’s got a good brain for the game and an ability to play underneath, play wide and he’s a guy that when gets looks at the goal, his percentage is pretty good in terms of making plays that are on frame and in the back of net in training.”
If Hoffman gets an opportunity in the feature or come off the bench against Metapán, he is confident that he can adapt to the style of play.
“It’s a different style than MLS,” said Hoffman, who got a firsthand taste of soccer in Latin America when he trained with three time defending CCL champion C.F. Monterrey’s youth team in his teens. “They like to slow the game down and play technical while it’s faster paced and physical.”
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy Academy players Malcolm Jones and Elijah Martin were among the 36 players called up by U.S. Under-18 National Team head coach Javier Perez for his week-long training camp at StubHub Center on Tuesday.
The camp will run from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29 with the U.S. team taking part in an intrasquad scrimmage on Sept. 25 and a pair of matches against local club teams on the penultimate day of the camp on Sept. 28. Jones has already made a pair of appearances for the Galaxy reserves while both players have prior experience with the U.S. youth set up.
The LA Galaxy Under-18’s start their U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy season with games against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and against the Portland Timbers on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Bruce Arena: LA Galaxy should have an idea about the severity of A.J. DeLaGarza and Landon Donovan injuries soon
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is still unaware of the severity of the injuries to A.J. DeLaGarza (elbow) and Landon Donovan (ankle), but he’s positive that he’ll have some idea soon.
When asked about the status of DeLaGarza, who was seen heading to the locker room and wearing a cast during at the conclusion of the portion of the team’s training session on the StubHub Center stadium field open to the media; Arena told reporters that they’re still unaware of the severity.
“I don’t think they quite know at this point,” said Arena. “[We’ll] see in the next couple of days as he gets moving a little bit more what that’s going to be like.”
Although Arena asserted that the team doesn’t know about the status of either player, he seemed positive when speaking about the severity of Donovan’s injury.
“He sprained his ankle,” said Arena. “Whatever the math is, I’m confident he’s going to be available very soon. You can interpret that any way you want.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Ahead of Wednesday's match against Isidro Metapan, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and players Jaime Penedo and Pablo Mastroeni spoke to LAGalaxy.com's Paolo Ferrari.
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CARSON, Calif. – Ahead of an important week for the LA Galaxy, head coach Bruce Arena is likely test LA’s depth—particularly at right back.
With starting right back A.J. DeLaGarza suffering an elbow injury in last Saturday’s draw to D.C. United and the club admitting to a sluggish showing in Washington, Arena may need to turn to his bench to fill the hole on the right side of defense. Two of his primary options include Sean Franklin, who has been used in the midfield over the past few weeks, but also young Homegrown defender Oscar Sorto.
The 19-year-old has been primarily used in MLS Reserve League matches this season, but with DeLaGarza out with injury and Arena seeking rotation, he may be an option for Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Isidro Metapán.
If Sorto is called upon to the game day roster or possibly start against the Salvadorian club, the teenager admits that he’ll need to rise to the occasion.
“It’s big pressure because all of the players in the first team are high quality players, but I've been improving during these last five months since the U-20 World Cup,” said Sorto. “I've been playing faster and I'm getting better at defending at one-on-ones, which is key to the [right back] position. I’m just going to concentrate on my game and not worry.”
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy struggled through a 2-2 draw to D.C. United on Saturday that saw them lose a pair of starters in A.J. DeLaGarza (elbow) and Landon Donovan (ankle) to injury, but during the first training session since the draw, head coach Bruce Arena stated that there was no update on their statuses.
When asked if there had been any news on the severity of either injury, Arena was consise as he said there were “no updates” yet on either player.
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) September 16, 2013
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane's strike in the 7th minute of LA's 2-2 draw with D.C. United is up for MLSscocer.com's Goal of the Week.
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WASHINGTON— A pair of injuries to A.J. DeLaGarza and Landon Donovan marred the LA Galaxy’s 2-2 draw with D.C. United, but while head coach Bruce Arena stated that the knocks are “not serious” during the Time Warner Sports Net telecast, the injuries could be a major talking point heading into the stretch run.
DeLaGarza’s elbow injury appears to be the most severe, but both Arena and Donovan were optimistic about the forward’s status heading into a week that will see LA take Isidro Metapán in the CONCACAF Champions League and league leading Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at StubHub Center. Donovan’s ankle issue arose toward the end of the first half after getting tangled with D.C.’s Luis Silva, which forced him to come off at the start of the second half.
Following the match, Arena asserted that Donovan “should be okay” after suffering, what he described as a “light sprain” and the 31-year-old was just as optimistic that he can make a quick recovery.
“It got rolled on,” said Donovan, who tallied his eighth assist on Robbie Keane’s goal in the first half. “We got tangled up and [Silva] ended up landing on it. Hopefully it’s not too bad. …I’ll get it looked at [on Sunday] and we’ll see how it goes.”
And the Galaxy will certainly need Donovan healthy as they must defeat the Salvadorians to take charge of Group 8 in CCL play and then knock off high-flying Seattle, if they are to remain in the hunt for the Supporters’ Shield and the Western Conference’s number one record.
Regardless of if he plays or not in any of LA’s two matches, Donovan believes that the Galaxy will have their depth tested.
“It’s a big week for us, a really big week, and a lot of guys are going to have their number called,” said Donovan. “Fortunately, we’ve had a lot of reserve games in the last few weeks. We’ve had a Champions League game so multiple games to stay pretty fit and it’s going to be a week where we have to use quite a bit of players. The Metapán game we have to win—we win that game and we’re in good shape in the group. And if we want to have a chance of catching Seattle we’ll have to win on Saturday.”
WASHINGTON – Michael Stephens bagged his first goal in two years, but even though the midfielder was jubilant at the time of the finish, the memory was bittersweet as LA played to a 2-2 draw with D.C. United on Saturday.
Stephens entered the match in the 78th minute and needed just three minutes to find the back of the net as Robbie Keane fed him near the top the penalty area and he fired a toe-poke shot that rolled past D.C. ‘keeper Bill Hamid. The goal was Stephens’ second career MLS goal and his first since May 29, 2010.
Although the goal was his first in three years, the fact that United equalized three minutes after his strike took much of the shine off his finish.
“It was an important one at the time,” said Stephens. “It would have been a lot better if it would have been the game-winning goal, but at the time it was an important goal and obviously we gave one up, which is unfortunate. But what are you going to do? “
Although he bagged a goal, if LA had not lost A.J. DeLaGarza and Landon Donovan due to injuries then Stephens believes that he probably wouldn’t have seen the field as he has largely been used a defensive substitution.
“I think if you would have told Bruce [Arena] before the game that we were tied or we were losing, I don’t think he would have gone to me,” said Stephens. “But I think the circumstances with injured players allowed me to get in, and I took advantage of the opportunity.”
Now Stephens will look to build on that goal as he is expected to be in the running for a starting position in the Galaxy midfield when they take on Isidro Metapán in CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday. With Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas and Gyasi Zardes each going a full 90 minutes in the draw with United and likely dealing with fatigue, Stephens seems poised and ready to turn his goal against D.C. into success in CCL.
“I think that it’s always good to get a goal because it doesn’t happen very often for me, so it was fun,” said Stephens. “The match against Metapán will be important for me and I think we’ll all be ready to go.”
WASHINGTON – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena’s quotes following the team’s 2-2 draw with D.C. United…
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(On the result...)
ARENA: “We’re disappointed. At the end of the game, we’re positioned to have three points and we need to do better in those situations. It was a day where we give D.C. United credit – they played real hard for 90 minutes. We had to battle real hard. We positioned ourselves poorly at the end of the first half by…I call it giving away a goal. Give [Chris] Pontius credit as well for stripping Omar [Gonzalez] and finishing off the play. Then we got the second goal, which should be enough to give us three points, [but] we failed to keep them off the scoreboard at the end of the game, so that’s disappointing.”
(On the physicality of the game and whether that hindered LA...)
ARENA; “It was physical. We got fouled a little bit more than we anticipated, and it was a hard game. We made it a hard game because we were well-positioned early in this game. If we would be smart with the ball and good and tight defensively, we go into halftime with the lead.”
(On Omar Gonzalez’s turnover that led to the first D.C. United goal and whether it was a “teaching moment”…)
ARENA: “If it was a teaching moment, he failed – he got a bad grade, then. He’s experienced enough as a player now; he shouldn’t be in that position. Hopefully, he continues to grow from his experiences.”
(On midfielder Michael Stephens’ goal…)
ARENA: “It was a good goal. Give him credit – it was good to see Mike [Stephens] come off the bench and contribute.”
(On Robbie Keane’s play tonight…)
ARENA: “Robbie [Keane] was on the ball a lot the whole game. His legs were a little bit tired. I think he stood on the ball a little bit too much tonight, and I think that’s attributed o his travel and his fatigue.”
(On Jaime Moreno being inducted into the D.C. United Hall of Tradition…)
ARENA: “Great player – he belongs there. Well-deserved recognition.”