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13 May 8:51 am

PHILADELPHIA -- LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane trained with the team on Monday in preparation for Wednesday's match against the Philadelphia Union.

The LA Galaxy forward arrived in Pennsylvania on Sunday  from Los Angeles. Keane has missed the Galaxy's last three matches due to an ankle injury. 

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Expect Keane to play on Wednesday? 

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12 May 9:05 am

PHILADELPHIA -- The LA Galaxy completed their sojourn to the East Coast of the United States following Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

The trip began immediately after LA's defeat and include a brief stop over in Toronto before reaching the final destination. The photo that I snapped above is of Penn's Landing on the Delaware River, which earned its name because William Penn, the founder of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania docked here in 1682. In the photo, you can see the USS Olympia, a Spanish-American War era cruiser (White ship) and World War II-era submarine USS Becuna as well as the Moshulu.

More to come on the Galaxy's defeat to Vancouver as well as a new Insider segment to come later today.

Lastly though, I'd like to take a moment to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all those that take the time to read the LA Galaxy Insider blog including my own mom.

11 May 8:40 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Robbie Keane is targeting Wednesday’s match against the Philadelphia Union to make is return to the field after missing three games due to an ankle injury.  If Keane does find his way back in the Galaxy starting lineup, his teammates will be hoping it kick starts the team's attack. 

LA has scored just one goal in two matches and went 253 minutes between their last two strikes: Charlie Rugg’s 13th minute goal against Real Salt Lake on April 27 and Gyasi Zardes’ strike in the 86th minute of the Galaxy’s 3-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday.

After the defeat to  Vancouver  member of the LA Galaxy labeled Keane’s absence as a distinct reason for LA’s recent attacking struggles but midfielder Mike Magee was blunt after the match.

 “I think any team would be missing Robbie,” Magee said.

However, Landon Donovan admitted that the Galaxy can’t pin all their hopes of snapping their two game skid against the Union on Keane’s potential return as defensive breakdowns have led to both defeats.

“Robbie certainly helps in the attacking areas, but Robbie wasn’t going to make any of the plays on the three goals that they scored tonight,” said Donovan. “We all have to be better in certain parts of the game, but certainly having Robbie back will help the attack.”

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Can Keane’s return boost the Galaxy attack? Expect him to start on Wednesday?

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11 May 8:09 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. –LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was particularly candid after the LA Galaxy suffered a 3-1 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday evening at BC Place.

LA has now dropped two consecutive matches.  The loss was also the Galaxy’s first against the Whitecaps since they joined MLS.

Arena’s thoughts are below…

(On his thoughts on the game…)

ARENA: “I think that they muscled us on a couple of plays that made a difference in the game to their credit.”

(On the team’s lack of aggressiveness and where that came from…)

ARENA: “Defensively, in the penalty area, in the attack. Both penalty areas, we could have been better.”

(On Gyasi Zardes’ first career MLS goal…)

ARENA: “It was a good goal.”

(On Russell Teibert’s performance…)

ARENA: “Give him credit, he had a good goal.”

(On whether or not there is disappointment not to get three points…)

ARENA: “Of course. We didn’t come here to lose the game. We’re certainly disappointed. We didn’t have good reactions from our team and I think their team reacted better than we did.”

(On his team’s chances throughout the match…)

“Yeah, we could have gotten a goal to take the lead early in that game, which could have been a big difference in the game, but we didn’t get it done and they did.”

(On whether the push for a goal opened his team up at the back…)

ARENA: “It’s a bunch of players losing their concentration at the end of the game. That’s ridiculous. We should not give up a goal there. That’s poor play by a bunch of our players.”

(On whether having Robbie Keane could help the LA Galaxy…)

ARENA: “We will see. We will deal with that next week.”

(On potential lineup changes…)

ARENA: “There will be changes in Philadelphia.” 

11 May 7:46 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Vancouver Whitecaps FC were understandably jovial after defeated the LA Galaxy for the first time in six MLS meetings, which also snapped their seven-game winless streak. 

The Whitecaps react to the win below...

HEAD COACH MARTIN RENNIE:

Thoughts on the match:

“It’s the first win for the club against the LA Galaxy, so I think that’s a very significant goal that we talked about with the players a few weeks ago as an opportunity that we would have coming up, and that day arrived today. We put together a decent performance in the second half, we took our chances when they came along and for the most part we defended quite well. It’s a fantastic win for us.”

Thoughts on Russell Teibert:

“I think this will boost his confidence. Adding goals to his performance is something that we’ve talked about and we want to see that from him. He’s travelled a very long, hard road from last season to be a first team player. He’s come through our youth system, and there’s others coming through [the youth system] that we’re really excited about as well, so it’s fun to see that today.”

STRIKER DARREN MATTOCKS:

On ending his goal scoring drought:

“It feels really good. I’ve been staying really patient, kept working really hard. I just want to give a big shout out to teammates and all the fans in Vancouver for being really patient with me. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve just got to keep doing the things ive been doing for the last couple of weeks.

On Russell Teibert:

“Fantastic. I think he came in and changed the game completely. He injected a lot of pace and hard work. Russell’s been working extremely hard since preseason. It’s perfect for him to come on and get a couple of goals.”

MIDFIELDER RUSSELL TEIBERT:

Thoughts on his performance:

“I think the team performed really well, we deserve this performance and we owe this to our club and our fans.”

On scoring two goals:

“It feels great. I was overwhelmed when I scored the first goal, and the second one came and the feeling was extraordinary. Scoring my first two goals in front of my family was huge. They supported my dream to become a professional athlete since I was young, so it’s a little gift for them.”

MIDFIELDER NIGEL REO-COKER:

On Russell Teibert:

“Very happy for him, very proud of him. I’ve seen how hard he works since I’ve been here and seen what he can achieve. He didn’t start today’s game. And this is how football changes, I’ve told him this is how football changes. Daigo went off in the first 10 minutes, and he came on and scored two goals.”

On whether this is the turning point of the season:

“I hope so. Something like that, I’d like to believe that we can take some confidence and belief from that, to beat the league champions convincingly as well. We’ve got to use that as a momentum to be a season changer for us and continue to grow as a team and try to achieve what we want to achieve this year.”

11 May 6:36 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Gyasi Zardes bagged his first professional goal in the 86th minute of the LA Galaxy's 3-1 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Zardes spoke to Time Warner Cable SportsNet after the game, which you can watch here.

Zardes' goal is below.

11 May 5:02 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The LA Galaxy fell 3-1 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC to start off their three game, nine-day road trip with a loss.

A few notes below...

*The defeat is LA's first loss against Vancouver Whitecaps FC in six all-time MLS meetings.

*Russell Teibert scored a brace in the win, his first career MLS goals. 

*Gyasi Zardes tallied his first professional goal of his career. 

*First of six games that the LA Galaxy will play on turf. Last year, LA played six games including Champions League.

*LA have fallen behind Vancouver in each of the last three meetings between two teams. LA has a record of 1-1-1. 

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More to come.. 

11 May 2:00 pm

VANCOUVER -- The LA Galaxy begin their three-game in nine-day road trip on Saturday against Vancouver Whiteaps FC. As you prepare for today's clash, check out my links, matchups to watch and predicted lineup.

*Last time the LA Galaxy traveled to Vancouver, Jose Villarreal enjoyed his coming out party and he'll be hoping to duplicate his success on Saturday.

*Robbie Keane does not believe that he'll suit up on Saturday, but Todd Dunivant is hoping to be in contention.

*Bruce Arena offered his thoughts on this struggling Vancouver side that has not won in their last seven matches

*Hector Jimenez enjoyed a successful game for LA's reserves on Tuesday. Can it translate to the first team?

*Remember to send in tweets to Rapid Fire Tweets for my segment on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

*LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan's preview to the match.

*Lastly, my Three Points to the game

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Jose Villarreal vs. Andy O'Brien

The young Galaxy forward will look to repeat his success against Vancouver, but he'll face a physical challenge with the burly Irish center back. 

Mike Magee vs. Y.P. Lee

Perhaps the  match up of the game as the wily Magee will take on the veteran Korean left back. Magee will likely look to use his skills on the ball to befuddle Lee and find holes behind Vancouver's defense.

Greg Cochrane vs. Daigo Kobayashi

Cochrane has done well in all three of his starts this season, but he'll face a new type of test against Kobayashi. More of a technical player than a speedster, the Japanese midfielder will look to confound Cochrane and push him down in his own box. 

PREDICTED LINEUP:

Cudicini; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Cochrane; Donovan, Sarvas, Juninho, Clark; Magee, Villarreal

11 May 11:09 am

CARSON, Calif. – Hector Jimenez was one of the stars of the LA Galaxy reserves 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Blues midweek and he’ll hope to translate that success into an appearance on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Jimenez notched a goal and two assists against the Blues as he terrorized the USL Pro team and drew heavy praise from LA assistant and Reserve League head coach Curt Onalfo. The 24-year-old has now notched two goals and two assists in three matches in the Reserve League.

After a successful reserve stint, just how is Jimenez feeling?

“Confident,” Jimenez told reporters on Friday. “It was a fun game to get 60 minutes and I think that I did pretty well. So I’m looking forward to hopefully getting some minutes tomorrow and keep showing why I should be playing. It feels really good being able to step on the field and help my team is always good. Thanks to Bruce [Arena] and hopefully I can keep performing and keep playing.”  

If Jimenez does see the field against the Whitecaps, it would be his fifth appearance this season in all competitions. His last start came during LA’s 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake last month, where he notched his only assist of the year.

Should he slide into the right side of midfield, he’d work directly in front of right back Sean Franklin, who Jimenez has a fantastic rapport with.

“Last year we played maybe 13 games together. We’re really comfortable and he makes the game happen behind me,” said Jimenez. “Being able to room with him through the road trips definitely helps out on the field.”

11 May 7:11 am

Courtesy of LAGalaxy.com, a video preview of today's match against Vancouver Whitecaps.

Check it out below...