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12 October 12:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy Reserves clinched the MLS Reserve League West Division with a 6-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps Reserves on Friday. 

Jack McBean scored two goals in the second half as Rafael Garcia, Tommy Meyer, Andrew Boyens and Pat Noonan each added goals of their own in the convincing romp that set a club record for goals in a Reserve League match. Noonan opened the scoring in the fourth minute of play, but the Galaxy added five in the second half from Meyer in the 55th, Garcia in the 63rd Boyens in the 70th and a pair from McBean in the 88th and 91st. McBean's brace gives the 17-year-old the Reserve League lead in goals scored with five. 

With the win, LA seal the West Division title with a 6-3-1 record, a year after finishing in dead last in the West with a record of 1-6-2. 

A few notes and thoughts from the match:

*With three assists: Raul Mendiola, Pat Noonan, Michael Stephens and Kyle Nakazawa tie for the Galaxy Reserve lead. 

*Seven former Galaxy Academy players took part in the match: Galaxy Under-20s: Rafael Garcia, Michael Stephens and Brian Perk, Galaxy Under-18s: Jack McBean, Oscar Sorto, Raul Mendiola and Drew Murphy. At the final whistle, six of the 11 Galaxy players on the field were former Academy players. 

*Several Galaxy First team players were in attendance including Landon Donovan, Juninho, Todd Dunivant and others.

*The win was an important confidence builder for this group, who are likely to play during LA's CONCACAF Champions League match in El Salvador against Isidro Metapán on October 25th.

 

12 October 7:44 am

As part of my commitment to longer form writing on this website as well as the humanization of the members of the team, I spoke to Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo about his battle with Hodgkin's disease.

Check out the story here and listen to his interview with Joe Tutino below.

Following today's Reserve League finale, I'll have even more on Onalfo as well as his thoughts on how his battles have empowered his son, Galaxy Under-16 player Christian Onalfo.

 

12 October 7:28 am

Jose Villarreal enjoyed a big day on Friday as the LA Galaxy Homegrown Player helped United States Under-20's earn a 2-0 victory over the Scotland Under-21's on Friday at the Marbella Cup. 

Villarreal scored twice in the span of ten minutes with a pair of goals in the 20th and 30th minute off throw-ins from fellow Galaxy youth product and UCLA freshman defender Javan Torre. 

The U.S. is now 1-1 during the tournament and will take on Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

11 October 8:55 pm

Apologies for the lean post amount today to everyone.

But it is important that you get this update...The LA Galaxy Reserves will go for the West Division title against the Vancouver Whitecaps Reserve squad at 10 am on Friday. A victory against the Whitecaps and LA will clinch the title. 

The will take place at U.S. Soccer field #3, which is near the main entrance of the stadium and is free to the public. 

11 October 10:17 am

Robbie Keane will not be suiting up for Ireland in their World Cup Qualifer against Germany on Friday due to an Achillies injury, the Irish Federation announced on Thursday. According to the release, Keane will remain with the squad and "will hopefully" be available for Ireland's next qualifier against the Faroe Islands next Tuesday. 

Ireland are currently in third place in Group C, tied on points with Sweden with three, but trailing on goal differential. Germany lead the group with six points, having played one more match than both Sweden and Ireland.

10 October 7:55 pm

There was no "Ask the Insider" question this week so we're mixing it up a little bit.

I'm taking questions on every topic relating to the Galaxy and those that are interested in asking questions can respond here or on the club's Facebook page. 

If your question is selected to be answered, it will not only get a blog post response, but the winning question will also get a pair of tickets to the Galaxy's Regular Season finale on Oct. 28 against the Seattle Sounders. 

Fire away. 

10 October 5:53 pm

In a sit down interview with LAGalaxy.com AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke and Time Warner Cable Sports President David Rone discussed the impact of the Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes networks.

Leiweke and Rone discussed a variety of topics including the impact that the two networks will have on the Galaxy, both on and off the field. 

Check out the video below...

10 October 4:02 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy left back Todd Dunivant tested himself for the first time on Wednesday as he looks to return from a hip pointer injury that prevented him from appearing in last Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake.

According to Dunivant, the injury first surfaced during LA's 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids last month as he experienced a large welt after the match. Although the left back admitted to being sore, it was not until the beginning of the Galaxy's training session last Thursday that Dunivant experienced an issue in his oblique muscles that he described as feeling like "someone was stabbing me in the gut." The injury ultimately forced him from action against RSL -- as Bryan Gaul got the nod at left back -- but even though the injury sounds severe, Dunivant was back on the training ground on Wednesday as he looks to return to full fitness ahead of LA's next match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Oct. 21. 

Following his first real soccer fitness work out, Dunivant admitted that it is still "day to day" before he engages in full training as he has been limited to predominantly gym work as he works through his injury. After training on Wednesday, head coach Bruce Arena sounded optimistic stating that he believed Dunivant would be on the field very shortly" as he is "moving along fine."

Even though the left back believes that he will not be ready for Friday's Reserve League match, he is optimistic about this recovery. 

DUNIVANT:  “I’m progressing. It’s only really been about a week now, a week as of tomorrow. It’s still been a pretty short amount of time, but today, I started doing more dynamic stuff. I’ve done straight forward jogging till now, so to do more dynamic stuff like weaves and more explosive stuff. I still don’t have full range so it’s not fully there yet, but it’s getting there so I’m definitely optimistic to be available for next week."

(On how the injury first occurred...) 

DUNIVANT: "It was a play in the Colorado game; I had a huge welt on the side of my hip. I didn’t know where it came from, but I remember being sore, but sometimes that happens and your adrenaline is going and you don’t realize it. I was able to train the next day, but with the swelling, it was actually deep enough that it pulled on my oblique and I ended up straining that so it’s all in the same area. Kind of two things to deal with at once, a nice weird injury, but fortunately, we have a bye this week so that gives me a little extra time."

(On his experience during last Thursday's training session...)

"I trained Wednesday and I felt the hip pointer, which obviously was a little sore, but I was able to get through training fine and the first thing on Thursday, the first real soccer movement, the oblique went because it was so tight and there was a lot of swelling and bleeding in there, that pulled that muscle and threw everything of balance. It’s one of those weird freak things, but something that I can deal with."

(On how a schedule to return to full training...)

DUNIVANT: "It’s going to be day to day, today was our first day of really pushing any sort of dynamic stuff and it went fairly well. I could tell that I don’t have the full range yet, but it’ll be ready soon and we’ll try again tomorrow and see how that goes and see how it responds to today because it was quite a bit of a big load on it today so we’ll take it day by day now, and we’ll take it from there. Fortunately, it’s still early in this week and we’ve obviously got all of next week. I want to get back as soon as possible so I can get fit and get back in the rhythm."

10 October 3:31 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy Reserves will play their final Reserve League game of the season on Friday against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves for a chance to win the West Division championship, but while a title will be a nice reward for the club's reserve squad, their true reward has been measured in the development that they have experienced this season.

Among those that has developed immensely this season has been rookie midfielder Kenny Walker.  Drafted with the second round of the MLS SuperDraft with the 38th overall pick, the 23-year-old rookie from the University of Louisville has seen considerable time for the club's reserves this season appearing in all nine games this season. The Reserve League showings have been a boon for Walker, who has also made one start for the first team as well as two appearances in CONCACAF Champions League play.

During his time with the Galaxy Reserves, Walker has formed a solid midfield partnership with rookie Rafael Garcia, whose ability to go forward at times, balances Walker's defensive abilties. 

Although his career is still in its beginning stages, Walker admits it has been a "blast" and a "dream come true" playing with the Reserve League squad.

WALKER: "Development wise, learning the speed of play and from the first team guys and building a team with the second team guys has been a blast and a dream come true pretty much...I've grown in the speed of play, it's a lot different from college because you have to know what you're going to do before you get the ball and your first touch has to be 10 times better than it was in college and even thought you work on it everyday, it takes a little bit to develop it. So getting into [Reserve] games as well as going against the first team everyday and comparing yourself against some of the best players in the world-- guys like David [Beckham], Robbie [Keane] and Landon [Donovan] is good." 

(On the chance to win a Reserve League West Division title...) 

WALKER: "It's been a long couple weeks, just training so it's nice to have a game to look forward to so it's just fun being able to get ready for something and play for a championship. It's just the Reserve League, but it's big to us so it's going to be fun...it's been excellent coming out here and playing with these guys in training and building up with the Reserve team. We've done very well so we'd like to cap it off with a win.

10 October 12:24 pm

The United States Under-20's dropped the first match in the Marbella Cup on Wednesday, 2-1 to Canada. 

LA Galaxy youth product Javan Torre started the match and Jose Villarreal came on at the start of the second half as former Galaxy youth player Mario Rodriguez scored the lone goal for the young Americans. . The start was a surprising one for Torre as he was thrown immediately into the lineup by U-20 head coach Tab Ramos, just hours after being called into the squad.

For those unfamiliar with the UCLA freshman defender's Galaxy credentials, Torre was a regular for the Galaxy Under-18's last year, playing 25 times for the U-18's, in addition, to a pair of appearances for the Reserve League squad. Torre has made six appearances and one start for the Bruins this season. 

The U.S. U-20's are back in action on Friday against Scotland.