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13 March 1:04 pm

 

FIFA 15 will be holding a special tournament celebrating St. Patricks Day, and if you win the tourney, you'll have a chance to win a special edition Robbie Keane item.

"Green Keane" as FIFA calls it, will be available from March 13 to March 18. 

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12 March 6:28 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane will be joining Jaime Penedo on international duty during the same weekend that their LA Galaxy teammates will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on D.C. United. 

Keane was named to the Republic of Ireland's 35-man provisional squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on March 29 in Dublin. Irish manager Martin O'Neill will reduce his squad before they convene on March 22, but the LA Galaxy captain is a certain lock to be on the roster for their match against the Group D leaders. 

Ireland are currently in a three-way tie (with Germany and Scotland) for second in Group D, but would find themselves out of contention due to goal differential. The top two teams from each of the nine groups automatically qualify for the tournament in France. The third place team with the highest point total will also qualify for the tournament while the other eight third place teams will face off in playoffs for the competition's final four slots.

12 March 4:35 pm

Steven Gerrard is steadily wrapping up his time with Liverpool FC before joining the LA Galaxy in July, but before he leaves England, the legendary Liverpool man will play in the Liverpool All-Star Charity match on March 29 against a team fellow Reds talisman Jamie Carragher at Anfield.

The two captains held a mini-draft on Thursday to divide up some of the star players that will be participating in the game, and during the brief interaction, Carragher couldn’t help but crack a joke about Gerrard’s impending move to the Galaxy.

As the two Anfield legends set up their squads, Carragher chuckled when Gerrard stated that he intended to play the “experienced” tandem of himself and Xabi Alonso in central midfield.  The former Liverpool central defender jokingly referred to Gerrard and Alonso as “has-beens” before Gerrard shot back at his former teammate stating that “you can’t buy experience.”

However, it was Carragher who had the laugh by quipping, “LA Galaxy did.”

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12 March 12:07 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has been fined an undisclosed amount by the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee, the league announced on Thursday.

The league’s disciplinary body cited “unprofessional conduct” as the rationale behind their fine of the Galaxy forward. Although it is not stated in the press release, the fine is likely due to a gesture made by the striker after scoring late during the Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.

Following training on Thursday, Keane cited “passion” as the reason that he celebrated in that manner.

“If you don’t play with passion like I’ve always done, that’s how I play and that’s how I get the best out of myself and out of players,” said Keane who noted that it was ‘one million percent not directed at fans. “I want to win all the time; I always want things to be better. I do things to get people going in a different way. I’ll do that on the training field or on the field of play, I’ll always continue to do that.

“I know why I did it, it’s to get a reaction from someone else and if it’s going to make us a better team than my job is done.” 

11 March 12:30 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Edson Buddle has officially returned to the LA Galaxy, and the 33-year-old veteran forward couldn't be happier. 

Buddle signed with the club last week after two lean years with the Colorado Rapids that saw him struggle with injuries and his team's own inconsistencies. After two difficult seasons with the Rapids, Buddle jumped at the chance to return to the Galaxy

“I let my agent deal with it. He’s familiar with Bruce and he knows that I’m happiest when I’m in L.A. I’m glad that it all worked out,” said Buddle. “[Colorado] was bittersweet because at least I got to see it and see why you have a balance. You can’t just go totally young. You need guys who have been in those situations to get out of it. It was a learning curve for me, to add to my career.” 

One of the primary reasons that Buddle returned to the Galaxy—other than the weather—was the ability to once again suit up with Robbie Keane. The two paired up at times during Buddle’s 2012 stint with the Galaxy, but several injuries prevented Buddle from creating a lasting partnership with the Irishman.

However, now that Buddle is back, he’s hopeful that he can team up with Keane once more.

“I like to play in harmony with Robbie and the attacking part of the team,” Buddle said. “Hopefully, I’ll get a feel for things and perform.”

But now that he’s back in Los Angeles, just how long can Buddle keep playing? According to the forward, for quite a long time, just as long as he takes his vitamins.

“I feel great. I take a lot Herbalife vitamins,” Buddle said with a grin. “I’ll take advantage of that. It’s year-by-year. A lot of players are playing longer, but I know there a hungry group of players coming into the league. I’m pretty healthy. Right now, I have a strain in my left quad, but I’m just being cautious. I don’t want to do anything that can hurt me long term.”

11 March 11:10 am

The 2013 MLS Referee of the Year Hilario Grajeda will serve as the head referee for the LA Galaxy's clash with the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Sunday (4pm PDT, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes), the Profressional Referee Organization announced on Wednesday. 

Grajeda will be making his 2015 regular season debut as a head official after serving as the chief referee for 20 games a season ago. The 47-year-old issued an average of 4.4 yellow cards a game in 2014 while dealing two red cards in total last year. 

Grajeda officiated four LA Galaxy games in 2014 with LA complying a 1-1-2 record. 

The complete officiating team for Sunday's game is below:

REF: HILARIO GRAJEDA
 
AR1: Paul Scott
 
AR2: Felisha Mariscal
 
4TH: Baboucarr Jallow
10 March 3:57 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Jaime Penedo declared on Monday that there is “no problem” between him and the LA Galaxy coaching staff after an UniMas report during last week’s 2-0 LA win over the Chicago Fire stated that he was purposely benched in favor of Brian Rowe due to contract negotiations.

On Friday Galaxy coach Bruce Arena quickly denied the report and cited Penedo’s “nagging injuries” as the reason behind the reason that Panamanian was benched. After training on Monday, Penedo, who is signed through the end of the 2015 season, shook off the report, and stated that he was focused on returning to his place between the pipes when the Galaxy face the Portland Timbers this weekend.

"The contract is there, but I just need to continue to look to win a championship,” Penedo said. “The team has the option, but it is not my priority right now. ...The coach and I have come to an agreement, and that is all set.”

LA GALAXY RESERVES DEFEAT LA GALAXY II IN SHORT GAME SCRIMMAGE

Ahead of this week's trip to Oregon to face the Portland Timbers, a reserve-laden Galaxy squad defeated LA Galaxy II in a 60 minute scrimmage on Tuesday.

Alan Gordon scored two goals for the Galaxy while Todd Dunivant added a third in the practice game.

GYASI ZARDES WORKING WITH ON FINISHING WITH JOSE VILLARREAL 

A year ago, Gyasi Zardes was the breakout star for the LA Galaxy, but in 2015, it’s fellow Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal who is eager to fill that role.

Villarreal notched a goal in an impressive shift along the left side of midfield in the Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire, and put himself in contention to start again this Sunday when LA faces the Portland Timbers. Following the match against the Fire, Zardes spoke highly of Villarreal, and after practice on Tuesday, he echoed his praises.

"We're working together on finishing, and we're always helping each other," said Zardes. "We're both hungry to be on the field and stay there. He scored a beautiful goal [against the Fire], and I'll make sure that he stays confident and if he gets down then I'll be there to help him."

10 March 1:24 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo has been named to Panama's squad for the nation's upcoming friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica, the Panamanian federation announced on Tuesday

Penedo, who was left out of the starting lineup for the Galaxy's opening match against the Chicago Fire, is expected to start for Panama when they face the Soca Warriors in Port of Spain on March 27, and again when they host Costa Rica in Panama City on March 31. The matches will serve as preparation for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

Due to his participation in the friendlies, the Panamanian goalkeeper will miss the Galaxy's March 28 road match against D.C. United.

06 March 11:49 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to the media after the club's 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire in the opening match of the 2015 regular season.

Arena's comments are below.

(On starting Jose Villarreal…)

“Obviously he played well, and obviously got the winning goal for a really big game. He is a good player; he dedicates himself to being a good professional. He’s got the talent to be a real good player, so I’m really pleased with his game today. … Last year for a while, we loaned him to Cruz Azul and it didn’t work out. He came back, but 2014 was really a little bit of a wasted year for him. We started to get him going a little bit with Galaxy II, but he’s  is a player with a lot of talent, maybe his best position would be a second forward. Perhaps where Robbie Keane plays, but he’s not going to get on the field because of that. We have a lot of forwards, and we asked him to make this transition to midfield, and it’s a bit challenging, but he has worked real hard to get fit. I thought tonight he showed that, and he did in his last couple of preseason games. So we’re pretty excited about his development.”

(On relying on Stefan Ishizaki with the absence of Donovan…)

“I don’t even give any of that a thought. We’re building a team for this year, and it has nothing to do with Landon not being here. It has to do with the players that are here and getting better and making our team better. Landon is obviously respected, and we appreciate everything he has done, but that is over. Ishizaki is in his second year in this league, he is much more comfortable. He is a very good player, and we expect him to have a really good year this year, as he did last year.”

(On defensive line…)

ARENA: “It’s a pretty experienced group. All of our players, beside the group the group that started tonight, you saw A.J. coming on, we have Tommy Meyer, and Todd Dunivant, we have good experienced players that can play multiple positions in the back line and they have played together for a while. So they are pretty consistent and obviously talented. Omar is a tremendous talent, Leonardo is probably a little bit of an unsung hero, he’s played very well for us, he is going to have an outstanding season.”

(On why Rowe started over Penedo…)

ARENA: “Jaime has had some knocks in preseason and he hasn’t played that much. We felt that Brian was a little ahead of Jaime at this point.”

(On UniMas reporting that Penedo sat out the game due to contract negotiations…)

ARENA: “He is healthy…That wasn’t my decision. Our decision was made because we felt that Brian was the right guy for this game.”

(On the league starting on time…)

ARENA: “It was great. I think the league had to go on, and start on schedule this year. I don’t think we could have received the type of support we need if there we had a strike and the season was delayed. I think it’s important that we got the season started on time, and obviously we are real happy to be able to play.”

(On the experienced nature of the team…)

ARENA: “It’s the same thing for the most part, they’re an experienced group, & they know how to play and at home we obviously played well. But it’s an experienced group of players on the field and they’ve tasted a lot of success and they understand what they need to do to win games. We’ve been through it before, and I thought the first half we played well, especially the last 15 minutes of the half. So I think it’s just a matter of time to get a goal, and I think Chicago started off the second half much better. They put us under some pressure, so obviously Jose’s goal was big. We thought that we put them in a position where they tire out a little bit because they had to do a lot of defending in the first half. Our guys kept their concentration and had the kind of discipline they needed to have. When they got the first goal, I thought they felt pretty comfortable that they would be able to get a second one, and get three points.”

(On if the team’s sharpness ‘waxed and waned’…)

ARENA: “Wax and wane? I don’t know if it did that. Wax and wane? We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be. It was the first game of the season. The players don’t fully have their legs yet, but if we were a little bit sharper in the first half then we’d get a goal, no question.” 

05 March 4:49 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy's season is finally here. 

The club will open up the 2015 MLS regular season on Friday when they host the Chicago Fire at StubHub Center. In 2015, the Galaxy will look to once again dominate at home where they went an astounding 15-1-4 in both regular season and postseason matches.

In the very first edition of By the Numbers in 2015, we take a look at the Galaxy's goal differential at home during the 2014 campaign.