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06 April 3:28 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. --The LA Galaxy offense put forth one of their most disappointing showings recent memory during last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.  

Against the Whitecaps, the Galaxy found themselves neutralized as the forward tandem of Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes had little room to operate as Vancouver’s high pressure defense limited their opportunities.The Whitecaps defensive strategy meant that goalkeeper David Ousted had an easy day at the office, with the Galaxy’s lone shot on goal not coming until the 67th minute by virtue of a soft rolling shot by second half substitute Edson Buddle.  

Following the match, Zardes told reporters that it was time for LA’s forwards to work on their chemistry after such a lethargic showing at BC Place.

“It’s early, a bunch of us left with our national team, our attacking forwards, it’s hard to come back and just get in the groove of it, but then again there’s no excuses we didn’t show up,” Zardes said. “This week we’re going to work on our chemistry, just getting the ball moving. Usually we outplay teams, we don’t let other teams touch the ball, although tonight we let Vancouver catch a rhythm.”

Keane was quick to disagree, however, stating that LA's struggles were simply based on the impressive defense that Vancouver provided in their convincing victory.

“They played better than us, it’s not about chemistry," Keane said. "Tonight that obviously wasn’t there but you know it wasn’t because we weren’t trying, it was the fact that they were the better team.”

04 April 11:39 pm
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said there were no excuses for his team's poor showing in their 2-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday.
 
Arena's comments to the media are below. 
 
(On the result...)
 
ARENA: “They were the better team all night, they outplayed us the entire match. They outcompeted us form the start and it was a big factor in the game, give them credit, they outplayed us in every aspect of the game.”
 
(On what he can take from this game...)
 
ARENA: “Can’t take anything good. Personally every player can look at their performance and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
 
(On the LA Galaxy attack...)
 
ARENA: “We didn’t do anything well tonight, no excuses.”
 
(On how good Vancouver is as a team...)
 
ARENA: “Who knows, you don’t know anything this early in a season. Ask me that question in August and I’d have hopefully an answer for you. Right now they have four wins in five games, that’s real positive.”
 
(On Vancouver's Rivero...)
 
ARENA: “Good player, good player.”
 
(On if the team has time to bounce back...)
 
ARENA: “We have what 30 more games, 29 more games. There’s a chance to bounce back.”
 
04 April 1:01 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The LA Galaxy are winless in their last eight matches across all competitions away from StubHub Center, but will look to get their first road victory in seven months on Saturday when they face Vancouver Whitecaps FC. 

In the latest Insider on Location video, Galaxy TV speak to A.J. DeLaGarza, Baggio Husidic and Gyasi Zardes about how LA can get an elusive road victory.

Check out the video above. 

03 April 6:35 pm

Back from international duty, LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is determined to keep up his banner run of form against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Penedo appeared in Panama’s friendly victories over Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica before rejoining the Galaxy on Thursday. After two strong performances in Los Canaleros’ Gold Cup tuneups, Penedo was in high spirits when returning to LA.

“I’m happy, representing your country at the national team level is always an honor and I think we needed the results,” Penedo told LA Galaxy Insider. “Fans in Panama were asking for it and the results make us feel at ease in order to continue to work hard. We had some tough games against Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica.”

In his first match back from national team duty, Penedo will face a team that he has enjoyed plenty of success against since arriving in MLS back in 2013. The Panamanian goalkeeper is unbeaten in four matches with the Whitecaps, compiling a 3-0-1 record.

Given his success against Vancouver, Penedo is confident that the Galaxy can earn their first win of 2015 on Saturday.

“I think that every game is different, that’s what soccer is all about. Vancouver has started the season on the right foot, we have let several points slip by and we need to start adding points both on the road and at home," Penedo said. "It’s going to be a complicated game, we will be playing on turf, and it’s a field they are familiar with. But we have a great team and we have great players to go up against them head to head.”

03 April 3:52 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The LA Galaxy will look to get their first win away from home in 2015 on Saturday when they take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place. 

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Jaime Penedo's stellar record against the Whitecaps -- the very team that made delivered his signature MLS moment.

Check it out below

03 April 11:07 am

Robbie Rogers is a pretty stylish guy, and it's no surprise that the men's fashion magazine has chosen to profile the LA Galaxy defender. 

Rogers was featured in a few style shots modeling products that have been featured in the magazine

In addition to the brief pictoral, Gentleman's Quarterly spoke to Rogers late last year about his career as the first openly gay athlete in a major American professional sport.

02 April 4:21 pm

The LA Galaxy Under-16's ended the Generation adidas Cup with a 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls in the Premier Division's Semifinal round. 

New York controlled the match from the start and were boosted when Galaxy U-16's went down to 10 men after Kyle Holcomb was sent off. The Red Bulls sealed the deal in the 49th minute when Brian Saramago beat a Galaxy defender in the penalty area and then fired a shot from close range that beat goalkeeper Eric Lopez for the game-winner. 

Despite the loss, LA end the tournament with a 3-1-0 record after picking up wins against Tigres UNAL, Chicago Fire and Orlando City SC. 

02 April 3:23 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane is back in training with the LA Galaxy and after spending the last week with the Republic of Ireland, he's set to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at a sold-out BC Place. 

Keane returned to the Galaxy on Tuesday after helping the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 draw against Poland in a Euro 2016 qualifier last week. For his first match back with LA, Keane and the Galaxy will travel to BC Place, and play on a surface that Keane has been openly critical of in the past.

This time around, however, Keane is not interested in airing any grievences about BC Place's turf, but rather the Irishman is quick to pile compliments on a much improved Vancouver Whitecaps FC side. 

"We know what to expect. We’ve played there before, it’s obviously tough conditions playing on turf but we know how to handle it," Keane said. "They’ve got a good team and one of my best friends [Carl Robinson] is the manager and we’ve seen a difference with him creating a good environment and atmosphere there. It’ll be a tough game, but it’s one that we’re looking forward to play."

02 April 9:06 am

The LA Galaxy Under-18's ended a disappointing showing at the Gordon Jago Super Group at Dallas Cup with a 7-0 defeat against Argentine giants River Plate. 

After a Rey Ortiz red card, a Galaxy hand ball led to a penalty for the Argentines and the goals began to flow for River against the undermanned LA side. With the victory, River Plate qualified for the Super Group semifinals where they'll face Mexican club C.F. Monterrey. 

The Galaxy U-18's dropped their first two matches by identical results as they fell to Japanese club Ryutsu Keizai University FC and English club Everton by identical 3-0 results. 

01 April 5:17 pm

CARSON, Calif. – New LA Galaxy goalkeeper Trey Mitchell was as surprised when the LA Galaxy called to bring him into the squad, but now that he’s a member of the squad, he’s hoping to make the most of his opportunity.

Mitchell was signed last Friday after the Galaxy lost third goalkeeper Brian Perk to a season ending surgery. He made his first appearance in the club’s game day roster as starting ‘keeper Brian Rowe’s backup during Saturday’s match with D.C. United.

The move came out of the blue for Mitchell who spent time earlier this year with USL side Louisville City FC before being released from training camp. Now that he’s a member of the team, Mitchell says he’s blessed to have the opportunity to play for the best team in MLS.

“It’s awesome. I’m truly blessed to have this chance,” Mitchell told LA Galaxy Insider. “I’m just absolutely stoked and to begin my professional career with the LA Galaxy is a dream come true. To be in my hometown, near my college is just awesome.”

A former trialist with Real Salt Lake and member of the now defunct Chivas USA Under-23’s, Mitchell enjoyed two standout years with Cal State Dominguez Hills. During his time with the Toros, Mitchell made 20 appearances while notching 71 saves and 0.85 goals against average which was the fourth best in the school’s history.  

Due to the play of goalkeepers Jaime Penedo and Brian Rowe, first team minutes will likely come at a premium for the 23-year-old ‘keeper, but he’s optimistic that he’ll make a few appearances with Los Dos this season.

“It’s all dependent on how I perform in training. I basically start from an empty cup and now I have to fill up my cup. I know that I need to work my butt off and see where I can go from there. I think that if I play well in training then I can earn some minutes with Galaxy II, but my goal is to eventually earn minutes for the first team soon.”