CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy return to action on Wednesday when they face off against the Portland Timbers at StubHub Center.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a prediction for Wednesday's match.
*Robbie Keane spoke on Thursday about the upcoming match against the Timbers.
*In the newest 90 in 90, Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino preview LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers.
*In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the blistering form of Gyasi Zardes.
*Lastly, in the Match Preview presented by Drink 04 Water, LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan gives us some insight on the match.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Juninho vs. Will Johnson
Portland's four game winning streak has concided with Johnson's return which means that Juninho must put the breaks on the fiesty Canadian if the Galaxy are to earn three points.
Gyasi Zardes vs. Liam Ridgewell
The physical Englishman will attempt to knock Zardes off his game early and often, but look for Zardes' speed to get the better of Ridgewell.
Darlington Nagbe vs. Robbie Rogers
Robbie Rogers is in form as of late, but he'll have a tough test job handling the speedy Nagbe who has enjoyed success against the defender in the past.
Galaxy 2 (Keane, Zardes) Portland Timbers 1 (Adi)
CARSON, Calif. -- Gyasi Zardes is heating up at just the right time for the LA Galaxy and U.S. National Team.
Zardes has had a banner week that saw him named MLS Player of the Week and then earn a call-up to the USMNT for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the success that Zardes has enjoyed as of late.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II defender David Romney was named to USL Team of the Week for Week 14 of the 2015 USL regular season.
Romney scored his first goal of his professional career in Los Dos' 3-0 victory over Orange County Blues last week. The defensive work put in by the central defender was vital in helping the Galaxy II secure the shutout of the side from Orange County.
The complete USL squad can be seen below.
WATCH: LA Galaxy players featured alongside supermodel Lily Aldridge for SELF magazine's "Play Like A Girl" issue
Four members of the LA Galaxy recently had an opportunity to take the field with international supermodel Lily Aldridge for a photo shoot for the July edition of SELF magazine.
Goalkeeper Brian Rowe, defenders Robbie Rogers and Leonardo as well as forward Bradford Jamieson IV all faced off against the Victoria's Secret Angel and a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model for SELF's "Play Like A Girl issue." Throughout the interview, pictorial -- and the accompanying video which can be seen above -- Aldridge had the chance to show off her sports skills against the Galaxy players as well as other athletes like New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Playing soccer is nothing new for Aldridge who readily admits that if she wasn't a renown supermodel, she'd be a professional soccer player.
I always thought I was going to be a soccer player, get a scholarship to college and then join the U.S. women’s team,” says Aldridge, who told SELF that she's played left forward for 11 years. “Mia Hamm was my role model. I still look up to her.”
Although initially a bit apprehensive about getting back on the pitch, Aldridge quickly warmed up after conversing with the four Galaxy players .
“I was nervous to play them, because I’d been talking about soccer all day,” Aldridge said. “It felt great to be on the field. Being around athletes makes me feel very comfortable.”
Read more about the Galaxy's participation in the July edition of SELF magazine.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy midfield stalwart Juninho was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after his influential performance in the center of the park helped the Galaxy earn a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.
Juninho notched a goal and an assist in the victory but was a defensive and offensive force in midfield for a Galaxy team that quickly overwhelemed a helpless Union side. The Brazilian was not the only member on the team of the week as he was joined by Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena who was named Head Coach of the Week.
Included on the squad's bench were defender Robbie Rogers and forward Gyasi Zardes (one goal and two assists).
Jose Villarreal all smiles after the LA Galaxy announce the signing of 30 players for SOSC Unified Team
CARSON, Calif. – Jose Villarreal is known for his flashy work on the field but the 21-year-old forward from Inglewood will be watching another group of talented players take the field later this summer.
On Monday, the Galaxy announced the signing of 30 new players for their Special Olympics unified team. The team made up of students with and without intellectual disabilities will begin training on Tuesday and then play their first game on Aug. 15 against FC Dallas.
After LA’s big announcement, Villarreal was beaming.
“It’s so cool. I got the chance to meet the Mexican Special Olympics team when I was down in Mexico. They’re great people, they’re special,” Villarreal said. “They’re definitely a lot funnier than any of us here. It’s fun seeing them and even with the conditions that they have, they’re still doing what they do, and do it extraordinarily. It’s amazing."
And when the Galaxy unified team takes the field in August against FC Dallas, Villarreal and the rest of the Galaxy will be cheering them on.
“It’s pretty cool that Galaxy is helping them out,” he said. “It’s special and shows what kind of character our organization has.”
CARSON, Calif. – Stefan Ishizaki couldn’t help but smile after scoring his first goal of the season.
After a questionable officiating decision stripped Ishizaki of a goal against the Columbus Crew, the Swedish midfielder found the back of the net against the Philadelphia Union as part of a goal fest that saw LA smash the Union, 5-1.
However as happy as Ishizaki was to finally hit the back of the net, the Swede admitted that his play down the flanks against the Union gave him a bit more joy.
“The most important thing was for the team to win but it was nice to finally score,” Ishizaki said. “It’s a confidence booster and that’s going to help but I’m thinking about other parts of the game that I did well like dribbling my left back and making good decisions out there on the field.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the Galaxy's 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
(On tonight’s performance..)
ARENA: “I think the score does not indicate the game correctly. I don’t think we were as dominate as the score would indicate. We were pretty sloppy in the game, but having said that, we finished some great goals. At times we played well, at other times we didn’t play so well. So it was far from a complete victory tonight, and we have a way to go. But it is good to have some of these players back, it gives us a little bit more quality obviously in the final third. But we can play better than we did today.”
(On Baggio Husidic...)
ARENA: “I think he is very much appreciated. He has played in a lot of spots for us, and he is a very good team player. He is a very good player. I think again, tonight, is another good game by Baggio. Hopefully we could get more players that play as consistently as he has.”
(On Gyasi Zardes...)
ARENA: “I think he had a good night and a good goal with a great ball from Keane. He is getting better.”
(On Sebastian Lletget...)
ARENA: “He is a good player, no question about it. You can his quality on the ball. He can move the ball, he is a good passer, he can finish off players, so he is a good addition to our squad.”
Look ahead to Philadelphia: The LA Galaxy start the second half of the season vs. Philadelphia Union
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will face the Philadelphia Union on Saturday as they officially kick off the second half of the MLS regular season.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a prediction for Saturday's clash.
*In the latest edition of By the Numbers, we look at the recent success of Sebastian Lletget.
*Lastly in the O4 Water Match Preview, LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan gives a preview of the match.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Omar Gonzalez vs. C.J. Sapong
The most important match of the evening will see Gonzalez look to slow down Sapong who has scored twice in his last two matches.
Robbie Keane vs. Maurice Edu
The former USMNT regular will have his hands full with Keane who is finally in form after a stellar showing against PSA Elite earlier this week.
Stefan Ishizaki vs. Fabinho
The Swede has endured an up-and-down campaign this season, but should have plenty of opportunties against a leaky Philadelphia defense.
LA Galaxy 4 (Lletget, Keane, Zardes, Ishizaki) Union 0
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy open up the second half of their season on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the success of Sebastian Lletget since joining the club last month.