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18 June 2:46 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Bruce Arena vented  his frustrations about the LA Galaxy's U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 draw to reporters on Thursday. 

The Galaxy are slated to face the San Jose Earthquakes on July 1 in the U.S. Open Cup fifth round at Avaya Stadium.  LA's Open Cup date will come just four days after the Galaxy's league match against the Earthquakes at Stanford Stadium. 

With the scheduling presenting logisical headaches for the Galaxy -- and putting the side on a course to play five games in 15 days -- Arena was quick to  voice his displeasure. 

"It's fine. It's an hour flight which is a luxury," Arena said. "It should be the 30th in all honesty. ... We have a game on Saturday after that. It makes no sense. It's illogical some of this stuff. It is what it is. It's better than going across country which is good." 

18 June 9:57 am

The LA Galaxy will be heading back on the road in the U.S. Open Cup. 

U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday morning that the San Jose Earthquakes will host the LA Galaxy on July 1 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose at 7:30 p.m. PT in the tournament's Round of 16. Should the Galaxy get past San Jose, they'll travel to face the winner of the match between Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers in the quarterfinal stage on July 21 or July 22.  Whichever team advances from the tournament's West region will travel to the Central region which includes FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo. 

The Galaxy have gone 2-4-0 in Open Cup road matches since 2010 and have not advanced past the quarterfinal stage since the 2006 campaign.  

17 June 11:36 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy sent a message to the remainder of the field in the U.S. Open Cup, the two-time Open Cup champions are "in it to win it."

Starting a relatively first choice lineup, the Galaxy smashed amateur side PSA Elite 6-1 on Wednesday at StubHub Center. Captain and reigning MLS MVP Robbie Keane led the way for the Galaxy with three goals and an assist in the rout.

Even though the Galaxy were facing a team way down the American Soccer pyramid, Keane believes it was important for LA to show their intent in the tournament.

“It doesn’t matter who you play. We’ve seen it before. [Upsets] happens in England all the time. It happens on a regular basis and it happened last year to us against Carolina. So you have to take these games seriously and the teams that don’t take these games seriously usually get beat,” Keane said. “These players who come here [from PSA Elite] want to come and impress and they did very well the first half and got a goal. And they made it hard. At the end of the day, we had a job to do and we had to do it to the best of our ability and do it in the right manner, treating the team with respect, whether it’s a semi-professional team or not.”

The Galaxy will find out on Thursday whether they will face San Jose Earthquakes, Portland Timbers or Real Salt Lake in the fifth round of the tournament. No matter who the Galaxy are drawn against, Keane believes that his side is poised for a deep run..

“We certainly want to win,” Keane said. “We’re in it to win it. No question.” 

17 June 10:46 pm
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters on Wednesday following the team's 6-1 victory over PSA Elite. 
 
(On Robbie Keane...)
 
ARENA: “It was good to get him back on the field again and get some minutes in. We’re still moving him forward and trying to get him back into form. So tonight was a good exercise for him. I think people that score goals, or baskets, or whatever in any sport, you need to have confidence that you can do it. So anytime you have a positive performance in those areas, it’s helpful. So I think he’ll feel good about getting on the field next time, and be able to score goals. He needs to play, he only played 15 minutes with Ireland on Saturday I think, and he was gone for the week so he is a little behind. We just have to push the minutes on him. They weren’t hard minutes tonight, but they are still good minutes to push him forward.”
 
(On Sebastian Lletget...)
 
ARENA: “Sebastian played well. He is coming along the last two-three weeks; he is getting fitter. We wanted to give him 90 minutes, we gave him 80 if I’m not mistaken. So we’re trying to move him forward quickly, and he has responded well. He is a good player, a good soccer player.”
 
(On Raul Mendiola...)
 
ARENA: “Good to get him up with the first team, and see how he’s progressing. He is doing fine, still a little bit away from being up with the first team, but it was good to see him play with our group again.”
 
(On PSA Elite...)
 
ARENA: “Kind of what I expected. An athletic group, some decent players there but to be honest with you, I haven’t followed them that closely. I know that they’re obviously college soccer players in this area. Number 2, the right back did a good job; he used to be in our academy, another sticker up top from Cal Riverside. Number 10 I thought looked good at times, but I really don’t know the team that well.”
 
(On if Jose Villarreal is playing at his best...)
 
ARENA: "I don't think that we're close to seeing him at his best. Jose at his best tonight would have scored some goal. He's got  way to go but he had a good 45 minutes." 
17 June 1:57 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Raul Mendiola has been a revelation for LA Galaxy, and now the 21-year-old midfielder will have an opportunity to translate his success with in the USL to the first team, starting with Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup match against amateur side PSA Elite. 

Mendiola figures to play a role in Wednesday's clash after being left on the bench for Los Dos' Open Cup defeat to Ventura County Fusion. To date, Mendiola has shined with Galaxy II notching a league lead seven assists as well as three goals for a team that has charged up the Western Conference standings in recent weeks. 

The 21-year-old also figures to have some needed information on the United States Adult Soccer Association side having played with the likes of Justin Dhillon and Nathan Smith with the Galaxy Academy. 

“I’m pretty excited about this and I’m looking forward to it, I just need to be concentrated when the game comes and get a result,” Mendiola told LA Galaxy Insider. “I know some of the guys on their team but when we all step on the field, we’ll have to appear against and play well. But we have a game plan, and we have to execute.” 

16 June 4:43 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are officially at the midway point of the 2015 MLS regular season.  

The Galaxy completed their 17th of 34 league matches on Saturday when they earned a 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew SC. At the halfway mark, the Galaxy find themselves in sixth place in the Western Conference with a 5-5-7 record and 22 points after 17 matches.

The first half of LA's season has been marred with injuries to players like Robbie Keane, Jose Villarreal, and A.J. DeLaGarza but the club remains in playoff contention with half of the season under their belt. Things will change quickly once the second half of the season ramps up with the addition of Steven Gerrard, and the continued immersion of newcomers like Sebastian Lletget

Following training on Tuesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters about the lessons that he's taken from the team's start. 

"We learned that it's very different playing with 17 different lineups and making so many changes and dealing with so many injuries. Having said that, it's remarkable that we've been able to keep our heads above water, and are right in the middle of the pack. We're not too far behind and we're positioned well for the second half of the season," Arena said. "Without a full team though, we're not going to be a dominant team in this league. That's for sure. But I don't think that anyone is, that's the other message of the first half of the season. No teams have stood out ahead of others. It's a real scramble at this point, but hopefully for us, the second half of the season is better."

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16 June 1:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Bradford Jamieson IV is back in the fold with the LA Galaxy after a successful stint with the U.S. U-20’s at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but the youngster has yet to return to the field.  

Jamieson scored a goal and made four appearances at the U-20 World Cup during the group stage but saw his participation in the tournament end due to a violent head injury in the early stages of the U.S.’ 1-0 win over Colombia in the Round of 16. Jamieson’s injury left him unavailable for the U.S.' penalty kick defeat to Serbia in the quarterfinals.

On Tuesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed that 18-year-old suffered a concussion against Colombia, and is currently under evaluation by the club’s medical staff in adherence with the league’s concussion protocol.

“I don’t know when he’s going to be back training,” Arena said. “He’s here though, he was [at the stadium] today.” 

16 June 9:18 am

Rack up another World Cup qualifying victory for A.J. DeLaGarza and the tiny island territory of Guam, this time against a nation of more than 1.2. billion people. 

Goals by former Galaxy midfielder Brandon McDonald and Travis Nicklaw were  enough for the Matao to defeat India 2-1, giving Guam their second straight victory in the second round of AFC World Cup qualifying. The Blue Tigers picked up a late goal from former Sporting Kansas City striker Sunil Chhetri in  the third minute of stoppage time, but it wasn't enough for the Indians to share the spoils. DeLaGarza went 90 minutes in the victory, and was responsible for denying an attempt by Indian striker C.K Vineeth during the game's early stages. 

Guam are now in first place in Group D with six points, ahead of Oman (three points) and Iran (one point), who have each played one fewer game than the Matao. Turkmenistan (one point) and India (zero points) round out the group in fourth and fifth place respectively.

After earning two wins at home, Guam will play their next World Cup qualifier on hostile ground as they travel to face Iran on Sept. 3 before returning to the island to host Oman on Sept. 8. 

15 June 12:13 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after an impressive performance against Columbus Crew SC last Saturday. 

In his first start  back from a left achillies injury, Rogers was a force along the left side of the field, frequently bombing down the wing to cause trouble for the Crew. The 27-year-old aided in the Galaxy's only goal of the game when his run up field saw the ball deflect off a Crew defender and fall perfectly for Sebastian Lletget for his first goal in a Galaxxy uniform. Rogers nearly scored a goal of his own just before the end of the half after making a strong down field only to see his shot go wide. 

Omar Gonzalez was named to the squad's bench for his impressive showing in the Galaxy's draw. 

14 June 8:44 am

The star of "Jurassic World" has some advice for new LA Galaxy addition Steven Gerrard: invest in sun screen. 

The "Jurassic World" leading man and California resident Chris Pratt spoke to Match of the Day magazine to offer a few words of wisdom to Gerrard who will trade the Liverpool fog for the Southern California sunshine next month. 

"I tell you what, Steven, if you're coming to LA, once you get there you're going to see a ball of fire in the sky," Pratt joked to Match of the Day magazine. "Do not be alarmed. It's called the sun. It's not going to kill you. It's just going to mean great weather all the time. Enjoy yourself, buddy. Look me up when you get there and I'll buy you a drink."
 
As the interview wore on, Pratt was questioned further about the Englishman's skin tone which resulted in one final quip from the "Jurassic World" star.
 
"Is he pasty? Yeah," Pratt joked. "You're going to need a lot of sun block!"