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22 April 12:01 pm

There's nothing like a U.S. jersey release to get the American soccer universe all aflutter. The latest recipient of that rancor is the U.S. Women's National Team. 

On Wednesday, the USWNT released some, well, interesting new home kits for the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that opt for a simple black and white color scheme that is a stark contrast from the Star-spangled glory of their away uniforms

But what is the most shocking about the jerseys are not the black and white primary colors of the kit but the fact that the socks will include a "volt yellow" color (that looks a lot like the color green) which is designed to pull the eye to the action on the field. Yes, you read that correctly. A U.S. National Team is wearing green for a World Cup. 

Nike also released specialized women-only cleats that according to a press release, "combine flashes of volt yellow with a striking ‘Blue Lagoon’ color, a nod to the famous lakes of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup host nation Canada." 
 
So green socks, black and white jersey, and Canadian-inspired boots? God Bless America. 
 
If there is a saving grace for the uniform, it's the inclusion of a "blue triangular pennant design with 13 white stars." According to the U.S. Soccer release, the design is "a numeric reference to the original US colonies and a visual reference to the American flag."
 
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What do you think of the U.S. Women's National Team kits? Hoping that the men don't copy the uniform?
 

Introducing the 2015 #USWNT Home Kit.Available on ussoccerstore.com today at 8 ET / 5 PT

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21 April 4:45 pm

CARSON, Calif. --- Mexican soccer legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco is hanging up his cleats once and for all.

The three-time World Cup player for Mexico announced earlier this year that he will retire after the 2015 Copa MX final that will pit his Puebla F.C. against vaunted Chivas de Guadalajara, in order to pursue a career in Politics. A soccer legend for his performances with El Tri and Club America, Blanco became a force in Major League Soccer during a threeyear stint with the Chicago Fire. 

During his three seasons in Chicago, Blanco crossed paths with current Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic who was played with the Mexican star during the 2009 season. 

"Temo was awesome," said  It was pretty cool to be able to play with such a good player. ... For me, he's probably the most exciting Mexican player to ever play in the league."

Called "Bayo" by the former Mexican international, the most lasting memory that Husidic has of Blanco was his very first interaction. 

"He was an absolute prankster. My rookie year, I roomed with him for preseason and I was coming into the team super nervous. We were in Querétaro and I walk in [the room], I saw bags on the floor but there was no one anywhere. All of a sudden, he pops out of the closet and tackles me onto the bed, and starts speaking in Spanish. He spoke such slang that you could barely understand his Spanish."

21 April 10:34 am

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II midfielder Raul Mendiola was named to USL's Team of the Week on Tuesday after leading Los Dos to their first victory of the 2015 regular season. 

Mendiola notched his first goal of the season and recorded his league leading fourth assist of the season as Galaxy II picked up a 2-1 victory over the Austin Aztex on Sunday. Mendiola's game winner came in the 84th minute when Ryo Fujii made an impressive move up field before finding Mendiola, who created space in front of goal and then slotted his first goal of the season into the back of the Aztex's net. 

The complete squad is below. 

20 April 3:03 pm

CARSON, Calif. – After missing the last two matches, Edson Buddle is aiming to return to the LA Galaxy’s game day squad for their upcoming match against the New York Red Bulls.

Buddle has missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury but the 33-year-old forward was back at training on Monday hopeful that he can be in contention for LA’s upcoming trip to New York.  

“My fitness is going alright. It’s hard to replicate the games but I felt good in training today. I’m with happy with where I am,” Buddle who has made just three appearances this season, told LA Galaxy Insider. “The thing is, once I feel good, I want to keep doing more and more. I just need to respect my injury and ease into things rather than think I’m 100 percent.”

With the Galaxy returning to his home state of New York, Buddle promises that he’ll do what he can get on the squad for this week’s match against New York Red Bulls.

“I’m going to train hard regardless but I’ll respect the injury.”

20 April 12:20 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy defender Dan Gargan was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for week 7 of the 2015 MLS Regular Season. 

The right back went 90 minutes in the Galaxy's 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Solid defensively after a hiccup on Krisztián Németh's goal, Gargan put forth yet another strong showing in his second consecutive start.

The complete Team of the Week squad is below. 

19 April 12:31 am

CARSON, Calif. – After their dramatic 2-1 victory over Sporting KC, the LA Galaxy find themselves riding a two-game winning streak, but what is most impressive about the team’s recent run aren’t the wins themselves, but how they’ve dealt with adversity.

They’ve done it without valuable weapons like Jose Villarreal and Mika Vayrynen. They’ve done it with Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes starting one game on the bench. But most of all, they’ve won with Galaxy captain Robbie Keane missing both matches due to a groin strain.In their absences, players like Rafael Garcia, Baggio Husidic and Bradford Jamieson IV have stepped up and produced for the Galaxy.

Whereas in past seasons a lengthy absence to Keane meant struggles for the Galaxy, this year, they’ve been able to string together a pair of victories while their captain is on the mend.

“This is a team that lined up with a lot of guys out [on injury] and it says a lot about our depth and our character,” said forward Alan Gordon, who has been one of the players who have stepped up in Keane's absence. “We got back to back wins now at home with less than 100 percent roster and guys stepping up each week and filling spots, it’s great and it’s good to see.”

17 April 5:20 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The last two MLS Cup winners will face off on Saturday at StubHub Center when the LA Galaxy take on Sporting Kansas City. 

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at the two teams record since Sporting's rebrand and rise to prominence back in 2011.

Check it out below.

17 April 3:36 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy stalwarts Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes returned to training on Friday after a brief spell with the U.S. National Team. 

Two days after going 90 minutes in the USMNT's 2-0 victory over rival Mexico in San Antonio, the duo returned to the training pitch with the team in full preparation for Saturday's match with Sporting Kansas City. Just what role that the national team players will have is still in question, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has told reporters that he will wait until matchday before making a decision on if they'll start against Sporting.

Even though he went 90 minutes on the harsh grass surface at the Alamo Dome on Wednesday, Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes says that he’s ready to start on Saturday if needed.

"The surface in San Antonio was very tough to play on. ... My legs worked really hard over the last couple of days so I just have to do a good job of taking care of them," Zardes said. "I feel like I'm ready to go if needed, if he decides to start me then I'll just prepare my body. If Bruce puts me in then I'm going to play to my full potential."

16 April 4:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane is back on the training field but his status is still in question heading into Saturday’s match with Sporting Kansas City.

Keane recently returned to training after missing out on the LA Galaxy’s victory over Seattle Sounders FC due to a groin strain. Finally on the mend from the injury which was suffered during the late stages of the Galaxy’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC earlier this month, Keane is taking a cautious approach to his availability for Saturday.

“I feel good. I trained for the first time today,” Keane told reporters on Thursday. “I just have to assess [before] the game on Saturday over the next two days to see if there’s no reaction. If there’s no reaction, I’ll be ready to go but we have to see how these next two days are.”

Although Keane is noncommittal about his availability, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said that the forward is a "possibility" for Saturday

16 April 3:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy have dealt with the injury bug over the last several weeks, and now head coach Bruce Arena will have to evaluate the statuses of returning internationals Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes ahead of the weekend clash with Sporting Kansas City .

The Galaxy duo both went a full 90 minutes in the U.S. National Team’s 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico in San Antonio on Wednesday. Both players returned to Southern California on Thursday but according to Arena, he’ll have some thinking to do when he decides whether to slot the pair in the starting lineup for the match with Sporting.

“We have players that have been injured over the last two or three weeks, going to likely return. Jose Villarreal, Robbie Keane is a possibility, Mika Vayaynen is a possibility, AJ DeLaGarza is coming back from a slight injury, Edson Buddle’s probably going to be available. A number of players. That makes for a good week," Arena told reporters on Thrusday. "However, we have to be cautious with players that played with the U.S. team last night. That will be their third game in a week. We gotta make a decision on whether they’re going to be involved with our team on Saturday.”

Like many, Arena did not take too much from the Americans latest 2-0 win over Mexico, remarking that the pitiful field conditions took away from the overall product.

“I don’t think it’s a game you could say a whole lot about," Arena said. "The playing conditions were so poor, Mexico put out a good team that certainly is not their team. I don’t know what you make out of that. On the night the US was certainly the better team and deserved to win.”