03 May 2:57 pm

U.S. U-18 midfielder Paul Arriola has left the LA Galaxy Academy to sign with Club Tijuana, the 18-year-old announced via Twitter on Thursday evening

Arriola made his Galaxy Developmental Academy debut in October and made 11 starts for the Galaxy Under-18 side this season, scoring five goals while also appearing in all three games during LA's participation at Dallas Cup, where he scored twice more. The 18-year-old also played in a single Reserve League match for LA in 2013, coming on in the 84th minute of LA's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC on April 15. Arriola had been a regular during the club's preseason preparations appearing in all five of the club's preseason matches. 

Following the news, Galaxy Technical Director Jovan Kirovski sounded off on Arriola's departure.

"He came through our youth academy and our program, we offered him a contract, but he obviously felt that it was better, he got more money or a better team and went on to Tijuana. That's the gap that we have in our system now where we have a lot of these players that are coming through our academy, we can't secure them and anybody outside of MLS or outside the country can sweep them up and take them," Kirovski told LA Galaxy Insider. "That's something that we really have to look into. We spend a lot of resources and a lot time in developing these players and that's one thing that we as a league need to look into and see how we can fix that. That will be even more of a problem going down the road from here as our academy gets better and our players get better"

As for how the Galaxy and MLS as a whole correct this issue, Kirovski states that the league is hard at work in their search for a remedy. 

"There's different ways of doing it and one of the things that we've thought of is a USL team and we have a feeder team or an Under-23 team where we have players play that would be something that would fix that," Kirovski said. "We're in the process, but we need to figure that out and have something done for these kids because there's going to be a lot more kids coming through our system." 

Arriola is the latest in a line of players, who have played for the Galaxy Academy only to head to foreign shores, joining the likes of Mario Rodriguez, a U.S. U-20 regular, who is currently with German second division club 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Jeffrey Payeras, who is currently with C.S.D. Municipal in Guatemala. Although LA may have lost out on Arriola, Kirovski admitted that he is confident that the Galaxy's academy ranks can continue to produce talent. 

"It's another reminder that we have kids coming through our system. We're going to have more kids coming along and we need to secure these players. That's just the way of doing it. We have more players coming through our system, staying in our system and playing with our first team," said Kirovski. "Look at the players that we've developed like Jose Villarreal, Jack McBean and other players like those coming from college, when they come to us, Bruce [Arena] develops players. That's what we do." 

And in light of what occured with Arriola, Kirovski intends to continue to lean on LA's record of developing players 

"Of course, we are and we've proved it. We'll see down the road. We're going to produce players, we're going to sign players, maybe we're going to make mistakes on certain players, all of that is going to happen," said Kirovski. "Overall, we're going to have players coming through our system and we've already proven that. This is a great place for somebody to develop and learn how to play the game."

03 May 1:53 pm

David Beckham's Olimpico goal against Isidro Metapan was nominated as one of CONCACAF Champions League's ten best goals of the tournament by the Federation on Friday.

Beckham's strike was also the 1000th goal in CCL history. 

You can watch the goals below and vote for your favorite at CONCACAF's official Facebook page

03 May 1:31 pm

CARSON, Calif. –Bruce Arena confirmed that all four LA Galaxy veterans, who missed out on last Saturday’s clash against Real Salt Lake are healthy enough to play this week against the Houston Dynamo, but their status is still in question.

Carlo Cudicini, Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant and Robbie all missed out in last week’s 2-0 win over RSL, but latter two were not present at training during media availability on Friday. Cudicini and Donovan were present, however, as both addressed the media and expressed optimism over their status.

When asked if the players will be healthy for Sunday’s match, Arena provided a succinct response.

“All players we believe will be available for selection on Sunday,” Arena told reporters.


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02 May 5:45 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Jose Villarreal has returned from another successful stint with the U.S. U-20's and is eager for a spot on the LA Galaxy starting XI. 

I wrote the following piece on Villarreal's bid for U-20 glory, which accompanies this piece that on Oscar Sorto's experiences earlier in the week. Barring injury, Villarreal appears to be a lock to qualify for the U.S. U-20 side, but who will join him?

Six LA Galaxy Academy alums have been called up in recent months including Villarreal, Sorto, Javan Torre, Jeffrey Payeras, Jack McBean and Mario Rodriguez. McBean's dreams are likely over as he is expected to be out six to eight weeks due to a fractured clavicle, but all five others are expected to contend for a spot. Which leads to my question: How many LA Galaxy Academy alums will be on the U.S. U-20 side?

Vote below: 

02 May 3:37 pm

In the latest edition of View from the Booth, Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino preview the Houston Dynamo match.

Check it out below...

02 May 1:45 pm

CARSON, Calif.—On Sunday, LA Galaxy midfielder Colin Clark will be looking to take on his former club, but he understands that he’ll need to improve his sharpness to see the field.

The 29-year-old midfielder joined the Galaxy in the offseason from the Houston Dynamo via the MLS Re-Entry Draft and has made just five appearances for the Galaxy during the 2013 season with four starts. Clark admits that he lost a step in terms of his speed after suffering two ACL tears in 2010 and 2011, but he’s confident that he can regain his form with the Galaxy.

“I haven’t been completely sharp; I’m just missing bad turnovers in certain areas where we have a good chance at goal. I’m just missing that final pass so it’s really about cleaning that up as far as my level of sharpness,” Clark told reporters earlier this week. “It’s just being all around better. Practice as well as reserve games even the minutes if I get in the first team those have to be sharper.”

Although Clark has every reason to be frustrated, the winger is keeping a level head.

“I’ve had up and downs before,” said Clark. “You just have to deal with it and work harder and put in some extra time.”

02 May 12:44 pm

CARSON, Calif. –Bruce Arena and Dominic Kinnear are two of the finest coaches in MLS and on Sunday, the two will duel as the LA Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo at The Home Depot Center.

Both coaches rank among the top five in most overall wins with Arena sitting at number two while Kinnear is in fourth. The two coaches account for four of the 18 MLS Coach of the Year awards handed out in MLS history as well as appearances 11 MLS Cup titles in total.  Arena has won four MLS Cup trophies as a head coach while Kinnear has two MLS Cup titles of his own.

The pair may be two of the most dominant coaches in MLS history, but Arena has had the edge over his Houston counterpart with a 5-4-1 regular season record (4-3-1 while with the Galaxy) against Kinnear while holding a 3-0-0 record in the postseason including two MLS Cup titles.

Ahead of their first and only –regular season—clash, Arena offered his thoughts of his coaching counterpart.

“It’s certainly Dominic’s team. Dominic is that franchise.  He’s built it from scratch, they moved it from San Jose, but that’s all Dominic,” Arena told reporters, also stating that he’s known Kinnear since before the 1994 World Cup. “His outstanding qualities as a coach, although he’s not technically he’s not called general manager, he’s fully responsible for putting that team together. He does an outstanding job and his record speaks for itself. He’s won championships, he’s been in God knows how many finals [Six all-time as a coach and four as a head coach]. He’s really done an outstanding coaching job.” 

01 May 10:25 pm

It was a comeback for the ages as Monterrey won their third consecutive CONCACAF Champions League Final with a 4-2 victory over Santos Laguna.

Santos Laguna was up by two goals heading into the last half hour after strikes from Carlos Quintero and Felipe Beloy, but it was not to be for Santos. Los Rayados roared back with four goals in the last 30 minutes with two from Aldo De Nigris as well as strikes from Neri Cardozo and Humberto Suazo. The title sealed Monterrey's third consecutive victory and their second straight over Santos, who they defeated in the 2011/2012 edition of the tournament. 

As we flip the script to the 2013/2014 edition of the tournament, the Montreal Impact eliminated Toronto FC in the semifinals of the 2013 Amway Canadian Championship by overcoming a 2-0 first leg deficit to win 6-0 at Stade Saputo. They'll face Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who defeated NASL side FC Edmonton 2-0 at BC Place to advance 5-3 on aggregate.

Montreal will host Vancouver in the first leg of the Canadian Championship on May 15 before the second leg at BC Place on May 29. 

01 May 3:42 pm

The Houston Dynamo will be without their chief playmaker Brad Davis for their MLS Cup rematch against the LA Galaxy.

An independent review panel rejected an appeal filed by the Dynamo after Davis was given a red card for a foul committed in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time in an April 28 game against the Colorado Rapids. 

In order for a call to be overturned, the panel must be unanimous in its decision that the red card issued was an error.

Video of the play is below...

01 May 2:56 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Jack McBean underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured left clavicle suffered during the LA Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake last Saturday and according to LA head coach Bruce Arena, the injury may sideline the 18-year-old forward till mid-summer.

The injury occurred in the 51st minute of LA’s road win over RSL when McBean collided with RSL center back Nat Borchers. Prior to the injury, McBean had appeared in ten matches across all competitions while scoring two goals and tallying two assists.

Following training on Wednesday, Arena confirmed that McBean’s surgery was a success.

“Everything was good. My understanding was that it was a clean break, they surgically repaired it and we’re optimistic that he’ll have a speedy recovery,” Arena said.

As for a timeline for McBean’s return, Arena told reporters that he may return sometime in July.

“I think it is six to eight weeks,” said Arena. “I think they periodically check and see how the break is healing. Everyone is a little bit different, but that’s something where we would think that he would be ready at July in some point.

The injury will almost certainly rule McBean out of contention for the U.S. U-20 roster for the U-20 World Cup in Turkey roster as the tournament will take place from June 21 to July 13.

Despite the severity of the injuries, Arena admitted that injuries “are part of the game” and he had no ill will towards Borchers for the foul that led to the injuries.

“I’ve never seen that kind of injury on contact from behind on a shoulder blade,” said Arena. “I would have thought that you would have gotten a dislocation or a separation not a break like that so it was surprising. Borchers went in hard for the ball, so fair play.”