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23 April 2:32 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy head off to New York this weekend in search of their first road win since last August. 

Getting a victory in New York will not be easy as the Red Bulls are currently the lone undefeated team in Major League Soccer. In my latest video for Time Warner Cable SportsNet, we breakdown the Galaxy's match against New York and the role that Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes will play. 

Check it out above.

23 April 1:40 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane remains doubtful for this Sunday’s clash with New York Red Bulls as he looks to recover from a groin strain.

Keane has participated in full training this week but left practice before the start of media availability on Thursday. The 34-year-old has missed out on the club’s last two games since suffering the strain during the latter stages of LA’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC earlier this month.

"He has been in full training on and off this week," Bruce Arena said. "We'll see how he's feeling today and make those decisions [on his availability for Sunday]."

Such statements sound pretty grim considering that Arena told the media a week ago that Keane could be available for the Sporting Kansas City. So the question remains, does Arena think there's a chance that Keane gets on the field against the Red Bulls?

Well, the Galaxy head coach channeled movie hero Lloyd Christmas for his answer. 

"Do I see any chance?." Arena asked the press. "Well, did you see "Dumb and Dumber?"

JOSE VILLARREAL INJURED IN U.S. U-23 GAME

LA Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal was forced to exit the U.S. Under-23's 3-0 victory over Mexico U-23's on Wednesday with a left hamstring strain, although the injury forced him from the match, the midfielder is confident that his strain will not put him on the shelf for an extended period of time. 

"I just felt it thighten up, and I came off to prevent [the injury] from getting worse. It's no big deal," Villarreal said after the victory. "It might have been a bit early to get back on the field, but I felt fine in training this week. ... It's disappointing and it sucks that I couldn't play more minutes in front of my hometown crowd but my well-being comes first. I'll be back." 

Villarreal was not in training with the Galaxy on Thursday but head coach Bruce Arena had a few words of criticism for the U.S. U-23 training staff.  

"I don't know the circumstances," Arena said. "But with him coming off a hamstring injury, to come onto the field without a warm-up probably wasn't the smartest thing."

TODD DUNIVANT DEALING WITH THIGH BRUISE

Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant will likely need another week to make his return to the field as he deals with a bruise on his left thigh. 

Dunivant has endured the bruise since the early stages of the Galaxy's defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC early this month. The 34-year-old was in the gameday roster for the Galaxy's clash with Seattle Sounders FC but was left off for last week's match against Sporting Kansas City. 

"It's finally feeling better. I'm finally able to do some running and perform some ball work," said Dunivant. "I'm hoping to be ready by next week but we'll see." 

22 April 10:24 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The U.S. National Team kept up their dominance of Mexico on Wednesday as the U-23's picked up a 3-0 victory at StubHub Center against their counterparts from El Tri. 

Former LA Galaxy Academy forward Mario Rodriguez, Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Christian Dean and Stanford University's Jordan Morris all scored in the victory. U.S. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper made seven saves as he fended off an active Mexico attack. 

LA Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal left in the 40th minute with a left hamstring strain. The injury occurred in the same hamstring that forced Villarreal to miss the Galaxy's match against Vancouver earlier this month. Fellow Galaxy homegrown Oscar Sorto went 68 minutes along the right side of defense in the American victory.

22 April 4:45 pm
CARSON, Calif. -- Count captain Robbie Keane and center back Leonardo among the list of LA Galaxy players aiming to return to the squad for this Sunday's match with New York Red Bulls after long injury layoffs. 
 
Keane (groin strain) and Leonardo (quadriceps) have both missed several matches due to their respective injuries, but according to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the pair are in contention to return to the field this Sunday at Red Bull Arena. 
 
"Everyone trained today, so hopefully they’ll be included in our group," Arena told reporters on Tuesday. 
 
Arena revealed that not only are both Keane and Leonardo inching ever close to returning to the squad, but the players were nearly eligible for last Saturday's victory over Sporting Kansas City.
 
"Both were close to being able to play," Arena revealed. "But we feel at this time of year we got to be smart with the players and not bring them back too early from injuries, which could possibly prevent them from playing a number of games, so we got to be smart.
 
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?
 

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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.”