Turns out the battle of the stars between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC will be missing one of its main attractions.
Seattle Times reporter Joshua Mayers reported on Saturday morning that Seattle forward Clint Dempsey did not travel to Southern California due to an injury sustained in practice earlier in the week. The injury to Dempsey comes amid questions whether Landon Donovan (L ankle sprain) will suit up for the Galaxy after LA head coach Bruce Arena stating throughout the week that his status would be determined closer to game time.
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LAGalaxy.com's Paolo Ferrari spoke to head coach Bruce Arena, defender Omar Gonzalez and forward Robbie Keane to preview Saturday's match against Seattle Sounders FC.
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CARSON, Calif. – A.J. DeLaGarza’s Washington, D.C. homecoming was cut short due to an elbow injury, but he’s determined not to allow the same thing to happen to his season.
DeLaGarza suffered a dislocated left elbow in the opening minutes of LA’s 2-2 draw against D.C. United, cutting short his return to D.C. after just 10 minutes.
“It’s a little bit unfortunate, just one of those things man,” said DeLaGarza, who is wearing a cast on his left arm to prevent movement. “It’s just unfortunate, I can’t even explain it, and it’s more upsetting that I haven’t been there in two years. Injuries happen and I guess it’s just frustrating that it happened there and so early. …It’s doing better, it’s back in its right spot so that’s good but it’s got to take time to heal and get better.”
Although DeLaGarza’s exit disappointed the more than 200 family members that he had in the stands at RFK, he’s optimistic that he’ll be able to return to the field before the end of the postseason. DeLaGarza has continued to be present at Galaxy training and is hopeful that he can return, particularly after missing out on the 2012 playoffs after suffering a left MCL sprain last September.
“I’m sure about three weeks they said, until it gets really healed,” said DeLaGarza. “Potentially it could pop back out within those three weeks then you got to start the process all over again so that’s why it’s in a cast right now so no setbacks can happen. …
“I don’t want to twice the playoffs two years in a row,” added DeLaGarza. “That’s my goal to rehab and we have five weeks left in the season so I can still run and do ball work and all that stuff. It’s just being ready when my arm is ready.”
Ahead of the LA Galaxy's match against Seattle Sounders FC, Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones analyze the game that many are calling the "match of the year."
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The LA Galaxy have spent the summer locking down key pieces on the field and according to a report in Sports Illustrated, they have re-signed one of their key members of the front office.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus, the LA Galaxy have re-signed club president Chris Klein to a multi-year contract extension that will be worth as much as $500,000 per season. In an interview with SI, AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman states that he's pleased that the Galaxy will retain the former LA midfielder turned executive.
“We are pleased to have a long-term agreement in place with Chris, who in a short period of time he has developed into one of the most respected executives in Major League Soccer,” Beckerman said to SI. “In addition to his tremendous soccer acumen and knowledge of the game, Chris has quickly acquired an extensive knowledge of our business, and is fast becoming one of the more well-rounded leaders in our sport.”
CARSON, Calif. – With Saturday’s clash against Seattle Sounders FC quickly approaching, the LA Galaxy are still playing the waiting game when it comes to the status of forward Landon Donovan.
Donovan picked up a left ankle sprain during the first half of LA’s 2-2 draw with D.C. United last week and was not available for Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Isidro Metapán. Following the club’s penultimate day of preparation for the Supporters’ Shield leading Sounders, Arena provided a brief update on the 31-year-old forward.
“Donovan’s situation is to be determined at this point,” said Arena. “He was out a little bit [at training] today.” UPDATE: Bruce Arena told a group of Seattle-based reporters that the Galaxy are " planning on him playing” against the Sounders.
However, defender Todd Dunivant is hopeful that Donovan can pass his fitness test as he races to be ready for Saturday’s Western Conference clash.
“He’s always a guy that you can use. He’s a quick healer, I don’t want to jinx him, but I wouldn’t count him out.”
The play of the LA Galaxy’s contingent of young forwards has been a major talking point during the 2013 MLS Regular Season and on Wednesday, another one of those young attackers was honored by MLSsoccer.com.
Gyasi Zardes was named to MLSsoccer.com’s 24 Under 24 list, finishing in seventh place. On Wednesday, Zardes’ Galaxy teammate Jose Villarreal was named as the 11th best player in the league’s list of the best 24 under the age of 24.
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CARSON, Calif. – When the LA Galaxy take on C.S. Cartaginés next Wednesday for a chance to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, they’ll have to do so without rookie center back Kofi Opare.
Making his second consecutive CCL start, Opare put forth a solid performance—albeit with a few scattered errors—as LA kept the clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Isidro Metapán. The rookie’s finest moment came in the waning moments of the game when he was able to make a clutch last ditch tackle of Metapán’s Nicolas Munoz as he attempted to get free in the Galaxy penalty area.
But Opare won’t be able to take the field next week in Costa Rica after picking up a yellow card in the 47th minute for a soft tackle that referee Hugo Cruz believed warranted a caution. Although he’ll be unable to participate next week, Opare is allowing the result to give him solace.
“That is tough, but the most important thing is that we got the three points,” said Opare. “I’d do it again if it meant us getting the three points.”
CARSON, Calif. – Laurent Courtois hasn’t made many appearances for the LA Galaxy since being signed by the club in July, but when trusted on Wednesday to help power the LA attack against Isidro Metapán, he came through.
Courtois scored the game-winning goal in the sixth minute of the Galaxy’s 1-0 victory over Metapán, a win that puts the club in prime position to advance to the quarterfinals of the CCL with a draw against C.S. Cartaginés next week.
The 35-year-old Frenchman was dangerous throughout the match along the left flank, but he put LA ahead just six minutes in on a fine strike that began with a pass from Jose Villarreal. As he looks to continue to fight for more minutes with the first team, Courtois was pleased with his strike.
“I’m really happy with the goal. What was most important for me though was playing collectively with the guys that had to step in for those that had to rest for our upcoming games," said Courtois, who has made just two appearances in league play for LA this season. "We were really happy to step in tonight and we responded positively. We got the early goal that we were looking for and got the three points. Job done.”
CARSON, Calif. – One point in their next match against C.S. Cartaginés and the LA Galaxy are through to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
By virtue of their 1-0 victory over Isidro Metapan on Wednesday, the Galaxy moved into first place in Group 8 with six points while second place Cartaginés has three points. Due to the scheduling, the Costa Ricans have just a single game remaining on the CCL docket—against LA. Thus, if LA is able to get at least a draw, they’ll book passage into the quarters.
As for what might we see from LA in a week’s time? Who knows.
“We’re taking this game by itself, so we’ll see what team that we send down there," said goalkeeper Brian Rowe. "I’m sure whoever is down there is going to be ready and we’re going to try and get three points on the road."