CARSON, Calif. – Tommy Meyer endured the dreaded “sophomore slump” in his second year with the LA Galaxy, but the rookie is confident that he has the tools to put his career back on track.
In my latest LA Galaxy Insider Year in Review, I look back at Meyer’s season that saw him make just 11 appearances for the club. Meyer, who is hopeful of returning the Galaxy in 2014, admitted that his up and down form was largely attributed to confidence as he failed to lock down consistent minutes throughout the season.
But that isn’t the only thing that Meyer hopes to tighten up heading into 2014.
“If you play a consistent number of games at a time then you’re going to have that confidence and be able to build upon the game before as well as learn from your mistakes," Meyer said after admitting that he lacked confidence at time in 2013. "I also think that I’ll need to work on defending restarts, for sure, that’s a big key going into next year."
Courtesy of LAGalaxy.com, the story of former LA Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman told through photos.
Former LA Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman announced his retirement on Sunday ending a 17-year career that saw him become the league's all-time leader in minutes played.
Hartman who played for the Galaxy from 1997 to 2006 was a key component in a Galaxy side that won two MLS Cups, two U.S. Open Cups, and two Supporters' Shields during his tenure. Following his time with the Galaxy, Hartman had stops with the Kansas City Wizards, FC Dallas, and finally the New York Red Bulls. Known as "El Gato" or "The Cat", Hartman ends his career with the all-time leads in minutes played (37,260), saves (1,474), wins (180), and shutouts (112).
A video provided by the league is below...
Following the annoucement, Galaxy fans took to Twitter to celebrate Hartman's career. A few select responses are below...
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) November 21, 2013
— LA Riot Squad (@LARiotSquad) November 21, 2013
— joe tutino (@joetutino) November 21, 2013
.@LAGalaxy can you please do us long time fans a favor a sign Kevin Hartman to a 1 day contract so he can retire a Galaxy player? thank you
— Dominic Palencia (@DominicP23) November 21, 2013
— ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (@selecta_denex) November 21, 2013
— Striker (@Trig84) November 21, 2013
Take a moment to celebrate the greatest goalkeeper in MLS history. Kevin Hartman is reportedly retiring.
— Keith Hickey (@usarsnl) November 21, 2013
Kevin Hartman retires as @MLS career leader w/ 416 games played. Closest active player: Nick Rimando with 346.
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) November 21, 2013
CARSON, Calif. – The road to the 2013 College Cup kicks off on Thursday and there will be a sizeable LA Galaxy Academy presence when the tournament begins.
There is a sizeable Galaxy contingent on Loyola Marymount who will take on Stanford after winning their first outright West Coast Conference Championship. The Lions face Stanford in Palo Alto on Thursday evening at Sunday. LMU boast three LA Galaxy Academy players Christian Alvarado, Vince Paldino, and Billy Thompson. Of the three players Alvarado is the lone major contributor as he made 19 appearances with 15 starts and one assist for the Lions in 2014.
Meanwhile, several LA Galaxy Academy players will be suiting up for teams with first-round byes. U.C. Irvine, who have sophomore defender Matt Tiley on their roster will face the winner of North Carolina vs. South Florida on Nov. 24 at Anteater Stadium in Irvine. No. 10 U.C. Santa Barbara who boast midfielder Drew Murphy and goalkeeper Josh McNeely will return to action on Nov. 24 against the winner of Penn State vs. St. Francis Brooklyn. Murphy made 19 appearances earning one goal and eight assists while McNeely has played 18 games while starting every match in goal for the Gauchos since Sept. 13.
Lastly, No. 1 UCLA take on the winner of the Elon vs. Clemson match on Nov. 24 at Drake Stadium. The Bruins have six former Galaxy academy players in goalkeeper Juan Cervantes, defenders Javan Torre and Nathan Smith, and midfielders Grady Howe, Brian lloski, and Willie Raygoza. Howe leads all Galaxy academy alums in appearances for the Bruins by making 18 appearances in his sophomore season. Meanwhile, Smith made 14 appearances earning 13 starts tallying one goal and two assists while Torre made 13 appearances in 2013. Raygoza, IIoski and Cervantes each tallied less than eight appearances for the Bruins.
Do you remember where you were on November 20th, 2011? Well, if you answered correctly, you’ll have said that you were at The Home Depot Center for the 2011 MLS Cup watching the LA Galaxy defeat the Houston Dynamo to win their third league championship.
I was in attendance for that rainy night in Carson—writing for my former outlet Soccer by Ives— with a prime seat in the auxiliary press box located on the south roof of the stadium. Like most of the fans, media and players in attendance, I left the match drenched, but it was well worth it for a highly entertaining match that saw Houston give the Galaxy a run for their money until a beautiful sequence in the 72nd minute that led to Landon Donovan’s goal. That game also saw the real emergence of the partnership of Donovan and Robbie Keane as forward partners, which is something that has remained a fixture for the Galaxy throughout the 2013 season.
As we look back on the second anniversary of LA’s third MLS title, check out the highlights from the match below as well as the locker room celebration and interviews courtesy of LAGalaxy.com.
Locker room celebration
"Road to the Championship" interviews
What are your memories of the game? Do you remember when they played "Beautiful People" by Chris Brown at the end of the game? Cause I do.
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CARSON, Calif. – Major League Soccer announced their end of the season awards on Wednesday which were headlined by Robbie Keane earning a place as a finalist for the Most Valuable Player award.
Keane tallied 16 goals and 11 assists while starting 22 of his 23 appearances with the LA Galaxy en route to his first finalist nod. The Galaxy captain was joined by Montreal forward Marco Di Vaio and former LA Galaxy forward and current Chicago Fire player Mike Magee. The award will be announced on Dec. 5 at the MLS Cup venue site.
Omar Gonzalez was also selected as finalist for MLS Defender of the Year. Gonzalez, who won the award in 2011 made 27 appearances tallying a goal and two assists. The Galaxy defender was joined by Matt Besler of Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution’s Jose Goncalves. Defender of the Year will be presented on Nov. 26
LA was also nominated as a finalist for the “Xbox Team Fair Play” award which is given based on fewest fouls committed, cards received, and on a subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior. The fair play award will be issued on Nov. 25.
MLS also announced that their 2013 MLS Best XI will be announced on Dec. 3. Both Keane and Gonzalez are contenders for inclusion for that award.
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CARSON, Calif. – Laurent Courtois had a brief stint with the LA Galaxy in 2013, but he’s hopeful that he can remain with the club for yet another season.
In my latest LA Galaxy Year in Review, I discuss Courtois’ season that he split between LA and Chivas USA. During this time with the Galaxy, the 35-year-old Courtois tallied two goals and one assist while making 10 appearances in his more than four months with the team.
Although Courtois admitted that he would have liked to have done more for LA, he’s optimistic that he’ll be able to latch on with the Galaxy for another season as he looks to prolong his career.
“I’m hopeful that there will be more. I don’t know, but I know that we’ll have some meetings to discuss. I hope to be a part of [the team next year],” said Courtois. “I have an option, but hopefully we’ll find an agreement. I still want to play and I think that I can help. …I still enjoy the feeling of playing and really think that I can do well.”
MLS is returning to Florida.
On Tuesday, MLS announced that Orlando City Soccer Club will become the league's 21st team. The central Florida-based club will enter the league along with New York City FC, who were awarded a club back in May.
Orlando City have won two USLPro championships and advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup during the 2013 campaign. "The Lions" as they are known will be the lone MLS club in the Southeastern United States.
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Omar Gonzalez and the United States dropped their final match of the year on Tuesday as they fell 1-0 to Austria in Vienna.
Gonzalez started and went 90 minutes in a losing effort as Marc Janko scored the lone goal for the Austrians in the 33rd minute that held up as the game winning goal. Gonzalez ends a successful 2013 with the U.S. that saw him start 13 of his 14 appearances for Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad.
Meanwhile, Robbie Keane was not on the game day roster for Ireland as they played Poland to a scoreless draw in Poznan. Earlier in the week, Keane stated that he was planning to see a specialist next week to evaluate his nagging Achilles injury.
International Update: Omar Gonzalez to face Austria, Robbie Keane out of Ireland starting XI due to injury
The LA Galaxy have already had one of their three internationals take the field for the final international period of the year, but two more matches featuring LA players remain on Tuesday.
A.J. DeLaGarza’s Guam earned a 2-0 victory over Cambodia early Tuesday morning, but Omar Gonzalez (U.S.) and Robbie Keane (Ireland) have yet to play.
Gonzalez and the U.S. National Team will end their year against Austria in Vienna off the heels of a mundane scoreless draw with Scotland last week. The Galaxy center back is once again expected to be in the starting XI for Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad after being one of the lone standouts against Scotland.
Meanwhile, Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill revealed on Monday that Keane will not be in the starting XI for the match against Poland in Poznan, but is expected to be available for selection. According to O’Neill, the Galaxy captain’s chronic Achilles injury is to blame for the drop from the starting XI. In an interview with reporters prior to the match, Keane stated that he’ll be seeing a specialist next Monday to evaluate the injury and determine if surgery is needed.
We’ll have plenty of coverage on the two matches on LA Galaxy Insider after their conclusion.
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