CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy made a splash on Thursday by giving a young man a chance to make his life dream come true.
The Galaxy announced the signing of 15-year-old forward Jacob Trainor as part of his Make-A-Wish to be a member of the LA Galaxy. The Alabama native who was an accomplished youth soccer player was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on February 8, 2011 that forced him to miss the rest of the soccer season.
Trainor will attend the Galaxy's match against FC Dallas and have the opportunity to watch the match from field-side. The complete release can be found here.
Watch the video of Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and A.J. DeLaGarza welcoming Jacob to the team below.
In their "World Cup Memories" series, MLSsoccer.com speaks to Landon Donovan about his most lasting World Cup memory.
Although Donovan was the star of his own World Cup moment in 2010, Donovan told the league's offical website that his most lasting memory was watching Italy great Roberto Baggio miss a penalty kick that helped Brazil win the 1994 FIFA World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Check it out below.
LA Galaxy Academy star Jaime Villarreal has been named to the upcoming U.S. Under-20 National Team camp which will take place from May 17-25 at N.C. State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The camp will be led by U.S. Under-20 assistant and Chicago Fire technical director Brian Bliss, and see the U.S. U-20’s take on the Carolina RailHawks on May 20, the RailHawks U-23 side on May 22 and the Wilmington Hammerheads on May 24.
Villarreal has scored 10 goals in U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy play this season and tallied three times during LA’s participation in Dallas Cup.
Check out the complete roster below.
GOALKEEPERS: Jeff Caldwell (Univ. of Virginia), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls Academy).
DEFENDERS: Conor Donovan (RailHawks Academy), Caleb Duvernay (RailHawks Academy), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Univ, of Maryland), Miguel Polley (Temple Univ.), Kristoffer Reaves (FC Dallas academy), Robert Sagel (Temple Univ.), Jesus Vazquez (Tigres/MEX), Travis Wannemuehler (N.C. State.).
MIDFIELDERS: Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake AZ), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest Univ.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest Univ.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls academy), Eric Lickert (Freiburg/GER), Alex Muyl (Georgetown Univ.), Adam Najem (Univ. of Akron), Jake Rozhansky (Bethesda-Olney).
FORWARDS: Kainoa Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Louis Bennett (Marquette Univ.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves), Jaime Villarreal (LA Galaxy Academy), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea)
Robbie Keane called up to Ireland's provisional roster for June friendlies; status for games uncertain
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was named to Ireland's provisional roster for their upcoming list of four friendlies including a pair of United States-based matches in June ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but whether he'll participate remains to be seen.
Keane was among the 32 players named to the squad for Ireland's matches against Turkey on May 25 in Dublin, Italy in London on May 31, Costa Rica at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania on June 6, and Portugal at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on June 10.
Any appearances by Keane for Ireland will likely conflict with preparation for Galaxy matches as LA face Philadelphia Union on May 25, Chicago Fire on June 1, and Chivas USA on June 8. When asked by LA Galaxy Insider about Keane's status, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said that he'd be speaking to Ireland coach Martin O'Neill about releasing Keane admitting that it was odd that he was called up.
"I'll be speaking to Ireland's coach later this week," said Arena.
LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan is currently away on international duty but before he departed for U.S. National Team, he spoke with SB Nation in an interesting interview about his hopes to make the U.S. World Cup roster.
The winner of Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup second round match between LA Galaxy II and Cal FC now know who they'll be facing U.S. Adult Soccer Association club PSA Elite in the third round of the tournament.
PSA Elite were scheduled to take on the San Diego Flash of the National Premier Soccer League, but on Wednesday morning, Flash CEO Clent Alexander released a statement stating that his team were forced to forefit after being unable to find a field to hold the match. San Diego had attempted to hold the match in various fields across Southern California but failed attempts led them to forefit the match.
If the Galaxy II win on Wednesday, they'lI will host their third round opponent on May 28 at StubHub Center's Track and Field Stadium at 7:30 PM PT.
CARSON, Calif. – As two of the LA Galaxy’s most important pieces head off on international duty, two other members of Bruce Arena’s starting XI appear to be on the road back to the field.
Arena told reporters on Tuesday that defender Todd Dunivant and midfielder Marcelo Sarvas are each “moving forward” in their respective injury recoveries that have kept them off the field for multiple matches.
Dunivant has been sidelined with an abdominal strain since April and is making strides according to Arena, but the Galaxy head coach admitted that it'd be “optimistic” to assume that he'd be available for Saturday’s road match against the Houston Dynamo. Meanwhile, Sarvas has been sidelined with an MCL sprain that has forced him to miss LA’s last two matches.
CARSON, Calif. – Injuries and international departures have wreaked havoc on the LA Galaxy’s depth this season, but the team received a bit of good news this week about the status of center back Leonardo.
Following the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers, Time Warner Cable Deportes’ Elmur Souza reported that Leonardo suffered a broken finger on his right hand in the match that would require surgery. Following training on Tuesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena revealed that despite the injury, Leonardo is not expected to miss any time.
“He picked up an injury with his finger, but I think that he’s going to be fine,” said Arena. “We expect him to play [against Houston].”
However, Leonardo was slightly more cautious as he admitted that he was still taking his recovery “day by day” with the hopes of starting against the Dynamo.
“I feel okay, but a little bit sore. After 48 hours, I can feel more pain after the surgery, but it’s nothing crazy,” Leonardo told LA Galaxy Insider. “We’ll see how I feel. I trained [on Wednesday], but the problem is that when I’m defending I use a lot of my hands. I just have to be careful and we’ll give it time.”
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II forward Chandler Hoffman was named USL PRO's Player of the Week after his two-goal performance last week.
Hoffman tallied two goals in a victory over the Charlotte Eagles and a draw with the Dayton Dutch Lions. The 23-year-old has five goals so far this season with Galaxy II.
“I think being named Player of the Week is a great honor and I keep using it as motivation to move forward,” said Hoffman. “I scored two goals last week, the game winner and the only goal against Dayton.”
In addition to Hoffman, center back Kyle Venter was also named to the team of the week.
Germany unveiled their preliminary squad last week, then on Monday after Ghana released their preliminary roster, and on Tuesday, Portugal released their own pre-World Cup squad.
The Portugal squad is headlined by Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as well as his teammate Pepe, Monaco’s João Moutinho, Manchester United’s Nani, and Fenerbahçe’s Raul Meireles. Portugal are led by head coach Paulo Bento.
Check it out below.
GOALKEEPERS: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Sevilha), Eduardo (SC Braga), Rui Patrício (Sporting)
DEFENDERS: André Almeida (Benfica), Antunes (Málaga), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), João Pereira (Valência), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valência), Rolando (Inter)
MIDFIELDERS: André Gomes (Benfica), João Mário (Vitória FC), João Moutinho (Mónaco), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahçe), Rúben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting)
FORWARDS: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (SC Braga), Hélder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (SC Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburgo)