LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo has advanced to the "Gran Final" of FutbolMLS' Latino del Año 2013.
Penedo advanced past Colorado Rapids midfielder Hendry Thomas in the quarterfinals and will meet Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio, FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, and reigning champion Houston Dynamo midfielder Boniek Garcia.
Robbie Keane has no intention of leaving Southern California.
The LA Galaxy captain told Sky Sports on Tuesday that he has “verbally agreed” to a two-year contract that may extend to three seasons which could make LA the final stop for the 33-year-old forward. The Irishman told Sky back in January that he had extended his initial deal with the Galaxy by another two seasons.
"I'm certainly excited about that and playing for the Galaxy in the future. I didn't think I was going to go there and then come back to the Premier League, but I'm enjoying my football there and the club has been very good to me,” Keane told Sky. "As soon as you hit that 30 age mark in football, people are reluctant to give you contracts but this will be the third contract I've signed since I've been there and it shows the faith they have in me.
Keane is coming off a season that saw him score 16 goals and 11 assists in 23 appearances during an MVP season. When speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Ireland’s friendlies against Latvia and Poland, the Galaxy captain admitted that he’s already begun the preparations of what he’ll do after hanging up his boots—even though he has no intention to do so any time soon.
"I've still got a good few years left in me. But I'm looking to do my coaching badges in January in Ireland,” Keane added. "The FAI has a good structure here to help players if they want to do that. It's something I'm passionate about and need to get into if I want to stay in the game."
"Since I've been there, it's been a strong league. It's a tough league because of the structure that works there with everyone competing at roughly the same level. Every team can beat every other, so it's very competitive,” Keane added. "When people come over to play in it, I always tell them, 'don't think you're coming over for a holiday'. There's a lot of pressure on the three designated players as people are expecting you to deliver all the time."
In an interview with LAGalaxy.com, LA Galaxy players Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant and Jaime Penedo look back at the 2013 season.
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Robbie Keane "excited" about the appointment of new Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane
When Robbie Keane leads the Republic of Ireland on the field in their upcoming friendlies against Lativa and Poland, he’ll have a new managerial crew to play for.
Martin O’Neill was appointed Ireland manager earlier this month and quickly named former Manchester United legend Roy Keane as his number two. The pair will be entrusted to lead Ireland as they look to reach Euro 2016 in France on the heels of failing to advance from a fiercely competitive World Cup qualifying group, which led to the exit of former manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
The LA Galaxy captain, who is expected to take an offseason break to repair a nagging Achilles injury after the friendlies, admitted that he was quite excited about the appointment of O’Neill and the former Ireland captain.
“It’s two men who have the respect of the footballing world,” said Keane earlier this month. “It’s an appointment that everyone should be excited about, certainly, one that I’m excited about because they are two big strong characters that we’ve probably needed for some time.”
Keane and Ireland take on Latvia on Friday in Dublin before traveling to face Poland in Pozan on Nov. 19.
Mexico crushes New Zealand in playoff first leg, ex-LA Galaxy Academy player on the bench for New Zealand
Mexico has one foot in the 2014 World Cup after demolishing New Zealand 5-1 in the first leg of the intercontential playoff on Wednesday at the Estadio Azteca.
Orbie Peralta talied twice while Paul Aguilar, Raul Jimenez, and former New York Red Bulls defender Rafael Marquez each tallied once. New Zealand added a single goal late off a finish from Chris James that sets up a 5-1 aggregate score heading into the second leg next Wednesday in Wellington.
There was a Galaxy connection for the All Whites as former LA academy player Bill Tuiloma was on the bench for the defeat. Tuiloma played for the Galaxy Academy during their run to the 2011 Generation adidas Cup. A pair of photos of Tuiloma, who is currently with the Olympique de Marseille U-19’s in France, are below. He can be seen to the left of current Galaxy Homegrown defender Oscar Sorto in the center of the first photo and is the player in the yellow boots in the middle of the second image.
LA Galaxy Academy players Abraham Romero and Haji Wright were called up by U.S. Under-17 head coach Richie Williams for their upcoming friendly matches in Ft. Lauderdale against Canada.
The matches will serve as a prelude for an intense month of December for Williams' young players as they participate in the Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Showcase, which will feature matches against Brazil, Portugal, and England.
The complete roster which features 10 players from California is below...
GOALKEEPERS (3): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy Academy; Altadena, Calif.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (11): Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (Unattached; San Laredo, Calif.), Cristian Martinez (NJSA 04; Mine Hill, N.J.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJSA 04; Totowa, N.J.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.),Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Teas.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; St. Louis), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (7): Kevin Coleman (FC Richmond; Warrenton, Va.), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego), David Loera (Orlando City Lions; Orlando, Fla.), Jonathan Navarro (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Sean Teixiera (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trumbull, Conn.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles)
MLSsoccer.com ranked the top 50 best passers in MLS during the 2013 regular season and five LA Galaxy players made the cut.
Ranking players based on total passes, passes in their own half, the opponent’s half, and passing accuracy, MLSsoccer.com came up with the finest passers in the league. All players selected have played at least 17 games while also attempting at least 750 passes.
Coming in at number 10 on their list is Juninho who finished with a passing accuracy of 85.7 percent of his 1,748 total passes with 1,136 of his passes taking place in the opposition’s end. Marcelo Sarvas finished 23rd with an accuracy rate of 83.63 percent as 1,213 of his 1,790 passes took place in the opposing half.
A.J. DeLaGarza finished third with a passing accuracy of 82.83 percent with 423 of his 955 passes in the opposing team’s end. Finishing fourth for the Galaxy contingent was right back Sean Franklin who out of 1293 completed passes completed 837 in the opposing half while maintaining an accuracy of 81.83. Rounding out the list among LA players was Galaxy captain Robbie Keane who enjoyed a rate of 80.54 with 652 of his 776 in the opposition half.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy’s trade of Mike Magee for Robbie Rogers is one of the hottest topics for conversations heading into 2014, but LA head coach and general manager Bruce Arena insists that there are no regrets with the deal.
After being dealt to the Chicago Fire on May 25 in exchange for the rights to Rogers, Magee enjoyed an MVP-type season by tallying 15 goals and four assists as Chicago barely missed out on a postseason berth. Meanwhile, Rogers dealt with a series of injuries that limited him to just 16 appearances in all competitions.
With Rogers expected to be a major part of the Galaxy in 2014, Arena insists there was no second guessing on anything going forward.
"Who knows, we scored more goals than last year and Mike Magee’s team didn't make the playoffs,” said Arena. “I’d rather make the playoffs.
“No regrets on anything, you move forward," Arena later added. "There are a lot of reasons for that trade that you can [see when you] start ordering my book. They will be in my book."
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CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan has been dealing with a left ankle issue since September, but now that the LA Galaxy are out of the postseason, the 31-year-old is planning to take some time to prepare for an important 2014.
On Monday, in the club’s final media availability of the year, Donovan told reporters that he is expecting to take the next month to deal with a sprained left ankle that has limited him for more than a month and a half. The injury was the club's reasoning behind Donovan's omission from the U.S. National Team's November friendlies against Scotland and Austria.
Ahead of a year where he’ll be needed to lead the LA Galaxy and the U.S. National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the offseason is a bit of a blessing in disguise for Donovan.
“[The offseason] is a little bit of a blessing, and I'm probably going to need the full time to let it heal,” Donovan said Monday of the injury that first surfaced during LA’s 2-2 draw with D.C. United in September. “My aim is to take at least the next four weeks and probably six weeks and let the ankle heal and then get myself ready.”
Donovan is hoping to be ready by January which is when the Galaxy are scheduled to reconvene for training camp, but whether he’ll be able to participate in the U.S. National Team’s annual January camp remains up in the air.
“We'll see what happens,” Donovan said. “I have to speak with Jurgen and see if that's something he wants me to be a part of.”
CARSON, Calif. -- The 2013 season may be over, but LA Galaxy head coach and general manger Bruce Arena is already working to fine tune the team before enext year.
In this piece for LAGalaxy.com, Bruce Arena states that the Galaxy will be looking to add a "target forward", an "experienced flank player" and defensive depth.
Associate head coach Dave Sarachan agreed that LA will need to add some attacking punch.
"We have a really core that will return. We’ve solidified some things in goal, even though we didn’t do well on set piece type stuff; I think we have a deeper roster in terms of our defensive corps," said Sarachan. "I’ve always believed that you can never have enough forwards. Whether you want to label it a creative midfielder who can make a pass out of nothing, having more threats up top and speed, having speed on the field and dynamic movement will be what we need to address."
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