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24 November 11:43 am

MLS Cup 2013 will be held at Sporting Park after Sporting Kansas City erased an early one goal deficit to defeat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 and advance to the league championship. 

Boniek Garcia put the Dynamo up after just three minutes, but Sporting leveled the score in the 14th minute after C.J. Sapong found the back of the net. In the 63rd minute, Dom Dwyer gave Kansas City the lead for good as he beat Houston 'keeper Tally Hall for the game winner which ends the Dynamo's streak of MLS Cup appearances at two. 

Kansas City heads to the final for the first time since they won their first MLS Cup championship in 2004.

22 November 7:27 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Veteran midfielder Colin Clark is not expecting to return to the LA Galaxy in 2014.

The 29-year-old midfielder is the subject of Friday’s LA Galaxy Insider Year in Review, in which he discusses his trying season with the Galaxy.  In 2013, Clark made 13 appearances with six starts in all competitions as he struggled to find consistent form throughout the year. As he looks ahead to next season, however, he’ll need to figure out just what went awry.

“I still need to talk to talk to Bruce Arena about next year, but I’m envisioning joining another team and going from there, and fighting for a spot,” Clark told LA Galaxy Insider. “I think I've got plenty of years left to give and I feel like I’m capable of playing in this league, but I need to find the right balance of training and games. I’m still hoping that I’m here next year, but at the end of the day, that will be determined by the coaching staff. One or the other, I’ll find out what happens and go from there."

22 November 3:49 pm

Jaime Penedo's incredible save against Vancouver Whitecaps FC has reached the final round of MLSsoccer.com's Save of the Year competition. 

Penedo's incredible diving stop against Jordan Harvey's close-range chance is nominated alongside saves by Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando, FC Dallas' Raul Fernandez (which is against the Galaxy), and Portland Timbers 'keeper Donovan Ricketts. 

Vote for Penedo's "Superman" save here

A gif of Penedo's save is below...

Penedo's stellar save.  on Twitpic

22 November 12:48 pm

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has endorsed former teammate Mike Magee for a potential call-up to Ireland if he’s eligible.

In an interview posted by the tabloid the Ireland Herald, Keane stresses that new Irish head coach Martin O’Neill should consider the Chicago Fire striker who tallied 20 goals during his 2013 season. 

“His whole family is Irish. His grandfather or father. He's not an international. I'd say he would [accept the call-up]. He definitely would like to but he's probably waiting for that American call-up. How he hasn't got it I don't know,” Keane told the publication. “He was a left-winger for us, a very clever footballer. Technically he's very good. He didn't start playing until he was 16. He never played as a kid. If he [O'Neill] asked me about him, I certainly would but I'm sure [assistant manager Roy Keane] and people would be fully aware of all the players available to them."

Keane has pushed for Magee to receive a U.S. call-up in the past even stating that Magee’s family ancestry is Irish, but whether he’ll be able to represent Ireland remains to be seen. 

The Irish Independent also posted Keane's thoughts on Magee's eligibility for Ireland as well as his musings on Twitter, life in Los Angeles, and of course, turf.

22 November 12:27 pm

The dreams of College Cup were extinguished for the Loyola Marymount Lions on Thursday as they were bounced from the NCAA Tournament by the Stanford Cardinal in a thrilling penalty kick shootout.

Former LA Galaxy Academy forward Christian Alvarado went 106 minutes during the match as Stanford advanced into the second round of the tournament by winning a penalty kick shootout three to two.

The victory by the Cardinal sets up a contest pitting the alma maters of multiple Galaxy players against one another as defender Todd Dunivant will take on Cal-State Northridge on Nov. 24 which produced LA defender Sean Franklin and midfielder Rafael Garcia. 

Meanwhile, UCLA which boast multiple Galaxy Academy products will face Elon on Nov. 24 in Westwood while U.C. Santa Barbara and their two LA Academy alums host Penn State on Nov. 24. 

21 November 8:16 pm

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."

21 November 6:54 pm

Courtesy of LAGalaxy.com, the story of former LA Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman told through photos. 

21 November 1:28 pm

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...

21 November 10:39 am

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.

20 November 12:50 pm

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. 

Highlights

Locker room celebration

"Road to the Championship" interviews

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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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