It's been a busy week for Omar Gonzalez.
Fresh off an impressive showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the LA Galaxy and U.S. Men’s National Team defender bared it all for ESPN the Magazine, killed it on Conan and is now playing the role of Cameron in Kick TV’s Mike Magee’s Day Off.
The short film, which stars a who’s who of North American soccer, including a perfect cameo by Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, spoofs the classic 80’s film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Former Galaxy forward Mike Magee stars in the Ferris Bueller role and a majority of the film was shot at StubHub Center.
Do you think Omar has a career in acting? Or should he stick to defending?
Soccer has caught the attention of America over the past month and now MLS kicks back into full swing with a slate of games this weekend.
MLSsoccer.com gets you excited for the action with this hype video.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — After a month of injury recovery, Marcelo Sarvas made his return to the field during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.
Sarvas entered the match in the waning moments of the draw, but did not appear hampered by the left MCL injury that has caused him to miss a month of action. Although the 32-year-old Brazilian midfielder was unable to help the Galaxy find the winning goal on Sunday, he was pleased with returning to the field.
“I feel great,” Sarvas said after the match. “You have to be ready whenever the coach calls you. I played about eight minutes in a slow game where both teams were holding to keep a point, but it’s good to be back and have this feeling [of playing] again.”
Sarvas insists that he will not have to prove himself to head coach Bruce Arena in training this week, instead stating that it will be up to the Galaxy boss on whether or not he'll start on Sunday.
“I don’t have to show anything,” said Sarvas. “It’s not my decision [whether I'll start], it’s the coaches. I just need to train normal and always be ready if I’m called.”
Heat issues and illness force Dan Gargan from the first half of the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with Chicago
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - A combination of heat, a negative reaction to medicine and two soccer balls to the head proved too much for Dan Gargan on Sunday.
Gargan was forced to exit the match late in the first half after dealing with a sinus illness that was exacerbated by taking two clearances in the face during the early stages of the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.
Following the match, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that heat issues were the reason Gargan was substituted and afterward, the veteran defender elaborated.
“I wasn’t feeling great, I’ve been dealing with some sinus issues and congestion then Leonardo cleared the balls in my head, I couldn’t get my equilibrium right. I’ve cooled down now, but I just don’t feel 100 percent at the moment. I just wasn’t feel like myself.”
But Gargan does not expect the issue to arise again for the Galaxy’s next match on Sunday against Chivas USA.
“I would think so,” he said.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Anyone took a gander at the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on Sunday at Toyota Park could see the frustration and exhaustion on the faces of players from both sides.
Throughout the match players seemed tenative to make their usual attacking runs as the humidity appeared to dissuade members of both teams to press forward. With the humidity proving overwhelming, the game turned into a slog -- one that forced Dan Gargan to exit with heat exhaustion -- and ultimately ended in a 1-1 draw.
After the match, I spoke to Galaxy captain Robbie Keane about the conditions and it's impact on the game, and did not mince words.
“I don’t know who makes these f*****g stupid decisions. Play a f*****g game at three o’clock in the afternoon," Keane said. "Who wants to watch that crap? Do you? I don’t want to watch that crap. These people who haven’t got a clue about soccer make these decisions when we play a game. Why not play at eight o’clock? It wasn’t on national television.
"It’s so stupid. They need to look at these games and use their head and be clever. No player wants to play in that humidity. Everyone was affected by the heat. Why would you want to play at three o’clock in the afternoon?" he added. "On the hottest day of the year so far here in Chicago, knowing it is going to be that hot. And you can’t blame the Kings-Hawks game because you didn’t know that was going to happen until two days ago. This is absolutely ridiculous. We have to stop. We have to listen to the players instead of listening to people who have never kicked a soccer ball in their whole life.”
Los Angeles vs. Chicago: LA Galaxy match with the Chicago Fire sets up day of battle between two cities
Sunday will be a battle between Los Angeles and Chicago on the soccer pitch and on the ice.
The LA Galaxy will take on the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park at 3:00 p.m. local time and then up town four hours later, the Los Angeles Kings will face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their Western Conference Final with a berth in the Stanley Cup on the line. For decades, the two cities have tussled alongside New York City for the mantle of America's grandest city and on Sunday, another chapter will be added to the sporting history between the two metropolises.
A fact that has not been lost to the LA Galaxy.
"After New York, there's a battle for two. Is it Chicago or Los Angeles? There is an inherent competition because people in Chicago have a chip on their shoulder type of attitude while L.A. has its own set of things to brag about," said Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan, a former head coach of the Chicago Fire. "I think that it's major markets trying to get in and make their claim for who is the big dog. Both are cities that are immensely proud of their sports teams and both feel like they have a sense of history.
"Around the world for soccer, they shut the city down and while I won't go that far, I'll say that most people around the city will be watching the game somehow somewhere," he added. "It'll be massive."
Sarachan didn't offer a prediction instead hoping for a "good game" while Chicagoan Baggio Husidic said that he'd back the Blackhawks and A.J. DeLaGarza predicted a Kings victory.
But what do you think? Can LA pull off two victories over Chicago on Sunday?
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CHICAGO -- LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic got an opportunity to return to his old stomping grounds with his new club on Saturday as the LA Galaxy trained at his former college, the University of Illinois-Chicago as they prepare to take on his old team, the Chicago Fire.
Husidic was a standout for the Flames during his three years at UIC before joining the Fire and remaining there until a trade to the Colorado Rapids prompted him to move to Sweden. To date, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a strong season with the Galaxy with 10 appearances -- eight of them being starts -- and one goal, and will likely be in contention to start against the Fire on Sunday.
"It's nice. I've spent a lot of time here and it's great to be back," Husidic said after training. "It's always nice to be back home."
In the latest edition of "By the Numbers" we look at the LA Galaxy's match against the Chicago Fire.
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CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas is making his steady return from injury, but don’t expect the midfielder to be ready for either of the LA Galaxy’s two matches this week.
Sarvas trained for the first time on Tuesday since suffering left MCL strain prior to the Galaxy’s match with the Colorado Rapids earlier this month. Since the injury, Sarvas has been steadily trying to return to fitness and after his first full training session, the 32-year-old set his target date for a return to the field.
“I felt very good and this is the last step, which is always the hardest one because it’s the transition from physical therapy to the field. I’m happy and I feel so let’s see because maybe in one or two weeks I’ll be ready,” said Sarvas. “It was a fast rehab and we did the right work and treatment so I’m happy with how it goes.”
“The target is Chicago," said Sarvas. "But you never know because a soccer player could sleep and the next day feel better. It could even be Sunday [against the Philadelphia Union] but you never know.”
And the fiercely competitive Sarvas is eager to get back to the field and help turn around a Galaxy team that currently finds itself in last place.
“It’s frustrating to be injured and be outside [the team]. The team has been playing good with some mistakes, but of course, I would like to be there to help the team,” said Sarvas. “Let’s see how it goes because we'll have a chance against Dallas to get things right."