CARSON, Calif. – Goalkeeper Brian Rowe will step in the net for the LA Galaxy for a third time this season when LA take on D.C. United with the full confidence of the team’s coaching staff.
With incumbent starter Jaime Penedo away on international duty, Rowe will make his third start of the season. In two appearances this season, Rowe has compiled a 1-0-1 record with three saves and only two goals allowed.
Ahead of the match against United, Rowe is confident that the Galaxy can get a result at RFK Stadium despite missing three starters due to international duty.
“I feel good. … Moving forward, we’re just trying to fine tune a little bit and get into more of a rhythm,” said Rowe. “It’s fun working with this backline because they do a great job of defending as a team, and make it fun for me. We’re going to try to go into each game and get the most out of it.”
According to Galaxy boss Bruce Arena, the fact that Rowe has already seen considerable time in goal this season, will only benefit him when he suits up at RFK Stadium.
“It was very important. He’s comfortable now,” Arena said. “He’s prepared to play in this game and that was good. This was all part of the reason that he played in the first game.”
LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez finished third in the 2014 MLS Defender of the Year voting as Seattle Sounders FC center back Chad Marshall took home the top honors.
Marshall finished ahead of D.C. United central defender Bobby Boswell who led both the media and club voting, but the Sounders defender's advantage in the player voting were enough to give him the Defender of the Year. The award is an unprecedented third for Marshall who won the honor twice in 2008 and 2009 while with the Columbus Crew.
Gonzalez was nominated for the league's top honor despite A.J. DeLaGarza winning the team's honor which is voted on by local media.
In my latest top five list for Galaxy TV, I look at the top five playoff moments in LA Galaxy history.
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There's no feeling better than scoring a goal in the playoffs.
Ahead of the LA Galaxy's Western Conference Championship contest against Seattle Sounders FC, I joined Galaxy TV to look at the top five playoff goals in club history.
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CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy twitter account refers to it as "Tiki Taco" but you can just refer to the 26-pass that led to Baggio Husidic's goal in the club's 4-1 rout of D.C. United as a stunning passing display.
LA's goal was part of a stellar passing performance by the Galaxy against United as the club made 563 passes with a completion percentage of 85 percent. Throughout the victory, the Galaxy's deft passing seem to befuddle the United leading to a 55.5 to 44.5 advantage in possession that seemed far more than the numbers seemed to dictate.
"The third goal for us tonight was probably one of the best goals of the year," said defender Omar Gonzalez. "I think we had the ball for maybe a minute and a half or two minutes before that, ending with a goal. That’s just beautiful soccer right there and it’s a lot of fun playing right now."
Added Landon Donovan, "When we pass and move that way, you see teams get dejected. They can’t get around the ball, it’s frustrating for them, and for us it gives us energy, it gives us confidence and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Such advantages in passing is nothing new for this Galaxy team that currently tied with FC Dallas in the league lead for total goals scored with 45, but the performance displayed against United was something far different -- even drawing some comparisons to the dominant 2011 LA Galaxy side which is a comparison that this current Galaxy side welcomes.
“I think we know that when we play a certain way, more often than not, we score goals and we win games," said Donovan.
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) August 28, 2014
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane was unavailable for Wednesday's 4-1 win over D.C. United but according to LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, he may be back for Sunday's SuperClasico against Chivas USA.
At the outset of the game, it was revealed that the Galaxy were opting to rest Keane due to the team's recent schedule congestion, but during the post game press conference, Arena confirmed that the Galaxy forward had been dealing with a knock since last Saturday.
"Well, obviously, you don't want to lose a player of Robbie's quality, but I think the players are confident that we can play when we lose some players," said Arena. "That has been the case a number of times this year, and I think their response tonight was outstanding. Robbie is day-to-day now, he might be available on Sunday, it was from the last game, so hopefully he will be ready to go on Sunday, but I am not announcing any medical updates."
Getting Keane back could be a major boost for the in-form Galaxy as the Irishman has enjoyed plenty of support against the Rojiblancos with five goals and two assists during his tenure with LA.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach addressed reporters following LA's 4-1 victory over D.C. United.
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(On the play of Landon Donovan tonight and the last few games...)
"Landon is obviously committed to completing his career in the right manor, his leadership and quality tonight was terrific, what more can you say. He has been a great one, his attitude has been terrific over the last two or three weeks after his announcement. We are really happy for him, and certainly he has been an important part of our success over the last couple months."
(On Alan Gordon rejoining the Galaxy...)
ARENA: "He is an improved player from the last time we saw him at the Los Angeles Galaxy, his experiences in San Jose were good, he is a good player. I thought he and (Gyasi) Zardes worked very well together tonight, for the first time, they had never played with each other, I think that was a real positive. I think Alan has two goals in the last three games, that is all good stuff."
(On the first half tonight...)
ARENA: "We played well, I thought DC United came out real hard, put a lot of pressure on us in the middle third of the field, it was a little difficult in the early going, but once we got the ball moving a little bit better we were able to create some chances. Obviously the first goal is big again and then the goal right before half was critical. I am at fault for telling them to take their foot of the gas a little bit in the second half because we wanted to avoid any injuries, and that wasn't easy. A couple guys got clipped and it could have set them back, but we wanted to make sure we didn't exert to much energy so we can have enough gas left in the tank to play Sunday, and I think that was accomplished, our guys will be ready to go."
(On the play of Leonardo and if he's a liability...)
ARENA: "There couldn't be a more inaccurate statement than to say that he's a liability. He's a center back in statistically the best defense in the league. He's been pretty good."
(On the defense only allowing three shots on goal tonight...)
ARENA: "We played well, and were fortunate, I think they created some good chances, but you know we played well. Our back line has played very well. Eddie Johnson was a handful tonight, he is a good player. DC United had some of the same issues we had coming into this game, they have an important game on Sunday, they need to travel back across country. We tweaked the lineup a little bit, we gave (Dan) Gargan a rest tonight, but our line has played well all year, it has been a really good year to date for them. Omar is playing well, I think this was Todd's first 90 minute game, since, maybe, March, so it has been a long time, it is good to get him back in. It was a combination of these things, but our entire group of players have been involved in the back line, and our midfield effort we are getting out of Juninho and Marcelo defensively has been outstanding job there, so it is a collective effort by our guys."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on an old friend on Wednesday in former LA defender Sean Franklin.
Drafted by the Galaxy in 2008, Franklin spent the last six years with the club and played a major role in the Galaxy sides that won back to back MLS Cups in 2011 and 2012, before joining D.C. United via the Re-Entry Draft process last December. Franklin won't be the only familiar face in Black-and-Red on Wednesday as he'll be joined by defender Kofi Opare who was dealt to D.C. United last month from LA, but is not expected to play a role against the Galaxy.
"It'll be nice if I get the chance to go up against him. I did get the chance to play against him in the All-Star Game which was nice because he did really, really well. We're all really happy for him."
Added Omar Gonzalez, "It's going to be fun to see him. He's been having a great season and I'm very happy for him, but hopefully we can shut him down tomorrow."
The LA Galaxy take on D.C. United in a match with major Supporters' Shield implications on Wednesday evening.
In the latest preview for LAGalaxy.com, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Bruce Arena preview the match.
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LA Galaxy deal Kofi Opare and 2015 second round draft pick to D.C. United for third spot in MLS allocation order
The LA Galaxy obtained the third spot in the MLS allocation order in exchange for second-year center back Kofi Opare and a 2015 MLS SuperDraft second round selection on Tuesday.
Opare has made a total of 12 MLS regular season appearances for the LA Galaxy and last started for LA during their 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City on July 19. The second-year center back out of Michigan also started LA's two postseason matches in 2013 as well.
“This is a move that gives us the necessary flexibility to strengthen our roster,” said Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena said in a statement. “We thank Kofi for his contributions here and wish him the best in D.C.”
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