LAGalaxy.com will be chalkful of interesting video content this year and on Thursday, we got our first look at one video series that I know will be a favorite.
In the first edition of a new weekly series called "Kickin' It With Kelli," Time Warner Cable SportsNet sideline reporter Kelli Tennant speaks to Robbie Keane on staying with the Galaxy and living in LA.
Check it out below.
The new kits feature the same traits that we saw during the reveals that were on LA Galaxy Insider all of last week. Below are a series of interesting videos related to the jerseys including a shot from adidas which describes the kit and one from the Galaxy with statements from LA legends, fans, players from all Galaxy teams.
Remember you can already purchase the kit at the TeamLA Store at StubHub Center and on MLSgear.com.
Check it out below.
The wait is almost over, the LA Galaxy's new primary kit will be unveiled on Monday morning.
The jersey is set to be officially released on LAGalaxy.com at 11:11 am and be immediately available for purchase. In the final look at the jersey, we can see the "This is LA" blue-and-gold jock tag placed on the bottom of the kit. As you know, the tag is also on the team's current secondary jerseys.
Remember that you can pick up the jersey tomorrow at the Team LA Store and at MLSGear online. Season ticket holders will also be able to use their discounts to purchase the kit at the StubHub Center's Team LA Store.
Excited for the new kit? Below are the other four jersey reveals.
Jersey Look #1: Back collar
Jersey Look #2: Logo
Jersey Look #3: Sash stripes
LA Galaxy bolster their attack with the addition of Brazilian forward Samuel on a loan from Fluminense
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy stated that acquiring a target forward was at the top of their wish list for the 2014 season and just seven days into the year, they may have got their man.
LA announced the acquisition of 22-year-old Brazilian forward Samuel on a year-long loan from Brazil’s Fluminense on Tuesday. The 6-foot-1 center target striker who tallied 15 goals in 72 appearances over the last two years with the Fluzão will be added to the Galaxy’s roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and his P-1 Visa.
“We are pleased to add Samuel to our roster,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena in a statement released by the club. “Samuel is a young, talented forward with both size and skill. We are confident his addition will help boost our attack in 2014.”
Samuel's signature is a coup for the Galaxy as the Brazilian striker who served as the strike partner for Brazilian international Fred at Fluminense had been linked with a number of clubs in Spain, Brazil and China in recent weeks. Most notably, Samuel nearly completed deals to Real Madrid B and Barcelona-based Espanyol, but saw the moves fall through that kept him in Brazil.
Thoughts on the Brazilian signing?
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Robbie Keane enjoyed an impressive year as he finished as one of the league's MVP finalists with 16 goals and 11 assist and our friends at KICKTV compiled this impressive set of highlights of Keane's goals and assists from 2013.
View Keane's goals below.
The three goals selected were Omar Gonzalez's classy finish that helped the LA Galaxy defeat Juventus in the Guinness International Champions Cup on Aug. 3 at Dodger Stadium, Robbie Keane's brilliant chip of Nick Rimando in LA's victory over Real Salt Lake later in the month, and Sean Franklin's goal against RSL in the Western Conference Semifinal first leg at StubHub Center on Nov. 3.
Check it out below.
Landon Donovan's World Cup goal against Algeria in the final of U.S. Soccer Best of 100 years awards
LA Galaxy forard Landon Donovan's stunning goal for the U.S. National Team against Algeria at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa is in the final of U.S. Soccer's Best of 100 Years awards.
Donovan's incredible last minute finish that gave the U.S. a 2-1 victory over Algeria is up against Abby Wambach's dramatic stoppage time goal that tied up the Americans World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil.
Vote Here and relive Donovan's moment below in my favorite manner with Andres Cantor's inspiring call.
To prepare for the holiday season, I've compiled a list of interesting holiday items that you can buy for you or any other LA Galaxy or soccer fan in the family.
Check it out below.
Perhaps the Galaxy's most impressive and extensive package for the holidays is this set of a galaxy t-shirt, scarf and Christmas tree ornaments . For my money, the tree ornaments might be the best bunch because after all who doesn't love kitschy Christmas tree decorations?
PRICE: Starting at $84
Don't forget the actual gift of an LA Galaxy game, of course. In the Holiday Pack, you can get four tickets to the home opener against Real Salt Lake and two LA Galaxy beanies.
Adidas sent me these shorts and the rest of the Galaxy Originals collection earlier this year and these shorts are certainly one of the best items included. Yes, they’re a bit pricy, but they’re a cool and subtle way to support the team plus they’re undoubtedly comfy.
Bumpy Pitch has created a number of qualify soccer lifestyle gear but my favorite is their black Los Angeles Aztecs shirt. The tee is high quality, fashionable and not to mention comfortable while also providing a tribute to the second most storied soccer team to ever play in Los Angeles. I’m happy to admit that I own this – and many other BP products – and it is in my regular rotation.
The list would not be complete without some gear from the LA Galaxy’s supporters groups and this yellow t-shirt from the club’s oldest supporters group, the Galaxians is a must have no matter what SG you have. Anyone that appreciates retro yet modern soccer clothing will need to cop this shirt.
If bright yellow isn’t your scene, then take a look at this Angel City Brigade tote bag that has a variety of uses from hauling clothes or hauling groceries. Remember that the proceeds from this item and the Galaxians shirt go directly to the SG’s as they look to add to the StubHub Center experience.
PRICE: Mini $18 – X-Large $66
Jerry Seinfeld broke down sports fandom once stating that fans simply “cheer for clothes” and this is captured beautifully in my favorite piece of this list, an art print by Mark Yesilevskiy. The print of the LA Galaxy home jersey preparing to take a free kick is a must have for all Galaxy supporters. If you enjoy other teams, Yesilevskiy has a number of other options as well.
PRICE:$35 - $75
Sticking with the theme of soccer art, how about a look at this fine Landon Donovan print of his celebration during the 2012 MLS Cup victory. At the price of $35 it is an affordable gift that would for well with any soccer themed decor.
What do I think of the LA Galaxy third kit? You already know that Adam Serrano likes this. After all with the slick color scheme and the subtle homage to the Galaxy's first kit and the city of Los Angeles...what's not to like?
Last but certainly not least are these Foosball bottle openers. At nearly 50 dollars, they’re a bit pricey, but anyone who grew up playing Foosball like I did would respect the novelty. After all, can you imagine pulling one of these little dudes out at a party?
Thoughts on the gear? Let me know
We discussed the recently retired Pablo Mastroeni’s career in part one of my Q&A with the veteran midfielder, but in part two, we look at his life after soccer and what he’ll be planning to do next as he looks to move on from the game that he's played for decades.
Read it below.
LAGI: “Going back to Colorado seems to be a natural move here especially with your family being unable to sell your home.”
“The word destiny is appropriate here. I’ve had my house on the market for the last six months and it sold once, then the people backed out and for whatever reason it didn’t sell. I just kept thinking that there was a reason for all this because at some point, you just have to heed the omens. For me, the kids love it, my wife loves it and I love it as well. I just thought that life would take me to different places, but it hasn’t. As long as it doesn’t sell, it looks like we’ll just stay in Colorado and it’s looking more and more like we’re just going to take the house off the market. That way we can settle in here as I go into the next phase of my career as I look to start a soccer school focusing on youth development without having to worry about results on the weekend. It’ll be a way to give back because I’ve had great coaches throughout my career that inspired me and now I want to put my own spin on [the game] to help develop young players in Colorado."
LAGI: “Have you had any conversations with the Colorado Rapids about working for their club academy?"
PM: "We haven’t had any conversations at the moment. I’d like to work with the Colorado Rapids in some capacity, but that’s the competitive side of soccer that says we’re an academy just like the Galaxy and we want to get results on the weekend. My mindset is that we sometimes put so much of a focus on winning at a young age that we miss some steps along the way. I think that we keep talking about how even though American soccer is growing; it’s not a powerhouse in the world. We have the greatest resources in the world, we have the greatest athletes in the world, and my view is that we only lack true player development where the focus is solely on developing players without the distraction of results. I think that kids do enjoy the competition which is great, but you see these soccer schools in Europe where there are many kids who are eight or nine and already destined for first team football. If you walk around the United States, you find maybe one six-year-old or five-year-old who can do that. Now I’m not saying we should train kids at age three, but just to put more focus on player development and supplement what they’re not getting from the clubs due to the focus on winning.”
LAGI: “What is going to be your philosophy for this soccer school?"
PM: "I don’t want to do what has been going on for the last number of years. I think the U.S. Soccer curriculum that Claudio Reyna put together is exceptional, but I want to take from my own experience and travels in order to figure out what we’re not doing [as a country]. If I just followed what everyone else is doing then we’re probably going to get the same results. I want to take the experiences that I learned and put together a different type of curriculum that focuses 100 percent on development and zero on results which I hope can produce more complete and talented soccer players.
"I believe that anything that you do in life that you’re good at becomes eventually much more fun. If you have complete dominion of the ball and are aware of the game, then the game will be that much more fun which will lead to greater success as the player moves into high school and onward. The other part for me is that it is something that you have to do many repetitions, but still keep it fun for the kids. I have a lot to carve out and think about but I really feel that it could be a nice thing for the youth to experience and get a leg up. I think that teaching the ages of six through 15 would be great.”
LAGI: "You've always been a reflective person so have you ever just thought about what the game of soccer has given you -- helping you meet your wife, allowing you to go to two World Cups. It's certainly been a ride."
PM: “I’ve pondered it quite a bit and it’s been so good to me because it kept me out of trouble in high school. I could have been different but I always went to training and it kept me in line. When you think about all that I’ve seen in my wife and kids. Plus, I hadn’t realized it until a couple years ago but my wife’s family and my family were still getting together for barbeques to watch my games so the game of soccer was a way that my extended family was able to stay together. That’s why I want to start this soccer school because kids would enjoy learning about these experiences that I’ve had while also coming to understand that the game of soccer really mimics the lessons that you learn in life.
LAGI: "Lastly, in just a few weeks your old teammates across the league will be returning to training for preseason while Pablo Mastroeni will be picking up his kids from school. What will that be like?"
PM: “I talked to quite a few guys while I was contemplating my retirement and one of them was [D.C. United head coach and former U.S. National Team player] Ben Olsen. He said ‘the best part of retirement is that you don’t have to go into preseason, you don’t have to train on Tuesday for a game on Saturday. You’re going to love your retirement.’ Now coming from a guy that took it as seriously as he did, it really helped drive it home. I need to find my competitive edge in something else and hopefully starting a soccer school will allow me to educate myself and gets my juices flowing. I know that there won’t be any substitute from being under the lights, at an opposing team’s stadium trying to get a result, and I know that I can’t mimic that. For me, it’ll be tough once the season gets going but for as far as preseason, I won’t miss that one bit.”