International

10 May 8:38 am

LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez is expected to be among the 30 players named to U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for his preliminary World Cupr roster and in the latest episode of the "brazuca Around the World" series by adidas, he discusses the team's motivation heading into Brazil. 

Check out the short video below. 

09 May 11:56 am

Mexico unveiled their 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and headlining the squad is former New York Red Bulls defender and frequent nemesis of the U.S. National Team Rafael Marquez.

El Tri head coach Miguel Herrera named his squad on Friday which includes Manchester United forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Villarreal attacker Giovani Dos Santos, Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, California-born Toluca midfielder Isaac Brizuela, and of course, Marquez. The 2014 World Cup will be the fourth for the Mexico captain, who is expected to become the first player to captain a nation at four World Cups.

Although Marquez is no longer the player who was a star at FC Barcelona years ago, LA Galaxy head coach and former U.S. national team boss Bruce Arena believes that he’s still vital for Mexico.

“At his age, they’re highly dependent on his experience more than anything. He’s not no-longer a great one-on-one defender, but he has experience so if he can fit in their system and communicate and organize a team then he’s extremely important. They’ve gotten surprisingly good play out of him in the last year and he’s a competitive and fiery player.

 “It’s hard for me to say this, but I wish him the best," Arena added. "He’s been good for the rivalry between the U.S. and Mexico because without him, we wouldn’t have had some of the excitement that we’ve had."

Another one of Marquez’s traditional adversaries Landon Donovan agreed with Arena’s assessment about the former Red Bulls man’s importance to El Tri.

“They’ve been a better team with him. I think a big problem for them last year when they went through their struggles was their lack of leadership. They didn’t have guys on the field that you could really lean on. He’s been very helpful them,” said Donovan. “He’s not nasty. Like a lot of players, sometimes he loses his head a little bit, but he’s always been relatively respectful after the whistle, but he has moments like all of us.”

Mexico’s full squad is below.

GOALKEEPERS: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

DEFENDERS: Rafa Marquez (Leon), Diego Reyes (Porto), Miguel Layun (America), Paul Aguilar (America), Andres Guardado (Leverkusen), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Francisco Rodriguez (America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres UANL)

MIDFIELDERS: Carlos Pena (Leon), Hector Herrera (Porto), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Juan Carlos Medina (America), Luis Montes (Leon), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon)

FORWARDS: Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), Raul Jimenez (America), Alan Pulido (Tigres), Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna)

08 May 11:47 am

ESPN's award-winning series 30 for 30 took an inside look at the U.S. National Team's road to Brazil in their upcoming feature series that looks into the team's 100 days of preparation before the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

I gave my own prediction of who I believe will represent the team once they head to Brazil in a story for LAGalaxy.com

Check out the ESPN trailer, which features Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez below. 

07 May 9:01 am

By this time next week, the U.S. National Team's preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will truly begin in earnest as the 30-man preliminary squad descends on Stanford, Calif. for a two-week training camp.

In an interview with MLSsoccer.com, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann discusses how he will select his squad for the camp at Stanford University.  Watch below.

I'll have my very own 23 man roster projection later today.

06 May 1:09 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy are still awaiting an update on the injury status of Omar Gonzalez, but head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday that he feels strongly that the left knee issue will be short-term and not cost him a chance to suit up for the U.S. at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Gonzalez suffered the injury in the closing moments of the first half of LA’s 1-0 defeat to the Colorado Rapids last Saturday and was substituted at the half due to precautionary measures. When asked by reporters on Tuesday if the team had an update on Gonzalez, Arena stated that the team did not have one at the moment.

“We’re going to talk to the doctors today and find out a little bit more,” said the Galaxy manager. “It’s a very short term issue and he’s going to be fine.

“We’re doing everything to be safe with Omar and if we have anything to say, we’ll say it at the proper time. I feel very strongly that this is a short term issue and he’ll be fine,” Arena added.

“Mentally, a player with a full calendar of things ahead is very precautious. He’s going to be fine. There is nothing long term with this injury, I can promise you that.”

Whether or not Gonzalez will suit up for the Galaxy for their match against the Portland Timbers on May 11 at Providence Park remains to be seen.  The match is expected to be the final game for Gonzalez and LA teammate Landon Donovan before they depart for the U.S. National Team pre-World Cup camp in Stanford, Calif. on May 14.

However, Arena admitted that it was unlikely that the turf conditions at Providence Park will play a role on whether or not he suits up for the Galaxy on Saturday.

“If Omar is good to go to go then he’ll go. If he’s not then he won’t, it’s that simple,” said Arena. “I don’t think that it’s the turf. All things being equal, maybe [the turf] would play a role, but right now, we’ll take it day by day and we’re going to talk to the doctors to make sure that we’re moving along in the right way.”

01 May 7:59 am

The Copa America is coming to the United States.

CONCACAF and their South American counterparts CONMEBOL announced at a press conference in Miami on Thursday that the “2016 Copa America Centenario” which is the 100th edition of tournament will take place at venues across the United States from June 3-26. The “Centenario” will include 10 countries from South America and six nations from CONCACAF.

The U.S. and Mexico will both be entered in the tournament and be joined by the 2014 Central American Cup and 2014 Caribbean Cup champions as well as two of the four semifinalists in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.  Although the matches will not take place on official FIFA dates, CONMEBOL president Eugenio Figueredo told reporters that both organizations are attempting to work with FIFA for the dates to be recognized by the global soccer body by the time the tournament starts.

No venues have been announced yet with interested cities encouraged to bid to host matches, but according to a report by the Miami Herald’s Michelle Kaufmann, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena is one of the venues that is being considered to host matches.

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01 May 7:00 am

In the latest ad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan is featured among other titans of world soccer in a new commercial by Gatorade that has a bit of a Disney feel to it. 

Check it out below but preferably before midnight so you don't turn into a pumpkin.

30 April 10:02 am

CARSON, Calif. – Haji Wright isn’t the only member of his family that is making waves in international soccer.

Haji’s younger brother Hanif, an LA Galaxy Academy Under-14 scored on Sunday as he helped lead the United States U-15 Boys Team to a 3-2 victory against their counterparts from China PR in their final match of the Torneo delle Nazioni. Wright has been one of the shining stars of the Galaxy U-14 side with 13 goals in 15 games during the U.S. Soccer Development Academy campaign as the team has enjoyed a 13-4-3 record this season. 

A video of Hanif Wright’s goal can be seen below.

25 April 8:56 am
Anytime there is a World Cup on the horizon, the football fashion world kicks it up a notch and that is exactly the case with Hurley's new 2014 Phantom National Team boardshorts line. 
 
The collection which is in conjunction with their "Fly Your Flag" campaign, includes three national teams with boardshorts modeled off the U.S. National Team away kit as well as the primary jerseys of Brazil and France. The shorts seem perfect for any situation be it Copacabana beach, Catalina Island or even lounging around the Track and Field Stadium before an LA Galaxy II match. 
 
The shorts will be available globally on May 1 at select retailers and www.hurley.com
 
Check out more photos of the U.S. Soccer boardshorts below. 
 
 
 
22 April 3:35 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was in New York City this afternoon on a media tour and took a moment to speak to Dan Patrick about his career, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the LA Galaxy. 

During his interview, Patrick asks Donovan about any chance that he'd suit up for David Beckham's new side in Miami and while the Galaxy striker doesn't say never, one would doubt that he'd ever suit up for an MLS team other than the Galaxy in his career. 

Check out the full interview below.