LA Galaxy II's Eric Lopez and Galaxy Academy duo help lead U.S. U-15 squad to Tournament delle Nazioni title
LA Galaxy II goalkeeper Eric Lopez earned Goalkeeper of the tournament honors as the U.S Under-15's won the presgitious Tournament delle Nazioni on Friday with a 3-2 win over Austria.
Andrew Carleton scored twice for the Americans in the first half before Tim Weah (son of soccer great George Weah) scored the tournament winner to give the U.S. U-15's the victory on Friday in Gradisca d'Isonzo, Italy.. The U.S. qualified for the final by defeating host nation Italy in a penalty kick shootout that featured a save from Lopez to help the Americans best the Italian U-15 squad.
Joining Lopez (center) on the U.S. U-15 squad were fellow Galaxy Academy players, Zico Bailey (pictured left) and defender Jake Arteaga (pictured right).
CARSON, Calif. -- The U.S. National Team kept up their dominance of Mexico on Wednesday as the U-23's picked up a 3-0 victory at StubHub Center against their counterparts from El Tri.
Former LA Galaxy Academy forward Mario Rodriguez, Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Christian Dean and Stanford University's Jordan Morris all scored in the victory. U.S. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper made seven saves as he fended off an active Mexico attack.
LA Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal left in the 40th minute with a left hamstring strain. The injury occurred in the same hamstring that forced Villarreal to miss the Galaxy's match against Vancouver earlier this month. Fellow Galaxy homegrown Oscar Sorto went 68 minutes along the right side of defense in the American victory.
LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic on his time at the Chicago Fire with retiring Mexican soccer legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco
CARSON, Calif. --- Mexican soccer legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco is hanging up his cleats once and for all.
The three-time World Cup player for Mexico announced earlier this year that he will retire after the 2015 Copa MX final that will pit his Puebla F.C. against vaunted Chivas de Guadalajara, in order to pursue a career in Politics. A soccer legend for his performances with El Tri and Club America, Blanco became a force in Major League Soccer during a threeyear stint with the Chicago Fire.
During his three seasons in Chicago, Blanco crossed paths with current Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic who was played with the Mexican star during the 2009 season.
"Temo was awesome," said It was pretty cool to be able to play with such a good player. ... For me, he's probably the most exciting Mexican player to ever play in the league."
Called "Bayo" by the former Mexican international, the most lasting memory that Husidic has of Blanco was his very first interaction.
"He was an absolute prankster. My rookie year, I roomed with him for preseason and I was coming into the team super nervous. We were in Querétaro and I walk in [the room], I saw bags on the floor but there was no one anywhere. All of a sudden, he pops out of the closet and tackles me onto the bed, and starts speaking in Spanish. He spoke such slang that you could barely understand his Spanish."
LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and Guam learn their opponents for AFC's 2018 World Cup Qualifiers
LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and the Guam National Team learned that they'll their opponents for their first-ever foray into World Cup qualifying as the Asian Federation announced the eight groups that will 40 teams that will complete in the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifying.
DeLaGarza and Guam find themselves placed in Group D alongside Iran, India, Oman and Turkmenistan. The winner of each group receives an automatic berth to the next round of World Cup qualifying and will be joined by the top four second place teams across the eight groups. The remaining teams that do not continue in the quest for a place in the World Cup will enter various levels of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
The Matao open their first-ever World Cup qualifying campaign with two home matches as they host Turkmenistan on June 11 in Guam before taking on India on June 16. Should DeLaGarza join the squad for the start of World Cup qualifying, he'd likely miss the Galaxy's June 13 road match against the Columbus Crew.
WATCH: LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes featured in FIFA Crossbar Challenge alongside U.S. National Teammate Miguel Ibarra
LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes has made himself quite at home with the U.S. National Team in the past few months, and with international appearances come certain perks.
During the USMNT's recent tour of FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Zardes and international teammate Miguel Ibarra were featured in FIFA's Crossbar Challenge. The two U.S. National Team players had 10 chances to hit the crossbar, with the winner rattling the frame more than the other.
Check out who won in the video above.
LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes earned a start and went 89 minutes as the U.S. National Team picked up a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Zurich on Tuesday.
Starting up top alongside Jozy Altidore, Zardes was active from the start and had numerous opportunties in the first half to give the Americans the advantage. The Americans went into the half up a goal after Orlando City's Brek Shea scored a stunning free kick to put the U.S. ahead.
Zardes came closest to finding the back of the net just moments into the second half when he beat the goalkeeper but skied his header just wide of the frame. As the half wore on, the Swiss began to find their feet and were boosted when Jozy Altidore was sent off in the 68th minute after a late challenge and dissent to the referee.
Up a man, Switzerland found their goal in the 80th minute when a defensive breakdown on a corner kick allowed Valentin Stocker to poke a shot past William Yarbrough. With the goal, the U.S. has now conceded 12 times in the second half since the World Cup.
The Americans return to action later this month when they face Mexico in San Antonio on April 15.
LA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter starts for U.S. U-23's in win over Bosnia and Herzegovina U-23's
LA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter started in midfield for the U.S. Under-23's during their 3-2 victory over the Bosnia & Herzegovina U-23's.
Jordan Morris, former Galaxy Academy player Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez, and Fatai Ashe scored for the Americans in the rout. Lassiter played a 61 minutes agaisnt the Europeans while Galaxy defender Oscar Sorto did not feature in the game.
The U.S. U-23's will play the final match of their European training camp next week when they take on the Denmark U-23's next Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) March 27, 2015
LA Galaxy Academy product Hugo Arellano scores as U.S. U-17's thrash Cuba at 2015 U-17 CONCACAF Championship
LA Galaxy Academy defender Hugo Arellano scored as the U.S. U-17's demolished Cuba 5-0 in their Group A opener at the 2015 U-17 CONCACAF Championship.
Joe Gallardo scored three times while Alejandro Zendejas and Arellano rounded out the scoring for Richie Williams' squad. Midfielders Christian Pulisic and Luca de La Torre each tallied two assists in the Americans' confident victory.
Arellano needed just five minutes to put the U.S. ahead as the U-17 captain smashed a Pulisic corner into the back of the net for the opening goal. In the 40th minute, Pulisic played the distributor again as he found Joe Gallardo from close range for the irst of his three on the evening. Just three minutes later, Zendejas pounced on a failed Cuban defensive clearance and tallied his fourth goal of his U-17 career.
Once the second half began, Gallardo left no doubt of the Americans dominance as he combined with de la Torre twice for goals in the 65th and 88th minutes to seal the win.
The U.S. return to action on Monday when they face Trinidad and Tobago at 3 p.m. PT.
LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho is interested in one day suiting up for the U.S. National Team, but fans of the Brazilian should hold their horses before running to buy U.S. jerseys with "Juninho" on the back.
Juninho recently told the Brazilian outlet Globoesporte of his intention of suiting up for the U.S. National Team rather than his home land which recently capped his brother Ricardo Goulart. Sources close to the midfielder have told LA Galaxy Insider that this has been a long standing wish of the Brazilian, but even though the 26-year-old has lived in the United States since joining the Galaxy in 2010 and currently holds a green card -- which he obtained in the summer of 2013 -- he must still wait five years until he can apply for citizenship.
When Juninho is finally eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, the Brazilian midfielder will be nearly 30-years old. If the process is completed quickly, Juninho could be eligible to play for the USMNT during their qualifying efforts for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
CARSON, Calif. -- Gyasi Zardes returned to the LA Galaxy before the team's trip to Europe loaded with confidence after his successful stint with the U.S. National Team.
During the USMNT's annual Winter camp, Zardes made his first two appearances for the national side including an influential start during their 2-0 victory over Panama last Sunday. Following two days off after a month-long training camp, Zardes rejoined the Galaxy where he admitted that he was feeling an extra pep in his step.
"This preseason has been wonderful for me. Just jumping in a new environment [with the USMNT]," said Zardes. "You always gain confidence the more you play, no matter what team you play on. Being with the camp helped me grow. My method is once you find rhythm try to keep it. Bring that to a new atmosphere. I’m just trying to get better and take advantage of every opportunity I get. Stay humble and level-headed. That’s how I grow."