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."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy Academy Under-18's will participate in the Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group for a third consecutive year, the Academy announced on Twitter on Tuesday.
LA participated in the Super Group during both the 2013 and 2014 campaigns with such players as Jose Villarreal, Jack McBean, Bradford Jamieson IV, Raul Mendiola, and Oscar Sorto taking part. Representatives with Dallas Cup and the LA Galaxy confirmed the tweets validity.
This year, the Galaxy will join two Brazilian clubs (Coritiba and Corinthians), a pair of Liga MX sides (Monterrey and Tigres UNAL), English Premier League side Everton, and Argentine giants River Plate.
— LA Galaxy Academy (@LAGalaxyAcademy) February 11, 2015
Bradford Jamieson IV pleased with the U.S. Under-20's draw for the upcoming U-20 World Cup in New Zealand
CARSON, Calif. – Bradford Jamieson IV and the U.S. Under-20’s learned their opponents for this summer’s U-20 World Cup in New Zealand late Monday night.
The U.S. was drawn into Group A alongside hosts New Zealand as well as Myanmar and Ukraine. Tab Ramos’ squad will open the tournament against Myanmar in Whangarei on May 30 before facing the Kiwis on June 2 in Auckland. They'll end the group stage just three days later against Ukraine.
“It was a good draw for us,” Jamieson told LA Galaxy Insider on Tuesday. “We’re going to be playing against the hosts so obviously it’ll be a good game with a great turnout. We know that no team can be taken lightly and if we are considered the favorites then we have to prove everyone right and top the group.”
Heading into a tournament as favorites is nothing new for the U.S. U-20’s as they entered into the 2015 U-20 CONCACAF Championship as top favorites to not only advance but win the group. However, the competition hardly went according to plan as the U.S. needed to defeat El Salvador in a playoff match to lock down a World Cup berth.
According to Jamieson that experience should aid the U.S. side as they look to make a name for themselves in New Zealand.
“[That tournament] just goes to show that anything can happen in these tournaments,” said Jamieson who scored two goals in six appearances at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. “Those teams came from smaller countries like some of the teams in our World Cup group so they’re coming to prove themselves. It’ll be a place where our players can showcase our talents to the world.”
Soon after returning from Jamaica, the 18-year-old quickly put himself in the conversation for the Galaxy’s left midfield role with strong shift against Seattle Sounders FC in a preseason scrimmage. But despite his recent success, Jamieson understands that there is still plenty of work to be done before he locks down a spot on Ramos’ final roster for New Zealand.
“My mentality has to be on point and my physicality has to be as close to 100 percent as possible,” said Jamieson. “I just need to keep working hard and stick to what I know and do what I’ve been doing to get to where I am now.
“It gives me confidence that Bruce has been giving me time in the [left midfield position] because obviously I want to continue to prove them right and give back to the team and the club. I just want to keep working so that I can solidify my spot in that position.”
LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo named to Panama squad to face Gyasi Zardes and U.S. National Team on Feb. 8
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy supporters will have an opportunity to see two of their players face off on Feb. 8 when the U.S. National Team take on Panama on Feb. 8 at StubHub Center.
Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was officially named to the 21-man Panama squad for their match against Gyasi Zardes and the USMNT on Thursday. Also included in the squad are fellow MLS players Blas Perez and Gabriel Torres.
The complete roster is below.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy, USA), Jose Calderon (Deportivo Coatepeque, GUA)
DEFENDERS (7): Leonel Parris (Tauro FC), Fidel Escobar (Sporting San Miguelito), Harold Cummings (Santa Fe, COL), Luis Ovalle (Zamora FC , VEN), Eric Davis (Sporting San Miguelito), Chin Hormechea (Arabe Unido), Michael Murillo (San Francisco FC).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Anibal Godoy (Budapest Honved FC, HUN), Marco Sanchez (Táchira, VEN), Jhamal Rodríguez ( Chorrillo FC), Luis Pereira (Arabe Unido), Ricardo Buitrago (Plaza Amador), Hécgar Murillo (Tauro FC).
FORWARDS (6): Blas Perez (FC Dallas, USA), Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids, USA), Rolando Blackburn (Communications, GUA), Ismael Diaz (Tauro FC), Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo FC), Jairo Glaize (Sportin San Miguelito).