The LA Galaxy may finally be adding another attacking midfielder to their arsenal.
Goal.com's Ives Galarcep reported on Wednesday morning that the former U.S. youth international Sebastian Lletget will be signing with the Galaxy on a free transfer from English club West Ham. To sign Lletget, Galarcep reports that the Galaxy will need to send allocation money to the New England Revolution who placed a discovery claim on the 22-year-old mifielder.
A native of San Francisco, California, Lletget spent the last five years with the Hammers but was unable to make an English Premier League appearance for the club. Lletget's lone first team showing came in the 2014 FA Cup competition. Although Lletget did not feature much for West Ham, the midfielder boasts U.S. youth international experience at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.
A central midfielder who can also play out wide, Lletget's reported signing could bring depth to a Galaxy attack that has dealt with injuries to Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal in recent weeks.
CARSON, Calif. -- Ignacio Maganto impressed many in his first MLS start against the Colorado Rapids, but now the young Spanish midfielder is hoping for more as the LA Galaxy embark on an eight day, two game road trip.
In his first ever regular season appearance for the Galaxy, the 23-year-old was incredibly active against Colorado providing energy for a Galaxy attack that was otherwise listless until Alan Gordon's late goal. After the match, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena had high praise for the youngster stating that he played exceptionally well in his first start.
Although his debut earned him plenty of plaudits from the team and media alike, Maganto knows that he can improve.
"I felt comfortable against Colorado, but I know that I can do better. I want to keep improving every day," Maganto said. "I want to be more dangerous in front of goal and get some chances in front of the net."
As he looks to build upon his showing against Colorado, Maganto is confident that he can have an impact against Real Salt Lake if given a chance to feature on Wednesday.
"I have a lot of confidence," he said. "I'm going to do my best to make the team even more confident so that I can play more and help the team get wins."
CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy have played their last four games without captain Robbie Keane due to a groin strain, and may be in line to play two more matches with their Irish forward out of the lineup.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Monday that no decisions have been made on Keane’s status for the team’s upcoming eight day road trip that will feature matches against Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.
“I haven’t decided our travel roster yet,” Arena said.
The Galaxy’s last four matches without the Irishman haven’t always featured the finest displays of attacking soccer but the team has earned results as LA have racked up a 2-0-2 record with the captain on the shelf. Although the Galaxy readily admit that they’ve missed their captain, defender Dan Gargan says that Keane’s absence is no excuse for their form as of late.
“Obviously, he changes the game when he’s on the field. But it’s not an excuse as to why we put 11 players on the field and we’re not playing up to our potential,” Gargan said. "I think our game changes with him on the field and vice versa with him off the field. I think we’re good enough to get results as we have done. But we’re also good enough to find a better form than what we’re putting out right now.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Count Jose Villarreal out of the LA Galaxy's upcoming eight day road trip.
The Galaxy midfielder told reporters on Monday that due to his nagging left hamstring strain, he'd be unable to participate in the club's upcoming road trip. After a sizzling start to the season, the last month has been a frustrating one for the 21-year-old as he has twice dealt with a left hamstring strain that resurfaced once more during the U.S U-23 match with the Mexico U-23's on April 22.
Villarreal admitted after that match that he may have rushed himself back from injury by not getting a proper warm-up before taking the field for the U.S. U-23 squad, but now the young midfielder is determined to be patient and heal properly.
"I hope that next week, I'll be in full training but this week is going to be about getting fit and building my base back up again. It looks I'll be good in two weeks," said Villarreal who expects to rehab with Galaxy II while the first team is away. "I'm not trying to push it to where I can re-injure it and then be out for another month. We're taking things pretty slowly here."
CARSON, Calif. – Midfielder Mika Vayrynen was left wanting much more from himself after making his first start in a month in the LA Galaxy’s bland 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids.
In his first match back from a calf injury that limited to second half cameos in the Galaxy’s last two minutes, Vayrynen went 58 minutes as the Galaxy struggled against a feisty Rapids squad.
With midfield regular Juninho being rested, Vayrynen was placed alongside Rafael Garcia, and was given the responsibility of moving the attack forward, but quickly ran into trouble against a Rapids squad that was content to flood the midfield and break up any Galaxy forays up field.
As Colorado packing the center of the park, Vayrynen saw his impact wane as he was unable to use his superior passing ability to connect with forwards Bradford Jamieson IV and Gyasi Zardes.
“That was my first game back in the starting lineup in a few weeks, which was a bit of a struggle,” he said. “I didn’t get the passing I involved that I would like to bring to the team. So it wasn’t the best, but hopefully I get a couple more games and get back to being in form again.”
After difficult showing against Colorado Rapids, are the LA Galaxy missing the injured Robbie Keane?
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are unbeaten in their last four matches without the injured Robbie Keane but despite the unbeaten run, LA's offense has been lacking without the reigning Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player in the lineup.
Since Keane went down with a groin strain in LA's defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC back on April 4, the Galaxy have racked up a 2-0-2 record but have only once scored more than two goals. In Saturday's 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids, the Galaxy attack appeared listless as the visitors high pressure prevented LA's midfield from connecting with strikers Bradford Jamieson IV and Gyasi Zardes. In the end, it was Alan Gordon once again playing the saivour as he notched a goal in the 75th minute to help LA earn the result.
Although the Galaxy were able to get a point against the Rapids, the question must be asked, do they miss Robbie Keane? After the match, Zardes provided an answer.
"Robbie is a phoenomonal player and, yes, he's gone but at the same time, we're professionals. As he's gone we're training with the guys we have. ... Which ever 11 that we have on the field, we're prepared to play."
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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 LA Galaxy will look to extend their home unbeaten run to 27 games on Saturday when they host the Colorado Rapids.
Not only have the Galaxy gone unbeaten at home since last March but the club is on a three game unbeaten run despite playing without captain Robbie Keane. The Rapids arrive in Southern California without injured Marcelo Sarvas but boasting a respectable two game unbeaten streak.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's fantastic home record against Colorado.
Juninho calling on LA Galaxy supporters to recognize former teammate Marcelo Sarvas at Colorado Rapids match
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy will not get a chance to match up against their old teammate Marcelo Sarvas after the Colorado Rapids midfielder underwent surgery that will render him inactive for at least a month but Sarvas' is still firmly in the mind of his old friend Juninho.
Stricken with a right knee injury for a month, Sarvas underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday in Los Angeles. Within a day of Sarvas' surgery, the midfield duo who were so instrumental in the Galaxy's 2014 MLS Cup title were already reunited at Juninho's apartment. Although he won't be able to play, Sarvas will be in attendance for Saturday's match and the Brazilian midfielder told reporters that he's hopeful that his compatriot will be honored by his old club.
"He'll be at the game and a lot of fans will have the opportunity to see him again," said Juninho. "He's a great guy and I can't say enough good things about him. I wish him all the luck in the future."