LA Galaxy

10 November 9:30 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy booked their ticket to the Western Conference Finals for the fifth time in six years on Sunday with a 5-0 trouncing of Real Salt Lake in their Western Conference Semifinal second leg. 

LA will play the winner of Monday night's match between FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. The match will take place at 7:30 p.m. PT and will air on NBCSN. 

Before you pay any attention to that one, however, relive the Galaxy victory through the stunningly awesome photos from the Mora Photography crew.

Check them out below.

09 November 9:24 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- On Sunday, Landon Donovan became the third player in MLS history to notch a hat trick in the MLS Cup Playoffs as the LA Galaxy crushed Real Salt Lake 5-0 to advance to the Western Conference Finals. 

As stellar as Donovan's showing was, viewing the performance through the lens of LAGalaxy.com's Albert Lanzillo is sure to provide a few goosebumps. 

Check it out above. 

09 November 7:44 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media following his team's 5-0 Western Conference Semifinal second leg victory over Real Salt Lake.

(On tonight's performance...)
 
ARENA: We played well. We had a good week of training. Our expectations were that we are going win this game. Obviously, the result is a little surprising, but I totally anticipated that we would win this game. 
 
(On Landon Donovan retiring...)
 
ARENA: I think it’s the right time for him to retire. He’s ready to go. He’s given it everything he has. He wants to finish this year on a high note and then get on with other things in his life. 
 
(On the Western Conference championship...)
 
ARENA: I think whoever we are playing in the next games—they are going to be pretty defensive. We know that and we just need to play better. We need to be sharper on the ball. Do a better job opening teams up. We have to continue to move forward.
 
(On Leonardo’s play...)
 
ARENA: Leonardo has played very well for us. He makes a good combination with Omar [Gonzalez] and AJ plays very well on the right side of the field. I thought the timing was right to try that group in the back.
 
(On the rationale behind playing Stefan Ishizaki...)
 
ARENA: Weeks ago, when this whole series was established I knew I was going to play [Ishizaki] in the second game. 
 
(On the team’s performance in their 5-0 win...)
 
ARENA: We played well .We had three goals out of the midfield out of [Marcelo] Sarvas and Landon. Defensively we were pretty solid. I think they had one really quality chance off that corner kick. I don’t think there were too many out of the run of play. The entire team defended well on the night. 
 
09 November 1:32 pm

CARSON, Calif. – A year ago this week, the LA Galaxy saw their “Quest for Three” consecutive MLS Cups fall short against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. This Sunday, it will be Salt Lake traveling to StubHub Center with the chance to eliminate the Galaxy from the postseason and prevent them from being the “First to Five” MLS Cup titles.

Salt Lake simply need a draw in which goals are scored or a victory to end LA’s postseason dreams while the Galaxy need a win or a penalty kick shootout victory to advance.  

A year ago, it was the Galaxy who needed a win or a draw in which goals were scored to go through after winning the first leg at StubHub Center 1-0 on a Sean Franklin screamer from distance.  However, in the windy Utah conditions, the Galaxy found themselves overmatched as the Claret-and-Cobalt found goals from Sebastian Velasquez and Chris Schuler to defeat LA after 120 minutes.

Although the Galaxy find themselves in a similar situation against Salt Lake, Robbie Keane believes LA are stronger than the team that crashed out of the playoffs a year ago.

“We’re certainly in better position than last year in terms of the players that we have this year,” said Keane. “We have more experienced players and the players that we had last year are a year old and a year better. In terms of that, we’re good with the experience that we have.”

Added Robbie Rogers, “It does feel different. We went on the road last year and I think that there is a little more excitement when you’re in front of your home fans and while we were all up for it in Salt Lake, we know our record at home and what type of attractive soccer that we can play here. We just want to take them out of their comfort zone and show we can perform at home.”

While Keane and Rogers admitted that the team feels different than the one that failed to advance, Marcelo Sarvas disagreed, but noted that LA’s experience could tip the balance on Sunday.

“Every year is different and you can’t compare teams because they have different players who are in different moments,” said Sarvas. “But we have been through this before. We know how it is to play against Salt Lake…Now we’re at our home and we’re going to go for goals and go to win the game.”  

09 November 11:42 am

LAGalaxy.com produced four hype videos for this Sunday's Western Conference Semifinal second leg clash with Real Salt Lake over the past week.

The videos which were produced by Galaxy videographer Albert Lanzillo feature Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Jaime Penedo, and Gyasi Zardes

Check them out below.

Robbie Keane: If we go down, we go down fighting

Gyasi Zardes: I've been waiting my whole life for this opportunity

Jaime Penedo: I can not disappoint the fans

Landon Donovan: It's now or never

09 November 9:40 am

The LA Galaxy are hoping to make a deep playoff run in their quest to be the "First to Five" and it's only appropriate that their new in-stadium playoff intro video features a bit of deep house music.

The intro which was created by LA Galaxy videographers Paolo Ferrari and Albert Lanzillo and will be shown at StubHub Center prior to each match can be seen above.

08 November 4:48 pm

In the latest edition of "What to Watch For" Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino preview the LA Galaxy's Western Conference Semifinals second leg match against Real Salt Lake.

Check it out above.

08 November 3:05 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane is not a full fitness ahead of the LA Galaxy’s Western Conference Semifinal second leg, but the team’s captain refuses to allow a hamstring issue to hinder him heading into Sunday’s match against Real Salt Lake.

“It’s okay, it’s getting there,” said Keane. "It's not 100 percent but it's getting there." 

The Galaxy will need Keane to be at his best as the forward has been unable to find the back of the net in his last two games as LA have gone winless in their last four matches. Although the Galaxy has struggled as of late, Keane says the Galaxy are ready to go.

“When our backs are up against the wall, we usually come up good. We know exactly what we have to do. We have to not concede and we have to score goals,” said Keane. “We know that we can do it because we have the players and the squad to do it. That’s why we’ve been one of the best teams over the last three years. We know how to perform in big situations and it doesn’t get any bigger than Sunday.”

The Irishman, who expects a cautious start from a Salt Lake side that can advance with a draw in which goals are scored, says that the Galaxy must simply get down to basics if they’re going to advance to the Conference Finals.  

“I think that we just have to concentrate on what we’re good at. We’re good at counterattacking and getting at people,” said Keane. “We’re not going to change how we’ve been playing all season. We know that we’re good at that and we’re going to keep that.”

 

08 November 10:13 am

In the latest LA Galaxy Insider breakdown, I take a look at the three things that the Galaxy will need to do if they're to beat Real Salt Lake in their Western Conference Semifinal second leg.

Check it out above.

07 November 5:05 pm

CARSON, Calif. --The LA Galaxy have their backs against the wall on Sunday. 

Only a win -- or some luck from the penalty spot after a 120 minute draw -- will see the Galaxy through to the Western Conference Final for a fifth time in six years. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we take a look at LA's record in elimination games.

Check it out below.