CARSON, Calif. – Bye weeks and off days were prevalent in the early part of the LA Galaxy’s season, but now with the Galaxy preparing to play their first match of a stretch of three games in eight days, changes are expected.
LA kick off their stretch on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo before facing FC Dallas on May 21 at StubHub Center) and then traveling to the Windy City to take on the Philadelphia Union on May 25. This run of matches comes as the Galaxy are already depleted with Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez already away on international duty while Todd Dunivant and Marcelo Sarvas still nursing injuries.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that he expects to shuffle his personnel over the next stretch of games.
“We need to see more out of Samuel and Robbie Friend. In the midfield, we’re reliant on Juninho, Ishizaki, and Baggio Husidic, I think [Gyasi] Zardes needs to step up a little,” said Arena. “We’re going to be rotating [the back line] over the next few games which will give Tommy Meyer an opportunity at some point and perhaps Robbie Rogers as well. Over the next three games, we’d anticipate changing our lineup each time.”
The Galaxy will take on the winner of the match between Arizona United SC and Oklahoma City Energy SC at a date to be determined later. If Arizona win their May 28 home match against Oklahoma City, they'll host the Galaxy at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona, but if the Energy are victorious, the Galaxy will host.
Meanwhile, Galaxy II could be in line for a home match against Seattle Sounders FC if they defeat PSA Elite on May 28. Los Dos would host Seattle at the StubHub Center Track and Field stadium at a date to be determined later.
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In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look ahead to the LA Galaxy's clash with the Houston Dynamo.
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CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy made a splash on Thursday by giving a young man a chance to make his life dream come true.
The Galaxy announced the signing of 15-year-old forward Jacob Trainor as part of his Make-A-Wish to be a member of the LA Galaxy. The Alabama native who was an accomplished youth soccer player was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on February 8, 2011 that forced him to miss the rest of the soccer season.
Trainor will attend the Galaxy's match against FC Dallas and have the opportunity to watch the match from field-side. The complete release can be found here.
Watch the video of Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and A.J. DeLaGarza welcoming Jacob to the team below.
In their "World Cup Memories" series, MLSsoccer.com speaks to Landon Donovan about his most lasting World Cup memory.
Although Donovan was the star of his own World Cup moment in 2010, Donovan told the league's offical website that his most lasting memory was watching Italy great Roberto Baggio miss a penalty kick that helped Brazil win the 1994 FIFA World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
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LA Galaxy Academy star Jaime Villarreal has been named to the upcoming U.S. Under-20 National Team camp which will take place from May 17-25 at N.C. State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The camp will be led by U.S. Under-20 assistant and Chicago Fire technical director Brian Bliss, and see the U.S. U-20’s take on the Carolina RailHawks on May 20, the RailHawks U-23 side on May 22 and the Wilmington Hammerheads on May 24.
Villarreal has scored 10 goals in U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy play this season and tallied three times during LA’s participation in Dallas Cup.
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GOALKEEPERS: Jeff Caldwell (Univ. of Virginia), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls Academy).
DEFENDERS: Conor Donovan (RailHawks Academy), Caleb Duvernay (RailHawks Academy), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Univ, of Maryland), Miguel Polley (Temple Univ.), Kristoffer Reaves (FC Dallas academy), Robert Sagel (Temple Univ.), Jesus Vazquez (Tigres/MEX), Travis Wannemuehler (N.C. State.).
MIDFIELDERS: Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake AZ), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest Univ.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest Univ.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls academy), Eric Lickert (Freiburg/GER), Alex Muyl (Georgetown Univ.), Adam Najem (Univ. of Akron), Jake Rozhansky (Bethesda-Olney).
FORWARDS: Kainoa Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Louis Bennett (Marquette Univ.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves), Jaime Villarreal (LA Galaxy Academy), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea)
LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan is currently away on international duty but before he departed for U.S. National Team, he spoke with SB Nation in an interesting interview about his hopes to make the U.S. World Cup roster.
The winner of Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup second round match between LA Galaxy II and Cal FC now know who they'll be facing U.S. Adult Soccer Association club PSA Elite in the third round of the tournament.
PSA Elite were scheduled to take on the San Diego Flash of the National Premier Soccer League, but on Wednesday morning, Flash CEO Clent Alexander released a statement stating that his team were forced to forefit after being unable to find a field to hold the match. San Diego had attempted to hold the match in various fields across Southern California but failed attempts led them to forefit the match.
If the Galaxy II win on Wednesday, they'lI will host their third round opponent on May 28 at StubHub Center's Track and Field Stadium at 7:30 PM PT.
CARSON, Calif. – As two of the LA Galaxy’s most important pieces head off on international duty, two other members of Bruce Arena’s starting XI appear to be on the road back to the field.
Arena told reporters on Tuesday that defender Todd Dunivant and midfielder Marcelo Sarvas are each “moving forward” in their respective injury recoveries that have kept them off the field for multiple matches.
Dunivant has been sidelined with an abdominal strain since April and is making strides according to Arena, but the Galaxy head coach admitted that it'd be “optimistic” to assume that he'd be available for Saturday’s road match against the Houston Dynamo. Meanwhile, Sarvas has been sidelined with an MCL sprain that has forced him to miss LA’s last two matches.
CARSON, Calif. – Injuries and international departures have wreaked havoc on the LA Galaxy’s depth this season, but the team received a bit of good news this week about the status of center back Leonardo.
Following the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers, Time Warner Cable Deportes’ Elmur Souza reported that Leonardo suffered a broken finger on his right hand in the match that would require surgery. Following training on Tuesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena revealed that despite the injury, Leonardo is not expected to miss any time.
“He picked up an injury with his finger, but I think that he’s going to be fine,” said Arena. “We expect him to play [against Houston].”
However, Leonardo was slightly more cautious as he admitted that he was still taking his recovery “day by day” with the hopes of starting against the Dynamo.
“I feel okay, but a little bit sore. After 48 hours, I can feel more pain after the surgery, but it’s nothing crazy,” Leonardo told LA Galaxy Insider. “We’ll see how I feel. I trained [on Wednesday], but the problem is that when I’m defending I use a lot of my hands. I just have to be careful and we’ll give it time.”
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