CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy won't simply taking on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, but they'll also be battling the unforgiving turf surface at BC Place.
The turf surface which was much maligned by Galaxy captain Robbie Keane a year ago was the reason that LA held training on the StubHub Center's turf field on Tuesday. But even though the bounces and grooves of the artificial pitch will cause issues, one member of the Galaxy is unfazed by playing on turf.
Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki played on turf for seven years while with Swedish first division club IF Elfsborg and believes that experience will help him as he looks to help lead LA to their third straight win.
"It'll be a difference, but I played for eight years on turf when I was in Sweden I'm used to it and I hope that I can take my experience into the game and help us," said Ishizaki.
MLS is expanding.
On Wednesday, MLS announced the foundation of an MLS club in Atlanta, Georgia that will begin to play during the 2017 season. The club will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and both the MLS side and the NFL team will play at a glittering new downtown stadium which will be built in 2017.
The buzz about the announcement reached LA Galaxy practice as head coach Bruce Arena and Southerner Chandler Hoffman offered their thoughts on the expansion into Atlanta.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy Under-16's earned their first victory at the GA Cup on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Toronto FC.
Dylan Smith and Jorge Ruiz tallied as the Galaxy U-16's knocked off Toronto FC who had fallen to RSL's U-16 earlier in the week. The Galaxy dropped a 2-0 result to Stoke City on Sunday in their first match of the tournament.
The Galaxy U-16's return to action on Thursday when they face Real Salt Lake at 4:00 pm PT.
Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and amid the tributes of the many that acted so heroically to save the lives of victims, it's appropriate to revisit this MLS Insider piece that looks at current LA Galaxy goalkeeper coach Matt Reis' role in saving the life of his father-in-law John Odom, who was injured in the incident.
Check out the video below.
LA Galaxy II defender Daniel Steres has been named to the USL PRO team of the week with his role in Los Dos’ 3-2 victory over Oklahoma City Energy FC.
The Los Dos center back scored his second goal of the season in LA’s victory over Oklahoma City last Monday. Steres also started –albeit at right back—during LA’s 3-0 defeat to Sacramento Republic on Sunday.
The LA Galaxy II return to action this Saturday against Orange County Blues at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo has haunted Vancouer Whitecaps FC and he did so again on Saturday as he tallied four saves in LA's 1-0 win, but none was bigger than his stop of Kekuta Manneh which has been nominated for MLSsoccer.com's Save of the Week.
In the 32nd minute with Vancouver pressing for a goal, Kekuta Manneh capitalized on a deflection off Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and launched a shot from close range that was pushed away by Penedo.
Check out the nominees below and vote for Penedo on MLSsoccer.com.
Several weeks ago, British pop band Rixton visited LA Galaxy training and got the opportunity to train alongside LA captain and Ireland soccer legend Robbie Keane.
In this video by VEVO -- a music video hosting service which is a joint venture by Universal Music Group, Google, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media -- in their VEVO LIFT series, the Manchester-based group is profiled while at StubHub Center and LA Galaxy training. You might know the band from their single "Me and My Broken Heart" which peaked at 65 in the Billboard Hot 100.
Regardless of your musical tastes, the video is actually very well done, check it out below.
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo have been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for their role in LA's 1-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC last Saturday.
Keane bagged the game-winning goal in the victory in the 47th minute as he aptly finished a well-timed cross by midfielder Stefan Ishizaki in the back of the Whitecaps net. Meanwhile, Penedo made four saves in the win including a critical stop of Kekuta Manneh midway through the first half to preserve the victory.
Great work from stellar photographer Aaron Jaffe on the photos which you can view below.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II suffered their very first loss of the club's existence on Sunday night with a 3-0 defeat to Sacramento Republic FC.
The defeat saw LA concede two goals in the first half from Mickey Daly and Max Alvarez before Dakota Collins added a third during the second half. With the loss, Los Dos fell to a 2-1-1 record in their first four matches of the season.
"It was an odd night," admitted LA Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo. "Every week is a different challenge. This week we had three players with the Academy and other guys getting their first appearances. We try to bring it together each week and it's always a different challenge. I didn't like how we came out in the first half, and even though we were down 2-0, I thought we came out well in the second half, we had a lot of possession. If you score then you get a game, but we gave up a poorly timed goal to make it 3-0. Overall, it was a difficult night and one that we have to look at thoroughly and just go back to the drawing board."
Where Galaxy II looked especially lackluster was in the attack as LA managed just three shots which were all taken in the last 20 minutes of the game. LA's misfiring offense wasn't the only low point as Los Dos lost a pair of players to injury with center back Bradley Diallo coming off with a cramp while left back Logan Emory suffered a sprained ankle.
Although the defeat was a difficult one to swallow for the Galaxy II boss, Onalfo admitted that it was a learning experience for his group.
"Listen, when we drew this thing up, we said if we won every game then we were doing something wrong," said Onalfo. "It's just a matter of finding consistency which for us is a difficult challenge because we have a roster of moving parts. Individually, we need guys to have better performances so we have to all look at ourselves and self reflect so we can learn from these experiences and move on."
Galaxy II will look to move on next Saturday when they host Orange County Blues in their final match of their five-game homestand at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.