CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy’s outside back corps is pretty depleted but LA may soon be welcoming back A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant and Robbie Rogers from injury.
DeLaGarza (groin), Dunivant (calf), Rogers (ankle) each missed out on last Friday’s match due to injury but all three were present during Galaxy training on Tuesday. Dunivant was the lone player to take part in training while DeLaGarza and Rogers were spotted running around the practice field.
“They’re all making progress,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said on Tuesday. “One would suspect that they’ll be ready to go soon.”
With the three players still doubtful and Oscar Sorto suspended, Arena may turn to Baggio Husidic at left back on Wednesday. Husidic made his first and only start at outside back during LA’s May 17 pummeling at the hands of Orlando City SC, and is admittedly eager to provide a better showing at left back.
“I probably not concede four goals first,” Husidic said jokingly when asked about how he can improve upon his stint against Orlando. “But I also need to get into the attack a bit more, other than that, I think that we possessed well, but just made stupid mistakes. We just have to play smarter and not lose balls in dangerous areas again.”
CARSON, Calif. -- CARSON, Calif. –Robbie Keane might make his return to the starting XI for the LA Galaxy’s clash with Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.
Keane made his first appearance for the Galaxy since April 4 last Friday, tallying the game-winning assist in the team's 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo. Although Keane admits that his health is improving, the Irishman says that he's still not a lock to start on Wednesday.
“It’s something that we have to speak about,” Keane told reporters. “We have three games in a week so we have to choose carefully and be clever going forward. It’s a long season, so we’ll have a chat and be ready.”
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the Galaxy's 2015 season with Keane and without the Irishman.
CARSON, Calif. –The countdown to Steven Gerrard’s arrival in Southern California is officially on.
The new LA Galaxy signing played his final game for Liverpool FC last weekend as he scored his 185th goal for the Reds in their defeat to Stoke City. Gerrard ends his illustrious career with his hometown club with 709 appearances in 17-years with Liverpool.
As Gerrard prepares to turn the page in the next stage of his career, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Monday that the club is already in communication with Gerrard regarding his plans to arrive in Southern California later this summer.
Gerrard can not officially play for the Galaxy until the opening of the summer transfer window on July 8.
“We expect him here before July 11,” Arena told reporters after training while also confirming that Gerrard will take some time away before joining the Galaxy. “We haven’t finalized a date yet. He will be here, he’ll get some training in and by the time that he’s eligible to play; he’ll be ready to go.”
Robbie Keane, a former teammate of Gerrard’s at Liverpool, also offered his excitement at integrating the English international to the squad later this summer.
“His season is done now and like everyone, we’re looking forward to getting him in our squad,” Keane said.
The Galaxy captain also shed a little light on a recent report from ESPN FC where the Irishman reportedly warned Gerrard that suiting up for the Galaxy will be no holiday.
After training on Monday, Keane clarified those comments.
“Like I said before, I did not come here for a holiday; I came here to win things. Some players do come for a holiday, but Stevie is certainly not one of those players as I said [in the article],” said Keane. “Unless people haven’t seen him play, Stevie is not one of those players, he’s a born winner and he likes to win things. I’m speaking on behalf as myself as I’ve said since my first press conference [back in 2011].
“People like Steven Gerrard are the players that we want in this team and in this organization because they’re the winners. They’re players that want to win and still want to achieve and win things regardless of what else they’ve accomplished in their career. They still have the hunger to play and to train, and that’s the same as me.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Even a rivalry as heated as the California Clasico can't get in the way of a friendship.
LA Galaxy forward Alan Gordon paid tribute to former teammate Chris Wondolowski after the San Jose Earthquakes forward scored his 100th goal during San Jose's 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC. With his goal, Wondolowski became the ninth player in Major League Soccer history to score 100 goals.
Having played alongside Wondolowski for three-and-a-half seasons in San Jose during his meteoric rise from little used player to U.S. international, Gordon was overjoyed that his one-time teammate had reached such a historic milestone.
"I'm really proud of him. I think that's fantastic. What he's done is incredible. He deserves everything that he's getting," Gordon said on Monday. "It's a real awesome story. Just one of the scrubs making it big by doing his thing. He hasn't changed through it all. He's stayed humble and that's the best thing about him because some guys change with success, and he's stayed just one of the guys. But he's still a scrub to me."
CARSON, Calif. – There will be no appeal from the LA Galaxy for Oscar Sorto’s controversial red card that was awarded by MLS referee Ismail Elfath in the late stages of the club’s 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo last week, Bruce Arena confirmed on Monday.
Sorto was awarded the red card for a tackle from behind on the Dynamo’s David Horst deep in stoppage time. The red card spoiled what had been a strong first career MLS start for the 20-year-old at left back.
After the match, Houston head coach Owen Coyle said that the foul was clear penalty but Galaxy boss Bruce Arena disagreed with the Englishman’s assessment.
“It wasn’t clear. If there was any legitimate contact, it was outside the penalty area. We’ve actually seen it with pictures, if there was any contact initiated; it was outside the penalty area. He’s certainly entitled to his opinion, he can say what he wants, I can say what I want, and it’s all part of good debate.”
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane spoke to Coyle afterward and stated that the Dynamo coach told him that the foul was not a red card, but still voiced his displeasure that Sorto would be unavailable for Houston.
“I think that the league should appeal anyway on behalf of us because it was a joke. We shouldn’t have to appeal because it wasn’t a red card,” Keane told reporters. “We’re all guilty of having a bad game, and sometimes, it’s best to just hold your hand up because everyone can see that you’re having a bad game. Everyone knows that players have bad games, and referees have bad games.
“It’d be nice if referees just said that they had a bad game. It happens in England sometimes if they make a mistake…and I think that people would respect them more for it. … If [referee assessors] are watching then they need to have strong words when they have a bad game. Bruce would have strong words with us. It’s just the way it is. It needs to be addressed because he had a bad game. As I said on [Friday], if you ask 100 people then 100 people would say it wasn’t a red card.”
As for who starts at left back on Wednesday, Arena told reporters that the team is still undecided on who to start against Real Salt Lake.
Robbie Keane offers his thoughts on Oscar Sorto's controversial red after LA Galaxy win over Houston Dynamo
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane had strong words for MLS referee Ismail Elfath after the official sent off Galaxy left back Oscar Sorto in stoppage time of the club's 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo.
The call in question happed in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time when Sorto brought down David Horst after clearing away a Houston Dynamo corner at the edge of the penalty area. Immediately after the challenge, Elfath pulled out a yellow card but later pulled it back, instead offering a straight red card explusion for the 20-year-old who was making his first career MLS start. On the league's official scoresheet after the match, Elfath's noted that Sorto was sent off due to "a fight" rather than a foul.
After the match, Keane echoed the sentiments of LA boss Bruce Arena who told reporters afterward that the foul should have resulted in a yellow card caution rather than a red.
“Very strange. He took a yellow card out and put it in his pocket. To be honest, I hate even saying this but I thought that the referee was poor all night. He made some strange, strange decisions and if he’s got an assessor upstairs, I’m sure he’s thinking that he didn’t have his best game. We all, at times, don’t play well but he had some fairly easy decisions to make, and he wasn’t calling them," Keane said. "It was very strange. For Oscar, it was his [first] start, he had a great game, the referee was standing right beside him and could clearly see that it was a yellow card, it wasn’t from behind, it was from the side. The guy came from in front of him, so it wasn’t like he was trying to [injure] him. It definitely wasn’t a red card so whoever makes the decision to rescind that call, if they don’t rescind it, it’s an absolute embarrassment.
"The kid did not deserve get to sent off tonight regardless if it was his second game or his 500th game, he didn’t deserve to get sent off. He had a great game, and it was ruined by an erratic decision. It wasn’t even erratic because he took the yellow card out so he had a few seconds to think about the call. He was thinking about the call but changed his mind because someone 50 yards away decided it was a red card. Surely if the referee is standing five yards from the play, he’s in a better place than the fourth official… If he can honestly see it from where he is and the ref can’t see it from five yards than something needs to be done about that. It was a very bad decision.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the club's 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo
On Oscar Sorto’s performance:
ARENA: “Oscar played well. He had a really good game. Right from the start, he showed a lot of confidence. He played really well.”
On the red card:
ARENA:“It was certainly a foul. You can certainly give a yellow card on that play.”
On Robbie Keane’s performance:
ARENA:“He’s an influence and obviously, he had an assist on the game winning goal. He’s been out for so long and to ask him to play for 35 minutes is pushing it a little bit. I think under the circumstances he did really well.”
On Alan Gordon:
ARENA: “My impressions right now are very good. Alan does what he does. He’s scored four goals this year. He’s done really well. He understands how to play at the end of the game. I give him a lot of credit.”
On Jose Villarreal’s return to the lineup:
ARENA “It’s very important. I’m not sure you are aware but we’ve been missing an awful lot of players, and he’s just another piece of the puzzle. He’s going to take him some games to get him back as well at full strengthen. He’s a plus to have back in our line up.”
On building on this win:
ARENA: “It helps. No question about it. I think you are going to find out at the end of the year, this league; top from bottom is going to be pretty close.”
On the team’s performance:
ARENA: “There were moments we were good, but we can still create more chances and more quality chances. It was solid performance, and having said that there were a couple times they caught us and they were dangerous. Overall tonight, our guys played a solid game.”
On getting the three points:
ARENA: “It’s nice to get three points. We have to take advantage of the games at home, like every team in the league. It’s important for us to win these types of games. We fouled up in a bunch of these games this year. Tonight, it’s a real good sign. Still at the end of these games, we have to close it out in a better fashion. Tonight, we end up getting red carded in the 93 after scoring a goal. You scratch your head. We’ve just got to be better in these moments and hopefully, we will be as the season progresses.”
On whether Robbie Keane will start against RSL:
ARENA: “First of all, we have to see how recovers. He’s going to need a little more time. We’re going to obviously see how he responds in the next couple of days.”
On if he has thought about starting Alan Gordon:
ARENA: "I have thought about it."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to snap their five game winless run on Friday when they return to StubHub Center for the first time since May 2nd to face the Houston Dynamo.
Below are a series of links, matchups and a predicted score ahead of Friday's clash.
*After missing the last seven games, Robbie Keane says that he's fit enough to be back in the gameday squad for Friday's match.
*Omar Gonzalez's status is also in question, but the LA defender says that he's ready to go if called upon on Friday.
*In the latest edition of "By the Numbers," we look at the Galaxy's recent struggles.
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan provides the Match Preview Presented by 04 Water.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Giles Barnes vs. Leonardo
With Omar Gonzalez still a question mark, Leonardo will need to lead the Galaxy defense as they look to stop the speedy Englishman.
Juninho vs. Ricardo Clark
Perhaps the most important match of the game pits the two midfield commanders against one of another. Whichever is able to exert his influence on the game, will likely lead his side to victory.
Brad Davis vs. Dan Gargan
Gargan returns from his yellow card suspension and will immediately be tasked with slowing down Houston's Brad Davis. Look for Gargan to play Davis close to prevent him from sending in any dangerous crosses.
LA Galaxy 2 (Husidic, Zardes), Houston Dynamo 1 (Barnes)
LA Galaxy to host PSA Elite/Ventura County Fusion winner in first U.S. Open Cup game at StubHub Center since 2010
CARSON, Calif. -- At long last, the LA Galaxy will be hosting a U.S. Open Cup match.
U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that the Galaxy will open the U.S. Open Cup fourth round at StubHub Center on June 17 against either Ventura County Fusion or PSA Elite. Ventura County reached the third round by knocking off LA Galaxy II on Thursday while PSA Elite defeated USL side Orange County Blues.
The match will be the first time that the Galaxy have hosted a U.S. Open Cup match since their 2-0 defeat of the now defunct U.S. Soccer Second Division side A.C. St. Louis back on June 29, 2010. LA have struggled in the Open Cup recently, having been eliminated by NASL club Carolina RailHawks each of the last three years.
CARSON, Calif. -- Omar Gonzalez was unable to start the LA Galaxy's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC due to a knee issue, but the center back says that he is fit and ready to go for the club's upcoming match against the Houston Dynamo.
Initially, the Galaxy stated that Gonzalez was on the bench due to squad rotation, but after the defeat, LA clarified that the 26-year-old was suffering from a knee injury. Although he missed out on the Orlando match, Gonzalez has been in full training this week ahead of Friday's match against the Dynamo.
"I'm doing good. It was just a precaution. I was just worried about some things but I'm feeling good and I'm good for Friday," said Omar Gonzalez. "If it was late in the season or a playoff game then no doubt I would have played. It was early in the season, and I figured that I wanted to stay safe."