LA Galaxy

25 February 3:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy added a new defender to their roster on Tuesday with the addition of veteran right back James Riley. 

Following Tuesday's training session, head coach Bruce Arena stated that it was "safe to say" that Riley would be staying with the Galaxy after an impressive preseason, but the veteran defender went a step further stating that he put pen to paper just before heading out to training. 

For the nine-year MLS veteran, the move to the Galaxy left him overjoyed. 

“I'm ecstatic . It’s been a work in progress, but I came with that goal in mind and I put pen to paper [Tuesday] morning," said Riley.  “But I need to continue to work and earn the trust of my teammates, the club, the coaches and the fans. That’s my objective.”

This preseason, Riley has made five preseason appearances, playing almost entirely at left back due a hamstring injury to first team regular Todd Dunivant. 

“He’s having a good preseason with us. He’s made a good impression and it’s safe to say that we’re going to keep him,” said Arena. “He’s a veteran player who can play both sides of the field and I think that he’ll be a valuable player for us during the season.”

The Galaxy still have yet to make a decision with their other outside back trialist Dan Gargan, who remains with the club and is likely to sign if LA can fit his contract under the league’s salary cap.

“Still evaluating him,” said Arena. ‘He’s another player that is experienced. He’s had a few knocks over the last few weeks and we want to make sure that his fitness is good. We always have an exercise with the salary cap so we have to make sure that we can offer him a contract that keeps us compliant with the cap.”

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25 February 2:23 pm

The U.S. National Team's match with Ukraine is going forward, but will take place in the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus, U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday.

Recent political upheaval in Ukrainian capital of Kiev led to major doubts about the status of the U.S. match with the Ukranian national team in Kharkiv on March 5

“After discussions with the Ukrainian Football Federation, we have decided not to play in Ukraine on March 5 and are planning to move the match to a city in Cyprus," U.S. Soccer said in statement. "We are in the final stages of discussions with Ukraine and the Cyprus Football Association to determine the location and kickoff time. We hope to have confirmation on all the match details by Wednesday.” 

Last Saturday, Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan -- who may be called up for the match --  told reporters that the match had little importance due to the scale of the human tragedy. 

“Forget about a soccer match,” Donovan said. “I come from more of a human-rights perspective, so I'm not worried about a soccer game when that stuff's going on. ... Hopefully, it all gets sorted out and people don't continue to lose lives. That's sad.”

The match against the Ukraine will be the Americans final friendly in Europe before this summer's World Cup in Brazil. 

24 February 3:28 pm

There have been many of stunning finishes for the LA Galaxy this preseason, but there's two that raise to the top of the list.

Gyasi Zardes appeared to have scored the goal of the preseason just two weeks ago when he sliced through the San Jose Earthquakes defense to score an off-balance finish that helped seal the Central California Cup for LA, but Robbie Keane matched the second-year striker's brilliance with an off-balance shot of his own from more than 35 yards just two minutes into the Galaxy's 3-0 victory over LA Galaxy II.

Now I pose the question to you, which strike was the best. Check out both finishes and vote for yourself. 

Gyasi Zardes

Robbie Keane

Vote Below:

24 February 2:25 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy added another preseason match to their schedule as they will face the NASL's Minnesota United on March 1 in a closed-door scrimmage. 

The closed-door match will take place at 7:30 pm at StubHub Center and will be the Galaxy's eighth preseason match.

Currently, LA is 5-1-1 this preseason. 

23 February 5:00 pm

Club Tijuana’s run of dominance at the Estadio Caliente came to screeching halt on Friday when the Xolos dropped a disappointing 3-0 result to Chiapas Jaguar, ending their home unbeaten streak at 17 games.

Carlos Ochoa led the charge for Chiapas with two first half goals before  Luis Robles added a third to put the match out of reach for the Xolos.  The defeat was Tijuana’s first at home since April 20, 2013 when they dropped a 2-1 result to Monarcas Morelia in the week 15 of the 2013 Clausura Tournament.

From the opening whistle, Tijuana struggled to deal with the physical Chiapas side who carved up the Xolos defense in the first half. Up three goals after the first 45 minutes, Tijuana was afforded more room to operate in the attack, but could not break through a compact and organized Chiapas defense.

The Xolos finest chance came in the 86th minute when second half substitute Herculez Gomez launched a free kick that rattled the crossbar as Tijuana’s rally fell way short.

Tijuana returns to action next Saturday when they attempt to snap their 18 game road winless streak against former Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola’s Tiburones Rojos side in Veracruz. 

23 February 1:14 am

CARSON, Calif. – Two goals, an assist and another major step forward for LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane.

The Irishman put in a 70 minute shift in LA’s 3-0 victory over LA Galaxy II, tallying twice in what was his longest appearance to date this preseason. Against the USL PRO side, Keane was a threat each time he touched the ball, but his finest moment came just seconds into the contest when he launched a chip from beyond 35 yards that caught Galaxy II goalkeeper Cody Laurendi off his line for the easy finish.

Following the match, Keane was pleased with his fitness and that feeling was echoed by head coach Bruce Arena.

“Robbie Keane needs to work hard in the next couple of weeks to be ready and he is getting there. He did a good job tonight,” said head coach Bruce Arena. “The first goal was unbelievable. I don’t know how he quite saw that, it was ridiculous. That’s why we are paying him the big bucks.”

View Keane’s two goals below. 

23 February 12:51 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy defeated LA Galaxy II 3-0 in the first-annual “White vs. Blue” game on Saturday evening.

Below are a few notes from the match.

The Galaxy should have the services of starting goalkeeper Jaime Penedo ahead of the final two weeks of preseason. Penedo, who appeared in LA’s first four matches this preseason, has not appeared for LA since their closed-door scrimmage with Pumas UNAM on Feb. 11 in Mexico.  Following the victory over Galaxy II, Arena gave Penedo the all-clear to train in the next couple of weeks.

“He’s going to be fine over the next couple of weeks. He’s ready to go,” said Arena.

LA should also have the services of Stefan Ishizaki who was reduced to a substitute’s role against Galaxy II. The Swede was left off the roster entirely in Wednesday’s victory over UCLA.

“He is doing well,” Arena said. “We have to push him as he is behind fitness wise, but we are going to get him going.”

Arena also mentioned to a yet-to-be finalized match remaining on the preseason docket. According to reports, LA will face Minnesota United at some point next week. 

22 February 11:16 pm

The LA Galaxy picked up a 3-0 victory in their inaugural "White vs. Blue" match at StubHub Center against their USL PRO counterparts LA Galaxy II

LA is now 5-1-1 this preseason. 

Check a photo gallery provided by LAGalaxy.com is below.  

 

 

22 February 12:05 pm

Former LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens is close to continuing his career in Europe. 

Sources confirmed to LA Galaxy Insider that Stephens is in Oslo and close to finalizing a deal with Norwegian Tippeligaen club Stabæk. The 24-year-old spent the last three seasons with the LA Galaxy, compiling 94 league appearances with two goals and 12 assists. If signed, Stephens will be the fifth American to play for the club, joining the likes of Ricardo Clark and Mikkel Diskerud. 

Stabæk are led by former U.S. National Team head coach Bob Bradley who took the reins in January after his contract to manage Egypt's national side was not renewed. Bradley is the first American head coach to lead a top division European club. 

After being relegated following a seven year stay in the top-flight, De blaa (The Blue Ones) achieved promotion in 2013 with a second place finish in the Adeccoligaen. Stabæk open their 2014 campaign on March 30 against Sogndal. 

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20 February 7:57 pm

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane is on the mend and with the MLS regular season fast approaching, he will not be participating in Ireland’s upcoming match against Serbia.

The Ireland captain was left off the roster by head coach Martin O’Neill ahead of the March 5 match in Dublin against Serbia.

In their release, the Ireland Football Association states that O’Neill has spoken with Keane and omitted the striker so that he may focus on the Galaxy’s season opener against Real Salt Lake on March 8.