LA Galaxy

28 March 12:24 pm

The LA Galaxy will renew one of the original MLS rivalries on Saturday when they take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium.

Both teams have rich tradition of winning, but what has made the teams so successful over the years? I spoke to A.J. DeLaGarza, Robbie Rogers and Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena to find out.

Check it out in the video above.

27 March 3:22 pm

LA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter started in midfield for the U.S. Under-23's during their 3-2 victory over the Bosnia & Herzegovina U-23's. 

Jordan Morris, former Galaxy Academy player Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez, and Fatai Ashe scored for the Americans in the rout. Lassiter played a full 90 minutes agaisnt the Europeans while Galaxy defender Oscar Sorto did not feature in the game. 

The U.S. U-23's will play the final match of their European training camp next week when they take on the Denmark U-23's next Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.

27 March 12:59 pm

WASHINGTON -- The LA Galaxy will face off against their old foes D.C. United on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium. 

The Galaxy will take on United without the services of starters Robbie Keane, Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes due to international duty. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers", we look at the Galaxy's record without Keane since his signing in 2011. 

Check it out below.

27 March 11:50 am

The LA Galaxy announced on Friday that they have signed goalkeeper Trey Mitchell.

The signing of Mitchell comes after the announcement that Brian Perk will miss the 2015 season due to an ankle injury. The Alta Loma native will serve as the backup goalkeeper for Brian Rowe during Saturday's clash with D.C. United. 

“Trey is a talented goalkeeper who can provide us with solid depth,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena in a statement. “We are happy to add him to our roster and look forward to his contributions as a member of our team."
 
Mitchell joins the Galaxy after two standout years with neighboring Cal-State Dominguez Hills. 
27 March 11:10 am

The LA Galaxy will be without Brian Perk for the duration of the 2015 MLS season, after the goalkeeper underwent successful surgery to repair a dislocated and fractured left ankle, the team announced on Friday. 

Perk suffered the non-contact injury during a scrimmage with Galaxy II several weeks ago. The 25-year-old goalkeeper has made seven career appearances for the Galaxy first team since joining the club in 2010. 

Perk's season-ending surgery comes after a difficult past two seasons that saw the goalkeeper deal with concussion symptoms as well as other injuries

26 March 2:48 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Goalkeeper Brian Rowe will step in the net for the LA Galaxy for a third time this season when LA take on D.C. United with the full confidence of the team’s coaching staff.

With incumbent starter Jaime Penedo away on international duty, Rowe will make his third start of the season. In two appearances this season, Rowe has compiled a 1-0-1 record with three saves and only two goals allowed.

Ahead of the match against United, Rowe is confident that the Galaxy can get a result at RFK Stadium despite missing three starters due to international duty.

“I feel good. … Moving forward, we’re just trying to fine tune a little bit and get into more of a rhythm,” said Rowe. “It’s fun working with this backline because they do a great job of defending as a team, and make it fun for me. We’re going to try to go into each game and get the most out of it.”

According to Galaxy boss Bruce Arena, the fact that Rowe has already seen considerable time in goal this season, will only benefit him when he suits up at RFK Stadium.

“It was very important. He’s comfortable now,” Arena said. “He’s prepared to play in this game and that was good. This was all part of the reason that he played in the first game.”

25 March 2:27 pm

LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes earned a start on the left side of midfield and went 67 minutes for the U.S. National Team as they fell 3-2 to Denmark in an international friendly on Wednesday. 

Nicklas Bendtner scored three times for the Danes including a late winner in stoppage time to seal a deserved victory for the home side. From the opening whistle, the Danish had control of the match, but found themselves trailing twice after goals by Jozy Altidore early in the first half and then Aron Johannson midway though the second stanza. 

The USMNT return to action next Tuesday when they head to Zurich to take on Switzerland. 

All of the international matches that Galaxy players are participating in can be found here.

25 March 9:52 am

Major League Soccer is heading to Minnesota. 

On Wednesday in a press conference in Downtown Minneapolis, MLS announced that Minnesota United FC will become the league's 23rd club and will play their first season in the league in 2018

“We are proud to welcome Minnesota to Major League Soccer,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “The ownership group’s commitment to soccer and the community, the area’s growing millennial population and the region’s rich tradition of supporting soccer at all levels in Minnesota were key indicators that this was the right market.  The passionate soccer fans in Minnesota will soon have a world-class, downtown soccer stadium that will serve as the home for the new MLS team and become a destination for marquee international sports events.” 
 
Minnesota's entrance to the league will follow the new Atlanta franchise and yet to be named Los Angeles Football Club who are scheduled to join MLS in 2017. MLS has guaranteed that one more expansion club will be awarded before the 2020 season, with Sacramento and Miami considered the frontrunners. 
 
“I want to thank MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league’s owners for helping us bring Major League Soccer to Minnesota,” said Minnesota primary owner Dr. Bill McGuire. “As a group of Minnesotans who love this state and have made a commitment to bring this vision to life, this is a momentous day that we’ve all been waiting for.” 
 
According to Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus, Minnesota United is hoping to have a stadium plan in place by July as they look to build a stadium in Downtown Minneapolis. 
 
24 March 3:37 pm

The LA Galaxy and the Angel City Brigade announced on Tuesday that they have worked in collaboration to lift the sanctions levied on the group levied on the group and the restoration of their full supporters' game-day privileges for the remainder of the 2015 MLS season.  

ACB  will have their full privileges restored for the club's next two matches on the road against D.C. United (March 28) and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (April 4). The group's first home match with full privileges will be the Galaxy's April 12 fixture against Seattle Sounders FC. 

“Angel City Brigade has continued to demonstrate their full support of our team while keeping a positive and open dialogue with our club during some difficult circumstances,” LA Galaxy President Chris Klein said in a statement. “As ACB has found ways to support our club while respecting the fan code of conduct guidelines and sanctions, we want to acknowledge their unwavering dedication by providing the full resources to continue their support. We are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with our fans and help create a top environment during Galaxy games going forward.”
 
Added ACB President Vanessa Arias, "“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with the LA Galaxy to lift the sanctions placed on our group. We couldn’t be happier with the final outcome as it shows our voices are heard not only on the pitch but also resonate within the Galaxy organization.  ACB would like to thank fans around our stadium and supporters across the league for their vast support in spreading awareness on this topic and commend our Brigade for staying united during this turbulent time.  We look forward to getting back to business as usual."
 
In their own statement, ACB stated that they will end their own financial boycott of the Galaxy, StubHub Center and Major League Soccer while also confirming that they will be able to use drums, flags, and pre-game streamers for the April 12 match against the Sounders. 
 
The sanctions were initially levied prior to the season due to the use of streamers  during the run of play during 2014 MLS Cup. 
24 March 2:26 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Jose Villarreal has blossomed into one of the bright spots of the LA Galaxy’s 2015 campaign, and now that has placed the midfielder back on the radar of the U.S. National Team’s U-23 squad.

The Galaxy have two representatives on Andres Herzog’s U-23 squad as defender Oscar Sorto and Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter made the roster, but Villarreal confirmed that he was initially on that list as well, but declined the opportunity in order to focus on solidifying his role with the Galaxy.

“I spoke to Bruce and said that I just wanted to stay and work with the team because [international call-ups] will come eventually,” Villarreal told LA Galaxy Insider on Monday ahead of the team's D.C. United this weekend. “I personally wanted to stay because I didn’t want to kill the rhythm that I have with the team, and have to come back and need to win my spot again. 

“[International play] will come with the way that I’ve been playing,” he added. “I just have to keep being consistent with the form that I have. The U-23s are a tough group to get into, with a lot of talented players, but I think that if I keep improving then I can make that team.”

After a difficult 2014 season, Villarreal has regained the swagger that made him one of the brightest young talents in MLS just a few seasons ago, even declaring that “there’s no going down from here.”

“There’s nothing that you can ask for other than working hard on the field other than hustling and busting your ass on the field,” said Villarreal. “That’s what most players want from the youngsters so you have to do that no matter what.”