LA Galaxy

28 May 2:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will likely be without their injured outside back trio of A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant and Robbie Rogers for another match. 

DeLaGarza (groin), Dunivant (calf) and Rogers (ankle) each missed out on Wednesday's match against Real Salt Lake as Baggio Husidic and Dan Gargan started along the outside back positions. According to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the three players are unlikely to suit up against the New England Revolution.

"Not Likely. I would say [they'll miss Sunday's match]," Arena said when asked about the status of the three players on Thursday.
 
With all three veteran players unavailable for the Revolution match, does that open the door for Oscar Sorto or Husidic to get the start against the Revolution? Quite possibly according to Arena.
 
"I haven't made any decisions yet," Arena said.  

 

27 May 11:09 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

Arena's quotes are below

(On playing yet another different lineup this game...)

ARENA: It’s been difficult. This has been a very difficult start of the season. The injuries, the schedule, the untimely suspensions with it as well, it’s been patchwork since game one. It hasn’t been easy. I give our guys a lot of credit.

(On Real Salt Lake’s performance...)

ARENA: They are a good team. Generally, teams that are down a goal and have some minutes to go in a game are going to get aggressive and put players in forward positions. They did a pretty good job. They put us under pressure at times; however, on the night they didn’t get that many great chances. I think [Joao] Plata had that one at the end and Omar [Gonzalez] made a terrific plan cutting off his cross. For the most part, we defended well. The chances we got, we were a little bit sloppy on. We might have snuck in another goal there, but we weren’t good in front of the goal. Gyasi’s [Zardes] header was pretty good. [Ignacio] Maganto could have done a little bit better with his chance. For the most part, it’s the kind of game that you have to hang on and win. The other two games in the league tonight were 1-0. Our league, right now, with teams so even and so much pressure on teams—games are looking a lot like the games tonight.

(On Ignacio Maganto’s performance...)

ARENA: He had a very good game I thought. The original plan was that he was going to come out at halftime, but I thought his first have he played very well.  I decided to change it. We were going to play Robbie [Keane] at the start of the half regardless. He was going to come in. Our players knew that obviously someone was coming out at halftime. When we sized everything up, I think Jose [Villarreal] was the best choice because Maganto was playing very well. I wanted to keep him in.

(On Baggio Husidic playing left back...)

ARENA:He did a good job. He’s played two games in his life as a left back. He did a good job managing. He did a good job. We are just lacking players in the backline and there is nothing we can do about it. Baggio is such a smart player, such a good team player, that you can position him anywhere on the field and he’ll get the job done.

(On the team’s overall performance...)

ARENA: They are going to turn a little bit better as we get to the end of July and August. Once June comes around, we deal with all these national team call ups and that’s all a mess. It’s very awkward and difficult for us .We’ll lose some players on a date that’s not an international fixture date, and that will be difficult—the Vancouver game. Then we have to deal with the Gold Cup, World Cup qualifiers with a bunch of players and we have to decide where they are going and when. June’s going to be hectic and July’s not going to get any easier. It’s going to be difficult couple of months. When we get to August, we’ll finally have our team together, and then the Champions League comes in and all that. It’s going to be a pretty challenging year.

(On Robbie Keane...)

ARENA:It’s great to have him back. As you can see, he’s going to need some time. He’s worked really hard to get to this point. Now we just have to be a little bit patient and let him get his minutes in and let him get his touch back and his confidence. I would think in a matter of weeks Robbie’s going to be back in pretty good form.

(On Juninho’s penalty kick...)

ARENA:I think it was great. As long as he wanted that ball, I was OK. I just wanted to make sure he was good for that. The other option we had on PKs when Robbie Keane’s not in is Gyasi. But, Juninho grabbed the ball and he wanted it. I would have bet Nick was going to go to his right this time, and he went back to his left and that surprised me there. I think Juninho did well.

(On the Galaxy’s shutout...)

ARENA:It’s good. I think right now where we are at with the patchwork with the backline a little bit and the whole team to get a couple of shutouts against teams in our conference is important.

(On the Galaxy’s leadership...)

ARENA: Omar is beginning to understand his responsibility as a leader. He’s done a good job. Alan Gordon and Dan Gargan, in the absence of Robbie in the last few months, have been excellent leaders. AJ [DeLaGarza] has always been there in the group. [Jaime] Penedo has stepped up big time. I think Jaime’s last couple of months has been good. He’s done well. We’ve had a bunch of guys that have stepped up and dealt with all the issues we’ve had. It’s not easy every game playing with someone different. Our young guys, Maganto tonight, I think he did terrific job. Everyone did a good job. Jose’s coming back. We got Edson back on the field. We’ll get a couple of other players back on the game on Sunday and the following the week. Hopefully, we can hang in there and keep our head above water.

27 May 8:59 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will host U.S. Adult Soccer Association side PSA Elite in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 17 at StubHub Center. 

The amaetur club defeated PDL side Ventura County Fusion 2-1 on Wednesday at Ventura College as LA Galaxy Academy product Justin Dhillon scored the game winner. Dhillon's goal in the 80th minute broke a 1-1 deadlock between the two sides. 

PSA Elite knocked out LA Galaxy II from last year's edition of the Open Cup at the third round

27 May 2:59 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to win their second straight on Wednesday when they host Real Salt Lake at StubHub Center.

Wednesday’s match will be the second meeting between the two teams this month, and the only Southern California trip for Real Salt Lake during the 2015 regular season.

Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and my prediction for Wednesday’s match.

LINKS:

*Just who starts at left back for the LA Galaxy with Oscar Sorto suspended?

*Might injured outside backs Robbie Rogers, A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant feature against Real Salt Lake?

*Referee Baldomero Toledo will preside over Wednesday’s match between the two Western Conference foes.

*In the latest edition of “By the Numbers,” we look at Robbie Keane’s impact in the lineup and out of it.

*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan provides the O2 Match Preview.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

OMAR GONZALEZ vs. ALVARO SABORIO

Always a physical battle, Saborio will look to use every weapon in his bag of tricks to agitate and infuriate Gonzalez as he looks to looks to get under the Galaxy defender’s skin. 

KYLE BECKERMAN vs. MIKA VAYRYNEN

Beckerman will look to ignite a Real Salt Lake attack that is fresh off a 2-0 victory over New York City FC, but the omnipresent Vayrynen will hope to slow down the U.S. international with his physical presence.

LUIS GIL vs. LA GALAXY OUTSIDE BACKS

Gil has caused the Galaxy plenty of trouble in the past due to his blend of speed and creative skill, and Wednesday will be no different. With Arena still unsure about who lines up at left back, Gil could be a handful for the Galaxy.

PREDICTION:

LA Galaxy 2 (Zardes, Gonzalez) Real Salt Lake 2 (Gil, Beckerman)

26 May 3:23 pm

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.” 

26 May 1:53 pm

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.

26 May 11:59 am

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.”

25 May 2:47 pm

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."

25 May 1:49 pm

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. 

23 May 12:19 am

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.”