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06 September 1:27 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The U.S. National Team buzz surrounding Gyasi Zardes is at a fever pitch and now the striker's LA Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan is getting into the conversation.

Zardes scored twice during the Galaxy's 6-0 rout of the Colorado Rapids on Friday night to continue his impressive streak of 17 goals in 18 games in all competitions this summer. With 14 goals in his sophomore season in MLS, Zardes now holds the highest single-season total for an MLS Homegrown Player breaking the record previous held New England Revolution's Diego Fagundez who scored 13 goals last year.

As Zardes continues to score, the national team chatter will continue to intensify, but to have the seal of approval from Donovan is likely to aid the striker's case for the USMNT.

"He deserves everything he has got; success is not an accident. People think you’re just born a certain way and everything either comes to you or doesn’t and it’s not true," said Donovan. "Last year, we saw the other side of that where he wasn’t quite there yet. He put in a lot of work last year and a lot of work this year and it’s starting to pay off. I would be pretty shocked if he’s not called into the U.S. [Men’s National] Team soon.”

Throughout Zardes' impressive performance against the Rapids, the 22-year-old displayed not only his trademark speed, but also a variety of tricks learned from players like Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan. Whether it was Keane’s ability make a dummy run and set up a chance for a teammate or Donovan-esque turn and shoot, Zardes showcased that he’s steadily adding tricks to his growing arsenal of offensive moves.

And as he displays some of their trademark moves on the field, Zardes credits the role that Keane and Donovan have played in his maturation.  

“My teammates are helping me. All these guys are older than me and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from them," Zardes said. “Landon is a phenomenal player and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from him. As you can see in the recent games, he’s the one giving me all my assists and I’m just trying to build off that as much as I can from these guys because they’ve played professional soccer longer than I have.”

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05 September 11:56 pm

CARSON, Calif. - It was an emotional night at StubHub Center. 

The LA Galaxy honored the memory of A.J. DeLaGarza's departed son Luca with a 6-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. The largest victory for the club since 1996. 

Relive the emotional night through the great photos of Mora Photography. 

 

 

05 September 7:16 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are in mourning after the loss of A.J. DeLaGarza's newborn son and club president Chris Klein insists that the team will continue to support him and his family in their time of need. 

Klein spoke to reporters ahead of the Galaxy's match with the Colorado Rapids on the ways in which the team was honoring Luca. 

(On when A.J. will return to the field...)

KLEIN: It’s entirely up to him, kind of the speed with what he does. Bruce has been great with him and defers to him with whatever he’s comfortable doing.

(On how A.J. is doing...)

KLEIN: I don’t know that I could put myself in his shoes. And know what it is that he and Megan were going through and have been going through, not only last week but the last couple months. AJ is a very tough kid, but you can’t prepare yourself for going through something like this. All we could do is come around him as his extended family and support him as best as we could.

AJ was at training this week, through this has been a release for him to come and be around the guys. This week, we’ve had people talking to him consistently.

(On Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni wearing the armband...)

KLEIN: It’s not only Pablo but to see the support from players, from teams in our sport and other sports to se the reaction and how other people set everything else aside and come to the support of one family. It’s been incredible. I don’t know that AJ has seen all of it, but even to sit and look at it all has been something pretty cool. Pablo is part of our family as well, and AJ is someone that everyone likes. To have that is pretty amazing.

(On if the match is an emotional one...)

KLEIN: It is. Anytime you have a teammate that’s going through something it’s emotional, but to have someone like AJ who has been a part of us for so long and to have this group that’s so close is something you can’t describe. The guys are going to be emotional. You saw last week and I think you’ll see it again tonight.

(On the plan to honor DeLaGarza with cheers at the 20 minute mark...)

KLEIN: whose idea I don’t know. It is cool. Things just started to come out. We don’t have the right words to say, but anything we can do that our supporters and fans can do to support AJ and his family.

05 September 4:03 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take the field against the Colorado Rapids with heavy hearts after the passing of A.J. DeLaGarza's newborn son Luca on Thursday.

The Galaxy will be holding a moment of silence pregame for Luca DeLaGarza while also wearing black Luca inscribed armbands during the match. 

More on the game itself below. 

NOTES AND LINKS:

*LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was named MLS Player of the Month for the month of August on Friday

*Brian Perk is scheduled to travel to Sacramento with LA Galaxy II for their upcoming match against Sacramento Republic on Saturday meaning that goalkeeper Brian Rowe appears to be the safe bet to get the start against the Rapids.

*Alan Gordon told LA Galaxy Insider earlier this week that he's approaching full fitness, but is unlikely to be 90 minutes fit. With that in mind, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to forward Chandler Hoffman earlier in the week stating that he'll be likely used off the bench in an effort to spell Gordon if he is unable to go the distance. 

*LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan noted in his preview that Rowe is likely to start and reported that Stefan Ishizaki is nearing his return to the field after missing the last several matches with a lower body injury. 

*In the latest "By The Numbers," we look at Gyasi Zardes' incredible summer that saw the forward score 15 goals in 17 games

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

GYASI ZARDES AND ALAN GORDON vs. COLORADO DEFENSE

Alan Gordon was once part of San Jose's "Bash Brothers," but could we bill his new partnership with Gyasi Zardes as "Thunder and Lightning?" With Zardes' speed balancing with Gordon's brawn, expect the pair to be a handful for the battered Colorado defense. 

DESHORN BROWN vs. LEONARDO

The oft-maligned Leonardo got all that he could handle from the speedy Brown in the first half of the Galaxy's 4-3 win over Colorado last month, but the big Brazilian will need a much stronger performance -- like his second half showing -- if he's to prevent the Jamaican from terrorizing the Galaxy back four.  

PREDICTION:

LA Galaxy 3 Colorado Rapids 1 

*Goals by Zardes, Gordon and Sarvas. 

05 September 2:33 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will seek to keep their winning streak alive against the Colorado Rapids on Friday.

In the video below, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and players Omar Gonzalez, Brian Perk, Brian Rowe, and Chandler Hoffman preview the match. 

05 September 1:38 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV made his U.S. U-20 debut by going 45 minutes in the team's 2-0 victory over the reserve squad of Argentine side Racing Club on Friday. 

The U.S. made quick work of the Argentines as Zach Piffer and Romain Gall scored in the first half to seal the victory. With the Americans up two goals, Jamieson came into the match at the start of the second half in favor of former Galaxy Academy player Paul Arriola.

Tab Ramos' squad will next take on Defensa y Justicia Reserves on Sept. 6 before ending their Argentine excursion by facing the nation's U-20 side three days later. 

04 September 3:02 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to extend their winning streak to five games against the Colorado Rapids on Friday. 

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the rise of Gyasi Zardes and his incredible summer. 

03 September 1:36 pm

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane came on as a second half substitute in Republic of Ireland's 2-0 win over Asian nation Oman in Dublin. 

Keane entered the match in the 59th minute and nearly found the back of the net in the 80th minute, but saw his attempt saved by goalkeeper Ali Al-Habisi. 

The Republic of Ireland take on Georgia in the Central European nation's capital of Tiblisi as they start their 2016 European Championship qualification campaign. 

01 September 3:25 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Gyasi Zardes endured a brief three-game scoring drought in his career season, but kicked back into gear with an impressive two goal showing in the LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday.  

Zardes opened the scoring in the 44th minute with a clinical one-time finish that sailed past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and curled inside the far post. The 22-year-old coupled his lovely individual effort with a tidy finish for LA's third goal in the 71st minute as tapped in a Landon Donovan cross to provide the finishing touch of an 11 pass combination by the Galaxy.  With his two goals against Chivas, Zardes now has 12 goals in 25 matches this season, and is the top scoring American-born player in MLS.

Five of Zardes' 12 goals this season came during the Galaxy's impressive 19 goal month of August that saw LA rocket to second place in the Western Conference and second in the standings for the MLS Supporters' Shield. Although the 22-year-old with the unforgettable hairdo is pleased to play his part in the Galaxy's offensive explosion, he's quick to recognize his teammates' role in getting him the ball. 

“To be honest, our midfield is just killing it in terms. You look at the stats, and we’re just touching the ball a lot. And the defenders are just keeping a clean sheet, so the whole team is really working together," said Zardes.  "As a team, we’re just really building off each other and really being aggressive.” 

And according to Galaxy captain Robbie Keane as long as Zardes gets into those dangerous positions, he'll continue to be a threat to score. 

"Ultimately as a striker you’re judged on scoring goals," Keane said. "So if he continues to get himself in the right position, certainly myself and Landon, and the lads up there can certainly get him goals."

With Zardes scoring in bunches and even going as far to admit that he'd like to one day be the league's top goal scorer, one question remains: could a national team call-up be far behind?  Even the always humble Zardes admits that he's hoping to get a call from Jurgen Klinsmann soon.

"Everybody wants to make the national team. That's always a goal for a soccer player," said Zardes. "If that's not your goal then I don't think that you should be playing soccer." 

31 August 9:50 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addresses the Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA.

(On Gyasi Zardes’ performance...)

ARENA: “He obviously played really well. The first goal was a big goal in this game. Chivas USA played very well in the first half. They were tough to break down. Kennedy was difficult to beat. To get that goal at the end of the half was a big advantage, not only on the scoreboard but psychologically as well.”

(His assessment on Keane and Donovan as a pair...)

ARENA: “It’s a good combination. I think the whole group has played well together. This has been a difficult couple of weeks for us. I don’t know how many games they’ve been in the past couple of weeks but it has been challenging and demanding for the team physically and mentally. They’ve been held up and did well. In a game like today, bringing Robbie [Keane] in with 30 minutes left, they are chasing the game because they need a goal, and it opens up a little bit. Certainly, it became advantageous to our team.”

(On missing Penedo and Keane in the following fixtures...)

ARENA: “You make slight adjustments to your team. We’ve been preparing for this. Robbie [Keane] didn’t play in the D.C United game on Wednesday, he missed 60 minutes tonight, so we’ve played without him. We have some good options in the goal. This is all part of it. When the league plays on the international fixture dates, there are going to be occasions where you lose some players, and others have to step up. That will be the case [next week].”

(On Nigel Reo-Coker’s performance...)

ARENA: “Reo-Coker is a really good player. You could see his experience. I was surprised that he could play 90 minutes given the fact that he did not play whole a lot of minutes this year for Vancouver. It was a pretty impressive performance. He is obviously a very good player, and they are fortunate enough to have him.”