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08 June 12:10 pm

In the latest edition of "What to Watch For," Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino analyze the SuperClasico between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.

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07 June 2:30 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Whether he's stationed at forward or on the wing, it’s all the same to Gyasi Zardes.

The LA Galaxy’s dynamic offensive-minded player simply wants to get into the attack.

Zardes got a taste of life back up top during a brief second half appearance during LA’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire a week ago.  Although the shift went well for 22-year-old, who has one goal and one assist this season, Zardes doesn’t have an opinion on where he’s best suited to play.

“It felt great getting back up top. It felt really good to get back up there,” said Zardes. “I missed playing up top, but I like outside too because I have freedom to space. I’m a runner; I want to run [at people].” 

If he gets a chance to see the field, he’ll look to pressure a Chivas USA side that he’s enjoyed success against since coming into the league as he’s tallied two goals and two assists in a pair of SuperClasico appearances. 

Although the Galaxy have dominated the Rojiblancos throughout their series, Zardes expects a tough challenge from Chivas on Sunday.

“This Chivas team is going to come strong and hard,” said Zardes. “We need to be prepared for them.”

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06 June 3:58 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan will most likely not be at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the U.S. National Team, but he may have some role to play in the way that Americans watch the World Cup.

A week ago, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch recently wrote that Donovan could be an option for ESPN or Fox as they look to fill out their broadcasting rosters for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Donovan served as an analyst for Fox Sports 1’s UEFA Champions League coverage last November.

“There’s nothing coming of that yet. I’m listening, but we’ll see what happens. My focus is here [with the Galaxy] now,” said Donovan of the report. “There are a lot of obstacles, but in a perfect world, I could do something. If not, my first priority is here.”

The Galaxy will be off on a two-week MLS regular season break for the World Cup after their match against Chvias USA on Sunday, but the break will be short lived as they could potentially have two U.S. Open Cup games in late-June.

06 June 12:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- There’s no question that Juninho is enjoying a career year with the LA Galaxy so far in 2014.

The Brazilian midfielder’s two-way ability has helped LA break up opposing attacks while also sending penetrating balls forward to spark Galaxy counterattacks. But for all his success in the midfield, one aspect of his game is missing—goals.

To date, the 25-year-old midfielder has managed 23 shots -- nine on frame --  and three assists, but has yet to find the back of the net, a fact that is not lost on head coach Bruce Arena.

“He’s fitter, he’s more involved over 90 minutes and he understands his positioning a bit better,” said Arena. “But his finishing hasn’t been as good as it has in the past. We'd like to see him get a goal or every now and then."

However, Juninho expects that the team’s change from a diamond formation to a more traditional 4-4-2 formation over the past several weeks will allow him to get back to scoring ways.

“For me particularly, [the formation] is much better. I am very familiar with it and I can score goals. [I can] go forward, and try to create more chances for the team,” said Juninho. “This is my style. For me it’s good, for the team I think you can have to ball more. It’s our older style, older formation, so our team is very familiar with that.

“In the diamond, I'm a holding midfielder. I have to stay with our backline and I can't leave that spot. But with two midfielders, I can go forward,” said Juninho. “Even though I haven't scored yet, I’m going to put more pressure on myself [to score] and I will do my best so that we can win.”   

While Arena agrees that theoretically, this formation should help Juninho get forward, but he’s waiting for it to pay off.

“Regardless of where he’s playing or the system, he’s capable of getting us a couple goals in the season,” said Arena. “His finishing needs to get better.”

05 June 10:34 am

Time Warner Cable Deportes provides some of the best LA Galaxy content around and they offered yet another interesting look inside the club with their latest piece "Confesiones de Landon Donovan" or Confessions of Landon Donovan."

In the brief video, Donovan answers a number of questions from his favorite goal (2010 vs. Algeria), his favorite Superhero (Captain America) and a host of other questions. The video is in Spanish, but you should have no trouble understanding when Donovan confesses his love for the R&B group Boyz II Men.

Watch it here

31 May 2:01 pm

CHICAGO -- LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic got an opportunity to return to his old stomping grounds with his new club on Saturday as the LA Galaxy trained at his former college, the University of Illinois-Chicago as they prepare to take on his old team, the Chicago Fire. 

Husidic was a standout for the Flames during his three years at UIC before joining the Fire and remaining there until a trade to the Colorado Rapids prompted him to move to Sweden. To date, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a strong season with the Galaxy with 10 appearances -- eight of them being starts -- and one goal, and will likely be in contention to start against the Fire on Sunday. 

"It's nice. I've spent a lot of time here and it's great to be back," Husidic said after training. "It's always nice to be back home."

30 May 1:26 pm

In the latest edition of "By the Numbers" we look at the LA Galaxy's match against the Chicago Fire.

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30 May 12:02 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy were jonesing for a chance to take on former teammate and 2012 MLS MVP Mike Magee when they travel to face the Chicago Fire on Sunday, but it looks like they won't get the opportunity. 

A calf injury forced Magee from action for Chicago's match against the Columbus Crew last week and Fire head coach Frank Yallop told reporters earlier this week that the former Galaxy forward is "still out." With Magee yet to train this week, the Galaxy will likely be miss out on the chance to face against their longtime teammate who was traded for the MLS rights of current LA midfielder Robbie Rogers.

"It'll be good to see Mike, it's been awhile and we're all very happy for him with how he did last year," said Landon Donovan who added that the team expects to spend time with Magee upon their arrival in Chicago on Friday. "Hopefully he's healthy and hopefully he gets to play. I know that he's excited for it, but we're going there to win the game. We feel good about where we are and we want to win."

Added Galaxy captain Robbie Keane, "It's good to see old players and especially someone like Mikey who is well respected by the players and the coaching staff. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing him. Whether he's playing though, we're not too sure, but if he does play then we know how dangerous that he can be and how prolific that he is in front of goal. He's a guy that we have to wary of if he does play."

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29 May 5:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas is back from injury and ready to be called upon for the LA Galaxy.

The Brazilian has been sidelined since suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament left knee since last month, but has been steadily regaining fitness even going 60 minutes in LA Galaxy II’s 5-0 victory over the Oklahoma City Energy FC on Sunday.  Sarvas faces a challenge if he'll return to the starting lineup for Sunday's match against the Chicago Fire, however, as Kenny Walker and Juninho have formed a strong partnership in the Galaxy's two-game winning streak. 

Although Sarvas declared himself fit and ready to go after suiting up for Los Dos, he is leaving the final decision to Arena.

“I feel good. Bruce will decide [if I can play]. I just want to be with the 18,” said Sarvas. “Getting on the field is another thing.” 

29 May 1:15 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will be without the services of Robbie Keane for their June 8 match against Chivas USA after the forward told reporters on Thursday that he will be reporting for the Republic of Ireland’s friendlies against Costa Rica and Portugal in the United States.

Keane told reporters that he’ll join up with the Irish National Team in Philadelphia ahead of their match against Costa Rica at PPL Park on June 6, following the Galaxy’s match against the Chicago Fire on Sunday at Toyota Park. Ireland will take on the United States’ Group G opponent Portugal on June 10 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Although the callup will force Keane to miss the Galaxy’s final game before the international break, the Galaxy captain said that the conversations between club and country went smoothly.

“Really, I should have been gone for four games because international teams have a priority in these situations when it is an international fixture on the schedule,” said Keane. “Ireland and Bruce spoke and they were happy if I played two games for the Galaxy and miss the Chivas game, that way I was missing two for Ireland and playing two for Ireland.

“I’m grateful for both teams and it’s one of those situations where I have to sit back and let the teams discuss it,” he added. “Of course, I want to be in both places and playing for both, but unfortunately, the way that schedule works. At the same time, it’s a good chance for [younger] players in Ireland to get games and experience.”