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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 61 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. 
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.”

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.”

23 March 5:21 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- A.J. DeLaGarza made a major step forward in his recovery from a left foot injury on Sunday by going 90 minutes for LA Galaxy II in their scoreless draw with Real Monarchs SLC, and now that performance could see him return to the lineup for this weekend's match against D.C. United. 

With Bruce Arena and the rest of the Galaxy staff watching from the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium stands, DeLaGarza put in a confident performance as he helped Los Dos keep the Real Salt Lake USL affiliate off the scoreboard. The action was just DeLaGarza's third in-game stint in 2015 as he played briefly during the club's home opener against Chicago Fire and then again in an small scrimmage between the first team and Los Dos a week later. 

"He played well," Arena  said. "He's coming back and needed to get a game in. I think overall, it was a positive showing." 

LA GALAXY YOUNGSTERS HEAD OUT ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY

The LA Galaxy will have three of their bright young stars join U.S. youth national teams during the upcoming international window. 

LA will have two representatives on the U.S. Under-23 squad as defender Oscar Sorto and Galaxy II striker Ariel Lassiter were named to the head coach Andres Hertzog's European camp that will feature matches against Bosnia & Herzegovina's U-23 squad on March 27 and Denmark's U-23's on March 31. Lassiter will be making his first appearance for the U.S. youth squad while Sorto, who trained with the senior national team in January, is expecting to take a leadership role with the squad. 

"I'm going to ge tthere with confidence. I know what the coach wants from each player. I'm feeling very confident that I know how Hertzog wants to prepare and play," said Sorto. "This camp is going to be tough because I know that there will be a lot of players from around the world fighting for positions, but I think it's going to be a fun experience."

While the U-23's are training on the old continent, Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV and the U.S. Under-20's will train for a week in England. During their training camp in London, Jamieson IV and the rest of Tab Ramos' squad will face Tottenham Hotspur’s U-21 team on March 27 in London, and then England’s Under-21 Men’s National Team on March 29

"It feels good to join the squad. It's going to be great facilities and good competition over there with our two games," said Jamieson. "I love playing in England because soccer is a lifestyle there, and everyone loves the game so it makes it a good place to play."

ALAN GORDON ON TAILGATES AND BEING A FACE TO THE GALAXY SUPPORTERS

No LA Galaxy player this side of David Beckham has ever gone from hated foe to reviered hero faster than Alan Gordon. 

After making a habit of scoring against the Galaxy during his time with Chivas USA and Toronto FC, Gordon morphed into a true villian during his time with the hated San Jose Earthquakes. However, after returning to the club via a trade with San Jose last year, Gordon has endeared himself to LA supporters with five goals in 2014, and another in the early stages of the 2015 season.

Gordon has not only won the hearts of minds of Galaxy fans on the field, however, as he's also displayed a willingness to make his presence felt with supporters by buying pizzas and kegs at Galaxy matches. The 33-year-old was at it again on Sunday when he brought a keg of beer to tailgaters at Galaxy II's season opener. 

For Gordon, who went from enemy to hero faster than any player in Galaxy history, such fan support initatives are incredibly important for him and the team. 

"I was asked to draw some attention to Galaxy II and help bring people to support our young guys. We take a lot of the headlines [with the first team] so we know that we need to have people come out and follow some of our youngest players"

 

23 March 2:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II opened their 2015 USL campaign with a scoreless draw against Real Monarchs, but head coach Curt Onalfo believed that his squad deserved far better had they finished their chances. 

For much of the game, Galaxy II were the better side as they routinely tested the Monarchs defense, and forced visiting goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez to make four stops on the evening. Whether it was Travis Bowen, Adonis Amaya or Ariel Lassiter, Galaxy II’s strikers routinely tested the Monarchs defense, but were unable to tally the winner that Los Dos needed.

Even though his team earned a point in their first match of 2015, Onalfo admitted that he felt his group should have taken all three points. 

"When a team comes in and drops those types of numbers behind the ball, it's an exercise in breaking down low pressure so the chances are few and far between. On the circumstances, we created enough chances but we just rushed it a little bit," Curt Onalfo told LAGalaxy.com. "The field was a little tight so it makes it a little bit more difficult, but having said that, we didn't give much away and we just have to figure out ways be sharper and find ways to break down low pressure."

Although Onalfo was somewhat frustrated about his young forwards inability to break down the Monarchs defensive line, he still had praise for Amaya who was making his first professional start. 

"He’s a solid player and is adjusting to the pace of the game which is normal given where he’s coming from," said Onalfo. "He’s a very smart player though and you can tell that he’s going to continue to progress."

22 March 8:20 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- A.J. DeLaGarza made a major step forward in his injury recovery by going 90 minutes for LA Galaxy II in their scoreless draw with Real Monarchs SLC on Sunday evening at StubHub Center. 

DeLaGarza started in central defense for Los Dos as Galaxy II were rarely tested by the Real Salt Lake affiliate who were playing in their first-ever match.The appearance was DeLaGarza's longest of 2015 as the defender made just a brief cameo for the Galaxy first team in their opening match after missing much of the preseason with a left foot injury. 

Although DeLaGarza was rarely tested, the match nearly turned dark for the defender as he appeared to injury his ankle in stoppage time after a late challenge by a Real Monarchs defender. 

"90 minutes of time as a center back is probably just 45 minutes fitness wise for an outside back, but I felt fine," said A.J. DeLaGarza. They didn't have many chances in our half where we were running too much. I felt like as a group we were organized and we didn't really allow them anything. At the end of the game, one of their young guys tried to make a play as I was going to clear the ball, and he just ran through my ankle. I honestly thought it popped out, but thankfully nothing bad happened and I just jogged off."