SAN JOSE, Calif. – The LA Galaxy were without several key pieces when they ended the preseason with a 3-2 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes, but head coach Bruce Arena expects the full team in training next week.
Galaxy regulars Baggio Husidic, Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes as well as trialist Edson Buddle missed out on the club’s final preseason preseason match due to unspecified injuries, but according to Arena, they’ll be on the training field on Monday when the club ramps up their preparations for Friday’s MLS regular season opener against the Chicago Fire.
“All our guys will be back next week,” said Arena.
The Galaxy boss was also optimistic about the status of defender A.J. DeLaGarza who has missed the entire preseason with a bone bruise in his left leg.
“He’ll be in full training on Monday,” Arena said afterward.
A.J. DeLaGarza reveals the final sneak peak of the new LA Galaxy blue on blue secondary kit on Twitter
— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) February 27, 2015
LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza has provided us with our final sneak peak of the club’s new Blue on Blue secondary jersey.
In the final reveal of the week, DeLaGarza’s photo depicts the jersey’s sleeve which contains the new Major League Soccer logo color-coordinated in the club’s colors and on a field of blue.
The Galaxy’s new secondary kit will be revealed on Monday at 10 am PT
— Daniel Gargan (@HeyDanGargan) February 26, 2015
LA Galaxy defender Dan Gargan has provided us our latest sneak peak of the new Galaxy secondary kit via Twitter on Thursday.
Gargan's photo displays the LA Galaxy logo on the new kit's crest. The new "Blue on Blue" jersey will be officially unveiled by the club on March 2 through a digital campaign.
The final jersey sneak peak will be revealed on Friday.
Preseason Notes: Daniel Keller and Ramon Martin Del Campo released from preseason camp; Galaxy II win scrimmage
CARSON, Calif. -- Ramon Martin Del Campo and Daniel Keller were released from the LA Galaxy's preseason camp, LA head coach Bruce Arena confirmed on Thursday.
Keller, 22, was drafted by the Galaxy out of the University of Louisville with the 62nd overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft and appeared in four preseason matches. Meanwhile, Martin Del Campo was an undrafted trialist out of UC Davis and played in two preseason games for the Galaxy. Martin Del Campo also trained with Galaxy II brief, but has since departed to pursue opportunities abroad while Arena said that Keller "wasn't interested" in playing for Los Dos.
The Galaxy boss also told reporters that the club's final SuperDraft selection goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton is still dealing with an injury that is preventing him joining the club's preseason camp.
TRIALIST ANDRE AURAS STILL TRAINING WITH THE LA GALAXY
LA Galaxy II stalwart Andre Auras remains in training with the Galaxy first team, but don’t expect a decision on the 2014 Los Dos breakout star any time soon.
Auras has appeared in all but one Galaxy match this preseason, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says that the club is still undecided on whether the Frenchman will be offered a first team deal.
“He’s signed with Galaxy II right now so that’s not that critical at this point,” Arena said.
LA GALAXY II DEFEAT CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS IN PRESEASON SCRIMMAGE
LA Galaxy II picked up another preseason victory by defeating Cal State Dominguez Hills 5-2 on Wednesday.
Galaxy Under-18 player Mark Cruz scored two goals while Adonis Amaya, Travis Bowen and Jason Bli scored for Los Dos.
First teamers Ignacio Maganto, Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal played in the scrimmage.
BRUCE ARENA: TALK OF MLS CUP "COMICAL" IN PRESEASON
The LA Galaxy may be a week away from starting their 2015 campaign, but don’t tell LA head coach Bruce Arena about repeating just yet.
When asked if his team has the mettle to repeat as champions, Arena scoffed at reporters talking of titles in February.
“It’s certainly not a thought at this point. I think it’s comical when I see teams talk about that It doesn’t make any sense to talk about winning the MLS Cup because it’s a long way away.”
LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic revealed the latest sneak peak of the club's new secondary jersey on Wednesday afternoon.
Husidic's photo shows the new kit's back collar which is emblazoned with the Galaxy name in dark blue while the letters “LA” are prominently displayed in gold font.
Another sneak peak is expected on Thursday for the jersey that will be officially unveiled on March 2.
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Bruce Arena says LA Galaxy hoping to sign Edson Buddle; claims team still interested in Mika Väyrynen
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is close to finalizing his roster for the upcoming 2015 campaign, and trialists Edson Buddle and Mika Väyrynen appear to be closing in on roster spots for the year ahead.
Buddle, 33, has trained with the club since the start of the preseason, but missed out on the team's 1-0 preseason victory over Shamrock Rovers due to injury. Although Buddle missed out on the club's penultimate preseason match, Arena still seems set on bringing the veteran forward back for a third stint with the Galaxy.
"Buddle is here training and we hope to be able to sign him," said Arena after the club's first training session in Southern California in two weeks. "We haven't done anything else on any other [trialists] yet. When we have an answer, we'll let you know."
Väyrynen was not present on Wednesday as he remains in Scandinavia after spending most of the Galaxy's European trip training with the club. The 33-year-old former Finnish international played in both LA preseason matches in Europe, and scored the game-winning goal in the team's win over Rovers last weekend.
Even though Väyrynen is not currently training with the club, Arena is open to bringing the midfielder to Southern California for another look.
"He's a good experienced player," said Arena. "It's a possibility [he could return]. We haven't finalized anything yet."
After training, Arena's captain Robbie Keane echoed his manager's sentiments on both trialists.
"I was impressed by [Väyrynen]He was good and he's technically very, very good," said Keane. "And we know what Edson is about. He'd certainly be a good addition to the squad."
A day after Brian Rowe showed us a peak of the new LA Galaxy secondary jersey, another Galaxy player offered an exclusive look.
This time, it was Robbie Rogers who posted a preview of the new kit on Instagram on Tuesday morning. The photo depicts a lenticular Galaxy crest on a blue field that includes light dark blue horizontal lines and includes just a glance of one of the club's five stars.
According to a Major League Soccer press release, the Galaxy will unveil the new jersey digitally on March 2 around 10 am PT.
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LA Galaxy II moved forward with their preseason preparations with a 4-1 victory over PDL side Fresno Fuego at Chukchansi Park on Saturday.
Travis Bowen scored two goals in the first half while Lee Nishanian and Mackenzie Pridham added goals in the second half. Paul Islas scored the lone goal of the evening for the Fuego.
Bowen put Galaxy II ahead after just 11 minutes off dish from Joe Franco. It did not take long for Bowen to add a second as the forward notched his second just 15 minutes later with Raul Mendiola playing the distributor. Islas capitalized on a Los Dos defensive breakdown to pull the Fuego to within one in the 55th minute, but Galaxy II soon extended their lead as Nishanian headed in a corner in the 66th minute. Pridham rounded out the scoring for Los Dos just moments before full time.
Los Dos will begin the 2015 USL regular season on March 22 when they host Real Monarchs SLC at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.
Trialist Mika Vayrynen bagged a goal for the LA Galaxy during their 1-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers on Saturday, but his future with the club is still up in the air.
The 33-year-old Finnish international currently with HJK Helsinki had spells at Dutch giants Heerenveen and PSV as well as with English club Leeds Unite during his 15 year professional career. Vayrynen began training with the club during the first days in Dublin, but after the victory over Rovers, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says no decisions have been made on the Finn just yet.
“I’ve not made any decisions with Mika at this point,” Arena said. “I’m going to get that sorted out over the next couple of days.”
Meanwhile Trialist Edson Buddle was unable to suit up against Rovers due to an unspecified injury.
Life is a process of continual evolution for LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers both on the field and off.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I spoke to Rogers about his attempt to reconnect with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the defender’s perceptions on his legacy as the first openly gay athlete in a major American professional sport. However not all of my conversation with Rogers made the story.
Below are other excerpts from Rogers discussing his book Coming out to Play and his continued growth as a soccer player and a person.
(On his decision to write his book…)
ROGERS: It was definitely more about – After I came out publicly and had that relation from people which was something that I didn’t think would happen in a million years, I realized that I could write a book about my story which so many people can relate to. The biggest difference that I’ve made is just being on the field and then afterward writing a book and going into detail and exposing a vulnerable part of myself helps as much as being on the field and playing.
(On his transformation as a gay athlete…)
ROGERS: “For me, it was about first whether my teammates respected me and if they did respect me and enjoyed playing with me. Of course, you want to accomplish things on the field. This year, especially, I was never thinking of myself as a gay athlete. That’s the big difference between 2013 and 2014, last year I was on the road and I was the only gay guy and I had to deal with that which wasn’t because of how I was treated by the team but what I was dealing with. This year, there were so many times where it just wasn’t even an issue. I never had to talk about it. This year, I realized that when the book was coming out then but I would just not think about it.”
(On how Rogers ultimately hopes that he’s remembered when he decides to retire…)
ROGERS: I hope that I have a good enough career and I’m successful enough that people just think about me as a player on the Galaxy who helped win championships and played for good teams. I hope teammates like Landon, Robbie and Omar can remember me as a guy on their team who was a good soccer player and a good person, regardless of me being gay or straight.
(On whether he understands the conceptual change within him…)
ROGERS: I was so introverted and I was so afraid to have close relationships because I was afraid that people would get to know me. I was afraid to be this crazy person on the dance floor. I was so afraid of so many things and this year, it was so completely different and I’m so happy that I’m able to enjoy it. After all, if you can’t enjoy winning a championship, what is the point of being a professional soccer player? What’s the point of being successful in any career if you can’t enjoy the little moments where you have a triumph. I think a lot of people can’t enjoy moments because they want to move onto what’s next, but I know that in that moment especially after what happened a few years earlier, I just had to cry. I was happy to show that emotion to them as well that they see that he’s human.
(On the distinct difference between how he acted as a child and today…)
ROGERS: It’s really sad. It’s so sad how depressed and how homophobic I was to myself. I was simply isolated and alone, and afraid to share this side to anyone even myself. It’s been two years since I came out and it’s incredible how different things have been. My family wasn’t ready to support same sex marriage but now they can’t wait till I get married. It’s crazy how things change so quickly. I can’t explain that. It’s really changed overnight.
(On whether he expected any anger from his stories in the book…)
ROGERS: This is all a learning experience. Everything in the book is the truth but I’ve just been supported by everyone that I spoke about in the book. I was able to then come out and move back to the states and go through everything that I went to. I heard the most ridiculous things from people who love me so much and I realized that they’re not homophobic they say things because their church tells them to or to make people around them laugh or they’re supposed to. I learned that people aren’t homophobic but have this pack mentality which I was part of when I was younger.
(On dealing with the locker room mentality and the focus that has gotten since his announcement…)
ROGERS: When you live that your life, you’ve seen in it. Whether it was Columbus or Leeds or Holland or college or even when I was younger in High School, you hear on a daily basis that you shouldn’t be such an [expletive] or don’t be so gay. These are really things that you think when you are gay and you are raised that is wrong and you hear them, it slowly chips away at you. It makes you feel like you ever accept that side of you that something will change and they might not accept you. It scared the [expletive] out of me.
(On how his own insecurities played into the writing of his book…)
ROGERS: I didn’t know the book would be so therapeutic. Just sitting with Eric and writing and talking for hours and hours helped me realized that I was raised for so long in an environment where I couldn’t express myself. I’m still really bad at expressing myself and being open with people because for 20 years, I wasn’t. Nothing changes over night. But Eric would say to me that he’s 50 and he’s still working on all his flaws. I didn’t realize that was going to happen or take place. Our hope was to write a book that would reach people that had a gay son or knew someone that was gay and could read this and pass it along, but also help that person [that was reading]through whatever they were dealing with.
(On a unique experience speaking to people a book signing at a Los Angeles CostCo...)
ROGERS: Usually when you have an appearance or a book signing, people know who you are but at Costco, they don’t have a connection [with a gay person]. People were coming up to me asking who I and I’d tell them, they’d sit there and read the book. They’d stand there and just keep reading then tell me ‘oh my gosh, this is a great story. It’s so great that you’re doing” then they ended up buying a copy and telling me, I’m going to read this or give it to someone else and pass it along. I thought that this is great because not all these people are gay but they can read the story and connect to it. They realize that it’s about someone who has a coming out experience that feels isolated and depressed at some point. They can pick the book up and relate to it. That was our hope, to connect with people that weren’t necessarily in the LGBT community but felt that they had a coming out (either they had a divorce or changed religions and had to confront their family about it) we knew that.”
(On his perceptions on the frustrating 2013 season with the Galaxy…)
ROGERS: It was weird. Even last year, I thought to myself that I hope other people come out because I didn’t want to be the only gay athlete. I remember that 2013 was tough. I remember saying to my family that even when you come out, everything isn’t great. You’re still struggling with a lot of things. This year was more about finding a balance and being at peace with what I’m doing. I’m not just a gay athlete, I play for the Galaxy, I’m a left back and we have a good team. It was more than just that. It was just figuring out my life and being comfortable. I had just come out six months before I started playing with the Galaxy. It’s not like you just come out and you’ve solved everything in life because you’re still a 20-something trying to figure stuff out. But the book did help me figure out stuff about myself.”