CARSON, Calif. -- Gyasi Zardes is heating up at just the right time for the LA Galaxy and U.S. National Team.
Zardes has had a banner week that saw him named MLS Player of the Week and then earn a call-up to the USMNT for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the success that Zardes has enjoyed as of late.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II defender David Romney was named to USL Team of the Week for Week 14 of the 2015 USL regular season.
Romney scored his first goal of his professional career in Los Dos' 3-0 victory over Orange County Blues last week. The defensive work put in by the central defender was vital in helping the Galaxy II secure the shutout of the side from Orange County.
The complete USL squad can be seen below.
Jose Villarreal all smiles after the LA Galaxy announce the signing of 30 players for SOSC Unified Team
CARSON, Calif. – Jose Villarreal is known for his flashy work on the field but the 21-year-old forward from Inglewood will be watching another group of talented players take the field later this summer.
On Monday, the Galaxy announced the signing of 30 new players for their Special Olympics unified team. The team made up of students with and without intellectual disabilities will begin training on Tuesday and then play their first game on Aug. 15 against FC Dallas.
After LA’s big announcement, Villarreal was beaming.
“It’s so cool. I got the chance to meet the Mexican Special Olympics team when I was down in Mexico. They’re great people, they’re special,” Villarreal said. “They’re definitely a lot funnier than any of us here. It’s fun seeing them and even with the conditions that they have, they’re still doing what they do, and do it extraordinarily. It’s amazing."
And when the Galaxy unified team takes the field in August against FC Dallas, Villarreal and the rest of the Galaxy will be cheering them on.
“It’s pretty cool that Galaxy is helping them out,” he said. “It’s special and shows what kind of character our organization has.”
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy open up the second half of their season on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the success of Sebastian Lletget since joining the club last month.
No timetable set for LA Galaxy forward Bradford Jamieson IV's return after suffering concussion with U.S. U-20's
CARSON, Calif. – Bradford Jamieson IV is back in the fold with the LA Galaxy after a successful stint with the U.S. U-20’s at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but the youngster has yet to return to the field.
Jamieson scored a goal and made four appearances at the U-20 World Cup during the group stage but saw his participation in the tournament end due to a violent head injury in the early stages of the U.S.’ 1-0 win over Colombia in the Round of 16. Jamieson’s injury left him unavailable for the U.S.' penalty kick defeat to Serbia in the quarterfinals.
On Tuesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed that 18-year-old suffered a concussion against Colombia, and is currently under evaluation by the club’s medical staff in adherence with the league’s concussion protocol.
“I don’t know when he’s going to be back training,” Arena said. “He’s here though, he was [at the stadium] today.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The LA Galaxy return to action on Saturday when they face Columbus Crew SC.
Ahead of the Galaxy's match with Crew SC, below are a series of links, matchups to watch, and a prediction.
*Gyasi Zardes is back with the LA Galaxy after a stellar showing with the U.S. National Team.
*In the latest edition of By the Numbers, we look at the incredible depth that Bruce Arena has needed this season.
*Reporting from Columbus, I provide a look at how the team is preparing for Crew SC.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Kei Kamara vs. Omar Gonzalez
Gonzalez must keep an eye on Kamara throughout the cross of 90 minutes if the Galaxy are to pick up a win against Crew SC. Expect Kamara to challenge Gonzalez throughout the course of the match.
Baggio Husidic vs. Hector Jimenez
The former LA Galaxy winger has settled well as a right back for the Crew, and will look to press Husidic, and the left side of the Galaxy defense.
Fredrico Higuain vs. Juninho
One of the keys to silencing Kamara will be cutting down his service from Higuain. Look for Juninho to press the Argentine early and often to prevent him from influencing the match.
Columbus Crew SC 2 (Kamara 2), LA Galaxy 3 (Villarreal, Ishizaki, Gordon)
Robbie Keane went 17 minutes in the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Scotland in their 2016 Euro qualifier in Dublin on Saturday.
Ireland took the lead off a goal by Jon Walters despite the forward being offside according to television replays. The lead did not last as the Scots pulled level in the 47th minute when John O'Shea deflected a shot by Shaun Mahoney into the back of the Irish net. Keane was brought in around the 73rd minute to help the Irish pull ahead but the go-ahead goal never came.
With the result, the Irish are fourth in Group D with nine points after six games. The Republic of Ireland will resume qualifying in September with matches against Gibraltar on Sept. 4 in Portugal and Georgia on Sept. 7 in Dublin.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was named to Panama's 23-man roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday.
A mainstay on the Panama squad, the 33-year-old goalkeeper has 103 appearances for his nation. The reigning Golden Gloves holder in the regional tournament, Penedo nearly backstopped Panama to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title before falling to the U.S. National Team in the final.
The 2015 edition of the tournament runs from July 7 to July 26 but Panama is scheduled to convene in preparation for the tournament on June 15. Penedo's participation in the tournament could see him miss as many as six league matches.
The complete roster is below.
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal is targeting a return to the field this Saturday against Columbus Crew SC less than two weeks after suffering a left shoulder sprain.
The 21-year-old attacker has trained in full since last Friday but was unable to suit up against Vancouver Whitecaps FC due to the shoulder sprain suffered days earlier against New England. With the Galaxy training staff keeping close tabs on his shoulder, Villarreal has made a quick recovery, and could be in line to play as early as Saturday.
“I feel good. It was a hard [training] session on Monday and today, and I feel great. I’m going to continue to work to get ready and hopefully be back this weekend against Columbus,” Villarreal said. “My shoulder is a little sore but I’m going to keep on icing it which causes the pain to ease. … It’s definitely getting better.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena echoes Villarreal’s optimism stating that “it’s possible” that he can be available for Saturday’s match in Columbus.
“I always try to help the team in any way that I can,” said Villarreal. “This has been frustrating with all the injuries that I’ve had and I want to get back to playing normally.”
LA Galaxy II midfielder Raul Mendiola named to USL Team of the Week after goal against Orange County Blues
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II attacker Raul Mendiola has been named to USL Team of the Week for the 12th week of the 2015 USL season.
Mendiola scored the opener in Los Dos' 2-1 victory over Orange County, helping Galaxy II earn their sixth game in seven matches. This season, Mendiola has been one of the stars of USL notching three goals and seven assists for Galaxy II.
The complete USL Team of the Week is below.