CARSON, Calif. -- Omar Gonzalez was unable to start the LA Galaxy's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC due to a knee issue, but the center back says that he is fit and ready to go for the club's upcoming match against the Houston Dynamo.
Initially, the Galaxy stated that Gonzalez was on the bench due to squad rotation, but after the defeat, LA clarified that the 26-year-old was suffering from a knee injury. Although he missed out on the Orlando match, Gonzalez has been in full training this week ahead of Friday's match against the Dynamo.
"I'm doing good. It was just a precaution. I was just worried about some things but I'm feeling good and I'm good for Friday," said Omar Gonzalez. "If it was late in the season or a playoff game then no doubt I would have played. It was early in the season, and I figured that I wanted to stay safe."
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy need a spark in the attack when they face the Houston Dynamo on Friday, and newcomer Sebastian Lletget just might be the one to deliver that little boost.
The former West Ham United midfielder made his debut for the club last Sunday during their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, going 21 minutes in the loss. During the match, Lletget was unable to truly make an impact on the game due to Orlando's dominance, but the 22-year-old is confident that if he’s given an opportunity against Houston, he can have an impact.
“I believe I am [ready to start],” Lletget told LA Galaxy Insider. “I always believe that I’m practicing really hard. Obviously, coming in the middle of the season, I do need to do a little bit of catch-up in terms of philosophy and our style of play, but I think that I’m ready.”
Just when Lletget makes that first start, however, is in the hands of head coach Bruce Arena who says that Lletget might need to wait a little longer.
"He needs more time,” said Arena. “But it was good to get him out on the field for the first time."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy might have a little extra firepower on the field on Friday when they take on the Houston Dynamo.
Edson Buddle (calf) and Robbie Keane (groin strain) have missed considerable time in 2015 due to injury but both were in full training on Monday. Given the Galaxy's offensive struggles in their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, the chance to welcome back a pair of experienced attackers could be a major boost for LA on Friday, but their return to the field, is anything but a certainty.
"We'll see," Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday. "We'll get through the week and we'll see with those guys and see how they're doing."
Buddle appears to be the closest to making a return after getting a solid 30 minute run out for LA Galaxy II during their defeat to Sacramento Republic. After training on Tuesday, the 33-year-old says that he's fit and ready to go 90 minutes if called upon.
"I'll start. Absolutely. Put me in there coach!" Buddle joked. "I can definitely start and do it. I've been through harder things in my life."
Notorious prankster A.J. DeLaGarza may have delivered his magnum opus during the LA Galaxy's recent trip to face the New York Red Bulls.
Following the club's training session in New Jersey, DeLaGarza snatched one of the plastic wolves that the Red Bulls use to ward off wildlife, and gave Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan the fright of his life.
Is it DeLaGarza's finest prank? Check out the vine above
ORLANDO, FL -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the team's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC.
Arena's comments are below.
(On the result…)
ARENA: “We were awful on the day. Out of 14 players that played, I thought that three played in an acceptable manner. We were outplayed all over the field, and really, there’s not much more that you can say. When you go into a game and most players lose their battles on the field, you don’t have a chance to win. Then in the second half, we needed to get the first goal, and certainly what I thought was a poor goal called for the penalty, put us out of the game. Orlando played well, give them credit, we were pretty bad.”
(On the offensive disconnect…)
ARENA: “I think that starting two young players in the attack probably didn’t help, but our passing was so poor that for us to connect on anything that was dangerous was next to impossible because of the quality of our passing. We had a majority of players that didn’t play well.”
(On how much the team missed Omar Gonzalez…)
“Of course you miss him, but we basically helped create every one of their goals on the day with our poor passing, and getting dispossessed in the last half of the field. To their credit, they were aggressive, won balls, and Kaka was instrumental in a few plays.”
(On if the game was an aberration…)
ARENA: “It better be an aberration, if not, that’s not a good sign.”
(On the penalty kick call…)
ARENA: “In my opinion, a really poor call by the referee, the goalkeeper did an outstanding job coming out and blocking the shot.”
(On if the lineup was too makeshift…)
ARENA: “Injuries are part of the game. It’s guys’ jobs to step up for players that can’t play, and we didn’t get that done today.”
(On if he’s happy the team’s three game roadtrip is over…)
ARENA: “Yeah. It’ll be nice to be back home [on Friday], but if we play like we played today then we’re not going to get three points.”
ORLANDO, FL. -- The LA Galaxy dropped their worst loss in two years on Sunday when they fell 4-0 to Orlando City SC.
Eric Avila, Cyle Larin, Kaka, and Darwin Ceren each scored for the expansion side. The Galaxy did not register a shot on goal until the 88th minute of play.
The club was without the services of four key pieces as Omar Gonzlez, Robbie Keane (groin strain), Robbie Rogers (ankle injury), and Dan Gargan (yellow card suspension) missed the match. A club press official confirmed after the defeat that defender Omar Gonzalez was left out of the starting lineup due to a knee injury.
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ORLANDO, FL -- The LA Galaxy will take on Orlando City SC for the first time in club history, when the two teams meet on Sunday.
In the latest edition of Insider on Location, we look at the Galaxy's impression of the expansion side.
Check out the video above.
New LA Galaxy Designated Player Steven Gerrard played his final game at Anfield for Liverpool FC on Saturday.
The results did not go the team's way as Liverpool fell 3-1 to Crystal Palace, but the defeat ran secondary to Gerrard's last game at the stadium that has been his home ground for nearly two decades. Gerrard will join the Galaxy this summer after more than 700 appearances for the Reds.
Below are a series of tweets and videos from Gerrard's final day at Anfield as a member of Liverpool FC.
— James Carroll (@James_Carroll84) May 16, 2015
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 16, 2015
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) May 16, 2015
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) May 16, 2015
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 16, 2015
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) May 16, 2015
— LFC Photo (@LFCphoto) May 16, 2015
A final kiss for the Kop from Steven Gerrard pic.twitter.com/sXwUqOfa6t
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) May 16, 2015
Thank you my friend for everything. You are truly one of the greatest! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/SSAz1A8x1T
— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) May 16, 2015
Gerrard on sky: "I don't think I'll come back on loan after today's performance"
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 16, 2015
254- Steven Gerrard just finished his 254th and final home match for Liverpool in the Premier League, his next will be at StubHub. Dreamin'.
— OptaJack (@OptaJack) May 16, 2015
Watching Steven Gerrard's last match at Anfield. It's going to be exciting to have this guy on our team. #lagalaxy
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) May 16, 2015
— Juninho (@Juninho19LA) May 16, 2015
STEVEN GERRARD'S FINAL SPEECH AT ANFIELD
Steven Gerrard says goodbye to Anfield.#ThanksSteviehttp://gerrard.liverpoolfc.com/
Posted by Liverpool FC on Saturday, May 16, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – Juninho grew up admiring his Brazilian countryman and national soccer legend Kaka, but on Sunday, he’ll have the chance to match wits with the former FIFA Player of the Year when the LA Galaxy meet Orlando City SC at the Citrus Bowl.
Sunday’s game won’t be the first time that the two Brazilians have faced off before an exhibition when Kaka was still suiting up for Real Madrid, but this time, given the league competition.
In those friendly matches, there is the temptation for MLS players to get a bit starry eyed when facing such accomplished competition but Juninho knows that this situation is much different. When the first ball is kicked at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday, he’ll be focused on shutting down the Brazilian international.
“My mentality is to not leave him alone,” Juninho told LA Galaxy Insider. “I want to be around him most of the time, and just play my game. I know that it’ll be a hard game with Orlando having a full house. We just want to try and score, and not leave Kaka alone to do what he does so well.”
ORLANDO, FL -- The LA Galaxy will face Orlando City SC for the first time on Sunday when the two teams meet at the Citrus Bowl.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the difficulties that Orlando City has had this year.
Check it out below.