Omar Gonzalez named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after LA Galaxy draw with New York Red Bulls
LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez was rewarded for a strong defensive performance in the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls with a place in MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
Throughout the match Gonzalez stifled New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips, winning several key duels that helped render the Englishman ineffective on the night. Joining Gonzalez on the Team of the Week squad is goalkeeper Jamie Penedo who was placed on the team's bench after his three save performance at Red Bull Arena.
Injury scare for LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho after he suffers a hard challenge against New York Red Bulls
HARRISON, N.J. -- LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho suffered a crunching challenge late in the Galaxy's 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls but the Brazilian midfielder is hopeful that he'll be healthy in time for next week's match with Colorado.
The challenge came in the dying moments of the second half when Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty made a late tackle to prevent the Brazilian from firing a shot on the top of the New York penalty area.
"He was late and everyone saw that. I was ready to make the shot when he came and tackled me," said Juninho. "I think that we should have pressed the referee and tried to convince him to give the red card. ... I'm definitely looking forward to our next game because the Red Bulls are a good rival.
"The draw wasn't a bad result, we have a team to come back and make more points."
After the match, Juninho was spotted speaking the media with an ice pack on his right leg, but was confident that he'll be healthy by next weekend.
"I got a hurt a little bit, the tackle was hard," said Juninho. "But I have all week to get better."
HANOVER, N.J. -- The LA Galaxy will not have Robbie Keane for their clash against New York Red Bulls on Sunday, but with the club in the middle of a two game winning streak, the absence of the reigning MLS MVP is not troubling Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.
Still stricken with a groin strain that will now cost him his third consecutive game, Keane did not make the trip with the Galaxy to New Jersey for Sunday's clash. Keane was limited in training throughout the week and appeared doubtful for Sunday, but Daily Breeze's Nick Green confirmed the worries on Saturday morning.
Although the Galaxy will be without their captain for the third straight match, Arena said that his absence changes little about LA's preparations for New York.
"Doesn't change anything. We haven't played with him in the last two games," Arena told LAGalaxy.com after the team's training session at the New York Red Bulls training facility. "It doesn't change anything that we do at all."
WATCH: Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes look to shine as LA Galaxy look for win over New York Red Bulls
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy head off to New York this weekend in search of their first road win since last August.
Getting a victory in New York will not be easy as the Red Bulls are currently the lone undefeated team in Major League Soccer. In my latest video for Time Warner Cable SportsNet, we breakdown the Galaxy's match against New York and the role that Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes will play.
Check it out above.
LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic on his time at the Chicago Fire with retiring Mexican soccer legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco
CARSON, Calif. --- Mexican soccer legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco is hanging up his cleats once and for all.
The three-time World Cup player for Mexico announced earlier this year that he will retire after the 2015 Copa MX final that will pit his Puebla F.C. against vaunted Chivas de Guadalajara, in order to pursue a career in Politics. A soccer legend for his performances with El Tri and Club America, Blanco became a force in Major League Soccer during a threeyear stint with the Chicago Fire.
During his three seasons in Chicago, Blanco crossed paths with current Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic who was played with the Mexican star during the 2009 season.
"Temo was awesome," said It was pretty cool to be able to play with such a good player. ... For me, he's probably the most exciting Mexican player to ever play in the league."
Called "Bayo" by the former Mexican international, the most lasting memory that Husidic has of Blanco was his very first interaction.
"He was an absolute prankster. My rookie year, I roomed with him for preseason and I was coming into the team super nervous. We were in Querétaro and I walk in [the room], I saw bags on the floor but there was no one anywhere. All of a sudden, he pops out of the closet and tackles me onto the bed, and starts speaking in Spanish. He spoke such slang that you could barely understand his Spanish."
CARSON, Calif. – After their dramatic 2-1 victory over Sporting KC, the LA Galaxy find themselves riding a two-game winning streak, but what is most impressive about the team’s recent run aren’t the wins themselves, but how they’ve dealt with adversity.
They’ve done it without valuable weapons like Jose Villarreal and Mika Vayrynen. They’ve done it with Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes starting one game on the bench. But most of all, they’ve won with Galaxy captain Robbie Keane missing both matches due to a groin strain.In their absences, players like Rafael Garcia, Baggio Husidic and Bradford Jamieson IV have stepped up and produced for the Galaxy.
Whereas in past seasons a lengthy absence to Keane meant struggles for the Galaxy, this year, they’ve been able to string together a pair of victories while their captain is on the mend.
“This is a team that lined up with a lot of guys out [on injury] and it says a lot about our depth and our character,” said forward Alan Gordon, who has been one of the players who have stepped up in Keane's absence. “We got back to back wins now at home with less than 100 percent roster and guys stepping up each week and filling spots, it’s great and it’s good to see.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters after the club's 2-1 victory.
Arena's comments are below.
(On the game...)
ARENA: "When you play hard and hang in there, once in a while you get a little bit lucky and the ball bounces your way. We’ve been on the short end of those a few times. I think things balance out. I think our second half we played better. We were much more aggressive, competed a little bit better, our game was a little bit better. On the night I think we played well considering a little bit of a makeshift lineup. I’m real pleased with our players. We’ve played two games in a row without Robbie Keane, and tonight not starting with Omar [Gonzalez] and Gyasi [Zardes] and getting a result is very impress.”
(On Bradford Jamison’s first start...)
ARENA: “A player who played with a lot of convinced. He was aggressive. We told him that when in doubt run. His pace, I think, was a factor in the game. We lacked a little of speed, so having him in the lineup was important. At the end of the game, him and Gyasi, they were threats. They put Kansas City on their heels at times. It was a pretty impressive game for him.”
(On the team’s performance...)
ARENA: “I think we did good. This league is a unique league in the fact that every game is a battle. Teams are pretty even in MLS. Any time you win a game, you have to take it, especially when it’s against a good team like Sporting Kansas City. It’s obviously a great result. We were a little bit fortunate at the end, but I think we played really hard. We conditioned ourselves to get a break. We put a lot of pressure on them in the last ten, fifteen minutes and we were lucky that the ball bounced our way.”
(On Tommy Meyer’s performance...)
ARENA: “He did a good job. I think, their goal we made a few mistakes. But on the night, I don’t think Jaime [Penedo] was tested a whole lot. I could be wrong, but there were a couple of saves that he had to come off his line. He jumped on some balls. He played behind our line. For the most part, I think we did a good job. They are a good team. The combination of Dwyer up top and Espinoza and Feilhaber—it’s a good trio of players and they are dangerous. I think for the most part we did a good job.”
(On if Zardes and Gonzalez provided a spark off the bench...)
ARENA: "A spark? Well, Gyasi did well, and Omar scored the winning goal, if you want to call that a spark or whatever, then you can. I think they contributed greatly tonight."
WATCH: Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy gets into the LA Galaxy spirit with a signature goal call
— James Worthy (@JamesWorthy42) April 13, 2015
Everyone at Time Warner Cable SportsNet is getting in the LA Galaxy frame of mine, including Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy.
On Sunday, following the Lakers' 59th loss of the season, Worthy joined TWCSN host Jamie Maggio with a little signature goal call of his own as Maggio read the highlight of Alan Gordon's finish. Does Worthy have the chops to give Joe Tutino a run for his money? I'll let you decide in the video above.
I'll say this to Big Game James, if you're up to it, why not join Pete Vagenas and myself for Rapid Fire Tweets starting next week against Sporting KC?
Should Worthy join the Galaxy telecast? Share your thoughts below.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to right the ship against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but even though LA’s duel with Seattle always has the fans attention, some with the Galaxy disagree.
The two top teams in Major League Soccer since 2009, the Galaxy and Seattle have been responsible for some epic matches over the last several years including a pair of matches in October and November that determined both the Supporters’ Shield winner and the Western Conference Championship.
Given all that history, is the match a special occasion for the Galaxy?
“It’s a rivalry because we’re one of the best two teams of the league,” said midfielder Stefan Ishizaki. “They got the Supporters’ Shield, and we wanted that. Then we got the MLS Cup, and they wanted that. Obviously, this year, we’re hoping to get both. But we have to start playing better and what better time than to do so against Seattle.”
Not everyone agrees, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was quick to scoff at the past between the two teams will impact Sunday’s result.
“All that stuff is in the past. If you’re worried about all that stuff then you’re head is full of a lot of crap all the time. Last year is last year. If last year wasn’t over, everything would be good, and we’d be champions,” Arena said. “Is it a rivalry? Everyone is our rival. Now that Chivas is gone, we don’t have any rivals... .Maybe the team that was in our building was a rival, but the other teams are just games in our conference and our league.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Like the changing of the seasons, the LA Galaxy have once again found themselves in another slow start.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I examine the Galaxy's record in championship years and the years following an MLS Cup title. To follow up on the article and find out why the Galaxy have been such notorious slow starters over the years, I spoke to Associate head coach Dave Sarachan who offered an explanation.
"I wish I could tell you the exact answer because as coaches, we monitor our training, we think the training has been good and we think that the energy has been good as well," Sarachan said. "What I think sometimes gets overlooked is that every team gets better and every team sets their sights on us, so from a soccer standpoint.. where we've been is pretty good. Along with that, there's always going to be interchanging personnel, we have a few new bodies and we're still adjusting from a few absences from last year. We're not far off, but we're not complete."