Match Related

06 November 4:38 pm

The LA Galaxy will give away a team photo of the 2014 squad to the first 20,000 fans who attend Sunday's Western Conference Semifinals second leg match against Real Salt Lake. 

In honor of that giveaway, LAGalaxy.com created a photo gallery of every team photo since the team's inaugural season in 1996. 

Check out the vintage photos of players like Cobi Jones, David Beckham, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Mike Magee, Carlos Ruiz, and more below. 

06 November 4:10 pm

CARSON, Calif. –To advance from the Western Conference, the LA Galaxy understand that they must breach the man lovingly referred to by Real Salt Lake fans as the “Wall of Wasatch.”

Since his triumph over the Galaxy in the 2009 MLS Cup, Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando has proven himself to be one of the finest ‘keepers in all of MLS. And amid that rise, Rimando has consistently been a thorn in the Galaxy’s side as his stellar goalkeeping has proven to be Salt Lake’s primary weapon against LA’s dynamic attack.

"He's quick and sharp. He's very agile and there's a reason that he's in the national team. He's a good goalkeeper," said Galaxy striker Robbie Keane. "But hopefully, he's not too good on Sunday."

During the first leg, Rimando was rarely tested as the Galaxy forced him to make just one save in the scoreless draw. But if LA are to advance on Sunday, Landon Donovan says the Galaxy must challenge RImando early and often.

"We have to put him under pressure, we have to create chances, we have to hit the target," said Landon Donovan who has scored eight goals all-time against Rimando. "You have to keep making him make spectacular saves. He's not going to give us any goals, we know that. If we're going to get a goal then we have to earn it and we're prepared to do that." 

04 November 5:46 pm

CARSON, Calif. –Real Salt Lake’s speedy diminutive striker Joao Plata gave the LA Galaxy fits during their Western Conference Semifinal first leg, but once the second leg rolls around on Sunday, LA are confident that they can shut down the Ecuadorian.

Plata was the main conduit in the Salt Lake attack during Saturday’s first leg at Rio Tinto Stadium as he repeatedly stretched the Galaxy back four while notching a pair of shots on frame. The Ecuadorian, who notched 13 goals and six assists during the regular season, also had a pair of goals negated by offside calls including one which was shown to be onside according to television replays.

After tussling with Plata over the course of 90 minutes, Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez says that he’s ready for a challenge on Sunday.

“Plata’s a special player. He’s small and he’s always in my blind side. He’s quick. We just have to be aware of where he’s at. Don’t let him start sprinting freely. Give him a little bump but not too much because the slightest touch can tip him over," said Gonzalez. “Last game the referee (Silviu Petrescu) told me, ‘You’re just so much bigger than him. What do you want me to do?’ When I hear the ref tell me that it’s kind of difficult to do my job.”

But how does Gonzalez plan to account for Plata -- and the officials -- in a match where one goal by Salt Lake could see the Galaxy's season end prematurely?

"I'm just going to do my job," he said. "I can't worry about the referee and our whole team is over being worried about the referees. We're going to worry about approaching the game with the right mindset. We know that it'll be a challenge against Real Salt Lake for 90 minutes plus and we have to be ready for them."

 

03 November 10:14 am

SANDY, Utah— No team found the back of the net more during the 2014 MLS regular season than the LA Galaxy, but the team’s recent struggles in front of net threaten to deny LA a chance to win their fifth MLS Cup.

Since the end of their 10-game unbeaten run that saw the Galaxy tally 31 goals -- nearly half of their season total of 69 --the LA offense has fallen silent. In their last four games, the Galaxy have scored only four times including a scoreless effort in their Western Conference Semifinals first leg draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

LA’s inability to find the back of the net in their final three regular season matches were cited as reasons that the team’s bid for the Supporters’ Shield fell short, but despite failing to find the back of the net at Rio Tinto Stadium, the Galaxy are confident of breaking out of their recent offensive malaise with their season on the line next week

"We're fine on offense. We know how to score goals. It wasn't crucial tonight that we score,” said Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan. “We had some chances where we need to make a better pass or pull off a play that we didn't, but we have a lot of confidence that when we play at home, we'll create a lot of chances. It's creating the chances - which we'll do - and then hitting the net."

With the Galaxy unable to maintain the possession needed to place Salt Lake under sustained pressure and the blustery conditions limiting their service from wide positions, the LA attack became heavily reliant on counter attacks. But despite several dangerous thrusts forward, RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando needed to make just a single save in Saturday's scoreless draw.

But heading back to StubHub Center where the Galaxy held a 12-1-4 record in the regular season, captain Robbie Keane says that LA's gameplan will look considerably different than at Rio Tinto Stadium.  

“We’re fairly comfortable and confident that we can get them at our place," said Keane. "Most teams that come into [StubHub Center] find it hard to play there and hopefully with the tempo that we usually play and the offensive mind that we have when we do attack then we’ll be okay.”

02 November 9:06 am
 
01 November 7:42 pm

SANDY, Utah— LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to the media after the club’s scoreless draw in their Western Conference Semifinal first leg against Real Salt Lake.

(On the physical play…)

ARENA: An ugly game. Lopsided in calls as the fouls were called two to one in our favor. I’m sure not if that is good or bad, but it made for one crappy game, that’s for sure.

(On the officiating…)

ARENA: It is what it is. It’s been like that all year and it’s not going to change for the playoffs.

(On Jaime Penedo and his overall thoughts on the game…)

ARENA: Jaime did well, but it was a sloppy game with the altitude, the wind and the field conditions made for a difficult game. To get out of here scoreless means that we have to lay it on the line next week at home.

(On if he’s pleased to head back to StubHub Center needing a win…)

ARENA: We have to win the game. We’ll have to find out Sunday night [if it is a good position or not]. We’ll see.

(On if the Galaxy have to adjust next week in the second leg…)

ARENA: It was a bad game with the conditions and maybe too many fouls were called. It was just a sloppy game. I think next week the game will look a lot different.

 

01 November 12:48 pm

In the latest edition of the Insider Update, I provide a 60 second breakdown the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal against Real Salt Lake.

Check it out. 

31 October 11:37 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Real Salt Lake knocked the LA Galaxy out of the postseason in 2013 and the memory of that playoff exit remains with the club. 

In the latest edition of the LA Galaxy Insider Breakdown, I look at the three reasons that the Galaxy will be ale to overturn the result.

Check it out above. 

30 October 1:13 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane says that he's ready to go for Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake after missing out on the LA Galaxy's regular season finale last week. 

Keane told reporters on Friday that a hamstring strain prevented him from taking part in LA's 2-0 defeat to Seattle Sounders FC, but admitted that he expects to be fit in time for the first leg of Western Conference Semifinal against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. 

"I trained last couple of days and my hamstring seems okay. Obviously I would have played. I think [people] know me well enough now to know that I will not to stay out of games unless it’s legit," said Keane. "I should be okay for Saturday."

Head coach Bruce Arena echoed Keane's optimism stating that the Irishman has no intention of missing out on the playoff game. 

“Robbie could play if he had a broken leg,” Arena joked. “It was just precaution to hold him out. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t say he could play with a broken leg, but he would try anyway."

Having Keane back in the squad is a major boost for the Galaxy after a frustrating performance against Seattle that saw LA dominate in shots, but fail to find the back of the net. And with the captain back to full fitness -- plus Omar Gonzalez returning from suspension -- the Irishman believes that the Galaxy are well-equipped to make a deep playoff run. 

"I think we’re more prepared [than 2013]," said Keane. "[We have a] better squad of players, more experienced players who understand how the playoffs go."

29 October 2:23 pm

CARSON, Calif. –The Swedish soccer world was shaken on Wednesday with the announcement of the passing of former national team star and Elfsborg head coach Klas Ingesson due to bone marrow cancer.

A member of Sweden’s teams at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 team that finished third, Ingesson enjoyed a lengthy professional career that included stops at IFK Göteborg (Sweden), Mechelen (Belgium), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Sheffield Wednesday (England), Marseille (France) as well as IBari, Bologna and Lecce (Italy).

Despite being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009, Ingesson continued his coaching career and in 2013, he coached Stefan Ishizaki in what was the current Galaxy midfielder’s final season in Sweden.

“When anyone passes away it is a terrible thing but it hurts more when you’re so close to that person,” Ishizaki told reporters on Wednesday. “Klas was a fantastic human being, a fantastic player back in the day and a great coach.

“He was one of those men that spread joy around him, always had a happy face, and had a keen soccer mind. He was one of the true greats in Swedish soccer over the years and he’ll be missed.”

When Ishizaki was first approached by the Galaxy back in 2013, it was Ingesson who allowed the midfielder—a long tenured member of the club—to speak with LA and eventually orchestrate a move to MLS.

“I talked to him last year and sought his advice. Of course, he wanted me to stay with Elfsborg and help rebuild the squad for a new year, but he said, ‘I understand that you have to go and do your own thing.’

“He allowed me to take this adventure to join MLS and I will be forever grateful for him allowing me to leave,” he continued. “A lot of coaches come into their first full season and want to build a new team and many of them would have said that ‘you can’t go.’ But he gave me this opportunity to come to MLS and I’ll be forever grateful."

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