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."
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 meet Orlando City SC for the very first time in the two clubs’ history.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a predicted score.
*In the newest By the Numbers, we look at Orlando City’s struggles at home where they are winless this season.
*Cobi’s Corner is back! In the first edition of Cobi’s Corner of the year, Cobi Jones speaks with LA Galaxy wunderkind Bradford Jamieson IV.
*In the latest edition of Insider on Location, I speak to the LA Galaxy about their impressions of first-year Orlando City SC.
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan provides a look at the match in the Match Preview presented by O4 Water.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Juninho vs. Kaká
The most important battle of the evening will see the Brazilians face off in the center of the park. Expect Juninho to look to close down on the Orlando attacking midfielder and prevent him from igniting the Lions attack.
Gyasi Zardes vs. Sean St. Ledger
Zardes will look to spark a scoring streak on Sunday when he goes up against a beat-up Orlando City defense that is already missing Aurelin Colin. If Orlando is to shut down Zardes,, they’ll need a big game from their former Irish international center back.
A.J. DeLaGarza vs. Brek Shea
The Galaxy outside back will have his hands full as he tries to stop the suddenly resurgent Shea in a battle of speed vs. speed.
Galaxy 2 (Zardes, Jamieson) Orlando City 1 (Shea)
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.
FRISCO, Texas -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters following his club's 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas.
(On conceding two goals late in the game...)
ARENA: “We didn’t do well at the end of the game in the last 15 minutes or so, and that’s my responsibility. When a team plays that poorly on the road, they’re not well coached. We blew a lot of points this week, we could have stolen six points this week, and we walked away with one. That’s my responsibility; I have not done a good job with this team to get them tactically ready for games.”
(On what he has to do to get the players to be better late..)
ARENA:"Train and get them to think when they're tired. We should not have lost that game tonight."
(On Gyasi Zardes' goal perhaps kick starting his confidence...)
ARENA: "Let's hope. Let's hope."
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal are "not likely" to feature in this weekend's clash with the Colorado Rapids.
The Colorado match will be the fourth consecutive game that Keane has missed with a groin strain while Villarreal reinjured his right hamstring during his participation with the U.S. Under-23's last week. In Keane's absence, the Galaxy have performed ablely, complying a 2-0-1 in three matches.
"I'm not spending a whole lot of time worrying about them. When they're ready, they're ready," Arena said on Thursday. "We can't worry about it right now, we'll see. Every day tells us a little bit more."
Former LA Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas set to miss match against his old club after undergoing knee surgery
CARSON, Calif. -- Former LA Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas will not suit up for the Colorado Rapids against his old club this weekend after the Rapids announced that the Brazilian midfielder will miss the next four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
Sarvas' surgery was performed on Monday in Los Angeles to repair a right knee issue that had been plaguing the 33-year-old Brazilian for several weeks.
According to the Denver Post, Sarvas will remain in Los Angeles as he recovers which means that it could be possible for the Galaxy to honor the two-time MLS Cup champion at some stage during Saturday's game.
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."