Match Related

19 September 12:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy return home for the start of a three-game home swing on Saturday when they take on FC Dallas. 

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at the Galaxy's mastery of FC Dallas at StubHub Center. In total, 1,407 days have passed since FCD last won at StubHub Center when they defeated LA 3-0 in the 2010 Western Conference Final. 

18 September 3:10 pm

CARSON, Calif. – MLS Commissioner Don Garber fined LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena $20,000 for his comments to Washington Post’s Steve Goff about LA’s reported links to U.S. international Sacha Kljestan.

Garber told Sports Illustrated earlier in the week that Arena was in line to receive a “major fine” for his comments to the Washington Post and after the league’s announcement of their new logo on Thursday, the MLS commissioner revealed the amount to the Associated Press.

After training on Thursday, Arena told reporters that he had no comment on Garber’s comments or the fine amount.

“I’ve got no thoughts on what he has to say,” Arena said. “I stand on everything that we did as completely accurate and completely ethical. It was the way that you do things --the right way. We did everything the right way and we’ll leave it at that. We stand by everything that we did and I’m very proud of our organization with the way that we go about doing our business.”

17 September 1:56 pm

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will get their first week-long break in  little over a month this week and the respite could not come at a better time for striker Robbie Keane.

Due to his participation in Ireland’s UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, the Irishman has traveled considerable distances bouncing around from Southern California, Dublin, Tbilisi, Georgia, Montreal, and San Jose.

After the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes, Keane admitted that he’s eagerly looking forward to a little rest before LA return to action this Saturday against FC Dallas.  

“It’s been a tough few weeks for me personally. I'm absolutely shattered to be honest with you and it'll be nice to have a week without traveling,” said Keane after LA's draw to San Jose. “I've been feeling the effects over the last couple of days so it'll be nice to rest and not have to travel. I've endured a long 10 days with some 40 hours of traveling and it was taking my toll. I'll just refresh myself and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

With some needed time to rest, Keane believes that he’ll be able to better aid the Galaxy as they look to erase Seattle Sounders FC’s slim three point lead in the Supporters’ Shield chase.

“It’s in our own hands,” said Keane. “We're playing the teams around us and they'll be tough games, but we’re quite capable of beating anybody.”

17 September 9:41 am

Typically a victory for Seattle Sounders FC is hardly met with applause let alone smiles from LA Galaxy circles, but Seattle's U.S. Open Cup triumph on Tuesday may end up benefiting the Galaxy at the end of the season. 

By defeating the Philadelphia Union 3-1 in the U.S. Open Cup final, Seattle not only won the Lamar Hunt Open Cup Trophy, but they also clinched one of U.S. Soccer's four Champions League spots. Under MLS and U.S. Soccer's request, those berths were changed by CONCACAF last December to be awarded to the following: 

1) MLS Cup winner

2) Supporters' Shield winner

3) Winner of the  conference regular season winner opposite the Supporters Shield holder

4) U.S. Open Cup winner. 

Also according to CONCACAF, if an MLS team is in possession of two of the honors or if a Canadian team wins any of the above three, then the CCL berth will fall to the team with the next best regular season record.  

Just how does all this benefit the Galaxy? 

If the Galaxy are unable to catch Seattle Sounders FC in the Supporters' Shield chase -- they currently trail Seattle by three points -- but finish in second at the end of the season, then the CCL berth that Seattle won for finishing with the league's best regular season record will fall to the Galaxy. 

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Happy to have the (possible) safety net in case the Galaxy don't win the Supporters' Shield? Or do you think that LA should just go out and try to win the Shield -- and MLS Cup for that matter -- anyway? 

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15 September 12:12 pm

SANTA CLARA, Calif. –  Tommy Meyer made his first start for the LA Galaxy since July 19 and the defender did not miss a beat in the club’s 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.

In his first match since suffering a groin injury in Galaxy II’s August 9 match against Arizona United SC, Meyer was steady as the Galaxy were rarely tested over the course of 90 minutes. The lone blemish for LA's defense came in the 66th minute when Chris Wondolowski scored the Earthquakes' only tally of the afternoon.

“It was good and it was nice to get 90 minutes under my belt especially in a physical game against them,” Meyer told LA Galaxy Insider. “The game kind of got out of hand a bit [in the second half], but we made sure that we stayed focused. Even though we gave up a goal that we shouldn’t have, we gritted it out and got a point which is better than nothing.”

Meyer’s performance earned the defender praise from center back Omar Gonzalez who described the third-year center back as “solid” throughout his 90 minute shift.  His first performance since the World Cup break under his belt, Meyer is eager to become a regular in the Galaxy starting XI much like he did two years ago when the club made their run to a fourth MLS Cup title.

"The main thing is that I get 90 minutes under my belt,” said Meyer. "It’s nice to get back into the mix and put myself in a good position going forward.” 

13 September 8:45 pm

LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and Panama finished third at the 2014 Copa CentroAmericana on Saturday with their 1-0 victory over El Salvador. 

Defender Roman Torres scored the only goal as Penedo earned his second straight shutout of the tournament despite Los Canaleros playing a man down for the last 24 minutes in the match. The Galaxy 'keeper exits the tournament with two wins and a draw and just two goals conceded. 

Panama will be joined in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup by Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador. 

13 September 11:18 am

CARSON, Calif. -- With Jaime Penedo away on international duty with Panama, Brian Rowe is expecting to make his third consecutive start this month against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.

Rowe has started the last two games in net for the Galaxy while Penedo has been way with Panama at the Copa CentroAmericana, helping the Galaxy to a 1-0-1 record while conceding just two goals. Despite Panama's inability to reach the final, Penedo stayed behind to play in the third place match against El Salvador in Los Angeles before rejoining the Galaxy. 

With Penedo away and Brian Perk starting for Galaxy II in their USL PRO playoff match against Rochester Rhinos on Sunday, Rowe is expecting to get the nod in net once more. 

"You always go into games mentally preparing yourself to start," said Rowe. "I know I’ll prepare as if I’m starting. I’ll watch the film of San Jose and get ready."

If he does in fact get the start, Rowe expects a tough test from an Earthquakes side that while struggling, boasts a number of talented attacking weapons. 

"They have [Chris] Wondolowski up there who’s great about getting into good positions finishing off balls. He always had good movement around the box, you always have to keep him in mind," said Rowe. "They got good guys going forward. It’s going to be a smaller field up there, a little tighter atmosphere. We just  have to start off the game well defensively and try and get the three points."

10 September 10:40 am

MONTREAL -- In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "What to Watch For," Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino preview the match against the Montreal Impact.

Check it out below. 

09 September 4:24 pm

Bradford Jamieson IV started as the U.S. Under-20's earned a 1-1 draw against Argentina on Tuesday in the final match of their South American excursion. 

Zach Pfeffer scored the lone goal for the Americans in the 61st minute to help the U.S. end their international trip with a 2-0-1 record. The trip was a highly successful one for Jamieson who appeared in all three matches and scored twice in the team's 3-2 victory over the Defensa y Justicia Reserves last week.

The 17-year-old Galaxy Homegrown Player will now return to Southern California where he's expected to be available for selection for Saturday's USLPRO playoff match against  the Rochester Rhinos at StubHub Center.