CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy continued their preparation for Sunday's MLS Cup Final against New England Revolution.
During training, Mora Photography and Galaxy Photographer Hana Asano captured training and the press conference with both LA and the Galaxy.
Following training, Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas reflected on the team's mood ahead of Sunday's game.
"It's the moment that we've been waiting for, for so long. At training, everyone is happy and motivated," said Sarvas. "You can sense that everyone is ready for this big game."
Robbie Keane on MVP: "I'm delighted to win the award, but I'd trade it in for a championship on Sunday"
LOS ANGELES -- When Robbie Keane arrived in Southern California in 2011, he made a simple yet powerful declarative statement: "I'm not coming here for a vacation."
It's pretty clear that he’s backed up those words in his three-and-a-half years with the Galaxy.
On Wednesday, Keane was named the 2014 MLS Volkswagen MVP after a stellar season that saw the Irish striker score 19 goals and 14 assists to lead an LA team that led the league in scoring. Even as Keane basked in the success of his most recent season, many focused on the forward’s great success with the club since joining the team in 2011.
Whereas previous incarnations of the Galaxy fell short of titles in 2009 and 2010, when Keane was introduced, the Galaxy pushed their way to the top, winning two straight MLS Cups in 2011 and 2012. And because of that, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena was not shy to declare Keane that Keane was missing piece that LA needed to truly contend for the league’s top prize.
“I’ve watched Robbie for years and there was always something in the back of my mind that this was the type of player that we want to get in this league and that I’d love to have on my team one day," said Arena. "We were very fortunate when we had the opportunity to get him from Tottenham.
“He sets the tone for our team every day. He’s good with the young players, he gets our team ready to play,” Arena added. “Those are things that you don’t see in the box score, but he’s that valuable for our team each and every day.”
But as you might expect from a player labeled the missing piece to a championship side, Keane’s focus is not on winning individual honors, but rather the real title that will be awarded on Sunday.
"It's great to be recognized by your fellow professionals and the media. I'm delighted with the award, but I'd certainly trade it in for a championship on Sunday," said Keane. "These awards mean something, I'd be a fool if I said that it didn't, but if we didn't win the championship then it wouldn't mean that much to me. If we win, it'll cap off a great year for me and for our team."
LA Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki finished third in the voting for the 2014 MLS Newcomer of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Pedro Morales took home the award after scoring 10 goals and nine assists for a Whitecaps side that returned to the postseason in 2014. Ishizaki came in third with just under seven percent of the vote while New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones finished second with nearly 35 percent of the vote.
Ishizaki's Galaxy and Jones' Revolution will face one another on Sunday in the 2014 MLS Cup final at StubHub Center.
LOS ANGELES -- LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has been a revelation since joining the club midway through the 2011 season, but just how long can the team's influential Irishman keep going?
Keane tallied 19 goals and 14 assists during a banner season withthe Galaxy as he lifted the club to a fourth MLS Cup appearance in just six years. However, at 34 years of age, the Irishman is rapidly bcoming one of the older players in MLS, but don't let that age fool you because he's still going strong.
Rather than hang up his boots like his teammate Landon Donovan -- who is two years is senior believes that he can keep on going for at least another four years.
"Listen, you can't predict what is going to happen in the future with injuries and stuff like that Unfortunately, some people have to retire through bad injuries, but if I can keep myself fit then I can keep going] because the motivation is there and the hunger is there," said Keane. "If my legs, I can't help that but I'm going to have that desire and hunger for a long time.
"I've played with players over the years in England who at a certain age didn't have the hunger to carry on, but that's when people's levels of quality dropped."
LOS ANGELES -- I had an opportunity to speak to LA Galaxy captain and 2014 Volkswagen MVP Robbie Keane after he was named Most Valuable Player.
Check out my conversation with Keane above.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy had three players named to MLS Best XI, the league announced on Tuesday during MLS commissioner Don Garber's State of the League address.
Galaxy stalwarts Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane were named to the league's Best XI on Tuesday after banner seasons for an LA squad that finished with finished with the league's second best record. The selection is an MLS record seventh for Donovan while Gonzalez was named to the Best XI for a foruth time while Keane earned his third selection in a row.
The trio’s inclusion marks the first time that the three Galaxy Designated Players have all been named to the MLS Best XI in the same season.
LA Galaxy stalwarts A.J. DeLaGarza and Juninho expecting to be ready for MLS Cup Final date with New England Revolution
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are expecting to be back to full fitness -- or at least close to it, when they kick off in the MLS Cup Final against the New England Revolution on Sunday.
A.J. DeLaGarza (left hamstring strain) was the most glaring absence from the squad that dispatched Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but in an interview with reporters the morning after, the 27-year-old said that he expects to play in MLS Cup this weekend.
"I feel a lot better. I've been working out the last couple of days, but I didn't train too much in the buildup to the last game against Seattle so it wasn't right to go out in a situation like that especially on that turf. You saw that Osvaldo Alonso was not himself and he had two weeks to get ready for that," said DeLaGarza. "I'll be fine this weekend. I'm going to get back into full training."
Another question mark is Juninho who played the hero for the Galaxy with the series-clinching goal against the Sounders. It appeared that the Brazilian suffered an injury in the 87th minute that forced Bruce Arena to pull him from the match when a subsitution of another banged up player (Marcelo Sarvas) was already in the cards.
Despite needing to be helped off the field, Juninho insisted after the game that he'll be ready for Sunday's meeting with the New England Revolution.
"It was so cold out there and at the end of the game there is a lot of pressure so I felt a cramp," said Juninho. " I'm good though. I'll be good for the next game."
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters on Sunday after the LA Galaxy's 2-1 defeat to Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field that saw the team advance 2-2 on aggregate thanks to the away goals tiebreaker.
Arena's comments are below.
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says Seattle chill will have no impact on match with Seattle Sounders FC
SEATTLE— The LA Galaxy will have to deal with both Seattle Sounders FC and the Pacific Northwest chill when they take the field on Sunday evening at CenturyLink Field.
According to Sounders blogger Frank McDonald, the temperature for kick off could be the coldest in the Sounders’ five year history in MLS. Currently, the forecast calls for 34 degree temperatures by kick off which would surpass the previous coldest Sounders’ kick off on record which was a sweltering 39 degrees for a match against Real Salt Lake in March.
Although the temperatures will certainly be a factor for all those in attendance at CenturyLink Field, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says that it won’t impact either side.
“For players, the conditions are neutralized after a few minutes. Bodies adjust and get warmer,” Arena said on Saturday at the team's hotel. “Players like these conditions because it's not raining and there is not a lot of wind so I think it'll be good for both teams.”
SEATTLE- The day is finally here: LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC for a berth in the MLS Cup.
In the latest edition of the LA Galaxy TV Insider Breakdown, I take a look at three facets of the Western Conference Championship second leg.
Check it out above.