SEATTLE— The LA Galaxy were without captain Robbie Keane for Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC, but LA are confident that the team’s captain and leading scorer will be fit and ready to go once the team begins their postseason push.
A nagging injury forced Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena to leave Keane off the squad for the Supporters’ Shield deciding tilt. Although LA were clearly lacking Keane’s offensive spark on Saturday, Arena revealed postgame that the team thought it best to save the Irishman for the postseason which will begin Saturday with a match against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.
"He had a few nagging injuries and we thought it was best to keep him out so he would be ready for playoffs,” Arena said. “We also have to be careful with players on this field. This field is not perfect for a player that's not 100 percent."
SEATTLE -- The LA Galaxy will start the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs at the exact location where their postseason run ended 12 months earlier.
With FC Dallas' 2-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake clinched the third seed in the Western Conference and a date with the Galaxy on Nov. 1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. As the second seed, the Galaxy will host RSL in the return leg on Nov. 9 at StubHub Center. The times of both games have yet to be determined. The Galaxy went 1-1-1 against RSL this season with the lone draw coming at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 22.
LA have faced Real Salt Lake three times in the postseason in the past five years with RSL winning MLS Cup 2009 as well as the West Semifinals a year ago while the Galaxy booked their ticket to MLS Cup 2011 by defeating RSL in the 2011 Western Conference Final.
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It was the day that Edson Buddle truly lived up to his famous namesake.
LAGalaxy.com took a look back at Buddle's stunning strike in the 2010 Western Conference Semifinal on the club's social channels as part of a "Throwback Thursday" post. The goal itself -- which is my favorite Galaxy goal in club history -- came in the 38th minute of the club's 1-0 victory over Seattle on Halloween night in the 2010 Western Conference Semifinal. LA eventually went on to win the two-leg series 3-1 on aggregate, but according to former Sounder turned Galaxy defender James Riley, the goal was one of the key moments in the rivalry between the two clubs.
"This has always been a series between two of the best teams in MLS but the play that I remember most from the rivary was Edson Buddle’s trap, chest and volley from a place that you wouldn’t think that anyone would shoot from," said Riley. "Then we were just standing around thinking, ‘did that really just happen?’"
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy head to CenturyLink Field on Saturday to take on Seattle Sounders FC needing a win to keep their Supporters' Shield dreams alive and LA captain Robbie Keane is bullish that they can accomplish that very goal.
LA have had plenty of success in Seattle since the Sounders entered MLS in 2009, boasting an impressive 4-3-2 record in all MLS competitions. Keane has been at the forefront of much of that success with two goals in all competitions against the Sounders including a lovely finish that helped LA earn a 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field last October.
"It’s a tough place to go, but there’s no reason why we can’t go there and win," Keane said on Thursday. "No pressure on us. It’s theirs to lose. I would say to the players go out and enjoy yourself. As players it’s a normal game. It’s theirs to throw away. The pressure’s on them."
A win will not only assure that the Galaxy win their fifth Supporters' Shield in club history -- a league record -- but also clinch home-field advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs including the final.
With so much on the line, Keane says the mission is simple:,"Make no mistake, we’re going to Seattle to win the game. No question about that.
"The pressure’s on them. They have the points and the wins already. Are you going to go and sit back? I don’t think they have that kind of team really," added Keane. "It will be interesting to see how they play. We know we have to go and play. I think we’re better suited when we know that’s the case. I think the pressure’s 100 percent on them.
Following the LA Galaxy's 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, the club honored Landon Donovan on the ocassion of his final regular season home game at StubHub Center.
Club president Chris Klein stepped up to the mic to thank Donovan as well as Galaxy supporters, but when the Galaxy star stepped up to mic, he offered a bold guarantee. During his brief thank you message to fans and teammates, Donovan was curt stating that not only will the Galaxy bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Seattle, but the team will "win the Cup" come December.
You can see Donovan's pledge above.
Do you think Donovan is right? Will his guarantee come true?
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Ahead of his final regular season match at the StubHub Center, Landon Donovan sits down with ESPN's Kenny Mayne to discuss his plans after he retires at the end of the LA Galaxy's 2014 campaign.
In addition to discussing his plans to put on weight after his career ends, Donovan tells Mayne about his favorite moment at StubHub Center and his reasoning on why he deserved to be on the U.S. squad during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Check it out above.
CARSON, Calif. -- Nine years ago today, Landon Donovan joined the LA Galaxy and changed the MLS landscape forever.
To commemorate the ninth anniversary of the star attacker's signing with the Galaxy, I look back at my top five Donovan moments in an LA kit on LAGalaxy.com.
But what was it like for Donovan's teammates when he joined the Galaxy after a brief stint in Germany?
"It was a shock to a lot of people since he was with the Earthquakes for so long and they were our biggest rival," Defender Todd Dunivant told LA Galaxy Insider on Monday. "At the time, Carlos Ruiz was our biggest player, but when Landon came it was just awesome. He's a game changer and helped us win the cup that year."
As for Dunivant's favorite Donovan moment?
"In 2005, we were the four seed in the playoffs going up against San Jose and in the first leg at The Home Depot Center, he scored a huge goal for us," Dunivant told LAGalaxy.com. "He snuck in behind their defense and got around Pat Onstad that put us up by two goals and gave us the confidence going into the road match at Spartan Stadium which was a tough place to play. He really gave us that extra boost and while a lot of people won't think of that moment, it was first major moment for the club and it set us on the path to winning that MLS Cup."
Check out video of that moment below at the 2:05:56 mark.
Is MLS on the way to Miami?
Former LA Galaxy midfielder and world soccer legend David Beckham is set to deliver a special announcement on Wednesday on the state of a potential new expansion club in Miami, Florida.
Watch the announcement in the video below and feel free to comment on the proceedings.
The three goals selected were Omar Gonzalez's classy finish that helped the LA Galaxy defeat Juventus in the Guinness International Champions Cup on Aug. 3 at Dodger Stadium, Robbie Keane's brilliant chip of Nick Rimando in LA's victory over Real Salt Lake later in the month, and Sean Franklin's goal against RSL in the Western Conference Semifinal first leg at StubHub Center on Nov. 3.
Check it out below.
Jose Villarreal is joining Cruz Azul.
The 20-year-old striker was presented alongside new Cruz Azul signings for the upcoming Clausura tournament Rafael Baca, Xavi Baez, Marco Fabian, Michael Farfan, and Fausto Pinto on Saturday afternoon in Mexico. On Friday, the LA Galaxy declined comment on the reports of Villarreal's move to Mexico, but the club is expected to make an announcement early next week.
Although there are no official details on the move, it is my understanding that the deal is expected to be a year-long loan for Villarreal with an option for the Mexican side to purchase the forward. This could be a major boost for the Galaxy as Villarreal is likely to attract a hefty fee if he is successful in Mexico which would be used to further strengthen an LA side that fell in the Western Conference Semifinal round in 2013.
Presentación de los nuevos integrantes del equipo. José Villareal pic.twitter.com/lGBTdcHeFq
— CRUZ AZUL FC™ (@Cruz_Azul_FC) December 21, 2013
Presentación de los nuevos integrantes del equipo. pic.twitter.com/M7djGjqTcs
— CRUZ AZUL FC™ (@Cruz_Azul_FC) December 21, 2013