MLS Regular Season
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will meet expansion side Orlando City SC for the first time on Sunday, but even if the meeting will be the first between the two clubs, the Galaxy insist there is no mystery heading into the match.
Led Brazilian star Kaka, Orlando City has struggled to start season complying a 2-5-3 record. Despite their struggles, there is some temptation to consider them favorites on Saturday due to their wildcard status, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is quick to squash that thought.
“Everyone in our league knows each other. It’s not like there’s going to be any surprises. I think the new challenge in our league is going into new markets in the south,” Arena said. “You’re going to deal with the conditions, the heat, humidity and artificial fields. It’s another challenging aspect to everything.”
Added defender Omar Gonzalez, “Orlando is a brand new team, getting great crowds, they want to give their city a win but we can’t let that happen. We got to get a result. Our focus is on leaving there with either three points or one point.”
ROBBIE ROGERS STATUS IN QUESTION FOR ORLANDO GAME
LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers missed out on training for two consecutive, but LA boss Bruce Arena says he’s still deciding if the defender will travel with the club to Orlando.
According to the Galaxy’s injury report, Rogers is questionable for Sunday's game due to an ankle injury, but after training on Thursday, Arena told reporters that he remains undecided on the left back's travel status.
DIVISIONAL PLAY ONE DAY?
Bruce Arena earned plenty of headlines with his comments on the discovery process earlier this week, and the always opinionated Galaxy boss offered a few thoughts on how the league might evolve in the coming years as teams look to alleviate their hectic travel schedule.
“Major League Soccer right now is survival of the fittest actually over 34 games. There are so many things that are challenging. I think in retrospect at some point we’ll analyze this whole league and understand the combination of travel, the conditions we have that we may be better off with divisional play. I’m sure it’s something that will be need to be addressed. In certain aspects we do have divisional play. But we do play each other
Implementing divisional play would be a stark departure from the balanced schedule that teams typically play across the globe. However, with the league growing due to rapid expansion, Arena believes that a balanced schedule does not make sense at the time being.
“ou can’t have a balanced schedule with 20 teams. I don’t think we can fit 38 games in. it’s something to talk about down the road. The problem is the travel. It’s not playing in England where you get on a bus or you take an hour plane ride,” Arena said. “You're flying to two different countries, different time zones, different field conditions, different [climate] conditions. I think a home and home schedule would be extremely difficult for teams in the league to deal with. Especially the way we travel, flying commercial. It would be virtually impossible to do.”
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LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane says he's "on the mend" but plans to take his time coming back from groin strain
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane is on the mend but the LA Galaxy captain says that he’s still a week away from contending for a place in the team’s starting XI.
For a second consecutive day, Keane took part in light training with the Galaxy’s head of strength and conditioning, Daniel Guzman as he aims to return from a nagging groin strain. The strain has left Keane on the shelf for the last six straight matches, which is the longest amount of time missed the Irish striker has missed since joining the Galaxy back in 2011.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena contends that Keane is in high spirits as he makes his recovery but for the Irishman, the lengthy layoff has been difficult.
“I love playing. It’s been frustrating, but it’s the way it is. If it had been a good few years ago I probably would have been an absolute disaster in the locker room. I’m the worst person in the world to be injured,” Keane told reporters. “You have to make sure you look after yourself well and want to get back as quick as I can. I’m certainly on the mend; I just have to be very, very careful.”
Keane appeared ready to return from the injury several weeks ago but suffered a setback in training that caused him to miss even more time. In light of his setback, Keane admits to being more measured in his recovery, knowing that it is in his best interest not to rush back—no matter how much it hurts to be on the sidelines.
“For me, the most important thing is getting back to training by the end of this week or the start of next week and seeing how I am,” said Keane. “I’m not going to say, ‘I hope to be back next week’ because I thought I was going to be back two or three weeks ago, and I wasn’t. I just want to start concentrating on getting back training next week, and we’ll take it from there.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane was named to the Republic of Ireland's 33-man preliminary roster for their upcoming friendly against archrival England on June 7 and UEFA Euro 2016 Group D Scotland on June 13.
The Galaxy captain has not played in the team's last six matches due to a groin strain but could return to the training field this week ahead of the team's date with Orlando City SC. Currently all signs point to Keane being fit by the time that Ireland boss Martin O'Neill trims his roster on June 1.
Having a healthy Keane in the lineup will only boost Ireland's European Championship hopes as the Boys in Green currently find themselves in fourth place in Group D, two points behind the Scots.
LA Galaxy foe Dwayne De Rosario retires, but was his goal against the Galaxy the best in MLS history?
CARSON, Calif. -- Famed LA Galaxy rival Dwayne De Rosario announced his retirement via social media on Sunday after an 18-year career.
The all-time leading goal scorer for Canada, De Rosario earned a host of honors in Major League Soccer including four MLS Cups, six MLS Best XI's, seven MLS All-Star appearances, and one MLS MVP (2011). During his time in MLS, De Rosario suited up for the San Jose Earthquakes (2001-05), Houston Dynamo (2006-08), Toronto FC (2009-11), New York Red Bulls (2011), D.C. United (2011-13), and Toronto FC once more. (2014).
The greatness of "DeRo" is unquestioned but for our purposes, De Rosario's finest moment may have come on October 15, 2006 when he scored a beautiful bending goal for the San Jose Earthquakes against the LA Galaxy.
Was his goal the greatest of MLS history?
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In the latest edition of the LA Galaxy Insider breakdown, I take a look at new LA Galaxy signing Sebastian Lletget and give you a look on what he brings to the club.
Gyasi Zardes snaps goalless streak as Bruce Arena says the time is now for the LA Galaxy striker to go on a scoring run
FRISCO, Texas -- LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes ended his eight game goalless streak, but you can forgive the 23-year-old for being less than pleased with the performance after the LA Galaxy's 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas.
Starting as the lone striker, Zardes snapped his scoreless drought in the 59th minute by nodding in a Stefan Ishizaki corner past Dallas’ goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. The run itself was vintage Zardes as the 23-year-old wiggled free of a defender to create the space needed to nod the cross down to the far post.
After the match, Zardes was pleased with his second goal of the season, but admitted that the way the Galaxy conceded two goals in the final 15 minutes left him in a sour mood.
"Personally, it's good to get the goal but that's not my main priority,” Zardes told reporters after the loss. “My main priority is the team and getting more than a point on this road trip. It's difficult losing a point like this."
With Robbie Keane (groin strain) and Jose Villarreal (hamstring strain) still dealing with injuries, the Galaxy could use more offensive production from Zardes. After the match, head coach Bruce Arena admitted that the time is now for Zardes to go on a scoring run much like he did in 2014 when he ended the season with 16 goals.
"Let's hope," Arena said. "Let's hope."
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."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho honors "his dear enemy" Liverpool and LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard
Incoming LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard will lead Liverpool FC against their bitter rivals Chelsea for the final time this Sunday, but before he faces off against the Blues for one last time, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made sure that the Liverpool skipper knew just how he felt after years of heated rivalry.
In his pregame press conference, the always affable Mourinho waxed poetic about Gerrard, calling the Liverpool midfielder his "most favorite enemy" and stating that facing players of his caliber helped him become a "better manager." Mourinho also revealed that he attempted to sign Gerrard three times during his stints at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but each time Gerrard opted to stay with Liverpool due to his loyalty for the club.
Watch Mourinho's complete comments above.
The LA Galaxy may finally be adding another attacking midfielder to their arsenal.
Goal.com's Ives Galarcep reported on Wednesday morning that the former U.S. youth international Sebastian Lletget will be signing with the Galaxy on a free transfer from English club West Ham. To sign Lletget, Galarcep reports that the Galaxy will need to send allocation money to the New England Revolution who placed a discovery claim on the 22-year-old mifielder.
A native of San Francisco, California, Lletget spent the last five years with the Hammers but was unable to make an English Premier League appearance for the club. Lletget's lone first team showing came in the 2014 FA Cup competition. Although Lletget did not feature much for West Ham, the midfielder boasts U.S. youth international experience at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.
A central midfielder who can also play out wide, Lletget's reported signing could bring depth to a Galaxy attack that has dealt with injuries to Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal in recent weeks.