MLS Regular Season

25 July 4:53 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- After their first practice since their 7-0 Chevrolet Cup defeat to Manchester United, the LA Galaxy were defiant that there will be no "post-friendly hangover" as they look ahead to their pivotal match against Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Monday. 

The Galaxy reaction to their disappointing defeat was pointed and the social media response was even greater, but despite the frustration, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena shrugged off any concerns that his team could be unprepared for Monday. 

"We don't worry about these exhibitions whether we're on the positive side or the negative side. They are exhibitions," said  Arena. "They're to entertain the people that attended. They're not to decide how good you are or how bad how they are. 

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane -- who was by far the most frank after the defeat -- admitted that the Galaxy will need to put the loss behind them quickly, if they'll complete with a Sounders team that is currently at the top of the MLS standings. 

"As far as I'm concerned it's gone anyway. It's no reflection of how we've been doing and the hope is that the players forget about it," said Keane. "After all, what's the point? We didn't win anything, we didn't lose anything, we lost the game, but we couldn't any points from it so in that respect, it didn't really matter."

25 July 1:19 pm

The LA Galaxy will be playing Seattle Sounders FC in Monday night Soccer action at CenturyLink Field early next week. 

Ahead of the match, check out this video that repurposed the MLS ad for the game to the music from Monday Night Football, the video had everything except for some of MNF's colliding and exploding helmets that were so emblematic of their coverage over the past 25 years.

24 July 12:30 pm

PASADENA, Calif. – The LA Galaxy admitted that they received a major lesson in the “little things” in their 7-0 defeat to Manchester United at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Throughout the defeat—which was LA’s largest defeat in a friendly match— United. Following the match, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and captain Robbie Keane stressed that LA could learn plenty from the crisp passing and quick movement that United displayed throughout their runaway victory.

A lesson that second-year Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes took to heart.

“I felt like we learned that when the pressure is on that we have to deal with it,” said Zardes after the defeat. “We can definitely learn from United who are a fast team whose speed of play is superb. We can definitely start working on our own speed of play…I still feel like this was a good game going into our Seattle game so we get prepared mentally and physically.”  

But for Landon Donovan, it’ll be important that the players apply those lessons heading into the all-important match against Seattle Sounders FC on Monday.

“You see what happens at higher level [where] everything happens at least a second or two faster. The speed of thought, the speed of play, the way they move, the way they react to things—technically, tactically, all those things,” said Landon Donovan.  “And you hope when you come out of the game, especially the young guys, that they are not saying ‘Oh my god, they were so amazing,’ but ‘they do all the little things right’ and ‘how can I be better individually.’”

22 July 12:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy Under-18 forward Adonis Amaya was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s West Player of the Year and the Galaxy Academy earned a host of other honors in the USSDA’s end of season awards last Saturday.  

Amaya earned the Player of the Year nod after scoring 25 goals for the Galaxy U-18 side while helping them finish at the top of the Southwest Division. The Galaxy Academy striker is committed to U.C. Santa Barbara where he will play his college soccer this fall.

The Galaxy Academy also took home the honor of the best overall club in the West after a successful season that saw the team’s U-14 side excel in their first campaign, the U-16’s win the Developmental Academy title and the U-18’s win the Southwest Division.

In addition to the overall honors, the champion Galaxy U-16’s had two players (defender Malcolm Jones and midfielder Rey Ortiz) named to the West Best XI. On the U-18 side Amaya was joined on the West Best XI by forward Jamie Villarreal. 

22 July 10:17 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to test themselves against one of the world’s largest clubs on Wednesday when they take on English powerhouse Manchester United at the Rose Bowl Stadium (7:30 p.m. PT, Fox Sports 1).

LA has a lengthy history of international matches having played a total of 90 exhibitions in their history while carrying a 40-25-29 record. LA’s greatest high profile win in such a friendly came just a year ago when the Galaxy defeated Italian giants Juventus in an exhibition at Dodger Stadium.

Such friendlies have become part and parcel of MLS since its inception and although they've become a yearly staple, they still provide plenty of excitement for LA's squad. 

“It's a friendly game, so preparation for them for their upcoming season. For us we're in the mix of a season halfway through,” said Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. “I think it will be a good test for the younger players, good experience to play against top players. I know they're looking forward to it. And of course I am [looking forward to] seeing players I've played against for a long time. I'm looking forward to it.”

Added Omar Gonzalez, "A Lot of these fans here [in Southern California] don't have the money or the time to go all the way to England watch United live. For United do to this tour and come play here it's great for the fans and great for the continued growth of football.

"We want to give the fans a great game."

21 July 2:04 pm

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after scoring three goals last week. 

Keane tallied two goals in LA's 5-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Wednesday and then added another in LA's 2-1 road defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.  With his three goals, Keane has now scored 10 goals this season which gives him a double digit goal total for the third consecutive season. 

In addition to Keane meaning the Team of the Week, Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes was placed on the bench after notching a brace of his own against New England. 

20 July 12:21 pm

17 games played and 17 games to go for the LA Galaxy. 

Currently, the team finds themselves him third place in the Western Conference with a 7-4-6 record and 27 points. At this point of the season, the Galaxy are currently first in the league in fewest goals allowed with just 16 while the club has scored 26 times which is third-lowest in the West.  Although the results may not be ideal, but they are an improvement from the team's 2013 record at the midway point of the season when the club registered a 7-7-4 record with 25 points.  

Robbie Keane currently leads the Galaxy in scoring with 10 goals and six assists so far in the season.  Gyasi Zardes is second in goals scored with six while Landon Donovan and Stefan Ishizaki are second to Keane in assists with four apiece. 

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19 July 8:01 pm

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media following the team's 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

The defeat snapped LA's eight game unbeaten run. 

(On LA Galaxy’s 2-1 loss to Sporting KC…)
 
ARENA: “We started the game with 11 and ended the game with 11. We were just outplayed the first half. We played a poor half. The formation was off without Omar (Gonzalez) and injuries, which isn’t an excuse. We were just outplayed in the first half.”
 
(On Robbie Keane and Andy Gruenebaum’s collision in the second half...)
 
ARENA: “I think it should have been a foul [on Gruenebaum]. I don’t think it’s a red card but if a field player passes a ball and a player goes through, it’s a foul. So it’s a foul on the play; it’s a free kick. It doesn’t need to be a red card. But it’s a foul and it has to be a free kick. Like the foul they had that they scored a goal on—those are fouls. And the referee needs to call them. I don’t think it’s a red card.”
 
(On whether it was frustrating for LA to concede early to a Sporting team that wanted to press early...)
 
ARENA: "Nah. We knew what was going on. We played poorly." 
 
(On Bradford Jamieson IV's MLS debut and first career MLS assist...)
 
ARENA:  "The young player did well. He's only 17 and we think that he's going to be very good in this league."
 
(On Tommy Meyer's play at right back...)
 
ARENA: "Tommy did fine." 
19 July 4:14 pm

Robbie Keane is headed to the MLS All-Star Game for a second consecutive time.

MLS announced Keane's selection as well as the rest of the roster for the MLS All-Star's match against German giants Bayern Munich at JELD-WEN Field in Portland on Aug. 6. Keane currently leads the LA Galaxy in scoring with nine goals and six assists so far this season. 

Keane joins Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez who were named to the MLS All-Star Game through the Fan XI last week. 

The complete roster for the MLS All-Star Game is below.

Goalkeeper:Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders:Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders:Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards:Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

17 July 5:32 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The question of who should be the starting striker tandem is one of the main topics among LA Galaxy circles. However, based on the meteoric rise of Gyasi Zardes, it may not be a debate much longer.

The Galaxy won two titles with the strike force of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, but in recent weeks it has been Zardes who has started alongside the Irishman thanks to his torrid scoring run of six goals in five contests. LA’s pairing of Keane and Zardes bore fruit again on Wednesday with both strikers tallying a brace in the team’s 5-1 victory over the New England Revolution.

While Donovan and Zardes have often swapped positions in recent months, Keane told reporters that it may be time stop thinking of the second-year attacker as a midfielder.

"As long as he keeps continuing to learn and keeps continuing to score goals, and understanding how to be a striker and playing with someone else," said Keane. "It’s not about just running in behind, it’s about linking up and playing with people and understanding when you play up front it’s a partnership and understanding when I have the ball he has to run off and understand where he’s going to go.

“Most of the time I’ll find him. If not, I’ll try to find him. I keep telling him just get in behind and I’ll find him."

And it’s Keane’s vocal nature that Zardes attributes to his ability to find spaces behind opposing defenders and create dangerous scoring opportunities.

“I definitely have been listening to Robbie," Zardes told reporters on Wednesday night. "He’s constantly talking to me, even throughout the game. He’s giving me little tips on what he’s going to do, and he told me to pay attention to the first ball once you’re running through. We worked on it in practice, and we did it in the game. When Robbie gets the ball at his feet, I know he’ll find me.”

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Who should start up top for the LA Galaxy when they play Sporting Kansas City on Saturday? Do you prefer the tandem of Keane and Donovan or Keane and Zardes?

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