MLS Regular Season
CARSON, Calif. – If Landon Donovan is going to take hold of the MLS all-time regular season goal scoring record before the World Cup, he’ll have to do it fast.
With the 30-man U.S. preliminary squad for the World Cup congregating in Stanford, Calif., on May 14, Donovan has just two league matches left with the Galaxy, starting with Saturday’s match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
Although plenty of focus has been placed on Donovan’s pursuit of the league’s all-time regular season goal record, the Galaxy forward is putting little emphasis on the record.
“It’s been quite a while now that we’ve been talking about the goal,” said Donovan. “I want to keep playing well and have the team continue to play well. Eventually the goal will come, but right now the focus is on as a team.”
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In the latest edition of Cobi's Corner, LA Galaxy legend Cobi Jones sits down with U.S. National Team and Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez.
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CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers is getting significant time with Galaxy II, but according to head coach Bruce Arena, he’s got a ways to go before he returns to the first team.
Rogers went 83 minutes for Galaxy II in their 3-0 victory on Sunday while also drawing the foul that led to Rafael Garcia’s opening goal. The match was Rogers’ third appearance for Los Dos as he looks to return to full fitness after a stress reaction injury caused him to miss the preseason.
Arena has been keeping close tabs on Rogers during his stint with Los Dos, but admits that while progress has been made, the midfielder still has work left to do.
“He's played okay,” said Arena of Rogers performance with Galaxy II. “He has to be playing a bit quicker and move the ball better. He missed the whole preseason so he’s got to get fitter.”
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CARSON, Calif. – Despite making strides with his recovery, LA Galaxy left back Todd Dunivant is “unlikely” to suit up for LA during their match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday according to head coach Bruce Arena.
Dunivant, who was out running during training earlier this week, was not present during Galaxy training on Tuesday. Arena told reporters that the left back is “moving forward” and will be back training “soon” as he looks to recover from an abdominal injury that has sidelined him since LA's April 6 victory over Chivas USA.
With Dunivant unavailable, it seems likely that A.J. DeLaGarza will fill in out on the left side of defense on Saturday.
#LAGalaxy defender Todd Dunivant was running off to the side during the team's training session today. First time he's been out in weeks.
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) April 28, 2014
CARSON, Calif. -- The break is over and now the real work begins for the LA Galaxy.
The Galaxy returned to the training pitch on Monday following their third bye week of the 2014 MLS regular season ahead of Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The match with Colorado will effectively start the meat of LA's schedule as the Galaxy will not have another weekend off until the league's break for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
"It's good to be playing again," Husidic told LA Galaxy Insider. "We've had enough weekends off, it'd be nice to get in the rhythm of things."
Whereas the turf was a major issue in LA's match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Galaxy will need to deal with the elevation in Commerce City, which has caused problems for the Galaxy in the past. Husidic who admitted that he tired during LA's last trip to elevation when they drew with Real Salt Lake 1-1, admitted that LA has a blueprint for dealing with the elevation in the Rocky Mountain State.
"If we keep the ball then we don't have to run as much. Our goal is to keep possession like we have recently," said Husidic. "If we play our game and make the other team run, we make them tired."
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy are in the midst of yet another bye week that the team must savor because soon the grind of the MLS Regular Season will truly begin.
This weekend will serve as the Galaxy’s third off week of the 2014 campaign which was set in place—in large part—due to LA’s participation in the CONCACAF Champions League. Following this weekend’s bye, the Galaxy will not experience another weekend off until MLS action is halted due to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Once MLS action resumes, the Galaxy's campaign will truly begin as the team will play at least once each week until the season's end.
Although the schedule will pick up at a rapid pace after this weekend’s respite, the Galaxy actually believe that 2014 will bring a smaller work-load than past seasons.
“I think we actually see this as a lighter year, because we're not in the [next edition of] the Champions League. We're not playing extra games [down the stretch], so for us to play every week is fine. I personally would prefer to be playing regularly,” Landon Donovan told reporters earlier this week. “At different points of the season, which you're nicked up, you accept a bye week happily, but to have them so early is a little unnecessary, I guess. But it is what it is. I would think preferably we'd have them more late in the season, but that's the way it goes.”
But midfielder Stefan Ishizaki thinks that the bye week may turn out to be advantageous for LA ahead of their match against the Colorado Rapids next Saturday.
“Playing on hard turf in Vancouver made guys a bit sore and I think that it’s a good thing that we got that out,” said Ishizaki. “We can train hard during the bye week and then ease up our preparations as we get closer to the Colorado match.”
CARSON, Calif. – Todd Dunivant is expected to return to training “soon” and will possibly make his return to the training field next week, according to head coach Bruce Arena.
After training on Thursday, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena told reporters that Dunivant is “moving along pretty well” and “making good progress” in his recovery from an abdominal strain that has sidelined him LA’s April 6 3-0 win over Chivas USA.
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy center back Leonardo took plenty of flak his second half defensive error in LA’s draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but the Brazilian defender believes that he’ll rebound.
Following training, I asked Arena about how Leonardo moves forward and whether he simply needs to have a short memory or should focus on correcting the concentration error. The response from the Galaxy boss was worth noting.
“It has to be a little of both. I’m sure you’ve made mistakes in your life. Fell off your tricycle at some point and had to learn from that. You put the Band-Aid on and you get on with business,” Arena said. “That’s basically what we’re doing. It’s all part of life, but unfortunately for athletes especially defenders or goalkeepers, when they make a mistake, everyone is an expert and has it all figured out. Leo was involved in a lot of plays in that game where he was excellent. However, he did make a crucial error; we learn from it and move on.”
As for Leonardo, the center back is bullish about his ability to recover from performances like the match against the Whitecaps and the Club Tijuana defeat earlier in the year.
“It happens to players,” Leonardo admitted. “I think the thing to understand that when we face more complicated games you learn from your mistakes.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters a week ago that left back Todd Dunivant will be back on the training pitch this week, but whether or not that will happen still remains to be seen.
Dunivant has been sidelined with an abdominal injury since LA's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA as A.J. DeLaGarza has filled in for the veteran along the left side of defense. With yet another week off for the Galaxy until they return to action on May 3 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against the Colorado Rapids, Arena expects the extra rest to help Dunivant move forward in his recovery, but gave no assurances that the defender will be back soon.
"Anyone that's injured, you get more time to get better," said Arena. "I don't know yet though [about Dunivant's status]."
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was in New York City this afternoon on a media tour and took a moment to speak to Dan Patrick about his career, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the LA Galaxy.
During his interview, Patrick asks Donovan about any chance that he'd suit up for David Beckham's new side in Miami and while the Galaxy striker doesn't say never, one would doubt that he'd ever suit up for an MLS team other than the Galaxy in his career.
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