MLS Regular Season
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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Another week, another MLSsoccer.com Save of the Week nomination for LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
Penedo was nominated for his quick reaction stop of a Pedro Morales deflected shot in the first half of LA’s 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Dan Gargan looks like he’s here to stay on the right-side of the LA Galaxy defense.
The 31-year-old put forth another strong performance on Saturday as he notched his second assist in three starts. Gargan’s two helpers place him in a four-way tie for the team lead.
Gargan’s brightest moment came in the 38th minute when he launched a diagonal ball onto the head of Baggio Husidic who knocked it toward Stefan Ishizaki, who nodded a shot past Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted for the game’s first goal.
“It’s something that Bruce has encouraged for me to get involved in the attack and take the space when it’s available. When that opportunity opens up, I want to do whatever I can help,”Gargan told reporters after the game. “If that’s pushing forward and being an option then great, but if nothing else, then I’d like to pull teams wide and give Robbie [Keane] and Landon [Donovan] options going forward.”
The veteran defender also excelled on the defensive side of the ball as he made five recoveries, two clearances and one interception during the draw. Despite his success, head coach Bruce Arena admitted that the Galaxy have yet to see the best that the defender has to offer.
"Dan had a solid game,” the Galaxy coach said. “We're moving him along, he needs a few games to get full match fitness, but he's doing well."
TWCSN's Kelli Tennant soldiers on with telecast despite taking a ball to the head prior to Vancouver Whitecaps match
Those Time Warner Cable SportsNet pregame and postgame shows are getting mighty interesting.
A week after Landon Donovan videobombed my own live hit during the TWCSN postgame show, Galaxy sideline reporter Kelli Tennant had a little unintentional fun of her own during the pregame show when she was knocked in the head by an errant Vancouver Whitecaps shot ahead of the LA Galaxy's 2-2 draw last Saturday. It appears that TWCSN producer Joel Bengoa attempted to block the shot from colliding with Tennant, but his outstretched arm was unable to make the stop.
Tennant's composed reaction made international news and you can see the video below.