MLS Regular Season
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are throwing out the records when they take on the Portland Timbers on the Fourth of July.
Both the Galaxy (5-3-5) and Portland (4-5-8) have endured frustrating seasons that featured up-and-down form that has the two sides are currently outside the five Western Conference playoff places. For all the Timbers struggles, they still boast one of the league's most talented attacks that includes Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe and Fanedo Adi.
Against the Timbers, the Galaxy will look to extend their league unbeaten run to five games and build upon last Saturday's 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
"[Portland Timbers] are a little bit of a tricky team to scout. If you watch them last week against Kansas City, they lost the game, but you see so many flashes of greatness which is what you saw last year," said Landon Donovan. "It's dangerous because they're a team that if they turn it on then they're a very good team and they can beat you. We don't know what we're going to get, but we expect a really good game."
Club president Chris Klein reiterates LA Galaxy commitment to Designated Players to Corner of the Galaxy
Don't expect the LA Galaxy to be bringing in a new Designated Player any time soon.
Just don't rule it out either.
That was the message that Galaxy club president Chris Klein gave during his 10 minute interview with the Corner of the Galaxy podcast on Wednesday. Klein discussed several topics while also reiterating the club’s commitment to having three Designated Players.
“We've made a conscious decision right now that the three (Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez) that we have right now are the best path for us to a championship. If that changes and there’s significant interest in Omar and he gets sold now or in a year or two years, we're going to get another guy,” Klein told Corner of the Galaxy podcast. “It’s a constant discussion that we have and something that we're always going to be involved in. By no means does Kaka going to Orlando mean that LA is out of the Designated Player market. We're always in there and we're very aggressive in the space but we're going to do what is best and gives us our best chance to win.”
Klein also was quick to reiterate that the team is still a headline destination despite not currently having any vacant Designated Player slots.
“We'll always be in those conversations. We're very clear that we're always going to have three designated players if that’s what the rules are in this league,” said Klein. “I think what you're seeing now is that there are more teams that are willing to do what we have done. Like Orlando signing Kaka or New York City FC getting David Villa. We're always going to be in the discussion for designated players and we're going to continue to have them both internally and outside.”
The U.S. National Team saw their World Cup dreams come to an end on Tuesday as they fell 2-1 to Belgium in extra time.
After a stellar 120 minute performance in central defense, LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez offered a simple assessment for the Americans performance.
"I can tell you that everyone worked their t**s off," said Gonzalez.
The video of Gonzalez's comment is below.
Jaime Penedo saves a header from Steven Lenhart.
The LA Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes renew their hostilities on Saturday at Stanford Stadium as the MLS returns to full swing.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the team's match against San Jose.
Check it out below.
Count Robbie Keane among those LA Galaxy players who have work to do in order to return to full fitness ahead of the return to MLS competition.
In addition to fellow Designated Player Landon Donovan, Keane is among the Galaxy’s walking wounded heading into their game against the San Jose Earthquakes.
“I think that I did okay playing 120 minutes [against Carolina] just four days after getting back from [Ireland],” said Keane after LA's extra time U.S. Open Cup loss to the Carolina RailHawks earlier this week. “It’s not ideal to play 120 minutes, but it is what it is, but you deal with what happens and you get on with it.
Following training on Thursday, LA head coach Bruce Arena asserted that Keane—and Donovan—are dealing with knocks ahead of the California Clasico match.
"They've been behind our group for a long time, in terms of that," Arena said. "They've got a little catching up to do."
Landon Donovan's U.S. national team career may continue after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the LA Galaxy forward admits that he's unlikely to represent the U.S. once the 2018 edition in Russia rolls around.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated media reporter Richard Deitsch, Donovan talked about his broadcasting prospects and his future with the U.S. National Team after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Donovan admitted that he's unsure whether he'll continue after the tournament concludes, but regardless of his national team future, he doubts that he'll play at his fourth World Cup in four years time .
“There are not many guys who play at 36 or over,” Donovan told SI.com. “I try to never say never, but at this point it is pretty unlikely that I would be a part of that team based on how my body feels and based on how good our team has been. If I am playing in four years, that means we have not progressed enough, to be quite honest. As much as I would love to be there and play in Russia, I think it is better for our national team if I am not there.”
As for a broadcasting career, Donovan told reporters last week that he was enjoying the gig with ESPN and reiterated that to Deitsch.
“Obviously I have to balance it with my real job, which is playing soccer,” said Donovan. “That takes priority now, but we have already had quite a few discussions with different people about post-career stuff. I’m not quite there yet, but it is good to know people are interested and I am hopeful that interest continues.”
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane's goalscoring prowess leads to plenty of accolades and in July, he'll have an opportunity to add yet another to his sterling resume.
On Wednesday, ESPN announced that Keane was among the four players nominated for the Best MLS Player ESPY Award. Joining Keane on the list are Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee, New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill and Montreal Impact striker Marco Di Vaio.
In 2013, Keane finished as a finalist for the league MVP award with 16 goals and 11 assists in 23 appearances. He's kept up his impressive scoring rate this season with seven goals and three assists in 11 games played.
Online voting for the award ends on July 16.
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena chose not to address the media following the Galaxy's U.S. Open Cup defeat to the Carolina RailHawks instead associate head coach Dave Sarachan spoke to reporters after the loss.
His thoughts are below.
On his thoughts on the match:
SARACHAN: “When we come here it’s always a game that’s going to be a battle. Colin [Clarke] does a good job getting their guys upward. We had enough chances to win the game. When you have that many shots on goal, and chances and don’t put them away then you keep teams in it. And that team fought like crazy, kept us at a zero and they made one play, this was a one play night. It’s the way soccer is sometimes.”
On how deflating the match was, after the Galaxy was not able to find the back of the net:
SARACHAN: “Well, it’s frustrating, it’s the way I’d put it. It’s frustrating. In a competition where if you lose, you’re out. We’ve seen it a lot in soccer, where a team dominates and doesn’t win and that was the way it was tonight. It’s very deflating and frustrating. Our guys have spent and put a lot of effort into this game and it’s a quiet locker room because they are disappointed and because they put everything out there.”
On what the team’s overall goal was going into the tournament:
SARACHAN: “It’s a competition for a trophy, and anytime you have competitive athletes like we do, what we talk about is we want to win trophies. Obviously by winning this trophy, it does get you into the [CONCACAF Champions League] but you don’t shoot for that immediately you just want to continue to advance and at the end of it you win a trophy and then get the spoils at the end of that. So that’s really where we were at.”
On why the “A” team was used this year as opposed to the previous two years in U.S. Open Cup action:
SARACHAN: “Well, over the past few years we’ve played this competition with a very congested schedule, and we had other competitions. So we had to mix and match, this was the year where we had an opportunity to bring fresher guys and more of a first line guys that were able to contribute and we still have had a layoff so I think a few of our guys were rusty tonight but on paper we clearly had our strongest lineup.”
On how the team now looks ahead of the match against San Jose on Saturday:
SARACHAN: “Well we have depth this year; we’re going to have to asses guys after the trip. It’s all part of the process. I think we are going to have some sore bodies no question so we have to then see where we are at.”
On his thoughts on the play of Carolina’s goalkeeper Scott Goodwin:
SARACHAN: “Well he made, I don’t know what the stats were, but he made a lot of saves tonight. A lot were in his range. I don’t remember him being really stretched to take one out of a corner but fair play to him and not only that, it felt like an NHL hockey game. That must have been, I swear, 30 blocked shots tonight. Guys diving in front of balls, crosses picked out, so that’s a testament to the group of fighting and digging in but the goalkeeper had a good night.”
On the field and the atmosphere:
SARACHAN: I think it was outstanding except the lighting was terrible. Whether that was taken into consideration, at 7 o’clock it’s terrific; at 9 o’clockit’s not great. So if I had any complaints, or there were any complaints, is that it’s not conducive to a night game to be fair. Now, did it play into us losing? Probably not, but if you’re going to host it, you need the proper set up. But other than that I thought it was a good environment, really. The field played great.”