MLS Regular Season
The LA Galaxy will take on the Colorado Rapids on Saturday as they look to move forward in their fledgling 2014 regular season campaign.
Ahead of the team's trip to Colorado, head coach Bruce Arena, right back Dan Gargan and forward Landon Donovan spoke to LAGalaxy.com about thematch.
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CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on former teammate Pablo Mastroeni on Saturday as the former LA midfielder turned Colorado Rapids will look to lead Colorado to a victory past his former club.
You can read my piece on the Galaxy facing off against Mastroeni here, but below Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena offers his take on whether playing success means a hill of beans when it comes to success in the coaching ranks.
"If that was the case, Diego Maradona would have been a great coach. Pele would be coaching. Ruud Gullit would still be coaching at Galaxy," Arena told LA Galaxy Insider earlier this week. "Playing experience…you can almost throw out the window when it comes to coaching. There is not a lot of correlation. It helps but there is not really a correlation. Coaching and playing are two different animals and two different skill sets."
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The LA Galaxy will return to action against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday and ahead of the match, the team issued an injury report that includes one member of their frequent starting XI.
Midfielder Marcelo Sarvas is listed as questionable due to a a knee issue and is joined on that list by goalkeeper Brian Perk (left adductor strain) and left back Todd Dunivant (abdominal strain). Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters earlier in the week that Dunivant was "unlikely" to participate against the Rapids on Saturday.
On Thursday, Dunivant spoke to the Corner of the Galaxy podcast and voiced his frustrations about his recovery.
"It's slower than I'd like. The frustrating part is that there's nothing that you can do about an abdominal tear," said Dunivant. "It's one of those injuries that is frustrating because you can't do anything, you can't do fitness, you can't [lift] weights because everything you do, you use your abs. It's frustrating from an athletes standpoint because you just have to be patient and rest.
"After giving it a couple of weeks, I tried to come back and everything was going fine, but it just wasn't fully healed yet," Dunivant said. "So we had to give it more time and back off, and that's where I am right now."
As for the timetable for his recovery, Dunivant is making no assurances that he'll be back by LA's match against the Portland Timbers next week.
"I'd love to say next game, but I really can't," Dunivant said. "This thing has been unpredictable and I have pain even just sitting up...I was out at training earlier this week on Monday and I was able to run and get around the field without too much difficulty, but then, I still can't sit up right or do a sit up without a sharp pain.
"It's healing, but it is not all the way there. I haven't even touched a ball yet and I still have to get through those reps," he continued. "It's going to be a little while longer and hopefully I can [make it back] quicker, but this thing has a mind of it's own and when it is ready to heal then it is going to be ready."
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the LA Galaxy's upcoming match against the Colorado Rapids.
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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.”