MLS Regular Season

12 July 11:39 am

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's What to Watch For, I join Joe Tutino to break down the LA Galaxy's match against  Real Salt Lake.

Check it out below.

11 July 10:37 am

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that “it was in everyone’s best interest” that Brazilian forward Samuel returned to Brazilian Serie A club Fluminense.

The Galaxy announced on Thursday that the club had terminated the loan of the 23-year-old who scored just a single goal in 10 appearances across all competitions for the Galaxy.  Samuel is likely to receive considerable minutes upon returning to the Brazilian giants with incumbent starter Fred likely angling for a move after his stint with Selecao at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“It’s a good move for him. [Fluminense] had an interest in him coming back and we thought that it was an appropriate time to do that,” said Arena on Friday after the club's training session ahead of their match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. “He was a player that got better , but our style of play and our league is different and this was a new experience so it would have taken some time. At the same time, since the loan arrangement was only for one year, it would have taken him a year to make a [full] adjustment.

“At this point, it was probably in everyone’s best interest that he returned to Fluminense,” Arena added before mentioning that he was not surprised that the forward’s transition took as long as it did. “He was a really good guy who got better and we liked him. We’re sorry that it didn’t work out as quickly as we’d want, but it is not surprising. Sometimes the transitions can be quicker, but sometimes they take a little bit longer.”

With Samuel gone, the Galaxy boss said that the club is looking to make a move as they seek to contend for a fifth MLS Cup title.

“We’re looking to make an addition to our team at some point,” said Arena. “We do anything that we can to make our team better.” 

10 July 3:23 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Omar Gonzalez's status for the LA Galaxy's match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday is still up in the air according to head coach Bruce Arena. 

The Galaxy boss told reporters on Thursday that Gonzalez is still a possiblity for the RSL match, but his status is still in question as he did not participate in on-the-field training on 

"Possibly Saturday. We'll see how he's doing," he said. "We have him inside working." 

Gonzalez told reporters on Tuesday that he and the LA training staff were going to be "smart' about the ankle injury that the defender suffered in the second half of the U.S. National Team's World Cup round of 16 defeat to Belgium last week

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09 July 4:40 pm

CARSON, Calif. – There is no timetable for the return of injured LA Galaxy outside backs Todd Dunivant and James Riley, but the pair is moving forward in their rehabilitation.

Both players have been sidelined since April with Riley undergoing knee surgery while Dunivant has been sidelined with an abdominal tear that later required surgery of its own.  In recent days, the pair has been spotted running on the sidelines while their teammates train, but following training on Tuesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena stated that both players are nearing a return to training.

“[Dunivant] is making good progress. He will probably get back on the field next week,” said Arena. “Meanwhile [Riley] will get back on the field soon. He is doing very well.”

For Dunivant, The recovery has been a difficult one as he was forced to undergo surgery after his abdominal tear did not show signs of healing. Following the surgery, which took place early last month, Dunivant was confined to five weeks of rest that prevented him from working out with the team and made sleeping, laughing, and even talking loudly a chore.

“Having to sit around do nothing, I have never experienced anything like that. If you want to talk about torture for an athlete that is it—not being able to do anything,” said Dunivant. “You can sit around talk to the guys, but you can’t ride a bike, and can’t do anything. From that side of it, it was hard. But having the world cup break kind of helped, and we haven’t had many games at almost the third of the season, so we still have plenty of soccer to be played.”

Dunivant is being eased back into action by participating in extensive fitness protocol that will allow him to build up his game strength before he ever touches a ball. A method that the left back hopes will allow him to return to action injury free.

“We will start building that up and eventually we will be doing ball work,” said Dunivant. “Obviously, at some point getting some games with [LA Galaxy II] and go from there. It’s good, that’s what we have, and another huge benefit of that team is to help the guys like me out. It’s exciting.”

08 July 5:46 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- U.S. international Omar Gonzalez is back with the LA Galaxy, however, his return to the field may be delayed. 

In an interview with reporters after the Galaxy's training session on Tuesday, Gonzalez said that he is still dealing with the aftereffects of rolling his ankle during the second half of the U.S. National Team's 2-1 Extra Time defeat to Belgium in the Round of 16. 

"It was a pretty good injury there, but I'm still feeling it," Gonzalez said as he exited LA's training session at StubHub Center. "Still don't know if I'm going to be up for playing against Salt Lake. I'm practicing here, but practicing limited right now. But I'm going to try to get as fit as I can, make sure it's a smart move if I do end up playing. Because I want to be good for the rest of the season, and if I play and get hurt, maybe I'm out a little bit longer.

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena refused to shut the door on Gonzalez's participation in Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake, however. 

"We’ll see, it’s only Tuesday," Arena said. "He has been training the past few days. We’ll get into the week and see."

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08 July 4:14 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Other MLS players are attracting interest from abroad, but LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez says that his focus is on helping LA compete for MLS Cup. 

In an interview with Time Warner Cable Deportes' Elmur Souza, the Galaxy defender said that he has not received any offers from foreign clubs and is simply putting his focus in LA's 2014 MLS campaign. The statement comes amid speculation from Goal.com's Ives Galarcep that Gonzalez has interest from LigaMX club Cruz Azul

When asked later about his teammates interest abroad and his goals for the remainder of the season, Gonzalez said that his sole focus is on the Galaxy. 

"My goals right now are to get back on the field with the LA Galaxy and hit the ground running so that I can continue with the way that I'm playing," said Gonzalez. "I'm just looking to win another MLS Cup that's the only thing that is on my mind." 

08 July 9:51 am

LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez showed his mettle during the U.S. National Team’s campaign at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and now, he’s sharing much more.

Gonzalez has been featured in ESPN the Magazine’s annual Body Issue along with U.S. Women’s International Megan Rapione. In addition to baring all for the magazine, Gonzalez spoke to ESPN reporter Morty Ain about his fitness strategy, his College football scholarship offers in high school, recovering from ACL surgery in 2012 and, of course, his epic Thanksgiving day Saxophone session.

"Being in the Body Issue is a new experience for me. I don't usually hang out naked," said Gonzalez after training on Tuesday. "It was really fun and I'm happy that I did it. It's turning out pretty good and hopefully the fans enjoy it." 

The ESPN the Body Issue hits newsstands on July 11.

07 July 5:38 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV is bold. Just one look at his new Neymar-inspired hairdo and you can find that out. 

So it's no surprise that the LA Galaxy II star winger has set his sights on making his first team debut by the end of the 2014 season.

To date, Jamieson has managed five goals for Los Dos, which is second only behind Chandler Hoffman who has hit the back of the net eight times for the Galaxy USL PRO affiliate. While Hoffman and fellow Homegrown signing Raul Mendiola have seen time with the first team, Jamieson has yet to make an appearance despite being a key asset for head coach Curt Onalfo's side.

"I'd like to think that I can reach the first team before the season is over," Jamieson told LA Galaxy Insider after scoring his fifth goal in Los Dos' 4-1 win over Arizona United SC last week. "There are definitely games for our younger players where I can show what I have to give. I think that Bruce Arena and Curt have belief in the younger players because they wouldn't have the Galaxy II system if the end goal wasn't for us to all be up there." 

Until he reaches that pinnacle however, the precocious teenager is focusing on how he can improve his game so that once that call comes he's ready. 

"I've felt really positive lately," said Jamieson. "Finishing chances helps me know that I'm going in the right direction and after every game, I'm analyzing what I need to do so that I can pinpoint the places that I can be dangerous." 

04 July 10:52 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters following the team's 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Friday.

Check out his quotes below. 

(On Baggio Husidic’s substitution...)

ARENA: “I don’t think Baggio [Husidic] opened up the game but he was a fresh player and he did his job; helped create a couple chances for us there for sure… He did a good job.”

(On the team giving up the lead...)

ARENA: “Hard game, I think we were sloppy throughout the game, the effort was not consistent over the 90 minutes, for us to have that kind of energy in the last 15 minutes to get an equalizer and not have that energy for the entire game is a little disappointing I think we lost our concentration a little bit, we did a real sloppy job in defending on a couple of crosses that cost us goals and to their credit they did a good job. I think the referee missed a few calls there; cards he didn’t do a good job in that regard, but maybe had no impact on the game; we were inconsistent tonight. However the effort to get a point out of the game was terrific, the team did a real good job there.”

(On Landon Donovan not being awarded two penalty kicks...)

ARENA: “The second one I think is a red card because he’s going to goal and I don’t think the last defender matters, he’s denying a goal scoring opportunity. Plus he allowed that player to get away with not getting carded previous to that when he fouled someone from behind in the other half of the field and the referee let it go. The other one with Landon [Donovan] and [Danny] O'Rourke, I can’t see from my angle whether there’s contact or not so I don’t know…”

03 July 3:39 pm

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."