MLS Regular Season
CARSON, Calif. – Jaime Penedo is set to return to the fold this Sunday when the LA Galaxy take on Chivas USA in the SuperClasico.
Penedo was unable to suit up in LA’s last MLS match against Real Salt Lake on March 22 as he returned to Panama to finalize his visa, but is expecting to be back in the fold for Sunday’s match against LA’s cross-hall rivals.
“I feel good. I feel ready to play and to be able to support the team,” Penedo, who admitted that he, is still smarting over LA’s CCL defeat to Club Tijuana. “I think that I’m ready to support the team as soon as we play this weekend.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena also gave Penedo the green light stating that the goalkeeper is “close to 100 percent” and will “definitely be available” for the Chivas USA match.
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CARSON, Calif. – Once the Galaxy kick off on Sunday, it will have been 182 days since Landon Donovan tied up Jeff Cunningham’s MLS all-time regular season goal scoring record last October against Chivas USA. Now Donovan will have an opportunity to gain sole possession of the league’s goal scoring record against that same Chivas side.
The 32-year-old has yet to find the back of the net in LA’s two MLS regular season matches or their CONCACAF Champions League series against Club Tijuana, but has tallied a great strike record against Chivas with 12 goals in all MLS competitions. Donovan is expecting to be in the lineup on Sunday despite suffering from tendonitis in his knee during his time with the U.S. National Team earlier in the week which prevented him from starting against Mexico.
Although the SuperClasico is always a heated match despite LA’s dominance in the series standings, Donovan downplayed the idea that breaking the league’s goal scoring record against the cross-hall rivals would mean any more to him.
“I don’t think it would mean more because it’s against them, but I just like to score goals," said Donovan after training on Friday. "I feel like I've played pretty well in the first four games and I played okay the other night [against Mexico]. I feel like I’m doing well and moving well, but it’s always nice to hit the goal and I want to hit the goal.”
Donovan admits that he needs to be more selfish toward goal, but was quick to dispel any notion that the hunt for goal 135 is wearing on the attacker.
“I’m in a different phase. I don’t judge how I play based on if I score,” Donovan said. “I've played a lot of bad games where I scored then thought ‘oh, I’m great’ but I’d rather continue playing well and not score. I deserve for myself, I deserve to score. I deserve to score and I’m looking to score.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Rogers crossed a major hurdle in his road to recovery on Monday afternoon.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed that Rogers returned to full training for the first time since the opening week of the preseason. Rogers has been hampered with a stress reaction in his left ankle since January that the 26-year-old says occured due to overuse ahead of preseason preparations.
"It was very good to have him back for the first time ," Arena told reporters on Monday.
In other injury news, Kofi Opare has also begun preparations after dealing with a right adductor injury that occured during preseason. Arena states that Opare began initial training a week ago, but is making strides to return. No time line or schedule has been set for when the defender -- who is currently still technically on loan to LA Galaxy II -- will be able to suit up for the first team.
CARSON, Calif. -- Nine years ago today, Landon Donovan joined the LA Galaxy and changed the MLS landscape forever.
To commemorate the ninth anniversary of the star attacker's signing with the Galaxy, I look back at my top five Donovan moments in an LA kit on LAGalaxy.com.
But what was it like for Donovan's teammates when he joined the Galaxy after a brief stint in Germany?
"It was a shock to a lot of people since he was with the Earthquakes for so long and they were our biggest rival," Defender Todd Dunivant told LA Galaxy Insider on Monday. "At the time, Carlos Ruiz was our biggest player, but when Landon came it was just awesome. He's a game changer and helped us win the cup that year."
As for Dunivant's favorite Donovan moment?
"In 2005, we were the four seed in the playoffs going up against San Jose and in the first leg at The Home Depot Center, he scored a huge goal for us," Dunivant told LAGalaxy.com. "He snuck in behind their defense and got around Pat Onstad that put us up by two goals and gave us the confidence going into the road match at Spartan Stadium which was a tough place to play. He really gave us that extra boost and while a lot of people won't think of that moment, it was first major moment for the club and it set us on the path to winning that MLS Cup."
Check out video of that moment below at the 2:05:56 mark.
The LA Galaxy are off this weekend and as a way to recharge their batteries ahead of the long MLS season, the team's Brazilian contigent got into the Samba-spirit after training on Thursday and had a little bit of sing-a-long through the halls of StubHub Center.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- With James Riley lost to injury, the LA Galaxy will now trust in offseason signing Dan Gargan to add depth to the team's outside back positions.
Gargan was inserted in the 33rd minute of LA's 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake last Saturday after Riley's injury and gave a solid performance along the right side of defense against the defending Western Conference Champions. Now with Riley potentially out for several months due to possible surgery to repair an meniscus injury and A.J. DeLaGarza recovering from a left ankle contusion, Gargan is ready to provide defensive depth.
“I think I've been training well, and I think it was a little but unfortunate with a couple injuries that I had in preseason,” Gargan told reporters on Tuesday, “but I think Bruce has plenty of faith in me to get the job done. Obviously, you never want to see guys go down and it's unfortunate for James ... that's why Bruce put together the roster that he did that is experienced and comfortable playing multiple positions.”
Bruce Arena encouraged by injury status of A.J. DeLaGarza, but states James Riley "will probably require surgery"
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy received some mixed news regarding their injured defenders A.J. DeLaGarza and James Riley on Tuesday.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters following the team’s training session on Tuesday that DeLaGarza “will be all right” and require a week to get over a left ankle “contusion” that was suffered after a hard challenge from Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio during the 62nd minute of LA’s 1-1 draw in Salt Lake last week.
However veteran outside back James Riley was not so lucky as Arena stated that the 31-year-old will probably “miss some time” due to a left meniscus injury that will likely require surgery according to the Galaxy boss. The recovery time for a meniscus injury ranges from weeks to several months. Riley went down in the 29th minute of Saturday’s draw while evading a challenge from RSL midfielder Ned Grabavoy.
With Riley injured, the responsibility of filling in at outside back will fall to veteran Dan Gargan, who was solid in relief duty on Saturday.
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Rogers can’t hide his frustration from his latest injury that has kept him on the shelf since the start of the season.
Various injuries riddled the midfielder’s 2013 campaign and just weeks into the preseason, the 26-year-old was struck down again this time with what his doctors describe as a “stress reaction” in his left ankle that occurred due to “overuse” during the preseason.
While Rogers admits that his stop-start recovery has been a “frustrating” endeavor, the midfielder is hoping to return to full-timel training and possibly even game action at some point in April.
“It’s been frustrating. The bone is damaged with a stress reaction in left ankle. You move forward, train a day and then have to be out for a few days,” Rogers told reporters on Tuesday. “I’ve been making progress the past two weeks. Frustrating to have this kind of keep me inside and hold me back. I’ve been making a lot of progress, I think in the next two weeks I can train properly.”
Added Rogers, “It’s been six weeks [since the injury surfaced], I was in a boot for a few weeks and then I started jogging. I felt great today and I did some good running then next week I feel like I should be able to train properly with the team. Then I need to get fit and hopefully play some games with Galaxy II in about three weeks from today. That’s the perfect case scenario.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena didn't offer a timeline for Rogers' recovery, but stated that he is keeping a keen eye on the midfielder's progress.
“He’s just starting to get back. He’s been out a while,” said Arena. “We’ll see how he moves along over the next couple of weeks.”
But as confident as he is that he can turn the corner, Rogers admits that there is disappointment with the way that his 2014 season has begun.
“It’s tough," said Rogers. "It’s great to be out running, but I have to watch the guys play. I just try to watch games and try to stay in it as much as possible. It’s just frustrating though when you can’t do your job because of health reasons. It just sucks.”
LA Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perk is up for MLSsoccer.com's Save of the Week after his quick stop of Real Salt Lake attacker Ned Grabavoy that helepd preserve a 1-1 draw between the Western Conference rivals.
Perk made his first start since May 26, 2012 after starting goalkeeper Jaime Penedo missed the match to attend to his visa in Panama earlier in the week. The 24-year-old's save came in the 57th minute when he pounced on a low-rolling effort by Grabavoy toward the Galaxy near post.
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Robbie Keane's brilliant finish against Real Salt Lake is up for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week honors.
Keane tallied his first MLS goal of the 2014 campaign came during the 34th minute as he capitalized on an RSL turnover that led to a Galaxy break up field which ultimately culiminated in a near-post blast by Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando. For his role in LA's 1-1 draw, Keane was also named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week along with defender A.J. DeLaGarza.
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