MLS Regular Season

13 September 11:18 am

CARSON, Calif. -- With Jaime Penedo away on international duty with Panama, Brian Rowe is expecting to make his third consecutive start this month against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.

Rowe has started the last two games in net for the Galaxy while Penedo has been way with Panama at the Copa CentroAmericana, helping the Galaxy to a 1-0-1 record while conceding just two goals. Despite Panama's inability to reach the final, Penedo stayed behind to play in the third place match against El Salvador in Los Angeles before rejoining the Galaxy. 

With Penedo away and Brian Perk starting for Galaxy II in their USL PRO playoff match against Rochester Rhinos on Sunday, Rowe is expecting to get the nod in net once more. 

"You always go into games mentally preparing yourself to start," said Rowe. "I know I’ll prepare as if I’m starting. I’ll watch the film of San Jose and get ready."

If he does in fact get the start, Rowe expects a tough test from an Earthquakes side that while struggling, boasts a number of talented attacking weapons. 

"They have [Chris] Wondolowski up there who’s great about getting into good positions finishing off balls. He always had good movement around the box, you always have to keep him in mind," said Rowe. "They got good guys going forward. It’s going to be a smaller field up there, a little tighter atmosphere. We just  have to start off the game well defensively and try and get the three points."

13 September 10:24 am

CARSON, Calif. -- A.J. DeLaGarza is back with the LA Galaxy. 

The club confirmed on Saturday that the defender has rejoined the team after the burial of his infant son Luca earlier in the week. DeLaGarza will be available for selection for the Galaxy's match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The return of DeLaGarza is a major boost for the club's outside back depth as Dan Gargan is suspended for the match due to yellow card accumulation while Todd Dunivant remains injured with a groin issue. Both outside backs James Riley and Robbie Rogers are returning from injury. 

12 September 7:00 pm

Even if you aren't the biggest soccer fan, you most likely play EA Sports' widely popular game FIFA, and later this year, the Vancouver-based company will unveil their FIFA 15 edition. 

Above, you can see the trailer for the latest edition which you can preorder now. Also in FIFA news, LA Galaxy stiker Landon Donovan was named to FIFA's Team of the Week. 

10 September 9:01 pm

MONTREAL -- Head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters after the Galaxy's 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact.

His thoughts are below. 

(On whether he was pleased with how the team fought back in the second half…)

ARENA: I have to give the guys credit, but we weren’t good enough. We didn’t play tonight. To get a point when you’re down two goals, I guess I can’t complain a lot, but on the night we weren’t good.

(On the tactical switch at half time, putting in Robbie Rogers…)

ARENA: We switched to a back four because we don’t have the players capable of making the kind of adjustments that I asked them to make with a back three. That’s my responsibility. I’d like to see that we had players with a bit of a more tactical feel, but it’s obvious that some of them don’t and it’s not the appropriate formation to play so that’s my responsibility as the coach. At halftime the message was to get a goal in, to get back in the game. After the second goal, I thought we would win the game but in the end we just weren’t sharp.

(On the team getting a point in the game…)

ARENA: There’s still a point out of that and considering that we made a mess for ourselves, that we got a point out of it was good. But we need to be better over 90 minutes than we were tonight. … They fouled us tactically and made some good fouls and if we were a little smarter, we’d have done the same and probably avoided a couple goals.

(On Zardes, Gordon and the offense…)

ARENA: He’s been good and unfortunately for Gyasi, I had to stick him out wide to get Alan in. Alan gets a goal and he’s doing a great job. We looked a little tired and we weren’t clicking.

(On Karl Ouimette tonight…)

ARENA: I am happy to be part of the MLS and to see how they treat their players when they are in grief. My heart goes out to Karl and his family and I was happy to see the support he got from the fans here in Montreal tonight. If there is anything that I’m proud of it’s that we could recognize those families.

(On Landon Donovan as possible MLS MVP candidate….)

ARENA: That’s not for me to talk about. That’s for all of you [reporters] on your websites and your Twitters. It’s not important at this point and I don’t want to get involved in that conversation. [Besides] isn’t it September now?  He’s playing well. 

09 September 2:54 pm

MONTREAL -- The LA Galaxy will look to extend their five-game winning streak to six on Wednesday when they take on the Montreal Impact. 

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the team's recent offensive success. 

08 September 4:41 pm

One day, Gyasi Zardes will like to be the leading goal scorer in MLS, but while that distinction will likely elude him this year, with his incredible goal tear this summer, he's already setting records. 

With two goals in the LA Galaxy's 6-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids, Zardes brought his goal total on the year to 14 which set the all-time single season goal tally for MLS Homegrown Players. Zardes' mark of 14 bested New England Revolution attacker Diego Fagundez, who scored 13 goals a season ago. 

In all, Zardes has scored 17 goals in all competitions this year after only scoring four times last year.

08 September 3:13 pm

LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes is one of the hottest players in MLS and on Monday, he was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. 

Zardes scored twice in the Galaxy's 6-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. In total, Zardes has 14 goals on the season and with his brace, he broke Diego Fagundez's single-season goal mark among MLS Homegrown Players. 

Baggio Husidic and MLS Player of the Week winner Landon Donovan were named as TOTW honorable mentions. 

07 September 11:25 am

CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy will be without defender Todd Dunivant for at least the next month.

The Galaxy's 33-year-old left back told reporters at training on Sunday that the he will be out for around six weeks with a left groin tear. Dunivant needed to be stretchered off the field in the 26th minute after suffering the injury during a collision with a Rapids attacker minutes earlier. The injury is the second long-term injury for Dunivant this season as he only recently returned from abdominal surgery that was needed to repair an abdominal tear suffered in April.

"I had the MRI yesterday. It was a pretty significant tear," said Dunivant on Sunday. "I can't walk straight. It sucks."

With Dunivant out, the Galaxy's outside back depth appears thin as veteran James Riley is only now returning from a left meniscus tear, and made his first gameday roster on Friday since suffering the injury in March. Meanwhile Robbie Rogers is continuing to deal with a left hamstring strain that forced him from the gameday squad against the Rapids.

“It’s been bizarre in that outside back is where we’ve had the most trouble [with injuries],” said Landon Donovan. “Guys have stepped in and they’ve done a great job. It’s been a bit a mish-mash of guys throughout the year, but through all of that, we still have the best defensive record in the league and we’re still playing well defensively.”

At training on Sunday, Rogers revealed that he will be traveling with the team to Montreal, but expects to only be limited to reserve duty against the Impact as he looks to return to full starting duty against the San Jose Earthquakes three days later.

For both Dunivant and Rogers, the injury-riddled 2014 campaign has been a frustrating one, but Rogers insists that the two will overcome—by any means necessary.

“Todd and I were saying that someone needs to walk the field with incense and use voodoo,” Rogers joked. “For whatever reason this year, our [outside] defenders have had trouble with injuries, but that’s just part of the job.

“We've been dealing with injuries all season to different guys, but the team has done a great job of stepping up,” Rogers added. “Our team isn’t just one player obviously.” 

05 September 11:56 pm

CARSON, Calif. - It was an emotional night at StubHub Center. 

The LA Galaxy honored the memory of A.J. DeLaGarza's departed son Luca with a 6-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. The largest victory for the club since 1996. 

Relive the emotional night through the great photos of Mora Photography. 

 

 

05 September 7:16 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are in mourning after the loss of A.J. DeLaGarza's newborn son and club president Chris Klein insists that the team will continue to support him and his family in their time of need. 

Klein spoke to reporters ahead of the Galaxy's match with the Colorado Rapids on the ways in which the team was honoring Luca. 

(On when A.J. will return to the field...)

KLEIN: It’s entirely up to him, kind of the speed with what he does. Bruce has been great with him and defers to him with whatever he’s comfortable doing.

(On how A.J. is doing...)

KLEIN: I don’t know that I could put myself in his shoes. And know what it is that he and Megan were going through and have been going through, not only last week but the last couple months. AJ is a very tough kid, but you can’t prepare yourself for going through something like this. All we could do is come around him as his extended family and support him as best as we could.

AJ was at training this week, through this has been a release for him to come and be around the guys. This week, we’ve had people talking to him consistently.

(On Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni wearing the armband...)

KLEIN: It’s not only Pablo but to see the support from players, from teams in our sport and other sports to se the reaction and how other people set everything else aside and come to the support of one family. It’s been incredible. I don’t know that AJ has seen all of it, but even to sit and look at it all has been something pretty cool. Pablo is part of our family as well, and AJ is someone that everyone likes. To have that is pretty amazing.

(On if the match is an emotional one...)

KLEIN: It is. Anytime you have a teammate that’s going through something it’s emotional, but to have someone like AJ who has been a part of us for so long and to have this group that’s so close is something you can’t describe. The guys are going to be emotional. You saw last week and I think you’ll see it again tonight.

(On the plan to honor DeLaGarza with cheers at the 20 minute mark...)

KLEIN: whose idea I don’t know. It is cool. Things just started to come out. We don’t have the right words to say, but anything we can do that our supporters and fans can do to support AJ and his family.