MLS Regular Season
WATCH: Looking back at David Letterman's interviews with retired LA Galaxy legends David Beckham and Landon Donovan
America will say farewell to a legend on Wednesday night as the Late Show's Dave Letterman signs off the air for a final time.
For the past 33-years, Letterman has been a fixture on CBS's "Late Show" with his iconic interviews and, of course, Top 10 lists. In addition to being an American pop culture icon, Letterman also embraced soccer unlike any other late night talk show host by regularly featuring some of the most accomplished players in the soccer world.
It should surprise no one that the LA Galaxy have had two of their biggest stars appear on Letterman as both David Beckham and Landon Donovan made appearances on the late show. The two retired Galaxy stars segments can be seen below.
LANDON DONOVAN (6/29/10)
DAVID BECKHAM (5/1/10)
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy need a spark in the attack when they face the Houston Dynamo on Friday, and newcomer Sebastian Lletget just might be the one to deliver that little boost.
The former West Ham United midfielder made his debut for the club last Sunday during their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, going 21 minutes in the loss. During the match, Lletget was unable to truly make an impact on the game due to Orlando's dominance, but the 22-year-old is confident that if he’s given an opportunity against Houston, he can have an impact.
“I believe I am [ready to start],” Lletget told LA Galaxy Insider. “I always believe that I’m practicing really hard. Obviously, coming in the middle of the season, I do need to do a little bit of catch-up in terms of philosophy and our style of play, but I think that I’m ready.”
Just when Lletget makes that first start, however, is in the hands of head coach Bruce Arena who says that Lletget might need to wait a little longer.
"He needs more time,” said Arena. “But it was good to get him out on the field for the first time."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy might have a little extra firepower on the field on Friday when they take on the Houston Dynamo.
Edson Buddle (calf) and Robbie Keane (groin strain) have missed considerable time in 2015 due to injury but both were in full training on Monday. Given the Galaxy's offensive struggles in their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, the chance to welcome back a pair of experienced attackers could be a major boost for LA on Friday, but their return to the field, is anything but a certainty.
"We'll see," Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday. "We'll get through the week and we'll see with those guys and see how they're doing."
Buddle appears to be the closest to making a return after getting a solid 30 minute run out for LA Galaxy II during their defeat to Sacramento Republic. After training on Tuesday, the 33-year-old says that he's fit and ready to go 90 minutes if called upon.
"I'll start. Absolutely. Put me in there coach!" Buddle joked. "I can definitely start and do it. I've been through harder things in my life."
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and players offer their thoughts about a potential rivalry with Los Angeles FC
CARSON, Calif. – Los Angeles Football Club made headlines on Monday with they announced their intentions to build a new 22,000 seat stadium in Exposition Park, but the hoopla barely registered during the LA Galaxy’s training session a day later.
LAFC offered some heady talk about their place in the Los Angeles market, stoking the flames of a potential cross-town rivalry. While Galaxy will not meet LAFC on the field until 2018, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena believes that the two teams will be rivals.
“It will be a rivalry but I can’t tell you what kind of rivalry at this point,” Arena said. “I may be in [Hollywood Forever] Cemetery at that point. … It’s absolutely fabulous that we’ll have another team in L.A., the ownership looks great, and competition is good for everybody.”
Forward Alan Gordon offered a different thought.
"It's on them, we're here. We're champions. It's on them to create a rivalry," he said. “They’re going to have to take what we have.”
Rather than discuss the buzz that LAFC generated by their stadium announcement, native Angeleno Jose Villarreal offered a different take on the impact that a new soccer-specific venue will have in Exposition Park.
“It’ll lead to a lot of traffic,” Villarreal said. “That’s the biggest thing that will suck for the fans is the traffic. It’s a nice idea but Galaxy is my home. I’m not worried about it.”
ORLANDO, FL -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the team's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC.
Arena's comments are below.
(On the result…)
ARENA: “We were awful on the day. Out of 14 players that played, I thought that three played in an acceptable manner. We were outplayed all over the field, and really, there’s not much more that you can say. When you go into a game and most players lose their battles on the field, you don’t have a chance to win. Then in the second half, we needed to get the first goal, and certainly what I thought was a poor goal called for the penalty, put us out of the game. Orlando played well, give them credit, we were pretty bad.”
(On the offensive disconnect…)
ARENA: “I think that starting two young players in the attack probably didn’t help, but our passing was so poor that for us to connect on anything that was dangerous was next to impossible because of the quality of our passing. We had a majority of players that didn’t play well.”
(On how much the team missed Omar Gonzalez…)
“Of course you miss him, but we basically helped create every one of their goals on the day with our poor passing, and getting dispossessed in the last half of the field. To their credit, they were aggressive, won balls, and Kaka was instrumental in a few plays.”
(On if the game was an aberration…)
ARENA: “It better be an aberration, if not, that’s not a good sign.”
(On the penalty kick call…)
ARENA: “In my opinion, a really poor call by the referee, the goalkeeper did an outstanding job coming out and blocking the shot.”
(On if the lineup was too makeshift…)
ARENA: “Injuries are part of the game. It’s guys’ jobs to step up for players that can’t play, and we didn’t get that done today.”
(On if he’s happy the team’s three game roadtrip is over…)
ARENA: “Yeah. It’ll be nice to be back home [on Friday], but if we play like we played today then we’re not going to get three points.”
ORLANDO, FL— The LA Galaxy will meet Orlando City SC for the very first time in the two clubs’ history.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a predicted score.
*In the newest By the Numbers, we look at Orlando City’s struggles at home where they are winless this season.
*Cobi’s Corner is back! In the first edition of Cobi’s Corner of the year, Cobi Jones speaks with LA Galaxy wunderkind Bradford Jamieson IV.
*In the latest edition of Insider on Location, I speak to the LA Galaxy about their impressions of first-year Orlando City SC.
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan provides a look at the match in the Match Preview presented by O4 Water.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Juninho vs. Kaká
The most important battle of the evening will see the Brazilians face off in the center of the park. Expect Juninho to look to close down on the Orlando attacking midfielder and prevent him from igniting the Lions attack.
Gyasi Zardes vs. Sean St. Ledger
Zardes will look to spark a scoring streak on Sunday when he goes up against a beat-up Orlando City defense that is already missing Aurelin Colin. If Orlando is to shut down Zardes,, they’ll need a big game from their former Irish international center back.
A.J. DeLaGarza vs. Brek Shea
The Galaxy outside back will have his hands full as he tries to stop the suddenly resurgent Shea in a battle of speed vs. speed.
Galaxy 2 (Zardes, Jamieson) Orlando City 1 (Shea)
ORLANDO, FL -- The LA Galaxy will take on Orlando City SC for the first time in club history, when the two teams meet on Sunday.
In the latest edition of Insider on Location, we look at the Galaxy's impression of the expansion side.
Check out the video above.
New LA Galaxy Designated Player Steven Gerrard played his final game at Anfield for Liverpool FC on Saturday.
The results did not go the team's way as Liverpool fell 3-1 to Crystal Palace, but the defeat ran secondary to Gerrard's last game at the stadium that has been his home ground for nearly two decades. Gerrard will join the Galaxy this summer after more than 700 appearances for the Reds.
Below are a series of tweets and videos from Gerrard's final day at Anfield as a member of Liverpool FC.
— James Carroll (@James_Carroll84) May 16, 2015
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 16, 2015
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) May 16, 2015
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) May 16, 2015
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 16, 2015
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) May 16, 2015
— LFC Photo (@LFCphoto) May 16, 2015
A final kiss for the Kop from Steven Gerrard pic.twitter.com/sXwUqOfa6t
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) May 16, 2015
Thank you my friend for everything. You are truly one of the greatest! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/SSAz1A8x1T
— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) May 16, 2015
Gerrard on sky: "I don't think I'll come back on loan after today's performance"
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 16, 2015
254- Steven Gerrard just finished his 254th and final home match for Liverpool in the Premier League, his next will be at StubHub. Dreamin'.
— OptaJack (@OptaJack) May 16, 2015
Watching Steven Gerrard's last match at Anfield. It's going to be exciting to have this guy on our team. #lagalaxy
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) May 16, 2015
— Juninho (@Juninho19LA) May 16, 2015
STEVEN GERRARD'S FINAL SPEECH AT ANFIELD
Steven Gerrard says goodbye to Anfield.#ThanksSteviehttp://gerrard.liverpoolfc.com/
Posted by Liverpool FC on Saturday, May 16, 2015
ORLANDO, FL -- The LA Galaxy will face Orlando City SC for the first time on Sunday when the two teams meet at the Citrus Bowl.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the difficulties that Orlando City has had this year.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will meet expansion side Orlando City SC for the first time on Sunday, but even if the meeting will be the first between the two clubs, the Galaxy insist there is no mystery heading into the match.
Led Brazilian star Kaka, Orlando City has struggled to start season complying a 2-5-3 record. Despite their struggles, there is some temptation to consider them favorites on Saturday due to their wildcard status, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is quick to squash that thought.
“Everyone in our league knows each other. It’s not like there’s going to be any surprises. I think the new challenge in our league is going into new markets in the south,” Arena said. “You’re going to deal with the conditions, the heat, humidity and artificial fields. It’s another challenging aspect to everything.”
Added defender Omar Gonzalez, “Orlando is a brand new team, getting great crowds, they want to give their city a win but we can’t let that happen. We got to get a result. Our focus is on leaving there with either three points or one point.”
ROBBIE ROGERS STATUS IN QUESTION FOR ORLANDO GAME
LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers missed out on training for two consecutive, but LA boss Bruce Arena says he’s still deciding if the defender will travel with the club to Orlando.
According to the Galaxy’s injury report, Rogers is questionable for Sunday's game due to an ankle injury, but after training on Thursday, Arena told reporters that he remains undecided on the left back's travel status.
DIVISIONAL PLAY ONE DAY?
Bruce Arena earned plenty of headlines with his comments on the discovery process earlier this week, and the always opinionated Galaxy boss offered a few thoughts on how the league might evolve in the coming years as teams look to alleviate their hectic travel schedule.
“Major League Soccer right now is survival of the fittest actually over 34 games. There are so many things that are challenging. I think in retrospect at some point we’ll analyze this whole league and understand the combination of travel, the conditions we have that we may be better off with divisional play. I’m sure it’s something that will be need to be addressed. In certain aspects we do have divisional play. But we do play each other
Implementing divisional play would be a stark departure from the balanced schedule that teams typically play across the globe. However, with the league growing due to rapid expansion, Arena believes that a balanced schedule does not make sense at the time being.
“ou can’t have a balanced schedule with 20 teams. I don’t think we can fit 38 games in. it’s something to talk about down the road. The problem is the travel. It’s not playing in England where you get on a bus or you take an hour plane ride,” Arena said. “You're flying to two different countries, different time zones, different field conditions, different [climate] conditions. I think a home and home schedule would be extremely difficult for teams in the league to deal with. Especially the way we travel, flying commercial. It would be virtually impossible to do.”