MLS Regular Season

16 May 6:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Bye weeks and off days were prevalent in the early part of the LA Galaxy’s season, but now  with the Galaxy preparing to play their first match of a stretch of three games in eight days, changes are expected.

LA kick off their stretch on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo before facing FC Dallas on May 21 at StubHub Center) and then traveling to the Windy City to take on the Philadelphia Union on May 25. This run of matches comes as the Galaxy are already depleted with Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez already away on international duty while Todd Dunivant and Marcelo Sarvas still nursing injuries.

 Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that he expects to shuffle his personnel over the next stretch of games.

“We need to see more out of Samuel and Robbie Friend. In the midfield, we’re reliant on Juninho, Ishizaki, and Baggio Husidic, I think [Gyasi] Zardes needs to step up a little,” said Arena. “We’re going to be rotating [the back line] over the next few games which will give Tommy Meyer an opportunity at some point and perhaps Robbie Rogers as well. Over the next three games, we’d anticipate changing our lineup each time.”

16 May 11:38 am

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look ahead to the LA Galaxy's clash with the Houston Dynamo. 

Check it out below. 

15 May 2:41 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy made a splash on Thursday by giving a young man a chance to make his life dream come true. 

The Galaxy announced the signing of 15-year-old forward Jacob Trainor as part of his Make-A-Wish to be a member of the LA Galaxy. The Alabama native who was an accomplished youth soccer player was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on February 8, 2011 that forced him to miss the rest of the soccer season.

Trainor will attend the Galaxy's match against FC Dallas and have the opportunity to watch the match from field-side. The complete release can be found here

Watch the video of Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and A.J. DeLaGarza welcoming Jacob to the team below.

 

14 May 12:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. – As two of the LA Galaxy’s most important pieces head off on international duty, two other members of Bruce Arena’s starting XI appear to be on the road back to the field.

Arena told reporters on Tuesday that defender Todd Dunivant and midfielder Marcelo Sarvas are each “moving forward” in their respective injury recoveries that have kept them off the field for multiple matches.

Dunivant has been sidelined with an abdominal strain since April and is making strides according to Arena, but the Galaxy head coach admitted that it'd be “optimistic” to assume that he'd be available for Saturday’s road match against the Houston Dynamo.  Meanwhile, Sarvas has been sidelined with an MCL sprain that has forced him to miss LA’s last two matches.

14 May 11:54 am

CARSON, Calif. – Injuries and international departures have wreaked havoc on the LA Galaxy’s depth this season, but the team received a bit of good news this week about the status of center back Leonardo.

Following the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers, Time Warner Cable Deportes’ Elmur Souza reported that Leonardo suffered a broken finger on his right hand in the match that would require surgery. Following training on Tuesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena revealed that despite the injury, Leonardo is not expected to miss any time.

“He picked up an injury with his finger, but I think that he’s going to be fine,” said Arena. “We expect him to play [against Houston].”

However, Leonardo was slightly more cautious as he admitted that he was still taking his recovery “day by day” with the hopes of starting against the Dynamo.

“I feel okay, but a little bit sore. After 48 hours, I can feel more pain after the surgery, but it’s nothing crazy,” Leonardo told LA Galaxy Insider. “We’ll see how I feel. I trained [on Wednesday], but the problem is that when I’m defending I use a lot of my hands. I just have to be careful and we’ll give it time.”

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13 May 8:48 am

In the latest edition of Instant Replay, MLSsoccer.com's Simon Borg reviews the controversial plays of the last week including the apparent stoppage time foul on LA Galaxy Juninho that had the Galaxy incensed after the 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers. 

Borg begins commenting about the Galaxy match at 5:11 in the video. 

Thoughts on his call?

11 May 4:56 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The LA Galaxy could not hide their disgust at referee Armando Villarreal after their 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers.

Villarreal's decision to not award a foul after Juninho was brought down by Portland's Darlington Nagbe after an uncontested run through the field gave life to the Timbers who scored on a Diego Valeri finish two minutes later. Following the match, the Brazilian midfielder confirmed that he was taken down by Nagbe. 

"I felt like that he pushed me in the back," said Juninho. "[The referee] made a real mistake." 

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane agreed that it was clear that Juninho was brought down, but he told reporters after the game that the Galaxy must perform better in the closing moments of matches if they are to improve upon a frustrating result.

“We can stand there and make excuses, but we cannot concede the goal at the end there’s no questions about that. In the last few seconds, we have to be stronger," said Keane. "The linesman has to see that [Juninho foul] because he’s right there while the head referee is chasing the game like the rest of us. There were some poor decisions, but we have to accept and take responsibility ourselves because in the last minutes, we can’t allow goals like that.” 

Watch the foul below and comment on whether or not you believe the call was correct

11 May 4:39 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after LA's 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers. 

His comments are below. 

(On the officiating…)

ARENA: “Our team played very well, but the referee has to give us that call on Juninho. It’s at least a foul or a yellow card or red card. We have to manage the game better at the end, we had five minutes of extra time, but listen, we fell asleep at the end of the game. A bunch of guys can do better on the last play, but we played very well and should have walked away with three points….[Villarreal] blew it.”

(On whether the team feels cheated…)

ARENA: “Our team played very well. We had a thoroughly dominating performance. They didn’t create a lot except for their set piece where [Futty Danso] hit the far post. We were very good defensively and kept the ball very well, but it is a shame that we didn’t get the three points. We can fault the referee as much as we want, but we were still in control at the end of the game where we could have denied them a goal scoring opportunity.”

(On whether this is the team’s best performance of the season…)

ARENA: “Yes, I’d say so. It will help us to play some games consecutively and get a bit of a rhythm.”

(On the play of Landon Donovan…)

ARENA: “Landon was the best player on the field today, he played very well. It was good to see.”