MLS Regular Season
Lost in the talk of LA Galaxy attacker Raul Mendiola’s MLS debut during last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo was yet another 2014 debut—the first appearance of LA midfielder Robbie Rogers.
After being sidelined with a stress reaction during preseason, Rogers made several appearances for LA Galaxy II before making his 2014 MLS debut in the Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo last Saturday.
During his brief 25 minute shift, Rogers was solid as he made several probing runs while trying to test the Houston defense. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is quick to note that Rogers is by no means at full fitness, but the improvement is quite apparent in the eyes of the midfielder.
"Everything is a step, definitely, and I feel like I've been improving," said Rogers, who is expected to be available for Wednesday's clash with FC Dallas. "We have two big games at home coming up, and we need to get points and we need to make StubHub Center a fortress. Hopefully, I can contribute."
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In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's match against FC Dallas on Wednesday.
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CARSON, Calif. – There was a new face at LA Galaxy training on Monday afternoon.
Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal has begun training with the club as he prepares for Cruz Azul’s preseason training camp ahead of the Apertura tournament in June. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that Villarreal, who donned the No. 5 most recently worn by former defender Sean Franklin that he will be training with the team for the next couple of weeks.
“There was a little break and I managed to get a chance to be back here and see some old faces,” said Villarreal. “I’m just happy to be back here and get some training in.”
After failing to make an appearance for the Cruz Azul first team and then being loaned to second division Cruz Azul-Hidalgo, the 20-year-old admits that he has spoken to La Maquina head coach Luis Fernando Tena about a place with the team in the upcoming tournament.
“I spoke to the head coach in bit,” said Villarreal. “He told me to be ready for what it is to come and to simply be ready for anything.”
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) May 19, 2014
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.”
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look ahead to the LA Galaxy's clash with the Houston Dynamo.
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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.
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.
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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