MLS Regular Season

17 April 3:36 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy stalwarts Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes returned to training on Friday after a brief spell with the U.S. National Team. 

Two days after going 90 minutes in the USMNT's 2-0 victory over rival Mexico in San Antonio, the duo returned to the training pitch with the team in full preparation for Saturday's match with Sporting Kansas City. Just what role that the national team players will have is still in question, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has told reporters that he will wait until matchday before making a decision on if they'll start against Sporting.

Even though he went 90 minutes on the harsh grass surface at the Alamo Dome on Wednesday, Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes says that he’s ready to start on Saturday if needed.

"The surface in San Antonio was very tough to play on. ... My legs worked really hard over the last couple of days so I just have to do a good job of taking care of them," Zardes said. "I feel like I'm ready to go if needed, if he decides to start me then I'll just prepare my body. If Bruce puts me in then I'm going to play to my full potential."

16 April 3:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy have dealt with the injury bug over the last several weeks, and now head coach Bruce Arena will have to evaluate the statuses of returning internationals Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes ahead of the weekend clash with Sporting Kansas City .

The Galaxy duo both went a full 90 minutes in the U.S. National Team’s 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico in San Antonio on Wednesday. Both players returned to Southern California on Thursday but according to Arena, he’ll have some thinking to do when he decides whether to slot the pair in the starting lineup for the match with Sporting.

“We have players that have been injured over the last two or three weeks, going to likely return. Jose Villarreal, Robbie Keane is a possibility, Mika Vayaynen is a possibility, AJ DeLaGarza is coming back from a slight injury, Edson Buddle’s probably going to be available. A number of players. That makes for a good week," Arena told reporters on Thrusday. "However, we have to be cautious with players that played with the U.S. team last night. That will be their third game in a week. We gotta make a decision on whether they’re going to be involved with our team on Saturday.”

Like many, Arena did not take too much from the Americans latest 2-0 win over Mexico, remarking that the pitiful field conditions took away from the overall product.

“I don’t think it’s a game you could say a whole lot about," Arena said. "The playing conditions were so poor, Mexico put out a good team that certainly is not their team. I don’t know what you make out of that. On the night the US was certainly the better team and deserved to win.”

14 April 10:36 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The honors keep coming for LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

On Tuesday, the Panamanian goalkeeper was voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters for Major League Soccer's Week 6.  

The 33-year-old goalkeeper set a career-high in saves on Sunday as he made 10 stops to preserve the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC. Penedo becomes the first goalkeeper in a year to win the award. The last goalkeeper to win the honors was Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando last April. 

The LA Galaxy goalkeeper is also up for FutbolMLS' Latino de la Journada (Latino of the Week) award. You can vote for Penedo here.

13 April 6:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II Eric Lopez and Galaxy Academy stalwarts Jake Artega and Zico Bailey were named to the U.S. National Team U-15 squad for the upcoming Tournament Delle Nazioni which will take place in Italy and Slovenia from April 21 to May 2. 

Head coach John Hackworth's group has been drawn into Group C, and will face off against the hosts Slovenia, CONCACAF rival Costa Rica and Croatia. Lopez, a Galaxy II goalkeeper who has spent time training with the first team, is the squad's lone professional player. 

The complete roster is below.

GOALKEEPERS: Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy II; Westminster, Calif.)
 
DEFENDERS: Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Ks.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
 
MIDFIELDERS: George Acosta (Estudiantes de La Plata; Miami, Fla.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS: Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks; Durham, N.C.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)
13 April 11:50 am

CARSON, Calif. -- In an announcement that shocked absolutely no one, LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after his stellar performance against Seattle Sounders FC

Penedo made an MLS career-high 10 saves as he led the Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Sounders, helping the Galaxy to their second win of the season. The Panamanian goalkeeper was joined by defender Omar Gonzalez who was named to the Week 6 squad's bench. The nod was the first time this season that a Galaxy player has been named to the league website's Team of the Week. 

The complete squad is below. 

12 April 8:34 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. 

His comments are below.

(On the play of Jaime Penedo...)

ARENA: He had an excellent performance today. Real big saves in the first half, got off his line well on a couple of occasions in the second half. Made some big saves, played very well. Stefan Frei made some important saves as well. The goalkeepers played well today for both teams.

(On Rafael Garcia's showing...)

ARENA: "He played very well. I don’t know how much he’s played with us in the past, but he put in an excellent shift today. A very good night. He’s been with us a number of years now, so he’s quite capable of stepping in and performing.

(On Jaime Penedo stepping up...)

ARENA: "His stepping up today was critical. Leonardo has been out, Robbie’s not in today, Jose and Mika didn’t train all week. We were really short-handed and guys stepped up. Gordon was a real man today. Obviously the winning goal, played strong the entire 90 minutes. I think he played quite well. You gotta win these kinds of games. It won’t go down as a classic by any means, but you have to grind it out and we got a critical three points."

(On the team's depth...)

ARENA: "We were a little thin in the week, the concentration and commitment by our team today was excellent. It’s great to get three points."

(On the status of Robbie Keane...)

ARENA: "Keane should be ready next week."

(On when he knew Keane would miss the Seattle game...)

ARENA: "Saturday in Vancouver." 

12 April 5:19 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes have been called up to the U.S. National Team for their upcoming friendly against Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio, Texas.

If he plays against Mexico, Zardes will earn his fifth cap for the U.S. National Team. Gonzalez, the USMNT call is his first since October of last year when he appeared briefly in Landon Donovan's final U.S. game agaisnt Ecuador.

Both are scheduled to leave following the Galaxy’s match with Seattle Sounders FC and will return to prior to LA's game against Sporting Kansas City on April 18. 

11 April 11:13 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to right the ship against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but even though LA’s duel with Seattle always has the fans attention, some with the Galaxy disagree.

The two top teams in Major League Soccer since 2009, the Galaxy and Seattle have been responsible for some epic matches over the last several years including a pair of matches in October and November that determined both the Supporters’ Shield winner and the Western Conference Championship.

Given all that history, is the match a special occasion for the Galaxy?

“It’s a rivalry because we’re one of the best two teams of the league,” said midfielder Stefan Ishizaki. “They got the Supporters’ Shield, and we wanted that. Then we got the MLS Cup, and they wanted that. Obviously, this year, we’re hoping to get both. But we have to start playing better and what better time than to do so against Seattle.”

Not everyone agrees, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was quick to scoff at the past between the two teams will impact Sunday’s result.

“All that stuff is in the past. If you’re worried about all that stuff then you’re head is full of a lot of crap all the time. Last year is last year. If last year wasn’t over, everything would be good, and we’d be champions,” Arena said. “Is it a rivalry? Everyone is our rival. Now that Chivas is gone, we don’t have any rivals... .Maybe the team that was in our building was a rival, but the other teams are just games in our conference and our league.”

 

11 April 8:30 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Major League Soccer's finest rivalry will kick off again this Sunday when the LA Galaxy face Seattle Sounders FC.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Juninho's stellar showings agaisnt Seattle.

Check it out below.

10 April 2:41 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Friday that injured midfielder Jose Villarreal is expected to be “available” for Sunday’s clash with Seattle Sounders FC.

The 21-year-old left midfielder missed LA’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC a week ago with a hamstring injury, but returned to training earlier this week.

“He’ll be alright,” Arena said. “He’ll be available.”

Arena also chimed in about Mika Vayrynen (calf) noting that the Finnish midfielder “looked alright” at training on Friday.