CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane is back in training with the LA Galaxy and after spending the last week with the Republic of Ireland, he's set to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at a sold-out BC Place.
Keane returned to the Galaxy on Tuesday after helping the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 draw against Poland in a Euro 2016 qualifier last week. For his first match back with LA, Keane and the Galaxy will travel to BC Place, and play on a surface that Keane has been openly critical of in the past.
This time around, however, Keane is not interested in airing any grievences about BC Place's turf, but rather the Irishman is quick to pile compliments on a much improved Vancouver Whitecaps FC side.
"We know what to expect. We’ve played there before, it’s obviously tough conditions playing on turf but we know how to handle it," Keane said. "They’ve got a good team and one of my best friends [Carl Robinson] is the manager and we’ve seen a difference with him creating a good environment and atmosphere there. It’ll be a tough game, but it’s one that we’re looking forward to play."
CARSON, Calif. – New LA Galaxy goalkeeper Trey Mitchell was as surprised when the LA Galaxy called to bring him into the squad, but now that he’s a member of the squad, he’s hoping to make the most of his opportunity.
Mitchell was signed last Friday after the Galaxy lost third goalkeeper Brian Perk to a season ending surgery. He made his first appearance in the club’s game day roster as starting ‘keeper Brian Rowe’s backup during Saturday’s match with D.C. United.
The move came out of the blue for Mitchell who spent time earlier this year with USL side Louisville City FC before being released from training camp. Now that he’s a member of the team, Mitchell says he’s blessed to have the opportunity to play for the best team in MLS.
“It’s awesome. I’m truly blessed to have this chance,” Mitchell told LA Galaxy Insider. “I’m just absolutely stoked and to begin my professional career with the LA Galaxy is a dream come true. To be in my hometown, near my college is just awesome.”
A former trialist with Real Salt Lake and member of the now defunct Chivas USA Under-23’s, Mitchell enjoyed two standout years with Cal State Dominguez Hills. During his time with the Toros, Mitchell made 20 appearances while notching 71 saves and 0.85 goals against average which was the fourth best in the school’s history.
Due to the play of goalkeepers Jaime Penedo and Brian Rowe, first team minutes will likely come at a premium for the 23-year-old ‘keeper, but he’s optimistic that he’ll make a few appearances with Los Dos this season.
“It’s all dependent on how I perform in training. I basically start from an empty cup and now I have to fill up my cup. I know that I need to work my butt off and see where I can go from there. I think that if I play well in training then I can earn some minutes with Galaxy II, but my goal is to eventually earn minutes for the first team soon.”
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will be without centerback Leonardo for their upcoming match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday.
Leonardo suffered an apparent leg strain in the 52nd minute when launching a shot just wide of goal during LA's 1-0 defeat to D.C. United last week. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena had no update on Leonardo's status after the game, but on Tuesday, he confirmed that the Brazilian center back will likely miss out on Saturday's clash with Vancouver.
"He'll probably be out this week," Arena said. "He'll probably be out this week."
Arena admitted that the unforgiving BC Place turf was part of the reason that Leonardo would not feature against the Whitecaps.
"I don't think that you want to play anybody on that surface that has a leg injury," Arena said.
WASHINGTON -- Brian Rowe conceded a goal late, but the 26-year-old goalkeeper was pleased with his showing in the LA Galaxy's 1-0 defeat to D.C. United last week.
Filling in for Jaime Penedo who was away on international duty, Rowe made two saves as he kept a clean sheet until Chris Pontius' goal in the third minute of stoppage time gave the Galaxy their first defeat of 2015. Although United forced just two saves, the Galaxy back-up needed to make several last ditch stops as the wind and cold nearly led to several miscues that forced Rowe to recover.
LA Galaxy Notes: Bradford Jamieson IV starts in U.S. Under-20 loss; Academy sides pick up mixed results in Texas
LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV earned a start as the U.S. U-20's were defeated 2-1 by the England U-20's in Plymouth on Sunday morning.
Neither side threatened early on but as the match wore on, the Americans began to find their footing against the English side. Jamieson nearly helped the Americans pull ahead in the 43rd minute when he won a foul that set up a dangerous free kick for Rubio Rubin who just missed a chance to give the U.S. the lead.
Tab Ramos' side was punished for failed to finish their chances just before half as John Swift gave the English the lead. Kwame Thomas doubled the Three Lions' advantage in the 68th minute with Swift assisting on the goal. The Americans pulled one back in the 74th minute with a goal from Maki Tall, but were ultimately unable to complete their comeback.
The U.S. U-20's will convene next month for an Austria-based training camp that will feature friendlies against Qatar and Croatia.
GALAXY U-18'S OPEN UP DALLAS CUP GORDON JAGO SUPER GROUP WITH A LOSS
The LA Galaxy Under-18's were defeated 3-0 by Japanese club Ryutsu-Keizai in their first match in the Gordon Jago Super Group at Dallas Cup on Sunday. LA's U-18's will continue their participation in the tournament on Monday with a match against the Everton Academy.
GALAXY U-16'S DEFEAT TIGRES AT GA CUP
Andrew Perez scored as the LA Galaxy U-16's picked up a 1-0 victory over Mexican side Tigres UNAL in their first match at the Generation adidas Cup.
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane started and went a full 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland earned a late 1-1 draw with Poland in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin on Sunday.
After a tentative start from the Irish, the Poles pulled ahead after 26 minutes when Slawomir Peszko put the Polish squad ahead of their Group D rivals. Keane’s play was vital for the Irish as they looked for their equalizer, with the Galaxy forward coming close on several occasions to notching his 66th international goal. The closest such attempt came in the 72nd minute when Keane nodded a James McClean cross into the upright. Ireland finally got their goal in stoppage time from second half substitute Shane Long who scored from close range to give the hosts a point.
The Republic of Ireland now find themselves in fourth place with eight points in Group D play after five games. Poland remains the group leader with 11 points while Germany and Scotland remain tied for second with 10 points apiece. The Irish squad will convene again in June for a friendly against England in Dublin before hosting Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifying match.
LA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter starts for U.S. U-23's in win over Bosnia and Herzegovina U-23's
LA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter started in midfield for the U.S. Under-23's during their 3-2 victory over the Bosnia & Herzegovina U-23's.
Jordan Morris, former Galaxy Academy player Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez, and Fatai Ashe scored for the Americans in the rout. Lassiter played a 61 minutes agaisnt the Europeans while Galaxy defender Oscar Sorto did not feature in the game.
The U.S. U-23's will play the final match of their European training camp next week when they take on the Denmark U-23's next Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) March 27, 2015
By the Numbers: LA Galaxy seek to earn points on the road against D.C. United without a trio of starters
WASHINGTON -- The LA Galaxy will face off against their old foes D.C. United on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium.
The Galaxy will take on United without the services of starters Robbie Keane, Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes due to international duty. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers", we look at the Galaxy's record without Keane since his signing in 2011.
Check it out below.
The signing of Mitchell comes after the announcement that Brian Perk will miss the 2015 season due to an ankle injury. The Alta Loma native will serve as the backup goalkeeper for Brian Rowe during Saturday's clash with D.C. United.
The LA Galaxy will be without Brian Perk for the duration of the 2015 MLS season, after the goalkeeper underwent successful surgery to repair a dislocated and fractured left ankle, the team announced on Friday.
Perk suffered the non-contact injury during a scrimmage with Galaxy II several weeks ago. The 25-year-old goalkeeper has made seven career appearances for the Galaxy first team since joining the club in 2010.
Perk's season-ending surgery comes after a difficult past two seasons that saw the goalkeeper deal with concussion symptoms as well as other injuries.