CARSON, Calif. -- Gyasi Zardes endured a brief three-game scoring drought in his career season, but kicked back into gear with an impressive two goal showing in the LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday.
Zardes opened the scoring in the 44th minute with a clinical one-time finish that sailed past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and curled inside the far post. The 22-year-old coupled his lovely individual effort with a tidy finish for LA's third goal in the 71st minute as tapped in a Landon Donovan cross to provide the finishing touch of an 11 pass combination by the Galaxy. With his two goals against Chivas, Zardes now has 12 goals in 25 matches this season, and is the top scoring American-born player in MLS.
Five of Zardes' 12 goals this season came during the Galaxy's impressive 19 goal month of August that saw LA rocket to second place in the Western Conference and second in the standings for the MLS Supporters' Shield. Although the 22-year-old with the unforgettable hairdo is pleased to play his part in the Galaxy's offensive explosion, he's quick to recognize his teammates' role in getting him the ball.
“To be honest, our midfield is just killing it in terms. You look at the stats, and we’re just touching the ball a lot. And the defenders are just keeping a clean sheet, so the whole team is really working together," said Zardes. "As a team, we’re just really building off each other and really being aggressive.”
And according to Galaxy captain Robbie Keane as long as Zardes gets into those dangerous positions, he'll continue to be a threat to score.
"Ultimately as a striker you’re judged on scoring goals," Keane said. "So if he continues to get himself in the right position, certainly myself and Landon, and the lads up there can certainly get him goals."
With Zardes scoring in bunches and even going as far to admit that he'd like to one day be the league's top goal scorer, one question remains: could a national team call-up be far behind? Even the always humble Zardes admits that he's hoping to get a call from Jurgen Klinsmann soon.
"Everybody wants to make the national team. That's always a goal for a soccer player," said Zardes. "If that's not your goal then I don't think that you should be playing soccer."
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane and Jaime Penedo were named to their respective international squads, the club announced on Saturday.
Keane will join up with Ireland after the Galaxy's SuperClasico contest against Chivas USA on Sunday ahead of their Sept. 3 friendly against Oman in Dublin and their Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia on Sept. 7. Due to Keane's participation in the friendlies, he will miss the Galaxy's Sept. 5 home fixture against the Colorado Rapids.
Meanwhile, Penedo was named to Panama's squad for the upcoming 2014 Copa CentroAmericana. The U.S. based tournament will run from Sept. 3 to Sept. 13 with Panama placed in Group A along with Costa Rica and Nicaragua. With Penedo on international duty, the Galaxy will be without their starting goalkeeper until Sept. 14 clash the against San Jose Earthquakes.
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane has declared himself fit enough to be in consideration for the LA Galaxy's SuperClasico match with Chivas USA, but what role the club's Irish captain will play on Sunday is still undecided.
The Galaxy's 34-year-old Irish captain confirmed that he suffered a strained adductor during the match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC which has kept him on the shelf since. Keane made his return to training on Friday, but with another training shift completed a day later, the Galaxy forward is optimistic about his chances for Sunday's SuperClasico.
"I feel fine. We just have to see how the injury reacts today and tomorrow. We'll see how it is tomorrow. It's not 100 percent, but I'll be involved tomorrow and there's a good chance of that, but whether I start or not will depend on the reaction," said Keane. "It feels okay, but whether it's good enough to start is more of a precaution than anything else. Maybe I could be in reserve, but we'll have to see how it reacts."
Keane's optimism about his status for the SuperClasico was echoed by Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.
"It's possible," he said. "He looked good today in training."
Adding to the intrigue surrounding Keane's status for Sunday will be his role in Ireland's two upcoming matches after being named to the team's 21-man squad on Saturday. The Irish will play two matches next week including a Sept. 3 friendly against Oman in Dublin before kicking off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Georgia on Sept. 7 in the Georgian capital of Tblisi. Although there might be some concern on Keane's part about saving himself for those matches, he insists that any participation against Chivas will not hinder his availability for the national team.
"I have to listen to the trainers as well. Its their job to make sure that they get me right and I'm not pushing it. I can only go on how I feel. I felt good today in training so we just have to see how it is today and tomorrow. I'm not one of those people that leave something for a couple weeks time. I'm a now man and I like to play now.
"I'll certainly be ready for Ireland. There is no question about that. If I practice today and the game is not until next Sunday, then I certainly have a chance," Keane continued. "I'll have a chance for tomorrow, but starting or not is another thing."
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CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane made his return to LA Galaxy training on Friday, but whether he suits up for the club's match against Chivas USA remains in question.
Keane missed the Galaxy's 4-1 victory over D.C. United on Wednesday with an undisclosed injury, but according to head coach Bruce Arena, the Irishman trained briefly on Friday which could see him be available for selection for the match against Chivas USA.
"He's day to day," said Arena. "He was out here [at training] today so that was encouraging. Hopefully it'll be a little bit better [on Saturday] and we can consider him for Sunday."
Even if Keane does not suit up against the Rojiblancos, Arena insists that there is no excuse for the Galaxy to not earn a full three points in the final SuperClasico.
"Injuries are part of it for any team in any sport," said Arena. "When you get any injuries that can't be an excuse because you believe that the next guy can step up and produce. That's been the case for us recently."
CARSON, Calif. – Bradford Jamieson IV was named to 19-man roster for the U.S. Under-20’s upcoming camp in Argentina.
The camp in Argentina will last from Sept. 1 to Sept. 10 and will feature a match against the Argentina U-20’s on Sept. 9. During the 10 day camp, the U.S. U-20’s may also play against several Argentina first division reserves sides.
Jamieson has made 17 appearances for Los Dos while scoring six goals. The 17-year-old has made two appearances for the Galaxy first team as well.
The complete roster is below.
GOALKEEPERS: Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Evan Louro (Michigan; South River, N.J.)
DEFENDERS: Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City; Milford, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS: Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Gboly Ariyibi (Unattached; Arlington County, Va.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube; Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan's farewell tour pulled into StubHub Center on Wednesday as the LA Galaxy legend received several gifts from D.C. United ahead of LA's 4-1 victory over the Eastern Conference side.
Prior to the match, Donovan was presented with a seat from RFK Stadium, a place where he notched 10 goals in 18 career appearances. The gifts didn't end there, however, as he was also presented with a framed photo from the U.S. National Team's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica in 2009 and a paddleboard.
When prompted about the gifts after the game, Donovan couldn't help but flash a smile at his newest toys.
"I'm going to sit in my chair [from RFK] and paddle," Donovan joked after the game. "I've paddleboarded once in Bora, Bora. It was sweet."
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane was unavailable for Wednesday's 4-1 win over D.C. United but according to LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, he may be back for Sunday's SuperClasico against Chivas USA.
At the outset of the game, it was revealed that the Galaxy were opting to rest Keane due to the team's recent schedule congestion, but during the post game press conference, Arena confirmed that the Galaxy forward had been dealing with a knock since last Saturday.
"Well, obviously, you don't want to lose a player of Robbie's quality, but I think the players are confident that we can play when we lose some players," said Arena. "That has been the case a number of times this year, and I think their response tonight was outstanding. Robbie is day-to-day now, he might be available on Sunday, it was from the last game, so hopefully he will be ready to go on Sunday, but I am not announcing any medical updates."
Getting Keane back could be a major boost for the in-form Galaxy as the Irishman has enjoyed plenty of support against the Rojiblancos with five goals and two assists during his tenure with LA.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach addressed reporters following LA's 4-1 victory over D.C. United.
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(On the play of Landon Donovan tonight and the last few games...)
"Landon is obviously committed to completing his career in the right manor, his leadership and quality tonight was terrific, what more can you say. He has been a great one, his attitude has been terrific over the last two or three weeks after his announcement. We are really happy for him, and certainly he has been an important part of our success over the last couple months."
(On Alan Gordon rejoining the Galaxy...)
ARENA: "He is an improved player from the last time we saw him at the Los Angeles Galaxy, his experiences in San Jose were good, he is a good player. I thought he and (Gyasi) Zardes worked very well together tonight, for the first time, they had never played with each other, I think that was a real positive. I think Alan has two goals in the last three games, that is all good stuff."
(On the first half tonight...)
ARENA: "We played well, I thought DC United came out real hard, put a lot of pressure on us in the middle third of the field, it was a little difficult in the early going, but once we got the ball moving a little bit better we were able to create some chances. Obviously the first goal is big again and then the goal right before half was critical. I am at fault for telling them to take their foot of the gas a little bit in the second half because we wanted to avoid any injuries, and that wasn't easy. A couple guys got clipped and it could have set them back, but we wanted to make sure we didn't exert to much energy so we can have enough gas left in the tank to play Sunday, and I think that was accomplished, our guys will be ready to go."
(On the play of Leonardo and if he's a liability...)
ARENA: "There couldn't be a more inaccurate statement than to say that he's a liability. He's a center back in statistically the best defense in the league. He's been pretty good."
(On the defense only allowing three shots on goal tonight...)
ARENA: "We played well, and were fortunate, I think they created some good chances, but you know we played well. Our back line has played very well. Eddie Johnson was a handful tonight, he is a good player. DC United had some of the same issues we had coming into this game, they have an important game on Sunday, they need to travel back across country. We tweaked the lineup a little bit, we gave (Dan) Gargan a rest tonight, but our line has played well all year, it has been a really good year to date for them. Omar is playing well, I think this was Todd's first 90 minute game, since, maybe, March, so it has been a long time, it is good to get him back in. It was a combination of these things, but our entire group of players have been involved in the back line, and our midfield effort we are getting out of Juninho and Marcelo defensively has been outstanding job there, so it is a collective effort by our guys."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on an old friend on Wednesday in former LA defender Sean Franklin.
Drafted by the Galaxy in 2008, Franklin spent the last six years with the club and played a major role in the Galaxy sides that won back to back MLS Cups in 2011 and 2012, before joining D.C. United via the Re-Entry Draft process last December. Franklin won't be the only familiar face in Black-and-Red on Wednesday as he'll be joined by defender Kofi Opare who was dealt to D.C. United last month from LA, but is not expected to play a role against the Galaxy.
"It'll be nice if I get the chance to go up against him. I did get the chance to play against him in the All-Star Game which was nice because he did really, really well. We're all really happy for him."
Added Omar Gonzalez, "It's going to be fun to see him. He's been having a great season and I'm very happy for him, but hopefully we can shut him down tomorrow."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will test themselves against Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United on Wednesday in a match that may boost the club's Supporters' Shield hopes.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at the Galaxy career of D.C. United defender Sean Franklin.
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