CARSON, Calif. -- After missing the LA Galaxy's last two matches with a quadriceps injury, Robbie Rogers is expecting to be available for Wednesday's clash with D.C. United, but returning to the starting XI is a different story.
Rogers aggravated a nagging left quadriceps injury during the second half of the Galaxy's 4-1 loss to the Columbus Crew on Aug. 16 and has been on the shelf since. On Monday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that he was expecting Rogers -- and Stefan Ishizaki -- to be available for Wednesday's match against United.
"I'm feeling a lot better," said Rogers. "I've gotten some treatment and some rest so I feel like I can be part of the team on Wednesday and going forward. I'm not quite sure what Bruce's plan is, but I'll probably just be part of the team."
The 27 year-old midfielder turned left back insists that he has not lost any fitness despite missing two matches, but expects that he'll be back contending for a starting spot during Sunday's SuperClasico match with Chivas USA.
"I definitely have my eyes set on that game," said Rogers.
Landon Donovan will get his farewell lap for the U.S. National Team after all.
U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that the federation's all-time leading goal scorer will be called up for the upcoming Oct. 10 friendly against Ecuador in Hartford, Conn. Donovan, who was excluded from the U.S. squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has not played for the national team since an April 2 exhibition against Mexico in Arizona.
The match against Ecuador will cap a stellar international career for Donovan. During his tenure with the national team, Donovan tallied 157 goals -- five of those at the World Cup -- while appearing in three World Cups for the United States.
"Playing for the U.S. National Team has been a huge part of my career and I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for my country one last time,” said Donovan in a statement. “I'm so grateful to all the fans that have supported me and this game will give me the chance to say thank you to all of them. I look forward to a great evening and I'm thankful to U.S. Soccer for making this happen."
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CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas has been angling for goal during the last three weeks not only because he’s been eager to help the LA Galaxy offense, but also for personal reasons.
Two weeks ago, the Brazilian midfielder and his wife Camilla learned that the couple will be expecting their second child. Sarvas and his wife already have a son, Lucas who is a frequent sight on the sidelines at Galaxy matches.
During the Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Sarvas found the back of the net for the second time in the season. The goal was a mix of flair and luck on Sarvas’ part as the Brazilian dished a back heel pass to Robbie Keane who whiffed on a shot from close range that fell for Sarvas who punched it in.
“I’m not used to having the ball in that position and I’m blessed to get the chance,” said Sarvas who admitted that he was unaware that Keane had not intended to pass the ball to him. “I passed to him and when I turned, the ball was close to me and I was in front of goal. It was all very fast.”
With the goal scored, Sarvas completed the classic celebration of tucking the ball under his stomach and sucking his thumb in dedication to his future child.
“We proved [against Vancouver] that we have a good team but even good teams need to play with heart and soul,” said Sarvas. “When we stepped on the field today, everyone approached the game with the right mentality and when we do this, we’re a very good team.”
Landon Donovan has been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after tallying two goals and an assist in the club's two win week.
Donovan notched the game-winner in the Galaxy's victories against the Colorado Rapids and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The 32-year-old, who is retiring at the end of the season, has tallied six goals and eight assists this season.
In addition to Donovan being named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week, Galaxy players Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane were each named to the squad's bench. Gonzalez ended the week with a goal and an assist while Keane tallied one goal and three assists in the two games.
LA Galaxy club president Chris Klein and head coach and general manager Bruce Arena completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday after the club's 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to the media after his club's 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Arena's thoughts are below
(On the team’s performance....)
ARENA: “I think we had a very good collective effort tonight. Players worked on both sides of the ball. It was a very good performance. Our backline played well but the six players in front of them did a really good job as well.”
(On the missed opportunities....)
ARENA: “I think it’s a very good win for our team. Thought it was a great team effort collectively on both sides of the ball. We could have gotten more goals but that is all part of the game. We are really pleased with the three points.”
(On getting goals early in the game...)
ARENA: “Good start to the game. Playing at home with a lead, we are generally a good team. It was obviously a great start to the game.”
(On the backline’s performance...)
ARENA: “They played well. They had a couple of chances at the end but I thought in general they played well. A couple of crosses in the second half were dangerous. Our guys did a good job clearing the ball and Jaime [Penedo] made a couple of good saves. Overall it was an improved performance.”
(On if the team is over the "hiccup" that they suffered against Columbus and Colorado...)
ARENA: "I wouldn't call it a hiccup. I'd say it was vomiting."
Gutcheck moment in dramatic victory over Colorado Rapids may define LA Galaxy season says Todd Dunivant
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – It was a true homecoming for Todd Dunivant on Wednesday when the LA Galaxy defeated the Colorado Rapids 4-3 in dramatic fashion.
Finally recovered after an abdominal tear that has sidelined him since the third game of the season, Dunivant returned to the Galaxy starting XI for the first time since April 6. In attendance to see the 32-year-old defender’s first start in months were nearly 90 members of the Colorado native’s family who were in town holding a family reunion.
What they saw, however, was less than positive –at least to start— as LA sputtered out of the gate conceding three goals in the opening 30 minutes of play to fall behind 3-1 at the half. During that slow start, Dunivant lacked sharpness as he was frequently targeted down the flank by Colorado.
“We didn’t come out strong enough. Who knows what it was? They got behind us too many times and they jumped on us,” Dunivant told LA Galaxy Insider. “We had our chances too, but we just weren’t ready.”
In the second half, the Galaxy appeared revitalized after a rousing halftime speech by head coach Bruce Arena. It didn’t take long for LA to pull level as goals from Omar Gonzalez and Alan Gordon tied up the score after just 68 minutes. In the 80th, Landon Donovan scored to seal the victory for the visitors.
For Dunivant who was lifted in favor of A.J. DeLaGarza just two minutes prior to Donovan’s game-winner, the win may come to define the Galaxy’s season.
“Sometimes these types of wins are more important than complete game performances because you need to dig deep and see what we’re made of,” said Dunivant, who claimed to be feeling no ill effects from his abdominal injury after the game. “We had a gut check moment at half time where a lot of words were said, but we were obviously able to come back.
“Playing in Colorado is always a tall task, but it was great to be back on the field and getting a win was fantastic for this team.”
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The LA Galaxy battled back from a two goal deficit in the second half to earn a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts on the result are below.
(On the team's second half comeback...)
ARENA: "They responded. We are fortunate that we got a few good goals and I think that once we got the second goal, they were certainly under pressure. The third goal was obviously big and then I thought that we'd have a chance to get the fourth one. Obviously a big second half for our team."
(On the reason that the team started so slowly...)
ARENA: "As they say, sh** happens. You can never predict these things in sports. You see all the time in athletics that sometimes there are out results and sometimes teams come out flat for whatever reason. Tonight was certainly the case with us, so it was a tale of two halves.
(On the role Alan Gordon played in the comeback...)
ARENA: "He helped. He's an experienced player and scored a good goal. He knows what to do in these types of games so it's good to have that option. We had some guys who were dangerous on the field when we needed to get some goals. To combine Alan with Robbie [Keane], Landon [Donovan], and Gyasi [Zardes] gives us some good options."
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Landon Donovan is hanging up his boots at season’s end, but the long time U.S. international knows that MLS is in safe hands because of players like Colorado Rapids youngster Dillon Serna.
A favorite in youth soccer circles, Serna has enjoyed a strong first full season in MLS with three goals and three assists in 20 appearances for the Rapids. Serna's finest strike came in last Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to D.C. United when the 20-year-old launched a 35-yard volley that sailed into the back of the United net.
Even though the U.S. Under-20 midfielder may not be old enough to drink, he has a fan in Donovan.
“He’s done well. It’s exciting for this league to have all sorts of young Homegrown Players do well,” Donovan told LA Galaxy Insider. “That’s the future of this league in my opinion and to see another one like him do well is very good. It’s very early for him and he still has a lot to prove, but he has done well.”
With Robbie Rogers on the mend, left back Todd Dunivant aiming to return to the LA Galaxy starting lineup
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Veteran left back Todd Dunivant made his first MLS appearance since April during the LA Galaxy's 4-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew last Saturday and now he may be in line to start Wednesday’s clash with the Colorado Rapids.
Incumbent left back Robbie Rogers started the match against the Crew despite suffering a quadriceps injury earlier in the week, but was forced to exit the defeat midway through the second half. After Rogers’ injury, the Galaxy switched to a 3-5-2 formation as they looked to erase a one goal deficit, but after falling behind 4-1 in the 84th minute, Dunivant was inserted into the match.
The minutes were the first for Dunivant since the left back suffered an abdominal tear in April. Dunivant has been in full training since early August and recently went nearly 80 minutes for LA Galaxy II on Aug. 9.
“It wasn’t the best circumstances [to return] because we’re down three goals, but it was great to get back on the field and get some minutes,” Dunivant told LA Galaxy Insider at training at Ohio State on Monday. “It’s not easy as a defender to get minutes because there’s not a lot of circumstances where it makes sense to insert a defender so I was happy to be on the field, but it would have been nice if the score was the other way around.”
With Rogers admittedly “day to day,” Dunivant may have a chance to make his first start against the Rapids on Wednesday where the Colorado native is expected to have more than 80 friends and family in attendance.
Although the 33-year-old admits that he’d be overjoyed to return to the field, he knows the decision will ultimately be made by head coach Bruce Arena.
“It’s a great opportunity, but we’ll see what Bruce decides. I’m definitely ready to go and I’m anxious to get back on the field,” said Dunivant. “We’ve been on a great run and I want to be able to contribute to that.”
If both players are healthy, who should get the start at left back: Todd Dunivant or Robbie Rogers?
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