The LA Galaxy will head north to take on Seattle Sounders FC on Monday in their first meeting of the year with the current league leaders.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at Robbie Keane's past success against the Sounders.
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LA Galaxy shake off any concerns of post Manchester United defeat hangover ahead of Seattle Sounders FC clash
CARSON, Calif. -- After their first practice since their 7-0 Chevrolet Cup defeat to Manchester United, the LA Galaxy were defiant that there will be no "post-friendly hangover" as they look ahead to their pivotal match against Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Monday.
The Galaxy reaction to their disappointing defeat was pointed and the social media response was even greater, but despite the frustration, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena shrugged off any concerns that his team could be unprepared for Monday.
"We don't worry about these exhibitions whether we're on the positive side or the negative side. They are exhibitions," said Arena. "They're to entertain the people that attended. They're not to decide how good you are or how bad how they are.
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane -- who was by far the most frank after the defeat -- admitted that the Galaxy will need to put the loss behind them quickly, if they'll complete with a Sounders team that is currently at the top of the MLS standings.
"As far as I'm concerned it's gone anyway. It's no reflection of how we've been doing and the hope is that the players forget about it," said Keane. "After all, what's the point? We didn't win anything, we didn't lose anything, we lost the game, but we couldn't any points from it so in that respect, it didn't really matter."
PASADENA, Calif. – After his club’s impressive 7-0 Chevrolet Cup victory over the LA Galaxy, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refused to discuss the performance of new signing Ander Herrera, but he was at the tip of the tongue of LA’s players following the match.
The 24-year-old Spaniard was one of only two United players to play the full 90 minutes in the seven goal thrashing and provided two assists as he pulled the strings for the Red Devils throughout. Herrera, who was signed in the offseason from Atletico Bilbao, overwhelmed the Galaxy and assisted twice on United’s final two tallies by Ashley Young late in the second half.
“I thought he was fantastic,” said Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. “I thought he was the best player on the pitch by far.”
Added midfielder Stefan Ishizaki, "“I saw him play in Athletic Bilbao the last couple of years, and I thought he was a really good player. It’s a good signing for Manchester and he is dominating.”
LA head coach Bruce Arena was even more complimentary of the Spaniard who figures to play a major role in United's English Premier League campaign once it starts next month.
“Technically good…he and [Juan] Mata and [Darren] Fletcher I thought were very good in the middle of the field,” said Arena. “I think in the first half that was a big part of them owning the game in the middle third of the field they were terrific, not only with their passing, but winning some tackles, and picking up some second balls I was very impressed with that. I hadn’t seen much of that player but he’s a good player.”
CARSON, Calif. – Don’t count on LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez making a move in the summer transfer window. At least that was the message from the defender on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s match against Manchester United.
The defender will be looking to make his return on Wednesday from a right ankle injury that he suffered during his participation with the U.S. National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While other USMNT players have dealt with post-World Cup transfer speculation, there has been little chatter surrounding Gonzalez and on Monday, the defender said that while Europe is a dream of his, he’s committed to LA.
“I still want to ply my trade in Europe, but right now I’m committed to the Galaxy,” said Gonzalez who signed a new Designated Player contract a year ago. “That’s something that my agent handles, but right now I’m looking to get back to full fitness and I’m looking to get a result against United and go to Seattle and have a tough game.”
Although the Galaxy currently boast three Designated Players, the unsettled club situation of Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez has led to some speculation that he may be bound for a move to MLS. However, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena refused to entertain any speculation about a move for the El Tri star.
“You don’t talk about other players that are under contract with other clubs,” said Arena. “We don’t talk about that stuff publicly.”
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after scoring three goals last week.
Keane tallied two goals in LA's 5-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Wednesday and then added another in LA's 2-1 road defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. With his three goals, Keane has now scored 10 goals this season which gives him a double digit goal total for the third consecutive season.
In addition to Keane meaning the Team of the Week, Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes was placed on the bench after notching a brace of his own against New England.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 21, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Robbie Keane pulled the LA Galaxy to within a single goal late in their 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City, but the Irishman could help but think about one shot that got away from the goal scorer.
The event occurred in the 54th minute with the Sporting up by a single goal when Keane barreled down on the Sporting KC goal and collided hard with SKC goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum before unleashing a shot that flew just over the bar. Despite the hard challenge, referee Allen Chapman refused to award a foul on the play and seven minutes later, the home side found their eventual game winner on Lawerence Olum’s goal.
“If you’d have seen my leg, you’d have thought it was a foul. Seeing the replay, it doesn’t matter if I had an opportunity to score,” said Keane who now has 10 regular season goals for a third consecutive season. “The fact is if [the keeper] isn’t there, it’s a goal probably. I didn’t think I was going to be doing that kind of cartwheel today, I’ll tell you that.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena also had pointed words for Chapman.
“I think it should have been a foul [on Gruenebaum],” said Arena.” I don’t think it’s a red card but if a field player passes a ball and a player goes through, it’s a foul. So it’s a foul on the play; it’s a free kick. It doesn’t need to be a red card. But it’s a foul and it has to be a free kick. Like the foul they had that they scored a goal on—those are fouls. And the referee needs to call them.”
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Mexican National Team star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will be joining Manchester United for their U.S. tour after all.
A day after United released their 25-man squad for their upcoming tour of the United States, the English club released on Twitter that Hernandez will be joining the club on Tuesday evening in Los Angeles ahead of Wednesday's Chevrolet Cup at the Rose Bowl. The move comes amid a time of considerable speculation around Hernandez's future after his frustrating 2013/14 campaign that saw him score just four goals in 24 appearances.
Tickets for the Chevrolet Cup can be found here.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 19, 2014
CARSON, Calif. – The question of who should be the starting striker tandem is one of the main topics among LA Galaxy circles. However, based on the meteoric rise of Gyasi Zardes, it may not be a debate much longer.
The Galaxy won two titles with the strike force of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, but in recent weeks it has been Zardes who has started alongside the Irishman thanks to his torrid scoring run of six goals in five contests. LA’s pairing of Keane and Zardes bore fruit again on Wednesday with both strikers tallying a brace in the team’s 5-1 victory over the New England Revolution.
While Donovan and Zardes have often swapped positions in recent months, Keane told reporters that it may be time stop thinking of the second-year attacker as a midfielder.
"As long as he keeps continuing to learn and keeps continuing to score goals, and understanding how to be a striker and playing with someone else," said Keane. "It’s not about just running in behind, it’s about linking up and playing with people and understanding when you play up front it’s a partnership and understanding when I have the ball he has to run off and understand where he’s going to go.
“Most of the time I’ll find him. If not, I’ll try to find him. I keep telling him just get in behind and I’ll find him."
And it’s Keane’s vocal nature that Zardes attributes to his ability to find spaces behind opposing defenders and create dangerous scoring opportunities.
“I definitely have been listening to Robbie," Zardes told reporters on Wednesday night. "He’s constantly talking to me, even throughout the game. He’s giving me little tips on what he’s going to do, and he told me to pay attention to the first ball once you’re running through. We worked on it in practice, and we did it in the game. When Robbie gets the ball at his feet, I know he’ll find me.”
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CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez has his sights set on returning to the field for the LA Galaxy, but don’t count on him participating in Saturday’s clash with Sporting Kansas City.
The Galaxy center back participated in training on Thursday for the first time since returning from World Cup duty with the U.S. National Team where he endured a right ankle injury during the USMNT’s round of 16 defeat to Belgium.
“The ankle is moving along well,” Gonzalez told reporters. “I practiced today for the first time and it feels good to be back on the field with the team.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena echoed Gonzalez’s optimism stating that the defender is “moving along” in his recovery, but is “unlikely” to play a role in Saturday’s match in Kansas City.
Although Arena did not reveal a timetable on Gonzalez’s return, the defender himself admitted that he is hoping to earn minutes in LA’s match against Manchester United next week before making a potential full-fledged return against Seattle Sounders FC on July 28.
“I think that [Seattle] is the target game. It’ll be a crucial game for us. It’ll our first game at their place and we need points,” he said. “The United game is definitely a good game to get some minutes so that I can get back out there and get ready for Seattle.”