Graduating is a surreal experience.
With one simple handshake and a piece of paper, you find yourself either thrust from a bubble to a world that includes college, the job market, and an infinite amount of exciting miscellany. All that being said, no one says when that moment comes, you can't have a little fun.
Tristan Pitones took that to heart on Thursday when he graduated from Palmdale's Knight High School. Immediately after accepting his diploma, he marked the momentous occasion with a flawless Robbie Keane cartwheel celebration.
Check out the video below and let me know what you think of the grad's cartwheel in the comment section.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will likely be without their injured outside back trio of A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant and Robbie Rogers for another match.
DeLaGarza (groin), Dunivant (calf) and Rogers (ankle) each missed out on Wednesday's match against Real Salt Lake as Baggio Husidic and Dan Gargan started along the outside back positions. According to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the three players are unlikely to suit up against the New England Revolution.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.
Arena's quotes are below
(On playing yet another different lineup this game...)
ARENA: It’s been difficult. This has been a very difficult start of the season. The injuries, the schedule, the untimely suspensions with it as well, it’s been patchwork since game one. It hasn’t been easy. I give our guys a lot of credit.
(On Real Salt Lake’s performance...)
ARENA: They are a good team. Generally, teams that are down a goal and have some minutes to go in a game are going to get aggressive and put players in forward positions. They did a pretty good job. They put us under pressure at times; however, on the night they didn’t get that many great chances. I think [Joao] Plata had that one at the end and Omar [Gonzalez] made a terrific plan cutting off his cross. For the most part, we defended well. The chances we got, we were a little bit sloppy on. We might have snuck in another goal there, but we weren’t good in front of the goal. Gyasi’s [Zardes] header was pretty good. [Ignacio] Maganto could have done a little bit better with his chance. For the most part, it’s the kind of game that you have to hang on and win. The other two games in the league tonight were 1-0. Our league, right now, with teams so even and so much pressure on teams—games are looking a lot like the games tonight.
(On Ignacio Maganto’s performance...)
ARENA: He had a very good game I thought. The original plan was that he was going to come out at halftime, but I thought his first have he played very well. I decided to change it. We were going to play Robbie [Keane] at the start of the half regardless. He was going to come in. Our players knew that obviously someone was coming out at halftime. When we sized everything up, I think Jose [Villarreal] was the best choice because Maganto was playing very well. I wanted to keep him in.
(On Baggio Husidic playing left back...)
ARENA:He did a good job. He’s played two games in his life as a left back. He did a good job managing. He did a good job. We are just lacking players in the backline and there is nothing we can do about it. Baggio is such a smart player, such a good team player, that you can position him anywhere on the field and he’ll get the job done.
(On the team’s overall performance...)
ARENA: They are going to turn a little bit better as we get to the end of July and August. Once June comes around, we deal with all these national team call ups and that’s all a mess. It’s very awkward and difficult for us .We’ll lose some players on a date that’s not an international fixture date, and that will be difficult—the Vancouver game. Then we have to deal with the Gold Cup, World Cup qualifiers with a bunch of players and we have to decide where they are going and when. June’s going to be hectic and July’s not going to get any easier. It’s going to be difficult couple of months. When we get to August, we’ll finally have our team together, and then the Champions League comes in and all that. It’s going to be a pretty challenging year.
(On Robbie Keane...)
ARENA:It’s great to have him back. As you can see, he’s going to need some time. He’s worked really hard to get to this point. Now we just have to be a little bit patient and let him get his minutes in and let him get his touch back and his confidence. I would think in a matter of weeks Robbie’s going to be back in pretty good form.
(On Juninho’s penalty kick...)
ARENA:I think it was great. As long as he wanted that ball, I was OK. I just wanted to make sure he was good for that. The other option we had on PKs when Robbie Keane’s not in is Gyasi. But, Juninho grabbed the ball and he wanted it. I would have bet Nick was going to go to his right this time, and he went back to his left and that surprised me there. I think Juninho did well.
(On the Galaxy’s shutout...)
ARENA:It’s good. I think right now where we are at with the patchwork with the backline a little bit and the whole team to get a couple of shutouts against teams in our conference is important.
(On the Galaxy’s leadership...)
ARENA: Omar is beginning to understand his responsibility as a leader. He’s done a good job. Alan Gordon and Dan Gargan, in the absence of Robbie in the last few months, have been excellent leaders. AJ [DeLaGarza] has always been there in the group. [Jaime] Penedo has stepped up big time. I think Jaime’s last couple of months has been good. He’s done well. We’ve had a bunch of guys that have stepped up and dealt with all the issues we’ve had. It’s not easy every game playing with someone different. Our young guys, Maganto tonight, I think he did terrific job. Everyone did a good job. Jose’s coming back. We got Edson back on the field. We’ll get a couple of other players back on the game on Sunday and the following the week. Hopefully, we can hang in there and keep our head above water.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to win their second straight on Wednesday when they host Real Salt Lake at StubHub Center.
Wednesday’s match will be the second meeting between the two teams this month, and the only Southern California trip for Real Salt Lake during the 2015 regular season.
Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and my prediction for Wednesday’s match.
*Just who starts at left back for the LA Galaxy with Oscar Sorto suspended?
*Might injured outside backs Robbie Rogers, A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant feature against Real Salt Lake?
*Referee Baldomero Toledo will preside over Wednesday’s match between the two Western Conference foes.
*In the latest edition of “By the Numbers,” we look at Robbie Keane’s impact in the lineup and out of it.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
OMAR GONZALEZ vs. ALVARO SABORIO
Always a physical battle, Saborio will look to use every weapon in his bag of tricks to agitate and infuriate Gonzalez as he looks to looks to get under the Galaxy defender’s skin.
KYLE BECKERMAN vs. MIKA VAYRYNEN
Beckerman will look to ignite a Real Salt Lake attack that is fresh off a 2-0 victory over New York City FC, but the omnipresent Vayrynen will hope to slow down the U.S. international with his physical presence.
LUIS GIL vs. LA GALAXY OUTSIDE BACKS
Gil has caused the Galaxy plenty of trouble in the past due to his blend of speed and creative skill, and Wednesday will be no different. With Arena still unsure about who lines up at left back, Gil could be a handful for the Galaxy.
LA Galaxy 2 (Zardes, Gonzalez) Real Salt Lake 2 (Gil, Beckerman)
CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy’s outside back corps is pretty depleted but LA may soon be welcoming back A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant and Robbie Rogers from injury.
DeLaGarza (groin), Dunivant (calf), Rogers (ankle) each missed out on last Friday’s match due to injury but all three were present during Galaxy training on Tuesday. Dunivant was the lone player to take part in training while DeLaGarza and Rogers were spotted running around the practice field.
“They’re all making progress,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said on Tuesday. “One would suspect that they’ll be ready to go soon.”
With the three players still doubtful and Oscar Sorto suspended, Arena may turn to Baggio Husidic at left back on Wednesday. Husidic made his first and only start at outside back during LA’s May 17 pummeling at the hands of Orlando City SC, and is admittedly eager to provide a better showing at left back.
“I probably not concede four goals first,” Husidic said jokingly when asked about how he can improve upon his stint against Orlando. “But I also need to get into the attack a bit more, other than that, I think that we possessed well, but just made stupid mistakes. We just have to play smarter and not lose balls in dangerous areas again.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Even a rivalry as heated as the California Clasico can't get in the way of a friendship.
LA Galaxy forward Alan Gordon paid tribute to former teammate Chris Wondolowski after the San Jose Earthquakes forward scored his 100th goal during San Jose's 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC. With his goal, Wondolowski became the ninth player in Major League Soccer history to score 100 goals.
Having played alongside Wondolowski for three-and-a-half seasons in San Jose during his meteoric rise from little used player to U.S. international, Gordon was overjoyed that his one-time teammate had reached such a historic milestone.
"I'm really proud of him. I think that's fantastic. What he's done is incredible. He deserves everything that he's getting," Gordon said on Monday. "It's a real awesome story. Just one of the scrubs making it big by doing his thing. He hasn't changed through it all. He's stayed humble and that's the best thing about him because some guys change with success, and he's stayed just one of the guys. But he's still a scrub to me."
CARSON, Calif. – There will be no appeal from the LA Galaxy for Oscar Sorto’s controversial red card that was awarded by MLS referee Ismail Elfath in the late stages of the club’s 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo last week, Bruce Arena confirmed on Monday.
Sorto was awarded the red card for a tackle from behind on the Dynamo’s David Horst deep in stoppage time. The red card spoiled what had been a strong first career MLS start for the 20-year-old at left back.
After the match, Houston head coach Owen Coyle said that the foul was clear penalty but Galaxy boss Bruce Arena disagreed with the Englishman’s assessment.
“It wasn’t clear. If there was any legitimate contact, it was outside the penalty area. We’ve actually seen it with pictures, if there was any contact initiated; it was outside the penalty area. He’s certainly entitled to his opinion, he can say what he wants, I can say what I want, and it’s all part of good debate.”
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane spoke to Coyle afterward and stated that the Dynamo coach told him that the foul was not a red card, but still voiced his displeasure that Sorto would be unavailable for Houston.
“I think that the league should appeal anyway on behalf of us because it was a joke. We shouldn’t have to appeal because it wasn’t a red card,” Keane told reporters. “We’re all guilty of having a bad game, and sometimes, it’s best to just hold your hand up because everyone can see that you’re having a bad game. Everyone knows that players have bad games, and referees have bad games.
“It’d be nice if referees just said that they had a bad game. It happens in England sometimes if they make a mistake…and I think that people would respect them more for it. … If [referee assessors] are watching then they need to have strong words when they have a bad game. Bruce would have strong words with us. It’s just the way it is. It needs to be addressed because he had a bad game. As I said on [Friday], if you ask 100 people then 100 people would say it wasn’t a red card.”
As for who starts at left back on Wednesday, Arena told reporters that the team is still undecided on who to start against Real Salt Lake.
CARSON, Calif. -- Omar Gonzalez was unable to start the LA Galaxy's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC due to a knee issue, but the center back says that he is fit and ready to go for the club's upcoming match against the Houston Dynamo.
Initially, the Galaxy stated that Gonzalez was on the bench due to squad rotation, but after the defeat, LA clarified that the 26-year-old was suffering from a knee injury. Although he missed out on the Orlando match, Gonzalez has been in full training this week ahead of Friday's match against the Dynamo.
"I'm doing good. It was just a precaution. I was just worried about some things but I'm feeling good and I'm good for Friday," said Omar Gonzalez. "If it was late in the season or a playoff game then no doubt I would have played. It was early in the season, and I figured that I wanted to stay safe."
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy need a spark in the attack when they face the Houston Dynamo on Friday, and newcomer Sebastian Lletget just might be the one to deliver that little boost.
The former West Ham United midfielder made his debut for the club last Sunday during their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, going 21 minutes in the loss. During the match, Lletget was unable to truly make an impact on the game due to Orlando's dominance, but the 22-year-old is confident that if he’s given an opportunity against Houston, he can have an impact.
“I believe I am [ready to start],” Lletget told LA Galaxy Insider. “I always believe that I’m practicing really hard. Obviously, coming in the middle of the season, I do need to do a little bit of catch-up in terms of philosophy and our style of play, but I think that I’m ready.”
Just when Lletget makes that first start, however, is in the hands of head coach Bruce Arena who says that Lletget might need to wait a little longer.
"He needs more time,” said Arena. “But it was good to get him out on the field for the first time."
Notorious prankster A.J. DeLaGarza may have delivered his magnum opus during the LA Galaxy's recent trip to face the New York Red Bulls.
Following the club's training session in New Jersey, DeLaGarza snatched one of the plastic wolves that the Red Bulls use to ward off wildlife, and gave Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan the fright of his life.
Is it DeLaGarza's finest prank? Check out the vine above