Preseason

16 January 1:35 pm

PHILADELPHIA – Count retired LA Galaxy legend Landon Donovan among those who were impressed by the club’s ability to acquire Liverpool FC and former England captain Steven Gerrard to replace him as the team’s third Designated Player.

In an interview with LA Galaxy Insider after the announcement that Major League Soccer will be naming their Most Valuable Player award, the “Landon Donovan MVP trophy,” Donovan said that he was immensely pleased when he heard LA had signed the 34-year-old English soccer star.

“I was incredibly impressed with the [Galaxy’s] ability to bring in a player like Steven Gerrard and that, he’s the quality of player that they wanted,” Donovan said. “When I played at Everton [Liverpool’s arch rival], Everton fans hate Liverpool players and Liverpool fans, but Steven Gerrard was the one player that everyone respected on both sides. Everyone in the Premier League has so much respect for him and I can’t think of a better person to come here and hopefully lead the team to a sixth trophy next year.”

16 January 12:47 pm

PHILADELPHIA -- The LA Galaxy dealt one of chief contributors to their 2014 MLS Cup title run on Thursday by trading Marcelo Sarvas to the Colorado Rapids, but the club now appears primed to replace the departing Brazilian with another top tier talent. 

LA dealt Sarvas and an international roster spot to the Rapids on Thursday in a move that saw the Galaxy move up to the third spot on the league's allocation order. Reports have swirled that move will allow the Galaxy to acquire U.S. international Sacha Kljestan, a player who has long been on the club's radar. According to ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle,  the deal should allow the Galaxy the freedom to acquire Kljestan or any other returning U.S. international as neither the two teams ahead of them in the ranking, the Montreal Impact and San Jose Earthquakes are expected to impede LA's plans. 

"It's a deal that I believe is beneficial for Marcelo," Arena told Carlisle on Thursday. "It's something he wanted to do and puts him in a good position financially. And it allows us to have some flexibility in continuing to build our roster in 2015. So we'll have the ability to look into the possibility of bringing in some other players."

In addition to Arena speaking out about the Brazilian midfielder's departure, Sarvas' partner in central midfield Juninho also addressed his departure via his personal instagram.

"Marcelo, I want to wish you the best of luck in the next step of your life. Thank you for teaching me a lot of things about soccer, especially never giving up no matter the situation. You are a very good player and an example of dedication and companionship," Juninho said. "We were a good duo. It was a pleasure to play and live by your side and to know you in and off the field. Good luck to you in your next new club. LA, my family and I gonna miss you, Champion.'

 

Marcelo I want to wish you the best of luck in the next step of your life. Thank you for teaching me a lot of things about soccer, especially never giving up no matter the situation. You are a very good player and an example of dedication and companionship. We were a good duo. It was a pleasure to play and live by your side and to know you in and off the field. Good luck to you in your next new club. LA, my family and I gonna miss you Champion / Marcelo Eu quero te desejar muita sorte neste próximo passo da tua vida. Obrigado por me ensinar muitas coisas sobre o futebol , especialmente de nunca me der por vencido não importa a situação. Você é jogador diferenciado um exemplo de dedicação e companheirismo. Fomos uma excelente dupla juntos. Foi um prazer jogar e viver ao teu lado e de conhecer você dentro e fora de campo. Boa sorte no teu novo clube. LA , minha família e eu vamos sentir saudades de você Campeão. @marcelosarvas

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14 January 2:58 pm

Marcelo Sarvas was an integral part of the LA Galaxy’s 2014 MLS Cup Championship campaign, but various reports are stating that the midfielder be on the move as part of a series of deals that could see Sacha Kljestan come to the StubHub Center.

Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep and ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle reported this week that with the Galaxy interested in signing Kljestan who is currently out of contract with Belgian club Anderlecht, Sarvas could be moved as part of a deal to acquire the Huntington Beach native. If Kljestan does sign with MLS, he will be subject to the league’s allocation order which would require interested parties—reported to be LA, New York Red Bulls,Philadelphia Union, and Seattle Sounders FC—to trade up with the Montreal Impact, who currently hold the top spot.

Sources confirmed both reports by Goal and ESPN FC that the Brazilian midfielder is seeking a pay raise after his stellar 2014 season, despite Sarvas having one more year on his current contract. Carlisle reported that during the league’s draft combine that several coaches said that would be interested in Sarvas if he were to become available by the Galaxy, including San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear who’s side holds the second spot in the allocation order. 

Kinnear even addressed potential interest with a brief comment to Carlisle.

"We've had no discussions with L.A. regarding Sarvas," the San Jose boss said. "But I think he's performed very well over the years, and if he became available and they were willing to put his name out there, I think he's a player who could help many teams in this league."
 
13 January 9:28 am

A little more than a month after winning MLS Cup, the LA Galaxy are getting back to business. 

The club announced on Tuesday that Galaxy players will report for physicals on Jan. 22 before returning to the field a day later. LA will train at StubHub Center until Feb. 11 before the departs for Europe for a pair of friendlies against Swedish -- and AEG owned -- side Hammarby at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm on Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. PT (7:30 p.m. local time) before taking on Republic of Ireland giant Shamrock Rovers in Dublin on Feb. 21 at 8 a.m. PT (4 p.m. local time). The Galaxy will return to Los Angeles on Feb. 22 and begin to their turn their focus to the regular season opener against the Chicago Fire on March 6. 

Prior to the first team's departure for Europe, USL PRO affiliate LA Galaxy II will host open try outs at StubHub Center on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

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12 January 6:37 pm

The eyes of the global soccer world were in Zurich on Monday as FIFA held it's annual FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala. The winners surprised few as world superstar Cristiano Ronaldo took home the prestigious Ballon d'Or award while German head coach Jogi Low won the FIFA Head Coach of the Year honors.

National team captains and head coaches from across the world participated in the voting including LA Galaxy captain and Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane.

For the Ballon d'Or, Keane tipped Ronaldo as his first choice, Argentina's Lionel Messi in second and his former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Gareth Bale in third. While Keane voted with the majority for his player voting, he went with a bent with his vote for the coaching honor, opting for Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti first, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simone second and finally U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in third

Klinsmann also had a vote for both awards, tipping Low for the coaching honor but did not side with the Irishman for the World Player of the Year, backing Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for the award. The U.S. boss spoke about his votes to reporters in Carson on Monday at the opening of the USMNT's annual Janaury camp. 

"It’s a no brainer that Jogi Low was the coach of the year because he won the World Cup. I was a bit sad for Manuel Neuer because I thought he played outstanding. At the end of the day, the most important title that you can win in your career is a World Cup and he won that one," Klinsmann said. "When you talk about players like Cristiano Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, you’re talking about top class players and you wish them all the best, and hope that they can get whatever award that they can get. But I was voting for Manuel Neuer and I was hoping that he could win, but unfortunately, he didn’t."                                                                  

11 January 5:05 pm

Things went from bad to worse for the U.S. Under-20's during their U-20 CONCACAF Championship campaign on Sunday. 

Panama's U-20 side defeated Tab Ramos' squad 1-0 off a 79th minute goal from Los Canaleros' Carlos Small. The U.S. Under-20's are now 0-1-1 in their first two matches in Group A play after their disappointing 1-1 draw to Guatemala earlier this week. Despite their poor start, the U.S. squad needs only to finish in the top three in group play to have a chance to qualify for this summer's U-20 World Cup. 

Galaxy Homegrown forward Bradford Jamieson IV started the match on the bench as the U.S. once again sputtered offensively against a Central American opponent. Jamieson was inserted at halftime with the U.S. struggling, but it was Panama who found the winner when Small capitalized on a ball over the top and placed it into the back of the net with a right-footed volley. 

The U.S. return to action next Wednesday against Aruba and will then take on Jamaica on Jan. 18 before finishing up group play on Jan. 20 against Trinidad and Tobago. 

 

09 January 2:21 pm

LA Galaxy fans will still need to wait about seven months until Steven Gerrard suits up for the club, but it's very apparent that the 34-year-old Liverpool FC legend will be in top form once he arrives. 

On Friday morning during Liverpool's preparations for Saturday's match against Sunderland (4:45 am on NBCSN/mun2) at their training ground Melwood, Gerrard delivered an impressive left-footed volley that sailed into the back of the net.

Watch the goal above.  

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09 January 10:48 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Oscar Sorto and Gyasi Zardes have officially gone from the LA Galaxy Academy all the way to the U.S. National Team. 

Galaxy Homegrown Players Oscar Sorto and Gyasi Zardes were among the 28-man roster named by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the team's annual January camp at StubHub Center from Jan. 12 to Feb. 8. The training camp will end with a pair of matches for the U.S. against Chile in South America on Jan. 28 and against CONCACAF rivals Panama on Feb. 8 at StubHub Center.

The call-ups will be the first from the senior team for both Sorto and Zardes. While Zardes carries no tournament experience, the 20-year-old Sorto was a member of the U.S. Under-20 squad during their participation in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

The inclusions of youngsters like Sorto and Zardes are part of Klinsmann's stated goal of bringing in Olympic-eligible players as the USMNT looks ahead to not only the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, but also the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The U.S. Under-23's famously missed out on the 2012 Olympic Games in London which were won by CONCACAF archrivals Mexico.

“The prize in 2015 for the senior National Team is the Gold Cup, and this camp will give a lot of our players a chance to kick start their preparations for an important year,” Klinsmann said. “We also get an opportunity to introduce the next wave of young players into the program, and in particular work with many of our Olympic-age guys as they build toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”

The complete U.S. roster is below.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (unattached), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (out of contract), Dennis Flores (Club Leon), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool FC), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew) 

FORWARDS (6): Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

08 January 6:11 pm

In a special LA Galaxy Insider Breakdown, I look at how the LA Galaxy's new signing of Liverpool FC midfield can benefit the team and just where he'll fit.

Check it out above.

07 January 6:57 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters on Wednesday to discuss the club’s newest Designated Player signing of Liverpool FC midfielder Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard will remain with Liverpool until the end of their season and will be eligible to play when the league’s transfer window opens in mid-January.

Arena’s complete comments from the conference call can be found below.

(On how the Galaxy intend to rotate their midfield around Gerrard…)

ARENA: I’m not spending a whole lot of time on that right now. We have seven months or so until Stevie arrives here in Los Angeles, and we’re going to play out the process of our team, see how it moves forward, and see how we’re ready to utilize Stevie once he gets here.

(On how Gerrard relates to other European arrivals to MLS like Beckham and Keane…)

ARENA: I think that they have proven track records. They’re winners, they’re great people, they’ve been terrific leaders on their clubs previous to coming to the Galaxy, and their qualities speak for themselves. Stevie has the characteristics of David Beckham and Robbie Keane, he’s a terrific players, he’s of great character, a great teammate and a great leader, so I think he’ll complement our team in a very positive way.

(On Gerrard’s versatility in the midfield…)

ARENA: In my observation of Stevie over the years, he’s not only been a central midfielder, he’s played a little bit shaded to the left or right underneath the strikers, so he can play a variety of positions in midfield. My guess is we’ll play him closer to the forwards than our center backs. He’s a player obviously with very good attacking qualities and we want to get him pushed as close to goal as we can, when we can. So I think we can accommodate that through a variety of positions. It’ll take a little bit of time, but we’ll get it figured out by the time that Stevie arrives.

(On the criticism that Gerrard receives for being unable to track back…)

ARENA:  Steven Gerrard is a great player. He played in the 2014 World Cup, he plays for one of the top clubs in England… He’s got great experience, great understanding of the game; he’s quite capable of playing on both sides of the ball. I believe he’ll be a very good player for us in MLS.C

(On if Arena will manage Gerrard’s minutes…)

ARENA:  I will manage his minutes. I’m going to try to get him on the field as much as possible.

(On the process to sign Gerrard…)

ARENA: First of all, I think Stevie did his homework, he was well aware of MLS and the Galaxy. He’s been here a couple of times, obviously with Liverpool, so he knew Southern California and L..A. He understands MLS, so there weren’t a whole lot of questions and he’s obviously been aware of Beckham and Keane at the Galaxy. But on and off over the years, Stevie’s always been a name that we’ve examined as a potential player to come to the Galaxy, and obviously over the recent months we’ve obviously pursued the player… Over the last two or three weeks, things came together pretty quickly.

(On if the Galaxy had other options…)

ARENA: We were looking at three or four players over the last three or four months, and obviously, Stevie was there all along. I would say that I thought it was going to be a longshot to acquire Stevie, but as we got closer to the year, interest on both parties picked up, and we were very fortunate to be able to secure a deal.

 (On how Keane and Gerrard will combine…)

ARENA: They’re two outstanding players. They’ve played together before, they know each other, and I think in a short period of time they’re going to be able to have a great understanding of each other, and I’m quite confident that we’ll see they’re going to be able to help create chances for the LA Galaxy.

(On Robbie Keane’s input in the Gerrard signing…)

ARENA: To be honest with you, I have not spoken to Robbie Keane about this. Maybe a month or so ago, I let him know we were talking with Stevie, but we didn’t talk about how he fit in with the team and everything else. I just acknowledged the fact that Stevie was a player that we had an interest in.