Preseason

17 February 3:45 pm

FRESNO, Calif. – The LA Galaxy took home the inaugural Central California Cup with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes, but will their trip to Fresno become a yearly visit?

Fueled by goals by Marcelo Sarvas and Gyasi Zardes, the Galaxy held off their archrivals to earn their first silverware of the season. Following the game that saw 12,659 fans fill a sold-out Chukchansi Park in Downtown Fresno, Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena admitted that he was quite taken by the atmosphere created by the raucous crowd.

“I’m sure that we’ll be talking to the promoters of the game tonight and see if there is a possibility of returning in the future,” said Arena after the match which was the Galaxy's first game in Fresno since 2007.

Galaxy club president Chris Klein was similarly impressed by the facilities that hosted both the first team match on Saturday and the inaugural game for LA Galaxy II on Thursday.  Klein even went as far to praise the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino which hosted both Galaxy squads.

“To be hosted by the city of Fresno and the Fresno Fuego has been nice for us. It fits nicely into our preseason,” said Klein. “[The team] enjoyed it. The players enjoy getting up here and being able to bond a little bit, they went to the Casino a little bit and they’ve enjoyed themselves.”

It wasn’t just the Galaxy brass who was impressed as U.S. National Team regulars Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez were wowed by the Fresno faithful.

"I was really impressed with the crowd,” said Donovan. “I thought it was great and there's no reason why we shouldn't come back here again."

Gonzalez went a bit further even stating that he hoped LA returned next year.

"The fans came out tonight and hopefully we will be back again next year…and hopefully we can keep the Cup," said the Galaxy defender.

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15 February 11:33 pm

FRESNO, Calif. -- Gyasi Zardes made a statement on Saturday with his stunning goal to seal the Central California Cup -- he's steadily becoming the dangerous striker that was among 2013's most highly-touted prospects.

In my story for LAGalaxy.com, Zardes talks about his development over the past year after scoring a highlight-reel finish that helped LA defeat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday evening.

The goal can be viewed below.

15 February 11:46 am

When the LA Galaxy take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening, you'll be able to watch the Central California Cup on LAGalaxy.com.

Watch the game tonight at LAGalaxy.com/Live

14 February 11:13 am

The LA Galaxy will have a familiar voice on the call when Time Warner Cable SportsNet broadcasts games this season.

Veteran play-by-play man Joe Tutino, who has covered the Galaxy since 1997, will make his return to the television booth alongside color commentator and fellow LA legend Cobi Jones for the station's 21 televised matches this season. Tutino served as the radio “voice” of the Galaxy from 2003 to 2013 and held both television and radio play-by-play spots from 1999 to 2002.  During the team’s inaugural season, Tutino served as the public address announcer at the Rose Bowl. They will be joined by sideline reporter Kelli Tennant who held the position during the 2013 season. 

On the Time Warner Cable Deportes side, play-by-play man Samuel Jacobo, color commentator Martin Zúñiga, and sideline reporter Elmur Souza all return after working the 2013 season. Deportes will broadcast 16 Galaxy regular season games this season.

Also returning will be LA oriented programing like Backstage: Galaxy, Galaxy Confidencial, Galaxy Compacto, Timeless Galaxy, Access SportsNet: Galaxy and Tu Show Deportivo.

The complete Galaxy television schedule is below.

DAY                 DATE                 OPPONENT                                 TIME (PT)       TELEVISION

Saturday          March 8             vs. Real Salt Lake                        7:30 p.m.        TWCSN/TWCD

Wednesday      March 12            vs. Club Tijuana                          7:00 p.m.        Fox Soccer Plus

Tuesday            March 18            at Club Tijuana                             7:00 p.m.         Fox Sports 2

Saturday           March 22            at Real Salt Lake                          1 p.m.             NBCSN

Sunday             April 6                at Chivas USA                              12 p.m.           TWCSN/UniMas

Saturday          April 12              vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC          7:30 p.m.        TWCSN/TWCD

Saturday           April 19              at Vancouver Whitecaps FC             4:00 p.m.         TWCSN/TWC 

Saturday           May 3                 at Colorado Rapids                      6 p.m.             TWCSN/TWCD

Sunday             May 11               at Portland Timbers                      11:30 a.m.       NBCSN

Saturday           May 17               at Houston Dynamo                     5:30 p.m.         TWCSN/TWCD

Wednesday      May 21               vs. FC Dallas                               7:30 p.m.        TWCSN/TWCD

Sunday            May 25               vs. Philadelphia Union                5 p.m.             TWCSN/UDN

Sunday             June 1                at Chicago Fire                             1:00 p.m.         TWCSN/TWC 

Sunday            June 8               vs. Chivas USA                           5 p.m.             TWCSN/UDN

Saturday           June 28              at San Jose Earthquakes              7:30 p.m.         NBCSN         

Friday              July 4                vs. Portland Timbers                   8 p.m.             NBCSN

Saturday          July 12               vs. Real Salt Lake                        7:30 p.m.        TWCSN/TWCD

Wednesday      July 16               vs. New England Revolution               7:30 p.m.        TWCSN/TWCD

Saturday           July 19               at Sporting Kansas City                3 p.m.             ESPN2

Saturday           July 26               at Seattle Sounders FC                 7 p.m.             ESPN2

Saturday          August 2            vs. Portland Timbers                   11:30 a.m.            NBC

Friday              August 8            vs. San Jose Earthquakes           7:30 p.m.              NBCSN

Saturday           August 16           at Columbus Crew                        4:30 p.m.         TWCSN/TWCD

Wednesday       August 20           at Colorado Rapids                      6 p.m.             TWCSN/TWCD

Saturday          August 23          vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC          7:30 p.m.        TWCSN/TWCD

Wednesday      August 27          vs. DC United                              7:30 pm          TWCSN/TWCD

Sunday             August 31           at Chivas USA                              5 p.m.             TWCSN/UDN

Friday              September 5      vs. Colorado Rapids                    7:30 p.m.            NBCSN

Wednesday       September 10     at Montreal Impact                        4:30 p.m.         TWCSN/TWC 

Sunday             September 14     at San Jose Earthquakes              12 p.m.           TWCSN/UniMas

Saturday          September 20    vs. FC Dallas                               7:30 p.m.        TWCSN/TWC

Sunday            September 28    vs. New York Red Bulls               5:30 p.m.           ESPN

Saturday          October 4           vs. Toronto FC                            7:30 p.m.        TWCSN/TWCD

Sunday             October 12         at FC Dallas                                 4 p.m.             ESPN2

Sunday            October 19         vs. Seattle Sounders FC              5:30 p.m.        ESPN

Saturday           October 25         at Seattle Sounders FC                 11:30 a.m.       NBC

12 February 3:35 pm

The LA Galaxy may have just returned from Mexico City, but the focus is already turning to Saturday’s clash with the San Jose Earthquakes in the first-ever Central California Cup.

On Wednesday, myself and the rest of the LAGalaxy.com headed up the state ahead of Thursday’s match between LA Galaxy II and the Fresno Fuego, which will serve as the inaugural match for the USL PRO side. Just two days later, the Galaxy first team will make the same trek to face the Earthquakes.

Tickets for the Central California Cup are already going quickly with more than 8,000 tickets sold for the match at the 12,500-seat Chukchansi Park according to KFSN-Fresno

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06 February 6:33 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Fresh off a successful January camp with the U.S. National Team, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez returned to training on Thursday ahead of Saturday's friendly with FC Shirak. 

After being given a few days off to rest up after the month-long camp with the U.S., both Gonzalez and Landon Donovan were excited to return to the Galaxy. 

"I'm feeling good. I had a successful January camp," said Gonzalez. I'm just happy to be back at camp with the Galaxy and I'm just looking forward to the start of the season." 

Added Donovan: "I feel great. I feel sharp and fit and excited to get back and get started playing some games. Probably a little bit ahead of everybody as far as fitness and stuff, but it’s nice. Omar and I are happy to be back here and ready to play."

Photos of Donovan and Gonzalez's first training of the year with the Galaxy are below.

05 February 1:52 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy battled to a 2-2 draw with cross-hall rivals Chivas USA in a preseason scrimmage on Wednesday.

The Galaxy were dominant in the first half and needed just five minutes to pull ahead when Rob Friend finished a side-footed volley off a Juninho free kick. The Brazilian midfielder scored a goal of his own in the 20th minute after finishing a brilliant strike from beyond 25-yards that curled past the Chivas USA goalkeeper.

However, in the second half, Chivas USA was able to capitalize on a Galaxy lineup that went through a near complete change at the half and was totally different 10 minutes into the second stanza. Chivas leveled the score in the 72nd minute with a finish by Jacob Barron before equalizing less than 10 minutes later after Matthew Fondy buried a header past Brian Perk.

The result may not have been ideal, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena affirmed that it was simply part of the process of getting the team ready for their MLS season opener which is a little more than a month away.

 “It was just another day of practice in all honesty. It was about getting guys in a full field situation,” said Arena. “The group we played in the first half did a good job of pressuring and creating some chances while the group in the second half was definitely outplayed and it was a sloppy performance.” 

LA Galaxy Starting XI First Half: Penedo; Hall, DeLaGarza, Opare, Cochrane; Ishizaki, Husidic, Juninho, Zardes; Friend, Samuel

LA Galaxy Starting XI Second Half: Perk; Sorto, Leonardo, Venter, Gaul; Jamieson IV, Sarvas, Garcia, Hoffman; Rugg, McBean

LA Galaxy XI at the Final Whistle: Perk; Sorto, Leonardo, Venter, Gaul; Mendiola, Sarvas, Garcia, Hoffman; Rugg, McBean

24 January 10:40 am

The preseason is finally upon us and changes are being made rather rapidly for the LA Galaxy.

LA announced that the team has reconvened for the 2014 on Friday and will hold their first open session for the media on Tuesday, Jan. 28. When LA does return to preseason, they’ll be doing so without a handful of notable players from 2013 including goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini and midfielder Michael Stephens who will not return for the upcoming season.  Also departing are Sean Franklin (selected in MLS Re-Entry Draft Stage One), Hector Jimenez (trade to Columbus), Laurent Courtois (option declined), Colin Clark (option declined), Pablo Mastroeni (retired), and Jose Villarreal (loan to Cruz Azul).

In addition, the Galaxy revealed a tentative preseason schedule that included a closed-door scrimmage in Mexico City against Pumas UNAM on Feb. 11. With the match taking place less than a month prior to LA’s date with Club Tijuana in the Quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League; the match will surely be used as preparation for LA’s CCL campaign. 

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16 January 3:12 pm

PHILADELPHIA - The LA Galaxy got a little deeper at center back on Thursday by drafting New Mexico defender Kyle Venter with the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft

I spoke to Venter and Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena for about the defender's Galaxy connections for LAGalaxy.com. In addition, I spoke to both about where the New Mexico defender fits into LA's system. 

Check it out below.