Preseason

15 February 12:46 pm

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 12:13 pm

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 4:35 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 7:33 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 2:52 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 11:40 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 4:12 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. 

15 January 10:01 am

PHILADELPHIA— The LA Galaxy may have traded out of the first round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, but if history tells us anything, there could be value with their 23rd pick in the second round.

There have been quite a few high value 23rd picks from U.S. National Team midfielder Graham Zusi and LA Galaxy legend – and Galaxy Academy Director – Peter Vagenas to U.S. National Team veteran and former LA Galaxy left back Eddie Lewis among others. In fact, the history of the 23rd selection—in my opinion—is much more illustrious than that of the 14th pick which was headlined by Shalrie Joseph, George John and Ned Grabavoy.

The complete history of the 23rd pick is below:

2013— Luke Spencer, New England Revolution -- Suffered an ACL tear in preseason and did not make the Revolution's roster.  Spencer resumed training with New England at the end of the 2013 season.

2012—Lucky Moksana, Chicago Fire --  Did not make the Fire roster out of preseason. Currently a member of the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies. 

2011—Michael Farfan, Philadelphia Union -- Finished third in rookie of the year voting in 2011, signed with Liga MX side Cruz Azul after three seasons with the Union.

2010—Ross LaBauex, Colorado Rapids -- Made 18 appearances with the Colorado Rapids before being waived in September 2012, signed with USL Pro club Rochester Rhinos in March 2013.

2009—Graham Zusi, Kansas City Wizards (Sporting Kansas City) -- A regular with Sporting Kansas City and the U.S. National Team, Zusi was an MLS All-Star and MLS Best XI Selection in 2012 and 2013. Zusi was an MLS MVP finalist in 2012. 

2008—Yomby William, Kansas City Wizards (Sporting Kansas City) -- Did not make a competitive appearance for Kansas City and has spent the last five years with USL Pro side Rochester Rhinos.

2007—Ty Harden, Los Angeles Galaxy -- Galaxy defender of the year in 2007, Harden retired in 2008 to pursue philanthropic endeavors in Africa. Harden returned to soccer in 2009 and is currently with the San Jose Earthquakes. 

2006—Willie Sims, New England Revolution -- Made nine appearances with the Revolution from 2006 to 2007 and last played with USL Premier Developmental League side Los Angeles Misioneros.

2005—Domenic Mediate, Columbus Crew -- Played three seasons in MLS with the Crew and D.C. United before ending his career in 2009 with the Puerto Rico Islanders.

2004—Jeremiah White, New England Revolution -- Spent most of his career in Europe and earned his lone U.S. National Team cap in 2008 during a friendly against Sweden at The Home Depot Center.

2003—Roger Levesque, San Jose Earthquakes -- Spent three seasons with San Jose winning MLS Cup in 2003, but then moved onto Seattle Sounders FC for the next 10 seasons where he became a club icon. Levesque is currently a University of Washington grad student.

2002—Jon Busch, Columbus Crew -- Currently with the San Jose Earthquakes, Busch is one of only six MLS goalkeepers all-time with more than 100 wins. 

2001—Justin Evans, Chicago Fire -- Played in MLS for two seasons with three clubs. Current head coach of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

2000—Peter Vagenas, Los Angeles Galaxy -- A two-time MLS Cup champion, Vagenas captained the LA Galaxy's 2005 MLS Cup winning side. After a 13-year career in MLS, Vagenas became the LA Galaxy Academy Director. 

1999—Greg Sutton, Chicago Fire -- Longtime MLS goalkeeper who last played with the Montreal Impact.

1998—Jason Boyce, Colorado Rapids -- Bounced around MLS for three seasons and last played in MLS with the LA Galaxy reserves in 2010.

1997—Todd DeNault, Columbus Crew -- Released during preseason training camp, but no other information on DeNault was found.

1996—Eddie Lewis, San Jose Clash -- A left-sided defender who played four seasons with the San Jose Clash and was named to MLS Best XI in 1999. Lewis went on to play for Fulham, Leeds United and Derby County before joining the Galaxy in 2008.  A U.S. National Team regular, Lewis appeared in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup. 

 

09 January 4:35 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Count LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan among those praising Toronto FC’s reported capture of star U.S. National Team midfielder Michael Bradley.

Although the deal has not yet been announced by MLS or Toronto FC, the widely reported transfer was confirmed by Bradley’s Italian club A.S. Roma on Thursday. Bradley is the latest U.S. National Team standout to return to MLS or elect to stay in the league and the highest profile returnee since Seattle Sounders FC’s signing of Clint Dempsey in August.

When asked about Bradley’s reported move, Donovan admitted that the return of the 26-year-old was “great” for Toronto FC, MLS and his national team teammate.

“I think that it’s a testament to our league that people want to come back and play here particularly six months before a World Cup,” said Donovan ahead of U.S. National Team training on Thursday.” It makes a strong statement, obviously, [Tim Leiweke] made it clear to him that it was something that he wanted, and Mike is a smart guy, I’m sure that he’s thought about this a lot and it’s something that he wants to do so I think that it is great.”

If any U.S. National Team player is familiar with Bradley’s current situation, it would be Donovan who made a high-profile return to MLS from Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen in 2005 to join the Los Angeles Galaxy. Donovan then opted to extend his stay in MLS last summer when he inked a multi-year deal to stay with the Galaxy.

Although the moves of players like Bradley and Dempsey may be criticized, Donovan attests that the two players are simply “following their dreams” in a much improved MLS than the one the Galaxy forward returned to in 2005.

“The league is a lot better. The league is different because financially more stable, but in all ways, coaching is better, youth development is better, there’s more media, there’s more attention, everything is different and constantly changing,” said Donovan. “We always say that [MLS] is not where we want it to be, but when guys like Michael and Clint make decisions like that, when [Omar Gonzalez], Matt Besler, Graham Zusi make the decision to stay here when they could have gone abroad, it makes a big statement.

“The way that you make the league better is by having better players and certainly in the last six months, it has gotten two of our best [American] players back in the league.”

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