Seattle Sounders FC

16 April 4:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane is back on the training field but his status is still in question heading into Saturday’s match with Sporting Kansas City.

Keane recently returned to training after missing out on the LA Galaxy’s victory over Seattle Sounders FC due to a groin strain. Finally on the mend from the injury which was suffered during the late stages of the Galaxy’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC earlier this month, Keane is taking a cautious approach to his availability for Saturday.

“I feel good. I trained for the first time today,” Keane told reporters on Thursday. “I just have to assess [before] the game on Saturday over the next two days to see if there’s no reaction. If there’s no reaction, I’ll be ready to go but we have to see how these next two days are.”

Although Keane is noncommittal about his availability, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said that the forward is a "possibility" for Saturday

16 April 3:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy have dealt with the injury bug over the last several weeks, and now head coach Bruce Arena will have to evaluate the statuses of returning internationals Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes ahead of the weekend clash with Sporting Kansas City .

The Galaxy duo both went a full 90 minutes in the U.S. National Team’s 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico in San Antonio on Wednesday. Both players returned to Southern California on Thursday but according to Arena, he’ll have some thinking to do when he decides whether to slot the pair in the starting lineup for the match with Sporting.

“We have players that have been injured over the last two or three weeks, going to likely return. Jose Villarreal, Robbie Keane is a possibility, Mika Vayaynen is a possibility, AJ DeLaGarza is coming back from a slight injury, Edson Buddle’s probably going to be available. A number of players. That makes for a good week," Arena told reporters on Thrusday. "However, we have to be cautious with players that played with the U.S. team last night. That will be their third game in a week. We gotta make a decision on whether they’re going to be involved with our team on Saturday.”

Like many, Arena did not take too much from the Americans latest 2-0 win over Mexico, remarking that the pitiful field conditions took away from the overall product.

“I don’t think it’s a game you could say a whole lot about," Arena said. "The playing conditions were so poor, Mexico put out a good team that certainly is not their team. I don’t know what you make out of that. On the night the US was certainly the better team and deserved to win.”

12 April 8:34 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. 

His comments are below.

(On the play of Jaime Penedo...)

ARENA: He had an excellent performance today. Real big saves in the first half, got off his line well on a couple of occasions in the second half. Made some big saves, played very well. Stefan Frei made some important saves as well. The goalkeepers played well today for both teams.

(On Rafael Garcia's showing...)

ARENA: "He played very well. I don’t know how much he’s played with us in the past, but he put in an excellent shift today. A very good night. He’s been with us a number of years now, so he’s quite capable of stepping in and performing.

(On Jaime Penedo stepping up...)

ARENA: "His stepping up today was critical. Leonardo has been out, Robbie’s not in today, Jose and Mika didn’t train all week. We were really short-handed and guys stepped up. Gordon was a real man today. Obviously the winning goal, played strong the entire 90 minutes. I think he played quite well. You gotta win these kinds of games. It won’t go down as a classic by any means, but you have to grind it out and we got a critical three points."

(On the team's depth...)

ARENA: "We were a little thin in the week, the concentration and commitment by our team today was excellent. It’s great to get three points."

(On the status of Robbie Keane...)

ARENA: "Keane should be ready next week."

(On when he knew Keane would miss the Seattle game...)

ARENA: "Saturday in Vancouver." 

12 April 1:33 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to snap their four game unbeaten run against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. The match will be televised on Fox Sports 1 starting at 4 p.m. PT. 

Below are links, matchups, quotes and a prediction to get you ready for the game.

LINKS:

*Remember that the first 15,000 fans into StubHub Center will receive a commemorative 2014 MLS Cup championship ring

*LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena provides an update on the injured pair of Jose Villarreal and Mika Väyrynen

*After Five Matches: A historical look at the the LA Galaxy's early season form over the years

*Sticking with the infographic theme, MLSsoccer.com provides an in-depth look at the records amassed by the Galaxy and Seattle since 2009

* In the latest edition of "90 in 90," Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino preview the Galaxy's match with Seattle

*Meet the "Supervisor": My feature on LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho and his growing leadership role

*In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Juninho's success against the Sounders.

*Finally in the Match Preview Presented by O4 Water: LAGalaxy.com writer Larry Morgan provides a preview of Sunday's big match.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

Omar Gonzalez vs. Clint Dempsey

A match of U.S. National Team stars, Dempsey's movement and partnership with Obafemi Martins will look to cause trouble for Gonzalez. Positioning will be key for Gonzalez and the Galaxy defense to keep the Sounders at bay. 

Juninho vs. Osvaldo Alonso

In a battle between two of the best defensive midfielders in MLS, both will look to set the tempo and spark their offense forward. 

Stefan Ishizaki vs. Dylan Remick

As the LA Galaxy look to generate offense, look for Bruce Arena's men to lean on Ishizaki as he faces off against the second-year MLS defender out of Brown. 

THEY SAID IT:

"Those two guys up front are really good. You can have two really good guys up there but if they don’t have that connection and play well up there, it’s just two really good players. These two it’s almost like they have Sonar and they exactly where each other are at all times. They’re always dangerous."

- Stefan Ishizaki on the Sounders forward partnership of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins

PREDICTION:

Galaxy 2 (Husidic, Gonzalez) Seattle 1 (Dempsey)

11 April 11:13 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to right the ship against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but even though LA’s duel with Seattle always has the fans attention, some with the Galaxy disagree.

The two top teams in Major League Soccer since 2009, the Galaxy and Seattle have been responsible for some epic matches over the last several years including a pair of matches in October and November that determined both the Supporters’ Shield winner and the Western Conference Championship.

Given all that history, is the match a special occasion for the Galaxy?

“It’s a rivalry because we’re one of the best two teams of the league,” said midfielder Stefan Ishizaki. “They got the Supporters’ Shield, and we wanted that. Then we got the MLS Cup, and they wanted that. Obviously, this year, we’re hoping to get both. But we have to start playing better and what better time than to do so against Seattle.”

Not everyone agrees, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was quick to scoff at the past between the two teams will impact Sunday’s result.

“All that stuff is in the past. If you’re worried about all that stuff then you’re head is full of a lot of crap all the time. Last year is last year. If last year wasn’t over, everything would be good, and we’d be champions,” Arena said. “Is it a rivalry? Everyone is our rival. Now that Chivas is gone, we don’t have any rivals... .Maybe the team that was in our building was a rival, but the other teams are just games in our conference and our league.”

 

11 April 8:30 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Major League Soccer's finest rivalry will kick off again this Sunday when the LA Galaxy face Seattle Sounders FC.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Juninho's stellar showings agaisnt Seattle.

Check it out below.

10 April 2:41 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Friday that injured midfielder Jose Villarreal is expected to be “available” for Sunday’s clash with Seattle Sounders FC.

The 21-year-old left midfielder missed LA’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC a week ago with a hamstring injury, but returned to training earlier this week.

“He’ll be alright,” Arena said. “He’ll be available.”

Arena also chimed in about Mika Vayrynen (calf) noting that the Finnish midfielder “looked alright” at training on Friday. 

10 April 12:12 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Since 2009, the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC have set the gold standard for Major League Soccer.

Over the last six years, the Galaxy and Seattle have accounted for three of the last six MLS Cup winners (all Galaxy), four of the last six U.S. Open Cup winners (all Seattle), and three of the last six Supporters' Shield winners. All the while, both sides have enjoyed the two highest winning percentages in Major League Soccer. 

Ahead of Sunday's clash between the two teams, MLSsoccer.com has provided a breakdown on the rivalry in the infographic below. 

07 April 3:53 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena delivered some good news regarding Jose Villarreal and a pair of other injured players as the club began their preparations for this Sunday's match against their archrivals Seattle Sounders FC.

Villarreal was unable to travel to last week’s defeat against Vancouver Whitecaps FC due to a precautionary hamstring injury, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that the 21-year-old is back in training and continuing to make progress ahead of this weekend’s match.

"He’s getting there. He’s making progress," Arena told reporters after training. "The turf [at BC Place]  is always a problem, that’s a bad surface and it creates some issues so we have to be careful with certain players."

Arena echoed his comments when asked about Brazilian center back Leonardo who missed out on the match due to a quad strain, stating that he’ll be evaluated prior to Sunday’s game.

The Galaxy boss was more direct regarding Finnish midfielder Mika Väyrynen. The 33-year-old was forced to exit LA’s defeat to Vancouver with a right calf injury, but Arena stated that he believes Väyrynen will be “ready to go” this week.

While none of the answers were too direct, in typical Arena fashion, however, the Galaxy boss is not too concerned with injury news this early in the week.

"The game is Sunday, it's Tuesday," Arena said bluntly. "We've got an entire week to prepare for the game and make those decisions."

06 April 5:32 pm

LA Galaxy TV crew Albert Lanzillo and Paolo Ferrari chronicled the club's run to the 2014 MLS Cup in a thrilling five-part documentary series that provided a backstage look at the team's run to the title. 

Check out the documentary in handy-dandy place below. 

Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 1

Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 2

Western Conference Championship, Leg 1

Western Conference Championship, Leg 2 

MLS Cup Final