Seattle Sounders FC

12 November 6:27 pm

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was forced to exit Seattle’s scoreless draw with FC Dallas with a hamstring strain, but despite the injury, the Sounders are confident that their midfield engine will be back in time for the Western Conference Championship series with the LA Galaxy.

The injury came in the 56th minute when Alonso crumbled to the ground, clutching his leg after a seemingly harmless play in midfield. Minutes later, the Cuban midfielder was removed and replaced by Micheal Azira.

According to reports out of Seattle, Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid noted that Alonso is unlikely to train for the remainder of the week, but should be back in time for the first leg of the Western Conference Championship at StubHub Center on Nov. 23.

"We'll know more as we move forward each day," Schmid told reporters after practice on Tuesday. "But our expectation is that he'll be able to make it back for the game in LA. We'll go through the protocol and obviously the rest of this week we're going to keep him off the field, try to get the treatment in and hopefully back on the field next week."

12 November 5:38 pm

CARSON, Calif. –A right hamstring strain forced Leonardo to make an early exit during the LA Galaxy’s 5-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, but the club’s coaching staff are confident that the Brazilian could be back in time to play a role in their Western Conference Championship clash with Seattle Sounders FC.

Leonardo went down in the 37th minute, forcing third-year defender Tommy Meyer to come on for the remainder of last Sunday's game. Although the injury was severe enough that the Brazilian center back needed to be stretchered off the field, the Galaxy coaching staff believe that the time in between series will allow ample time for Leonardo to return to fitness.

“Two weeks is good for both teams certainly and we would think that both teams are going to be healthy when they meet at StubHub Center,” said Bruce Arena. “He’s working [to get back to full fitness] so we’ll see.”  

Added Associate head coach Dave Sarachan, “Two weeks [between games] is a good thing for a guy like him, but we’ll know more as we get through the next few days. I think there is a good chance that he would be back for the series, be it game one or game two.” 

11 November 2:54 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy returned training on Tuesday ahead of their Western Conference Championship first leg with Seattle Sounders FC at StubHub Center on Nov. 23. 

Below are a series of photos by incredibly talented LAGalaxy.com photographer Hana Asano. Check them out below. 

 

 

11 November 1:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- It had to come down to this.

The LA Galaxy's old foe, Seattle Sounders FC will stand in-between LA and another trip to the MLS Cup after the Sounders advanced past FC Dallas on Monday. Fresh off their own triumph over Real Salt Lake that saw LA hang five goals on the Claret-and-Cobalt, the Galaxy returned to training on Tuesday with the Sounders in mind. 

"We were hoping for this as well. It's going to be a very good series and be very similar to what we saw a couple weeks back. May the better team win," said forward Alan Gordon. "We're focused and we want to put in a good performance against a good team." 

But after the Sounders won the Supporters' Shield by defeating the Galaxy last month is there a need for LA to exact any revenge?

"We never approach games like it's revenge," said head coach Bruce Arena. "That's child psychology. We go out to play hard and win regardless of who we're playing." 

10 November 4:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the fifth time in six years on Sunday with their 5-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, but their opponent in that series remains a mystery.

LA will play the winner of the FC Dallas/Seattle Sounders FC series which will be decided on Monday at CenturyLink Field. Seattle need only a victory or a scoreless draw to advance while FC Dallas must defeat the Supporters’ Shield winners or earn a high scoring draw.

Both teams gave the Galaxy all they could handle in the regular season with LA winning the season series with Dallas 2-1-0 while splitting their three matches with Seattle 1-1-1. Given those records, is there a preference for the Galaxy as they seek to qualify for a third MLS Cup in four seasons?

Not at all.

“Between Seattle and Dallas, they gave us a lot of problems during the season so we’ll watch the game very closely tomorrow,” said hat trick hero Landon Donovan. “We’ll be sure to get proper rest this week and we’ll be ready to go.”

Even though the Galaxy had struggled results wise with a four game winless streak prior to their explosion on Sunday, LA believe their clicking at the right time as they look to their next opponent.

“I know that we haven’t had good results, but even against Seattle we had moments that were very good. We did break down at the end, but they sat back and defended against us in Seattle, which is weird,” said Robbie Rogers. “We’re confident in whomever we play be it Seattle or Dallas that we can compete.

“I think that anyone has to come into a stadium where the last team lost 5-0, they know it’s going to be difficult, but it is the playoffs so anyone can win.”

But Stefan Ishizaki, who shined in his start against Salt Lake, offered the tersest message to LA’s future opponents.

“Watch out.” 

09 November 9:40 am

The LA Galaxy are hoping to make a deep playoff run in their quest to be the "First to Five" and it's only appropriate that their new in-stadium playoff intro video features a bit of deep house music.

The intro which was created by LA Galaxy videographers Paolo Ferrari and Albert Lanzillo and will be shown at StubHub Center prior to each match can be seen above.

06 November 3:08 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy were back on the training ground on Thursday just three days out from their Western Conference Semifinals second leg match with Real Salt Lake. 

Despite Galaxy needing a win -- or a penalty kick shootout victory after a draw after 120 minutes -- to advance past RSL, Galaxy captain Robbie Keane says that confidence is high in training ahead of Sunday's match. 

"We know how big the game is," said Keane. "We know that if they score one goal and we tie then we're out. We're an experienced team and we're hoping to keep the confidence high throughout the week. And I can tell by this week's training session's that the guys are ready to go." 

Below are photos from the fantastic Mora Photography's Hana Asano from Thursday's training. 

 

25 October 7:30 pm

SEATTLE— The LA Galaxy were without captain Robbie Keane for Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC, but LA are confident that the team’s captain and leading scorer will be fit and ready to go once the team begins their postseason push.

A nagging injury forced Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena to leave Keane off the squad for the Supporters’ Shield deciding tilt. Although LA were clearly lacking Keane’s offensive spark on Saturday, Arena revealed postgame that the team thought it best to save the Irishman for the postseason which will begin Saturday with a match against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.

"He had a few nagging injuries and we thought it was best to keep him out so he would be ready for playoffs,” Arena said. “We also have to be careful with players on this field. This field is not perfect for a player that's not 100 percent."

24 October 4:59 pm

For their must-win match on Saturday against Seattle Sounders FC, the LA Galaxy are intending to go back to black.

LA will wear their alternate third kits for Saturday's clash at CenturyLink Field in a fashion repeat of the team's jersey choice during their 3-0 win over Seattle back in July. Since introducing the jerseys during the 2013 campaign, the Galaxy have enjoyed immense success with a 5-0-1 record in the 1996-inspired uniforms. Donning the kit also typically means goals for the Galaxy as the team has scored an impressive 19 times in the jerseys while conceding just three times. 

But no one has enjoyed more success in the alternate uniforms than Robbie Keane who has tallied eight of the Galaxy's 19 goals in the jerseys.

24 October 12:28 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy may need a victory in their clash against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday to win the club's fifth Supporters' Shield, but they insist the pressure is all on the home side. 

Robbie Keane was quick to note following the team's training session on Thursday that the Galaxy were completely relaxed heading into their match. After all, the Galaxy have had considerable success in Seattle and carry a 4-3-2 record on the road all-time across all MLS competitions. 

Fellow Designated Player Landon Donovan agreed, stating that Seattle has not only not had success against the Galaxy, but have also struggled to win important matches. 

“Listen, [the Sounders] have done, obviously, a great job putting a lot of importance into the [US] Open Cup over the years, but they've struggled [to win titles] in the league and in the playoffs,” Donovan said. “So they're going to have added incentive, and they're going to want to win this. But for us, what we do here is we win trophies, and this is a chance on Saturday to win another trophy, and we're going to take it that way.”

During Sounders practice on Friday, head coach Sigi Schmid responded to Donovan's comments even opting to cite his own history with the Galaxy.  

"I think Landon was a little bit critical of us, saying that we don’t win trophies, they win trophies, we only win the U.S. Open Cup. I think the Open Cup is a trophy. I’m sorry the Galaxy hasn’t won a lot of them," said Schmid. "But on the same token we realize our shortcomings. I was at the Galaxy,and the Galaxy didn’t win a league trophy for a while. They won the Supporters Shield I think in ’98, but from ’96 until we won the MLS championship in 2002 we didn’t win an MLS championship. We’re in our sixth year, so hopefully that sixth year is the charm."