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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."
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.
Sigi Schmid to Landon Donovan: "I think the Open Cup is a trophy. I’m sorry the Galaxy hasn’t won a lot of them."
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.
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."
By the Numbers: LA Galaxy prepare to take on Seattle Sounders FC in Supporters' Shield deciding clash
SEATTLE - The LA Galaxy need a victory against Seattle Sounders FC to keep their Supporters' Shield dreams alive in their pivotal match on Saturday afternoon.
In the latest edition of LA Galaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins' success at the international and club levels.
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CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy head to CenturyLink Field on Saturday to take on Seattle Sounders FC needing a win to keep their Supporters' Shield dreams alive and LA captain Robbie Keane is bullish that they can accomplish that very goal.
LA have had plenty of success in Seattle since the Sounders entered MLS in 2009, boasting an impressive 4-3-2 record in all MLS competitions. Keane has been at the forefront of much of that success with two goals in all competitions against the Sounders including a lovely finish that helped LA earn a 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field last October.
"It’s a tough place to go, but there’s no reason why we can’t go there and win," Keane said on Thursday. "No pressure on us. It’s theirs to lose. I would say to the players go out and enjoy yourself. As players it’s a normal game. It’s theirs to throw away. The pressure’s on them."
A win will not only assure that the Galaxy win their fifth Supporters' Shield in club history -- a league record -- but also clinch home-field advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs including the final.
With so much on the line, Keane says the mission is simple:,"Make no mistake, we’re going to Seattle to win the game. No question about that.
"The pressure’s on them. They have the points and the wins already. Are you going to go and sit back? I don’t think they have that kind of team really," added Keane. "It will be interesting to see how they play. We know we have to go and play. I think we’re better suited when we know that’s the case. I think the pressure’s 100 percent on them.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy's chase for the Supporters' Shield will come down to the final day when they travel to face Seattle Sounders FC.
While a Supporters' Shield chase going down to the final match may seem like a rarity in MLS, it has actually taken place five other times throughout the course of league history. In the last instance that involved the Galaxy surrounded their 2010 side that clinched the shield with 59 points over Real Salt Lake after a victory over FC Dallas in the season's final day.
Below are a series of instances when the league's regular season title was decided on the final day.
2013: New York Red Bulls (59pts) over Sporting Kansas City (58pts), Portland Timbers (57pts), Real Salt Lake (56pts)
Red Bulls win against Fire to clinch
2010: LA Galaxy (59pts) over Real Salt Lake (58pts)
Galaxy defeat FC Dallas to clinch shield
2004: Columbus Crew (49pts) over Kansas City Wizards (49pts)
Crew tie vs. Colorado Rapids to clinch Shield on goals scored tiebreaker
2001: Miami Fusion (53pts) over Chicago Fire(53pts)
Fusion defeat D.C. United to overtake Chicago, who drew. Clinch Shield due two wins over Fire on head-to-head tiebreaker
2000: Kansas City Wizards (57pts) over Chicago Fire (57pts), New York/New Jersey MetroStars (54pts)
Wizards draw Tampa Bay Mutiny to clinch Shield on goal differential tiebreaker
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy didn’t get the win on Landon Donovan’s final regular season game at StubHub Center, but the club legend was honored from start to finish by the 27,244 in attendance for LA’s 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC.
Before the match, Donovan’s close personal friend John Ondrasik of the band “Five for Fighting” serenated the soccer legend with a surprise tribute at midfield. Minutes later, Donovan’s favorite band R&B legends Boyz II Men performed the national anthem which brought the Galaxy midfielder to tears.
Then it was the fans turn as the Angel City Brigade and LA Riot Squad honored him with tifos before the entire crowd got into the act by chanting the name of the MLS all-time leading scorer at the 10th minute. Once the final whistle blew, the two Supporters’ Groups and the Galaxians had a chance to present Donovan with gifts before the Galaxy star made a bold guarantee stating that the Galaxy "were still going to win the MLS Cup" despite the draw.
"The atmosphere was incredible," said Donovan afterward. "It's just, I keep using the word overwhelming because I think I need to go to college and learn some synonyms but I can't figure out a better word. It is incredible, it really is. I am so appreciative of all of it, I certainly dated myself with some of the artists who came out to perform but it was enjoyable for me and really a memory that will definitely last a lifetime."
And it all happened with Donovan being completely in the dark.
"I was not aware that Boyz II Men was there,” he said. “I didn't know that John Ondrasik from Five For Fighting who has become a really good friend and mentor to me, was going to do that pre-game so those were incredible.”
Photo Gallery: LA Galaxy draw Seattle Sounders FC in Landon Donovan's final regular season game at StubHub Center
Landon Donovan or Clint Dempsey -- it's a question that fans of MLS and the U.S. National Team have debated for years.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at which of the two U.S. National Team stars has enjoyed a better career at the club and international level.
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CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on Seattle Sounders FC in a match with major Supporters' Shield implications on Sunday.
A Galaxy win or draw will keep LA's hopes of the Supporters' Shield alive while a loss will give Sounders their first regular season title in club history.
Below is a video preview of Sunday's match.