Sporting Kansas City
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters after the club's 2-1 victory.
Arena's comments are below.
(On the game...)
ARENA: "When you play hard and hang in there, once in a while you get a little bit lucky and the ball bounces your way. We’ve been on the short end of those a few times. I think things balance out. I think our second half we played better. We were much more aggressive, competed a little bit better, our game was a little bit better. On the night I think we played well considering a little bit of a makeshift lineup. I’m real pleased with our players. We’ve played two games in a row without Robbie Keane, and tonight not starting with Omar [Gonzalez] and Gyasi [Zardes] and getting a result is very impress.”
(On Bradford Jamison’s first start...)
ARENA: “A player who played with a lot of convinced. He was aggressive. We told him that when in doubt run. His pace, I think, was a factor in the game. We lacked a little of speed, so having him in the lineup was important. At the end of the game, him and Gyasi, they were threats. They put Kansas City on their heels at times. It was a pretty impressive game for him.”
(On the team’s performance...)
ARENA: “I think we did good. This league is a unique league in the fact that every game is a battle. Teams are pretty even in MLS. Any time you win a game, you have to take it, especially when it’s against a good team like Sporting Kansas City. It’s obviously a great result. We were a little bit fortunate at the end, but I think we played really hard. We conditioned ourselves to get a break. We put a lot of pressure on them in the last ten, fifteen minutes and we were lucky that the ball bounced our way.”
(On Tommy Meyer’s performance...)
ARENA: “He did a good job. I think, their goal we made a few mistakes. But on the night, I don’t think Jaime [Penedo] was tested a whole lot. I could be wrong, but there were a couple of saves that he had to come off his line. He jumped on some balls. He played behind our line. For the most part, I think we did a good job. They are a good team. The combination of Dwyer up top and Espinoza and Feilhaber—it’s a good trio of players and they are dangerous. I think for the most part we did a good job.”
(On if Zardes and Gonzalez provided a spark off the bench...)
ARENA: "A spark? Well, Gyasi did well, and Omar scored the winning goal, if you want to call that a spark or whatever, then you can. I think they contributed greatly tonight."
By the Numbers: LA Galaxy take on Sporting Kansas City in a battle of the last two MLS Cup champions
CARSON, Calif. -- The last two MLS Cup winners will face off on Saturday at StubHub Center when the LA Galaxy take on Sporting Kansas City.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's "By the Numbers," we look at the two teams record since Sporting's rebrand and rise to prominence back in 2011.
Check it out below.
LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes says he's ready to start on Saturday after returning from U.S. National Team duty
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy stalwarts Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes returned to training on Friday after a brief spell with the U.S. National Team.
Two days after going 90 minutes in the USMNT's 2-0 victory over rival Mexico in San Antonio, the duo returned to the training pitch with the team in full preparation for Saturday's match with Sporting Kansas City. Just what role that the national team players will have is still in question, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has told reporters that he will wait until matchday before making a decision on if they'll start against Sporting.
Even though he went 90 minutes on the harsh grass surface at the Alamo Dome on Wednesday, Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes says that he’s ready to start on Saturday if needed.
"The surface in San Antonio was very tough to play on. ... My legs worked really hard over the last couple of days so I just have to do a good job of taking care of them," Zardes said. "I feel like I'm ready to go if needed, if he decides to start me then I'll just prepare my body. If Bruce puts me in then I'm going to play to my full potential."
Injured LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane taking a wait and see approach to his status for Sporting Kansas City match
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.
The LA Galaxy passed on making any selections in stage one of the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft.
Only three players were selected in the first process as former Sporting KC goalkeepers Eric Kronberg and Andy Gruenebaum were selected by Montreal Impact and San Jose Earthquakes respectively while former Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley was taken by Toronto FC.
Teams will now have a chance to regonotiate with their players made available for the Re-Entry Draft process before stage two on Dec. 18
Following the LA Galaxy's 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, the club honored Landon Donovan on the ocassion of his final regular season home game at StubHub Center.
Club president Chris Klein stepped up to the mic to thank Donovan as well as Galaxy supporters, but when the Galaxy star stepped up to mic, he offered a bold guarantee. During his brief thank you message to fans and teammates, Donovan was curt stating that not only will the Galaxy bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Seattle, but the team will "win the Cup" come December.
You can see Donovan's pledge above.
Do you think Donovan is right? Will his guarantee come true?
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Robbie Keane pulled the LA Galaxy to within a single goal late in their 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City, but the Irishman could help but think about one shot that got away from the goal scorer.
The event occurred in the 54th minute with the Sporting up by a single goal when Keane barreled down on the Sporting KC goal and collided hard with SKC goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum before unleashing a shot that flew just over the bar. Despite the hard challenge, referee Allen Chapman refused to award a foul on the play and seven minutes later, the home side found their eventual game winner on Lawerence Olum’s goal.
“If you’d have seen my leg, you’d have thought it was a foul. Seeing the replay, it doesn’t matter if I had an opportunity to score,” said Keane who now has 10 regular season goals for a third consecutive season. “The fact is if [the keeper] isn’t there, it’s a goal probably. I didn’t think I was going to be doing that kind of cartwheel today, I’ll tell you that.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena also had pointed words for Chapman.
“I think it should have been a foul [on Gruenebaum],” said Arena.” I don’t think it’s a red card but if a field player passes a ball and a player goes through, it’s a foul. So it’s a foul on the play; it’s a free kick. It doesn’t need to be a red card. But it’s a foul and it has to be a free kick. Like the foul they had that they scored a goal on—those are fouls. And the referee needs to call them.”
Was it a foul? Could that call have changed the game?
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media following the team's 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
The defeat snapped LA's eight game unbeaten run.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Saturday's match between the last two teams to win MLS Cup just got a bit more intriguing as Sporting Kansas City center back Aurelien Colin saw his red card rescinded by an Independent Review Panel.
The decision to reverse Colin's one game suspension after he was red carded in the 55th minute of Sporting's 2-1 win over the Crew last weekend was done "unanimously" according to an MLS press release. Colin, 28, has made 15 appearances for Sporting in 2014 while tallying two goals.
Although Kansas City will be able to call upon their starting center back and chief set piece scoring threat, they will not have the services of defensive midfielder -- and former LA Galaxy player -- Paulo Nagamura who was ruled out on Friday with a left ankle sprain. Lawerence Olum is expected to return to the Sporting starting XI after filling in for the injured Nagamura last week.
Soccer has caught the attention of America over the past month and now MLS kicks back into full swing with a slate of games this weekend.
MLSsoccer.com gets you excited for the action with this hype video.