SuperClasico

06 April 2:49 pm

 CARSON, Calif. – Bruce Arena addressed the media following the LA Galaxy’s 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday afternoon.

His complete thoughts are below:

(On the play of Stefan Ishizaki…)

ARENA: “In time he is going to give us good passing. He is capable of scoring goals like he demonstrated today, but he needs a little time, he is still making the adjustment in to the league. Today is a difficult day for a player that has played in Europe his whole life, a lot in Scandinavia and all of a sudden he is on a field that is about 80 degrees, it’s sticky, all of that. So that was a little challenging for not only Stefan but all the players. The conditions were difficult today to play in. He had a solid game, obviously a good goal. I think he needs to deal with the speed and the pressure on the ball a little bit better than he did today.”

(On the tactical changes made in the midfield…)

ARENA: “I don’t want to underscore us or over score us. Formations are what they are. It is 11 players out on the field. It just so happens that it accommodates the players that we have out there a little bit better. If we somehow shifted [Marcelo] Sarvas next to Juninho and Stefan [Ishizaki] a little on the right and Baggio [Husidic] a little bit on the right, the world wasn’t going to change. Don’t be understanding that this formation is what we’re changing; it’s the 11 players on the field. If that was the case, then you create formations all day using that as a reason of why you’re winning or not winning. And really in all honesty, I really think it is overplayed and I think it is a question of how those players move together and work for each other.”

(On the Galaxy’s first win of the season…)

ARENA: “I suspected we win a game at some point this year, I think we have such an awkward schedule it’s been difficult. It’s just good to get back playing again and winning a game. You know you have to win a game, that’s the name of the game. That’s why you play. It’s important, it’s our first win. It has to establish some confidence in the team, and it’s good to just be playing again. If we had to do another two weeks of training, I think we’d kill each other, we wouldn’t have a team ready for the next game.”

(On the team’s performance…)

ARENA: “We do have a good team. We have good days. We had a good day today, but I think we were a bit sloppy. I think we could have been better today. Obviously we had a two goal lead at half time and it’s a little easier. I anticipated this game would be a close game. I think we did a good job in the first 15 minutes of the second half and basically killed the game.”

On Landon Donovan’s 90 minute performance…)

ARENA: “He played 30 minutes the other day. He played 90 minutes today, we’d expect a little fatigue but 30 minutes shouldn’t bother him. Landon is pretty fit, and he looked pretty good to me tonight.”

(On Chivas USA’s performance…)

ARENA: “Like I told Wilmer [Cabrera] after the game, I think he is doing a good job with the team. It’s a starting point. Defensively they had a plan there, they’re hard to break down. The players worked hard for 90 minutes, which is a good sign for them, and that means in our league that if you could do that then you can steal some games, you’re going to win some others but you’re going to be around there. So those are the characteristics they have. I think they have a very good goalkeeper in Dan Kennedy, they have a young player up top who has now scored goals in the League, [Erick] Torres, which is encouraging. [Mauro] Rosales could play for any team in the league. [Carlos [Bocanegra] is a good experienced player. They’ve got good players and good things going and they have a good year. I think for sure there are more signs of improvement for Chivas.”

(On the play of forward Robbie Keane…)

ARENA: “Robbie [Keane] doesn’t necessarily like these conditions. This would be like burning in hell in Ireland. He got the first goal; he was part of a bunch of goal scoring opportunities. He could have had another goal. Robbie played well; he is a factor on the field.”

(On the team’s midfielders…)

ARENA: “They’re all good soccer players. There’s enough bite in them where they can win tackles. Marcelo [Sarvas], Juninho, and Baggio [Husidic ] get around the ball pretty well. They can all pass the ball; those are good characteristics for midfield players. If your midfield players can’t pass the ball then you’ve got some problems. So that helps us a little bit.”  

06 April 2:10 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy put forth a dominating performance in a 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday afternoon.

Photos from the match are below. 

 

05 April 3:58 pm

In the latest edition of "By the Numbers" LAGalaxy.com looks back at the history of the SuperClasico between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.

The Rojiblancos host the Galaxy on Sunday in the first edition of the 2014 SuperClasico series. 

Check it out below. 

05 April 12:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Jaime Penedo is set to return to the fold this Sunday when the LA Galaxy take on Chivas USA in the SuperClasico.

Penedo was unable to suit up in LA’s last MLS match against Real Salt Lake on March 22 as he returned to Panama to finalize his visa, but is expecting to be back in the fold for Sunday’s match against LA’s cross-hall rivals.

“I feel good. I feel ready to play and to be able to support the team,” Penedo, who admitted that he, is still smarting over LA’s CCL defeat to Club Tijuana. “I think that I’m ready to support the team as soon as we play this weekend.”

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena also gave Penedo the green light stating that the goalkeeper is “close to 100 percent” and will “definitely be available” for the Chivas USA match.

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22 July 11:17 am

CARSON, Calif. – A number of reasons were bandied about during the LA Galaxy’s slow start to the 2012 season.  But following the club’s 3-1 victory over Chivas USA, head coach Bruce Arena was candid in the role that offseason loan deals played in LA’s struggles at the beginning of the season.

This season, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane each headed off to Europe to ply their trade with Everton, Nuremberg and Aston Villa respectfully. The loan deals caused all three players to miss large stretches of the preseason and in Gonzalez’s case, suffer a torn ACL injury from which he is still recovering.

With his team unbeaten in four matches and seemingly finding their form, Arena openly admitted that the lack of a full preseason hurt the Galaxy.

 “We made a big mistake in having players loaned out right until the start of the season,” said Arena. “Although they played together at the end of last year, they still needed time together and we started with a group of players that hadn’t had a pre-season together, which was a major mistake; I accept the responsibility for that. Now we’re building into the second half of the season, they’re much more familiar with each other and they’re playing better.”

21 July 10:00 pm

Robbie Keane has come alive lately and shined once again during the LA Galaxy's 3-1 victory over Chivas USA.

Keane added a goal and an assist against Chivas to bring his total to nine goals and five assists on the year. Since returning from the European Championship with Ireland, Keane has tallied six goals and three assists in seven games. 

Keane's postgame thoughts below...

(On combining with Landon Donovan…)

KEANE: “Yeah, I think that we combined quite well, we made it difficult for their defenders with our movement and the way that we were linking up. Overall it was a good night for us.”

(On the improvement of his connection with Donovan…)

KEANE: “That’s not what it’s about me, it’s about the team. We weren’t good enough before the European Championships and as a group; we weren’t good enough so it was simple as that. It was always going to come around that were going to pick things up and start getting results and that’s been the case.”

(On being nervous before Euros…)

KEANE: “No. I didn’t have one chance in six games before I left for the European Championships. The team wasn’t playing well.”

(On the reason for his five goal month of July…)

KEANE: “The team is performing better as a team. It’s simple as that really. We have the same team that we had last year and we weren’t playing well. For some reason or another before the break, we weren’t playing well as a team, but we’re doing that now.

(On his loan spell in the offseason setting him back…)

KEANE: “Maybe so. But I think that the players know each other enough now and if we don’t know each other now then we shouldn’t be playing together. It doesn’t have anything to do with breaks, the players know each other and we just went through a bad spell, which every team usually goes through. Thankfully, we’ve picked up and we can see that we’re a threat to anything.”

21 July 2:40 pm

We’re just hours away from kick off of the SuperClásico so here are a few links to get you to kick off.

Here are my three points to the match vs. Chivas USA here

Also check out LAGalaxy.com staff writer Larry Morgan and his piece on the first SuperClásico experience for Hector Jimenez and Robbie Keane.

Lastly, my piece on the role that LA’s SuperClasico defeat back in May has played in their recent rise up the standings.

Projected lineup: GK: Saunders; RB: Franklin, CB: DeLaGarza, CB: Gonzalez, LB: Gaul; RM: Jimenez, CM: Sarvas, CM: Juninho, LM: Beckham; F: Keane, F: Donovan.