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17 May 10:04 am

ORLANDO, FL— The LA Galaxy will meet Orlando City SC for the very first time in the two clubs’ history.

Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a predicted score.

LINKS

*The LA Galaxy will be without Robbie Keane (groin) against Orlando City SC, and may have to make do without Robbie Rogers who is dealing with an ankle injury.

*The Galaxy have logged plenty of travel miles in 2015, and we take look at LA’s extensive travel.

*In the newest By the Numbers, we look at Orlando City’s struggles at home where they are winless this season.

*Cobi’s Corner is back! In the first edition of Cobi’s Corner of the year, Cobi Jones speaks with LA Galaxy wunderkind Bradford Jamieson IV.

*In the latest edition of Insider on Location, I speak to the LA Galaxy about their impressions of first-year Orlando City SC.

*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan provides a look at the match in the Match Preview presented by O4 Water.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Juninho vs. Kaká

The most important battle of the evening will see the Brazilians face off in the center of the park. Expect Juninho to look to close down on the Orlando attacking midfielder and prevent him from igniting the Lions attack.

Gyasi Zardes vs. Sean St. Ledger

Zardes will look to spark a scoring streak on Sunday when he goes up against a beat-up Orlando City defense that is already missing Aurelin Colin. If Orlando is to shut down Zardes,, they’ll need a big game from their former Irish international center back.

A.J. DeLaGarza vs. Brek Shea

The Galaxy outside back will have his hands full as he tries to stop the suddenly resurgent Shea in a battle of speed vs. speed. 

PREDICTED SCORE:

Galaxy 2 (Zardes, Jamieson) Orlando City 1 (Shea)

17 May 8:20 am

ORLANDO, FL -- The LA Galaxy will take on Orlando City SC for the first time in club history, when the two teams meet on Sunday. 

In the latest edition of Insider on Location, we look at the Galaxy's impression of the expansion side. 

Check out the video above.

16 May 1:00 pm

New LA Galaxy Designated Player Steven Gerrard played his final game at Anfield for Liverpool FC on Saturday. 

The results did not go the team's way as Liverpool fell 3-1 to Crystal Palace, but the defeat ran secondary to Gerrard's last game at the stadium that has been his home ground for nearly two decades. Gerrard will join the Galaxy this summer after more than 700 appearances for the Reds.

Below are a series of tweets and videos from Gerrard's final day at Anfield as a member of Liverpool FC. 

Thank you my friend for everything. You are truly one of the greatest! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/SSAz1A8x1T

— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) May 16, 2015

STEVEN GERRARD'S FINAL SPEECH AT ANFIELD

 

Steven Gerrard says goodbye to Anfield.#ThanksSteviehttp://gerrard.liverpoolfc.com/

Posted by Liverpool FC on Saturday, May 16, 2015

 

16 May 8:22 am

ORLANDO, FL – Juninho grew up admiring his Brazilian countryman and national soccer legend Kaka, but on Sunday, he’ll have the chance to match wits with the former FIFA Player of the Year when the LA Galaxy meet Orlando City SC at the Citrus Bowl. 

Sunday’s game won’t be the first time that the two Brazilians have faced off before an exhibition when Kaka was still suiting up for Real Madrid, but this time, given the league competition.

In those friendly matches, there is the temptation for MLS players to get a bit starry eyed when facing such accomplished competition but Juninho knows that this situation is much different. When the first ball is kicked at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday, he’ll be focused on shutting down the Brazilian international.

“My mentality is to not leave him alone,” Juninho told LA Galaxy Insider. “I want to be around him most of the time, and just play my game. I know that it’ll be a hard game with Orlando having a full house. We just want to try and score, and not leave Kaka alone to do what he does so well.”

15 May 3:34 pm

ORLANDO, FL -- The LA Galaxy will face Orlando City SC for the first time on Sunday when the two teams meet at the Citrus Bowl.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the difficulties that Orlando City has had this year. 

Check it out below.

14 May 5:51 pm

In the first edition of Cobi's Corner of 2015, LA Galaxy legend Cobi Jones catches up with young Galaxy striker Bradford Jamieson IV. 

14 May 5:25 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane is on the mend but the LA Galaxy captain says that he’s still a week away from contending for a place in the team’s starting XI.

For a second consecutive day, Keane took part in light training with the Galaxy’s head of strength and conditioning, Daniel Guzman as he aims to return from a nagging groin strain.  The strain has left Keane on the shelf for the last six straight matches, which is the longest amount of time missed the Irish striker has missed since joining the Galaxy back in 2011.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena contends that Keane is in high spirits as he makes his recovery but for the Irishman, the lengthy layoff has been difficult.

“I love playing. It’s been frustrating, but it’s the way it is. If it had been a good few years ago I probably would have been an absolute disaster in the locker room. I’m the worst person in the world to be injured,” Keane told reporters. “You have to make sure you look after yourself well and want to get back as quick as I can. I’m certainly on the mend; I just have to be very, very careful.”

Keane appeared ready to return from the injury several weeks ago but suffered a setback in training that caused him to miss even more time. In light of his setback, Keane admits to being more measured in his recovery, knowing that it is in his best interest not to rush back—no matter how much it hurts to be on the sidelines.

“For me, the most important thing is getting back to training by the end of this week or the start of next week and seeing how I am,” said Keane. “I’m not going to say, ‘I hope to be back next week’ because I thought I was going to be back two or three weeks ago, and I wasn’t. I just want to start concentrating on getting back training next week, and we’ll take it from there.”

13 May 10:21 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Minutes after LA Galaxy II picked up a 2-0 victory over the Tulsa Roughnecks, they learned that they'll face PDL side Ventura County Fusion in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup next week. 

Ventura County eliminated Cal FC 6-5 in a penalty kick shootout that followed a dramatic match that ended in a 3-3 drawafter 120 minutes. The match sets them up for a date with Los Dos on May 20 at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium. 

Tickets for the U.S. Open Cup match can be found here.

13 May 2:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane returned to the practice field on Wednesday for a brief workout at the end of the team's training session on Wednesday. 

Keane came onto the training ground toward the end of the session and worked out on the side with Head of Strength and Conditioning coach Daniel Guzman. The Irishman has been sidelined for the past six games with a groin injury, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is optimistic that his captain will be back soon. 

"He should be back on the field very shortly," Arena told Time Warner Cable SportsNet on Wednesday. "We're very happy with his progress."

Despite Arena's praise, whether Keane takes the field against Orlando City SC this weekend is still up in the air. Although the Galaxy attack has struggled lately, Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan says that the club has no plans to rush Keane back from his injury. 

"He feels very good. He needed this break, he never had a proper preseason due to our travel and his travel with Ireland which may have put us in a tough starting point," Sarachan told LA Galaxy Insider. "But I think that this rest and recovery has been an important piece for him. I think when he comes back, he'll be at a really good level, but it's not anything at this stage that needs to be rushed.

"Even though Robbie is a competitor and wants to play, he's realistic and knows that he's almost there."

12 May 5:40 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane was named to the Republic of Ireland's 33-man preliminary roster for their upcoming friendly against archrival England on June 7 and UEFA Euro 2016 Group D Scotland on June 13

The Galaxy captain has not played in the team's last six matches due to a groin strain but could return to the training field this week ahead of the team's date with Orlando City SC. Currently all signs point to Keane being fit by the time that Ireland boss Martin O'Neill trims his roster on June 1. 

Having a healthy Keane in the lineup will only boost Ireland's European Championship hopes as the Boys in Green currently find themselves in fourth place in Group D, two points behind the Scots.