Team

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. 

10 May 9:20 am

FRISCO, Texas -- LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes ended his eight game goalless streak, but you can forgive the 23-year-old for being less than pleased with the performance after the LA Galaxy's 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas.

Starting as the lone striker, Zardes snapped his scoreless drought in the 59th minute by nodding in a Stefan Ishizaki corner past Dallas’ goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. The run itself was vintage Zardes as the 23-year-old wiggled free of a defender to create the space needed to nod the cross down to the far post.

After the match, Zardes was pleased with his second goal of the season, but admitted that the way the Galaxy conceded two goals in the final 15 minutes left him in a sour mood.

"Personally, it's good to get the goal but that's not my main priority,” Zardes told reporters after the loss. “My main priority is the team and getting more than a point on this road trip. It's difficult losing a point like this."

With Robbie Keane (groin strain) and Jose Villarreal (hamstring strain) still dealing with injuries, the Galaxy could use more offensive production from Zardes. After the match, head coach Bruce Arena admitted that the time is now for Zardes to go on a scoring run much like he did in 2014 when he ended the season with 16 goals.   

"Let's hope," Arena said. "Let's hope."

09 May 10:40 pm

FRISCO, Texas -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters following his club's 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas. 

(On conceding two goals late in the game...)

ARENA: “We didn’t do well at the end of the game in the last 15 minutes or so, and that’s my responsibility. When a team plays that poorly on the road, they’re not well coached. We blew a lot of points this week, we could have stolen six points this week, and we walked away with one. That’s my responsibility; I have not done a good job with this team to get them tactically ready for games.”  

(On what he has to do to get the players to be better late..)

ARENA:"Train and get them to think when they're tired. We should not have lost that game tonight."

(On Gyasi Zardes' goal perhaps kick starting his confidence...)

ARENA: "Let's hope. Let's hope." 

(On the LA goal that was nullified by an offside call...)
 
ARENA: "I think the ball hit Tommy Meyer in an offside position."
 
(On losing Dan Gargan to yellow card accumulation suspension...)
 
ARENA: "We'll have someone else ready to go." 
 
(On the game as a whole...)
 
ARENA: "We played well for 75 minutes, we played poorly for 15." 
 
 
 
 
09 May 10:10 am

Incoming LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard will lead Liverpool FC against their bitter rivals Chelsea for the final time this Sunday, but before he faces off against the Blues for one last time, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made sure that the Liverpool skipper knew just how he felt after years of heated rivalry.

In his pregame press conference, the always affable Mourinho waxed poetic about Gerrard, calling the Liverpool midfielder his "most favorite enemy" and stating that facing players of his caliber helped him become a "better manager." Mourinho also revealed that he attempted to sign Gerrard three times during his stints at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but each time Gerrard opted to stay with Liverpool due to his loyalty for the club.

Watch Mourinho's complete comments above. 

06 May 11:05 pm

SANDY, Utah -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after his team's scoreless draw to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.

Arena's thoughts on the match are below. 

(On the match overall...)

ARENA: “You know the game wasn’t crazy, it wasn’t very good. But it wasn’t crazy.”

(On His feelings on the defensive performance of his team…)

ARENA: “Yes for the most part but at the end but with some fatigue and we made some mistakes so that wasn’t good. The guys fought for 90 minutes. It was a tough night with all the circumstances around the conditions. Nothing great. We’re not going to market this one.”

(On the game’s ending..)

ARENA: “We’ll take the point and get out of here.

(On if he was disappointed with Juninho missing the penalty…)

ARENA: “Whatever.”

(On Omar Gonzalez’s performance…)

ARENA: “Omar did well; we had a bunch of guys playing hurt. We’re missing a lot of players so to come here and battle while dealing with the altitude and conditions, and to get a point, I can’t complain. We’ll get a couple guys back for Saturday, and I expect the same kind of effort.” 

06 May 1:02 pm

The LA Galaxy may finally be adding another attacking midfielder to their arsenal. 

Goal.com's Ives Galarcep reported on Wednesday morning that the former U.S. youth international Sebastian Lletget will be signing with the Galaxy on a free transfer from English club West Ham. To sign Lletget, Galarcep reports that the Galaxy will need to send allocation money to the New England Revolution who placed a discovery claim on the 22-year-old mifielder. 

A native of San Francisco, California, Lletget spent the last five years with the Hammers but was unable to make an English Premier League appearance for the club. Lletget's lone first team showing came in the 2014 FA Cup competition. Although Lletget did not feature much for West Ham, the midfielder boasts U.S. youth international experience at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. 

A central midfielder who can also play out wide, Lletget's reported signing could bring depth to a Galaxy attack that has dealt with injuries to Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal in recent weeks. 

04 May 4:31 pm

CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy have played their last four games without captain Robbie Keane due to a groin strain, and may be in line to play two more matches with their Irish forward out of the lineup.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Monday that no decisions have been made on Keane’s status for the team’s upcoming eight day road trip that will feature matches against Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.

“I haven’t decided our travel roster yet,” Arena said.

The Galaxy’s last four matches without the Irishman haven’t always featured the finest displays of attacking soccer but the team has earned results as LA have racked up a 2-0-2 record with the captain on the shelf.  Although the Galaxy readily admit that they’ve missed their captain, defender Dan Gargan says that Keane’s absence is no excuse for their form as of late.

“Obviously, he changes the game when he’s on the field. But it’s not an excuse as to why we put 11 players on the field and we’re not playing up to our potential,” Gargan said. "I think our game changes with him on the field and vice versa with him off the field. I think we’re good enough to get results as we have done. But we’re also good enough to find a better form than what we’re putting out right now.”