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04 December 1:39 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy goalkeeper Matt Reis is dealing with a whirlwind of emotions as his new club prepare to take on his former team, the New England Revolution, in Sunday's MLS Cup final. 

Reis spent his entire career between Sunday's participations as he began his time in MLS with the Galaxy (1998-2002) before moving on to the Revolution (2003-2012) where he played until retiring last season. An integral part of the Revolution for nearly a decade, Reis helped the Revs reach the MLS Cup three times in 2005, 2006 and 2007 where they fell short each time including a 2005 defeat to the Galaxy. 

In the latest feature from LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan, Reis talks about his role with the Galaxy and his emotions heading into Sunday's game. Even though Reis will undoubtedly be pulling for the Galaxy on Sunday, he admits that he takes a great deal of pride for his role in helping the Revs reach the championship. 

"Obviously there’s a ton of history there for me, on both sides. Having spent the last 11 years there and working hard with the players, the staff and the organization trying to get the franchise back to the top of the league where we had been before it was a very large undertaking and we put a lot of hard work in it." Reis said. "To see the Revs back in the MLS Cup final is something I’m proud to be a small part of that. The work the front office and the coaching staff and the owners did to get them back is really remarkable and they should be applauded for it."

03 December 5:47 pm

LOS ANGELES -- When Robbie Keane arrived in Southern California in 2011, he made a simple yet powerful declarative statement: "I'm not coming here for a vacation."

It's pretty clear that he’s backed up those words in his three-and-a-half years with the Galaxy.

On Wednesday, Keane was named the 2014 MLS Volkswagen MVP after a stellar season that saw the Irish striker score 19 goals and 14 assists to lead an LA team that led the league in scoring. Even as Keane basked in the success of his most recent season, many focused on the forward’s great success with the club since joining the team in 2011.

Whereas previous incarnations of the Galaxy fell short of titles in 2009 and 2010, when Keane was introduced, the Galaxy pushed their way to the top, winning two straight MLS Cups in 2011 and 2012. And because of that, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena was not shy to declare Keane that Keane was missing piece that LA needed to truly contend for the league’s top prize.

“I’ve watched Robbie for years and there was always something in the back of my mind that this was the type of player that we want to get in this league and that I’d love to have on my team one day," said Arena. "We were very fortunate when we had the opportunity to get him from Tottenham.

“He sets the tone for our team every day. He’s good with the young players, he gets our team ready to play,” Arena added. “Those are things that you don’t see in the box score, but he’s that valuable for our team each and every day.”

But as you might expect from a player labeled the missing piece to a championship side, Keane’s focus is not on winning individual honors, but rather the real title that will be awarded on Sunday.

"It's great to be recognized by your fellow professionals and the media. I'm delighted with the award, but I'd certainly trade it in for a championship on Sunday," said Keane. "These awards mean something, I'd be a fool if I said that it didn't, but if we didn't win the championship then it wouldn't mean that much to me. If we win, it'll cap off a great year for me and for our team."

03 December 5:32 pm

LA Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki finished third in the voting for the 2014 MLS Newcomer of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday. 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Pedro Morales took home the award after scoring 10 goals and nine assists for a Whitecaps side that returned to the postseason in 2014. Ishizaki came in third with just under seven percent of the vote while New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones finished second with nearly 35 percent of the vote. 

Ishizaki's Galaxy and Jones' Revolution will face one another on Sunday in the 2014 MLS Cup final at StubHub Center. 

03 December 3:20 pm

LOS ANGELES -- I had an opportunity to speak to LA Galaxy captain and 2014 Volkswagen MVP Robbie Keane after he was named Most Valuable Player.

Check out my conversation with Keane above. 

03 December 2:01 pm

LOS ANGELES -- Robbie Keane is King.

MLS announced on Tuesday that the LA Galaxy captain has been named the 2014 Volkswagen MLS MVP. Keane was the standard barer for a Galaxy side that finished with the second best record in MLS and the highest goals scored total. The 34-year-old finished the regular season with 19 goals (tied for third best in MLS) and 14 assists (tied for second). 

Watch Keane's announcement press conference above. 

02 December 3:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Nothing says MLS Cup week in Southern California quite like a little rain. 

On Tuesday, the LA Galaxy kicked off their prepration for the 2014 MLS Cup Final with an early morning session that was plagued by rain showers. Rain has become a staple of LA's MLS Cups as both finals in 2011 and 2012 happened during rare Southern California rain showers. 

Although the rain was intense during the session, it didn't affect the Galaxy's preparations. 

"It was good. For the starters, we didn't do much, but it was good to let them run around a little bit," said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. "We'll have a day out tomorrow so by Thursday, they'll be fresh and ready to play."

Don't worry though: the forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions and temperatures of 72 degrees on Sunday afternoon

Check out photos from Galaxy photographer Hana Asano below. 

 

 

02 December 1:26 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy had three players named to MLS Best XI, the league announced on Tuesday during MLS commissioner Don Garber's State of the League address

Galaxy stalwarts Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane were named to the league's Best XI on Tuesday after banner seasons for an LA squad that finished with finished with the league's second best record. The selection is an MLS record seventh for Donovan while Gonzalez was named to the Best XI for a foruth time while Keane earned his third selection in a row.

The trio’s inclusion marks the first time that the three Galaxy Designated Players have all been named to the MLS Best XI in the same season.

02 December 1:03 pm

More than 100 LA Galaxy fans greeted the team at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday morning after the team clinched the Western Conference Championship by defeating Seattle Sounders FC. 

In this fan video by "DJ Elixx", we get an insight into the fans that greeted the Galaxy at Atlantic Aviation and their celebration with Cozmo and the Western Conference Trophy afterward. I do have to warn you that I do make a few brief cameos. 

Check it out above. 

02 December 8:57 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are expecting to be back to full fitness -- or at least close to it, when they kick off in the MLS Cup Final against the New England Revolution on Sunday.

A.J. DeLaGarza (left hamstring strain) was the most glaring absence from the squad that dispatched Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but in an interview with reporters the morning after, the 27-year-old said that he expects to play in MLS Cup this weekend. 

"I feel a lot better. I've been working out the last couple of days, but I didn't train too much in the buildup to the last game against Seattle so it wasn't right to go out in a situation like that especially on that turf. You saw that Osvaldo Alonso was not himself and he had two weeks to get ready for that," said DeLaGarza. "I'll be fine this weekend. I'm going to get back into full training."

Another question mark is Juninho who played the hero for the Galaxy with the series-clinching goal against the Sounders. It appeared that the Brazilian suffered an injury in the 87th minute that forced Bruce Arena to pull him from the match when a subsitution of another banged up player (Marcelo Sarvas) was already in the cards.

Despite needing to be helped off the field, Juninho insisted after the game that he'll be ready for Sunday's meeting with the New England Revolution.

"It was so cold out there and at the end of the game there is a lot of pressure so I felt a cramp," said Juninho. " I'm good though. I'll be good for the next game."  

01 December 11:26 am

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters on Sunday after the LA Galaxy's 2-1 defeat to Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field that saw the team advance 2-2 on aggregate thanks to the away goals tiebreaker. 

Arena's comments are below. 

(On what it took to come back...)
 
ARENA: “We played pretty well in the first half then a turn of events with a sloppy 10 minutes. I thought they came out fairly passive. We had control of the game, made a couple mistakes and they burned us for it. We told our guys at halftime that we just have to get a goal to advance. Juninho finally hit the goal this year. It was a great goal and we had to hang on for our lives at the end there. The field was difficult to play on tonight. The surface is really slick and challenging for both teams. It was just a matter of grinding it out and having the right mentality, and we accomplished that. This was not going to be easy, by no means, and it wasn’t, but we knew the rules.”
 
(On what Juninho has meant this year...)
 
ARENA: “He’s had a great year, a fabulous year, and oddly enough, didn’t score a goal for us until tonight.”
 
(On the key to getting the win tonight...)
 
ARENA“Obviously that goal and then the way we were able to defend at the end. I give Stefan Frei a lot of credit. He came up with two big saves on Landon’s [Donovan] breakaway and [Stefan] Ishizaki’s header. That could’ve really put them away so he kept them in there. At the end, it got hectic when they sent [Chad] Marshall up and had a lot of big guys in front of the goal. Our guys hung in there and we managed to get the result that we needed.”
 
(On LA’s defense...)
 
ARENA: “When you play here under these conditions, you know there’s going to be some sloppy play, there’s going to be some crazy chances and possibly some crazy goals. We weren’t surprised, but again, knowing that if we got a goal back in the second half, we’d advance. We challenged them early in the second half, got some good chances and then Juninho hit the back of the net.”
 
(On advancing with a loss...)
 
ARENA: “I don’t really care. We lost here two years ago, too, didn’t we? I didn’t make the rules, you know? The whole objective is to advance and get to the MLS Cup Final. We’ve accomplished that and we’re going to have a real battle on our hands.”
 
(On how they approached this game...)
 
ARENA: “We tried to come in and win the game. We didn’t want to sit back, and we didn’t. We came out and were very aggressive. Obviously you know what the rule is and an away goal was important. Shutting Seattle out last week in the first leg was a big factor as well.”
 
(On Omar Gonzalez...)
 
ARENA: “Omar had a good game. I thought Dan Gargan and Leonardo played well. Robbie Rogers had a tough night, but he’ll regroup and be ready for Sunday.”
 
(On the second half...)
 
ARENA: “I was surprised. I thought the way Seattle came out in the first half, that they were just going to sit after halftime, drop their whole team back and make it difficult. But that game managed to open up and certainly, once Juninho scored, it really opened up. We had some chances as well to get the second goal.”
 
(On Landon Donovan...)
 
ARENA: “We didn’t change anything with Landon [Donovan] the whole game, he just played better in the second half. His second half was really good – his first half was so, so. That’s Landon. He’s a great player. He’s an experienced guy. He’s able to deal with the ups and downs in a game and he managed, over 90 minutes, to play real well. It was his running, his vision. He had to do a lot of defending tonight. Everybody did their share.”
 
(On the team’s celebration...)
 
ARENA: “To get this result and be in the Final at home, we’re proud of that. Again, we have a long week ahead of us to try to get our team recovered and ready to play a tough New England team.”
 
(On if experience won this game...)
 
ARENA: “Experience is a factor. We’ve been through this a lot this year and I think we’ve gotten better in the second half of the season. We’ve been able to protect leads and we did a good job tonight.”
 
(On if he still gets excited even though he’s been to several MLS Cups...)
 
ARENA: “Yes. Yes.”
 
(On how this team compares to the others he’s taken to MLS Cup...)
 
ARENA: “Don’t know yet. Until we get through this final game, then we’ll be able to summarize what we think about this team and other teams. They have an opportunity to be the MLS champions so we look forward to that challenge. It’s going to be a tough game.”