Team

19 April 12:31 am

CARSON, Calif. – After their dramatic 2-1 victory over Sporting KC, the LA Galaxy find themselves riding a two-game winning streak, but what is most impressive about the team’s recent run aren’t the wins themselves, but how they’ve dealt with adversity.

They’ve done it without valuable weapons like Jose Villarreal and Mika Vayrynen. They’ve done it with Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes starting one game on the bench. But most of all, they’ve won with Galaxy captain Robbie Keane missing both matches due to a groin strain.

Whereas in past seasons a lengthy absence to Keane meant struggles for the Galaxy, this year, they’ve been able to string together a pair of victories while their captain is on the mend.

“This is a team that lined up with a lot of guys out [on injury] and it says a lot about our depth and our character,” said forward Alan Gordon, who has been one of the players who have stepped up in Keane's absence. “We got back to back wins now at home with less than 100 percent roster and guys stepping up each week and filling spots, it’s great and it’s good to see.”

18 April 11:04 pm

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." 

16 April 3:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy have dealt with the injury bug over the last several weeks, and now head coach Bruce Arena will have to evaluate the statuses of returning internationals Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes ahead of the weekend clash with Sporting Kansas City .

The Galaxy duo both went a full 90 minutes in the U.S. National Team’s 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico in San Antonio on Wednesday. Both players returned to Southern California on Thursday but according to Arena, he’ll have some thinking to do when he decides whether to slot the pair in the starting lineup for the match with Sporting.

“We have players that have been injured over the last two or three weeks, going to likely return. Jose Villarreal, Robbie Keane is a possibility, Mika Vayaynen is a possibility, AJ DeLaGarza is coming back from a slight injury, Edson Buddle’s probably going to be available. A number of players. That makes for a good week," Arena told reporters on Thrusday. "However, we have to be cautious with players that played with the U.S. team last night. That will be their third game in a week. We gotta make a decision on whether they’re going to be involved with our team on Saturday.”

Like many, Arena did not take too much from the Americans latest 2-0 win over Mexico, remarking that the pitiful field conditions took away from the overall product.

“I don’t think it’s a game you could say a whole lot about," Arena said. "The playing conditions were so poor, Mexico put out a good team that certainly is not their team. I don’t know what you make out of that. On the night the US was certainly the better team and deserved to win.”

15 April 8:53 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will be participating in the 2015 International Champions Cup North America this summer. 

The Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they will be among 10 teams participating in the exhibition tournament that will run from July 11 to August 5. Joining the Galaxy in the competition are powers from around the world including FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Club America, and others. The specific matchups and venues will be announced on April 28.

After taking part in the inaugural ICC back in 2013, the Galaxy will be joined by two other MLS sides this time around as the New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes take part in the summer showcase. According to the release, each MLS team is guaranteed to host one match. 

“The Galaxy are honored to once again be a representative of Major League Soccer against the world’s top teams in the International Champions Cup,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein in a statement. “This is the most storied and successful club in MLS and competing in this tournament gives our fans an opportunity to see the Galaxy face the most successful clubs from other leagues around the world. We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing global soccer to Southern California this summer.”

The news of the Galaxy's participation in the ICC comes amid a Washington Post report that LA will host FC Barcelona at the Rose Bowl on August 1

In other international friendly news, the MLS All-Stars will face off against Tottenham Hotspur on July 29 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. The MLS All-Star Game will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and UniMas in the United States. 

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Who do you want to see the Galaxy face in the ICC this time around?

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15 April 7:28 am

The LA Galaxy may be returning to the Rose Bowl for another international friendly this summer. 

The Washington Post's Steven Goff reported on Tuesday that the LA Galaxy will host Spanish giants FC Barcelona on August 1 at the Rose Bowl. If the report is correct, the Galaxy would need to reschedule a league match against the Colorado Rapids which is currently slated for the same day. 

If the Galaxy do host FC Barcelona, it'll be the second ever meeting between the two teams. The first meeting came back in 2009 as the Galaxy fell 2-1 to Barça in front of 93,137 at the Rose Bowl. 

LA dropped a 7-0 result to English power Manchester United at the Rose Bowl in 2014. 

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Excited to see the Galaxy face Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and company? 

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14 April 3:46 pm

U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis announced her 23 player roster for the upcoming 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, and players from California will make up the backbone of the squad's effort for a third World Cup title. 

Six of the 23 players named to Ellis' squad for the World Cup are California natives which is the most of any state. Among the five Southern Californians on the squad are regular contributors Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) and Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.). 

The complete roster is below with the Californians noted in bold. 

GOALKEEPERS: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
 
DEFENDERS: Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
 
MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif./Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif./Seattle Reign FC)
 
FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Calif./Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)
14 April 2:44 pm

LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza and the Guam National Team learned that they'll their opponents for their first-ever foray into World Cup qualifying as the Asian Federation announced the eight groups that will 40 teams that will complete in the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifying. 

DeLaGarza and Guam find themselves placed in Group D alongside Iran, India, Oman and Turkmenistan. The winner of each group receives an automatic berth to the next round of World Cup qualifying and will be joined by the top four second place teams across the eight groups. The remaining teams that do not continue in the quest for a place in the World Cup will enter various levels of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

The Matao open their first-ever World Cup qualifying campaign with two home matches as they host Turkmenistan on June 11 in Guam before taking on India on June 16. Should DeLaGarza join the squad for the start of World Cup qualifying, he'd likely miss the Galaxy's June 13 road match against the Columbus Crew.

14 April 10:36 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The honors keep coming for LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

On Tuesday, the Panamanian goalkeeper was voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters for Major League Soccer's Week 6.  

The 33-year-old goalkeeper set a career-high in saves on Sunday as he made 10 stops to preserve the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC. Penedo becomes the first goalkeeper in a year to win the award. The last goalkeeper to win the honors was Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando last April. 

The LA Galaxy goalkeeper is also up for FutbolMLS' Latino de la Journada (Latino of the Week) award. You can vote for Penedo here.

13 April 6:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II Eric Lopez and Galaxy Academy stalwarts Jake Artega and Zico Bailey were named to the U.S. National Team U-15 squad for the upcoming Tournament Delle Nazioni which will take place in Italy and Slovenia from April 21 to May 2. 

Head coach John Hackworth's group has been drawn into Group C, and will face off against the hosts Slovenia, CONCACAF rival Costa Rica and Croatia. Lopez, a Galaxy II goalkeeper who has spent time training with the first team, is the squad's lone professional player. 

The complete roster is below.

GOALKEEPERS: Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy II; Westminster, Calif.)
 
DEFENDERS: Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Ks.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
 
MIDFIELDERS: George Acosta (Estudiantes de La Plata; Miami, Fla.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS: Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks; Durham, N.C.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)
13 April 10:51 am

Everyone at Time Warner Cable SportsNet is getting in the LA Galaxy frame of mine, including Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy. 

On Sunday, following the Lakers' 59th loss of the season, Worthy joined TWCSN host Jamie Maggio with a little signature goal call of his own as Maggio read the highlight of Alan Gordon's finish. Does Worthy have the chops to give Joe Tutino a run for his money? I'll let you decide in the video above. 

I'll say this to Big Game James, if you're up to it, why not join Pete Vagenas and myself for Rapid Fire Tweets starting next week against Sporting KC? 

Should Worthy join the Galaxy telecast? Share your thoughts below.