CARSON, Calif. – As two of the LA Galaxy’s most important pieces head off on international duty, two other members of Bruce Arena’s starting XI appear to be on the road back to the field.
Arena told reporters on Tuesday that defender Todd Dunivant and midfielder Marcelo Sarvas are each “moving forward” in their respective injury recoveries that have kept them off the field for multiple matches.
Dunivant has been sidelined with an abdominal strain since April and is making strides according to Arena, but the Galaxy head coach admitted that it'd be “optimistic” to assume that he'd be available for Saturday’s road match against the Houston Dynamo. Meanwhile, Sarvas has been sidelined with an MCL sprain that has forced him to miss LA’s last two matches.
The LA Galaxy will return to action against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday and ahead of the match, the team issued an injury report that includes one member of their frequent starting XI.
Midfielder Marcelo Sarvas is listed as questionable due to a a knee issue and is joined on that list by goalkeeper Brian Perk (left adductor strain) and left back Todd Dunivant (abdominal strain). Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters earlier in the week that Dunivant was "unlikely" to participate against the Rapids on Saturday.
On Thursday, Dunivant spoke to the Corner of the Galaxy podcast and voiced his frustrations about his recovery.
"It's slower than I'd like. The frustrating part is that there's nothing that you can do about an abdominal tear," said Dunivant. "It's one of those injuries that is frustrating because you can't do anything, you can't do fitness, you can't [lift] weights because everything you do, you use your abs. It's frustrating from an athletes standpoint because you just have to be patient and rest.
"After giving it a couple of weeks, I tried to come back and everything was going fine, but it just wasn't fully healed yet," Dunivant said. "So we had to give it more time and back off, and that's where I am right now."
As for the timetable for his recovery, Dunivant is making no assurances that he'll be back by LA's match against the Portland Timbers next week.
"I'd love to say next game, but I really can't," Dunivant said. "This thing has been unpredictable and I have pain even just sitting up...I was out at training earlier this week on Monday and I was able to run and get around the field without too much difficulty, but then, I still can't sit up right or do a sit up without a sharp pain.
"It's healing, but it is not all the way there. I haven't even touched a ball yet and I still have to get through those reps," he continued. "It's going to be a little while longer and hopefully I can [make it back] quicker, but this thing has a mind of it's own and when it is ready to heal then it is going to be ready."
CARSON, Calif. – Despite making strides with his recovery, LA Galaxy left back Todd Dunivant is “unlikely” to suit up for LA during their match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday according to head coach Bruce Arena.
Dunivant, who was out running during training earlier this week, was not present during Galaxy training on Tuesday. Arena told reporters that the left back is “moving forward” and will be back training “soon” as he looks to recover from an abdominal injury that has sidelined him since LA's April 6 victory over Chivas USA.
With Dunivant unavailable, it seems likely that A.J. DeLaGarza will fill in out on the left side of defense on Saturday.
#LAGalaxy defender Todd Dunivant was running off to the side during the team's training session today. First time he's been out in weeks.
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) April 28, 2014
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters a week ago that left back Todd Dunivant will be back on the training pitch this week, but whether or not that will happen still remains to be seen.
Dunivant has been sidelined with an abdominal injury since LA's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA as A.J. DeLaGarza has filled in for the veteran along the left side of defense. With yet another week off for the Galaxy until they return to action on May 3 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against the Colorado Rapids, Arena expects the extra rest to help Dunivant move forward in his recovery, but gave no assurances that the defender will be back soon.
"Anyone that's injured, you get more time to get better," said Arena. "I don't know yet though [about Dunivant's status]."
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CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy are moving slowly with the return of Todd Dunivant who returned to exercising on Thursday and is not expected to see the field in training until next week.
Dunivant has missed time since suffering an abdominal injury that forced him to exit LA’s 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on April 12. With Dunivant still unavailable for selection, the Galaxy will likely turn to A.J. DeLaGarza at left back for a second consecutive week as LA take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at BC Place.
“We’re just going to take it one day at a time,” said Arena of Dunivant’s status. “But we think that we can get him on the [training] field next week.
Bruce Arena rules out Todd Dunivant for Vancouver Whitecaps FC as A.J. DeLaGarza returns to training
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will have to make due without defender Todd Dunivant for their upcoming match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed to reporters on Wednesday that Dunivant will be unavailable for their upcoming match after suffering an injury during LA's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday. Dunivant was forced to exit late in the second half of LA's victory with an abdomenal ailment.
After training on Wednesday, Arena ruled the defender out for this weekend's match.
"He's got a little bit of strain. He's not available this week," Arena told reporters. "The following week, we'll wait and see."
With Dunivant unavailable, the Galaxy have several options as A.J. DeLaGarza returned to full training on Wednesday after missing last week's match due to a contusion. Although DeLaGarza admits that he feels better as he looks ahead for Saturday's match.
"I feel better than I did last week. Obviously with guys going out and me feeling better it is an option," said DeLaGarza. "I played center left back and left back is a different spot, but it's on the same side of the field. It's no where that I haven't played before and I'd feel relatively comfortable with it."
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy are dealing with a number of defensive injuries and may have just added Todd Dunivant to the club’s walking wounded.
Dunivant was forced to come off in the 75th minute of LA’s 3-0 victory over Chivas USA with what was revealed to be an abdominal ailment which he confirmed after the game.
“I felt a sharp pain in my abdominal. It might be a strain, I’m hoping that it is not too bad, but I felt it in a play later and I had to come off,” said Dunivant. “We’ll get a scan [on Monday] and see the severity of it.”
Dunivant admitted that he was not “feeling great” but said that he would reserve judgment until the scan.
“I don’t come off if it is nothing so we’ll see,” said Dunivant. “I just hope that it is nothing too bad.”
While Dunivant’s status is a question mark, starting right back Dan Gargan told reporters that he’d be “okay” despite leaving the match at the 85th minute mark holding on to his right shoulder.
“I just got crunched a little bit,” said Gargan. “I got hit on the backside and moved the wrong way which just squished everything together. It’s nothing serious.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Nine years ago today, Landon Donovan joined the LA Galaxy and changed the MLS landscape forever.
To commemorate the ninth anniversary of the star attacker's signing with the Galaxy, I look back at my top five Donovan moments in an LA kit on LAGalaxy.com.
But what was it like for Donovan's teammates when he joined the Galaxy after a brief stint in Germany?
"It was a shock to a lot of people since he was with the Earthquakes for so long and they were our biggest rival," Defender Todd Dunivant told LA Galaxy Insider on Monday. "At the time, Carlos Ruiz was our biggest player, but when Landon came it was just awesome. He's a game changer and helped us win the cup that year."
As for Dunivant's favorite Donovan moment?
"In 2005, we were the four seed in the playoffs going up against San Jose and in the first leg at The Home Depot Center, he scored a huge goal for us," Dunivant told LAGalaxy.com. "He snuck in behind their defense and got around Pat Onstad that put us up by two goals and gave us the confidence going into the road match at Spartan Stadium which was a tough place to play. He really gave us that extra boost and while a lot of people won't think of that moment, it was first major moment for the club and it set us on the path to winning that MLS Cup."
Check out video of that moment below at the 2:05:56 mark.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy came into the 2014 campaign eager to learn from the failures of a year ago, and they’ll get their first opportunity to right the wrongs of 2013 when they kick off their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Club Tijuana on Wednesday.
The two biggest letdowns of 2013 saw the LA Galaxy falter in two-leg series falling to C.F. Monterrey in the CCL Semifinals and Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Semifinals. Despite being played months apart, both series featured similar problems for the Galaxy as the team was unable to convert a number of scoring opportunities in the home leg before crashing out away from StubHub Center.
To correct these issues, the Galaxy invested heavily in experienced players during the offseason in hopes of turning the club’s fortunes around. A strategy that the team is hoping will pay off come Wednesday evening against Club Tijuana.
“We have to learn our lessons from previous games,” said defender Todd Dunivant, who is expecting to be available for Wednesday’s match after dealing with a nagging injury. “When you talk about previous games, you look at the Monterrey home leg, where we were dominating that game for 80 minutes and feeling confident that we could get another goal or another two goals but we lost our shape and when you do that against good teams it’s going to hurt you. We have to be smart.
“This year, this team has brought in more experienced players with guys like Rob Friend, Stefan Ishizaki that have been in big games and won championships in other countries,” Dunivant added. “There’s definitely a different mood around our clubhouse.”
And the first lesson that the Galaxy must learn? Finish their chances at home.
“In both of those games, we played very well, but we didn't finish our chances and it gets magnified in these series,” said Landon Donovan. “In a series like this, every goal is important. In both of those games, we played well at home, but we couldn’t finish our chances. We just have to be better in front of goal. It’s as simple as that.”
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy’s season opener is fast approaching and it appears that the team is rounding into fitness.
Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo (broken finger and abductor injury) and defender Todd Dunivant (hamstring injury) have returned to full training while Robbie Rogers (ankle injury) has begun running and according to head coach Bruce Arena will “be ready to go soon.”
Penedo had been dealing with a broken pinky finger prior to the team’s trip to Mexico, but during the team’s trip to face Pumas UNAM, the Panamanian goalkeeper suffered an abductor injury that caused him to miss the club’s next three preseason matches. However, the goalkeeper is bullish that he’ll be ready to suit up once the March 8 season opener against Real Salt Lake rolls around and possibly as soon as Saturday’s closed-door scrimmage against Minnesota United.
“I've been training in the gym [after the injury] but now I’m back with the team in training,” said Penedo. “The opener is the goal and we’re working for that, but we’ll see what happens this weekend.”
Another player who has returned to action is midfielder Stefan Ishizaki who has overcame a stomach illness that kept him bedridden for two days last week. Now with the season opener less than two weeks away, the Swede is hitting the gym to make up for lost time.
“Last week, it wasn't that good; I ate something bad and had to stay in bed for two days. I couldn’t train so that set me back. This week, I've done a lot of extra work and I’m feeling better,” said Ishizaki. “[The season opener] is almost two weeks away and I know that I can get a lot of extra work in during that time.”