Vancouver Whitecaps FC
In the latest edition of "By the Numbers" LAGalaxy.com looks ahead to Saturday's match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Kickin' It With Kelli:Tennant speaks with Lakers guard Steve Nash ahead of Vancouver Whitecaps match
In the latest edition of "Kickin' It With Kelli" Tennant speaks to Los Angeles guard and Vancouver Whitecaps FC co-owner Steve Nash about the beautiful game.
Nash, who is the brother of former Canadian international, is a noted fan of Robbie Keane's former club Tottenham Hotspur and spoke with Keane briefly before the Lakers' game against the Houston Rockets earlier this week when he moved to third in the list of the NBA's all-time assist lead.
"He's a big Tottenham fan and he used to come to a lot of our games back then and I've gotten to know him since I came here," Keane said of Nash.
Check out the video with Nash and Tennant below.
CARSON, Calif. – Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo has declared himself ready to go for the LA Galaxy’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but whether he’ll be starting remains to be seen.
Brian Perk earned the start and faced minimal action in LA’s 3-0 victory over Chivas USA last weekend in his second straight start after Penedo missed out on the Galaxy’s match against Real Salt Lake on March 22 to get his visa. Following training on Wednesday, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena explained why he opted to start Perk over the Panamanian international despite Penedo declaring that he was ready to play earlier in the week.
“Penedo missed a lot of training and had a little bit of an injury,” said Arena. “It was an easy solution to go with Perk based on the visa and him taking a knock. “
Arena later admitted that no decision has been made yet for who starts between the pipes against the Whitecaps, but Penedo is eager to regain his starting spot against the Whitecaps.
“Bruce had all the right to do that. I spent four days in Panama and missed out on training. Midweek I took a knock [on his left knee in training], but now I’m feel very good and I’m ready to help the team,” Penedo told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m feeling very good in this moment. I feel ready, but ultimately, it is Bruce’s decision and I respect that.”
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."
PHILADELPHIA -- The 2014 MLS SuperDraft will be taking place on Thursday in Philadelphia and we'll be covering it on CoveritLive below.
The LA Galaxy hold just one pick on day one of the draft with the 23rd overall selection in the second round.
Check it out below.
The LA Galaxy have landed back in Los Angeles after a seven-day three city roadtrip. Above is a parting image from the trip of Lost Lagoon in Vancouver's Stanley Park.
We'll have more later as we turn the page from Vancouver to Saturday's Superclasico against Chivas USA.
VANCOUVER, Canada – It was an up-and-down performance for David Beckham on Wednesday as the midfielder started slowly – along with the rest of the LA Galaxy – but finished strong in the club’s 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
It was a hostile welcome to Vancouver by the Whitecaps faithful, who chanted “Olympic Reject” whenever the midfielder touched the ball. The night started slowly for Beckham, who was dispossessed on the Whitecaps first goal, allowing Gerson Koffie to put Vancouver up a goal early. But Beckham would redeem himself in the 81st minute when he kick-started the Galaxy's rally with LA's first goal of the night. With the goal, Beckham has now registered four goals and two assists in his last three games.
Below are Beckham’s thoughts from the draw at BC Place:
(On the match…)
BECKHAM: “I think two months ago we wouldn't have been able to come back from a two-goal deficit. But we've got character over the last couple of months and back into our team. They obviously had a lot of play in the first half and they played well, but we were able to capitalize on the hard work that we put in towards the end of the game.”
(On the atmosphere at BC Place…)
BECKHAM: “It was a good atmosphere, it's a good crowd and it's nice to see the number of people who turned out. It's great to have a hostile crowd; it's the way it should be in the game. It brings excitement and brings passion and gets both teams up, so we want more of that.”
(On the addition of Robson and Miller to Whitecaps FC…)
BECKHAM: “It's always good for the league and good for different teams when European players come over and play here because they've got a lot of experience and played at a high level so it's good to see. It can only be great for the game in this country.”
(On Villarreal’s goal…)
BECKHAM: “Great goal. He's been doing in week in and week out in training. He works hard in training, he's a young kid and he likes to learn and he listens to the older players. Tonight was a good game for him.”
(On friction with Barry Robson…)
BECKHAM: “Obviously we're both passionate about the game and both passionate about winning. He's Scottish, I'm English, so there's always a little bit of bite there. We went at it a little bit and we spoke after and it's all fine, but we both want to win the game so it's nice to have that in a game because it shows people care.”
(On playing better at home…)
BECKHAM: “I think we played a lot better when we were at home. That was the difference tonight. Obviously they played well, but at home we played our best 45 minutes of the season at that point. We didn't play as well tonight, but not taking anything away from Vancouver they played well.”
(On spoiling the ‘Caps lead…)
BECKHAM: “I much prefer to play a winning role but it's always nice to get a goal. I've scored a couple in the last few games. It's been enjoyable and I hope it continues.”
VANCOUVER, Canada— It was a night to remember for Jose Villarreal as the forward scored his first professional goal saving a point for the LA Galaxy in a 2-2 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Villarreal’s goal was a wonderstrike that was created from a ball over-the-top from David Beckham that allowed Juninho to dish to the youngster. Villarreal then cut past Gerson Koffie and fired a left-footed shot into the far post of the net. Above is a photo that I snapped of the autographed game ball that was presented to Villarreal from the entire Galaxy squad.
Villarreal’s thoughts after his first professional goal below:
(On coming late and changing the result…)
VILLARREAL: “I was happy that I finally got the chance and happy that I got the goal to tie it up so I’m really happy with the result.”
(On his world-class finish and how it started…)
VILLARREAL: “I don’t know, I’m just training every day and it just comes out. I saw the ball and I immediately cut it to my left foot and then just hit it far post.”
(On his mindset through the game…)
VILLARREAL: “Everything was pretty fast and once I got a couple of touches on the ball then the game slowed down. I got my rhythm and then I scored.”
(On his thoughts immediately after scoring the goal…)
VILLARREAL: “I didn’t have any words to describe it. I was very happy and I just want to keep going.
(Is this the start of playing more…)
VILLARREAL: “ I don’t know, that’s up to the coaches, but I’m going to continue to keep working and hopefully I’ll get more minutes, but if not then I’ll keep working.
VANCOUVER, Canada -- We're just hours from kick off between the LA Galaxy and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Above a photo taken a little earlier today from Vancouver's world famous Stanley Park.
The match has a decisive feel as with a victory, LA can move to within one point of the Whitecaps for the fourth space in the Western Conference standings.
My three points for tonight’s match against the Vancouver Whitecaps can be found here.
Below is the projected Galaxy lineup for the match
Starting XI: GK: Saunders; RB: Franklin, CB: DeLaGarza, CB: Lopes, LB: Dunivant; RM :Jimenez, CM: Beckham, CM: Sarvas, LM: Stephens; F: Donovan, F: Keane
VANCOUVER, Canada –When Landon Donovan returned from international duty, he promised to become a better leader to a team that was mired in the lower half of the Western Conference standings and deliver he has.
Donovan has tallied a goal or an assist in five of the LA Galaxy’s last six games and is once again expected to lead the offense on against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday. A result would add to what has been a banner week for Donovan, who tallied his 100th career assist during Saturday’s victory over the Portland Timbers. Perhaps making the match even more special is the fact that Donovan’s father Tim—who is Canadian—has traveled to Vancouver and will be in the stands for Wednesday’s match.
Below are Donovan’s thoughts following Tuesday’s training session…
DONOVAN: “We’re feeling good about where we are right now. We’re very confident and we have a good stretch of games. Whether it’s good or bad, we played them very recently and I’m sure that they’re going to remember that and in front of their home fans, they’re going to want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
(On the two team’s proximity in the standings…)
“With the way that we started the season, you wouldn’t have expected this, even three weeks ago. We’re very aware of where we are in the standings and where they are. We know that they’ve gone through some changes recently, but they’re a team that plays well here and they’re going to be up for it tomorrow.”
(On his impressions of the city of Vancouver…)
“I love Vancouver, I’ve been here many times and I’ve always really liked this city. This is my first time at BC [Place] since it’s been renovated and I think that it’s fantastic. It’s going to be a lot of fun tomorrow.”
(On Vancouver’s Scottish midfielder Barry Robson…)
DONOVAN: “I think that he’s been pretty effective so far. This league takes some time getting used to, but he looks like he’s pretty comfortable. Once he gets integrated a little more than you can tell that he’s talented and he’s got a really great left foot, he’s going to make this team a lot better especially once [fellow Scottish DP] Kenny Miller gets playing too.’’
(On his 100th assist mark and the difference between assists and goals…)
DONOVAN: “I'm proud of it, very proud of it. I guess what I'm most proud of is the consistency and doing it for a number of years, like Jaime did. I've always tried to take pride in the fact that I can do it year after year, and this is a good milestone.”
“To me, they're pretty similar. Obviously, a goal is more exciting, but I'm equally proud of this. I always wanted to be a player who can score but can also help my teammates out, so this is meaningful.”
(On joining Moreno in the 100 goals and 100 assists club…)
DONOVAN: “For the years that Jaime played in this league, I always thought he was the best player in this league. He was a good player, but he was also a good pro, and he was a good teammate, and guys around the league liked him. He was always fun to watch, and the few times I had a chance to play with him were a lot of fun. In my mind, he'll always be remembered as one of the best ever to play in this league.”