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09 April 3:20 pm

Robbie Keane has developed into an international star but more than a decade ago, he was just a young kid with a soccer dream. 

A couple weeks ago, Keane's first team Crumlin United tweeted out a photo of Keane scoring his first penalty for the Irish squad. Keane's trademark goalscoring form doesn't appear to have changed since his first goal with Crumlin but there's no word if he broke out in his trademark somersault after the goal. 

Check out the photo below. 

09 April 9:56 am

Landon Donovan throws the First Pitch at Dodgers game

Landon Donovan is not lining up in the midfield for the LA Galaxy anymore, but the recently retired soccer star is keeping busy as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday before the Los Angeles Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres.  

The all-time leading goal scorer for MLS and the U.S. Men’s National Team has enjoyed quite a life since hanging up his boots after his MLS Cup triumph in December. Since retiring, Donovan has announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend Hannah, traveled across the globe and has even begun to pursue a college degree by attending classes at a local community college.

Wednesday was the second time that Donovan has taken part in pregame ceremonies at Dodger Stadium as the U.S. Soccer legend once threw out the first pitch in 2010 before joining the U.S. National Team ahead of the World Cup in South Africa. 

A self-professed diehard fan of Los Angeles sports, Donovan was overjoyed about his latest Dodger Stadium experience.

“I grew up watching the Dodgers and listening to the Dodgers on the radio. I met Tommy Lasorda,” Donovan told reporters on Wednesday. “As a Dodgers fan, he’s the cream of the crop.”

Watch Donovan's first pitch below.

 
08 April 3:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Like the changing of the seasons, the LA Galaxy have once again found themselves in another slow start. 

In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I examine the Galaxy's record in championship years and the years following an MLS Cup title. To follow up on the article and find out why the Galaxy have been such notorious slow starters over the years, I spoke to Associate head coach Dave Sarachan who offered an explanation. 

"I wish I could tell you the exact answer because as coaches, we monitor our training, we think the training has been good and we think that the energy has been good as well," Sarachan said. "What I think sometimes gets overlooked is that every team gets better and every team sets their sights on us, so from a soccer standpoint.. where we've been is pretty good. Along with that, there's always going to be interchanging personnel, we have a few new bodies and we're still adjusting from a few absences from last year. We're not far off, but we're not complete."

08 April 1:55 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II will host a U.S Open Cup match at StubHub Center's Track and Field Stadium on May 20, U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday

Just who Los Dos will face on that Wednesday evening is still up in the air as Galaxy II's opponent will face either Cal FC (USASA), San Francisco City FC (US Club Soccer) or the Ventura County Fusion (PDL). Cal FC will face San Francisco at Kezar Stadium on April 25 with the winner traveling south to take on the Ventura County Fusion on May 19 at Ventura College SportsPlex. 

MLS teams will enter the tournament during the fourth round which is scheduled to begin June 16 and June 17. 

07 April 6:06 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy aren't hitting the panic button after starting the 2015 season with a 1-2-2 record, but they admit that they're ready to return home after two straight defeats away from StubHub Center.

Last Saturday's defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC extended LA's winless run away from StubHub Center to nine games. However for all their struggles away from home, StubHub Center has been a bastion of success for the Galaxy, with the team riding an impressive 21-game unbeaten run.

Now that the Galaxy are back at StubHub Center for their next two matches, they're confident that they can turn their season around.

"We’re at home and we know what we can do there. If we’re not going to get any points on the road then we need to win every single game at home," A.J. DeLaGarza said after LA's defeat in Vancouver last week. We have to start with Seattle and then Kansas City the week after. These are as big a games as you can have this early into the year."

Juninho, the hero who helped the Galaxy advanced past the Sounders in last year's postseason, agreed. 

"Against Seattle is a perfect time to get back on track," Juninho said. "It's the biggest rivalry in the league right now and they have very good players so we'll have to do our best." 

07 April 3:53 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena delivered some good news regarding Jose Villarreal and a pair of other injured players as the club began their preparations for this Sunday's match against their archrivals Seattle Sounders FC.

Villarreal was unable to travel to last week’s defeat against Vancouver Whitecaps FC due to a precautionary hamstring injury, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that the 21-year-old is back in training and continuing to make progress ahead of this weekend’s match.

"He’s getting there. He’s making progress," Arena told reporters after training. "The turf [at BC Place]  is always a problem, that’s a bad surface and it creates some issues so we have to be careful with certain players."

Arena echoed his comments when asked about Brazilian center back Leonardo who missed out on the match due to a quad strain, stating that he’ll be evaluated prior to Sunday’s game.

The Galaxy boss was more direct regarding Finnish midfielder Mika Väyrynen. The 33-year-old was forced to exit LA’s defeat to Vancouver with a right calf injury, but Arena stated that he believes Väyrynen will be “ready to go” this week.

While none of the answers were too direct, in typical Arena fashion, however, the Galaxy boss is not too concerned with injury news this early in the week.

"The game is Sunday, it's Tuesday," Arena said bluntly. "We've got an entire week to prepare for the game and make those decisions."

06 April 5:32 pm

LA Galaxy TV crew Albert Lanzillo and Paolo Ferrari chronicled the club's run to the 2014 MLS Cup in a thrilling five-part documentary series that provided a backstage look at the team's run to the title. 

Check out the documentary in handy-dandy place below. 

Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 1

Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 2

Western Conference Championship, Leg 1

Western Conference Championship, Leg 2 

MLS Cup Final 

06 April 3:28 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. --The LA Galaxy offense put forth one of their most disappointing showings recent memory during last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.  

Against the Whitecaps, the Galaxy found themselves neutralized as the forward tandem of Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes had little room to operate as Vancouver’s high pressure defense limited their opportunities.The Whitecaps defensive strategy meant that goalkeeper David Ousted had an easy day at the office, with the Galaxy’s lone shot on goal not coming until the 67th minute by virtue of a soft rolling shot by second half substitute Edson Buddle.  

Following the match, Zardes told reporters that it was time for LA’s forwards to work on their chemistry after such a lethargic showing at BC Place.

“It’s early, a bunch of us left with our national team, our attacking forwards, it’s hard to come back and just get in the groove of it, but then again there’s no excuses we didn’t show up,” Zardes said. “This week we’re going to work on our chemistry, just getting the ball moving. Usually we outplay teams, we don’t let other teams touch the ball, although tonight we let Vancouver catch a rhythm.”

Keane was quick to disagree, however, stating that LA's struggles were simply based on the impressive defense that Vancouver provided in their convincing victory.

“They played better than us, it’s not about chemistry," Keane said. "Tonight that obviously wasn’t there but you know it wasn’t because we weren’t trying, it was the fact that they were the better team.”

04 April 11:39 pm
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said there were no excuses for his team's poor showing in their 2-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday.
 
Arena's comments to the media are below. 
 
(On the result...)
 
ARENA: “They were the better team all night, they outplayed us the entire match. They outcompeted us form the start and it was a big factor in the game, give them credit, they outplayed us in every aspect of the game.”
 
(On what he can take from this game...)
 
ARENA: “Can’t take anything good. Personally every player can look at their performance and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
 
(On the LA Galaxy attack...)
 
ARENA: “We didn’t do anything well tonight, no excuses.”
 
(On how good Vancouver is as a team...)
 
ARENA: “Who knows, you don’t know anything this early in a season. Ask me that question in August and I’d have hopefully an answer for you. Right now they have four wins in five games, that’s real positive.”
 
(On Vancouver's Rivero...)
 
ARENA: “Good player, good player.”
 
(On if the team has time to bounce back...)
 
ARENA: “We have what 30 more games, 29 more games. There’s a chance to bounce back.”