CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the club's 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo
On Oscar Sorto’s performance:
ARENA: “Oscar played well. He had a really good game. Right from the start, he showed a lot of confidence. He played really well.”
On the red card:
ARENA:“It was certainly a foul. You can certainly give a yellow card on that play.”
On Robbie Keane’s performance:
ARENA:“He’s an influence and obviously, he had an assist on the game winning goal. He’s been out for so long and to ask him to play for 35 minutes is pushing it a little bit. I think under the circumstances he did really well.”
On Alan Gordon:
ARENA: “My impressions right now are very good. Alan does what he does. He’s scored four goals this year. He’s done really well. He understands how to play at the end of the game. I give him a lot of credit.”
On Jose Villarreal’s return to the lineup:
ARENA “It’s very important. I’m not sure you are aware but we’ve been missing an awful lot of players, and he’s just another piece of the puzzle. He’s going to take him some games to get him back as well at full strengthen. He’s a plus to have back in our line up.”
On building on this win:
ARENA: “It helps. No question about it. I think you are going to find out at the end of the year, this league; top from bottom is going to be pretty close.”
On the team’s performance:
ARENA: “There were moments we were good, but we can still create more chances and more quality chances. It was solid performance, and having said that there were a couple times they caught us and they were dangerous. Overall tonight, our guys played a solid game.”
On getting the three points:
ARENA: “It’s nice to get three points. We have to take advantage of the games at home, like every team in the league. It’s important for us to win these types of games. We fouled up in a bunch of these games this year. Tonight, it’s a real good sign. Still at the end of these games, we have to close it out in a better fashion. Tonight, we end up getting red carded in the 93 after scoring a goal. You scratch your head. We’ve just got to be better in these moments and hopefully, we will be as the season progresses.”
On whether Robbie Keane will start against RSL:
ARENA: “First of all, we have to see how recovers. He’s going to need a little more time. We’re going to obviously see how he responds in the next couple of days.”
On if he has thought about starting Alan Gordon:
ARENA: "I have thought about it."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to snap their five game winless run on Friday when they return to StubHub Center for the first time since May 2nd to face the Houston Dynamo.
Below are a series of links, matchups and a predicted score ahead of Friday's clash.
*After missing the last seven games, Robbie Keane says that he's fit enough to be back in the gameday squad for Friday's match.
*Omar Gonzalez's status is also in question, but the LA defender says that he's ready to go if called upon on Friday.
*In the latest edition of "By the Numbers," we look at the Galaxy's recent struggles.
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan provides the Match Preview Presented by 04 Water.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Giles Barnes vs. Leonardo
With Omar Gonzalez still a question mark, Leonardo will need to lead the Galaxy defense as they look to stop the speedy Englishman.
Juninho vs. Ricardo Clark
Perhaps the most important match of the game pits the two midfield commanders against one of another. Whichever is able to exert his influence on the game, will likely lead his side to victory.
Brad Davis vs. Dan Gargan
Gargan returns from his yellow card suspension and will immediately be tasked with slowing down Houston's Brad Davis. Look for Gargan to play Davis close to prevent him from sending in any dangerous crosses.
LA Galaxy 2 (Husidic, Zardes), Houston Dynamo 1 (Barnes)
LA Galaxy to host PSA Elite/Ventura County Fusion winner in first U.S. Open Cup game at StubHub Center since 2010
CARSON, Calif. -- At long last, the LA Galaxy will be hosting a U.S. Open Cup match.
U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that the Galaxy will open the U.S. Open Cup fourth round at StubHub Center on June 17 against either Ventura County Fusion or PSA Elite. Ventura County reached the third round by knocking off LA Galaxy II on Thursday while PSA Elite defeated USL side Orange County Blues.
The match will be the first time that the Galaxy have hosted a U.S. Open Cup match since their 2-0 defeat of the now defunct U.S. Soccer Second Division side A.C. St. Louis back on June 29, 2010. LA have struggled in the Open Cup recently, having been eliminated by NASL club Carolina RailHawks each of the last three years.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to return to winning ways on Friday when they host the Houston Dynamo.
The match will be LA's first since their disappointing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Orlando City SC a week earlier. In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the Galaxy's struggles since their last meeting with Houston nearly two months ago.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- Omar Gonzalez was unable to start the LA Galaxy's 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC due to a knee issue, but the center back says that he is fit and ready to go for the club's upcoming match against the Houston Dynamo.
Initially, the Galaxy stated that Gonzalez was on the bench due to squad rotation, but after the defeat, LA clarified that the 26-year-old was suffering from a knee injury. Although he missed out on the Orlando match, Gonzalez has been in full training this week ahead of Friday's match against the Dynamo.
"I'm doing good. It was just a precaution. I was just worried about some things but I'm feeling good and I'm good for Friday," said Omar Gonzalez. "If it was late in the season or a playoff game then no doubt I would have played. It was early in the season, and I figured that I wanted to stay safe."
WATCH: Looking back at David Letterman's interviews with retired LA Galaxy legends David Beckham and Landon Donovan
America will say farewell to a legend on Wednesday night as the Late Show's Dave Letterman signs off the air for a final time.
For the past 33-years, Letterman has been a fixture on CBS's "Late Show" with his iconic interviews and, of course, Top 10 lists. In addition to being an American pop culture icon, Letterman also embraced soccer unlike any other late night talk show host by regularly featuring some of the most accomplished players in the soccer world.
It should surprise no one that the LA Galaxy have had two of their biggest stars appear on Letterman as both David Beckham and Landon Donovan made appearances on the late show. The two retired Galaxy stars segments can be seen below.
LANDON DONOVAN (6/29/10)
DAVID BECKHAM (5/1/10)
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy need a spark in the attack when they face the Houston Dynamo on Friday, and newcomer Sebastian Lletget just might be the one to deliver that little boost.
The former West Ham United midfielder made his debut for the club last Sunday during their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, going 21 minutes in the loss. During the match, Lletget was unable to truly make an impact on the game due to Orlando's dominance, but the 22-year-old is confident that if he’s given an opportunity against Houston, he can have an impact.
“I believe I am [ready to start],” Lletget told LA Galaxy Insider. “I always believe that I’m practicing really hard. Obviously, coming in the middle of the season, I do need to do a little bit of catch-up in terms of philosophy and our style of play, but I think that I’m ready.”
Just when Lletget makes that first start, however, is in the hands of head coach Bruce Arena who says that Lletget might need to wait a little longer.
"He needs more time,” said Arena. “But it was good to get him out on the field for the first time."
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy might have a little extra firepower on the field on Friday when they take on the Houston Dynamo.
Edson Buddle (calf) and Robbie Keane (groin strain) have missed considerable time in 2015 due to injury but both were in full training on Monday. Given the Galaxy's offensive struggles in their 4-0 defeat to Orlando City SC, the chance to welcome back a pair of experienced attackers could be a major boost for LA on Friday, but their return to the field, is anything but a certainty.
"We'll see," Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Tuesday. "We'll get through the week and we'll see with those guys and see how they're doing."
Buddle appears to be the closest to making a return after getting a solid 30 minute run out for LA Galaxy II during their defeat to Sacramento Republic. After training on Tuesday, the 33-year-old says that he's fit and ready to go 90 minutes if called upon.
"I'll start. Absolutely. Put me in there coach!" Buddle joked. "I can definitely start and do it. I've been through harder things in my life."