CARSON, Calif. – Call it the power of Trainor.
The LA Galaxy returned to winning ways on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas on the same day that the team welcomed 15-year-old forward Jacob Trainor to the squad after signing him in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Trainor walked out with the club during warm-ups, took part in the team photo and even spoke to TWC SportsNet sideline reporter Kelli Tennant at halftime.
Following the victory, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena who lauded the 15-year-old who is still recovering from T-Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia for providing his team with a healthy dose of perspective on Tuesday, did not shy away from Trainor’s role in the win.
“It certainly helped,” said Arena. “It was nice meeting Jacob yesterday. He’s a fine young man. Having him around before the game, gave us some good concentration and a desire to win.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was all-smiles following his team's 2-1 defeat of FC Dallas on Wednesday.
Below are Arena's comments to the media.
(On the team’s general performance…)
ARENA: “I think [we scored] two good goals. Obviously, Keane’s was a spectacular finish and Gyasi (Zardes) is in a good spot to put away that good. We’re pleased with that. Probably, we had a few opportunities to get a second one. I think it was a good night for us. Obviously, the three points were important. I think we were a little bit sloppy. I give Dallas credit. They pushed really hard to get the equalizer at the end and did a good job. We were probably a little sloppy over the last 15 minutes and could have been better. It was a little unfortunate that the linesman missed the offside, which resulted in the Dallas goal, but that’s all part of it. I give our backline credit. They did what they are supposed to do on a play like that. It’s unfortunate that the linesman missed it and we had to scramble over the last 15 minutes.”
(On the play of Kenny Walker and Gyasi Zardes…)
ARENA: It was very good. We brought two new players in the lineup and both played very well. I am very pleased with Kenny Walker. He did an outstanding job. He’s passing was excellent. And, Gyasi scored the winning goal, so I can’t complain.
(On Juninho’s performance…)
ARENA: Juninho had a really good game. He’s arguable our best player the first nine games of the season. He’s been very consistent and had another good night tonight.
(On Raul Mendiola’s appearance…)
ARENA: Obviously, a young player that each minute is important for him. He showed some confidence and ability. He’s still a little bit young and maybe the last few minutes could have done better on a couple of plays. We think he’s an exciting young player and hopefully, we can move him along.
(On Tommy Meyer and Kofi Opare playing together for the second game…)
ARENA: I thought they did well. Good job. Kofi had a few lapses in the first half and responded well in the second and, did a real good job.
LA Galaxy and U.S. National Team forward Landon Donovan will have an opportunity this Summer to add another trophy to already full awards case -- and I'm not talking about the World Cup.
Donovan was nominated on Wednesday for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Award for "Sickest Moves." The Galaxy forward who is preparing for his final World Cup is nominated along with NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, Los Angeles Clippers teammates Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, NFL running back Adrian Peterson as well as soccer stars like USWNT forward Alex Morgan and FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
Voting for the award begins on June 12 and can be done on Nick.com/sports.
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The LA Galaxy's newest signing 15-year-old Jacob Trainor trained with the team on Tuesday ahead of his special appearance at the LA Galaxy's match with FC Dallas thanks to the Galaxy and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena talks about the needed perspective that Trainor provides the team.
Check out the video of his first day below.
Lost in the talk of LA Galaxy attacker Raul Mendiola’s MLS debut during last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo was yet another 2014 debut—the first appearance of LA midfielder Robbie Rogers.
After being sidelined with a stress reaction during preseason, Rogers made several appearances for LA Galaxy II before making his 2014 MLS debut in the Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo last Saturday.
During his brief 25 minute shift, Rogers was solid as he made several probing runs while trying to test the Houston defense. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is quick to note that Rogers is by no means at full fitness, but the improvement is quite apparent in the eyes of the midfielder.
"Everything is a step, definitely, and I feel like I've been improving," said Rogers, who is expected to be available for Wednesday's clash with FC Dallas. "We have two big games at home coming up, and we need to get points and we need to make StubHub Center a fortress. Hopefully, I can contribute."
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CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas is making his steady return from injury, but don’t expect the midfielder to be ready for either of the LA Galaxy’s two matches this week.
Sarvas trained for the first time on Tuesday since suffering left MCL strain prior to the Galaxy’s match with the Colorado Rapids earlier this month. Since the injury, Sarvas has been steadily trying to return to fitness and after his first full training session, the 32-year-old set his target date for a return to the field.
“I felt very good and this is the last step, which is always the hardest one because it’s the transition from physical therapy to the field. I’m happy and I feel so let’s see because maybe in one or two weeks I’ll be ready,” said Sarvas. “It was a fast rehab and we did the right work and treatment so I’m happy with how it goes.”
“The target is Chicago," said Sarvas. "But you never know because a soccer player could sleep and the next day feel better. It could even be Sunday [against the Philadelphia Union] but you never know.”
And the fiercely competitive Sarvas is eager to get back to the field and help turn around a Galaxy team that currently finds itself in last place.
“It’s frustrating to be injured and be outside [the team]. The team has been playing good with some mistakes, but of course, I would like to be there to help the team,” said Sarvas. “Let’s see how it goes because we'll have a chance against Dallas to get things right."
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's match against FC Dallas on Wednesday.
Check it out below.