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15 August 12:11 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- It's official.  

Omar Gonzalez is the LA Galaxy's third Designated Player.

The Galaxy announced on Thursday that the 24-year-old center back has been signed to a DP contract allowing him to become the first defender signed to such a contract. Drafted by the Galaxy with the third overall selection in 2009 MLS SuperDraft from the University of Maryland, Gonzalez has made 119 regular season appearances for LA  -- 118 of them starts. During his time with LA, Gonzalez has racked up the honors as he was named the 2009 Rookie of the Year, 2011 MLS Defender of the Year, and 2012 MLS Cup Final MVP while also being named to the MLS Best XI twice. 

Gonzalez is the fifth DP in Galaxy history and joins David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Juan Pablo Angel and Robbie Keane. He is also the sixth American DP joining Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Freddy Adu, Claudio Reyna, and Chris Wondolowski. 

You can watch the Omar Gonzalez press conference LIVE here. 

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15 August 8:54 am

Before we focus on the excitment of the new LA Galaxy third Designated Player that will be unveiled later today, the Professional Referee Organization took a look a the two "offside" goals conceded by the Galaxy in their 3-3 draw with FC Dallas.

PRO's Training and Development manager Paul Rejer took a look at both goals during the organization's "Play of the Week."

First up was the goal scored by Blas Perez in the 48th minute, Rejer was quick to agree that Perez was offside from the moment that Dallas midfielder Michel took the kick.

"Blas Perez of Dallas was in an offside position when the first free-kick was taken, the AR Kevin Duliba should have been aware of this as offside is his number one priority and focus," Rejer said. "As soon as the kicker plays the ball, the AR should focus on the offside player. Then, as in this case, as soon as he plays the ball he is interfering with play. Therefore, the goal should have been disallowed."

Rejer applied the same scrutiny to Perez's second goal in the 86th minute and came up with the same result. 

"Later in the game, George John of Dallas is in an offside position from a free-kick," Rejer said. "When the delivery came over he made a challenge for the ball and, at this point, the AR raised his flag for offside - this time for interfering with an opponent. Using the very same process he should have been aware of the offside player from the outset and concentrated on him and raised the flag when he became active.”

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14 August 2:42 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will hold a press conference on Thursday to unveil the team’s new third Designated Player.

The identity of this player? Well, it appears that it will be Omar Gonzalez. When asked about the DP speculation surrounding the center back, Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena stated that the club would like to have a resolution within a week.

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14 August 1:42 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Speculation surrounding Omar Gonzalez and the possibility of him becoming the LA Galaxy’s third Designated Player has drawn considerable buzz over the past week, and it appears that it may be approaching a resolution.

During the Galaxy’s training session on Wednesday, LA head coach and general manager Bruce Arena as well as Gonzalez himself addressed the issue, with Arena saying that something may be finalized within a week.

“Remains to be seen,” said Arena on the conversations with Gonzalez. “I think that we’re hoping to get something finalized by the end of this week.”

Meanwhile, Gonzalez admitted that talks continue to go on between him and the club that he has played for since 2009.

“I would love to stay here. We’ve been talking back and forth,” said Gonzalez. “The talks are continually going, but we’ve done some great things here together with the Galaxy. Right now, my focus is going on getting a third consecutive championship. “

As for any desire to head for Europe, Gonzalez is interested in testing himself abroad, but he believes that will happen in time.

“At some point, yeah. Whether it be at the end of the year or later or three years from now,” said Gonzalez.” That’s yet to be known, for now my focus is here. At some point, I think that I  do want to go to Europe, but it has to be the right time.  I’m still trying to figure that out.” 

13 August 4:51 pm

New LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is settling into life in MLS, but the 31-year-old goalkeeper is hopeful that he’ll be able to earn minutes with the Galaxy soon.

The 31-year-old Panamanian international was on the bench for LA’s 3-3 draw with FC Dallas on Sunday, just days after making his Galaxy debut in the second half of the club’s 2-0 defeat to AC Milan in Guinness International Champions Cup Third Place Game. The appearance came only a day after the ‘keeper signed with the Galaxy on a free transfer.

Currently, Penedo finds himself serving as the backup to Galaxy starter Carlo Cudicini, who has started 21 of LA’s 23 matches this season.  After serving as a regular for Los Canaleros and Guatemalan side Municipal for much of the last decade, it might be a bit strange for him  to play a backup role, but Penedo admits that he told Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena in their very first conversation that he would be willing to wait for his chance to start.

 “We went to dinner with a translator and he told me that he has followed me, and asked if I have patience. I said “yes I have patience,” Penedo told reporters after the Galaxy’s 3-3 draw in Dallas. “I want to work hard to help the team and do whatever I can for them, even being a backup is welcome.”

Where Penedo is almost certain to earn time this year is in CONCACAF Champions League play. Traditionally, Arena has opted to use his second choice ‘keeper for the CCL group stages, and he may offer Penedo his first start for the Galaxy in Tuesday’s match against Cartaginés at StubHub Center.

“We’ll see,” Arena said after the draw with FC Dallas when asked about when Penedo may take the field. “Every game is different and we’ll see.”

Expectations are considerably high for Penedo with the Galaxy and his native Panama, however, the ‘keeper is focused solely on fitting in with his new club.

“I know that the expectations are high in Panama. I’ve heard the commentaries and that’s what they want, but it is not my decision. It is my job to convince who I have to convince,” said Penedo. “I think that this week has been positive. I’m learning how to speak English and continue my job. Hopefully, things will work out.”

13 August 10:35 am

In the latest edition of MLSsoccer.com's Instant Replay, Simon Borg breaks down the two noncalls that marred the LA Galaxy's 3-3 draw with FC Dallas.

Borg's analysis of the Galaxy match can be found at 4:43. 

Check it out below..

12 August 12:22 pm

Landon Donovan’s hat trick in the LA Galaxy’s 3-3 against FC Dallas earned him MLS Player of the Week honors, MLS announced.

The North American Soccer Reporters voted Donovan as Player of the Week, making him the second LA Galaxy player to win the honors this season. The first was Mike Magee when he tallied a hat trick against his current club, the Chicago Fire in the first week of the season. 

Let’s look at just how impressive Donovan’s night was, shall we?

*Donovan had just three shots and scored three goals. He’s the first player to score in all of his shots since Dewayne De Rosario on Sept. 2011. Interestingly enough, three of Donovan’s came during game’s where he scored on all three of his shots.

*Donovan has now scored 20 goals against FC Dallas. His highest against any club.

*Donovan now has 152 career goals in MLS (counting postseason and regular season).

*At 130 regular season goals, he’s just FIVE goals away from setting a new MLS regular season record, which is currently held by Jeff Cunningham.

*Donovan now has four career hat tricks in MLS – three of them as a member of the Galaxy—which puts him just one hat trick away from tying the league’s all-time mark of five, which is shared by Stern John and Diego Serna.

12 August 12:18 pm

Landon Donovan's first goal of his hat trick against FC Dallas has been nominated for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week.

The goal was a class finish by Donovan, who was sent on a diagonal run by a Robbie Keane pass. Donovan then headed the ball past Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz and then tapped it in to beat a hard charging Matt Hedges. 

You can vote here or by texting G5 to 22442 and view all the nominees below.

11 August 11:25 pm

FRISCO, Texas. -- The LA Galaxy were left searching for answers on Sunday after it appears that officating mistakes may have turned a 3-1 victory into a 3-3 draw against FC Dallas. 

The calls in question came on both of FC Dallas' goals by Blas Perez in the 48th and 86th minute, which it seems that assistant referees Kevin Duliba and Brian Dunn, should have ruled offside. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was the most blunt postgame about the officating decisions, but each of the four LA players that spoke to the media following the match addressed the calls.

Their thoughts are below...

TODD DUNIVANT: "From what I've heard, those second and third were offside and they stand as goals. All three were set pieces so that's something that we clearly have to work on." 

OMAR GONZALEZ: "You just wish that everyone on that field is on their game. Sometimes, not everyone is on their game, but those three guys, you want them to be on." 

CARLO CUDICINI: "It's a pity. Scoring three goals away from home should be enough to win games. The last two goals were clearly offside, so sometimes it's easy to complain, but that's why in training, we try things. If we try things and guys see that it is offside then they should indicate it to the referee. Overall, at the end of the day, we have one point, which is not a bad result, but when you're 3-2 with 10 minutes to go, of course, you try to win it and get the three points.

LANDON DONOVAN: "I haven't seen any replay, but if that's the case, it's unfortunate. It's part of the game. People make mistakes. Referees certainly are humans, too; they make mistakes. Let's just hope that they weren't, but if they are, then it is what it is”

11 August 10:32 pm

Courtesy of MLSsoccer.com, all three of Landon Donovan's goals against FC Dallas are below.