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03 May 1:53 pm

David Beckham's Olimpico goal against Isidro Metapan was nominated as one of CONCACAF Champions League's ten best goals of the tournament by the Federation on Friday.

Beckham's strike was also the 1000th goal in CCL history. 

You can watch the goals below and vote for your favorite at CONCACAF's official Facebook page

03 May 1:31 pm

CARSON, Calif. –Bruce Arena confirmed that all four LA Galaxy veterans, who missed out on last Saturday’s clash against Real Salt Lake are healthy enough to play this week against the Houston Dynamo, but their status is still in question.

Carlo Cudicini, Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant and Robbie all missed out in last week’s 2-0 win over RSL, but latter two were not present at training during media availability on Friday. Cudicini and Donovan were present, however, as both addressed the media and expressed optimism over their status.

When asked if the players will be healthy for Sunday’s match, Arena provided a succinct response.

“All players we believe will be available for selection on Sunday,” Arena told reporters.

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02 May 5:45 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Jose Villarreal has returned from another successful stint with the U.S. U-20's and is eager for a spot on the LA Galaxy starting XI. 

I wrote the following piece on Villarreal's bid for U-20 glory, which accompanies this piece that on Oscar Sorto's experiences earlier in the week. Barring injury, Villarreal appears to be a lock to qualify for the U.S. U-20 side, but who will join him?

Six LA Galaxy Academy alums have been called up in recent months including Villarreal, Sorto, Javan Torre, Jeffrey Payeras, Jack McBean and Mario Rodriguez. McBean's dreams are likely over as he is expected to be out six to eight weeks due to a fractured clavicle, but all five others are expected to contend for a spot. Which leads to my question: How many LA Galaxy Academy alums will be on the U.S. U-20 side?

Vote below: 

02 May 3:37 pm

In the latest edition of View from the Booth, Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino preview the Houston Dynamo match.

Check it out below...

02 May 1:45 pm

CARSON, Calif.—On Sunday, LA Galaxy midfielder Colin Clark will be looking to take on his former club, but he understands that he’ll need to improve his sharpness to see the field.

The 29-year-old midfielder joined the Galaxy in the offseason from the Houston Dynamo via the MLS Re-Entry Draft and has made just five appearances for the Galaxy during the 2013 season with four starts. Clark admits that he lost a step in terms of his speed after suffering two ACL tears in 2010 and 2011, but he’s confident that he can regain his form with the Galaxy.

“I haven’t been completely sharp; I’m just missing bad turnovers in certain areas where we have a good chance at goal. I’m just missing that final pass so it’s really about cleaning that up as far as my level of sharpness,” Clark told reporters earlier this week. “It’s just being all around better. Practice as well as reserve games even the minutes if I get in the first team those have to be sharper.”

Although Clark has every reason to be frustrated, the winger is keeping a level head.

“I’ve had up and downs before,” said Clark. “You just have to deal with it and work harder and put in some extra time.”

02 May 12:44 pm

CARSON, Calif. –Bruce Arena and Dominic Kinnear are two of the finest coaches in MLS and on Sunday, the two will duel as the LA Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo at The Home Depot Center.

Both coaches rank among the top five in most overall wins with Arena sitting at number two while Kinnear is in fourth. The two coaches account for four of the 18 MLS Coach of the Year awards handed out in MLS history as well as appearances 11 MLS Cup titles in total.  Arena has won four MLS Cup trophies as a head coach while Kinnear has two MLS Cup titles of his own.

The pair may be two of the most dominant coaches in MLS history, but Arena has had the edge over his Houston counterpart with a 5-4-1 regular season record (4-3-1 while with the Galaxy) against Kinnear while holding a 3-0-0 record in the postseason including two MLS Cup titles.

Ahead of their first and only –regular season—clash, Arena offered his thoughts of his coaching counterpart.

“It’s certainly Dominic’s team. Dominic is that franchise.  He’s built it from scratch, they moved it from San Jose, but that’s all Dominic,” Arena told reporters, also stating that he’s known Kinnear since before the 1994 World Cup. “His outstanding qualities as a coach, although he’s not technically he’s not called general manager, he’s fully responsible for putting that team together. He does an outstanding job and his record speaks for itself. He’s won championships, he’s been in God knows how many finals [Six all-time as a coach and four as a head coach]. He’s really done an outstanding coaching job.” 

01 May 10:25 pm

It was a comeback for the ages as Monterrey won their third consecutive CONCACAF Champions League Final with a 4-2 victory over Santos Laguna.

Santos Laguna was up by two goals heading into the last half hour after strikes from Carlos Quintero and Felipe Beloy, but it was not to be for Santos. Los Rayados roared back with four goals in the last 30 minutes with two from Aldo De Nigris as well as strikes from Neri Cardozo and Humberto Suazo. The title sealed Monterrey's third consecutive victory and their second straight over Santos, who they defeated in the 2011/2012 edition of the tournament. 

As we flip the script to the 2013/2014 edition of the tournament, the Montreal Impact eliminated Toronto FC in the semifinals of the 2013 Amway Canadian Championship by overcoming a 2-0 first leg deficit to win 6-0 at Stade Saputo. They'll face Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who defeated NASL side FC Edmonton 2-0 at BC Place to advance 5-3 on aggregate.

Montreal will host Vancouver in the first leg of the Canadian Championship on May 15 before the second leg at BC Place on May 29. 

01 May 3:42 pm

The Houston Dynamo will be without their chief playmaker Brad Davis for their MLS Cup rematch against the LA Galaxy.

An independent review panel rejected an appeal filed by the Dynamo after Davis was given a red card for a foul committed in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time in an April 28 game against the Colorado Rapids. 

In order for a call to be overturned, the panel must be unanimous in its decision that the red card issued was an error.

Video of the play is below...

01 May 2:56 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Jack McBean underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured left clavicle suffered during the LA Galaxy’s 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake last Saturday and according to LA head coach Bruce Arena, the injury may sideline the 18-year-old forward till mid-summer.

The injury occurred in the 51st minute of LA’s road win over RSL when McBean collided with RSL center back Nat Borchers. Prior to the injury, McBean had appeared in ten matches across all competitions while scoring two goals and tallying two assists.

Following training on Wednesday, Arena confirmed that McBean’s surgery was a success.

“Everything was good. My understanding was that it was a clean break, they surgically repaired it and we’re optimistic that he’ll have a speedy recovery,” Arena said.

As for a timeline for McBean’s return, Arena told reporters that he may return sometime in July.

“I think it is six to eight weeks,” said Arena. “I think they periodically check and see how the break is healing. Everyone is a little bit different, but that’s something where we would think that he would be ready at July in some point.

The injury will almost certainly rule McBean out of contention for the U.S. U-20 roster for the U-20 World Cup in Turkey roster as the tournament will take place from June 21 to July 13.

Despite the severity of the injuries, Arena admitted that injuries “are part of the game” and he had no ill will towards Borchers for the foul that led to the injuries.

“I’ve never seen that kind of injury on contact from behind on a shoulder blade,” said Arena. “I would have thought that you would have gotten a dislocation or a separation not a break like that so it was surprising. Borchers went in hard for the ball, so fair play.” 

01 May 1:50 pm

 CARSON, Calif. –Former LA Galaxy Academy player Jeffrey Payeras may be a key member of Guatemalan giants Municipal, but the defender believes that he gained plenty during his time with LA.

Payeras was a key member of the club’s academy and also played several games with the club’s reserve squad making his Reserve League debut in July of 2011. It was during his academy days with the Galaxy and youth club Pateadores that he became close friends with LA Homegrown players Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal, who also attended Amino Leadership High School.

The native of Hawthorne, California parlayed his success with LA’s Academy into a tryout and then deal with Municipal where he has the chance to play in the birth country of his parents.

Last week, Payeras spent a week with the U.S. Under-20 team during their camp at The Home Depot Center and drew high marks from head coach Tab Ramos.  The center back started in both scrimmages that the U-20’s held during the week with the first team and appears to be a contender to earn a spot at the 2013 World Cup in Turkey later this year.

During the camp, Payeras spoke briefly with LA Galaxy Insider and other reporters as he refelcted on his time with LA, his new experience in Guatemala and the U.S. U-20's.

The conversation with the Galaxy Academy alum is below…

(On how he got the call to the U.S. U-20 camp…)

PAYERAS: “I got the call up [in mid-April]. I’m very excited and very happy and all thanks to God because everything is happening right now and I got signed with my team over there in Guatemala and I got called up here. Now, I just want to work hard and hopefully become a part of the team.”

(On how he chose Municipal…)

PAYERAS:  “I went over in December and tried out for two weeks then they decided to sign me and offered me a contract so I decided to stay. Not only is my family from there, but I felt good staying there.”

(On whether he ever faced off against fellow Hawthorne native and Leuzinger High School grad Gyasi Zardes…)

PAYERAS: “No, I didn’t. He was a year younger than me. He went a different high school, but my brother played against him.”

(On how his game is growing in Guatemala…)

PAYERAS: “It’s a little bit different, but I’m just learning from the guys over there and the way that they play there.  It’s different to the way that we play here, but I’m just adapting and getting used to it.”

PAYERAS: “It’s a little bit different, but I’m just learning from the guys over there and the way that they play there.  It’s different to the way that we play here, but I’m just adapting and getting used to it.”

(On his conversations with head coach Tab Ramos…)

 PAYERAS: “We haven’t really talked, but he told us about the tournament and hopefully I’m a part of the team.”

(On whether coming to the Galaxy as a Homegrown Player was ever in option…)

PAYERAS: “I’m just happy that I was with them when I was and if it would have happened then I would have been excited too, but I’m excited where I am right now.”

(On what he gained with the LA Galaxy Academy…)

 PAYERAS: “You learn from professionals and I learned how they played and being professional as a person on the field and off the field.”

(On his living experience in Guatemala…)

PAYERAS: “I have an apartment and I live with three teammates over there. It’s good. It’s 10 minutes away from the training facility and it’s good. It’s in the city.”

(On where his family is from in Guatemala…)

PAYERAS: “They’re from a city called Santa Rosa, which is an hour and a half away. I visit there every once in a while. my dad was there this past month and my uncle’s and my grandma are there.”

(On his thoughts about coming to MLS…)

PAYERAS: “It’s up to what happens in the future. I would love to be here in the U.S.A and play here, but for now I’m over there and who knows if the opportunity comes then I would love to.”