WATCH: LA Galaxy players featured alongside supermodel Lily Aldridge for SELF magazine's "Play Like A Girl" issue
Four members of the LA Galaxy recently had an opportunity to take the field with international supermodel Lily Aldridge for a photo shoot for the July edition of SELF magazine.
Goalkeeper Brian Rowe, defenders Robbie Rogers and Leonardo as well as forward Bradford Jamieson IV all faced off against the Victoria's Secret Angel and a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model for SELF's "Play Like A Girl issue." Throughout the interview, pictorial -- and the accompanying video which can be seen above -- Aldridge had the chance to show off her sports skills against the Galaxy players as well as other athletes like New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Playing soccer is nothing new for Aldridge who readily admits that if she wasn't a renown supermodel, she'd be a professional soccer player.
I always thought I was going to be a soccer player, get a scholarship to college and then join the U.S. women’s team,” says Aldridge, who told SELF that she's played left forward for 11 years. “Mia Hamm was my role model. I still look up to her.”
Although initially a bit apprehensive about getting back on the pitch, Aldridge quickly warmed up after conversing with the four Galaxy players .
“I was nervous to play them, because I’d been talking about soccer all day,” Aldridge said. “It felt great to be on the field. Being around athletes makes me feel very comfortable.”
Read more about the Galaxy's participation in the July edition of SELF magazine.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy midfield stalwart Juninho was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after his influential performance in the center of the park helped the Galaxy earn a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.
Juninho notched a goal and an assist in the victory but was a defensive and offensive force in midfield for a Galaxy team that quickly overwhelemed a helpless Union side. The Brazilian was not the only member on the team of the week as he was joined by Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena who was named Head Coach of the Week.
Included on the squad's bench were defender Robbie Rogers and forward Gyasi Zardes (one goal and two assists).
Jose Villarreal all smiles after the LA Galaxy announce the signing of 30 players for SOSC Unified Team
CARSON, Calif. – Jose Villarreal is known for his flashy work on the field but the 21-year-old forward from Inglewood will be watching another group of talented players take the field later this summer.
On Monday, the Galaxy announced the signing of 30 new players for their Special Olympics unified team. The team made up of students with and without intellectual disabilities will begin training on Tuesday and then play their first game on Aug. 15 against FC Dallas.
After LA’s big announcement, Villarreal was beaming.
“It’s so cool. I got the chance to meet the Mexican Special Olympics team when I was down in Mexico. They’re great people, they’re special,” Villarreal said. “They’re definitely a lot funnier than any of us here. It’s fun seeing them and even with the conditions that they have, they’re still doing what they do, and do it extraordinarily. It’s amazing."
And when the Galaxy unified team takes the field in August against FC Dallas, Villarreal and the rest of the Galaxy will be cheering them on.
“It’s pretty cool that Galaxy is helping them out,” he said. “It’s special and shows what kind of character our organization has.”
CARSON, Calif. – Stefan Ishizaki couldn’t help but smile after scoring his first goal of the season.
After a questionable officiating decision stripped Ishizaki of a goal against the Columbus Crew, the Swedish midfielder found the back of the net against the Philadelphia Union as part of a goal fest that saw LA smash the Union, 5-1.
However as happy as Ishizaki was to finally hit the back of the net, the Swede admitted that his play down the flanks against the Union gave him a bit more joy.
“The most important thing was for the team to win but it was nice to finally score,” Ishizaki said. “It’s a confidence booster and that’s going to help but I’m thinking about other parts of the game that I did well like dribbling my left back and making good decisions out there on the field.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the Galaxy's 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
(On tonight’s performance..)
ARENA: “I think the score does not indicate the game correctly. I don’t think we were as dominate as the score would indicate. We were pretty sloppy in the game, but having said that, we finished some great goals. At times we played well, at other times we didn’t play so well. So it was far from a complete victory tonight, and we have a way to go. But it is good to have some of these players back, it gives us a little bit more quality obviously in the final third. But we can play better than we did today.”
(On Baggio Husidic...)
ARENA: “I think he is very much appreciated. He has played in a lot of spots for us, and he is a very good team player. He is a very good player. I think again, tonight, is another good game by Baggio. Hopefully we could get more players that play as consistently as he has.”
(On Gyasi Zardes...)
ARENA: “I think he had a good night and a good goal with a great ball from Keane. He is getting better.”
(On Sebastian Lletget...)
ARENA: “He is a good player, no question about it. You can his quality on the ball. He can move the ball, he is a good passer, he can finish off players, so he is a good addition to our squad.”
Goal! LA Galaxy 3, Philadelphia Union 0. Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) right footed shot from the center of the box to the top right corner.
Goal! LA Galaxy 5, Philadelphia Union 1. Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.
Goal! LA Galaxy 4, Philadelphia Union 1. Stefan Ishizaki (LA Galaxy) right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner.
Goal! LA Galaxy 2, Philadelphia Union 0. Juninho (LA Galaxy) left footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner.
Goal! LA Galaxy 1, Philadelphia Union 0. Baggio Husidic (LA Galaxy) right footed shot from the center of the box to the center of the goal.