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11 December 12:34 pm

Fresh off winning his second MLS Cup championship, Robbie Rogers is in the middle of a book tour for his autobiography "Coming Out to Play."

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Rogers talks about his new book and about his experiences with the Galaxy. In particular, Rogers discusses about the importance of retired LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan to his career and to his career since coming out. 

Rogers' tour returns to Southern California on Dec. 13 at CostCo in Los Angeles and Book Soup in West Hollywood on Dec. 15

11 December 10:53 am
10 December 4:22 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy Under-18 defender Malcolm Jones was among 20 players called in by U.S. U-18 head coach Javier Perez for a training camp in Marbella, Spain. 

Jones and the the rest of the group will meet in Spain on Dec. 11 and remain in Marbella until Dec. 20 where they will play the German U-18's on Dec. 17 and Dec. 19. This season, Jones has made 13 appearances -- all of them starts -- for LA's U-18 squad while tallying two goals. 

Five players called into the camp are from the state of California.

Check it out below.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Strikers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City; Oviedo, Fla.), Antonee Robinson (Everton; Liverpool, England)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.), Michael Boakye (Oakwood SC; Glastonbury, Conn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Bloomington, Minn.), Eyrk Williamson (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)

FORWARDS (4): Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union; Boca Raton, Fla.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake AZ; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.)

10 December 11:29 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy saw none of their players selected by Orlando City SC and New York City FC in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft. 

The player action is not over, however, as the league will hold its wavier draft at 1:30 p.m. PT.

More on who will be available in that draft shortly. 

 

10 December 10:25 am

Major League Soccer will hold the highly anticipated 2014 MLS Expansion Draft at 2:00 p.m. ET. Supporters and media will be able to follow along and hear the call between the two clubs in real-time.

The complete list of LA Galaxy players available for the draft can be found here.

09 December 4:37 pm

 CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane enjoyed the finest season of his career in 2014 and now the Irish striker says that he'll take a well-deserved break that is causing him to take stock in his career.

Keane will be returning on Friday to Ireland after a season that saw him undergo a grueling recovery from a pair of Achilles surgeries before scoring 21 goals and 17 assists across 34 games in the regular season and playoffs en route to his third MLS Cup title in four years. 

But despite winning the MLS MVP in 2014 and boasting one year on his contract with the Galaxy, the Irishman admitted to reporters at the club's championship rally on Monday that he'll be looking to reevaluate where he wants to be in the coming years.

"First and foremost, I've got to worry about myself," he said. "I have to worry about what I'm going to do. I've had a tremendous four years here. I need a vacation and see what next year holds for me first. I'll look at that first and see what's best for Robbie Keane instead of worrying about anybody else. I'll take a vacation and then see what I want to do."

Such talk comes amid a report that Queens Park Rangers head coach Harry Redknapp (Keane’s former head coach at Tottenham Hotspur ) may be interested in bringing him to London on a short-term three month loan. Although the Irishman did not address such speculation, he did admit that he is considering his future.

“I definitely need to recharge the batteries and see what the next chapter is for me, whether it's here or it's somewhere else. I just need to take a break and consider,” Keane said. “I'm not saying I'm going to leave, but what I'm saying is I need to consider what I want to do, you know? Sometimes change is good for everybody.

But when told of Keane's remarks, Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena shrugged off any talk about his captain leaving next season.

“I doubt that,” he said. “Where do you think he's going? I'm confident Robbie Keane will be back here next year.”

09 December 3:30 pm

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. –Rob Friend is hanging up his boots.

The little-used Canadian forward announced his retirement on Monday at the club’s MLS Cup championship rally in Hermosa Beach. Friend made just 12 appearances for the Galaxy in all competitions while tallying just one assist for the club after joining in January.

Friend’s injury troubles began in July following the club’s friendly with Manchester United in what he described as a “freak accident” that occurred when a ball struck him in the forehead during training when he wasn’t looking.  Since the injury, which he believes was only made worse due to repeated head injuries during his decade-long career; Friend has tried to make a recovery, but fallen short each time.

“I made a few attempts at a comeback, but it’s my body telling me that I’ve taken one too many hits to the head. I’m still struggling with a few symptoms and a lot of headaches. It’s a combination of that it is not worth it to maybe take one more hit,” Friend said. “I have to make that decision for myself and my family. I have hopefully a very long life ahead of me and I need to be a good father and a good husband to take care of my family. I don’t ever want to go through what I’ve been through with this concussion again.”  

 Although the decision seemed inevitable given his inability to return to the field, the striker admitted that he didn’t come to decision lightly as he saw specialists across North America as he considered returning to the game. But despite the bittersweet ending to this chapter in his life, Friend still admits that he can hold his head up high given his success across Europe throughout his career.

“It’s unfortunate. I wish the fans and the organization could have seen me at my best,” said Friend. “I’ll always take pride in my work ethic and attitude. I wasn’t a fancy player but I think that I have a lot of respect from every player and organization. I had a lot of highs especially playing in the Bundesliga and coming from a small town in Canada, I had a lot against me and I succeeded.”

As for what’s next for the newly retired Friend, the 33-year-old now hopes to move into the business of soccer in some respect which is fitting for the Canadian who holds a degree in Business Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara. 

One avenue that may be worth exploring for Friend if he is up for consideration is with the Canadian Soccer Association, a group that the former national team forward believes needs considerable reforms.

“I would love to change the entire dynamic of the Canadian Soccer Association. We’re 20 years behind the U.S. and I think there is a lot of ideas and tips that we can take from them. We’re just too far behind and it takes guys who have been outside of Canada and made it around the world to change the mentality and the system. It takes a lot of work and not one man is going to change it, but I would love to help out.” 

08 December 4:40 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The moment that will live on in LA Galaxy history forever. 

In the 111th minute, Robbie Keane scored an MLS Cup winning goal with his clever finish off a pinpoint pass from Marcelo Sarvas which sealed the LA Galaxy's 2-1 Extra Time victory over the New England Revolution and their fifth MLS Cup. Now you can enjoy the goal in slow motion courtesy of the folks at MLSsoccer.com.

Check it out above. 

08 December 4:28 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The champagne was hardly cleaned from the LA Galaxy locker room, before the pace of MLS moved the club's celebration to the background. 

On Monday, the Galaxy and the rest of the league's 20 teams released their protected lists for the upcoming MLS expansion draft on Dec. 10. Orlando City SC and New York City FC will plenty to choose from the Galaxy's roster as head coach Bruce Arena opted to leave veterans Todd Dunivant, Dan Gargan and Alan Gordon unprotected as well as several LA Galaxy II mainstays like Rafael Garcia and Charlie Rugg.

Remember, the Galaxy can lose up to two players, but will have the opportunity to protect one from their list if a player is selected.

The complete list of players available, the protected list and the exempt list are below.

Available Players
Dunivant, Todd
Gargan, Dan
Gordon, Alan
Perk Brian
Riley, James
Walker, Kenney
Garcia, Rafael
Rowe, Brian
Rugg, Charlie
Venter, Kyle
 
Protected Players
Da Silva, Leonardo
DeLaGarza, AJ
Gonzalez, Omar
Husidic, Baggio
Ishizaki, Stefan
Keane, Robbie
Meyer, Tommy
Pereira, Vitor (Juninho)
Penedo, Jaime
Rogers, Robbie
Sarvas, Marcelo
 
Homegrown Players exempt from selection
Jamieson, Bradford
McBean, Jack
Mendiola, Raul
Sorto, Oscar
Villarreal, Jose
Zardes, Gyasi
 
Generation adidas Players exempt from selection
Hoffman, Chandler