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21 March 5:55 pm

CARSON, Calif. - For the second time in two years, the LA Galaxy will visit the White House to celebrate their MLS Cup triumph, but as opposed to last year, the Galaxy will meet President Barack Obama in far better straits than they were a season ago.

In 2012, the club found themselves in seventh place in the nine-team Western Conference with a record of 3-5-2 by the time that the White House visit rolled around in May, but this year, four games into a busy 2013 slate, LA is undefeated in all competitions with a 2-0-2 record. 

The record won't be the only difference as the Galaxy will not meet President Obama along as they will be joined by the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, who are also owned by AEG. 

"It’s a great honor. It’s great for our two teams, the Galaxy and Kings, the champions of their respective leagues and AEG," said Arena. "It’ll be a fabulous day for our organization so we’re looking for it.”

Although The White House trip will serve as a celebration of last season's achievements, one member of the Galaxy believes that once it is over, it may help the team get into the right mindset for the long 2013 season. 

“We got to [visit the White House] last year, but we don’t take things like that for granted so I’m definitely looking forward to it," said Magee. "[The MLS Cup title] is a little fresher in our minds so maybe getting it over with might help us mentally. Last time we were there, we were last place in the world so it’ll be good to put that behind us and get that visit out of the way and focus on this year.”

21 March 5:10 pm

You can re-watch the LA Galaxy Town Hall here, but for a few highlights, check out the tweets below..

 

21 March 4:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan will be returning to the LA Galaxy next week and according to head coach Bruce Arena, the plan is for him to attend the club’s White House visit next Tuesday.

Arena revealed following Thursday’s training session that the club is “planning on Landon going” to the White House visit next week. LA is scheduled to visit the White House on Tuesday along with the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings.

Although Donovan is scheduled to attend the visit, Arena admits that it will take some time for the forward to reach game fitness.

“Naturally, a player of Landon’s caliber would be great to bring back into the team. We need to be patient, it’s going to take some time,” Arena said when asked about Donovan’s integration. “You don’t go from being away to stepping on the field and being ready to play and being up to the level that he left us in December. It’s going to take some time and we need to be patient.”

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21 March 3:44 pm

If you missed the LA Galaxy Town hall, watch the event in its entirety below. 

21 March 3:27 pm

MLS Commissioner Don Garber revealed that the league was looking for ways to soften the fixture blow on MLS clubs competiting in the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals and on Thursday, they delivered.

The league announced on Thursday that the Galaxy's match against the Montreal Impact  at The Home Depot Center, which was originally scheduled for April 6 has been moved to Oct. 16. Meanwhile, Seattle Sounders FC also saw their April 6 match against Chivas USA moved to Sept. 4.

In addition to the league match, the Galaxy's MLS Reserve League opener against the USLPro's LA Blues on April 7 at CSU-Fullerton will also be rescheduled. No date for that match has been set yet. 

Seattle open their CCL semifinal series against Santos Laguna on April 3 at CenturyLink Field while the Galaxy host Monterrey on April 4 at The HDC

21 March 9:35 am

CARSON, Calif. – Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean have been performing well as of late as each have scored at least one goal during the LA Galaxy’s last two matches.  With the teenagers in form and Robbie Keane away on international duty, it would not be a shock to see Bruce Arena opt for an all-Homegrown forward corps during Saturday’s match against the Colorado Rapids.

Villarreal and McBean each bagged goals in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal second leg against C.S. Herediano, but McBean notched his second goal in five days with a late strike in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Chivas USA. The teenagers aren’t the only options as Mike Magee started the MLS regular season opener against the Chicago Fire and the CCL quarterfinal first leg against Herediano up top alongside Keane.

If it is the youngsters and Magee is stationed out wide, the Galaxy attacker believes that they could cause some damage against the Rapids back line.

 “I think it’d be great. I think it’d be good for them to play with each other because their confidence will be a little better,” said Magee. “I know the first time that I played with Robbie, I was a bit intimidated and I’m sure Jose and Jack were as well. With them together, hopefully they can link up and build confidence. Knowing that, I have to do a better job of getting up there [from midfield] and instill a little confidence in them.”

Regardless of who steps in for Keane, Magee feels that any of the Galaxy’s forwards will be able to fill the captain’s shoes.

“Obviously, those are some big shoes to fill and he’s a guy that we rely on to score goals and create chances. Whether it’s the youngsters or myself or a combination of one of them and me, we’ll be fine,” said Magee. “Obviously Jack and Jose have done well to score goals and I have as well, so they deserve minutes, but we’ll be fine either way.”

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20 March 9:02 pm

Speaking to ESPN The Magazine reporter Doug McIntyre, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena touched on a number of topics including the Galaxy, the U.S. national team, those in the U.S. who don't watch MLS, and a host of other topics. 

Perhaps Arena's best Galaxy related quote is regarding LA's bid for a third straight MLS Cup title.

"I don't think the league would be happy," Arena told ESPN The Magazine. "The league's plan is to not have any club be particularly good for an extended period of time. That's the basis of the single entity [ownership structure], to bring about parity. It would be good for our organization, but that's not our focus"

Read all of Arena's comments in the story here.

More Notes are below...

*Arena's comments come after Brian Straus' sensational piece in The Sporting News about the discontent with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann

*Michael Bradley addressed the story on Wednesday describing criticism against Klinsmann as "shameful."

*Clint Dempsey will serve as the U.S. captain for both upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

*Former Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders will make his Real Salt Lake debut this week with RSL's number one goalkeeper Nick Rimando away on international duty.

20 March 2:53 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy defender Oscar Sorto was not a member of the U.S. U-20 team that qualified for the U-20 World Cup in Turkey by way of last month’s U-20 CONCACAF Championship, but his dream of heading to Turkey lives on.

U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos called the 18-year-old for two training camps, the first in December in Florida as well as a week-long camp in Puebla, Mexico in January, but did not name Sorto to the 20-man roster for the U-20 CONCACAF Championship. But if the call from Ramos does not come, Sorto has other options as he could also suit up for El Salvador, who also qualified for U-20 World Cup.

The nation of his parents’ birth has been aggressive in their recruiting of the Galaxy Homegrown defender, but Sorto remains interested in joining the U.S. set up.

“They were sending me emails, but Tab Ramos sent me a message that he was going to call me up for April’s camp so I’m going to just wait on El Salvador to see if Ramos takes me to the World Cup,” said Sorto. “Right now, I’m just waiting for the U.S. call. El Salvador was on me and I didn’t want to say yes to them and no to the U.S. so that’s why I was being patient for them to call me.”

As he waits for his chance with the U-20’s Sorto believes he is continuing his improvement on a daily basis with the Galaxy.

“Right now, I feel like I’m improving, getting better and listening to every coach,” said Sorto. “Just listening to them is helping me become a better player.”

20 March 2:47 pm

CARSON, Calif. –This could be a huge week for LA Galaxy forward Chandler Hoffman.

Since being acquired from the Philadelphia Union on March 1, the 2012 MLS SuperDraft First Round draft pick has yet to make an appearance for the Galaxy. However, with captain Robbie Keane away on international duty, Hoffman has an outside shot of filling in for the Irish forward.

Jack McBean, Jose Villarreal and Mike Magee appear to be the front runners to man the forward position for Saturday’s match against the Colorado Rapids, but Hoffman is looking to state his case to head coach Bruce Arena.

“There’s definitely an opening this week with Robbie gone on international duty and Omar [Gonzalez] gone as well. I’m trying to train as hard as I can and try to prove that I deserve a chance on the field,” said Hoffman. “I feel ready, I've been here two and a half weeks now and I've kind of got used to how the club works and how guys go about preparing for games. I feel like I’m ready to step up if called upon.”

Hoffman admits that while there were initial jitters when he joined the Galaxy, but after spending the past several weeks integrating himself in the squad, he feels ready to contribute.

“I've been staying after training whenever possible to work on finishing and working on whatever I can to get better and try to learn from Robbie and Mike,” said Hoffman, who admits that he has placed close attention to Keane’s training habits. “Anything that I can pick up, I want to incorporate in my game and help this team get victories.”

20 March 12:20 pm

The LA Galaxy will host a Online Town Hall with LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and club President Chris Klein on Thursday from 1-2 PT. 

Time Warner Cable SportsNet reporter Kelli Tennant will MC the event and fans can send in questions either on the Galaxy website or on Twitter using the hashtag #GalaxyTownhall

More information on the event can be found here.